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choirfarm
02-21-2008, 06:24 PM
I'm just wondering... I'm saying that we could save money by cooking our own food and staying off site, but then I think...ok, we leave at 8am and get there for the 9am opening (or whenever the time is) and then stay until close... when do you eat?? Wouldn't you miss a lot of time you could be riding the rides if you have to leave and drive back to the condos and eat? How do all of you work that. I'm just thinking that dh will want to get his money's worth out of the expensive tickets... How do you schedule the time. Last time we went, we went back to our All Star room to take a nap each day, but the boys were 2 and 4 and needed naps. Now they are 13 and 11 and though I may need one, they won't!!:cutie: I will also have the 6year old girl, who may...I say may tire out more quickly. However, she is the most adventurous about rides and will probably ride things with her daddy that her brothers won"t. Anyway, how do you work going back and forth with such a wide age span and not staying at the park??
Christine

Not so Dumbo
02-21-2008, 07:29 PM
We thought we would eat at the condo so we stocked up on food at Sams club and only made it back to the condo for naps 3 times out of a 10 day trip. On the day we left we ended up giving the kids like 3 ice cream bars each and having to pitch out a ton of food.

kty
02-21-2008, 07:44 PM
My Kids were 6,8,12 when we stayed in a townhome in WH in November. Good Question!
We had breakfast every morning in the townhome. The days that we went to the parks, we did not go back for lunch, we ate in the parks. Even if we were on site, we would not have wasted the time to go back to the room. The parks in November closed around 6-7p.m. or, if they were open longer, we were usually tired by 7-8. we would leave the parks, call ahead for takeout - like outback, redlobster, etc. and bring the food back and eat at the townhome. this allowed us to get into pjs, and relax with good food. I think one night we got back around 7 and had spaghetti, another night we had salad and sandwiches. we had water, adult beverages, kids beverages, and some snack foods and fruit. We were not looking at saving money by eating in, just liked it for the convenience and the opportunity to have some healthy stuff around to eat/snack on. I would have been too tired to come back from parks and cook. we loved getting up and eating breakfast in our pjs and relaxing for a bit before heading to the parks. I liked it for the extra space/bathrooms as well.:thumbsup2

Lisa06468
02-21-2008, 08:05 PM
I love the idea of calling ahead for takeout and picking it up on the way home. I'll have to remember to keep some good takeout numbers in the car, call when we're leaving and pick up on the way back to the TH. Its cheaper than eating in - at least you dont have to pay a tip or for drinks - we'll have those at the TH already!

We're big breakfast eaters, so we'll definetly be eating breakfast in before we go. Maybe go out once or twice on a day we arent going to a park. Personally I dont like to have to do too many dishes, or cook or clean, while on vacation - after all, its MY vacation too! :-)

kty
02-21-2008, 08:16 PM
In addition to not having to purchase beverages/leave tips with take out, if the younger ones did not want take-out (tired of chicken fingers/fries, etc), they could eat a sandwich/cereal or something more nutritious:cool1: etc at the townhome. I forgot to mention, we also did chinese delivery at the townhome one night, and numerous other places like giordano's, italian eateries, etc. also deliver. woo hoo.:banana:

dfarner
02-21-2008, 09:50 PM
In addition to not having to purchase beverages/leave tips with take out, if the younger ones did not want take-out (tired of chicken fingers/fries, etc), they could eat a sandwich/cereal or something more nutritious:cool1: etc at the townhome. I forgot to mention, we also did chinese delivery at the townhome one night, and numerous other places like giordano's, italian eateries, etc. also deliver. woo hoo.:banana:


Were the delivery people allowed through the gate at WH without any trouble?

hlbrink
02-22-2008, 07:07 AM
This is my plan too - we will eat breakfast in our townhouse every day, but I am pretty sure that we won't end up cooking dinner. We may get a few things like chicken nuggets or soup, but will likely get carryout for any lunches / dinners we don't eat at the parks (our kids are nappers, so we will be heading back for a break each day). I like the idea of taking a list of carryout phone numbers with us to leave in the car.

