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Old 04-24-2013, 03:04 PM   #2116
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Do you guys think if I book LM room on Free Dining I will be able to upgrade to the regular dining plan?
You can always upgrade, Disney never turns down you're money :-)
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:07 PM   #2117
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Do we think that they will offer free dining in October now since the window is so small? How are crowds typically then? Low, correct? We are going the 1-8th and I am specifically looking at then.
I still think there will be some free dining dates in October. The last week of October is a historically low crowd week, so I think that week is still on the table.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:19 PM   #2118
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I still think there will be some free dining dates in October. The last week of October is a historically low crowd week, so I think that week is still on the table.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:20 PM   #2119
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I AM OVER THE MOON!! WAHOO Finally a Free Dining deal and my dates are included!! I landed Airfare from Chicago to Orlando for my fam of 4 for $803 total!! From Chicago that is a fantastic deal!! Everything is lining up way too good... hope the weather holds out for the trip and everything will be perfect!

Great deal! I thought we got lucky with $677 for a family of 3!
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:24 PM   #2120
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SO confused, and clearly out the Dis loop.. who is this Danny, and why is his word legit? Not being snarky, just never seen anyone take another disers word to heart so entirely.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:33 PM   #2121
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Do you guys think if I book LM room on Free Dining I will be able to upgrade to the regular dining plan?
Danny does not say in his post that Little Mermaid rooms will be available for free dining. But he doesn't say they won't, either.

Campsites have never been included, it would be different to have them included this year. The cabins are usually included. If the campsites turn out to be available, just switch your reservation back to the campsite. Won't help you with the airfare though, unless it's Southwest.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:56 PM   #2122
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SO confused, and clearly out the Dis loop.. who is this Danny, and why is his word legit? Not being snarky, just never seen anyone take another disers word to heart so entirely.
Just FYI, more than one person got this scoop at the same time...so I wouldn't worry about it not being legit.

Of course I always say to wait until the date it's released before booking anything permanent, because anything can happen. Your desired resort may be booked, or any number of things.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:57 PM   #2123
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SO confused, and clearly out the Dis loop.. who is this Danny, and why is his word legit? Not being snarky, just never seen anyone take another disers word to heart so entirely.
He is the Yoda of Disney Discounts. He has been spot on since 2011.
His handle is Danny25.

Oh and Black562 is legit too!
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:00 PM   #2124
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I think I already know the answer to this but just in case I am wrong:
I am currently booked at BLT, 2 bdrm villa. If it is sold out, I am out of luck applying a discount, yes?
I just asked my kids what they're 2nd and 3rd choices are!
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:28 PM   #2125
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I agree...I still don't think it's a good idea to book a reservation before the sale, BUT...I have been in on free dining discussions ever since 2005...and believe me when I say...EVERY year we have the EXACT same discussions. Will there be FD? When will they announce it? What dates will it cover?
ETC., ETC., ETC.

They WILL have a discount for September, and it will probably be announced by May 1st (my best guess).
Details...who knows.
But there is no need to panic...things are exactly as they have been in the rumor mill since 2005...and things always turn out ok.

And as always it is here! I think everyone needs to panic yearly for some reason.. I am glad everyone can breathe a sigh of relief.. It is ironic, I tried to book BOG 180 days out no dinner seating.. What is with that?
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:28 PM   #2126
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Ok so I understand. Our vacation starts sept 30-oct5. In a little mermaid room. Are we able to change reservation to take advantage of fd?
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:34 PM   #2127
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Ok so I understand. Our vacation starts sept 30-oct5. In a little mermaid room. Are we able to change reservation to take advantage of fd?
You can take advantage of the FD offer, but you will have to change your check in date to September 25th. If they have availability at the LM rooms under the FD promo they will apply the discount, if not you may have to switch resorts too. It's all a reservation modification, they can do it for your over the phone and you don't have to cancel your reservation and you keep your reservation number.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:36 PM   #2128
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SO confused, and clearly out the Dis loop.. who is this Danny, and why is his word legit? Not being snarky, just never seen anyone take another disers word to heart so entirely.
You are absolutely right - usually much of what is said is just speculation. However, I've been lurking for years and Danny25 and Black562 are legit. If they say something, everyone listens. Historically speaking, they are always right.

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Just FYI, more than one person got this scoop at the same time...so I wouldn't worry about it not being legit.


Of course I always say to wait until the date it's released before booking anything permanent, because anything can happen. Your desired resort may be booked, or any number of things.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:43 PM   #2129
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Wife is a teacher and one child will be in school so early to mid August is the only time we can do the trip. Considering free dining probably won't be available are we best to book directly if I don't care what is in the magic your way package? Or, I can get a 10% discount from one of the online travels sites plus 6-7% in cashback from a referral site. Also, I can cancel 4 days out instead of the 45 days without penalty. The one downside is you pay when you book the room.

Likely the kids won't always make it to dinner time and we'll probably take some midday breaks to go back to the hotel so the kids can make a few late nights. The tickets discount for booking a room and tickets doesn't seem to be any better than what you can get using one of the ticket resellers. I can see us booking a few character dining experiences, but I can't see paying for QSR at around $100 or the Deluxe at around $140 a day.

Anything I'm missing that makes booking with Disney directly better?
How old are your kids, and how many people are in your party..If more than 4 in a party the dining plan works out better financially..
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You are absolutely right - usually much of what is said is just speculation. However, I've been lurking for years and Danny25 and Black562 are legit. If they say something, everyone listens. Historically speaking, they are always right.
Thanks again guys!!!

My dining reservations have been made for a while, now my choice is to catch a Halloween party perhaps.
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