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Old 05-03-2013, 10:48 AM   #16
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I work for a large Internet travel site and write a family discount travel blog for them, I haven't seen anything or heard anything from other travel industry friends that make me think they are totally canceling Free Dining for this timeframe yet. If they offer FD this year, those does should be pretty close.
What did the industry predict for January and February of 2013? I'm not trying to be rude, I'm just really curious.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:12 AM   #17
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What did the industry predict for January and February of 2013?
That they would offer deep discounts. And even though FD wasn't offered for Jan - Mar, they did offer the Stay/Play/Dine. SPD was not as big a discount as FD for most, but it was close and still a much better discount for most staying at the mods and values as compared to a room only discount.

Every single year on this board, since 2006, people have been claiming the Disney is not going to offer deep discounts like FD again and that FD is over, a flash in the pan, if you will. Not only did they continue to offer it, they added many more FD weeks in 2009. Free dining has been a financial coo for those marketing geniuses at Disney. Free dining has allowed them to fill their resorts and parks during historically low crowd weeks and has made them millions and millions of dollars since 2005. Anything is possible, and they could end free dining discounts tomorrow, but within a year or two those resort and park numbers would once again plummet during those historically low crowd weeks. I mean, really, what is the incentive for me (and the thousands of other parents out there) to take my kids out of school during Veterans Day/Week, for example, if I'm going to have to pay full price or settle for a 15% discount at All Star Movies which saves me about $15 per night? I can go during the summer with a measley 15% off discount during June and not have to take my kids out of school. Anyway, like I said, anything is possible, but I don't think the end of free dining is in the cards just yet. Of course, that is just my opinion :-)
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:13 AM   #18
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I've been keeping my emails from Disney and have noticed that for 5 years running I've gotten a PIN for free dining in June. The last email (from 2012) lists the dates as:
09/30 - 10/04/12, 10/19 - 11/01/12, 11/09 - 11/15/12, 11/23-11/29/12 & 12/10 - 12/13/12.

I didn't use it last year since I took my daughter to London so I'm hoping that we will get it again.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:27 AM   #19
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I've been keeping my emails from Disney and have noticed that for 5 years running I've gotten a PIN for free dining in June. The last email (from 2012) lists the dates as:
09/30 - 10/04/12, 10/19 - 11/01/12, 11/09 - 11/15/12, 11/23-11/29/12 & 12/10 - 12/13/12.

I didn't use it last year since I took my daughter to London so I'm hoping that we will get it again.
The December free dining dates last year actually ended up being extended to December 20. I guess they thought they could "get away" with not including the third week of December, a historically lower crowd week, but resort occupancy rates were so low, they extended the FD offer by another week.

In 2011 they came back, after the initial announcement of December FD dates, and added 2 days during the first week in December. What's really strange is that in all the years of free dining, those are the only time they have "added" additional dates to a FD offer and it's only happened in December. Of course all of this info is for general public offers. It will be interesting to see what they do this year :-)
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:01 PM   #20
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We were there the third week of December 2012 for FD and the bounceback offer was just a room discount for December 2013. I jotted down the dates for BB as 11/30 through 12/4 and 12/15 through 12/19/13. Most likely not huge discounts like FD due to Pop Warner being late in 2013 as well as Thanksgiving at the end of November. One less week between the holidays.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:15 PM   #21
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I work for a large Internet travel site and write a family discount travel blog for them, I haven't seen anything or heard anything from other travel industry friends that make me think they are totally canceling Free Dining for this timeframe yet. If they offer FD this year, those dates should be pretty close.
It is you who keeps that glimmer of hope inside me 411! Thank you for that. I totally understand that anything can change at any minute, but I would rather hang on to the hope as long as I possibly can!!! Fingers crossed for a July or August announcement!!!
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:21 PM   #22
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Also hoping for FD for the first week of Dec! DH and I are going down to visit DD and, if FD is offered, we'll splurge on WL. If not, probably off site at Marriott Grand Vista .
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:09 AM   #23
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It is you who keeps that glimmer of hope inside me 411! Thank you for that. I totally understand that anything can change at any minute, but I would rather hang on to the hope as long as I possibly can!!! Fingers crossed for a July or August announcement!!!
Fingers crossed and keeping the hope alive!!! Lol :-)
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We're flying in on thanksgiving and staying at POP. Hoping for a FD discount for POFQ or POR for the 1-7. Keeping my fingers crossed!
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:44 PM   #25
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We check in on the 4th, so I'm really hoping a discount happens for that check in date. However, we budgeted for our trip without any discounts, so it won't effect us going or not. It would just be nice to have them...maybe we could upgrade.

Regardless...we will be happy as we will be at Disney.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:32 PM   #26
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Glad to see there is hope for fd. We have dvc but want to save our points for 2014 trip and fd would let us stay at mod for what we spend on the food anyway!
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:49 AM   #27
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Keep the hope alive...

Disney just sent out PIN codes yesterday for free dining IN DECEMBER...I don't know the exact dates yet but I am hoping that I get a little extra pixie dust between then and now as we have reservations from Dec. 19 - Jan 2 this year again.

I haven't received a PIN code, but I am hoping for a post card of some sort to help out..

This would save us HUGE as a family of 5 staying in a Moderate Resort this year.
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It is you who keeps that glimmer of hope inside me 411! Thank you for that. I totally understand that anything can change at any minute, but I would rather hang on to the hope as long as I possibly can!!! Fingers crossed for a July or August announcement!!!
With those FD pin code emails coming out yesterday, it's a pretty safe bet that most, if not all, of these FD dates will drop for the general public this summer. So excited my predictions were so close! Yay!
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I SOOOO hope your right with that!

Hubby and I are considering bunkering down in a Value if needed again this year as the Moderate is $$$$ for us. We staid at Pop last year and were very cramped with a family of 5. Kids bunkerd on bedspreads on the floor as the beds weren't big enough for us to share.

You can imagine they weren't too thrilled with that but we made it work lol
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With those FD pin code emails coming out yesterday, it's a pretty safe bet that most, if not all, of these FD dates will drop for the general public this summer. So excited my predictions were so close! Yay!
I am so excited for you!!! I really hope you are right about the GP!!! Cause I didn't get the pin. When I saw the dates, I instantly thought very close to what Disney411 said.
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