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Old 05-02-2013, 03:28 PM   #31
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I need to respond the the PP. This August trip will be our most expensive trip yet. We have gone just about every year since 2006. The reason we choose Disney is because it was so affordable with enough things to do for EVERY AGE. It's not affordable anymore. Sadly.

I unfortunately think this will be our last trip for awhile. We are staying at a value and paid for the DDP with 6 day park passes with WP option for 8 nights.... plus airfare its almost $4500. I almost just died when I just added that up, BTW.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:33 PM   #32
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Also need to add that I get that Disney is a business BUT a little heads up would have been nice on NO FD
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:16 PM   #33
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I think we all learned our lesson.....Next time take the bounce back!
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:21 PM   #34
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Count me in this club, very angry for a day or two completely over disney, then i came back full circle and now am excited that i just get to be there! Just felt bad for my parents as i had insisted that free dining will come out just stay patient. LOL wrong. On the bright side we were able to extend our time at shades of green, and we will be staying our first night at a value, and our last nights at a value so can use ME. With RO it should save us some money , wont be eating at many TS though, just cant convince my DH to pay that kind of money for any food!Although im excited that i dont have to worry about making adrs, etc.. Should really free up some time for us, We will be there for 2 full weeks so it should be a great time! Now just have to figure out how to get luggage from value to shades and back again lol
We usually go to lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern and Kona when we are not on the dining plan. Makes for a great air conditioned break in a hot day, the food is good, and the prices are not so bad. Another option we have found more recently is the Lunch buffet at Biergarten.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:45 PM   #35
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Thanks for the suggestions thinking we may add some of the cheaper ts restaurants for sure, just because with 2 weeks break times will be needed im sure.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:17 PM   #36
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I think we all learned our lesson.....Next time take the bounce back!
Amen to this! I'm still kicking myself for not booking the BB. I will always put the deposit down and cancel if we can't make it from now on.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:50 PM   #37
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Okay, you've all made me feel justified in being a bit put off--THANK YOU! Somehow a 15% off a room rate that's too high to begin with, with nothing else included, just didn't seem like much consolation to me. I thought I was being selfish, entitled, greedy, all those negative things. But I guess it's just a huge disappointment and I feel kind of deflated by the whole thing.

Still looking forward to going, but not as excited as I was. Based on cost alone, this will probably be our last trip for a while.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:45 PM   #38
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Amen to this! I'm still kicking myself for not booking the BB. I will always put the deposit down and cancel if we can't make it from now on.
i agree. shame on me for being so blind!
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:51 PM   #39
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I think we all learned our lesson.....Next time take the bounce back!
Alas, I really only go every other year, can't take advantage of the BB.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:20 PM   #40
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Has anyone considered that maybe because so many people booked bb that may be the reason they changed the dates?
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:39 AM   #41
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For us it is also a pretty big disappointment. Because of the expensive/long flight from overseas we only go every other year (no bounceback for us) and really can only go in August up to about Labour Day (all other vacations are too short to make it worth flying so far). As we generally stay at least 10 days and my older son is now 10 FD would really help out. We generally stay at Values so the (well, we have stayed at CBR and the Cabins for part of our trips previously but prices there are now so ridicously high that we won't do that anymore!) room discount doesn't really help. The MV-discount is great - but you still pay more than I want to (granted you get to stay at a deluxe).

I am okay with room and ticket prices but feel the meal costs are just not fair. We mostly do buffets as I have a picky eater (loves veggies and fruit, refuses cheese and meat) and with a 10 year old that won't work anymore. No way will I pay $40 for him to have a plate of fries or some chips and dips. It isn't so much that I absolutely can't afford it but thinking of a 100$ bill at the end of the meal will really spoil it for me. We can eat at offsite restaurants (TGI Fridays, Chilis, etc.) for under $40. Sure, Disney is worth a premium but to me not more than twice the amount.

Really not sure what we will do. Kids are not very flexible and want to go to Disney because "we go every second year". I'd love to go too but refuse to pay for eating out like we have in the past (we actually haven't always had free dining but both kids were young enough that the DP cost was reasonable). Unfortunately, we have gotten spoilt and I know there will be a lot of complaining if we don't eat at all our favourites...

I keep going back on forth about not going to Florida at all or staying offsite or staying onsite and just cutting down on number of days and meals...
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:35 AM   #42
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We got very spoiled with fd and swore we would never go back without it. But with the kids getting older we are doing one last 'family' trip and there are 8 of us. I am hoping any kind of discount comes out. We are only doing 6 nights at a value and 5 day base ticket. I also did end up buying the qsdp just so we know most of our meals are paid for. With our air and everything else our total is almost 6k...ugh. We will not be doing another trip for a few years and it will only be 3 of us when we do.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:29 AM   #43
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Has anyone considered that maybe because so many people booked bb that may be the reason they changed the dates?
Not only bb but people who booked rooms in anticipate of free dining. If they see high occupancy, no need to offer free dining.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:19 AM   #44
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Add me to the group hug.... I'm so disappointed too! I'm the kind of person who worries about the cost of things all the time, and I was hoping with FD I wouldn't be so hung up on the cost of our meals and snacks. In our family situation, FD would have saved us MUCH MUCH more than a 15% value room discount!
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:06 AM   #45
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I'm sure someone has said this but Disney never releases discounts in chronological order. Something may come out for August even coveted free dining, just be on the look out. Don't give up hope yet this rumored FD for Sept may be a test (or heck it may be wrong rumor info!) to see how well it books up then other times can come out.

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