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Old 03-05-2013, 08:51 AM   #16
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So....we have a family of 6. If we go during free dining, Would it be better to

1) stay at a value resort in the family suite (animation) and get quick service fd then upgrade.....

Or

2)get two rooms at a moderate (port Orleans most likely) with free dining (the one win one qs and one sit down).

We stayed at POFQ last time with free dining and loved how small the resort was. Not sure i could handle how big the value resorts are. And we would want regular free dining in Order to see all the characters during meals. But now we cannot just stay in one room there.

Thanks....
The cheapest option would be to get 2 connecting rooms at a value resort. AOA was nice, but too big and too spread out. Plus the family suites at AOA are way overpriced. If you must have a suite, book at All Star Music.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:53 AM   #17
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be sure to also check pricing on a villa..sometimes with a family esp a family of 5+ a villa can be a good deal
For 6 people they would need a 2 bedroom villa and even with a free dining discount or renting points, that would $2500 per week more than 2 value rooms or a family suite at Music.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:54 AM   #18
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Rumor has it that only QS dining will be offered to moderate and deluxe reservations with nothing for values. Hoing this is not true but we will have to wait and see.
It's not true.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:56 AM   #19
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I beleive this rumor. So I ran the numbers as follows...

I've run the numbers for my family of 5 (though my youngest is < 3 so too young for the dining plan, so really family of 4).
I compared a family suite at AoA and paying out of pocket for QS dining - v - 2 rooms at a moderate with free QS dinning. It wasn't even close AoA was much cheaper.

I think you just have to run it both ways for your family and their ages. I'd guess it may work out as a wash. So you could pick which ever you prefer.

Also, double check the historical black out dates for free dining. I was afraid of booking hte mod at the hopes of getting free dining only to be blacked out.
Very little validity in this rumor. What's going to happen to those thousands of value rooms they need to fill during the height of hurricane season? Disney isn't going to shoot itself on the foot like that - those marketing geniuses at Disney are too smart for that.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:58 AM   #20
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I think the last offer (not the free dining but discount on room and tickets) didnt include AOA suites so they might not offer free dining there. (and actually lasts year free dining I dont think included the AOA suites either, someone correct me if I am wrong).
That incorrect, the AOA suites have not been excluded from any discounts. The AOA standard Little Mermaid rooms are the ones who have been excluded from almost every discount.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:59 AM   #21
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Would we pay full price???

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Old 03-05-2013, 08:59 AM   #22
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How would I figure that out??? Any idea???

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Old 03-05-2013, 09:01 AM   #23
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Or there are the cabins at Ft.W.
The cabins are WAY overpriced for what they are and only have 1 bathroom - which is a deal breaker for our large family.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:05 AM   #24
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i just booked a week stay at the contemporay in August, i paid for the meal plan but I'm wondering how do I get a free meal plan.
If you are booked at a deluxe, then you need to be looking for a 35% or more room discount to be released, as that will probably save you more money than a free dining discount. The exception would be if you have 2 or 3 children in the room, as they would be priced out as adults and in that case a FD discount would save you more. Either way, you will have to call Disney reservations when the discount codes are released and ask them to add the discount to your existing reservation.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:44 AM   #25
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It's not true.
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The cabins are WAY overpriced for what they are and only have 1 bathroom - which is a deal breaker for our large family.
The one bathroom and smallish beds for the price are definitely something I have taken into consideration. But DH wants a hot tub, the kids would like the campfire singalongs, I like the boat to MK and it isn't much of an upgrade cost when you factor in the dining upgrade I will pay with two connecting values. I have also seen so many cute pics of the way people decorate their campsites. It seems like a nice place in general. Believe me I am having a hard time deciding, I could go on and on all day with my internal debating!!

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we are a family of 6 and soon for the next trip will be down to 5...after looking at the suites, we prefer to have beds and not the "make into a bed" plus, we need 2 bathrooms! with this in mind, we have been doing 2 rooms since they were young. we have done both value and moderates. when the kids were younger they really liked the value and with free dining, a lot of savings. we are now planning our next trip and plan to do 2 rooms at POFQ(we would fit in one room at POR, but DH says we must have 2 bathrooms/showers) look at the costs and see what the difference is in price. we did have FD last trip and are now sold on the dp(makes life easier-will look at ddp this trip now that I set how much the gratuity is)
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It's not true.
TheDisney411, what are you hearing the fd discount will be? I'm hoping it will be like years past ~ qs for values, reg dp for mods and deluxe. Thanks for any insight you can provide
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:33 PM   #28
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Thanks for all of the responses and things to think about. I just hope the rumors are not true....but I can see that happening. I can say that I loved POFQ because of the smallness. I would hate to have a spread out resort after walking all day.

We do have the option of getting a timeshare off site for nothing. Why would I even consider on site! Because its in the magic of course!

I guess I should put in for the timeshare to see if we can get our dates.....and patiently wait to see the trend for free dining. Not going until December OT January...so we have a little while.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:55 AM   #29
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Very little validity in this rumor. What's going to happen to those thousands of value rooms they need to fill during the height of hurricane season? Disney isn't going to shoot itself on the foot like that - those marketing geniuses at Disney are too smart for that.
They can offer a different discount. I don't think anyone said there weren't going to be any discounts offered for that time period. Or maybe the people that were planning on staying at a value will now stay at a mod.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:04 PM   #30
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Every year some people insist the free dining deals are over, yet they show up again. The dates change a bit every year so thats no real indicator. As others have said, this years deals will probably be based on current reservations. Personally I am betting that the fall free dining deals we have seen will be back and we are planning our Sept. trip to take advantage of them and in about 12 days we will start making our ADRs.
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