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Old 10-23-2012, 09:06 PM   #31
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We just might end up doing the crazy Jersey week...but I think the week after Thanksgiving is def off the table.

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Old 10-24-2012, 05:56 AM   #32
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We just might end up doing the crazy Jersey week...but I think the week after Thanksgiving is def off the table.

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I don't think it will be really, razy busy. I've looked at historical crowd calendars for the past three years and, some days, it will reach a 6 or 7, but most days it's a 4 or 5. I think I can handle that!
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:25 PM   #33
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I so wish we could go in October or November, but soccer doesn't allow for it. We have one in club soccer and one that plays for the middle school and here in TN soccer season goes until Thanksgiving. I think I'm stuck with December, or not going at all, unless a whole lot of stars align!
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:25 PM   #34
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My daughter and I are tentatively looking at the dates 11/8 - 11/16/13. This year they have the Wine and Dine Marathon the evening of 11/9 with a 5K that morning so we are planning around that for next year to participate in the 5K. My question is if we go ahead and book now for that time frame and free dining comes out at a later date can we then switch our ressie over to free dining. Also, if we book now do they require the 200.00 deposit and can we begin making payments on the trip?
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:24 AM   #35
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My daughter and I are tentatively looking at the dates 11/8 - 11/16/13. This year they have the Wine and Dine Marathon the evening of 11/9 with a 5K that morning so we are planning around that for next year to participate in the 5K. My question is if we go ahead and book now for that time frame and free dining comes out at a later date can we then switch our ressie over to free dining. Also, if we book now do they require the 200.00 deposit and can we begin making payments on the trip?
Yes to both. You need to make sure your reservation is for a package not just room only and if the FD promo does come out (fingers crossed), then you just call up and apply it. You may have to move to a different type of room, but don't wory. For example, I currently have a reservation for a standard room (meaning, parking lot view. ). I'm perfectly fine with this....I don't need a spectacular view to know I am in WDW. lol Anyway, I noticed when the FD promo came out for this fall that I would have had to change to Garden View. Which is just fine....I'm still getting FD!!!

And, yes, you can also make payments on the trip. If, for example, you book the package with room & tickets only (like I did), it will be the same price when/if FD becomes available. Now, on the other hand, if you book a package with room, tickets and dining and FD becomes available, Disney will refund the difference to you. I just book room & tickets and cross my fingers. Now, instead of making payments, my family takes money and puts it aside into our ING savings account. At least this way, I'm earning a little bit of interest on it!

I hope this helps (and that I didn't confuse you) and feel free to ask any other questions you can think of.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:28 AM   #36
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I so wish we could go in October or November, but soccer doesn't allow for it. We have one in club soccer and one that plays for the middle school and here in TN soccer season goes until Thanksgiving. I think I'm stuck with December, or not going at all, unless a whole lot of stars align!
I'm sorry! I sooo understand that, though. My son is a baseball player and hubby is a major league manager, so Spring is out. And winter is completely out because I am heavily involved with our youth wrestling program in my town and my boys both wrestle. So, fall is our ?only option. But now my daughter wants to do tennis when she goes to high school...... (hey! where's the "brickwall" smilie. lol)
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:24 AM   #37
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Yes to both. You need to make sure your reservation is for a package not just room only and if the FD promo does come out (fingers crossed), then you just call up and apply it. You may have to move to a different type of room, but don't wory. For example, I currently have a reservation for a standard room (meaning, parking lot view. ). I'm perfectly fine with this....I don't need a spectacular view to know I am in WDW. lol Anyway, I noticed when the FD promo came out for this fall that I would have had to change to Garden View. Which is just fine....I'm still getting FD!!!

And, yes, you can also make payments on the trip. If, for example, you book the package with room & tickets only (like I did), it will be the same price when/if FD becomes available. Now, on the other hand, if you book a package with room, tickets and dining and FD becomes available, Disney will refund the difference to you. I just book room & tickets and cross my fingers. Now, instead of making payments, my family takes money and puts it aside into our ING savings account. At least this way, I'm earning a little bit of interest on it!

I hope this helps (and that I didn't confuse you) and feel free to ask any other questions you can think of.
PERFECT explanation. You explained it better than the CM at Disney World did. I didn't keep up with the Nov FD deals for this year since we went in September so I am not sure what room categorys it covered. Was FD offered on the Royal Rooms at POR? I sure would love to book that category but am not going to attempt it if it wasn't offered this year as it probably won't be next year either.

