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Old 06-12-2012, 10:17 AM   #1
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It pays to call!

If you are waiting on a PIN, call them instead! We just called and got Free Dining for November 1st, 2012 and booked a 14 night Grand Floridian Club Level stay!

This will be our DS0 (not born yet!) 1st trip and we'll be celebrating 100 days in disney in under 5 years, so I figured go big or go home.

Looking forward to this trip already.... now back to work so I can pay for it!

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Old 06-12-2012, 11:57 AM   #2
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Congrats! Have a good trip!
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:43 PM   #3
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That's great!

Question though...did you have a pin attached to your name or did the CM you spoke to just give you free dining? I heard some people say that the CM's will sometimes do that.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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I've called once a week and nothing so far. Congrats on your free dining though!!
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:04 PM   #5
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That's great!

Question though...did you have a pin attached to your name or did the CM you spoke to just give you free dining? I heard some people say that the CM's will sometimes do that.
Hard to say really, the question was: We want to come on this date, what offers do you have for us? I would guess that we probably had a PIN there or the CM has the discression to make a call on giving out the offer depending on what you want to book.

I will tell you that he said that there were no free dining offers available if we stayed at BC even though there is availability to book the rooms we wanted without FD.

Anyway, he said that November 1st was the latest we could arrive to get the FD offer which I had guessed at based on the comments here (thanks guys!)

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May 2013 (12 Days) - Yacht Club
November 2012 (15 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter & Art of Animation (Nemo!)
March 2012 (5 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter, Caribbean Beach Resort
September 2011 (12 Days) - Yacht Club, All Star Sports, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside, Contemporary Resort
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:37 PM   #6
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FYI, I just called back to make a couple of changes (Deluxe Dining upgrade!) and asked about the PIN. Indeed there was a PIN there for me for the free dining, but no email had been sent/received. I manage my own email server so I know it's not a junk mail issue.

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May 2014 (12 Days) - Disney Magic 12 Day Eastbound Transatlantic!
March 2014 (8 Days) - Beach Club
November 2013 (7 Days) - Yacht Club then Disney Fantasy 7 Day Western Cruise!
May 2013 (12 Days) - Yacht Club
November 2012 (15 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter & Art of Animation (Nemo!)
March 2012 (5 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter, Caribbean Beach Resort
September 2011 (12 Days) - Yacht Club, All Star Sports, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside, Contemporary Resort
March 2011 (14 Days) -Port Orleans French Quarter, Coronado Springs Resort, Grand Floridian (Club Level), Vero Beach Resort, Beach Club (Club Level) & Contemporary Resort
December 2010 (8 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter & Wilderness Lodge Villas
September 2010 (12 Days) - Boardwalk, Coronado Springs & Polyneasian
April 2010 (12 Days) - Saratoga Springs Resort & Wilderness Lodge
January 2010 (2 Days) - Wilderness Lodge
Sept. 2009 (12 Days) - Animal Kingdom Lodge, Saratoga Springs Resort & Polynesian
Feb. 2009 (8 Days) - Offsite, Animal Kingdom Lodge & Caribbean Beach plus 7 Days on the Disney Magic

Yes, if you are counting that over 100 days in Walt Disney World in just over 4 years!
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:10 AM   #7
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Just an update for those waiting on PINs, I booked our trip with Free Dining on June 12th, called to check for a PIN and we had one. Today, I finally got the actual email with the PIN for the dining from Disney, so it took almost a month before I got the email.

Also interesting is that the PIN offer refered to a saved trip that I had before I booked our actual trip over the phone.

Enjoy Free Dining
with the purchase of a non-discounted
4-night/5-day Magic Your Way room and ticket package at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels!
For arrivals most nights 9/30-10/4/12, 10/19-11/1/12, 11/9-11/15/12, 11/23-11/29/12 & 12/10-12/13/12.

Hope that helps someone waiting!

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May 2014 (12 Days) - Disney Magic 12 Day Eastbound Transatlantic!
March 2014 (8 Days) - Beach Club
November 2013 (7 Days) - Yacht Club then Disney Fantasy 7 Day Western Cruise!
May 2013 (12 Days) - Yacht Club
November 2012 (15 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter & Art of Animation (Nemo!)
March 2012 (5 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter, Caribbean Beach Resort
September 2011 (12 Days) - Yacht Club, All Star Sports, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside, Contemporary Resort
March 2011 (14 Days) -Port Orleans French Quarter, Coronado Springs Resort, Grand Floridian (Club Level), Vero Beach Resort, Beach Club (Club Level) & Contemporary Resort
December 2010 (8 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter & Wilderness Lodge Villas
September 2010 (12 Days) - Boardwalk, Coronado Springs & Polyneasian
April 2010 (12 Days) - Saratoga Springs Resort & Wilderness Lodge
January 2010 (2 Days) - Wilderness Lodge
Sept. 2009 (12 Days) - Animal Kingdom Lodge, Saratoga Springs Resort & Polynesian
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:20 AM   #8
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I called to make our reservations. I already have received pins, but none of them were for the dates we needed (this was a few months ago). When I told her the price I had seen online she asked me if I would like to save some money, and gave me a pin! About 25-30% off! I hadn't even asked, was really happy. We are traveling with friends, so I told her to call as well, say they are traveling with us and they were able to get the discount as well. They just needed my confirmation number, so I guess we are linked or something.
We did not stay at Disney or last trip, since we did Universal, and this trip was just a one-shot deal before our kids start doing the college trips and whatnot. We missed WDW too much not to go back!
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:25 AM   #9
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Just an update for those waiting on PINs, I booked our trip with Free Dining on June 12th, called to check for a PIN and we had one. Today, I finally got the actual email with the PIN for the dining from Disney, so it took almost a month before I got the email.

