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Old 03-05-2013, 11:22 PM   #31
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If they dont offer FD for Value but they do for Moderate - I would have to do some math to see what the better deal is... 2 rooms at Art of Animation with paid for dining or 2 rooms at a Moderate (with only 1 bathroom each and no microwave...) but with free dining.
I think I might still stay at Art of Animation, having a seperate bedroom and bathroom might be worth it to me!
Are you talking about the suites at Art of Animation? We stayed in a Finding Nemo suite and LOVED it! I did want to mention that an Art of Animation suite is a little more expensive than a moderate room. You do get that microwave, sitting area, and second bathroom. So, paid dining in a suite at AoA is more than paid dining in 2 standard rooms at a moderate. FD at a mod would be cheaper - but what hold more value for you. The suites are a lot more room.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:35 PM   #32
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I am also waiting to hear about FD for Sept. I have already booked my resort but I want to know why are some of you waiting to hear about FD before you book your room? Can't you add it to your ressies when it comes out? Or is it because they only offer FD at certain resorts? Denise
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If they see a lot of bookings then they may not feel the need to offer free dining.
And that is the catch. I booked at 180 days just so I could get the ADR's in for August. Hopefully they offer something for late August. If not, it looks like we'll be paying more this time around.

I waited until the breaking point where we had to start reserving ADR's. If I had a choice I would have waited longer so the booking would not show.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:26 PM   #33
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I went the first week of December in 2009 and 2011; we got free dining and loved it. We want to go again this year. However, I am thinking that I remember seeing somewhere that in 2012 they took the first week of December off of free dining. Does anyone remember? I'm assuming they'll do the same thing this year...of course I will wait to book and ask for time off at work until I know for sure but I'd like to start planning to see when we'll need to go.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:56 AM   #34
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We went 11/29 to 12/6 last year (2012) and were blessed with free dining. Hoping for the same this year!
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:06 AM   #35
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I went the first week of December in 2009 and 2011; we got free dining and loved it. We want to go again this year. However, I am thinking that I remember seeing somewhere that in 2012 they took the first week of December off of free dining. Does anyone remember? I'm assuming they'll do the same thing this year...of course I will wait to book and ask for time off at work until I know for sure but I'd like to start planning to see when we'll need to go.
They generally don't offer free dining the first week of December because of the Pop Warner football thing they do every year. Depending on when that is, there are no discounts that week.

Also, I highly doubt you will see free dining in October because of the Food and Wine Festival. I believe they have been cutting it off at the end of September the past 2-3 years.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:02 PM   #36
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I have booked already, wanted to wait but the overtime at work is happening now and I can do a couple extra shifts to pay for our trip. And I also get pretty neurotic about not paying for things when I can.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:55 PM   #37
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When they do post the discounts, how aggressive do I need to be about calling and adding them to my current reservation? I've been obsessively checking because I know they only do it for a certain amount of rooms?
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:12 PM   #38
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Also, I highly doubt you will see free dining in October because of the Food and Wine Festival. I believe they have been cutting it off at the end of September the past 2-3 years.

Not according to the research I've been doing. All the charts I've looked at have had FD offered the last two years in October, if not the last three years. I've got ALL my fingers and toes crossed that it is offered this year as well. It would help me out immensely.

Here is a somewhat convoluted chart of past FD dates of the last few years:

http://wdwprepschool.com/about-the-d...t-it-for-free/
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:16 AM   #39
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We are hoping for FD in October too.. We have 11 people going for Halloween. We in 2011 and had FD which helped greatly.....Finders and Toes crossed.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:08 PM   #40
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Ok guys, first, you don't have to book at 180 days to get ADRs. I booked one each morning for each of the days I want to go and I had choice of any time I wanted. With the exception of BOG, everything is still available, including hard to get ones like CRT and Ohana even today and I'm well inside the 180 day window at this point. The only benefit to booking is the 180+10, but it isn't necessary. Remember, Disney has no incentive to offer a promotion if their rooms are booked, so those who book in anticipation may be shooting themselves in the foot.

That said, here are historic patterns for fall free dining offers. Remember too that the bounceback from last year for fall 2013 were for stays beginning on August 18; however, the end dates carried from Sept. 13 for Moderates to Sept 26 for Deluxe. If the trend follows the bounceback, they very well may be shortening the window of dates for free dining depending on the level of resort. I'm looking for the trend going back to late April, leaning toward April 25.

2006 - Booking started April 1
2007 - Booking started April 9
2008 - Booking started April 7
2009 - Booking started March 30
2010 - Booking Started April 29
2011 - Booking Started April 28
2012 - Booking Started March 1
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:25 PM   #41
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They generally don't offer free dining the first week of December because of the Pop Warner football thing they do every year. Depending on when that is, there are no discounts that week.
They offered it in 2009 and 2011; it was great. Both those years we went the monday after thanksgiving and were there until saturday (which was last few days of november and first few days of december; the pop warner folks came in right as we were leaving). But last year I think the days lined up differently to where pop warner came the first week because it was a full week of December vs being split half/half like the previous years. This year is like last year where the week after thanksgiving is almost a full week of december, so I'm thinking they won't offer it again since that's when pop warner will come. Guess I'll just have to wait and see! I definitely want to wait and go when the decorations are up and all the extra stuff is happening, but I dont want to go TOO far into December to where it gets crowded. I just need to learn patience and wait...
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Join us in the Free Dining thread

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Old 05-09-2013, 08:16 PM   #43
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FYI: My BFF got a pin code today for free dining for

For arrivals most nights 8/25–10/2/13,
10/18–10/31/13, 11/11–11/23/13,
11/30–12/4/13 and 12/15–12/22/13.

Book by 8/14/13.

My dates are in there and I'm hoping by the grace of the Disney Gods that I somehow get this pin too! She can't even use it ugh!
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:41 PM   #44
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Looks like its gonna be blacked out for our stay during the famous "Jersey Week" here's to hoping for at least a room discount
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