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Old 04-26-2013, 05:27 PM   #2311
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Sorry if this has been asked, but do the Family Suites at the Art of Animation get the QSDP or regular dining plan? I know it's considered a value resort, but you don't pay value prices for the suites. TIA!
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:33 PM   #2312
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Sorry if this has been asked, but do the Family Suites at the Art of Animation get the QSDP or regular dining plan? I know it's considered a value resort, but you don't pay value prices for the suites. TIA!
They get QSDP. Despite the high cost, the suites are values.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:04 PM   #2313
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I think the September start makes a lot of sense for this year. My SIL is a teacher and typically our public schools go back before Labor Day. However this year they start after Labor day, so that last week of August will have more potential visitors than in past years...Now that we have early Fall covered, what are the thoughts on October - Im coming down 24-31 and hoping for FD or some other decent discount. Appreciate the thoughts.
Apparently in previous years Canadian Thanksgiving time is excluded for FD. Check the dates. It's usually the last 2 weeks of October, but I'm not familiar with the holiday.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:16 PM   #2314
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Apparently in previous years Canadian Thanksgiving time is excluded for FD. Check the dates. It's usually the last 2 weeks of October, but I'm not familiar with the holiday.
The middle is typically blacked out, not the end. Last year's FD dates in October were Oct. 1-4 and 19-31. The dates in 2011 were similar. It is not known if the late Columbus Day holiday will have an effect on the blackout period, nor do we know if FD will be offered for Fall. Those deals typically release in July, sometimes August.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:55 PM   #2315
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We are going 9/7 to 9/15 and taking two kids out of school. The school supported it and we are going early (during review time). The school even helped me arrange for a tutor for the week before we go to get the work out of the way so they could enjoy the vacation. The week before we go our girls will stay at school for an extra hour and a half and work on their school work. Talk to the school... most are great.
My school is like yours as well! Our tentative plans are to leave 9/20 after the kids get out of school..Weekend at universal followed by checking into PoR 9/24-10/1. The kids do have homework while at universal/Disney, but they are happy to do it! They transition easy, and still are A and B students so I do feel the family memories are more than worth a few missed days.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:12 PM   #2316
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Apparently in previous years Canadian Thanksgiving time is excluded for FD. Check the dates. It's usually the last 2 weeks of October, but I'm not familiar with the holiday.
The second and third week of October are typically blacked out for free dining.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:57 PM   #2317
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Canadian Thanksgiving always occurs on the second Monday in October.
I believe that it coincides with Columbus Day in the U.S.
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:35 PM   #2318
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Hello. I've been watching this board for a long time, but it's my first time posting. We are going to Disney World from Sept 3 - Sept 8. So excited that this falls into free dining territory! My question is - to get FD, do you HAVE to book through Disney directly? Because I was looking at Travelocity and if you book through them you have an option to get discounts on tickets. Such as buy a 3 day park hopper + water parks, get 2 days free. That would save a bundle, so I was wondering if it was possible to book through Travelocity and also get FD.
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:44 PM   #2319
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Hello. I've been watching this board for a long time, but it's my first time posting. We are going to Disney World from Sept 3 - Sept 8. So excited that this falls into free dining territory! My question is - to get FD, do you HAVE to book through Disney directly? Because I was looking at Travelocity and if you book through them you have an option to get discounts on tickets. Such as buy a 3 day park hopper + water parks, get 2 days free. That would save a bundle, so I was wondering if it was possible to book through Travelocity and also get FD.
There are a couple of others on here who know a lot more, but I believe it has to be a Disney Authorized Vacation Planner and I thought the last time I checked, dining could not be added to package on sites such as that and Expedia, etc.
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:47 PM   #2320
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Hello. I've been watching this board for a long time, but it's my first time posting. We are going to Disney World from Sept 3 - Sept 8. So excited that this falls into free dining territory! My question is - to get FD, do you HAVE to book through Disney directly? Because I was looking at Travelocity and if you book through them you have an option to get discounts on tickets. Such as buy a 3 day park hopper + water parks, get 2 days free. That would save a bundle, so I was wondering if it was possible to book through Travelocity and also get FD.
You typically cannot combine promotions. In the past, free dining has only been available for non-discounted packages.
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:58 PM   #2321
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You can book through Disney or a Travel Agent, but you cannot book through any kind of other discount, which pretty much rules out travelocity, expedia and a few others. You cannot receive a room discount or ticket discount with free dining. It is either or, but usually free dining is the best deal, unless you are staying deluxe and only have 2 people.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:58 PM   #2322
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I know this is the Free Dining board, but since Disney cut the last week of August for FD, will they most likely extend the room only discount to cover it, and if so, when would they announce this? (could you book the package and add on the discount also?)
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:12 AM   #2323
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Did I miss something? Has FD for Sept been announced?
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:22 AM   #2324
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Did I miss something? Has FD for Sept been announced?
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?...1#post48198904

Take a look at this link...should be announced soon!
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:54 PM   #2325
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FD will be offered for the USA market the details are release Date May9

yoiu can book from May 9, 2013 to September 15, 2013

Travel Dates (Arrivals):
September 2, 2013 - September 25, 2013

minimun stay 3 nigths maximun 14
Quick service

Disney Value Resorts

All-Star Movies Resorts
All-Star Music Resort
All-Star Sports Resort
Pop Century Resort
Art of Animation Resort


Regular Dining Plan

Disney Moderate Resorts
Carribean Beach Resort
Coronado Springs Resort
Port Orleans Resorts


Disney Deluxe Resorts

Animal Kingdom Lodge
Beach Club Resort
BoardWalk Inn
Contemporary Resort
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Polynesian Resort
Wilderness Lodge
Yacht Club Resort

Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts

Bay Lake Tower at Contemporary Resort
Animal Kingdom Villas
Beach Club Villas
BoardWalk Villas
Old Key West Resort
Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Disney Campground and Cabins
Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

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