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Old 03-13-2013, 07:00 AM   #61
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curious question to those who are waiting for free dining offers...

how many will still'purchase the plan if its not offered?

how many will pay out of pocket for the week
OOP is about $600 cheaper for us than paying for the DDP, so with no discounts we will be paying OOP for our meals.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:00 AM   #62
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curious question to those who are waiting for free dining offers...

how many will still'purchase the plan if its not offered?

how many will pay out of pocket for the week
We will still pay for the DDP. We are booked for room/DDP with all paid except for $1500 in case a deal (either room or FD come out) We find that it is worth it as we like to have 1 sit down lunch/dinner per day. The first time we went with FD, we saved every receipt that we used that FD covered and I think we ate $1500 worth of food. So even with paying for it, it is worth it for us.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:01 AM   #63
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We're currently booked September 21-28, and plan on going with or without free dining. I'll be THRILLED if we are able to go with FD, but if not, we'll still go, and we'll still use the DDP. September can't get here fast enough!!
I know. It seems so far away. We are there 9/21-10/1. Where are you staying?
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:55 AM   #64
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I know. It seems so far away. We are there 9/21-10/1. Where are you staying?
Awesome! We're staying at POR. Where are you staying?
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Awesome! We're staying at POR. Where are you staying?
We are currently staying at Pop but I want POR. We like Pop because of the dedicated buses but DH is worried about switching because of the shared buses. I try to explain to him that the amount of people who go in September probably won't be an issue. What are your thoughts? Anything I can used against him?
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:41 AM   #66
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Columbus Day Free Dining?

We are planning Oct 12-19,'13 and were counting on free dining. Now I am reading that the dates around the Monday holiday are blocked from free dining!! Can anyone confirm this? This is our third trip and have received a postcard many times to get a room discount but never knew that those postcards are random? Yikes
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:59 AM   #67
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We are currently staying at Pop but I want POR. We like Pop because of the dedicated buses but DH is worried about switching because of the shared buses. I try to explain to him that the amount of people who go in September probably won't be an issue. What are your thoughts? Anything I can used against him?
When I stayed at POFQ we did not share with POR except for one time. Not sure if its always like that or not.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:07 PM   #68
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We are currently staying at Pop but I want POR. We like Pop because of the dedicated buses but DH is worried about switching because of the shared buses. I try to explain to him that the amount of people who go in September probably won't be an issue. What are your thoughts? Anything I can used against him?
This will be our first stay at POR, so I have no idea about the buses. I wouldn't think they would be too horribly bad in September, though!
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We are planning Oct 12-19,'13 and were counting on free dining. Now I am reading that the dates around the Monday holiday are blocked from free dining!! Can anyone confirm this? This is our third trip and have received a postcard many times to get a room discount but never knew that those postcards are random? Yikes
The middle two weeks of October have been blacked out for years. Last year's free dining dates were Oct. 1-4 and 19-31. 2011's dates were similar. Anything can happen, though. No way to know what the future holds. Good luck!
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curious question to those who are waiting for free dining offers...

how many will still'purchase the plan if its not offered?

how many will pay out of pocket for the week
If free dining is not offered, I will pay out of pocket and go with a room discount PIN (25%) that I received via mail.
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This will be our first stay at POR, so I have no idea about the buses. I wouldn't think they would be too horribly bad in September, though!
When it is peak times, POR and POFQ have their own bus. I non peak, they have the same bus. It stops at FQ first and the POR. Have never heard anyone complaining about the bus being too full and having to wait so I'm sure Disney knows when to make the changes.

Have a good trip.
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When it is peak times, POR and POFQ have their own bus. I non peak, they have the same bus. It stops at FQ first and the POR. Have never heard anyone complaining about the bus being too full and having to wait so I'm sure Disney knows when to make the changes.

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Old 03-13-2013, 06:15 PM   #73
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If free dining is not offered, I will pay out of pocket and go with a room discount PIN (25%) that I received via mail.

Not sure if mentioned before but did you see the price increase of the DDP? We are booked at the POFQ with a pin code for end of Aug and I added a sit down dining and it increased the cost by $2000!!! This is a $500 +/- increase and QS is now $1500 for a family of 4......
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:57 AM   #74
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Well this is a bummer, I wish the cm would have mentioned that when I booked the room, I even said I was hoping for free dining then. I hope I don't have trouble switching my reservation from Kidani Village to somewhere less expensive now. We would always purchase the DDP, I know it saves money and when it is paid for in advance the bill is much easier to stomach! pun intended
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:19 PM   #75
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Well, I sat down and did my math on our places of choice.
With the dining plan I would pay 770 for two adults. Dining plan includes tax but not tipping. When I figure out OOP I have to figure in the tax.
We decided we will not get a dessert with each meal and still allow for 1 snack each day.

the dining plan is giving us 7 sit downs, 7 counters and 7 snacks.

our choices include Cinderellas castle which costs 2 sit down credits. Bringing our meals to 13 meals and 7 snacks.

so OOP gives me 15 meals- one of which is Castle dining and 6 snacks for the same price of 770.
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