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CanadianGuy

<font color=green><br><br><font color=blue>Me and
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When is free dining going be offered?

F/D will be offered this year from 8/15 to 10/2.

The offer is Quick Service dining at the values and Regular Disney Dining Plan at the Moderates and Deluxes.

But I'm arriving on 8/13 or 10/04 .. can I still get free dining?

Your check-in date must be on one of the announced date to receive free dining. Period. The only way around that is to split your reservation if you arrive before 08/15. If your check-IN date is 10/02, you can get Free Dining for the duration of your stay at your check-in resort.

If I check-in on 10/02 and switch resorts on 10/06, I'll have F/D for the whole stay right?

No. You won't. Moving resorts mid-stay AFTER 10/02 would terminate your free dining.

Do I have to buy a ticket for every night? Can I stay for 21 nights?

As far as what we know so far.. And there is a change in the minimum ticket requirement

- 3 night minimum length of stay... 14 night maximum

- You must purchase a package that includes at least a TWO day base-ticket for each person staying in the room. All persons in the room must purchase the same level of ticket. (These can be upgraded separately after you check in if you wish)

I'm not sure I wanna go, how long can I wait to book?

Looks like 8/14 .. keeping in mind availability will reduce as time goes on.

Will value resorts be included in F/D this year?

Value Resorts are supposed included in this offer. The exact quantity of rooms and at which resort vary by dates. F/D at the values includes Quick Service Dining but you can upgrade to the regular Disney Dining Plan ...

I already have a reservation at _____ resort for ______ dates.. can I have this applied to my existing reservation?

Chances are probably good if you call as soon as the offer is released, you shouldn't have much trouble converting your current reservation to the new offer. You'll lose any other discount you currently have because all F/D bookings must be at the rack room rate for the resort you have picked.

If for any reason there is no promo room inventory for your favorite resort for the dates you've picked, the CM on the phone will explain your options in terms of changing resorts or possibly dates to get what you want.

Your deposit(s) or payments you've made to date on your current reservation will be moved to your new reservation. Depending on how the CM on the phone proceeds, you may or may not get a new reservation #.

Do not worry, whatever they do it should not affect any dining reservations you currently have. If you have concerns about that, call the dining reservation line or check the reservations online to confirm nothing has been cancelled or 'lost'.

But since I already made my reservation at my favorite resort and my preferred dates, I'm guaranteed to be able to switch to Free Dining right?

In a word - No, you are not.

Promotional room inventory varies greatly by offer, by dates, by resort and even by room category. Free Dining room inventory is based on how well occupied the resort already is.. so.. if you picked a popular resort and travel times, the amount of F/D rooms could be very limited.

For Disney Visa holders you may call today to confirm availability and book. The General Public can start calling on Monday.

I'm staying at a Walt Disney Good Neighbor Hotel in Downtown Disney. Can I get free dining?

No. The only resorts offering this are owned and controlled 100% by Disney. This offer is not valid at non-Disney resorts regardless of where they are located. This also means you can't get free dining at the Swan and Dolphin.

How quickly will ___(insert favorite resort or resort type or room category)___ sell out?

Last year, according to poster B-RIDE, most all resorts that showed availability on the first day, showed the same availability on most dates for at least 2-3 weeks.

So if you don't get thru in the first hour, don't panic. Certainly try to make your booking as soon as possible.

What are the three letter Booking Codes for this offer?

For Disney Visa Card Holders :

Value Resorts with free Quick Service Dining: QD4
Moderate Resorts with free Regular Dining: WG7
Deluxe Resorts with free Regular Dining: NF4


And above all.. RELAX ... it's a vacation. Yes, a truly good deal on a vacation.. but still.. JUST a vacation. Don't drive yourself or your family nuts over it.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS:

If you can be flexible on your dates or your resort choice.. or ideally both, then you stand the best chance of booking a free dining trip you can be excited about!

All without driving those who love you around the bend. :lmao:


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Some tips on making Advanced Dining Reservations..

I know it's easy to get all caught up in the craziness on these boards.. believe me.. it's happened to me LOTS of times.

But remember a few things..

1) Relax. Its supposed to be a vacation... so if it's stressing you out and you haven't even booked it yet.. maybe you're doing something wrong? ;)

2) Do the opposite of everyone else. Yes.. POPULAR TIMES for ADR's do book up early.. but the off-peak dining times almost always show some availability.. And my number one recommendation for anyone going to Disney - ANY time of year - is try to eat at the off-peak dining periods. Consider a 10:45 lunch or a 2pm lunch or a 3pm dinner ... look at it without the blinders of "Lunch is from 11am to 1pm" and "Dinner is from 4pm to 7pm" -- I tend to grab something quick at the resort in the morning.. a snack before eleven and not eat lunch til 2pm or 3pm. And then I'll have dinner after 7pm.. This makes a HUGE difference in finding ADRs... AND it has the side benefit of assisting with your park touring plans. While everyone else is zigging (eating) you'll be zagging (along Big Thunder or Space Mountain or) on any other ride that have shorter lines during typical meal windows...And when you're eating.. they'll be standing in line..

