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2013 Free Dining Watch

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

  1. Nichols4

    Nichols4 Mouseketeer

    Jul 31, 2013
    Same thing here... booked at POR in April. On the phone for 90 minutes to add free dining to reservation only to be told no free dining left. Now we are booked at CSR... family extremely upset. Did they only have a handful rooms open for free dining?
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  3. JGoin

    JGoin Mouseketeer

    Apr 13, 2009
    After being on hold for more than a hour (that's even after trying to get through allllll morning), the agent told me their computers crashed and NO ONE has access, it'll be few hours before they can do ANYTHING! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
  4. Avonlady1001

    Avonlady1001 DIS Veteran

    Jul 16, 2007
    Keep trying....people do cancel, especially when that 45 day mark hits & they have to pay. Good luck!!
  5. Beachmommy

    Beachmommy Earning My Ears

    Dec 25, 2012
    Correct! I am really happy with this deal. There are 5 of us and I was a bit nervous about being cramped at POR. So, the savings we are receiving with free dining, put Boardwalk in our budget.
  6. jav's mom

    jav's mom Earning My Ears

    Jun 21, 2006
    I booked on line this morning for 5 nights around 7:30am! I paid in full due to the language..."All prices are in US dollars and subject to change until package is paid in full." Went back and tried it again and it would not let me...Maybe a glitch that was fixed but we're booked!!:banana:
  7. GoofyCdn

    GoofyCdn Mouseketeer

    Jan 4, 2009
    WooHoo so happy! :banana: Systems are back up. I had a reservation for October that I needed to change to December. Was able to change my reservation from POR to CBR for Dec 14 to 20 with Free DDP. Total time on call 40 minutes. That doesn't include the 30 minutes prior to the call doing redial after redial. I also have reservations for 'Ohana, 1900 Park Fare and a few other places I wanted all within the 5 to 7:30 hours for dinner.
  8. DWillowBay

    DWillowBay DIS Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    Thanks to all the encouragers and sharers of wisdom here at the DIS. :worship: My family and I were able to save MUCH money :banana: and have upgraded to WL and CR in a split stay Oct30 - Nov 10. :dance3: Again, many earnest thanks for all the help. :flower3:
  9. AussieAngel

    AussieAngel DIS Veteran

    Apr 26, 2006
    The CM we spoke to on the phone told us to keep trying each day, because they're releasing the offer in stages, so more FD places will become available...

    Not sure if that's true or not?!
  10. KermitRinny

    KermitRinny It happen on one ah dem Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Days.

    May 10, 2013
    If so this will make so many people happy. That explains why FD can be available fo rmonths
  11. Bagheera23608

    Bagheera23608 Bagheera23608

    Apr 9, 2009
    OK, I have a question and it may not go on this board. If not, so sorry!

    We are booked at POFQ and got royally screwed in this so-called "deal." Now it does say we could get room discount. My question is, should I call now and apply that 20% discount or wait, hold out and hope POFQ is added to the FD plan? Should I wait and hope rooms open at POR for free dining? What do the experts advise for us poor sots who chose POFQ or other non FD resorts? TIA.

    Totally NOT happy today, Disney, thanks for that.
  12. smitch425

    smitch425 DIS Veteran

    Mar 18, 2011
    Take anything you can get now, and keep checking for something better. Good luck! :goodvibes
  13. mimimischief

    mimimischief Mouseketeer

    Jul 8, 2005
    wow i held on for over a hour and then i was notified the the system had crashed :confused3
    thankfully i am not a quitter :surfweb:, i got through and was able to change our existing reservation from CSR to CBR, pirate room.
    i was alil disappointed but the savings make up for it :love:
  14. disneydreamer75

    disneydreamer75 Dreaming of Disney

    Nov 16, 2008
    We had reservations at POFQ too, but couldn't pass up the FD offer. Tried to book POR but those rooms were gone by 7:30am. So we decided to book CSR. Just as long as we got the FD, I'm not going to be picky this trip. I will be calling frequently though to see if POR has any rooms open up. I would go ahead and book FD wherever you can get it.
  15. skyfranks

    skyfranks Earning My Ears

    Jul 29, 2010
    WHEW! After holding my breath all day my TA finally emailed me back and said we are good to go. We already had our package booked for Nov. 15 - 24th at POP so we just needed to add the dining. Luckily we didn't have to make any changes. Now to pay off the last bit of our package. :cool1:
  16. Srbright

    Srbright Mouseketeer

    Jul 4, 2012
    I guess I don't understand how you think you got screwed by any means?

  17. KNovacovschi

    KNovacovschi DIS Veteran

    May 30, 2007
    Seems like there will be a bunch of us there during this week. :)

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  18. Bagheera23608

    Bagheera23608 Bagheera23608

    Apr 9, 2009
    It's how I feel. I'm far from the only one who feels this way and rightfully so. I'm sorry you don't understand. I guess if a ton of people were offered a great deal, but you were randomly excluded from it, you'd be fine with it, but I'm not OK with that.
  19. DisneyFamily123

    DisneyFamily123 Use the Force, Luke!

    Jul 14, 2009
    If POFQ is the only resort you will consider.... don't count on it and take the room discount. Or if savings is more important, consider another resort. I/ was hoping for POR but only royal rooms were available and I didn't want that. So, I booked Coronado Springs with the free dining special. My next choice was Caribbean Beach. I'm saving a lot more with free dining at CSR compared to room discount at POR... no problem... CSR has some nice features and I'm sure I'll enjoy the stay.

    When comparing prices.... it's always best to compare exact numbers. We stayed at the Polynesian one year with a near 40% discount which gave us more savings than free dining. Another year, we stayed at a value resort with free dining and paid to upgrade from QS to the regular dining plan. The room discount special would have saved very little. Generally, the more people you have in the room and lower cost of the room - free dining is better. If less people and expensive room (deluxe, villa, suite, etc.) - room discount is often better.
  20. FrugalFashionista

    FrugalFashionista Mouseketeer

    May 6, 2013
    POFQ never gets discounts or if it does it's 5%. It so small and very popular so no need to offer a discount.
  21. Bete

    Bete DIS Veteran

    Sep 14, 1999
    Disney is a business. Most resort businesses choose discounts based on capacity levels. For example, if the capacity level has reached the 80% mark 120 days out the resort will probably not offer a discount.

    Most discount deals require compromise. You have a right to say no, but then you don't get the discount.

    Everyone has a choice to compromise or not.

    Personally, I would switch to get a good deal and free dining is a good deal.

    I'm skipping Disney this year, but I'm glad to see the free dining is still around for the fall/winter.

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