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Old 03-02-2013, 09:15 AM   #16
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If you need the tickets anyway I think I would buy them now. If I remember right you can add FD after you book so no need to wait for that to come out.

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True but if we have plane tickets and FD does not mesh, we don't want to pay the change fee. Doesn't Disney know the wait us killing me?!?! LOL
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:20 AM   #17
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You're better off with a room discount. Free dining is far from being free...
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:28 AM   #18
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You're better off with a room discount. Free dining is far from being free...
I think you are probably right about that. Same thing applies though with waiting for plane fix. Ugh
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:16 AM   #19
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I'm sorry I thought PP was refering to WDW tickets, not airline. I read somewhere that park tickets were going up, but did not pay attention because we get miltary tickets. Sorry for the confusion.


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Old 03-02-2013, 10:30 AM   #20
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Hi everyone! My first post as a member of this forum...really hoping for September 2013 free Disney dining. Good luck to all!
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:49 PM   #21
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Hi everyone! My first post as a member of this forum...really hoping for September 2013 free Disney dining. Good luck to all!
We are wishing too! (Spread some love to the Value folks too!)
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:08 AM   #22
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Im hopeing for free dining for September as well as I have just finished booking our flights september 26 and return October 4th, much cheaper then the room discount when I worked out the numbers, thats providing we were to purchase the dining plan with the room only discount!
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:13 AM   #23
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hope so too!
The last two times we went (February 2011 and September 2012) we have gotten the free dining and I think it works out better than the room discount.

I have my fingers crossed too- Last year they announced it in April and you had to book by May 31.

Meals can be sooo expensive. We did three character meals that were over $100.00 each time. YIKES
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:23 AM   #24
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I'm at BLT right now and the bounceback is 35% off deluxe & villas, 30% off moderates. Remainder of the year, blackout dates apply.
Guess TOO MANY are holding room and dummy dining reservations for Disney to offer FD to the public !
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:36 AM   #25
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You're better off with a room discount. Free dining is far from being free...
How is free dining "far from being free"? Even if there were a 30% room discount, I don't think it would be close the the amount I'm paying for our dining plans. Am I missing something?
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:54 PM   #26
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You're better off with a room discount. Free dining is far from being free...
Far from true...

The regular dining plan for the 3 of us....Myself, DH & 12 yr old son is approx $165 a day ($55 a person approx) for the regular dining plan.

Moderate Resort- CBR $162 a night in January - 30% discount = $114 approx a night. Savings of approx $48.

Room discount would save us about $48 a night x 7 nights = $336.
Free dining would save us $165 a night x 7 nights = $1155.00
I would say Free dining is a MUCH , MUCH better promo/discount.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:48 AM   #27
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Far from true...

The regular dining plan for the 3 of us....Myself, DH & 12 yr old son is approx $165 a day ($55 a person approx) for the regular dining plan.

Moderate Resort- CBR $162 a night in January - 30% discount = $114 approx a night. Savings of approx $48.

Room discount would save us about $48 a night x 7 nights = $336.
Free dining would save us $165 a night x 7 nights = $1155.00
I would say Free dining is a MUCH , MUCH better promo/discount.


I am always wondering the same thing, but maybe they see something we don't? Or maybe the time of year makes a difference. I have only gone in September. I still think FREE Dining would be the best option for my family
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:26 AM   #28
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Room discount is the best value when staying in a deluxe, right? Our fam chooses to stay in a moderate, or a value for longer stays. FD saves us over $1K every trip. Not sure how a room discount could top that.

FWIW, we get FD every year by doing Bounceback. It's only NOT been offered once in the last 4-5 yrs, I think. We have never paid for dining .
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Anyone else watching ticket prices go up? We are waiting to buy based on if FD comes out (dates can be flexible in September) and they have gone up $100 in last week!

We have it booked and are going regardless but want full advantage if FD is released. Opinions on whether I should continue to wait or sucked it up and buy?
Do you have a SW airlines where you are? No change fees! I would book the flights if they are going up. If you spend hundreds more for flights than you needed to, doesn't that cancel out the FD? Just a thought.

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Far from true...

The regular dining plan for the 3 of us....Myself, DH & 12 yr old son is approx $165 a day ($55 a person approx) for the regular dining plan.

Moderate Resort- CBR $162 a night in January - 30% discount = $114 approx a night. Savings of approx $48.

Room discount would save us about $48 a night x 7 nights = $336.
Free dining would save us $165 a night x 7 nights = $1155.00
I would say Free dining is a MUCH , MUCH better promo/discount.
It really depends on how you eat. You are comparing the cost of the dining plan vs. the room savings. What if your family doesn't spend $165 a day on food. What if paying OOP is only $75/day? You also need to take into account that you have to purchase tickets in order to be eligible for the dining plan. tickets that someone may or may not need. I'm not saying your family doesn't save money, but there are a lot of calculations that go into deciding if you are saving money or not.

We have booked for August, flights booked, ADR's booked and have the DDP for now. Not sure if we will keep it or not. Waiting to see what discounts, if any, they will offer and what is the best for us. If no discounts are offered, we are going anyway, but it sure would be good to see something for two reason (both selfish of course). First, I could save $$. Second, if they have sufficient bookings where they feel no offer is needed the parks are going to be crazy busy.

I'll end by saying good luck to all in finding a the right deal for you.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:34 PM   #30
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I would bet money that there will be Free Dining in Aug/Sept. Exact dates are harder to predict, but they have done it for 7 straight years now. It's still a slow time of year and without FD it would be even slower. They may change to QS at the mods as its rumored, but that isn't certain as there is still no hard evidence of that happening.

Most likely the announcement will come sometime in April, but it has gone as late as early May.

We are hoping for Oct-Dec FD, though they have only been doing that for the last 4 years. The Jan-May FD only occurred these last two years. I think they did send targeted PINs out for it this winter, but not to the general public.
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