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Old 03-04-2014, 08:30 AM   #2251
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Wasn't free dining released in March two years ago?
It was; however, at that time the industry was down a lot and they were throwing lots of things against the wall.

Here's the history of when free dining was released to the public:

2005 - June 2
2006 - April 1
2007 - April 9
2008 - April 7
2009 - March 30
2010 - May 3
2011 - May 2
2012 - March 5
2013 - May 9

As you can see, only once has been early March. The trend is late April for Visa holders and a few days into May for the public. I don't anticipate that changing this year either. The current promos only run through mid-June and expire on March 31, and the memory maker promo that runs into September also expires on April 20.

Given that time frame, I anticipate a free dining promo to roll between May 1-8.

They are clearly using the Memory Maker package to see if that can pull as much interest as Free Dining, which the general consensus is no. Ultimately, they want to do away with Free Dining, but have to find something that does at least as well...hence some of the new package promos we've seen.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:04 AM   #2252
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Given that time frame, I anticipate a free dining promo to roll between May 1-8.
Historically, a free dining promo launching in the spring would be just for fall dates? Or do they normally cover dates right from the day the promo is launched? What I'm getting at, is what is the likelihood that a FD promo roll out in May would also include dates in that same month of May?

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Old 03-04-2014, 09:47 AM   #2253
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This is my 4th time to type this post, hopefully it will stick.

I'm Vicky, married to DH for 20 years, 3 boys (15,15,12). SAHM that volunteers in the schools and community quite a bit. My first trip to WDW was in 5th grade. That was the year DM returned to teaching full time and she surprised us (Dad didn't even know) at Christmas with a spring break trip. I will never forget how excited I was when we opened the present and how excited she was to give it to us. We returned several times in high school and college but DH and I decided not to go until naps and strollers were a thing of the past. We have been 3 times in the last 5 years. I would be happy going every other year and even happier with FD! My favorite part of the trip is eating food I didn't have to cook!
DH and I are thinking of going for F&W this fall and then a big blow out June of '16 when the kids go with band.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:51 AM   #2254
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Since weather is a topic on this board as well, here is what happened in Texas this weekend. Saturday was beautiful, the temperature was 82. Sunday, in the afternoon, the temperature was 28 and sleeting. Monday morning it was 9 with a wind chill of -5. UGH!!!!!!
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Historically, a free dining promo launching in the spring would be just for fall dates? Or do they normally cover dates right from the day the promo is launched? What I'm getting at, is what is the likelihood that a FD promo roll out in May would also include dates in that same month of May?

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Usually FD is offered in May for stays mid/late August til the end of September. I do not recall FD being offered for May (unless maybe by a PIN??)

For stays in October/November with FD - I believe that promo usually comes out in the summer (August or so).
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:59 AM   #2256
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Historically, a free dining promo launching in the spring would be just for fall dates? Or do they normally cover dates right from the day the promo is launched? What I'm getting at, is what is the likelihood that a FD promo roll out in May would also include dates in that same month of May?
Oh no...that ship has sailed. The best hope for free dining is September, and I don't expect there will be anymore. Even if there were, we are well past any May offerings, outside of PIN offers of course.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:05 AM   #2257
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My name is Jenna. I am 33 and married to my high school sweetheart. We don't have any kids and my DH is just so-so about Disney (boo!) so I go to Disney with my parents and sisters instead.

My parents and sisters and I got Disney obsessed when we were all in college and my middle sister was down playing softball for Spring Break. Though we went as kids and had a good time, Disney was WAY better as an adult. I definitely appreciated it more!

We are currently booked for Sept at Kidani AKL, our first Deluxe stay . Sorry to say that we are part of the problem in that we booked with the MM promotion and so hopefully, we don't tip the scales towards going away with free dining! My DDad could not wait to book for some reason . I tried to tell him that we needed to wait but he wasn't having any of that and I got tired of his pestering! (First world problems, I know! )
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Hi! My name is Jade and I made my DH into a Disney fan when I took him for his first trip in 2003. We have now taken our almost 3 year old son 3 times and are planning on his fourth trip this fall. It is just so much fun to see his reaction to everything! He has such a blast!

This brings me to my question...we stayed at POFQ last trip and are hooked. And now that my son will no longer be free, FD saves us a ton more money than a RO discount ever would. It's sounding like FD will only be offered in September and I know POFQ was excluded from the Oct-Dec offer last year. Is it included in the September offer? If I plan for mid September (week of 9/20) do we have a shot of getting POFQ? I'd rather go in October but would choose FD in September over RO in October.

That probably could've been said much shorter but I never seem to manage that! Thanks so much!!
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:02 PM   #2259
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Wasn't free dining released in March two years ago?
Yes, it was, for check ins 8/25/12 to 9/29/12. In May, 2013 free dining was released for check ins 9/2/13 to 9/25/13.
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They are clearly using the Memory Maker package to see if that can pull as much interest as Free Dining, which the general consensus is no. Ultimately, they want to do away with Free Dining, but have to find something that does at least as well...hence some of the new package promos we've seen.
teehee - it amuses me that they would think free a Memory Maker package (to the tune of saving $149) would attract those wishing for a Free Dining package! For our family, that translates to THOUSANDS of dollars. I never really thought of them as using that to entice the free dining crowd, more of a push for people to try the memory maker and decide they can't live without it and then purchase it for their next trip

I agree that they are trying to scale back and test the waters to see what compromises they can make to wean us all off of what has become expected as far as the Free Dining is concerned. I suspect we will see the stay/play/dine increase during times when free dining was traditionally offered.

Of course, I would LOVE to see them continue with the free dining, particularly as the youngest of my 3 children will move into the "Adult" pricing category on her next birthday! We traditionally travel let Sept/early Oct, which I think may stay constant, but am hoping for an early December trip next go 'round to experience Christmastime at Disney . . . so I am holding out hope that they keep it going a while longer For our family, that produces a discount that no room only offer has ever come close to . . .
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:56 PM   #2262
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teehee - it amuses me that they would think free a Memory Maker package (to the tune of saving $149) would attract those wishing for a Free Dining package! For our family, that translates to THOUSANDS of dollars. I never really thought of them as using that to entice the free dining crowd, more of a push for people to try the memory maker and decide they can't live without it and then purchase it for their next trip
The fall MM package also includes a room discount from 10-25%.

I am definitely hoping for free dining though!
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Does anyone know if theres a list of historical pins for free dining? or is there absolutely no trend with those?
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Since weather is a topic on this board as well, here is what happened in Texas this weekend. Saturday was beautiful, the temperature was 82. Sunday, in the afternoon, the temperature was 28 and sleeting. Monday morning it was 9 with a wind chill of -5. UGH!!!!!!
Wow! That's insane!
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The fall MM package also includes a room discount from 10-25%. I am definitely hoping for free dining though!
I didn't realize that! Makes it a little more attractive, but still wouldn't be as significant for us. We budget for and go whether it's offered or not, but it is always nice with the bonus savings
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