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Old 03-22-2013, 02:40 PM   #1351
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But if you're booking with plans to keep it only if they offer free dining then you could shoot yourself in the foot. And just because you booked a resort doesn't mean you'll get free dining if its released. You could easily call and find no availability.

Now if your plan is to go either way, then more power to you and by all means book. I'm only speaking of those who will cancel if no free dining is offered.
I think most people who book are going regardless. Disney is not new at this....they know their %s of those who cancel at 46 days out for whatever reasons and I'm sure they take that into account when planning promotions. The vast majority of on site guests who book never come across something like the DIS. They have no idea that they may get FD or a room discount. And even if they find out, they learn of it after they have decided to go at published prices. These threads get frenzied and people get angry when Disney doesn't do what they did in the past (which we actually don't even know at this point) and threaten to cancel. But most of them won't. So not booking in hopes of Disney releasing a discount is most likely not an effective approach.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:46 PM   #1352
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I think most people who book are going regardless. Disney is not new at this....they know their %s of those who cancel at 46 days out for whatever reasons and I'm sure they take that into account when planning promotions. The vast majority of on site guests who book never come across something like the DIS. They have no idea that they may get FD or a room discount. And even if they find out, they learn of it after they have decided to go at published prices. These threads get frenzied and people get angry when Disney doesn't do what they did in the past (which we actually don't even know at this point) and threaten to cancel. But most of them won't. So not booking in hopes of Disney releasing a discount is most likely not an effective approach.
Either way you realize that these booking dates are the least traveled time of the year. One could wait until 30 days out and still get a room.

Not trying to argue, just stating my thoughts.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:24 PM   #1353
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This is my first time posting. I have a question about this whole Free Dining thing.

We are going to Disney World for the first time this summer. We are supposed to check in on 8/17 and stay through 8/24. Now, I'm not counting on free dining and in fact had never heard of it until after I made the reservation. Now that I'm reading about it, it looks to me like if it is offered we will most likely miss it (assuming it starts later than the bounce back offer). But if by any chance it was the same date as the bounce back, then we would miss it by just one day. In which case, I would want to just move our vacation back a day in order to take advantage of it.

Is that something Disney would let me do? Just move everything back so that we check in 8/18 rather than 8/17? Thoughts?

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Old 03-22-2013, 03:28 PM   #1354
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This is my first time posting. I have a question about this whole Free Dining thing.

We are going to Disney World for the first time this summer. We are supposed to check in on 8/17 and stay through 8/24. Now, I'm not counting on free dining and in fact had never heard of it until after I made the reservation. Now that I'm reading about it, it looks to my like if it is offered we will most likely miss it (assuming it starts later than the bounce back offer). But if by any chance it was the same date as the bounce back, then we would miss it by just one day. In which case, I would want to just move our vacation back a day in order to take advantage of it.

Is that something Disney would let me do? Just move everything back so that we check in 8/18 rather than 8/17? Thoughts?

Thanks for your help


Depending on availability, yes. You could easily take the first day off of the reservation, but it is possible that they would be booked if you try to add a day to the tail end. Maybe you could go ahead and add a day at the end so you know you have it if you need it, and then if a discount comes out, you can adjust the reservation when you call to see if the discount can be applied. Good luck!
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:29 PM   #1355
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This is my first time posting. I have a question about this whole Free Dining thing.

We are going to Disney World for the first time this summer. We are supposed to check in on 8/17 and stay through 8/24. Now, I'm not counting on free dining and in fact had never heard of it until after I made the reservation. Now that I'm reading about it, it looks to me like if it is offered we will most likely miss it (assuming it starts later than the bounce back offer). But if by any chance it was the same date as the bounce back, then we would miss it by just one day. In which case, I would want to just move our vacation back a day in order to take advantage of it.

Is that something Disney would let me do? Just move everything back so that we check in 8/18 rather than 8/17? Thoughts?

Thanks for your help
Yes you can make modifications to your package. Just call and tell them what you want when the promotion is announced. I wouldn't worry about it being booked up. I've know people who call weeks after its announced and have no trouble getting it. Even with free dining its still a low attendance time of year.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:30 PM   #1356
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Thank you! Maybe I'll add a day on now just to be safe.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:33 PM   #1357
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Thank you! Maybe I'll add a day on now just to be safe.
Sorry to say though, when adding or taking away days, or even adding a promotion, they will often just cancel and rebook you. It all depends on the CM. I've had it done many ways.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:35 PM   #1358
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Sorry to say though, when adding or taking away days, or even adding a promotion, they will often just cancel and rebook you. It all depends on the CM. I've had it done many ways.
The only time that should ever happen is if you are going from a room only to a package or vice versa. A package booking should never have to be cancelled and rebooked as another package.
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The only time that should ever happen is if you are going from a room only to a package or vice versa. A package booking should never have to be cancelled and rebooked as another package.
I know and you know but lots of times the CMs don't seem to. How many folks have called to book free dining and have them say they never heard of it? I've laughed before as I gave them the code and they had no idea about it being offered.

At any rate, I've never had any trouble getting the resort and even getting the dining I wanted. So definitely good vibes to everyone. This will all work out soon and then we will all look forward to our trips to the happy place!!!
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:50 PM   #1360
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Do you all agree with my instinct that its unlikely the dates will be the same as the bouceback offer? I don't want to get my hopes of if its really unlikely.
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Do you all agree with my instinct that its unlikely the dates will be the same as the bouceback offer? I don't want to get my hopes of if its really unlikely.
I've heard everything from August 18 to August 24. At this point it will be interesting to see what they decide.
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I've heard everything from August 18 to August 24. At this point it will be interesting to see what they decide.
Guess I'll just have to wait and see.....
Either way, I'm sooooo excited!!!
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Guess I'll just have to wait and see.....
Either way, I'm sooooo excited!!!
Oh yea. You're in for a great time!!!
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I know and you know but lots of times the CMs don't seem to. How many folks have called to book free dining and have them say they never heard of it? I've laughed before as I gave them the code and they had no idea about it being offered.

At any rate, I've never had any trouble getting the resort and even getting the dining I wanted. So definitely good vibes to everyone. This will all work out soon and then we will all look forward to our trips to the happy place!!!
You should NEVER be cancelled and rebooked for changing dates and/or adding a code to an existing package reservation - EVER. If a CM tells you they can't do that, politely ask for a supervisor who knows what they are doing. We make our reservations 6 to 9 months in advance and I have never had a CM try to cancel or rebook our reservation by changing dates or adding a discount code. That's ridiculous, don't put up with that hassle.
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You should NEVER be cancelled and rebooked for changing dates and/or adding a code to an existing package reservation - EVER. If a CM tells you they can't do that, politely ask for a supervisor who knows what they are doing. We make our reservations 6 to 9 months in advance and I have never had a CM try to cancel or rebook our reservation by changing dates or adding a discount code. That's ridiculous, don't put up with that hassle.
I've been doing this for years and years and I've seen CMs do all sorts of crazy things. I never had an issue the time or two they rebooked because they booked a new one first and then cancelled the old. No they shouldn't do it but its amazing how some have no clue. It once took me an hour to change one persons spelling of their name. I mean really how hard can it be?

Still the best is when I call on the first day of free dining availability and get told there's no such thing. That seems to happen every year. We seriously know about it before some of the call center folks, it's amazing.
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