2013 Free Dining Watch

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

  1. smitch425

    smitch425 DIS Veteran

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    The Aug/Sept offer is referred to as the "late summer" offer, which is out in March. The "fall" offer is Oct-Dec. which is out by July/Aug. :goodvibes
     
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  3. micknpluto

    micknpluto DIS Veteran

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    Thnks. I didn't realize I always refer as the fall sept - oct I've been going in sept last few years. Good. To know. Thanks !
     
  4. feet1

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    I was just looking back at the historical dates that FD has been announced. Looks like FD for aug/sept was march 5 for the general public last year. We have never had free dining, my question is when they say general public does that mean anyone? Like we don't need a pin code? I had a pin code for the FD that was offered now until march7, we used the pin for the room discount that was in the same flier in the mail. I know if we get free dining give up the room discount, batik now free dining is a better deal. Anyways, willw e need a new pin code if FD is offered to the general public or is it first come first serve? Thanks!!
     
  5. smitch425

    smitch425 DIS Veteran

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    When an offer is released to the general public, that means anyone has the opportunity to book, no PIN needed. The rooms will be limited and not every hotel/room category will be included, but if you can call as soon as the deal is released, you have a great chance of getting exactly what you want (provided it is a hotel/room category included in the deal). The offers are always rumored here on this site before they go live, so just by posting here you are already one step ahead. Fingers crossed for everyone. :goodvibes
     
  6. CoachT

    CoachT Earning My Ears

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    Do they/have they ever offered a free dining plan for June?
     
  7. Disney_Family_Fun

    Disney_Family_Fun Earning My Ears

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    They have been offered for a few dates in June before and as long as you check in during the promotion it will run for your whole stay. In 2011 I checked in at the end of May and recieved free dinning for my whole trip (2 weeks)

    you might like to check out this site about historical information on discounts

    http://www.mousesavers.com/historical-information-on-walt-disney-world-resort-discounts/
     
  8. trixiemuffin

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    Does anyone know if a pin was sent out last year for free dining in mid August? I see that there was free dining for Visa cardholders and the general public in late August...wondering if anyone got free dining a bit earlier in August 2012.

    Waiting and hoping!!:rolleyes1
     
  9. anijac1412

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    Anyone know if CSR has been historically included in FD offers?
     
  10. Thorb73

    Thorb73 Tinker, Pooh and their kids

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    We've been to CSR in late August 2011 and had free dining! Hoping for free dining this year again!
     
  11. Goofy41

    Goofy41 Goofy-Dad

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    Yes we missed out on the lastest offer for free dining due to Sandy. I'm hoping that something is offered in the near future. I'm going in Apr for a quick 5 day trip w/my neice and her DD's 1st ever trip to ALL the parks. She visited MK last yr as part of her Disney Cruise option....:cool1::cool1:
     
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  13. robmag

    robmag Earning My Ears

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    Subbing..::yes::
     
  14. jwgm2012

    jwgm2012 Geaux Saints!

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    This is what happened to us last summer...


    We were already booked last year for a trip in June when the FD promo came in. I called and basically had to make a new reservation.

    Yes, they'll honor the FD and try to keep your current accomodations HOWEVER, like Zip mentioned if the room blocks for that promo are already sold out, you do end up having to pick a different place which could possibly mean upgrading.

    Our prior reservation was canceled all together and the new one with promo was booked AND I had to pay all new deposits (we had 2 rooms).

    Maybe this was just a fluke, but yes, I had to make a whole new reservation, had previous deposits refunded (2 weeks later) and paid new deposits for our new reservations to take advantage of the FD. Because FD wasn't available at POR we had to move to CSR and into a preferred room.

    Just sharing that in a way, everyone is right. ;)
     
  15. smitch425

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    Did you have a package reservation booked originally or was it a room only reservation?
     
  16. micknpluto

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    I just booked for sept. the cm told me to add the dining plan now and once (or if) fd is released when I call back all they have to do is change the 4 digit code.
     
  17. aaarcher86

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    You had to cancel and rebook because you had a room only reservation and needed a package. That's also why they needed to refund you the deposits and requested new ones on the new bookings - they can't transfer money between the two different types of bookings.

    If you already had a package and added free dining you still may be forced to move it around, but you don't have to cancel to do that either. The post stating that you have to cancel and rebook because the block of rooms is filled is inaccurate.

    ;)
     
  18. pauly's girl

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    aaarcher86 is correct! I have had FD on three seperate trips, each of which had been booked with a package prior to the discount being released. Everytime all I had to do was call and ask them to add the discount. I have gotten lucky in the fact that I have always called early enough to be able to stay where my ressie was already booked. If you book a package now you will not have to make a whole new reservation!! :cheer2:
     
  19. Zipears Fan

    Zipears Fan "You can design and create, and build the most won

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    I think we are getting in the way of the semantics of all this... I said "ESSENTIALLY cancel", aaarcher says modify. Tomato tomaahhhhto.

    The spirit in which I posted this was to inform the UNINFORMED of the possibility one might not get exactly what they originally bargained for (i.e., different dates, different resort, etc.). To those who have corrected me - you are clearly well aware of what exactly happens administratively. My message was not intended for you. That is all.

    And in the end, this may all be for not as there currently is no such promo to date.

    TO CLARIFY: I think aaarcher and I are saying the same thing, just differently, but I want to clarify something. I do not mean to suggest that Disney must cancel your reservation and then the GUEST must rebook. Not at all. What happens is Disney CMs will do this for you at the time you add the FD. The reason why you may be at a different resort is because the blocks fill up. I know this is correct because I have spoken directly with a CM on this.
     
  20. DisneyBliss7

    DisneyBliss7 ''Wish upon a star''

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    I'm a little confused....We have a family suite booked at AoA for Sept.28-Oct.5th 2013. I'm waiting and hoping for FD:) I do NOT have a DDP package booked right now, just the room. Should I add a DDP package now and call Disney when and if FD comes available during our stay? We are a larger family and trying not to break the bank going on this trip so we want to stay in a value and upgrade from QS to DDPP. Is there a better chance of not needing to switch my resort if I already have the DDP booked then if I didn't? Thanks for any info:)
     
  21. aaarcher86

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    I do think the basis of what we are both saying is correct - but since cancelling and modifying are entirely different and have different procedures the correction was needed. As a PP had happen to them, if they cancel and rebook someone they'll have to refund deposits and they'll request new ones which is probably not something someone is expecting when they see people all the time say they just toss the discount onto their reservation, ESPECIALLY those that are uninformed which are the ones you were trying to reach. The refunding/new deposit will happen regardless if the CM on the phone is doing the legwork or the actual guest.

    The block of rooms for each discount is accurate and something that is pretty stressed on this thread.

    Do you have a room only reservation, or do you have a package without the dining plan added? There's a difference. A room only = JUST a room. You can have a package without the dining plan = resort/ticket combo.

    If you have a room only your reservation number will be about 11 digits long. If you have a package (regardless if dining is on there or not) it will be a 6 letter/number combo.

    If you have a package (even without the dp added) you can add the FD discount to that. There is no better chance when adding FD of anything if you already have something booked. It ends up being pretty negligible. If the room type you have booked is filled with the promo it won't matter if you've already got it booked or not.
     

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