3) Popular kids ain't always the bees knees. Like everyone else, I wanted to follow the crowds and get my ADR's at Spoodles, Le Cellier and all the 'peak interest' places ... but the last couple of trips, I literally have taken to calling and saying "What have you got in the Epcot or International Gateway/Boardwalk area for late dinner on this date.. " And then picking one of the off-peak availables and eating there. It's a lot less frustrating and I've discovered some amazing menus and foods that I would have never found because they weren't on the "cool kids" list here on the DIS.

4) I almost never book an ADR every day. It's too much .. too much food and frequently too much running around. The one time I did, I felt like I kept cutting off the fun we were having so we could make our ADR. What? Huh? I'm having the time of my life in the Magic Kingdom but I have to stop so we don't miss out on a 'popular' dining destination reservation? That's backwards.

5) Making ADR's is a LOT like making a room request. If you give the reservation agent some general parameters about where on the resort property you're gonna be on that date, you can be flexible with your meal times... They can almost ALWAYS find you something. But if you MUST eat at Le Cellier between 4p and 4:30pm .. you're probably gonna wind up disappointed.

6. Recognize your plans will probably change. I had the WORST Disney meltdown EVER... after I got super lucky and got a 6:30pm reservation at Spoodles back when it was the hottest of the hot - EVERYONE was talking about it. And as we were walking thru Epcot to wander over to the restaurant, one member of my party smelled the Fish & Chips in the UK pavilion and that was it.. EVERYONE wanted cheap, greasy fish and chips. I HATE fish & chips.. I can't stand it. I don't care if it was prepared by some magical dream team combination of Emeril Legacé, Julia Child AND Martha Stewart working off the recipes of the Master Chefs of Europe, I ain't eating fish & chips. Anywho.. after about a half hour of some pretty heated discussions and a few foot stomping tantrum moments... we all calmed down and I realized.. Spoodles just was NOT going to happen. Ç'est la vie.

I know F/D gets busy.. but if you think outside the "popular" box, you can find lots of excellent choices that you would never have even thought of otherwise.

Just a few things to help the F/D 'foodies' make some choices without going insane and pulling all your hair out.



I mean seriously.. what fun is a Florida vacation if you have to wear a wig the whole time cause you pulled out all your hair making dining reservations?

Knox


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Graphic from DVISA Site: (courtesy of LDJ2143 - Thanks!)


 

Leeanne

Loving Life as a Princess with my Prince Charming
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Yah! Thanks for dealing with us and thanks for keeping us updated!
 


  • My2BabiesLexis&Dill

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Mar 7, 2005
    Thanks for all of the updates!! If it is true...that day will be VERY stressful for all of us. LOL.

    Y does it have to be on a Monday??? Arrgghhh. I'll be at work at 7am
     

    BusyMomto3

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    May 1, 2006
    I really hope this free dining promotion pans out. Been searching online for the past week for suitable "off site" accomodations :confused3
    It's been exhausting!!:surfweb:
     

    Mermaid2sea

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Mar 29, 2007
    That's great news....I won't be using it as we don't plan on going until next year.....But good luck to others that have been waiting so patiently....
     
  • ShhhQ

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Mar 18, 2007
    Thank you!!! This helps calm the nerves (even if it is only a rumor, it does sound promising).. now the 2 1/2 weeks waiting game...
     

    disneyfantotheend

    DIS Veteran
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    Jan 21, 2003
    Thanks again Canadian! I hope it turns out to be true. We will be there ion the 13TH, but I wanted to stay at WL for our first 2 nights anyway. We have room only there and then move to PoFQ on Aug 15TH, hopefully with the FD promo!
     
  • mantysk8coach

    Proud member of the DIS chapter of NKOTB Anonymous
    Joined
    May 30, 2005
    Yay...finally!!!

    So maybe Thursday, April 29 for Disney Visa?

    Here's hoping! :)
     

    jhaig

    Not The First To Pass This Way
    Joined
    Oct 3, 2007
    :love::thumbsup2:woohoo::yay:

    So should Disney Visa holders be on the lookout for the last week of April?
     

    vicb224

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Aug 15, 2006
    I have a couple of questions re this that you all can probably answer and save me the phone call to disney ( where they certianly wouldnt confirm a promotion at this time anyway). I, too have been not so patiently waiting for FD. I got it last year and could kick myself for not booking a bounce back! Anyway- I have POP booked with the reg DP for Sept 28-Oct 3. My questions:
    Is it worth it to updrade from the QSDP to the reg DP , or does it make more sense to updrade the resort to a moderate and get the free reg DP? Does it come out to the same money wise? or are you still saving more with the Value Resort?
    my other question is, according to the "rumors", the promotion ends Oct 2. We are checking out Oct 3...do we GET the FD for the night of Oct 2?
    Thanks for any help!!
     
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