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Old 03-27-2013, 09:29 AM   #16
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I base my trips on if I can get a price that I am comfortable with. Without free dining, it's hard to justify a trip. It's such a GOOD deal for my family of 4 in a Value! Plus, it helps me justify adding an extra night here and there until my trip stretches out like crazy.

That said, I managed to justify a Disney cruise - free dining was definitely NOT available! So who knows - I talked myself into buying a 10 day Non Expiring ticket because I wanted to go for just 2 days and refused to pay for 2 day tickets.

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Old 03-27-2013, 09:49 AM   #17
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We are going but I'm looking for ways to cut back if no discounts are offered. Looking into staying offsite for the first time in 10 trips! We will also be eating more meals offsite. And if we are staying offsite, we are strongly considering splitting our time between Disney and universal. We haven't done universal yet because Disney always made it so enticing to add on the additional days and spend all of our time there. With the price increases of their rooms, tickets, and food, and the lack of discounts, I am not feeling very "enticed" to spend our whole trip there. Maybe we will head over to the beach for a few days too.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:56 AM   #18
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Not offering FD is an incentive for our family to go in late August early September. Figure it would reduce the crowds if no FD is offered during that time. We plan on staying offsite for future visits and consider that our WDW discount.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:06 AM   #19
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We will definitely still go. I book based on what we can afford....discounts are just a bonus!
This is us too.

I've been saving since we got home from our first trip in 2010. I made a budget that didn't include any discounts so that I would be able to go regardless.

We are booked with a 20% off room pin so I we will still save some money if free dining isn't offered. We would save much more with the free dining though.

If free dining is offered I might use that savings to get park hoppers. Not sure about that yet though.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:43 AM   #20
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This is such an annoying response. People don't need a jab due to your inability to empathize with situations unlike yours.
don't see how the response was annoying? We will still go and free dining would be an added bonus. I dont base my trips around a discount, if one comes along then that is fine to save a little money. Discounts are not a god given right through disney, just an added bonus.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:02 AM   #21
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We will definitely still go. I book based on what we can afford....discounts are just a bonus!

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This is such an annoying response. People don't need a jab due to your inability to empathize with situations unlike yours.
I totally understand where mom_of_3_mousketeers is coming from. I always planned my Disney vacation budgets based on the rack rates and then hoped for a discount of some sort so that I could add something special, upgrade my resort or save a little extra money for next time. I don't see anything annoying about the comment.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:07 PM   #22
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I will be going either way! We stayed at POR in Oct 12 and have booked CR in August without ever hearing of these discounts, I would love FD but never expected to get FD when I book.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:31 PM   #23
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This is such an annoying response. People don't need a jab due to your inability to empathize with situations unlike yours.
I fail to see how that comment is annoying or a "jab".
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:08 PM   #24
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Am really so happy we bit and bought DVC resale last year. No more fretting about free dining!
Free dining is the reason we have not purchased DVC and if they continue to offer free dining we probably never will. We have a large family and the minimum DVC buy in for us is about $28,000. We haven't spent that much in 7 years worth of annual free dining trips.

But really, there's no need to have this free dining argument again. Free dining was created to fill WDW resort rooms during the height of hurricane season - September is still the height of hurricane season and I don't see them ending free dining for this time frame anytime soon. If they ever did, the resort and park numbers for September would plummet.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:09 PM   #25
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We used to go for 2-3 days, share meals....etc because that's what we could afford. We knew we were blessed to even get to go to Disney. Then we started staying off site so we could stay longer and only visiting MK and MGM, we couldn't really afford all the park days. Then we added a day or two of Universal as the years went by and our income increased.

Once they started offering Free Dining, they had us....we stayed onsite and added days, never looked back and haven't been to Universal or an offsite hotel/restaurant since. It's still very expensive compared to any other vacation we've taken to other destinations, but it's worth it to us.

It's killing me waiting on free dining, but if they don't offer it we will have to revisit our past LOL and take a close look at all our options. We can afford to stay on site, book 2 rooms for our large family and enjoy so many extras (Pirates League, Fireworks Party....etc) because of the money FDing saves us. I'm not sure we'd want to give up the 'extras' now that we've had a taste of them. So in order to still afford those, we may have to shorten our trip quite a bit and go back to only visiting 2 parks/2 days.

