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Old 05-07-2013, 09:25 PM   #61
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So it seems like many folks may have moved their dates to Septenber as I was originally booked this August at a moderate with a FD BB from last year. I had originally wanted the BC but each time I checked they only had water VW rooms and higher available so I ended up booking an agency exclusive deal with a TA at the BC STD VW with the intent of canceling my BB but the downside was no DP. Before I cancelled DH convinced me to try Disney one more time and when I did this morning, they had just about every category available. I ended up keeping my FD BB and cancelled the TA booking. I'll be another looking for a BB again this year and IF there's one, I'm booking it.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:42 AM   #62
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I am actually really excited there is no free dining. I am hoping the crowds will be nice and low this year.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:06 AM   #63
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I am actually really excited there is no free dining. I am hoping the crowds will be nice and low this year.
I doubt they will be low. They must be pretty full that is most likely why it was not included in the FD this year.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:19 AM   #64
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I am actually really excited there is no free dining. I am hoping the crowds will be nice and low this year.
Yes! Me too...we go every year the 3-4th week in August. Crowds were very manageable last year and FD started a few days into our trip. Many people are shifting dates if they can to get FD...here's hoping
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:11 AM   #65
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I was hoping for FD this August too! Its messing up my plans. The RO discount on a value doesnt save alot of money. I was wondering if it is better to go the 3 or 4th week of august. Are the crowds really less the 4th week? I check the calendars and they said 3rd week is a 6 where the 4th week is a 3..any suggestions? Also should I do POP or AOA LM? thanks!
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:41 AM   #66
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I doubt they will be low. They must be pretty full that is most likely why it was not included in the FD this year.
I disagree. I think they just had too many people try to squeeze in vacation the last 2 weeks of August and realize the FD offer is used much higher those 2 weeks then any week in Sept. This spreads the crowds into Sept as it makes people who normally prebook Aug, to move to Sept. The ones that can't, just stick with their Aug dates (due to airfare or school) so crowds may be a littler higher than say an Aug 10 years ago with no discount, but lower than a Aug the past few years.

Smart financial move on Disney's part. Now what they do next year when people aren't as likely to prebook end of Aug knowing FD might not be offered. That I am interested in seeing. They could have enough bounce backs to offer FD or have enough overseas guests.

But regardless, to actually have a chance to get a usually bot crowded TS meal on the fly is good enough for me.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:49 AM   #67
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I was hoping for FD this August too! Its messing up my plans. The RO discount on a value doesnt save alot of money. I was wondering if it is better to go the 3 or 4th week of august. Are the crowds really less the 4th week? I check the calendars and they said 3rd week is a 6 where the 4th week is a 3..any suggestions? Also should I do POP or AOA LM? thanks!
There is a room only discount available for those last two weeks of August but AOA LM are excluded. POP has a 20% room only discount.
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5% off - All-Star Movies, Animal Kingdom Lodge Savannah view and Club Level, Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Contemporary theme park view & Club Level, Port Orleans-French Quarter
15% off - Art of Animation suites
20% off  All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, Contemporary standard rooms, Grand Floridian, Pop Century, Polynesian
25% off - Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans-Riverside
30% off  Animal Kingdom Lodge standard rooms, Beach Club, Beach Club Villas, BoardWalk Inn, BoardWalk Villas, Old Key West, Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Saratoga Springs, Wilderness Lodge, Yacht Club
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:05 AM   #68
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We can't change our dates because of school starting as it is we are flying home two days before school starts. So here's to hoping many do change their dates and we experience low crowds. Hey, maybe enough people will change and Disney will send out FD pins.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:15 AM   #69
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Hey, maybe enough people will change and Disney will send out FD pins.
That would be AMAZING! The RO discount I'm getting at POP is nice, but it will barely cover one TS meal. Free dining, on the other hand....
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:09 PM   #70
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What the heck is the cheap deal for ASMovies? I have never stayed there but find it odd.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:36 PM   #71
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:42 PM   #72
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I am very disappointed that free dining will not be offered at the end of August this year. We always go in August to take advantage. It really has put a damper on the trip. I am still excited to go, but it definitely took a lot of the excitement away... If not for the fact that we are traveling with family, I would have cancelled our reservation and went on a cruise instead. It will still be fun, but I have a feeling this will be our last Disney trip for awhile.
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I am very disappointed that free dining will not be offered at the end of August this year. We always go in August to take advantage. It really has put a damper on the trip. I am still excited to go, but it definitely took a lot of the excitement away... If not for the fact that we are traveling with family, I would have cancelled our reservation and went on a cruise instead. It will still be fun, but I have a feeling this will be our last Disney trip for awhile.
This is exactly how I'm feeling. Had already told the kids we'd go--and I really want to go! But definitely not as upbeat as I was when thinking I'd get free dining.

Now that FD for Sept has gone public, my guess is a lot of people who had booked end of August in anticipation will end up changing dates or making other plans. Of course not everyone, but I'm willing to bet there will be a significant number. When Disney sees a mass exodus out of end of August bookings, will they offer something better? Is there ever a case where they have one offer (like our measly RO) and then come along with something even better?

I feel like a broken record, but I'm just really, really, really bummed about the whole thing!

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Old 05-09-2013, 02:23 PM   #74
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This is exactly how I'm feeling. Had already told the kids we'd go--and I really want to go! But definitely not as upbeat as I was when thinking I'd get free dining.

Now that FD for Sept has gone public, my guess is a lot of people who had booked end of August in anticipation will end up changing dates or making other plans. Of course not everyone, but I'm willing to bet there will be a significant number. When Disney sees a mass exodus out of end of August bookings, will they offer something better? Is there ever a case where they have one offer (like our measly RO) and then come along with something even better?
I feel like a broken record, but I'm just really, really, really bummed about the whole thing!

That is what I am wondering as well.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:07 PM   #75
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Had to chime in cuz I feel your pain We missed FD by 1 day last year...........yes, ONE day! And now this year, we miss it again-I cant take the kids out of school when school is just beginning, so we're stuck with the RO. Yes, it's better than nothing since we still planned on going-but I SO wanted FD....I feel like I've earned it

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