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Old 07-15-2013, 12:03 PM   #91
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So, if I understand correctly (and please bare with me, this is my 1st Disney trip for our family) I would miss out on a RO discount for the 1st part of our stay because we are arriving Oct 12th-27th.
I have the Poly booked from the 12th-17th, then BC 17th-22nd and then AKL 22nd-27th.
So, the RO would cover me from the 18th on wards...correct?
Are the AP dates normally the same as the GP RO dates?

If I'm correct, It would make more sense to extend the Poly to check out the 18th instead of the 17th, so that I could get the RO starting at the BC on the 18th. I don't really want to stay the 17th at the BC at full pop, and then possibly have to switch rooms from the 18th-22nd. Do you follow?

I have some thinking to do..I may even move AKL to the beginning and Poly at the end since the Poly is the most expensive resort without a discount. AKL is the cheapest one out of the 3...

Thank-you for you help, much appreciated!!!
The room discount may not follow the same dates as FD. It usually doesn't.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:04 PM   #92
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I just talked to a CM and she said that today and tomorrow they are releasing new PINS via email.

They are for Jan 14- April 2 (blockout dates 3/3- 3/15). She said there are 11 different types of offers. Some are room only, some are adults eat for child prices... things like that.
I have a question on this. (and sorry, not trying to stray from the main thread topic) A friend of mine went on a trip with us, and used our email address to keep everything together when making plans. So, today i received an email with his name on it for the "adult eat for child price".
Was this pin ment for him or for us (our email). If it was meant for him, we couldn't take advantage of it correct? (he wouldn't be with us on that planned trip).

Offer is here for those that want to know.....
When you visit Walt Disney World Resort for stays most nights 1/5-3/2/14 and 3/16-4/12/14, you have the chance to enjoy some great offers to help you experience all that's new to see and do. For example: Quick-Service Dining Plan
Purchase a 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way® vacation package for a family of four that includes accommodations at a select Disney Value Resort, Theme Park tickets AND the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan for just $ 2,080 * for stays most nights 1/12-1/16/14 and 1/20-2/12/14.
That's a savings of $419! Disney Dining Plan†
Purchase a 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way vacation package for a family of four that includes accommodations at a select Disney Moderate Resort, Theme Park tickets AND the Disney Dining Plan for just $ 2,550 * for stays most nights 1/12-1/16/14 and 1/20-2/12/14.
That's a savings of $657! *The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Prices based on 2 adults, 1 junior, and 1 child with Guests ages 10 and older paying the non-discounted price of a child's ticket and dining packages, plus accommodations. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same package. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Offer is nontransferable and is not valid at Disney's Art of Animation Resort-The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms.

†Excludes gratuities and alcohol. Children ages 3-9 must order from the children's menu, if available. Some Table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. Booking ends on 7/28/13.
So hurry and call 407-939-7931
or your Travel Agent today!
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:05 PM   #93
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Europe and South America Only?

YourFirstVisit.net reports (if rumor true) that the free dining dates are for Europe and South America..... when the free dining special comes out for the U.S., do you think it will be the same dates? Isn't this all speculation now? I prefer a room discount anyway... hoping for a discount for an arrival date sometime Oct. 11 - 13 and stay through Oct. 20.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:05 PM   #94
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Does anyone know what the $ difference is between the quick service plan and regular dining if we stay at a value resort?
You just pay the difference between the regular price of the QS dining plan and the regualr ddp - about $18-$19 per night per adult and about $3-$4 per night per child.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:05 PM   #95
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So happy for so many of you!!!! I am disappointed that our dates, Dec. 4-9, are not included. But I am still crossing my fingers something will work out for us! If not, we will still enjoy our first visit as a family anyway I am sure
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:06 PM   #96
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Anyone now why they excluded the first week of December? In the previous mentioned dates they were included but not in the confirm dates. Sad Any other discount will be offer for such week? Please give me some hope.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:07 PM   #97
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LM rooms are excluded because they sellout without needing to offer a discount. The campsites are not included because they are not a resort. FD is offered to fill resort rooms, plus, you can have up to 10 people on a single campsite. That is way too much food to give away. Not sure about the 3 bedrooms, but maybe that is too many people, too.
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They discount rooms that they need occupied, so occupancy on those that are not included is already high. No need to discount. Campsites can accommodate a lot of people and are pretty cheap, so giving free dining there would just not be a good financial decision.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:08 PM   #98
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Omg yay!!! So exciting! I need help though! Our dates are Nov.16-22 and we have a little mermaid room at AoA. What are our options and what would you do?! We are a family of 5, three children ages 8, 6, and not quite 2. My parents are adult sister are also joining us. Help!
Hmmm...I totally understand the plight of larger families! Here are the options I have looked in to: 2 rooms at a Value (connecting), family suites at All-Star Music, Suites at AoA, POR alligator bayou rooms. The negatives for 2 connecting rooms is that Disney can not guarantee this, but they try there hardest, and make sure to request in advance.; the alligator bayou rooms are very popular and can go very fast. There are other (more expensive) options at Deluxe resorts-rooms at the Polynesian and Beach Club are quite large for regular rooms and allow 5 (3 and up) in a room; could do six with child under 3 yrs. We are currently doing AoA suites, but will most likely do 2 connecting rooms at All-Star or Pop next time. Good luck with your decision! I know I went back and forth with several options (like BC or Poly), but decided our family really NEEDS 2 bathrooms!
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:08 PM   #99
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Omg yay!!! So exciting! I need help though! Our dates are Nov.16-22 and we have a little mermaid room at AoA. What are our options and what would you do?! We are a family of 5, three children ages 8, 6, and not quite 2. My parents are adult sister are also joining us. I will switch resorts in a heartbeat, no problem! What is the cheapest Moderate Resort? CB? Help!
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:10 PM   #100
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Free dining will be extended beyond September. Bookings for these dates will begin August 1. As usual, Disney Visa holders should have a few days notice to book early, likely on July 29. The dates are below:

