2013 Free Dining Watch

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by Dimples1973ca, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. TheDisney411

    TheDisney411 DIS Veteran

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    AoA has only been open about a year, but the AoA suites have been included in almost all general public discounts. The Little Mermaid standard rooms have not been included in hardly any of the general public discounts. If the LM room are included on the upcoming FD promo, they will most likely be extremely limited. Each resort is only allotted so many FD rooms, so always have a back up room category or resort when you call to book or add the FD code to an existing reservation. Also, those dates may be blacked out due to Jersey Week.
     
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  3. mommy2paisley

    mommy2paisley DIS Veteran

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    We check in November 1-10. Any guesses if our dates might be included if they offer FD for November?
     
  4. salemnews

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    Thank you for your help, I know the past few years the last week off food and wine was free dining, but it is what it is! Thanks. If you hear anything let me know
     
  5. babydoll65

    babydoll65 I need a Dole whip

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    Just went to target this morning and noticed they are not selling the 25.00 gift cards. So I came home and looked on target.com and there not selling them either. I live in Rhode Island so has anyone else noticed this?
     
  6. xdanielleax

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    Just booked our trip! Staying at the Carribean Beach Sept 2-8! Can't wait til the 9th to add dining! :cool1:
     
  7. xdanielleax

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    Since my trip is booked, should I make my meal reservations now? Or will I have to change them once I receive free dining?
     
  8. grimley1968

    grimley1968 DIS Veteran

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    You can go ahead and make them. They don't need to know whether you have the dining plan ("free" or paid) until you actually have your meal. And no ADR's need to be changed if and when you change your reservation to include free dining.
     
  9. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

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    Make them now. They will not change if you alter your room reservation. People have been making reservations for weeks now in anticipation of free dining so you may not want to wait much longer to secure the restaurants you want.
     
  10. TheDisney411

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    Oh gosh, book now, today. Do a search on the WDW dining site and see what is still available. A lot of the character meals and popular restaurants will already have very limited openings.
     
  11. LoveMickeyMouse1

    LoveMickeyMouse1 Earning My Ears

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    Hi guys! Does anyone know if Disney will officially announce the free dining plan prior to may 9? Thanks!
     
  12. smitch425

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    If it opens to the Disney Visa holders first, the offer page at www.disneyrewards.com will give the date that the deal will go public.
     
  13. WDW Beets ALL

    WDW Beets ALL Earning My Ears

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    I have looked several places. I'm only finding the $50-$500 ones. Sorry
     
  14. Elisa

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    So I'd probably have to get a bunch of smaller denomination gift cards? Not just one with, let's say $1300 on it? Of course that would be devastating to lose one big one versus $200 worth of gift cards for the day, but I want the convenience of not having to carry a lot of stuff. What about charging all food to our room, like we can store purchases, and then pay it off at the end of the trip? Is that possible?
    I forgot to mention that I'm Canadian and don't have most of those store except for Costco and I don't think they sell Disney cards there.
     
  15. TheDisney411

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    You can charge everything, food, souvenirs, tips, etc., to your resort room and pay it off at check out.
     
  16. mouserrificmom

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    You should be able to go to the Disney Store and load one with the amount you want on it. They MAY have an upper limit, but I don't think so. It would be silly to buy multiple cards. I would think you should also be able to order any denomination online as well. You can order personalized gift cards now too which is fun -
    You can use a family photo as the card graphic. Cute stuff!
     
  17. theguda

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  18. TheDisney411

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    We have a large family and normally get 2 connecting rooms at a value resort and travel during free dining weeks. We have priced out renting DVC points twice and we would need at least 2 bedroom villa and it does come close to our FD price. It's over $2000 more on an 8 day trip for us to rent points at DVC instead of applying a FD discount on 2 connecting value rooms.

    If you are planning on staying at a deluxe resort and have a family of 4, you can get a cheaper deal renting points over a FD offer, but not by much and you still have to buy food.

    Renting points is usually only a better option during higher crowd season when the discounts are few and far between, not during free dining weeks.

    Also stays where you rent DVC points are non-refundable, you get no housekeeping services and you don't qualify for deep discounts like free dining or even a room discount.
     
  19. Austinsmom068

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    Sorry I think this was posted somewhere already bit how much is it to upgrade to regular dining. Like if I stay @ a value and get free qs but want regular dining instead. Thanks
     
  20. TheDisney411

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    There's a sticky on the top of this board.

    About $18 per adult and about $3 per child, per night.
     
  21. jpessa

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    The gift cards you can buy at Canadian Disney Stores are not valid in the US, and NOT valid at WDW. I asked just 2 weeks ago. They are ONLY valid in Canada (they are in $CAN). You would have to go over the border to purchase an American Disney gift card for use at WDW.
     

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