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Old 03-10-2009, 08:11 PM   #661
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It is announced early April. Disney VISA holders get first dibs for a week or so, then it is open to the general public.
So keep your eyes & ears open here! Trust me--you will see it here first!
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:06 PM   #662
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Just wanted to let everyone in on something I just found out (since I know everyone on here is anticipating free dining as much as I am)-- sorry if it's something you'd already know--

I received a 40% off pin weeks ago that said "40% off a Disney stay.. at a select value resort" and tossed it to the side thinking I wanted more than a value resort this time as it will be our Honeymoon. Since I was soooo sick of waiting and waiting for free dining I thought I would give it a chance and call to see if the 40% would work on moderate or deluxe.. To my suprise the CM said YES!! So if anyone has this postcard pin and is waiting for free dining to come out this is a much better deal if you are traveling with 2 or 3 and thinking of staying at moderate or deluxe! But of course free dining would be a better savings at a value with even 2 ppl.
We upgraded the dining to DLX, selected an upgrade to Woods View at WL, and added WP and more to our park hoppers, and are paying less than $200 more than simply pricing it online with all the basics, and no dining for 10 days. YIPPEE!
Oh I am so happy I saw your post, I did the same thing and tossed the 40% pin code aside for this year we did NOT want to do value again after last year and that's what mine said..VALUE RESORT. I have been waiting for the FD to be announced for dvc, but booking the 40% off at the polly for 11 nights is a way better savings for my family especially if they only give the cheap QSDP for free and I would have to pay to upgrade. Now it's all booked and done the stess is over. Of course there is the matter of the 90 day ADRS that will have to be made lol. This princess is anxiously awaiting June 6th to book all the yummy food. I better start doing push ups Im gaining weight just thinking about it wooohooo!
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:50 PM   #663
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subscribing and hoping for free dining for 10/13-10/16.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:03 PM   #664
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I have a question about this. We have done DDP before but not Free Dining and that was before they changed it to all these different "levels" of dining plans.

Do we know what would be offered as the "free" dining plan? Is it going to be only the Quick Service Plan? I hope not...

We were not planning a trip in the Fall but I have gotten DH on board with talk of how much we would save with Free Dining. But if I have to add to that "oh yeah, we need to PAY if we want sit down" that is going to weaken my argument. LOL.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:15 PM   #665
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I'm hoping for the regular dining plan and not the QS. We are already booked for Deluxe, so I guess when/if it's announced we will pay to upgrade either way.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:16 PM   #666
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Hubby and I were there in Feb and rebooked for Sept and got a bounceback offer - we are getting a 40% discount - not we need free dining - yeah baby c'mon
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:22 PM   #667
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subscribing Bring on teh Free Dining!
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:22 PM   #668
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Do we know what would be offered as the "free" dining plan? Is it going to be only the Quick Service Plan? I hope not...
Thus for it has always been (past 3 years) the basic dining plan with 1TS, 1CS, 1S. All the bounce back/pins that people have gotten have all been for the basic plan too. But don't forget it's not totally free, you still have to pay to tip your servers.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:27 PM   #669
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Hubby and I were there in Feb and rebooked for Sept and got a bounceback offer - we are getting a 40% discount - not we need free dining - yeah baby c'mon
My understanding is that if free dining is available you will have to choose either to switch your package to free dining and pay rack rate for your room or keep your 40% discount and skip free dining. You can not double up on discounts they will not allow it.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:45 PM   #670
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I don't want to burst your bubble...

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subscribing and hoping for free dining for 10/13-10/16.
But I don't want you to get your hopes up. In the last 3 years it has never gone anywhere near that late;in fact, the cut off date has gotten earlier & earlier each year; last year it was 9/20, I believe.

And to reiterate...you cannot use both 40% off AND free DDP; free DDP is a better deal for value resorts/big parties; 40 off is better for smaller parties/deluxe resorts.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:46 PM   #671
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Question Please explain to me what free Dining is and how to get it

Forgive my ignorance...I've been seeing it mentioned all over this darn board and have yet to see what it is or how to get it. I don't know where to ask, I figured this was the best forum.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:50 PM   #672
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We were at Disney World last Sept for free dining and we did get offered a bounceback but that only went into the first week of Oct. I have never seen free dining being offered to the general public later than this. Last year they did send out pin codes for select dates later that fall into December. Of which we took them up on. But it was not open to the general public just those that received an email or postcard and those with a disney visa card.

Good luck to all of you waiting for free dining this year. I was right here with you all last year so I know what you all are going through.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:03 PM   #673
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I have never gone to WDW with free dining but it is a promotion that is offered. Typically it is offered around the end of August until around the end of September.
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:24 AM   #674
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We were there the week of October 15 last year (the week of Columbus Day), and free dining did not apply to our stay.
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:26 AM   #675
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I was thinking of going through Dreams unlimited, they say if discounts come up after you book they will get them for you.. Does anyone know if this includes free dining? I'm getting impatient and want to get booked but don't want to have to rebook if I do it myself and then free dining comes up. HELP
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