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Old 01-19-2009, 10:00 AM   #151
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Correct me if I'm wrong. We are taking our first trip in September, so it sounds like it is best to wait until FD is announced then book. We also have Disney Visa so hopefully we will get an announcement before it goes to the general public right? Help please! Been planning over a year and don't want to goof this up.
What Legomom said is correct, that happened to us the year before, at first we had booked POP and when rebooking with FD we had to take ASMu, POP was booked they said, but we called back several time and eventually POP had an opening for FD and we switched. We also have Disney Visa and I think it was 2-3 days earlier that you could book so that may get you the resort you want, if not book the resort they give you and keep trying back to switch to the resort you want.
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Old 01-19-2009, 12:03 PM   #152
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There is no reason not to book the room / tickets now. You can add the dining promotion when it comes out, and if there aren't any rooms available in your resort, then they will rebook you at which ever resort has room in it.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:27 AM   #153
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If they do offer free dining this year (to a non-Visa holder), when do they typically announce it?
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:46 AM   #154
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If they do offer free dining this year (to a non-Visa holder), when do they typically announce it?
We usually start hearing rumors toward the end of March. It has been announced the beginning of April for the past few years.
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:18 PM   #155
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I am pretty sure it was April 11th last year. I reserved our room with free dining then and I didn't have a Disney Visa. I didn't get my 1st choice of resorts, so have a back-up. This year I booked when I was there in Sept. for free dining through their "Bounce Back" and I now have a Disney Visa. I also transferred the reservation to AAA.
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:20 PM   #156
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If they do offer free dining this year (to a non-Visa holder), when do they typically announce it?
It's ususally about 1 week after DVisa Holders get the notice.
Just keep checking on Disboards and you will be ready.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:56 PM   #157
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:39 PM   #158
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Subscribing! Can't wait to find out when FD is offerred so I can book!!!!
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:33 PM   #159
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It's ususally about 1 week after DVisa Holders get the notice.
Just keep checking on Disboards and you will be ready.
I think maybe it was only 3 days. 3 years ago we didn't decide to go till mid June and still got in, choice of restaurants wasn't all we wanted but not bad (even got Le Cellier for lunch) and what the heck it was free. But now regret not booking bounce back while ther last Sept. like we had done the previous year. If we go this year it would make it 4 years in a row. First year booking mid June, second year booking I think 3 days earlier with the Disney Visa, third year booking the bounce back while at the resort and this year we didn't learn so maybe back to booking early with the Disney Visa.
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Does anyone know if Wilderness Lodge Villas are included in free dining? We're not Disney Vacation Club members but want to book this hotel for our September stay. I have the Disney Visa Card. Am debating on if we should go ahead and book our hotel now and then try to add free dining on later, or if I should just wait until free dining comes out.

Also, since there are 5 of us in this room, will all 5 of us get free dining if it's all paid for on one account?
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:56 AM   #161
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It was April 7 of last year for Dis Visa holders. I got it and it was great.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:32 AM   #162
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As long as you are paying rack rate for the room, not using DVC points, you should be alright, assuming that there is availability when you call. The free dining should cover everyone in your party, whether that is one person, or seven, as long as it is one party / one room.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:55 PM   #163
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Last year I found out about the free dining 2 days before the general public because it was announced on the allears.net website. I booked the day it was announced to the general public around 2 p.m. central time, and the preferred rooms were already sold out at the Pop Century for the dates we wanted! However, our travel dates (9/20-27) WERE included for free dining because you had to have traveled by 9/20! It was nice having the free dining, we got to experience some nice table-service restaraunts and a couple of character meals. Keeping my fingers crossed to get free dining again this year for 09/09!
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:43 PM   #164
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Correct me if I'm wrong. We are taking our first trip in September, so it sounds like it is best to wait until FD is announced then book. We also have Disney Visa so hopefully we will get an announcement before it goes to the general public right? Help please! Been planning over a year and don't want to goof this up.
We have never used FD before but are booked for this Aug/Sept 09. From what I have read on here it is better to book your pkg & then when/if the FD is released you simply call & make the change to your existing reservation, providing there is availability.
But you also get to use your Disney Visa, something that is not available to us Cdns.
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:44 PM   #165
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Yes, the free DDP has been offered to Disney Visa owners a few days before being offered to the general public. Watch here for the details about when. We usually get the information here on the DIS before hand so you'll know what day to call with your Disney Visa.
I have a card and never received anything from them about free dining, where do they announce it?

Also do you have to use the card to book the package?
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