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Old 03-29-2013, 10:36 AM   #331
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Please someone with a little more DW wisdom than I... looking for some advise..
we are booked at POFQ because in the event that free dining was not offered at Value Resorts, we do like the 'deal'.
In light of the room only promo that was just released , historically does it appear that perhaps the 'free dining' may be introduced for late August? i cant remember when the promos began in past years... any thoughts would be most appreciated. Have a Blessed weekend.
Here are the Historic Patterns for fall free dining offers. I'm looking for the trend going back to late April, leaning toward April 25.

2006 - Booking started April 1
2007 - Booking started April 9
2008 - Booking started April 7
2009 - Booking started March 30
2010 - Booking Started April 29
2011 - Booking Started April 28
2012 - Booking Started March 1
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:40 AM   #332
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Here are the Historic Patterns for fall free dining offers. I'm looking for the trend going back to late April, leaning toward April 25.

2006 - Booking started April 1
2007 - Booking started April 9
2008 - Booking started April 7
2009 - Booking started March 30
2010 - Booking Started April 29
2011 - Booking Started April 28
2012 - Booking Started March 1
I really wish I did not see this post, lol. I've always wondered if we missed out on free dining during our first trip in August 2008 (before I knew about special offers & The Dis) Looks like we did *sigh* But I'm not like that I'll let Disney apply the 2008 discount to my trip this year (wouldn't that be some major pixie dust)!!!!
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:21 PM   #333
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So Danny, what do you think the dates will be for free dining in August, and when do you think they will release them? Last year they released the FD dates in March, as opposed to a little later in other years.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:47 PM   #334
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So Danny, what do you think the dates will be for free dining in August, and when do you think they will release them? Last year they released the FD dates in March, as opposed to a little later in other years.
We've talked about this in other posts. But it's looking around August 24 until around September 24th. These are only estimates at this point however. They should release around the end of April and visa holders get advance booking usually on a Thursday, say around April 25.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:59 PM   #335
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We've talked about this in other posts. But it's looking around August 24 until around September 24th. These are only estimates at this point however. They should release around the end of April and visa holders get advance booking usually on a Thursday, say around April 25.
Thank you! That's around where i thought they would be. Still trying to decide, but it's looking like I will try to get into the FD dates - it saves us more money!
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We've talked about this in other posts. But it's looking around August 24 until around September 24th. These are only estimates at this point however. They should release around the end of April and visa holders get advance booking usually on a Thursday, say around April 25.
But wouldn't that leave a gap of aug 15 through the 24th with no promotions? Does disney ever do that? We happen to be booked aug 15 through the 23rd!
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But wouldn't that leave a gap of aug 15 through the 24th with no promotions? Does disney ever do that? We happen to be booked aug 15 through the 23rd!
Yes, there are plenty of times when Disney has no promos.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:09 PM   #338
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But wouldn't that leave a gap of aug 15 through the 24th with no promotions? Does disney ever do that? We happen to be booked aug 15 through the 23rd!
Will there be a room only discount during that time??
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But wouldn't that leave a gap of aug 15 through the 24th with no promotions? Does disney ever do that? We happen to be booked aug 15 through the 23rd!
Would just like to add that while I've always heard mid-late August was a slow time, our first experience with visiting in August last year told a different story. Last year, we were there from 8/11-8/20 and we found the parks to be moderate-high and on our last day, the parks & resorts were completely nuts and I believe FD was starting at that time - we were actually glad to be leaving. So perhaps, August is starting to get a lot busier than what it was years ago thus the reason Disney is cutting back or scaling back the promos for that time ?
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We were there last August, 25 through Sept 3 on FD and the crowds were nice I don't think it was as hot as the previous year was in September either. Hoping the dates are the same!!
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So perhaps, August is starting to get a lot busier than what it was years ago thus the reason Disney is cutting back or scaling back the promos for that time ?
First it was August, which is not anywhere near as quiet as September was prior to free dining. Some schools go back early to mid August, so crowds may drop some, but most schools don't go back until after Labor Day. Second, the crowds were likely much higher because of free dining. So they take it away and they lose a lot of that attendance. Not everyone by any means, but many will choose to go at a more desirable time, weather wise.
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First it was August, which is not anywhere near as quiet as September was prior to free dining. Some schools go back early to mid August, so crowds may drop some, but most schools don't go back until after Labor Day. Second, the crowds were likely much higher because of free dining. So they take it away and they lose a lot of that attendance. Not everyone by any means, but many will choose to go at a more desirable time, weather wise.
I'm guess if there are no promotions, that'll help with crowds...just doesn't make sense to have a week gap in promos. I would think allot of people would shifts dates, if possible, to get a discount.
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Are the Garden Wing Deluxe rooms at CR included in the 30% discount?
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:55 AM   #344
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Well seeing as the promotion for GP has been available since 4 am our time online....im already fuming. We have ours paid in full so i have to call for the modification. After checking online our room choice is already gone. great guess no GP offer for us this year, what a let down!!
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