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Discussion in 'Disney Discount Codes and Rates' started by danny25, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Wendy31

    Wendy31 DIS Veteran

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    We're southerners, so we like it hot to swim too!

    Last year, one of the lifeguards at the CR laughed at me because I thought the pool was too cool for swimming. The kids & DH swam, but I just sat on the edge.

    He laughed & said, "You're from the south, aren't you?"
     
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  3. MuchLovedMama

    MuchLovedMama Mouseketeer

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    I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in on this. I would personally never use a travel agent. They're not always available when you need them. For instance when free dining opens up I'm always calling the minute the phone lines open to try to be sure to get locked in. If you've booked with a travel agent they are the ones that need to make changes to your reservations. You can't call and make any changes yourself.

    I'm one that wants to handle everything myself. If something is messed up then I can only blame myself.
     
  4. sue_gowin

    sue_gowin Mouseketeer

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    I'm a travel agent, and I would agree with this post. Most TA's aren't well versed in Disney discounts, and may forget, or be too late to apply a discount to your reservation. If you're comfortable booking on your own, I say go for it! As for dining reservations, you can do them on your own whether or not you've used a TA to book.
     
  5. MuchLovedMama

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    I can't speak for October but September is usually great for us. We went in 1998, 2000, 2008, 2010 & 2012. The temps are usually very manageable for us and up until last year we were very lucky and would only get about an hour of rain during our entire week. Last year we went 15th-22nd and we had rain every single day but one. We were still able to pretty much do everything that we wanted but there were a few times where we just had to leave the parks because the outlook was rain for hours. It was cooler too. We only swam twice and when we did it was too cool to stay in for long.

    I think last year was just bad luck or me just jinxing us because I kept telling the other 2 parties ahead of time that went with us that we "never ever get rain".

    Typically it's hot but not unbearable.
     
  6. Wendy31

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    We book our package through AAA because we like some of the package extras like the AAA "Diamond Parking" Pass - we drive to WDW & normally drive both to AK & to DHS (we use Disney transportation for MK & EPCOT).

    We've also, in the past, taken advantage of the AAA Story Time w/ a Character experience.

    W/ the AAA package, there are also some merchandise discounts like a 10% discount at the World of Disney store, discounts at the marinas, some free arcade points, etc.

    Additionally, if there are no Disney discounts, there is always a small AAA discount.

    We have a really good AAA agent. Last year, our local AAA agent closed early one afternoon due to bad weather, & she stayed in order to get our resort booked. (I didn't ask her to do this! ;) )

    I will admit that I am a little worried about getting the free dining added to our package this year, since we're already booked. Last year, she booked our package for us the day the Free Dining was released to Disney Visa holders (which was on a Friday in early March) & then she added the Free Dining to our package the following Monday when the Free Dining was released to the general public w/ no problem. I hope this year is no different - but, last year, free dining was released in early March. Since it's 2 months later this year, I hope everything isn't more booked already, if that makes sense. I'm going to email her this week & for her thoughts & opinion.

    Anyway, I always make our own ADRs.
     
  7. TX Momof2

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    That sounds great! I might have to rethink my trip from January to September!
     
  8. familydisney

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    If I think we will be going 9/2, should I book now or wait until the offer is announced?

    If we book now, do we add dining now as well or just the room/tix?

    I'm afraid if we wait, we may not have availability...? Advice?
     
  9. MuchLovedMama

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    They have a set amount of rooms set aside for the free dining so it truly doesn't matter if you already have a reservation or not. If the rooms that they have set aside for that sell out before you get through to them you'll be out of luck regardless of whether or not you already have a room reserved.

    I usually have a package booked with room & tickets and when free dining comes along I just call and ask if they can switch me over to the free dining promotion. That's when the dining is added for me. I don't think it really matter if you want to book ahead of time or not. I just like knowing that I have something booked.
     
  10. talitha

    talitha Earning My Ears

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    Thank you so much for your replies!
     
  11. ajanssen

    ajanssen Can I go to Disney everyday?

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    We love the FD and have had it on our previous 3 trips and always have our reservations already and just have the option added which takes away from what we have left to pay.
     
  12. black562

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    So how many have all their ADRs already? And for those who do, what have you booked? Always nice to hear where folks are dining.
     
  13. plutospalforever

    plutospalforever Statler & Waldorf

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    Yes!! CRT just the girls for youngest DD's 5th birthday-her first time there-doing BBB right before too.
    'Ohana-DH and oldest DS's favorite place.
    Restaurant Marrakesh-thought we'd try something new.
    Tusker House for youngest DS's 2nd birthday. For lunch, 1st time there.
    Be Our Guest!!!!!! 1st time and can't wait.
    Chef Mickey's for late breakfast on the day we leave. Something to look forward to on such a sad day.
     
  14. Kat016

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    I've been reading a lot about a certain amount of rooms allotted to free dining at resorts. We're going in October and staying at POFQ. Has anyone ever been denied FD at a resort? And what are the odds if I call when it's offered for DV holders I get FD.
     
  15. Janell

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    My question is a bit off topic I just can't find the answer and I'm hoping you all can help me. If you book FD 10 days. When can you upgrade to an AP with out loosing your dinning credits for the full 10 days?

    What if you stay for 14 days but only buy 10 ticket do you still get 14 days of FD?
     
  16. plutospalforever

    plutospalforever Statler & Waldorf

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    ...and what about you????
     
  17. ajanssen

    ajanssen Can I go to Disney everyday?

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    We have all of ours for our group of 6.

    We have:
    Chef Mickey's for Breakfast, Ohana (always a must for us), Cape May (out of the way for most, but we love Seafood and enjoy going here), 50's Prime Time Café while at HS and Raglan Road.
     
  18. DisneyMom5

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    I booked mine at 180 days in the hopes of FD being offered. No hotel ressie yet.
    We're eating at Crystal Palace, Ohana, Gardern Grill, Biergarten, T-Rex, Raglan Rd., and 50s Prime Time.



    It's based on the number of NIGHTS that you stay, not your tickets, so if you stay 14 NIGHTS, you get FD for 14 nights.
     
  19. GaBelle

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    I do! Was lucky to get a BOG ressie! May switch resorts depending on whether or not I can get the FD discount applied to my existing resort ressie. If I do end up switching, I'll have to re work a couple ADRs.
     
  20. disneyfantotheend

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    On pour last trip in 2010, there were no rooms available for CSR, so we booked POFQ. However, a few days later CSR had rooms and POFQ did not, so it is really hit and miss.
     
  21. danny25

    danny25 I love Disney and I´m friend of STICH

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    Hi you can book 14 nigths and you must buy at least 2 days of tickets for all in your room, you will get 14 days of FD for all.

    You can use your tickets to upgrade to an AP anytime before the ticket expiration (14 days after the first use), I preffer to use them at least once but you can upgrade them without problem when you want but you must have remaining days for use :thumbsup2
     

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