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Old 04-02-2013, 06:11 PM   #61
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We are going this year, but this will be our last year for awhile. Other places to see in the dollar range WDW is now.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #62
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We plan on going with or without the free dining but am definitely hoping for it. I love getting what I feel is a good value. We haven't been to Disney since 2010 and I am missing it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:16 PM   #63
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Looking at all these posts makes me think Disney won't offer free dining !

1. With all these people holding reservations the rooms appear to be pretty full for this year !
2. Bounce back for free dining this fall was pulled early in December due to the overwhelming response from guests! Maybe they already met their goal ?

Any how good luck to others!
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:38 AM   #64
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I stated somewhere else, maybe on this thread, that we would not book without FD.

Well...we booked some weeks ago. Free Dining would be great, but we would not be sad if it's not offered.

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:48 AM   #65
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We will still go if there is no FD, but our dining plans will be quite down scaled. We'll stick to a couple character breakfasts and the rest we'll eat in our room. A couple nice dinners and the rest will be counter service. I'll still be very happy to be back at Disney though
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:12 PM   #66
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We cannot afford to go to WDW without FD. For a 9 day trip with 4 people at a value the cost difference is at least $1000 if Disney instead offers a 20% room discount at values. Sure we could go and eat at cheap counter service places and snacks instead of a TS nightly but thats a big part of what we enjoy. I cannot afford that extra $1000+ especially since airfare has skyrocketed making the total cost higher than prior years.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:20 PM   #67
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We cannot afford to go to WDW without FD. For a 9 day trip with 4 people at a value the cost difference is at least $1000 if Disney instead offers a 20% room discount at values. Sure we could go and eat at cheap counter service places and snacks instead of a TS nightly but thats a big part of what we enjoy. I cannot afford that extra $1000+ especially since airfare has skyrocketed making the total cost higher than prior years.
I'm with you! Some people do not understand what a struggle it is for some to go to WDW. I know I know if you can't afford it don't go! BUT I love WDW as much as everyone else so I will try my hardest to get there. If I have to depend on discounts so be it. At least I can get to go!! Not everyone has enough money to go without discounts so if we keep looking and hoping it's not hurting anyone!!!!

And I'm not saying that Disney owes us anything just nice to get a discount especially free dining when you have a family cause it sure costs a lot to eat out! If once a year or so we get to go with free dining, YIPPEE!!!!
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:21 PM   #68
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Well an interesting turn of events. I have been trying like mad to plan a vacation anywhere else BUT Disney for the last week of August. We've gone twice a year for a few years and I am ready for a break. Two things are happening. One.. the kids only want Disney. They aren't stomping their feet about other places, but there's really no excitement there.
Two.. It working out to cost as much or more than our Disney trips to go anywhere else

So I can book a cabin in the mountains, and I would love it. But by the time we do the siteseeing we want, plus the driving, plus factoring in kids who would prefer something else.. I almost wonder if we shouldn't just go back

Even without free dining, we could stay in a value or mod or rent points and eat mostly counter service and spend the same as the other trips I am pricing. I don't know what to do.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:24 PM   #69
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Disney can afford it

Disney needs to stop raising prices by 7-10% a year if they intend to cut back deals, doing both might look good on paper but does not really increase profits as it reduces per person spending and trip duration as well increasing customer expectations and reducing overall value. All these things work out great for offsite business and cruise lines but not so great for Disney.

I feel they need to start offering better bounce back deals with longer availability windows, along with continuing most discounts. A repeat visitor helps Disney in many ways and should be recognized for that.

I help at least 2 or 5 groups of people each day I'm at Disney, answering questions, giving directions, helping with buses etc. You might argue I don't do that to get paid or get perks and I would agree totally with you, but if we can't afford to go as often or at all, that's less people we can help, and that little extra help sometimes makes the magic.

I know one of the things I remember most when I started going to Disney, was an older couple from NY. They helped us figure out where to eat when one of the seasonal quick service spots we had planned on going to was closed, they took 15 minutes out of there busy day and gave us several suggestions on food, POI's etc. That couple was one of the reasons I went back a second time.

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Old 04-03-2013, 01:26 PM   #70
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Well an interesting turn of events. I have been trying like mad to plan a vacation anywhere else BUT Disney for the last week of August. We've gone twice a year for a few years and I am ready for a break. Two things are happening. One.. the kids only want Disney. They aren't stomping their feet about other places, but there's really no excitement there.
Two.. It working out to cost as much or more than our Disney trips to go anywhere else

So I can book a cabin in the mountains, and I would love it. But by the time we do the siteseeing we want, plus the driving, plus factoring in kids who would prefer something else.. I almost wonder if we shouldn't just go back

Even without free dining, we could stay in a value or mod or rent points and eat mostly counter service and spend the same as the other trips I am pricing. I don't know what to do.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:31 PM   #71
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Makes no difference. We had DDP for our spring trip and we are already booked for the fall offsite. For a month now.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:20 PM   #72
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Well an interesting turn of events. I have been trying like mad to plan a vacation anywhere else BUT Disney for the last week of August. We've gone twice a year for a few years and I am ready for a break. Two things are happening. One.. the kids only want Disney. They aren't stomping their feet about other places, but there's really no excitement there.
Two.. It working out to cost as much or more than our Disney trips to go anywhere else

So I can book a cabin in the mountains, and I would love it. But by the time we do the siteseeing we want, plus the driving, plus factoring in kids who would prefer something else.. I almost wonder if we shouldn't just go back

Even without free dining, we could stay in a value or mod or rent points and eat mostly counter service and spend the same as the other trips I am pricing. I don't know what to do.
How about a cabin at Fort Wilderness? You get your cabin the woods, minus the mountains, the kids get Disney, and the full kitchen helps keep food costs low.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:26 PM   #73
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How about a cabin at Fort Wilderness? You get your cabin the woods, minus the mountains, the kids get Disney, and the full kitchen helps keep food costs low.
That is a wonderful idea. But we did it last summer

I found a good price on the flights today and had a credit so I rebooked them (Southwest so I can cancel if we change our minds again).

However I am not going to say anything to the kids until Dh and I are sure and then maybe we'll surprise them right before we go
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:12 PM   #74
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Disney in the cheapest of vaca's category-who'd a thunk it??

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Well an interesting turn of events. I have been trying like mad to plan a vacation anywhere else BUT Disney for the last week of August. We've gone twice a year for a few years and I am ready for a break. Two things are happening. One.. the kids only want Disney. They aren't stomping their feet about other places, but there's really no excitement there.
Two.. It working out to cost as much or more than our Disney trips to go anywhere else

So I can book a cabin in the mountains, and I would love it. But by the time we do the siteseeing we want, plus the driving, plus factoring in kids who would prefer something else.. I almost wonder if we shouldn't just go back

Even without free dining, we could stay in a value or mod or rent points and eat mostly counter service and spend the same as the other trips I am pricing. I don't know what to do.
I know, I had this same thing happen! We priced out 3 other vacations thoroughly like we do our Dis vaca's and they all came out more expensive for less days and the one that came close was more of a relax on the beach vaca w/no extras or excursions. So Disney won-more days and more fun!!!
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:43 AM   #75
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We will still go but we will go offsite if there isn't a discount. My DS14 and DD8 are getting too old to share a bed so we are looking at a family suite. I have a spreadsheet comparing the cost with a Windsor Hills 2br condo. The Condo with all costs included (rental car, gas, etc) comes out about $1k cheaper. I would rather stay on property and am willing to pay a little more to do so, but $1k is a lot to swallow.
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