Discussion in 'Disney Rumors and News' started by nrp1019, May 2, 2013.
Hence the limited numbers of rooms eligible for the discount, perhaps?
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I understand what you're saying, and I don't think people are just expecting deals and what not, but i think it's more of a hoping type of thing. I know for my boyfriend and I, we always hope for free dining. It saves so much money tbh. I mean, we are only 22. We can't afford too much atm so when something as fabulous as free dining is is offered, it's just like
But it's $15 a night more than an empty room would make. FD is only offered to fill rooms. People complain about the resort prices going up so much each year, but this is why. They need to cover their almost year round discounts now, whether they are AP rates, RO discounts or FD. And the more F&B charges for FD, the harder it will be for the resorts to cover. Hence you see FD being offered less and less in the value season. The resorts will do better this year in late August with RO discounts than they will with FD. Sept is still so slow that they need that incentive.
This confuses me. We have 4 disney adults staying in one room at POR at an approximately $170 per night room. Free dining for all 4 of us saves about $220 per night. So we would be getting the room free plus a discount on tickets? Thats why I don't understand people arguing that RO discount are better. Every family situation is different. For us a RO would only save us $34 a night at a 20% moderate resort discount. I forgot to mention that there are 8 of us going for 7 nights. 2 rooms booked. Only one Disney child. We are saving almost $3000 on our trip. And yes, we make sure we have lots of seafood meals and character meals to make sure we get the most out of the DDP. We are only going to pay just over $5000 for 8 of us for 8 days at Disney at a moderate resort. I don't "expect" the discounts, but they allow us to stay longer at a nicer resort, and in our situation, allow us to bring my parents who have never been. I am grateful for these discounts and they keep me spending our vacation dollars at Disney.
Your last sentence answers your initial question. People in Disney spend money. Much like casino hotels, they'd rather lose money on the rooms just to fill them. Once people are in Disney they typically make up the difference with park tickets, souvenirs, etc.
This was posted this morning saying free dining will be offered Sept 2-25 for Disney Visa cardholders!
Figures, I got the Disney Visa for the perks, but now I can't really change my dates, especially since I already bought the airfare.....
They released room only discount too this morning and this dates include August 15- September 28, 2013
The blog you mentioned, disneydining.com/fall-free-dining-offer-released does state the free dining is open now, but its not showing on the Visa rewards web page. Looks like a few people have even commented on that below the disney dining blog posting today.
Free dining for the public is opening may 9th!!! From sept 3 to sept 25th only!
Do you know how far they extended last year?? I am going Nov 18 and was hoping to still get free dining!!
The October - December free dining dates are not released annually until July, sometimes August.
I seen the message go out on the FD dates but can not find anything official on Disney Visa site and have not received any emails from chase as I have in the past. Anyone know this to be correct and if so have a promo code to use for booking?
No promo code was needed. I talked with a rep this morning and she advised the $200 deposit could be made with it and it would validate the free dining. Or, in our case, the deposit was paid with a different credit card prior to the offer and all they needed was the last 6 digits of the disney credit card to apply the discount.
You might wanna look into it....you should be able to change your flights-even if there are change fees, or slightly higher fares....Free Dining with a family is a huge amount of savings!...$$j
The last few years, there were dates available in Oct, Nov, and Dec for FD. Based on the last two years, if you are arriving Nov 18th, that would fall within the dates covered. However, there is no sure thing when it comes to Disney discounts. They have even adjusted/changed the dates within a promotion.
As another posted stated, they usually release the Oct-Dec free dining during July, but it has occurred as late as the middle of August in the past. You really won't know what it is until it happens.
No posting on disney site yet or the visa site but I called this am and applies the free dining to my reservations !! So happy
I haven't seen the OP come back in a while, but it does appear a room only discount will be coming for her dates:
This is available for Disney Visa Card holders already, but that usually means it will be up for the general public in 3 days, which would be Thursday. It's not the same as free dining, but still a $300+ savings.
I got my free dining woohoooo
I used my Disney Debit card to book.. Whew
This annoys me more than anything. We are not entitled to get discounts and free dining. Disney does this to make more money. They are a business, albeit one we love, a business. I realize when I want to go I need to plan based on the rack rate for everything and if a discount comes around, bonus, if not I'm still going because I budgeted accordingly. Also, it really irks me when people get on here a complain about those of us who book early and say things like "They are stupid" and "They are making it so Disney won't give us any discount" I book early make payments and everything is paid for months before we go. I like it this way, NO STRESS!!!!! Rant over! I hope everyone who wanted free dining gets to book their vacation!!
Booking for free dining for Disney Visa Card holders started today. I just called and upgraded, my 3 reservations to free dining. I had to ask the cast member that was helping me to look for the promotion. When I ask, they told me they had seen nothing on free dining. I had booked 8 nights at POFQ starting Sept 14th several months back and had made my dining reservation at the 180 day out window. BTW, the dates are Sept 2-25th.
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