Cooking sounds great but I know that we probably won't do it, and I would hate to throw out a bunch of food at the end of the week. A lot of families on this board do cook meals, there was a post from a week or so ago that had lots of great ideas.

As far as staying from the parks open to close - this gets harder the longer (more days) you stay at WDW, in my opinion. I bet your older boys would benefit from a break on a few days, even if they just go to the pool with Dad while little sis rests.

kty
02-22-2008, 07:26 AM
yep, delivery people can get through. We had a list from the owner inidicating who delivers to windsor hills with phone numbers/menus/etc. since it is gated, there are probably certain companies allowed through with id or something. Oh, we also stopped by some of the places like outback/redlobster etc. and grabbed menus - you might be able to download them online - so you know what you may want before you call.

I agree that if you have numerous days planned at the parks, the longer you go the harder it is to stay all day. after three days in a row of getting up for rope drop, we were pooped. we were also in orlando for a convention, so we were able to break it up and sleep in for a few days. I didnt realize how tiring it would become. but it is a ton of walking. :goodvibes

Lisa06468
02-22-2008, 07:59 AM
yep, delivery people can get through. We had a list from the owner inidicating who delivers to windsor hills with phone numbers/menus/etc. since it is gated, there are probably certain companies allowed through with id or something. Oh, we also stopped by some of the places like outback/redlobster etc. and grabbed menus - you might be able to download them online - so you know what you may want before you call.

:goodvibes

This is great to know. We will definetly be doing this. I know I wont want to cook, and will only (yeah right) be buying things like milk, bread, breakfast stuff, maybe a little lunch meat for DH for his midnight snack.

DonnaL
02-22-2008, 08:24 AM
We do some cooking in our DVC villa......that said, it's usually things that can be prepared ahead of time with very little finish prep and then, we alternate between eating out/take-out. Don't know if you're flying or driving, but, we fly and my carryon is usually a larger size Thermos insulated bag loaded with homemade frozen meatballs/precooked frozen boneless chicken/precooked frozen ground hamburger. TSA doesn't have a problem with any of these items because nothing is liquid. The bag I use will keep things frozen/cold up to 24 hours. We fly from PHL and have a two hour ride to get to the airport, so timewise the food is in the bag usually for about 6 1/2 to 8 hours and everything is still frozen when we get to WDW and checkin. With everything precooked and frozen all I need to do is add a jar of sauce to the meatballs or have meatball sandwiches and salad, the chicken can be used for fajiitas (sp?) or chicken salad,a quick chicken cacciatore, etc. and the ground hamburger...sloppy joes, tacos, etc. So, even eating in can be accomplished very quickly ......usually within a half hour after returning from the parks you can be sitting down eating. We have three children also and a 6 year old grandson (our kids are all now adults 27, 24, and 19) but, by eating at least breakfast and three dinners in during our visits over the years, we've saved a TON of money. We don't do it as much these days because anymore we usually don't have everyone with us on every visit. The key is don't go to the grocery store when you get there and go crazy buying stuff that you'll have left over......just get some snack stuff, breakfast stuff and the items you need to finish up any meals you're preparing. Another hint is to premix any spices you need for your meals and pack in ziplocs tucked into the pockets of your insulated bag. It's worked for us for a lot of years!

spiceycat
02-22-2008, 08:30 AM
definitely do - however I am allergic to the sun. so being in the parks from 10 to 11 am (depending upon the sun) to at least 3 or 4pm - is a problem.

so eat breakfast before leaving (except when doing a character meal) - then come back for lunch, generally eat a little snack before leaving.

that say if you really have a tight budget - bring some food with you into the parks. the security guards will allow food and water - no beer.

bring snacks for your kids - at those ages you will need them.

for lunch don't even go to the counter service - go to those carts - they have Turkey legs - which are so different your kids will probably love.

but boy they are messy - so bring some wet ones or whatever you use to clean the hands, faces, arms - afterwards.

now most of the time you need to eat what your bring - but sometime for the kids a Turkey leg or two won't hurt the budget too much.

