2013 Free Dining Watch

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

  1. mickey2000

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    june lol !!!!!
     
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  3. tiffyannedg

    tiffyannedg Earning My Ears

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    I got a beautiful little envelope in the mail today. I was so excited I almost wet my pants. :teeth: Opened it up and it was a pincode for summer room discounts only. Womp womp waaaaaa!!!! Oh well.
     
  4. bluejasmine

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    Atleast you know your getting them! I never got any in the mail but I called all the time and had them since 2005 now Ive had NONE all year long!!:(:mad:
     
  5. smitch425

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    If it makes you feel any better, there have only been two PINS sent out for 2013. Maybe you'll get the next one. :goodvibes
     
  6. disneyfantotheend

    disneyfantotheend DIS Veteran

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    I agree, the August/Sept deal will be out by mid May at the latest, in my opinion.
     
  7. tiffyannedg

    tiffyannedg Earning My Ears

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    I got another in January for Free Dining for Jan, Feb, and maybe some of March. I can't remember. But I have a little bitty and we thought we should wait until Fall.
     
  8. momto3gr8boys

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    Yes, and one of the reasons they may have released it early was that so many people were waiting for the FLE to be completed, meaning perhaps last year was slower. This year with FLE drawing such big crowds, they will probably hold out a bit longer. But being that there have been discounts all year up to and including the first half of August, I am sure something will come out...it may not be FD, but some type of savings will be offered.
     
  9. FlyingElephant

    FlyingElephant Earning My Ears

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    All the signs point to free dining for the late summer/early fall period, I think. I just can't stand the waiting!
     
  10. claven123

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    Ok, so I have never used the FD option since we usually go in the summer. But, this year we want to go in the fall for the MNSSHP in October.

    I've seen the thread with the rumors etc... and I am hopefull to get into this discount.

    The question I have is this....

    Are some resorts not going to be included, do you have to book a moderate and up? Will the value resorts be included or is this all in the air.... I know only a few rooms will be available so it's hit or miss.

    We will most likely book at ArtAnim around the 10th so Oct.... do we book the hotel and tickets... then wait. When and if FD comes out what do we do to 'get' the discount. Adjust the ressie or cancel and rebook? Or, simply add FD onto our ressie?

    Is the FD the exact same as the 'standard' dining plan? We used it many, many years ago back in 2005 or so....

    Thanks,
    Dennis
     
  11. TheDisney411

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    All resorts should be included, some room categories, such as the Little Mermaid rooms at AOA, will be blacked out. The value resorts will normally get the Quick Service DDP, while moderate and deluxe resorts get the regular/basic DDP under the FD promo. You can pay the difference to upgrade to regular or deluxe DDP.

    If you already have a package booked you simply call Disney reservations and have them add the FD code to your existing reservation and they will credit you the difference. Some resorts and room categories will sell out for FD faster than others so always have a back up resort and room category. Even of you change resorts you DO NOT have to cancel or rebook. You only have to cancel or rebook if you are booked under a room only reservation.

    The October-December free dining dates aren't typically released until July or early August. Also, October 7-19 will most likely be blacked out for free dining, as it has for the last 3 years - thats high season for school fall breaks and corporate conventions at WDW. For a more thorough explanation of Free Dining see the Free dining guidelines and info thread on the Codes and Rates sub-board on the Resort board.
     
  12. Howgreat

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    Yay! I'm glad I found this thread. We're planning on going right after Thanksgiving through the 5th or 6th of December and staying at a value resort (probably ASMusic). I would love even free QSDP. Every little bit counts! If I book just a room/tickets package, will I have to rebook or cancel if/when they put out the FD offer? Or will I just be able to call and add it?
     
  13. smitch425

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    If they have availability at your resort, you can simply call and add it to your current package. Even if you decide to switch hotels, you will not have to cancel/rebook. The only time you should have to cancel and rebook is if you are switching from a room only reservation to a package reservation (or vice versa).
     
  14. LikeSeriously

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    First, no one knows if all resorts will be included or not or which ones will get which dining plans. I wish people would not state things so matter-of-factly when it's obvious that it's all up in the air since nothing has been released.

    Second, historically, that specific week in October is not the blackout date, it seems to center around Columbus Day, which is much later this year. The blackout is more likely to start on the 10th, the Thursday before Columbus Day.
     
  15. TheDisney411

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    Actually I track discounts like this for my job, and in 9 years of free dining promos there has been exactly 1 time a resort was not included and that was in 2007 when Wilderness Lodge was excluded. That's it, in all the years of free dining a resort was excluded, so it's pretty factual to state and expect that all of the resorts will be included. Some resorts will book up faster than others and have more limited rooms than others, but there's almost 0% chance of them completely excluding a particular resort. Also, I did mention to always have a back up resort and room category, just in case.

    And, actually, I listed those predicted October black out dates based on historical data from the previous 3years:

    Blacked out October 8-21-2010
    Blacked out October 7-21-2011
    Blacked out October 5-18-2012

    You have to not only take into account Columbus Day, but when the corporate conventions are booked and when the golf tournaments are. The Gartner Symposium (which doesn't normally cause black out dates, is being held a week earlier than previous years) is October 6-10, huge motorcycle convention October 16-20 and a plastic surgeons convention October 8-12. Plus huge amounts of schools, especially in the Southeast, are going to have their fall breaks either the week of October 7-11 or October 14-18. Even though Columbus Day/week falls late this year, the second and third weeks are typically blacked out for free dining and Columbus Day is only one factor as to why they black out those dates. Usually, they just simply don't need to fill resorts during that time frame and they probably won't need to fill resort rooms for those dates again this year.
     
  16. wdwmom0f3

    wdwmom0f3 Thankful my embarrassing tag is gone!

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    Our fall break starts Oct 7th. I would be shocked if we were able to book free dining. That would be awesome, but I bet it will be blocked out.
     
  17. TheDisney411

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    Unfortunately, that's what I'm thinking too. I would love to be wrong because that would be awesome for a lot of Disers, but I think the odds and historical data are against it.
     
  18. wdwmom0f3

    wdwmom0f3 Thankful my embarrassing tag is gone!

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    We could get lucky though because with it being early in Oct, if FD ends say on the 3rd or 4th, we could check in early and have free dining for the full week.

    I really need to find out quick because I am looking at a possible trip in June, or the free dining in the fall or Thanksgiving week. I'm trying to find the best deal and free dining would be it! :lmao:::yes::
     
  19. TheDisney411

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    Yep, we've left right after school on a Friday and rolled into WDW at 1 am to take advantage of an FD offer. If you could fly in or drive in late Thursday or Friday, you just might be able to snag that last promo day so you can apply it to your entire trip.

    Historically they usually end one of the November FD promos the Thursday before Thanksgiving, so if you can check in by that date, you could have the FD discount all the way through Thanksgiving week and the kids only have to miss on day of school :-). That's a great way to get a HUGE discount during a very expensive holiday week.
     
  20. WDW-A-RAMA

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    That is exactly what we did in 2011. I have our trip already booked to begin the Thursday before Thanksgiving & hoping for free dining throughout the week.
     
  21. eeyoregon

    eeyoregon I have DDD: Disney Destination DISorder

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    Subscribing :)

    I'm glad to have found this thread because I was starting to panic that free dining hadn't been released yet...it's almost always in April and here it is the 19th and nothing :furious:
     

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