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Old 09-27-2012, 12:24 PM   #61
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Did you book a BB while you were there?
Nope, only bc it was for Aug/Sep and we really want to go in October instead. Was bummed bc we would have booked for sure!
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:25 PM   #62
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My sister's family and mine are going October 19-27, 2013. Hoping for FD. Have not reserved any rooms yet, do you folks recommend making a(2) room only ressies or wait until FD is annouced in the Spring (?). We will be staying at a MOD, first choice is POFQ.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:29 PM   #63
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My sister's family and mine are going October 19-27, 2013. Hoping for FD. Have not reserved any rooms yet, do you folks recommend making a(2) room only ressies or wait until FD is annouced in the Spring (?). We will be staying at a MOD, first choice is POFQ.
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We are going for our first visit at the same exact time. I'd be really interested in the answer to your question as well. I've made a AAA reservation CSR already but we're really interested in free dining.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:31 PM   #64
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My sister's family and mine are going October 19-27, 2013. Hoping for FD. Have not reserved any rooms yet, do you folks recommend making a(2) room only ressies or wait until FD is annouced in the Spring (?). We will be staying at a MOD, first choice is POFQ.
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A room only reservation really would do you no good. In order to apply a FD discount, you must book a package. Money cannot move between a room only and a pckage, so you would have to cancel the room only reservation (getting that deposit refunded to you) and rebook as a package with a new deposit (not the money from your room only). If you are planning to stay at POFQ regarless of a FD discount, it will be easier to apply the discount if you have first booked it as a package. If you do not intend to stay there unless you get FD, then just wait and book nothing until the discount is available.

If rooms are booked and you do not plan on keeping them, then there is less of a reason for Disney to offer a discount because, as far as they know, the hotel is selling without a discount being offered. Only book if you are going regarless and then if a discount comes out, consider it a bonus.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:38 PM   #65
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A room only reservation really would do you no good. In order to apply a FD discount, you must book a package. Money cannot move between a room only and a pckage, so you would have to cancel the room only reservation (getting that deposit refunded to you) and rebook as a package with a new deposit (not the money from your room only). If you are planning to stay at POFQ regarless of a FD discount, it will be easier to apply the discount if you have first booked it as a package. If you do not intend to stay there unless you get FD, then just wait and book nothing until the discount is available.

If rooms are booked and you do not plan on keeping them, then there is less of a reason for Disney to offer a discount because, as far as they know, the hotel is selling without a discount being offered. Only book if you are going regarless and then if a discount comes out, consider it a bonus.
Thanks for the advice, we really need FD and don't HAVE to have a particular MOD; POFQ is our first choice but I am sure we will enjoy which ever we end up booking.

Have seen a lot of postings from people last spring that had already booked and then were able to get FD applied and just wondered how that worked.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:21 AM   #66
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Thanks for the advice, we really need FD and don't HAVE to have a particular MOD; POFQ is our first choice but I am sure we will enjoy which ever we end up booking.

Have seen a lot of postings from people last spring that had already booked and then were able to get FD applied and just wondered how that worked.
Discounts are always based on availability. So if the occupancy for a given resort/room type is low enough, there will be discounts available. And they can be applied on a new or existing reservation. If occupancy goes up, the discount will be unavailable to anyone who doesn't already have it. If there are cancellations, it can become available again. POFQ is a popular resort and has been known to sell out but you never know.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:43 PM   #67
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I'll join the code watch! This will be our family's first trip to Disney! It will be myself, my husband, our 2 kids (5 and 2) and both sets of grandparents.

We are still trying to decide our dates, we're looking at either mid-late October, or the first week of November. I've been checking out some of the sites that list the historical data for the promos and blackout dates, it seems like we'd maybe be more likely to the FD if we DIDN'T book the first week of November (Jersey Week); room only discounts seem to be offered at times, but not FD.
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I'll join the code watch! This will be our family's first trip to Disney! It will be myself, my husband, our 2 kids (5 and 2) and both sets of grandparents.