Darcy03231
02-22-2008, 08:53 AM
We were in Orlando in August when the parks are open late. We had a big breakfast in each morning and got to the parks when they opened. Everyone brought a frozen bottle of water with them and a snack (usually a granola bar). Since it was really hot we only stayed in the parks until about 1-2 pm (the hottest part of the day) when the lines got really long. We then went back the house for a swim and rest and had an early dinner. We did a lot of grilling and kept the meals pretty easy. We'd go back a night and found not only was it cooler as the sun went down, but the lines weren't as long as they were at mid-day and no one was grumpy as they'd been able to cool off and have a bit of a rest. We did eat a couple of meals in the parks, but not many. We found the days we went to Busch Gardens and we stayed all day were the days the kids (and adults) got grumpy toward the end. We were all hot and tired. Taking a mid-day break worked the best for us.

mom_2a_sept_princess
02-22-2008, 09:02 AM
Yup! Nothing like eating breakfast still in your jammies!

I could get up early and not have to leave to get a cup of coffee. I would relax on the porch while everyone still slept. I would have my bagel and coffee. Once DH and DD (4) got up, they would eat too. Then we were ready to hit the parks!

A few nights we ordered take-out and ate in the condo. We never cooked dinner but liked the take-out. This way we could get DD home, bathed, and let her relax while food was being delivered. Much better than eating in a resturant every night.

Girlpower
02-22-2008, 09:12 AM
We were not looking at saving money by eating in, just liked it for the convenience and the opportunity to have some healthy stuff around to eat/snack on. I would have been too tired to come back from parks and cook. we loved getting up and eating breakfast in our pjs and relaxing for a bit before heading to the parks. I liked it for the extra space/bathrooms as well.:thumbsup2

ditto...saving money was just a side-effect of how we like to vacation. I cannot stand eating in a restaurant three times a day for 7 days...the wait to get seated, the wait for the waiter to take your order, the wait for the food to be brought to you, the wait for the bill...ugh! Breakfast was usually cereal or toast, if we went back to the condo for lunch and nap then lunch was either sandwich, grilled cheese or ravioli...we didn't do the Outback or Red Lobster thing, but that's a fabulous idea! I think one night we stopped at the grocery store and got a Rotisserie chicken and a salad. And we had beer and wine in our fridge, so that part is definitely cheaper than in a restaurant.

disneysteve
02-22-2008, 09:24 AM
We always eat breakfast in our condo. Saves time. Saves money. Saves calories.

I don't think we've ever had lunch in the condo.

We don't often cook dinner, but we have done it on occasion. Something really simple and cheap like pasta with some veggies. The kind of thing where we could buy just what we needed and not have any waste. Or TV dinners for when we really just feel like vegging.

And we will do takeout. We often get pizza from Flipper's and bring it back to the condo. Or a rotisserie chicken and sides from the supermarket. Nothing fancy. Some nites we just don't want a big meal or don't feel like dealing with a restaurant. Cheaper and calmer to eat in.

Brian Noble
02-22-2008, 09:24 AM
Breakfast every day. Lunch was always in a theme park. One, maybe two dinners in the villa, tops. Pasta, sandwiches, frozen pizza, a bagged salad kit---something dirt simple that is mostly "assembly" as opposed to "cooking".

It's not about saving money, it's about convenience. I get to eat my breakfast without (a) showering first, or (b) scaring everyone in the food court. ;)

choirfarm
02-22-2008, 09:28 AM
Breakfast every day. Lunch was always in a theme park. One, maybe two dinners in the villa, tops. Pasta, sandwiches, frozen pizza, a bagged salad kit---something dirt simple that is mostly "assembly" as opposed to "cooking".

