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Who gets the all elusive pin numbers for free dining

I have a question for anyone out there that has received the pin number for 'free dining'. My question is if you received one where have you stayed
A) Value Resort
B) Moderate Resort
C) Deluxe Resort
D) Camping
E) something else
if this is selected please tell us what the something else is

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I had read about the PIN numbers in 2012. I read on another blog
that the lady had signed up on the Disney website with her email, etc.
but had never received a PIN. She called Disney and told them she
had never received any emails from them or PIN. They checked her
account and told her she did indeed have a PIN. I also had not received
any emails or PIN offers so I called Disney and asked them to
confirm my email. They told me I also had a PIN (and confirmed
that I had entered the right email). I'm not sure if this was true
or if they had been told to "give" someone a PIN if they called
to inquire. When we booked that trip, we had a choice of several
resorts in each price range-so we chose PORFQ. The reservations were
in my name.

This year Amy received a letter saying they knew she had been a
guest with me last year and it offered her the PIN this time. Again,
we had our choice of several resorts but I waited too long to decide
to book so we had only a few choices left-ending up with All Star
Sports.

I'm not sure if there is a set format to the PIN's...but this is
my experience on the last two.

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Magic Mirror wrote:
I had read about the PIN numbers in 2012. I read on another blog
that the lady had signed up on the Disney website with her email, etc.
but had never received a PIN. She called Disney and told them she
had never received any emails from them or PIN. They checked her
account and told her she did indeed have a PIN. I also had not received
any emails or PIN offers so I called Disney and asked them to
confirm my email. They told me I also had a PIN (and confirmed
that I had entered the right email). I'm not sure if this was true
or if they had been told to "give" someone a PIN if they called
to inquire. When we booked that trip, we had a choice of several
resorts in each price range-so we chose PORFQ. The reservations were
in my name.

This year Amy received a letter saying they knew she had been a
guest with me last year and it offered her the PIN this time. Again,
we had our choice of several resorts but I waited too long to decide
to book so we had only a few choices left-ending up with All Star
Sports.

I'm not sure if there is a set format to the PIN's...but this is
my experience on the last two.

I had also heard that as well and last year I called to ask if there was a pin associated to my name and was transferred to 4 different people and no one knewcwhat I was talking about.

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We have only ever stayed in value resorts. They have each been booked in my name and I get the e mails for room rate discounts that my aaa travel agent can beat but Brett who is signed up via the web site just got another meal plan offer ending in March. I don't think that they offered free meal plans domestically last spring so I think that is interesting.

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I received an email from Disney with a PIN # offering me free-meal plan also.

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I've only ever gotten one in 42 years of traveling to Disney, and it was actually sent to my daughter (who was 12) not to me. We received it about 3 months after we had stayed at the Disneyland Hotel.

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last year we stayed at all star music for a week as a birthday trip for my GF. (I know its a long way to go for a week) when we were there we were ask to fill out surveys at all 4 parks which we did, then at Holly wood studios the cast member running it asked if I ould fill one out when I got home.

After a week of being back I filled it out in great detail and explained how I had been visiting for 20 years butnever done halloween or moderate hotels and we were looking to return with another couple one who was a first timer.

Disney called me and offered me the trip staying in Old Key West, 7 nights, flights and park tickets for PS1,500 pp (what we had just paid for a week in all star) I explained it was a great deal but 7 nights wasnt going to be long enough, there and then the lady said she would up it to 14 nights for free, then I explained that I needed to talk to everyone and she said she would hold the deal.

2 days later she called me to ee if I had made up my mind, I asked if it was the best deal she could do and after she looked up my name I had got a pin code from filling out all the surveys and she offered me free dining (service,table,snack) VIP passes for the firworks at MK and Epcot during our trip, flights with Virgin and $200 spending money, all still for PS1,500pp! needless to say we booked it.

I don't know if that helps but I just say yes to everything while we are away and take time to fill out things with good detailed answers.

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Philhowelldesign wrote:
last year we stayed at all star music for a week as a birthday trip for my GF. (I know its a long way to go for a week) when we were there we were ask to fill out surveys at all 4 parks which we did, then at Holly wood studios the cast member running it asked if I ould fill one out when I got home.

After a week of being back I filled it out in great detail and explained how I had been visiting for 20 years butnever done halloween or moderate hotels and we were looking to return with another couple one who was a first timer.

Disney called me and offered me the trip staying in Old Key West, 7 nights, flights and park tickets for PS1,500 pp (what we had just paid for a week in all star) I explained it was a great deal but 7 nights wasnt going to be long enough, there and then the lady said she would up it to 14 nights for free, then I explained that I needed to talk to everyone and she said she would hold the deal.