We are still trying to decide our dates, we're looking at either mid-late October, or the first week of November. I've been checking out some of the sites that list the historical data for the promos and blackout dates, it seems like we'd maybe be more likely to the FD if we DIDN'T book the first week of November (Jersey Week); room only discounts seem to be offered at times, but not FD.
to the boards. This site is a great source of information. It can be overwhelming at times, but most of the people here are very helpful. You will come across a few bad apples in the bunch, but for the most part, this site is fantastic.

Late October would definitely be your best chance at FD. October is a GREAT time to go. We arrive at POP Century in 24 days, but we are also looking ahead to next October's trip, as well.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:03 PM   #69
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to the boards. This site is a great source of information. It can be overwhelming at times, but most of the people here are very helpful. You will come across a few bad apples in the bunch, but for the most part, this site is fantastic.

Late October would definitely be your best chance at FD. October is a GREAT time to go. We arrive at POP Century in 24 days, but we are also looking ahead to next October's trip, as well.
Thank you!! Next year seems like it's forever to have to wait, but I know the time will go by quickly. Right now, we're leaning toward the Art of Animation....I wish we could swing the family suites, but it just doesn't seem like that makes the most sense, with the number of people that we have. so, we'll probably give the Little Mermaid rooms a try.
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Thank you!! Next year seems like it's forever to have to wait, but I know the time will go by quickly. Right now, we're leaning toward the Art of Animation....I wish we could swing the family suites, but it just doesn't seem like that makes the most sense, with the number of people that we have. so, we'll probably give the Little Mermaid rooms a try.
Just so you are prepared for the possibility, the LM rooms were excluded from the public FD offers this year. Hopefully once the newness wears off, they will include them. Fingers crossed for both of us!
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Just so you are prepared for the possibility, the LM rooms were excluded from the public FD offers this year. Hopefully once the newness wears off, they will include them. Fingers crossed for both of us!
ahh...that is good to know! This board is helpful already!
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:17 AM   #72
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Looking at going sometime in mid Oct up to first week in Nov. We have not been in 2 years and super excited. Hoping to stay for 12 to 14 days. Me, DH, DD 13 and DD 10. Would love some sort of discount, but also looking at the Y.E.S program for tickets and so room only would be great! Girls also want to go see Harry at the WWofHP, but trying to figure out how to fund that addition.
We have always gone Thanksgiving week or in Late Jan. or early Feb., but looking forward to the Halloween atmosphere!
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I'm watching for the last week of Oct '13.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:36 AM   #74
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Count me in for Oct '13 looking for Oct 27 - Nov 2 in POR.
That's where we are planning to stay and right about the same time (we're looking at 10/31 to 11/10). If there are no discounts available, we will stay off site. I have no problem doing that. I still want to go to Disney and will just make a work-around.

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I'll join the code watch! This will be our family's first trip to Disney! It will be myself, my husband, our 2 kids (5 and 2) and both sets of grandparents.

We are still trying to decide our dates, we're looking at either mid-late October, or the first week of November. I've been checking out some of the sites that list the historical data for the promos and blackout dates, it seems like we'd maybe be more likely to the FD if we DIDN'T book the first week of November (Jersey Week); room only discounts seem to be offered at times, but not FD.
Jersey Week next year will be the week that includes November 8th & 9th (the actual dates of the conference). If you arrive the week prior (like we are planning to) and if Disney sticks to their past dates for FD, it should be available.

As I said previously, I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I love staying on-site, but I will make do of I am unable to stay at POR.

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That's where we are planning to stay and right about the same time (we're looking at 10/31 to 11/10). If there are no discounts available, we will stay off site. I have no problem doing that. I still want to go to Disney and will just make a work-around.


Jersey Week next year will be the week that includes November 8th & 9th (the actual dates of the conference). If you arrive the week prior (like we are planning to) and if Disney sticks to their past dates for FD, it should be available.

As I said previously, I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I love staying on-site, but I will make do of I am unable to stay at POR.

Happy Planning!
I was going off of this site "your first visit", it says Jersey week will be the week of 11/2. So, if you arrive before it technically starts (if we were to arrive on 10/31 or 11/1), would you still get the FD discount, is that how it works?
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