It's not about saving money, it's about convenience. I get to eat my breakfast without (a) showering first, or (b) scaring everyone in the food court. ;)

Well, if we stay at ASM suites I was going to do this anyway...breakfast in our room. I don't want to scare anyone either!!!!:lmao:
Christine

ALnRYSmom
02-22-2008, 10:34 AM
We have stayed in other extended stay type places with kitchenettes and will most likely do the same at the condo (thank goodness for a full size kitchen) that we've done there. We will have breakfast every day at the condo, unless I can talk the dh into the IOA Character breakfast. I've scheduled in a day at the condo "rest day", so at least breakfast and lunch that day. We will do some brown bag lunches at the parks and then will have pasta and salad or a frozen quick meal ready at the condo if we decide to do dinner there. Our road trip to NASA day, we will either stop and get stuff to bring back or cook depending on the time. And of course Mommy has to have her nightly yogurt prior to bed. I love that I will be able to have real coffee in my jammies in the AM. :banana:

For us it is a money saving option. Our kids don't like sit down restaurants, they would rather be up and moving, and my dh is very much a 'wait and see where we want to go next' kinda guy so trying to schedule 5 days of ADRs wasn't even an option. We have ONE ADR (gasp - LOL) and that is for the Norway Princess lunch. I know some may try to tell me that we will be missing out on part of the 'Disney Magic' by not doing the more themed restaurants, but we will most likely not be back for years so our version of 'Disney Magic' consists of seeing, riding and doing as much as we can rather than racing from ADR to ADR and getting home wishing we had spent more time at the attractions instead of in a restaurant.

But to get back on subject yes, we will eat at the condo for a portion of the time but will not let it be a driving force in how we schedule our time at the parks.

PattySwind
02-22-2008, 11:11 AM
I always stay at a place with a kitchen and I'll be staying at WH for the first time this April. :yay: I hate to cook so when I go to WDW I get some stuff like tea,juice,muffins, bagels,cream for coffee, junk food to keep in the house to pick at. I enjoy the Crystal Palace breakfast, Trailsend breakfast buffet, Golden Corral for dinner (a few times). We eat counter service at MK and eat our way around the countries at Epcot. Vacation is my excuse to eat! It's the one time of year when I allow myself to eat whatever I want. When I get back home then it's back to the reality of cooking, but while on vacation, No way!

dougsmom98
02-22-2008, 03:31 PM
We have eaten breakfast in the house all this past week. We had lots of fresh fruit (strawberries are in season now), coffee, orange juice, cereal and milk, scrambled eggs, pancakes (the kind you just add water to the mix), english muffins and yogurt. We didn't eat as many lunches in our house, because we were off and doing things, but we took cheddar cheese and ers with us to the parks, and cold drinks. On our off park days, we had easy lunches like hot dogs and chicken sandwhiches. If we didn't close down the park, we had take out or went out. One night we had chinese and one night we had pizza. We went to Applebees another night and the Golden Corral another night. Off site restaurants really have some bargains.

davinakb
02-22-2008, 03:51 PM
If you really plan to be gone in the parks open to close, then a big breakfast is worth cooking, get you ready for the day. Plus you have a fridge to freeze water for bringing into the parks; can prepare snacks to bring too (individually wrapped cheese, kept in a cooler with the frozen/cold waters works well) or brown bags as someone else posted, which saves $.

The trick is to not overbuy: if you are only doing breakfast, plus a late-night snack (i.e. save the ice cream bars for home rather than the park) then buy just that. If you know you will have at least one day that is just pool/shopping and not in a park, then buy food just for that day. Or order out as others have suggested. You can always buy more if needed, that way you will not be dumping a full fridge. FWIW.

FayeW
02-23-2008, 10:10 AM
The first couple of times we went we had breakfast and snack foods, and bought a couple of frozen things like lasagna etc for 2 or 3 dinners. I felt obligated to go back and eat them towards the end of our stay because I didn't want to throw anything away.

Last time we just did the breakfast/snack stuff and we had lunch one day. We spent more on food because we ate out more, but I didn't like feeling like we had to eat something we didn't really want, just to get rid of it.

Next time I will probably pick up a BBQ chicken and salads, so that could either be a dinner or make sandwiches for a lunch. Might buy a frozen pizza or two as well.