Also interesting is that the PIN offer refered to a saved trip that I had before I booked our actual trip over the phone.

Enjoy Free Dining
with the purchase of a non-discounted
4-night/5-day Magic Your Way room and ticket package at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels!
For arrivals most nights 9/30-10/4/12, 10/19-11/1/12, 11/9-11/15/12, 11/23-11/29/12 & 12/10-12/13/12.

Hope that helps someone waiting!

Andrew
Even if you don't have or get a pin, there is a general public offer for free dining coming out on the 12th. Here's the link to the thread on it: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2951866

I was calling once a week when others were getting the pin code for free dining. I didn't have any pins until mid June and it's only for 10% off our room. When that expired, I called Disney to see if I had another since the CM said it's not unusual to see pin codes back to back. Unfortunately, it's for the same offer and this one expires on July 14th .

So now I'm anxiously waiting for Thursday so I can call our TA and have the free dining code applied to our package. At least I don't have to wait until August like last year!

ETA: Btw, there are black out dates associated with the free dining. In order to receive the discount for your entire stay (max is 14 days) you MUST check in BEFORE the black out date. We're going 11/29-12/8. December 1-9 is blacked out due to Pop Warner week.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:42 AM   #10
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I just booked my 15 day vacation to disney, we're staying at POP, POFQ and AoA. What do I have to do to be eligible for the pin codes and who do I call to check whether I have received one?!
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:48 AM   #11
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I just booked my 15 day vacation to disney, we're staying at POP, POFQ and AoA. What do I have to do to be eligible for the pin codes and who do I call to check whether I have received one?!
Generally they are for returning and usually frequent guests that sign up for an account on the website. Some also say it helps to order the planning DVD, join mailing lists etc. It's somewhat random as to who gets a Free Dining pin vs. room discounts or nothing at all! I'm not sure about offers for guests from overseas, I noticed you are from Germany. The offers for Europe tend to be different. (ie the 14 Day pass you have available, we can only buy 10)

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May 2014 (12 Days) - Disney Magic 12 Day Eastbound Transatlantic!
March 2014 (8 Days) - Beach Club
November 2013 (7 Days) - Yacht Club then Disney Fantasy 7 Day Western Cruise!
May 2013 (12 Days) - Yacht Club
November 2012 (15 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter & Art of Animation (Nemo!)
March 2012 (5 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter, Caribbean Beach Resort
September 2011 (12 Days) - Yacht Club, All Star Sports, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside, Contemporary Resort
March 2011 (14 Days) -Port Orleans French Quarter, Coronado Springs Resort, Grand Floridian (Club Level), Vero Beach Resort, Beach Club (Club Level) & Contemporary Resort
December 2010 (8 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter & Wilderness Lodge Villas
September 2010 (12 Days) - Boardwalk, Coronado Springs & Polyneasian
April 2010 (12 Days) - Saratoga Springs Resort & Wilderness Lodge
January 2010 (2 Days) - Wilderness Lodge
Sept. 2009 (12 Days) - Animal Kingdom Lodge, Saratoga Springs Resort & Polynesian
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:31 PM   #12
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How far in advance do they typically do PINS? We are looking to go next June. Is it too early to call and see if there is anything for us now?
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:08 PM   #13
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How far in advance do they typically do PINS? We are looking to go next June. Is it too early to call and see if there is anything for us now?
Like the title says.... it does pay to call! Usually they are for particular booking windows. I've found that the PINs give you a couple of weeks head start on the general public offers. This is true especially with free dining.

Check out: http://www.mousesavers.com/historica...ort-discounts/

This has historical information on when offers were made to the general public etc. It might give you a general idea of what could be available.

The other thing to try is making sure that you have a disney.com account that you sign into when looking at things. Save vacations for the dates you want them for a couple of days and delete them after a bit. For some reason the delete has triggered offers to me on several occasions.

Good luck!

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Well on our way to staying at every Walt Disney World Resort Hotel!
May 2014 (12 Days) - Disney Magic 12 Day Eastbound Transatlantic!
March 2014 (8 Days) - Beach Club
November 2013 (7 Days) - Yacht Club then Disney Fantasy 7 Day Western Cruise!
May 2013 (12 Days) - Yacht Club
November 2012 (15 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter & Art of Animation (Nemo!)
March 2012 (5 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter, Caribbean Beach Resort
September 2011 (12 Days) - Yacht Club, All Star Sports, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside, Contemporary Resort
March 2011 (14 Days) -Port Orleans French Quarter, Coronado Springs Resort, Grand Floridian (Club Level), Vero Beach Resort, Beach Club (Club Level) & Contemporary Resort
December 2010 (8 Days) - Port Orleans French Quarter & Wilderness Lodge Villas
September 2010 (12 Days) - Boardwalk, Coronado Springs & Polyneasian
April 2010 (12 Days) - Saratoga Springs Resort & Wilderness Lodge
January 2010 (2 Days) - Wilderness Lodge
Sept. 2009 (12 Days) - Animal Kingdom Lodge, Saratoga Springs Resort & Polynesian
Feb. 2009 (8 Days) - Offsite, Animal Kingdom Lodge & Caribbean Beach plus 7 Days on the Disney Magic

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Old 08-28-2012, 10:40 PM   #14
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The other thing to try is making sure that you have a disney.com account that you sign into when looking at things. Save vacations for the dates you want them for a couple of days and delete them after a bit. For some reason the delete has triggered offers to me on several occasions.

Good luck!

Andrew
I had no idea! Thanks for that helpful tip! I assumed you had to have a Disney Visa to get PINs (which I will soon). I will definitely try this b/c I'm always checking the site for new specials anyway.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:33 PM   #15
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