Fall Free Dining???

NoShoesNation

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We were able to get free dining for the dates we wanted in November at Pop - got online at 5 am central time to do this. We'd done moderates in the past three years with FD, but all moderates for 3 different weeks that I checked were all over $3k, and that's without upgrading the dining package.

A little disappointed, because we haven't paid more than $2,400 for a week at a moderate with FD each of the last couple of years, but I guess inventory was smaller this year and prices have gone up just enough to push a moderate out of our budget. Not that big of a deal as we spend the majority of our waking hours at the parks, but we will miss the quiet pools in the afternoons at CBR - we normally go back for a dip in the pool and siesta every day.

I've checked back for each of our desired weeks during the day today, and nothing available at all at Pop or CBR, so I am glad I booked early this morning. No way to know for sure, but it seems like inventory is smaller this year, or demand is higher, or a combination. One plus - in years past, the website has been extremely slow or locked up all together when searching, but today, it's been really smooth.

As a side note - I've seen comments from others that FD at moderates in the past has included the full Dining Plan and not just the QS Dining Plan, but that has not been the case for us. Each of the past three years when staying at a moderate - twice at CBR and once at CS - we've had to pay out of pocket to upgrade, just as we did this year for Pop.
 

Felicis

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FD at POR seemed to go within 15 minutes of it dropping, given I had it in the cart then and it didn't go through as availability was gone (she who hesitates is lost and all that). I am not actually sad though, as because everyone has moved to the values and available mods for FD, I have been able to change from a river to a standard view at PORFQ, which is in effect like a room saving in terms of what we were prepared to spend, and what we are now spending.
 

Tiggerlovr900

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We were able to get the free dining after 2 hours of robo dialing on two phones lol. We had to move from all star movies to all star sports, but saving almost 1,700 dollars for the three of us staying eleven days. Can't wait.:RpS_rolleyes::RpS_rolleyes:
 
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Jgrip

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Robo dialing- I like that! Exactly what I did! Finally got through and then was on hold for almost 2 hrs.

Got my reservation adjusted to include FD- and still got to keep our $75/ night gift cards at CBR, so pretty stoked about that!!
 

Tiggerlovr900

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Robo dialing- I like that! Exactly what I did! Finally got through and then was on hold for almost 2 hrs.

Got my reservation adjusted to include FD- and still got to keep our $75/ night gift cards at CBR, so pretty stoked about that!!
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Thanks, congrats in getting your free dining.
 

Jgrip

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we would like to add extra days to the end of our trip at CBR, with FD and the $75 gc. Do you know if we would get gift cards for those extra days, too? I'm getting mixed answers from cast members. I wish I could find it in writing somewhere. In our email from CBR explaining the gift cards, it just lists our check-in date and reservation number. Nowhere does it say our number of nights. It does say we will get a gift card for each night of our stay. But, that promotion isn't offered anymore. Some folks say as long as our reservation number stays the same, we will be golden.
Any advice for this?
Thank you for all your help!!
 

BeckyW

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we would like to add extra days to the end of our trip at CBR, with FD and the $75 gc. Do you know if we would get gift cards for those extra days, too? I'm getting mixed answers from cast members. I wish I could find it in writing somewhere. In our email from CBR explaining the gift cards, it just lists our check-in date and reservation number. Nowhere does it say our number of nights. It does say we will get a gift card for each night of our stay. But, that promotion isn't offered anymore. Some folks say as long as our reservation number stays the same, we will be golden.
Any advice for this?
Thank you for all your help!!
I know that you're allowed to move your dates (for example, 6/5-6/8 to 6/8-6/11) and retain the gift cards. So I'd imagine it's the same as adding days on to your stay. I was told (in writing) that as long as the original reservation was made for CBR, prior to 3/20, that as long as you're still staying at CBR, any modifications, including addition of promotions, would not negate the gift cards.
If you're not getting correct info when speaking to a CM to modify, ask to speak to Guest Services.
 