I usually bring cereal, peanut butter, coffee, granola bars, cookies , microwave popcorn and Pringles,etc from home and then just buy the other snacks and drinks. Last time I brought a small tub of margarine also because I didn't like the margarine I bought in Orlando before. I couldn't get used to white margarine and it tasted "funny" to me.

So, we do eat all breakfasts, and might have an occasional lunch or dinner, it is mostly the convenience of getting our coffee in the morning and being able to have a cold drink or snack in the evening that makes the kitchen a requirement for us.

shamrock30
02-23-2008, 11:01 AM
We eat breakfast at the condo, and pack some lunches to go on the days we're not going to the parks. This is mostly so we eat healthier. We also do takeout sometimes for dinner.

As far as actually cooking, we don't ever do that. It's just the two of us though.

dioxide45
02-23-2008, 12:58 PM
We usually just buy breakfast items and some snack items for the condo. We eat all of our lunches in the parks or wherever we might be, dinner is usually at an offsite restaurant. Like others we freeze bottles of water to take in to the parks and also place some in a cooler in the trunk of the car. It is great to have cold water after leaving the park and finding your way to the car. That stuff is like gold.

smphbear
02-23-2008, 01:15 PM
This will be our 3rd time in a condo in the past 5 years. We are only a 10 hr. drive from the mouse so we bring some frozen meals with us in an ice chest. In the month before we leave, I make 2 pans of lasagna. One for that night and one to freeze. When we are ready for it, it just needs 30 minutes in the oven. I bring jambalaya frozen so it just needs to be reheated once we get there.

With little ones, we eat a big breakfast before we go in. Muffins, croissants, cereal, pancakes, waffles are usually in the menu for the week. We are there from morning till somewhere between 1 - 2. We go back and take a nap and eat. The order depends on the kids' needs. We eat a full meal at some point so we can hit the parks again till closing. We always bring water bottles with us and snacks in the bag.

jsmla
02-23-2008, 02:35 PM
This will be our 3rd time in a condo in the past 5 years. We are only a 10 hr. drive from the mouse so we bring some frozen meals with us in an ice chest. In the month before we leave, I make 2 pans of lasagna. One for that night and one to freeze. When we are ready for it, it just needs 30 minutes in the oven. I bring jambalaya frozen so it just needs to be reheated once we get there.


When I read your post I just knew that you had to be from Louisiana! We only recently began staying off-site but I lugged pans and pans of jambalaya, etouffee and gumbo to Ft. Wilderness back when the kids were young.

We've always eaten in quite a bit, even when we stayed on-site. Now that we've discovered that we actually prefer off-site condos I'd say we eat in about 75% of the time. We don't commando anymore so it's usually breakfast and lunch at the condo with a few dinners in and a few TS meals thrown into the mix.

OT (kind of): I was so worried about the logistics of staying off site the first time since we don't like to stay in the parks all day. It was nothing like I expected. Excepting perhaps the Magic Kingdom at closing time (when we'd have to queue for the monorail/ferry), we could get from the park gates to our condo in well under half an hour. It was easy peasy to return each mid-day for a good lunch and a rest.

Jennifer

stahshee
02-23-2008, 06:17 PM
we plan to eat mostly in the condo. I plan to buy the stoffers dinners for a couple of nights, chicken,spagetti . We plan to eat out 3 x tops... we enjoy comming back for rest at 1pm and we will eat a lunch/dinner and then go back at 5.

smphbear
02-23-2008, 07:08 PM
[QUOTE=jsmla;23393729]When I read your post I just knew that you had to be from Louisiana! We only recently began staying off-site but I lugged pans and pans of jambalaya, etouffee and gumbo to Ft. Wilderness back when the kids were young.

