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Old 09-16-2012, 11:43 PM   #31
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I'm sorry but what's free dining? lol
It's a dining system that allows you to prepay ,or in the right promotional times have this included in your accommodation rate, for meals ranging from quick service ( counter meals) to table service meals.

You may want to check with your travel provider if this is covered in your stay you mentioned. You also need to make bookings for the table service outlets. There are good links on this forum under Disney dining.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:47 PM   #32
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It's a dining system that allows you to prepay ,or in the right promotional times have this included in your accommodation rate, for meals ranging from quick service ( counter meals) to table service meals.

You may want to check with your travel provider if this is covered in your stay you mentioned. You also need to make bookings for the table service outlets. There are good links on this forum under Disney dining.
We have a full service dining plan included in our package which is the one TS, one QS and one snack per person per day option. I just had never heard of free dining before lol
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:50 PM   #33
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Apparently the murphy beds are 35" by 65", I have just measured this out on our couch and it will be heaps of room for our 5ft 2" daughter. I will wait and see what Kathy at Magical Journey's thinks and we will go from there.

I also have the upmost confidence in our travel agent that she will add free dining to our reservation when/if the time arises. She was wonderful last year with all our changes etc
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:51 PM   #34
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We have a full service dining plan included in our package which is the one TS, one QS and one snack per person per day option. I just had never heard of free dining before lol
Make sure you read up ( there are lots of great anzac trip reports on this forum....some are even writing at the moment from wdw....tobget ideas from) on all the great table service locations and make a reservation ( you can book 6mths prior)..... When are you going?
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:56 PM   #35
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Apparently the murphy beds are 35" by 65", I have just measured this out on our couch and it will be heaps of room for our 5ft 2" daughter. I will wait and see what Kathy at Magical Journey's thinks and we will go from there.

I also have the upmost confidence in our travel agent that she will add free dining to our reservation when/if the time arises. She was wonderful last year with all our changes etc
Can I ask an unrelated question? lol. When you created your signature on the distickers site where did you input the code and which code did you put to have it as your signature?

Never mind. I think I figured it out lol

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Old 09-16-2012, 11:57 PM   #36
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Make sure you read up ( there are lots of great anzac trip reports on this forum....some are even writing at the moment from wdw....tobget ideas from) on all the great table service locations and make a reservation ( you can book 6mths prior)..... When are you going?
Trust me. I've been doing a LOT of research and will be doing more before making my reservations this week. It's amazing that I found this forum with a whole ANZAC section. It sounds stupid but I love to see a fellow ANZAC's perspectives on things lol
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Apparently the murphy beds are 35" by 65", I have just measured this out on our couch and it will be heaps of room for our 5ft 2" daughter. I will wait and see what Kathy at Magical Journey's thinks and we will go from there.

I also have the upmost confidence in our travel agent that she will add free dining to our reservation when/if the time arises. She was wonderful last year with all our changes etc
That is great to know about the Murphy beds (they are longer than they look in the photos!) and that will mean our youngest DD (currently aged 7 1/2) will fit on it for a few years to come should we go back. We'd happily stay at POR again but the trouble is that I've now read all about the ease of walking to EPCOT from BCV and BWV...........

Yep, I'm sure your specialist Disney travel agent will be totally on the ball for you
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:21 AM   #38
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Travelmum, would you consider AofA?

In my opinion, DVC doesnt work for family of five - especially as you are talking a few years away - your eldest will be ?? If you add on a dining package I dont think its the most economical option.

If it came to a choice between sharing a sofa bed with my sister or a blowup on the floor versus my own bed but a possible crowded food court and line for the bus I know what I would choose.

As I keep mentioning Pop was wonderful for our family - although we didnt use the food court - we did pay for upgraded dining and ate away from the resort everynight. Admittedly it was a bit crazy in the morning, my plan was to aim for rope drop and eat breakfast in the parks - but DH gets grumpy if he has to wait that long to eat. But they now have fridges in the rooms so I would get a grocery delivery and make our own breakfasts. My kids ate one dinner in the food court while we went to Narcoosees - and they claim it was the best meal of the stay! (teenagers )

I think if you plan on being at the resort a lot it might make the difference but if it is just a place to lay your head. My opinion is that these resorts run at a loss - (at least as Disney had already held the land for many years before they were built, it is not like comparing other budget hotels that have to cover the additional capital expense)

As for service, all the staff work for Disney, they have the same standards - although they may be a bit more stretched than at other resorts - we never had a problem. Similarly we never had any problems with buses. . I am not a hotel snob - but I am a people snob, and I only saw happy families at Pop.
I am assuming you would be going September /October again - it might be a different story in July / August.

You could also look at booking an additional separate "room only" booking, at one of the moderates with possible room discount and free dining for four in the other. (actually I wished I had priced out this option for our trip, because paying for upgraded dining for five adults for 9nights was $500)

I probably wouldnt stay at Pop without kids, and if I had only 2 I would go for a moderate - with QS beds and regular dining (although I think DH would still prefer seperate rooms) - but if you have to get two rooms- its great!

Like you, though, my dream would be an Epcot resort or Grand Floridian! (and to win the lottery!)
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We have a full service dining plan included in our package which is the one TS, one QS and one snack per person per day option. I just had never heard of free dining before lol
Free dining is an offer that Disney puts out every now and again.

You would normally pay for the dining plan but when free dining is available, you would have the appropriate QS or DP depending on the resort you stay at. It does come at a price....you have to pay for your accommodation at full rack rate.

Usually when free dining is available, Disney normally might offer a room only discount.

It then comes down to what the Dis-sers call Disney Fuzzy Maths and you having to run the numbers to work out which offer is best for you.
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Just a quick update - We have booked Port Orleans Riverside for 10nights from 23 September 2013. Fingers and toes crossed free dining will be offered for those dates or we will be staying offsite. Feel excited now we have firm plans in place.

We are looking at Embassy Suites in Hawaii for 4 nights on the way home. DH is very excited now and showing a lot more interest than he did last year when we went, already suggesting restaurants and checking out trip advisor which is great
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One room or two?
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:23 PM   #42
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Can you believe we are now looking at 5 days in New York at the start instead of 4 nights in Hawaii at the end eeeeeek I actually can't keep up in my own head

I actually like this idea better, any New York accommodation recommendations for a family of 5?

I have a headache
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:29 PM   #43
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We stayed Doubletree Guest Suites - they have two room suites - two doubles in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living area!

Its a great location right in Times Square -

Its not the cheapest, but we couldnt fault it!!

I think some of the other chains such as Hilton have suites but you have to email them directly - it wont show on any booking site.
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I think that makes more sense to combine NYC with WDW because you could more easily go to Hawaii from OZ another time than to go back to the East Coast of the U.S. If we go again to WDW, I certainly want to do NYC as well, as I've been very inspired by all the TR's on here from those who went there! As a family of five, I'd love for us to stay at Doubletree too but I'm fairly positive it would be out of our budget so I'd look into the Radio City Apartments which also get great reviews.
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Sounds awesome! I would prefer NYC to Hawaii as it's further away and you are already there (almost).

But I looooove NYC.

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