Jgrip

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I know that you're allowed to move your dates (for example, 6/5-6/8 to 6/8-6/11) and retain the gift cards. So I'd imagine it's the same as adding days on to your stay. I was told (in writing) that as long as the original reservation was made for CBR, prior to 3/20, that as long as you're still staying at CBR, any modifications, including addition of promotions, would not negate the gift cards.
If you're not getting correct info when speaking to a CM to modify, ask to speak to Guest Services.
Do you think it would just be the original number of nights or the entire stay?
 

crewsn

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I was up and waiting at 3:45am. I was hoping it would drop at 4am like last year. It came up at like 5:30am this time. Booked Pop standard for the days I wanted in December. The costs were higher this year, but when I ran numbers it pretty much breaks even, but we enjoy having the dining plan so worth it to me. I like just feeling like everything is paid for. If I was paying out of pocket I know I would worry more about costs. Like just enjoying it and not thinking about it.
 

BeckyW

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Do you think it would just be the original number of nights or the entire stay?
I'm not certain about that... Sorry, I just realized I didn't really answer your question! I want to say they would be included, but I'm leaning towards the additional days not being included in the $75 GC promo because those nights were not booked prior to 3/20.
If I were you, I'd add the days because you're still getting the FD promo, and then if you get the $75, it will be a nice bonus :)
 

Jgrip

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I'm not certain about that... Sorry, I just realized I didn't really answer your question! I want to say they would be included, but I'm leaning towards the additional days not being included in the $75 GC promo because those nights were not booked prior to 3/20.
If I were you, I'd add the days because you're still getting the FD promo, and then if you get the $75, it will be a nice bonus :)
Thanks for your help!! I went ahead and did just that- if we get the extra, it will be an extra surprise!! Maybe I'll let my daughter go to get all dolled up at BBB!!! 💅🏻
 

NoShoesNation

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Patience pays off!

We were able to get free dining for the dates we wanted in November at Pop - got online at 5 am central time to do this. We'd done moderates in the past three years with FD, but all moderates for 3 different weeks that I checked were all over $3k, and that's without upgrading the dining package.

A little disappointed, because we haven't paid more than $2,400 for a week at a moderate with FD each of the last couple of years, but I guess inventory was smaller this year and prices have gone up just enough to push a moderate out of our budget. Not that big of a deal as we spend the majority of our waking hours at the parks, but we will miss the quiet pools in the afternoons at CBR - we normally go back for a dip in the pool and siesta every day.

I've checked back for each of our desired weeks during the day today, and nothing available at all at Pop or CBR, so I am glad I booked early this morning. No way to know for sure, but it seems like inventory is smaller this year, or demand is higher, or a combination. One plus - in years past, the website has been extremely slow or locked up all together when searching, but today, it's been really smooth.

As a side note - I've seen comments from others that FD at moderates in the past has included the full Dining Plan and not just the QS Dining Plan, but that has not been the case for us. Each of the past three years when staying at a moderate - twice at CBR and once at CS - we've had to pay out of pocket to upgrade, just as we did this year for Pop.
Got online this morning and was able to switch to CBR for just $200 more than we paid in years past. It seems like they have open a little more inventory each day, or maybe there have been some cancellations. Either way it pays to keep checking!
 

herbaltees

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My trip is not planned until next year, but I have a few questions:
Does the Free Dining only apply to certain Disney hotels and room types?
Is it only available to Disney Visa card holders?
We were planning to do a split stay with a few of us going camping, but I added everyone to the reservation for the included magic bands. Will everyone have to buy the dining plan? OR can some op out?
 

Momofpirates

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My trip is not planned until next year, but I have a few questions:
Does the Free Dining only apply to certain Disney hotels and room types?
Is it only available to Disney Visa card holders?
We were planning to do a split stay with a few of us going camping, but I added everyone to the reservation for the included magic bands. Will everyone have to buy the dining plan? OR can some op out?
Most of the info you asked for should be here. https://www.easywdw.com/forums/showthread.php?39068-Free-Dining-is-announced!
If you book a package, everyone in the same room will have to be on the same dining plan.
 
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