September 29 - October 2
October 18 - November 2
November 11 - 23
December 12 - 22


As usual, certain room types are excluded, such as campsites at Ft. Wilderness, 3-bedroom villas, and the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation. A 3 night minimum stay (14 night maximum) and two day minimum park ticket is required for each person in the party.

Disney Value Resorts ~ Quick Service Dining Plan Included
(can be upgraded to regular plan)
All-Star Movies Resort
All-Star Music Resort
All-Star Sports Resort
Pop Century Resort
Art of Animation Resort (excluding Little Mermaid rooms)

Moderate Resorts ~ Regular Dining Plan Included
Carribean Beach Resort
Coronado Springs Resort
Port Orleans Resort French Quarter and Riverside

Deluxe Resorts ~ Regular Dining Plan Included
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
BoardWalk Inn
Contemporary Resort
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Polynesian Resort
Wilderness Lodge

Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts ~ Regular Dining Plan Included
Bay Lake Tower
Animal Kingdom Villas
Beach Club Villas
BoardWalk Villas
Old Key West Resort
Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Villas at Disneys Wilderness Lodge
Fort Wilderness Cabins

A word of thanks as well to Dave at YourFirstVisit. He and I have had continued discussions on this topic for some time and shared much insight on the Free Dining promotions both in September and beyond.
Good luck to everyone on getting the FD. Unfortunately we check in December 4th so these no dates eliminate my chances of getting it. Not a good Monday for me
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Yay! This is such great news for a Monday!!!

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Old 07-15-2013, 12:11 PM   #102
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ok so we are going to have to do a split trip also since we are arriving nov. 9th and free dining dont start till the 11th. But I have never done this before how does it work and if i have ADRs for the 9th and 10th i would just have to pay OOP for those correct?:confused 3
This is my understanding from a CM explanation.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:14 PM   #103
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We had booked Dec. 3-13, but we're trying to change our dates to November 12-22. I've made dining reservations, and I'm just waiting to make sure DH can get the days off work.

The FD means we can upgrade from POR to WL! Woohoo!
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:17 PM   #104
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Anyone now why they excluded the first week of December? In the previous mentioned dates they were included but not in the confirm dates. Sad Any other discount will be offer for such week? Please give me some hope.
Probably because the hotels are already so booked up that week.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:18 PM   #105
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So, if I understand correctly (and please bare with me, this is my 1st Disney trip for our family) I would miss out on a RO discount for the 1st part of our stay because we are arriving Oct 12th-27th.
I have the Poly booked from the 12th-17th, then BC 17th-22nd and then AKL 22nd-27th.
So, the RO would cover me from the 18th on wards...correct?
Are the AP dates normally the same as the GP RO dates?

If I'm correct, It would make more sense to extend the Poly to check out the 18th instead of the 17th, so that I could get the RO starting at the BC on the 18th. I don't really want to stay the 17th at the BC at full pop, and then possibly have to switch rooms from the 18th-22nd. Do you follow?

I have some thinking to do..I may even move AKL to the beginning and Poly at the end since the Poly is the most expensive resort without a discount. AKL is the cheapest one out of the 3...

Thank-you for you help, much appreciated!!!
I think what Black was stating is that RO discounts are usually announced around the same time as free dining; but RO dates CAN be more expanded, cover a wider date range. So there could be less moving things around for you Good luck!
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