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Old 10-25-2012, 10:33 AM   #38
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You're probably ok to go the week right after Thanksgiving. You'll still have high crowds through Sunday of Tgiving weekend, but it should lighten up a lot on Monday. The problem with 2013 if that Thanksgiving is VERY late, so the Pop Warner football championship will be starting the first weekend in December, so you'll have that to contend with at the end of your week. The biggest issue is that both Thanksgiving and Pop Warner are blackout dates for offers, typically. So you may have a hard time getting a good deal with those events on back to back weekends. We went in early December last year with free dining and it was fantastic. Light crowds, warm temps, parks decorated. Unfortunately, this year, there isn't much time between holiday and pop Warner, so it may be a no-go for us. Cost aside, it is a fantastic time to hit the parks.
HI! Just spoke with Pop Warner and ESPN yesterday and they both confirmed the dates Pop Warner week for 2013 will be 12/7/13 - 12/14/13. The week after Thanksgiving is a perfect time to visit. Happy Planning!
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:28 PM   #39
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HI! Just spoke with Pop Warner and ESPN yesterday and they both confirmed the dates Pop Warner week for 2013 will be 12/7/13 - 12/14/13. The week after Thanksgiving is a perfect time to visit. Happy Planning!
Oh..well..that might change things...

My travel agent said unless we were staying at a Pop Resort, it wouldnt be too crazy ( at least compared to Jersey week). But lack of any kind of possible pixie dust discount was my major worry..hoping to get something. Wonder if they would squeeze one in between Thanksgiving and Pop Warner.

What gets us in a bind is that my husband has to pick his vacation weeks by the end of December (sometimes even November). ...so once we pick..we are kinda stuck with it.
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PERFECT explanation. You explained it better than the CM at Disney World did. I didn't keep up with the Nov FD deals for this year since we went in September so I am not sure what room categorys it covered. Was FD offered on the Royal Rooms at POR? I sure would love to book that category but am not going to attempt it if it wasn't offered this year as it probably won't be next year either.

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Aw, shucks. Thanks.

I honestly do not know if the Royal Rooms were included or not. I didn't look because we have to stay over on the Alligator Bayou side (there are five of us). Sorry.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:48 AM   #41
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We are also trying to see if we can run the Food & Wine 5K next year. Hoping that our reservations will cover that weekend. We were originally going the Nov 2-9 but now we're looking at Nov 9-16. Hoping Disney announces 2013 Food and Wine dates soon!
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We are also trying to see if we can run the Food & Wine 5K next year. Hoping that our reservations will cover that weekend. We were originally going the Nov 2-9 but now we're looking at Nov 9-16. Hoping Disney announces 2013 Food and Wine dates soon!
Awesome! I am hoping that my weekend covers the 5k too.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:59 PM   #43
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We have 22 of us going November 30-Dec 7 next year. Hoping for FD like the last few years.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:46 AM   #44
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We have 22 of us going November 30-Dec 7 next year. Hoping for FD like the last few years.
Wow!!! 22!!!! I wish I could get my family together at Disney....even if it's just for a couple of days. Wait...let me rephrase that: I wish my dad and stepmom could visit with us for a couple of days while we're there.

I actually think next year might be the year, as there might be some sort of motorcycle-fest thing going on in Daytona at the same time we are there (my dad goes for Bike Week, etc). So, keeping my fingers crossed.....I would love to see the look on his face when his grandchildren are dragging him to their favorite rides.

We already took hubby's mom in 2009. And my mom we will scratch off as a lost cause. Other than that, all we have are acquaintances and no siblings or close friends. I always thought it would be so cool to go to Disney with a whole great big group of people.......And then I remember that I have OCD and need to be in control. Of everything. Soooo.....not necessarily a good idea.

Can't wait to hear about all your plans. Have a wonderful day!
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:13 PM   #45
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Hoping for nov 2013 as well!
So far myself & sister, but hoping others join in this trip as well!

Dates in mind approx oct 31 - nov 17

There's a lot going on at WDW in that period!
- wine & dine half
- last week of food and wine festival
- festival of the masters at DTD
- Christmas decor goes up
- Osborne Family Spectacle of lights at DHS
- MVMCP starts

Oh lord, I don't even have Sept- October 2012 trip report even half done yet!
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