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Old 06-20-2012, 01:15 PM   #91
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I really want to book my trip now, but my parents will be paying for the trip so I have to wait and see when, how long and where I'll be staying. I need to know their budget so I can see what resort I will be booking! Come on January 2013 rates and discounts! I want to try at least a Mod this trip!
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:44 AM   #92
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Another marathon FD hopeful we are in Jan 8 - 19th

Last year the free dining didn't start till the Monday after the marathon so we did a room only then the package after. They allowed us to stay in the same room.

Hoping again for free dining for as much of our trip as possible.

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Old 06-22-2012, 02:38 PM   #93
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We went last January and got FD. I'm hoping to do it again this year. It's a great time to travel. Weather is pretty good and crowds are light. I'm looking at Jan 23-29. The kids have the 28th and 29th off school for teacher workdays and I take them out a few days early at the end of the quarter. I hope it all works out!
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:45 PM   #94
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We went last January and got FD. I'm hoping to do it again this year. It's a great time to travel. Weather is pretty good and crowds are light. I'm looking at Jan 23-29. The kids have the 28th and 29th off school for teacher workdays and I take them out a few days early at the end of the quarter. I hope it all works out!
When dates did you go last January and get FD?
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:53 PM   #95
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The UK free dining offered for Jan now is the counter service for both values and mods. Do you think it would be that way for us? I was hoping to stuff my family of 5 into POR to get the (possible) regular dining plan. It would stink to just get counterservice, 2 rooms at POP cost about the same but we would realy save more at POR only if its free dining.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:28 PM   #96
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Here's hoping I can get a % Off Pin for my dates! I'll be going January 7th-11th and staying in a LM room at AoA. FD does nothing for me since I don't really do sit down meals and wouldn't utilize the FD Plan. Good luck to those who want FD!
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:11 PM   #97
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We have gone in January the past 3 years and while the weather has been a little crazy (upper 20s one morning, in the 80s by the end of the same week), we very much enjoy the parks during this time of the year. Beyond the Brazilian tour groups, the crowds are very light. We have done free dining 2 out of the 3 years and hoping to see FB again in 2013!
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:51 PM   #98
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I'm starting to go insane waiting for these rates!
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:01 AM   #99
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me too! I booked in from 12/31 to 1/7 just to get in since they aren't booking into late January but still hoping for free dining in late January. I wish I knew about free dining for my tickets. If they don't offer it I am getting annual passes before our September trip. If the do, no passes.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:26 AM   #100
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So, the wife and I are going down on 01/24-27 on a cruise then at the world from 01/27 to 02/02. I was chatting with a castmember via their webchat feature on the Disney site inquiring if/how I could upgrade a room only reservation to a package (to take advantage of the free dining promo if/when it's announced. I found out that I cannot "upgrade" it to a package and would have to cancel/rebook. In light of this info, I've decided not to do a room only ressie, however he did indicate that package rates would be available "very soon".

Whether this means anything, or that is just the packaged response at this time of year remains to be seen. If I get within 180 days of our trip and 2013 package rates aren't announced, I'll likely book the room only anyways, since I can carry over my ADRs when I rebook to a package.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:28 PM   #101
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Does anyone have any insight as to rates for the end of January-early February versus end of February-early March? We were leaning toward the January dates but my dad has a conference in the area late Feb. and though crowd calendars appear to be close to the same (maybe a little heavier), I'm curious about discounts- free dining is the only way we go! We've traditionally been December people but this go around we'd like to celebrate my daughter's birthday in January and take my mom along as well.

Another question- is there any way that we could make it work to do a package for the 4 of us who will be doing parks/dining, etc, and just make my dad an in-room add on? He would be in conferences off-property all day while we were there and it doesn't make sense to add him on but we'd all like to stay on property. Does anybody have any experience doing something like that? (having a person stay in the room who does not visit parks/do the dining plan/etc on a package)
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:48 AM   #102
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Hoping for decent AP rates for January also! We stay every year for my birthday, which falls around MLK day, and I've never NOT gotten an AP discount. I realize they're lowering the discount amounts, but I'd really like something. But we're hoping to try AoA and that might not even be included in the AP discounts yet, right? If there's no discount, we'll definitely just book a LM room. But darnit, I'm an AP holder, Disney Visa owner, and FL resident...the odds would indicate I'd get SOME sort of discount!
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:53 PM   #103
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Does anyone have any insight as to rates for the end of January-early February versus end of February-early March? We were leaning toward the January dates but my dad has a conference in the area late Feb. and though crowd calendars appear to be close to the same (maybe a little heavier), I'm curious about discounts- free dining is the only way we go! We've traditionally been December people but this go around we'd like to celebrate my daughter's birthday in January and take my mom along as well.

Another question- is there any way that we could make it work to do a package for the 4 of us who will be doing parks/dining, etc, and just make my dad an in-room add on? He would be in conferences off-property all day while we were there and it doesn't make sense to add him on but we'd all like to stay on property. Does anybody have any experience doing something like that? (having a person stay in the room who does not visit parks/do the dining plan/etc on a package)
From this years rates at the all stars Jan16th - Feb 17th weekdays $84/ weekends $94

Feb 26-March 8 Weekday $107/ weekend $127

So I'd say late Jan early February is definately cheaper.

You can book a package and then your dad can book a room only, thats fine, you can then put on each reservation a request to be placed near the other person's room.
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:20 PM   #104
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It is my understanding that everyone in the room must be on the same package/plan. This may have changed or I may be incorrect. Like the OP stated, your dad could definitely be in his own room near by and it would not be a problem. He just could not be added to your room unless he had the same tickets and dining plan the rest of the room occupants will have.


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Does anyone have any insight as to rates for the end of January-early February versus end of February-early March? We were leaning toward the January dates but my dad has a conference in the area late Feb. and though crowd calendars appear to be close to the same (maybe a little heavier), I'm curious about discounts- free dining is the only way we go! We've traditionally been December people but this go around we'd like to celebrate my daughter's birthday in January and take my mom along as well.

Another question- is there any way that we could make it work to do a package for the 4 of us who will be doing parks/dining, etc, and just make my dad an in-room add on? He would be in conferences off-property all day while we were there and it doesn't make sense to add him on but we'd all like to stay on property. Does anybody have any experience doing something like that? (having a person stay in the room who does not visit parks/do the dining plan/etc on a package)
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:58 PM   #105
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Great! I just saw that the 2013 packages will be avalible online July 11 :D (maybe it's old news??... I just found out :b )

Btw... Anyone else having trouble booking online? I'm getting an error when I try to pay the deposit... I actually didn't want to book before the free dining dates come out, but I rarely see avalible room at LM at AOA for my dates - so just to be sure, I think I gotta book soon
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