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Old 04-22-2013, 06:17 PM   #1996
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Our last Trip

On our last trip we received a $500 gift card with our package. It was myself, my husband, and our then 2 year old. We spent that gift card plus maybe $20 on food. We ate at several sit down restaurants at lunch, but no character meals. We shared and brought snacks with us, we ate breakfast in the room, we ordered the cheapest thing on the menu many times, and watched what we spent the entire time. We also brought reusable water bottles from home. So we only got drinks when they came with our meal. We estimate that this year with an older child and another child that we would spend $700 at least and we really want to do a character meal this year. At least one. (We don't mind doing the quick service plan and then paying OP for the character meal.)
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:32 PM   #1997
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Our last two trips we were a family 9, but also had 4 other family members with us, spread over 4 rooms at a value.
When regular DDP was free at a value, I figured that we would have to get the rooms at close to 100% off to equal free dining.
Next trip, we will be a family of 10, and 7 of those will be adults on the DDP.
Even with upgrading, it's cheaper for us to eat free than to get a small room discount and pay to eat.
Even figuring a $40-$50 tip for the TS meal.
It's even cheaper for us to stay onsite with free dining than to stay offsite at a rental house, when you figure in gas and food.

We wouldn't be able to pay for the dining plan, so I figure our savings from how much food would cost us.

But for two people, or for a deluxe resort, it probably isn't a better deal.

Any deal close to what Free Dining saves us is fine by me!
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:56 PM   #1998
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We have a situation this trip in which FD would not save us more, but I think we are not the norm. We are doing a split stay at BC and Poly for nine nights - 5 at BC with the *** deal this summer (which FD would not beat) and 4 nights RO rack rate at Poly, but we have two rooms for our family of five. So, FD would save me $275 a night and a 30% off would save me $250-260, but then I would have to pay for two days worth of park passes that we wouldn't use times five and that would put FD over a RO discount. Plus I would only be able to get it for the second half, meaning I would have to pay OOP for our first half anyway. I'll take whatever they want to give us though
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:16 PM   #1999
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We have a situation this trip in which FD would not save us more, but I think we are not the norm. We are doing a split stay at BC and Poly for nine nights - 5 at BC with the *** deal this summer (which FD would not beat) and 4 nights RO rack rate at Poly, but we have two rooms for our family of five. So, FD would save me $275 a night and a 30% off would save me $250-260, but then I would have to pay for two days worth of park passes that we wouldn't use times five and that would put FD over a RO discount. Plus I would only be able to get it for the second half, meaning I would have to pay OOP for our first half anyway. I'll take whatever they want to give us though
What is the *** deal. This acronym escapes me?

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Old 04-22-2013, 07:40 PM   #2001
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I can understand large families and the savings they would receive. I have always paid oop except for the first time I got the fd in 2011. It was just my sister and I and believe me I never ate so much food. The problem is I'm not a big eater and if you can believe it I found it a chore to be at a sit down meal every night. I should have gained weight but with all the walking we did I guess we burnt it off. And when I have paid oop, we very rarely ate burgers or chicken nuggets.But we've never come close to spending that kind of money. Also we are a family of three and I have a son who does not eat meat so maybe that's why.
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Wondering the same thing. ***???
Magical Vacations Travel. They offered a deal for the end of August this year, starting 8/18 through some time in September at either the BC, YC, or GF. I paid $3200 and change for two rooms at the BC, five nights, 8 day park hoppers for five with a bonus feature (water park entry or DQ or golf). I can't remember off the top of my head, but it came out to something like $2800 less than doing it directly through Disney.
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Magical Vacations Travel. They offered a deal for the end of August this year, starting 8/18 through some time in September at either the BC, YC, or GF. I paid $3200 and change for two rooms at the BC, five nights, 8 day park hoppers for five with a bonus feature (water park entry or DQ or golf). I can't remember off the top of my head, but it came out to something like $2800 less than doing it directly through Disney.
Please note that with this offer, the Disney Dining Plans are NOT available as an add-on and CANNOT be purchased separately; this package is for room and tickets/room only.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:06 PM   #2004
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Im relatively new here! been lurking for a while, but just signed ip!! Just a quick question. We are also waiting for the dining to come out. We arrive in disney on sept 26 and leave oct 6th...
If they offer the fd, does it have to be offered on the day we leave? Say it's offered on Sept 29th, will that cover our days on sept 26th as well? Just curious, and biting my nails waiting to hear about FD!!
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Im relatively new here! been lurking for a while, but just signed ip!! Just a quick question. We are also waiting for the dining to come out. We arrive in disney on sept 26 and leave oct 6th...
If they offer the fd, does it have to be offered on the day we leave? Say it's offered on Sept 29th, will that cover our days on sept 26th as well? Just curious, and biting my nails waiting to hear about FD!!
Historically, as long as your check in date is a covered free dining date, you get free dining for a maximum of 14 nights. There is also a 3 night minimum stay as well as a minimum 2 day base ticket for everyone on the reservation ages 3 and up. And in case I haven't already told you, to Disboards!

ETA: I already welcomed you in another thread. I thought your screen name sounded familiar. Did you know that you posted your trip dates as Sept. 26- Oct. 26 in the October thread? I commented on how awesome it was that you were staying for a whole month. Lol

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Old 04-22-2013, 08:23 PM   #2006
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As it turns out, Disney is going to make an announcement Thursday (April 25) regarding a summer event involving Monsters Inc which will include another 24 hour party at Magic Kingdom on May 24. Not exactly the announcement we wanted to hear on that date, but if anyone will be there during that time, it could be exciting.
Hmmm- interesting!! I won't be there then- but it's exciting to know at least they are up to something!
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:37 PM   #2007
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Historically, as long as your check in date is a covered free dining date, you get free dining for a maximum of 14 nights. There is also a 3 night minimum stay as well as a minimum 2 day base ticket for everyone on the reservation ages 3 and up. And in case I haven't already told you, to Disboards!

ETA: I already welcomed you in another thread. I thought your screen name sounded familiar. Did you know that you posted your trip dates as Sept. 26- Oct. 26 in the October thread? I commented on how awesome it was that you were staying for a whole month. Lol
Thanks so much!! And I haven't even been back to the other board since I posted! I didn't even notice I did that!!! I wish I was staying for one month!! That would be a really nice vacation!!!! Thanks again!
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Thanks so much!! And I haven't even been back to the other board since I posted! I didn't even notice I did that!!! I wish I was staying for one month!! That would be a really nice vacation!!!! Thanks again!
Awww... I saw that too and really wanted to hear how you were planning for a whole month trip!! Although 11 days will be a FABULOUS trip, a whole month certainly sounded dreamy.
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I would love to go for one month!! That would be wonderful!! I don't think I would still be able to get to see and so all the things I would like!!
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