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Old 05-06-2013, 09:38 AM   #856
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We are going 10-5 to 10-12. Anyone know if there will be any large groups there during that time? We have never stayed at a value and are considering it this trip but do not want to be there if a bunch of cheerleaders or student groups coming.
The second and third weeks of October are generally blacked out for discounts due to the large number of school that are on fall break and the large amount of business conventions that they have at WDW during that timeframe. You will probably get lucky with a check in date of October 5 for a free dining discount, but I would expect moderate crowd levels, as opposed to low crowd levels, for that timeframe.
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We are going 10-5 to 10-12. Anyone know if there will be any large groups there during that time? We have never stayed at a value and are considering it this trip but do not want to be there if a bunch of cheerleaders or student groups coming.
We will be there during that time frame. My husband has an annual conference. They are taking up the entire EPCOT resort complex, including the Swan and Dolphin. All of those are sold out at our convention rate, with spillover to the GF, Poly, WL & AKL. We ended up at the Poly.

EPCOT is usually a little more crowded due to F&WF, but it's never summer crowded. I'd go ahead and get your dining reservations, if you haven't already.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:19 AM   #858
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We will be there during that time frame. My husband has an annual conference. They are taking up the entire EPCOT resort complex, including the Swan and Dolphin. All of those are sold out at our convention rate, with spillover to the GF, Poly, WL & AKL. We ended up at the Poly.

EPCOT is usually a little more crowded due to F&WF, but it's never summer crowded. I'd go ahead and get your dining reservations, if you haven't already.
Thanks for the info. I had heard the Garner group would be there at Epcot resorts. That explains why I couldnt get a standard room at WL or AKL.
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The second and third weeks of October are generally blacked out for discounts due to the large number of school that are on fall break and the large amount of business conventions that they have at WDW during that timeframe. You will probably get lucky with a check in date of October 5 for a free dining discount, but I would expect moderate crowd levels, as opposed to low crowd levels, for that timeframe.
So if free dining is going on during our check in date of Oct 5 will it apply to our entire reservation or just the days during the free dining dates?
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So if free dining is going on during our check in date of Oct 5 will it apply to our entire reservation or just the days during the free dining dates?
Your checkin date must fall within the free dining days and it would apply for 14 days after.

So if you checkin on the last day of free dining you would have it for your entire visit.
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So if free dining is going on during our check in date of Oct 5 will it apply to our entire reservation or just the days during the free dining dates?
If you check in by at least the last day of a FD promo, they will apply it to your entire stay, up to 14 nights. Room only discounts are only good for the advertised dates and will not carry over for length of stay.
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So if free dining is going on during our check in date of Oct 5 will it apply to our entire reservation or just the days during the free dining dates?
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reading through all the people booking September FD makes me realize that I have questions if we get lucky and can get FD or SPD for our 10/16-26 trip booked right now at POFQ, room and tickets. I have 2 rooms booked, one for my family and one for my sister. I made both reservations and charged the deposits to my Disney Visa. If either of these promos come out will I be able to call in and add FD or SPD to my sister's reservation? I will actually be paying in full for both reservations with my Disney Visa to get the rewards and she will pay me back. If it makes any difference I made the reservations over the phone so they are linked and I can see them on the Disney website.

2nd question, when you call to add FD to an existing package I assume you choose the option to change an existing reservation.

Thanks. Hope in a few months we October folks will be booking some promo.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:35 AM   #864
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reading through all the people booking September FD makes me realize that I have questions if we get lucky and can get FD or SPD for our 10/16-26 trip booked right now at POFQ, room and tickets. I have 2 rooms booked, one for my family and one for my sister. I made both reservations and charged the deposits to my Disney Visa. If either of these promos come out will I be able to call in and add FD or SPD to my sister's reservation? I will actually be paying in full for both reservations with my Disney Visa to get the rewards and she will pay me back. If it makes any difference I made the reservations over the phone so they are linked and I can see them on the Disney website.

2nd question, when you call to add FD to an existing package I assume you choose the option to change an existing reservation.

Thanks. Hope in a few months we October folks will be booking some promo.
Yes, you can add the FD code to your sister's room with your DV card. Yes, you ask to modify an existing reservation. The only blip I see is that most people watching these historical discounts don't think the late October discounts will start until October 18 or later this year. Of course, we won't know for sure until release time on July :-)
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Yes, you can add the FD code to your sister's room with your DV card. Yes, you ask to modify an existing reservation. The only blip I see is that most people watching these historical discounts don't think the late October discounts will start until October 18 or later this year. Of course, we won't know for sure until release time on July :-)
Thanks, and that was a typo we are booked at POFQ for October 19-26.
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reading through all the people booking September FD makes me realize that I have questions if we get lucky and can get FD or SPD for our 10/16-26 trip booked right now at POFQ, room and tickets. I have 2 rooms booked, one for my family and one for my sister. I made both reservations and charged the deposits to my Disney Visa. If either of these promos come out will I be able to call in and add FD or SPD to my sister's reservation? I will actually be paying in full for both reservations with my Disney Visa to get the rewards and she will pay me back. If it makes any difference I made the reservations over the phone so they are linked and I can see them on the Disney website.

2nd question, when you call to add FD to an existing package I assume you choose the option to change an existing reservation.

Thanks. Hope in a few months we October folks will be booking some promo.
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Yes, you can add the FD code to your sister's room with your DV card. Yes, you ask to modify an existing reservation. The only blip I see is that most people watching these historical discounts don't think the late October discounts will start until October 18 or later this year. Of course, we won't know for sure until release time on July :-)
We're watching for that week as well. Looking at last year, FD was offered starting on 10/19 (or this year's 10/18), so who knows, but that is my hope. We are staying at POR. I know if a promo starts on 10/21 or something, I will probably either book a split stay for the 1st few nights/RO perhaps, maybe a different resort too, just to take advantage of the discount if it's that good. Just as long as it works with picking up park tickets (you can get them up to 3 days before your package starts at the resort). So for you if FD does come out 10/18, possibly RO for 10/16-10/18, FD package (hopefully) 10/18-10/26 - make sense?
If you want to stay at the same resort, you can ask them to link your reservations and hopefully you won't have to change rooms if you book the same room type. But there is a possibility that you might have to change rooms too, just to take advantage of a discount if it starts after your arrival.

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Thanks, and that was a typo we are booked at POFQ for October 19-26.
That is good :-)
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What is the likelihood of a code for the week of October 21? Is that after the conferences/fall break?
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What is the likelihood of a code for the week of October 21? Is that after the conferences/fall break?
Pretty good :-)
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Pretty good :-)
Awesome, thank you! Was trying to decide if I should wait to book.
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