2 days later she called me to ee if I had made up my mind, I asked if it was the best deal she could do and after she looked up my name I had got a pin code from filling out all the surveys and she offered me free dining (service,table,snack) VIP passes for the firworks at MK and Epcot during our trip, flights with Virgin and $200 spending money, all still for PS1,500pp! needless to say we booked it.

I don't know if that helps but I just say yes to everything while we are away and take time to fill out things with good detailed answers.

I can tell you that I say 'yes' to everything as well and I still get nothing...meaning the pin number. And after last year when we had such a terrible stay in October and I wrote a complaint I did get a call from Disney but never offered anything like what they offered you. This is very frustrating. It's a good thing I love Disney so much. Wow I don't know if I would have continued to ask 'if that was the best they could do' as staying for free for 14 days would have made me stop. I take my hat off to you.

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Hey Kathy's, I always ask for the best deal no matter what, I know some people that used to work for disney customer relations and they told me that there is always a better deal to be had, for example for our trip to paris in two weeks kids stay and play free, now I don't have a kid so I asked if we could have free dinning instead and we got it. Never be afraid to just ask, the worse they will say is no.

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Philhowelldesign wrote:
Hey Kathy's, I always ask for the best deal no matter what, I know some people that used to work for disney customer relations and they told me that there is always a better deal to be had, for example for our trip to paris in two weeks kids stay and play free, now I don't have a kid so I asked if we could have free dinning instead and we got it. Never be afraid to just ask, the worse they will say is no.

Hi Philhowelldesign,
Well I have asked before about why don't I ever get that almighty pin number and I never get anywhere. I believe you me I don't give up and I have called back at different times and different days and always get the same response. Maybe I should have you call for me? laugh
Like I said last year when 2 couples stayed at CS it was just terrible and yes I did get a call back from Disney and they did reimbursement 2 nights stay (which I appreciated) but still I just don't seem to have the same luck as you. So can you call for me as I'm going with my girlfriend in May (as my husband is not a disney nut..so he went last year I'll be happy if I can get him to go with me in 3 years)? clapping
Only kidding but maybe you should teach a course in this?

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What the heck are you guys talking about? I've never heard of this pin stuff before. I think of a personal identification number and trading pins when others mention a pin number.

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I think your mistake was taking the money for the two nights, I think you should have asked then to get a pin code added to your name. That might have been your route in?

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Philhowelldesign wrote:
I think your mistake was taking the money for the two nights, I think you should have asked then to get a pin code added to your name. That might have been your route in?

arghhhhhhhhh...you are so right...where were you when I needed you? Just shoot me now! LOL

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Magic Mirror wrote:
I had read about the PIN numbers in 2012. I read on another blog
that the lady had signed up on the Disney website with her email, etc.
but had never received a PIN. She called Disney and told them she
had never received any emails from them or PIN. They checked her
account and told her she did indeed have a PIN. I also had not received
any emails or PIN offers so I called Disney and asked them to
confirm my email. They told me I also had a PIN (and confirmed
that I had entered the right email). I'm not sure if this was true
or if they had been told to "give" someone a PIN if they called
to inquire. When we booked that trip, we had a choice of several
resorts in each price range-so we chose PORFQ. The reservations were
in my name.

This year Amy received a letter saying they knew she had been a
guest with me last year and it offered her the PIN this time. Again,
we had our choice of several resorts but I waited too long to decide
to book so we had only a few choices left-ending up with All Star
Sports.

I'm not sure if there is a set format to the PIN's...but this is
my experience on the last two.

I guess I just don't have the right voice or something because I have called to ask if there was a pin tied to my name and everyone I talked to didn't know what I was talking about. I asked them to verify my email address and it is correct, I have the disney visa card, I order the planning dvd, signed in to every Disney website I can find and still nothing. I guess it just isn't meant to be. sad

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Mandy wrote:
What the heck are you guys talking about? I've never heard of this pin stuff before. I think of a personal identification number and trading pins when others mention a pin number.

some people will get a card in the mail or an email with a pin number for 'free meal plan'. I guess am one of the few who don't. arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Kathys I hate to make you even more unhappy but I received a PIN last year for free dining, which I used, and I received another one this year, which I can't use because I am not going until next year. This is probably how I get them.....I sign up for everything that Disney offers such as the vacation videos from WDW and Disneyland, Disney Destinations, Adventures by Disney and I get the Disney Insider every week.

