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Old 10-30-2012, 06:42 AM   #616
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Just made the decision that the last week in May 2013 will be our next Disney Vacation. Very excited. A free dining plan would be a dream come true! Anyone know about how many months in advance that they release those type of specials?
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:50 AM   #617
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Just made the decision that the last week in May 2013 will be our next Disney Vacation. Very excited. A free dining plan would be a dream come true! Anyone know about how many months in advance that they release those type of specials?
Not wanting to bust your bubble but I bet they won't do too many offers and for sure no FD if its in and around the Memorial Day holiday?
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:55 AM   #618
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Just made the decision that the last week in May 2013 will be our next Disney Vacation. Very excited. A free dining plan would be a dream come true! Anyone know about how many months in advance that they release those type of specials?
Congrats on booking! Our travel dates normally cover the last week of May and, for the last three or four years, there have been general public offers which we've been able to take advantage of. If I am remembering correctly, we had 20% off our room at the CBR this past May. Only once have I seen free dining offered during that time period and it was only for a very short window.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:06 AM   #619
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Just made the decision that the last week in May 2013 will be our next Disney Vacation. Very excited. A free dining plan would be a dream come true! Anyone know about how many months in advance that they release those type of specials?
As far as I know they've only done FD in May once, which was 2010 or 2011. Can't remember which.

They sometimes offer room only discounts. I would look for them from now all the way to March. You just never know with Disney
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:16 AM   #620
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Just curious, do people actually cancel their vacation if they can't get a discount? I can understand someone saying "Oh we if we can go cheaper, we'll book", but do people cancel existing reservations? I ask because when I called Disney to ask about a PIN, the lady didn't ask if I had a reservation (which I do), but said I could book a room with a fully refundable deposit and apply future discounts too it. She was friendly, but it sounded as if she has given the speech many times I told her the discount would be a nice bonus, but it certainly wasn't a requirement! haha

I personally can't imagine doing that because #1 I'd be VERY disappointed if I had to cancel a trip to WDW, and #2 it requires more preparation on my part (ie plane tickets), so it's not just a matter of booking a hotel and packing up the car if a discount appears at a later date.

Again, not judging anyone's decision to cancel a trip, just curious if people plan a vacation that's more than they want to pay, and bank on a discount?
YES! We do- if it's not affordable- we reschedule for a time when there are good deals being offered. I do NOT pay rack rate for on site WDW accommodations- period! We can wait, and vacation elsewhere in the mean time WDW is not worth the rack rate fortune they try to charge IMO.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:26 AM   #621
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As far as I know they've only done FD in May once, which was 2010 or 2011. Can't remember which.

They sometimes offer room only discounts. I would look for them from now all the way to March. You just never know with Disney
I had FD in May 2009 But it was during the time of the 5 - 13th
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:40 AM   #622
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We had free dining the last week of May in 2011.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:42 AM   #623
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We had free dining the last week of May in 2011.
Really? I wouldn't think that they would offer during a busy time!
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We have gone the last week of May for the past 2 years and both times had a room discount.....let's hope they offer it again!!!
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YES! We do- if it's not affordable- we reschedule for a time when there are good deals being offered. I do NOT pay rack rate for on site WDW accommodations- period! We can wait, and vacation elsewhere in the mean time WDW is not worth the rack rate fortune they try to charge IMO.
I'm with you. I would and have cancelled a Disney vaca for lack of a good deal! I also would choose to vacation somewhere else in the mean time and I would and have enjoyed those non disney trips.

As far as airfare is concerned, we have to fly as well and I just don't book the flights until we get a good promo at Disney.

We are looking to go early May, however if something great like FD or
buy 4 get 3 doesn't come out, we are happy to wait and go end of August or during the fall when FD does come out.

Just a personal preference. So, yes I am one of those that hold out for a good disney deal!
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We had free dining the last week of May in 2011.
We also had FD the last week of May, 2011. We arrived Sunday, May 29, 2011 and stayed through Saturday, June 4th. I do remember that the offer was only available for a short time frame.
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YES! We do- if it's not affordable- we reschedule for a time when there are good deals being offered. I do NOT pay rack rate for on site WDW accommodations- period! We can wait, and vacation elsewhere in the mean time WDW is not worth the rack rate fortune they try to charge IMO.
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I'm with you. I would and have cancelled a Disney vaca for lack of a good deal! I also would choose to vacation somewhere else in the mean time and I would and have enjoyed those non disney trips.

As far as airfare is concerned, we have to fly as well and I just don't book the flights until we get a good promo at Disney.

We are looking to go early May, however if something great like FD or
buy 4 get 3 doesn't come out, we are happy to wait and go end of August or during the fall when FD does come out.

Just a personal preference. So, yes I am one of those that hold out for a good disney deal!
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We just won't go unless there is a "deal." We are hoping for a decent rate for May, but if not we will move our dates to a time when there is a decent rate. I think of WDW resorts kind of like Kohl's...they inflate the prices to be able to offer "sales."
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Really? I wouldn't think that they would offer during a busy time!
I think they were trying to get people to come while people were still nervous about the economy.

But they have had some sort of discount at least the past 4-5 years even if it wasn't free dining. When we went the 2nd to last week of May in 2009, we had a great deal, just can't remember the specifics.
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I think they were trying to get people to come while people were still nervous about the economy.

But they have had some sort of discount at least the past 4-5 years even if it wasn't free dining. When we went the 2nd to last week of May in 2009, we had a great deal, just can't remember the specifics.
I'm looking for a room discount for just one night (May 8th) so I'm not holding my breath, plus it's for AoA family suite. So I don't know if I will see any discounts?
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maggs- it seems that AOA is the holdout for no discount, maybe try AAA for a room for one night you will be hard pressed to find any deal other than a small AAA discount.
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