I hate it.....but we have to stick with what we're comfortable paying and what we feel the experience is worth. Our income hasn't increased in the last 7 years, but our insurance and taxes sure have.....so again, we may have to juggle the options a bit but we do still plan on going....even if it's a shorter trip.

On the note of planning a trip based on a discount, we do. We don't book until there is something offered that we can afford....BUT if we can afford rack rate and that's what is available when we book, then that's what we book. I guess it would be like going to the store expecting to get a loaf of bread for 50 cents because they'd offered that in the past, so you only take 50 cents to the store LOL. I definitely don't do that, but we do have a set budget that we feel comfortable spending on vacation so we have to use 'coupons/deals' to get to that number, or reduce the things in our 'buggy' (ie: park days, resort days, staying offsite).
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:16 PM   #26
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Nope, will not go, likely book a IGT rate on a cruise for that week...best deal gets our money.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:17 PM   #27
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We will definitely still go. I book based on what we can afford....discounts are just a bonus!
Same here.
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It is annoying or patronizing I should say how every time someone mentions wanting free dining(or a discount/coupon/deal whatever) people like the ones in this thread say, "I only book trips that I can afford." They are booking trips that they can afford, that's why they're hoping for a deal to stay in budget. Just because someone wants to use a coupon if they can doesn't mean they're too poor to have it. No one said it's their God given right to get a discount from Disney but it is their God given right to hope/want/talk about getting a discount so a vacation CAN BE WHAT THEY CAN AFFORD or maybe just be comfortable with. Or in some cases like the college team for logistical reasons, thats make it or break to them. So yes having a response like, "we book vacations we can afford, is an annoying, patronizing response to what people were talking about here. And it's my God given right to have that opinion, thank you for not responding patronizingly to this toohttp://www.wdwinfo.com/images/smilies/dance.gif
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I don't think that the poster that said she booked what she could afford was being patronizing, I think that it's hard to convey what you mean on these crazy forums. I know I tried to spell it out in my post above, but again.....kind of hard to type out what I mean.

We all only book what we can afford.....BUT with coupons and deals we get more for the same $$$. Just like we all only buy what we can afford at the grocery, but with coupons and sales we can get more for our money. So while I'd love to still stay 9 days, free dining and enjoy all the extra parties, MNSSHP.....etc, we may have to scale back quite a bit. We only have a set amount we are comfortable spending on vacations, and if that buys us 9 days that's awesome, but without free dining it might only buy us 4 ....and we'll have to be okay with that or find a way to stay off site or at Universal and spend the same amount. Just like sometimes I have to venture to a different store to get the groceries I need for the amount of money I have.
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It is annoying or patronizing I should say how every time someone mentions wanting free dining(or a discount/coupon/deal whatever) people like the ones in this thread say, "I only book trips that I can afford." They are booking trips that they can afford, that's why they're hoping for a deal to stay in budget. Just because someone wants to use a coupon if they can doesn't mean they're too poor to have it. No one said it's their God given right to get a discount from Disney but it is their God given right to hope/want/talk about getting a discount so a vacation CAN BE WHAT THEY CAN AFFORD or maybe just be comfortable with. Or in some cases like the college team for logistical reasons, thats make it or break to them. So yes having a response like, "we book vacations we can afford, is an annoying, patronizing response to what people were talking about here. And it's my God given right to have that opinion, thank you for not responding patronizingly to this toohttp://www.wdwinfo.com/images/smilies/dance.gif
Boy, I got to come to peace w/the nature of these chat boards, on one hand there so fun and on the other hand people say things so unnecessary and unhelpful sometime.
The OP asked "Who WON'T go if there is no FD in Aug/Sept?"

I think that the PP answered that question when she responded that you "We will definitely still go. I book based on what we can afford....discounts are just a bonus!"

How is that patronizing? She has every right to expound on her reasons for keeping her reservation as it is. She's not gloating or making comments about how others budget for their vacations.

You're really reading into what she wrote and you're finding insult where none was intended.
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