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Kathys I hate to make you even more unhappy but I received a PIN last year for free dining, which I used, and I received another one this year, which I can't use because I am not going until next year. This is probably how I get them.....I sign up for everything that Disney offers such as the vacation videos from WDW and Disneyland, Disney Destinations, Adventures by Disney and I get the Disney Insider every week.

arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Well I have been to WDW at least 18 times in since 2010 3 times this May will be my 4th trip since 2010. And yes I have done all those things you have listed but still no pin. I just can't get a pin associated to me name.

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ummm...maybe am calling the wrong number. Here is the Disney number that am calling to see if I have a pin tied to my name: 407 939 1936 (which I know is for resort reservations but none of the other numbers made sense to call).
Thanks everyone.

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kathys wrote:
PirateGirl wrote:
Kathys I hate to make you even more unhappy but I received a PIN last year for free dining, which I used, and I received another one this year, which I can't use because I am not going until next year. This is probably how I get them.....I sign up for everything that Disney offers such as the vacation videos from WDW and Disneyland, Disney Destinations, Adventures by Disney and I get the Disney Insider every week.

arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Well I have been to WDW at least 18 times in since 2010 3 times this May will be my 4th trip since 2010. And yes I have done all those things you have listed but still no pin. I just can't get a pin associated to me name.

I'm on every mailing/email list they have, and we've never had a pin either. My best friend got 3 last year - she never logs onto anything Disney, and hasn't been in 15 years. Has no plans to go again either. I have to believe it's just totally random. The only "lottery" I seem to have any luck winning is for jury duty - I've had to do that 3 times in the last decade! yuck

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I've gotten one...after we stayed in the cabins at FW that I didn't even pay for. We couldn't make it work, since we were traveling two days after it expired and couldn't change plans.

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Mandy wrote:
What the heck are you guys talking about? I've never heard of this pin stuff before. I think of a personal identification number and trading pins when others mention a pin number.

Disney frequently sends out special emails of postcards to "select" people, that contain what's called a PIN. That PIN lets the recipient of the card book at a special discounted rate, or sometimes the PINs are good for free dining. However the code is attached to your name, the discount is non-transferable. How people are chosen to receive these discounts is somewhat of a mystery, even amongst Disney travel experts.

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mickey I received a pin after staying at POR but I also have a Chase Disney debit card. I'm not sure from which source I received the pin.

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Kalberto66 wrote:
mickey I received a pin after staying at POR but I also have a Chase Disney debit card. I'm not sure from which source I received the pin.

well I have both and never received one...this gets stranger by the minute. I'm starting to think the whoever decides this just throws a dart at a dart board and where it lands is lucky. LOL

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I've received a couple of them, but only used it once. It just wasn't worth it for my family. We do better getting a discount room and paying as we go with dining...we use a Disney giftcard for dining.

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disvillain63 wrote:
I've received a couple of them, but only used it once. It just wasn't worth it for my family. We do better getting a discount room and paying as we go with dining...we use a Disney giftcard for dining.

We just got a pin for free dinning in March. Hope we are able to use as we have to book by feb 15. I am keeping fingers cross we get our vacation money in time if not I am still going to see if they will let me use. All they can say is no.

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We have actually received a bunch of pin code offers lately, just e-mails though, nothing in the mail.

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We go once a year or more, and I get a dining PIN once a year-ish. More often than not. Sometimes half-off dining, sometimes free. We always stay in a Value Resort, usually an All-Star. I got one during the Fall that I just used for April.

Don't have a Disney credit card or anything though.

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Well I never seem to get one and I still think it has to do with where you stay. The people I know that get on have always stayed at a value resort. And the one time my girlfriend got a pin was when her and her sister stayed at a value resort. I really think it has something to do with that but Disney will not say that as I have questioned them on this. But thanks to everyone who has answered my question on who gets the pin.

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Kathy, we always stay a Deluxe resorts and we get pin codes so that blows that theory.

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mrhub wrote:
Kathy, we always stay a Deluxe resorts and we get pin codes so that blows that theory.

Well guess am on the wrong side of the coin so to speak. Puzzled

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I have noticed that Disney (of course) knows when I might be going, and if I haven't made a reservation, a PIN shows up. For instance, I often go in a November and/or February. In the Fall, I hadn't made any reservations, and after a while, a PIN showed up. Perhaps it's an "if they know you haven't made your usual reservations this year" thing.

ETA - It's definitely an incitement thing, I've noticed that. What I mean is, it's definitely used as an incitement if they need to give you a little push, as opposed to being used as a reward for regular trips.

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