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Old 04-24-2013, 04:52 PM   #2131
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Free dining dates: Sept 2-25
Booking begins: May 9

Quick service for Values
Regular dining for Moderates

3 night minimum stay required

2 day minimum ticket required
Thank you for that! My head was spinning when I opened this up today and I have not has a chance to catch up.

Is this for Visa card holders? I am a card holder.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:54 PM   #2132
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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..
2 Adults and 2 kids 3 turning 4 during the trip and 8.

I don't expect that we'll eat 2 meals a day at the park and would imagine due to the cost and the way we eat, we won't eat full meals all the time. Since we are going in August we may go back to the resort to get out of the hottest part of the day and to eat more cheaply too. Kids may not always make it to dinner time.

Will probably order pizza from one of the majors chains if they deliver to the hotel or pickup pizza at the resort a couple of times. Breakfast will probably almost always be something quick in the room with maybe 50% of the time easting at the resort.

So since I can save an additional 15% or so on the room than the current discounted rates am I better to book through one of the major online sites?
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:57 PM   #2133
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Question: My sister-in-law will be at a convention at Coronado Springs until Sept. 26th. Our plan was for my BIL and our family to drive down and start our family vacation on Sept. 26th when she was done. If we all drive down on the 25th and check-in at Pop could he just stay that night without her and SIL join us on the 26th and still get free dining? Guessing she might have to come over and be present at check-in?

Any thoughts? Our vacation dates would then be Sept. 25-Oct. 5th (a whole extra day in Disney)
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:00 PM   #2134
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Thank you for that! My head was spinning when I opened this up today and I have not has a chance to catch up.

Is this for Visa card holders? I am a card holder.
Card holders should get a head start, usually three days.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:04 PM   #2135
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Question: My sister-in-law will be at a convention at Coronado Springs until Sept. 26th. Our plan was for my BIL and our family to drive down and start our family vacation on Sept. 26th when she was done. If we all drive down on the 25th and check-in at Pop could he just stay that night without her and SIL join us on the 26th and still get free dining? Guessing she might have to come over and be present at check-in?

Any thoughts? Our vacation dates would then be Sept. 25-Oct. 5th (a whole extra day in Disney)
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:32 PM   #2136
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Does anyone who knows a lot about this know it is cheaper to do the moderate with free dining or do the value and upgrade. We are two adults and two kids but one child is only 2.

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Does anyone who knows a lot about this know it is cheaper to do the moderate with free dining or do the value and upgrade. We are two adults and two kids but one child is only 2.

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We've always come out cheaper staying at value and upgrading and our upgrade cost is for 3 adults (since son is 12) and one child.
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Does anyone who knows a lot about this know it is cheaper to do the moderate with free dining or do the value and upgrade. We are two adults and two kids but one child is only 2.

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It's not really cheaper, but if you plan to do a value and upgrade to regular dining, the difference isn't all that much.

You really just need to price it out and see. One easy way is to just price a reservation online without dining (room+tickets) and remember for a value you just add $18 a day per adult and $3 a day per child and that gives you a total for value resorts. For a moderate/deluxe, it would just be whatever the room+tickets would cost. Then you can easily compare.

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We've always come out cheaper staying at value and upgrading and our upgrade cost is for 3 adults (since son is 12) and one child.
Thanks...that is what I was thinking.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:53 PM   #2140
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Thanks...that is what I was thinking.
Actually just ran our numbers for this year's rates, and since we are now 4 Disney adults (myself, DH, DS13 and DD10) it would only save us $38 on a 10 night trip to stay value and upgrade. So for $38, we could stay at a moderate, but for the other party with us, which is only 2 adults, they save $400 on the 10 days. So we'll probably stay at POP
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We've always come out cheaper staying at value and upgrading and our upgrade cost is for 3 adults (since son is 12) and one child.
It's a lot cheaper for us to stay value and upgrade because all but one of our kids is now priced out as an adult.
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Thank you!

Now I have to try to make the dates work. This is the fun part!
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Rumors are Free Dining will soon be announced for September 2013. Here's link to read about it: http://www.*********.com/free-disney...morrow-114119/
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Actually just ran our numbers for this year's rates, and since we are now 4 Disney adults (myself, DH, DS13 and DD10) it would only save us $38 on a 10 night trip to stay value and upgrade. So for $38, we could stay at a moderate, but for the other party with us, which is only 2 adults, they save $400 on the 10 days. So we'll probably stay at POP
Just curious. How is it cheaper? No matter how many times I look at the numbers I don't get how it would be cheaper to do moderate than the value with upgrade. For two adults and two children it is only $333 total for the upgrade in dining but it would be $1400 for us to change from POP to CBR... Was trying to figure it out for myself so I am not questioning you just curious how the math worked out with yours. I may not be calculating something correctly.
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Rumors are Free Dining will soon be announced for September 2013. Here's link to read about it: http://www.*********.com/free-disney...morrow-114119/
Ummm this site is posting what we leaked on here many hours ago.
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