Yep, we are almost neighbors. I am from LaPlace. As a kid, we spent two trips at Fort Wilderness. Then, my parents joined Coast to Coast so we started to stay at campgrounds and rent lodging very cheap. This trip and the last two, my aunt got us a getaway week through her timeshare. Last time, we stayed at Cypress Pointe. I think a lot of people don't realize how quick you can get around. My friend was there the same week as us last summer. She stayed at Pop Century. We compared travel times... I won.
The buses took her longer.

We are spoiled by the space, full kitchen, and laundry facilities in the unit. Last summer, a two bedroom cost us $526. It is up to $674 this summer. (This is including taxes.) The same 7 nights in the values - over $900. I like my space, and I will willingly admit to being cheap about things like this.

Nice to "talk" to a neighbor.

Taratink
02-23-2008, 07:15 PM
We have breakfast in the room every morning and it is the best! We had 2 lunches and 3 dinners in the villa. I get sick of eating out all the time and my stomach can not handle all the fatty foods.

stahshee
02-23-2008, 07:37 PM
We have breakfast in the room every morning and it is the best! We had 2 lunches and 3 dinners in the villa. I get sick of eating out all the time and my stomach can not handle all the fatty foods.

me too:lovestruc

skmommy
02-23-2008, 08:00 PM
We ate in quite a bit on our last trip. Nothing fancy, but we packed frozen meals that would each make dinner and either lunch or dinner the next day as well. We use DreamDinners here (a meal preparation franchise that is great for the working mom :) ) and these meals are perfect to pack in a cooler for the 9 hour drive. I do like the take-out menus in the car for pick-up on the way home from the parks though- have to make a note of that.

choirfarm
02-24-2008, 05:23 AM
We have breakfast in the room every morning and it is the best! We had 2 lunches and 3 dinners in the villa. I get sick of eating out all the time and my stomach can not handle all the fatty foods.

So how do you schedule it if you are at the park until closing?
Christine

Taratink
02-24-2008, 07:16 AM
The days we stay at the pool, visit the waterparks and go to AK we eat at the villa. I make pasta and sauce, bagel pizza's and sandwiches. I don't go crazy with the menu. I like light and easy. I have been taking notes from this site to find a good take out places. I'll write down the phone numbers and keep that info. in the van. I might try to BBQ this next trip too.
Tara

kydisneyfans
02-24-2008, 03:44 PM
We eat breakfast most days, plus we have down days where we are not park touring. Our condo is used mostly for reheating leftovers from previous meals and to keep beverages cold. We may cook a small meal.

Being able to slide open a screen door to a patio and having an additional TV in the unit are reason enough to spend less to stay offsite.

MommyTo5
02-24-2008, 04:51 PM
I love the idea of calling ahead for takeout and picking it up on the way home. I'll have to remember to keep some good takeout numbers in the car, call when we're leaving and pick up on the way back to the TH. Its cheaper than eating in - at least you dont have to pay a tip or for drinks - we'll have those at the TH already!

We do this nearly every day of our vacation!!! Some mornings, we hit a breakfast buffet on the way to the parks - usually Ponderosa, Sizzler, or Golden Corral - and other days, the kids will have a quick breakfast of pop tarts or cereal bars on our way out the door. We usually eat a quick counter service lunch at the parks. Then... we call for Take Out as we are leaving the WDW parking lot each evening. Our favorites in the area are Chilis, Applebee's, Olive Garden, TGI Fridays, Chevy's, Red Lobster, & Giordano's (the BEST pizza!!!)... and they all are very experienced with preparing orders to go. Many even offer curbside service! ;) We either decide what we'd like by viewing the website menu in advance or we print the To Go menu and bring it along to decide right before calling. This works awesome for our family as we generally aren't in the mood to go and sit in a restaurant for a long meal after spending the day in the parks. We do, however, leave the parks a bit early on our last night, go back to our townhome and change/clean up, then go for a nice dinner IN a restaurant on our last night. The kids seems to enjoy this tradition.

IMO, vacation isn't vacation if you are cooking, cleaning up the kitchen, and eating the same food that you eat at home.

SilverMickey
02-24-2008, 07:25 PM
We eat a big breakfast everyday in the condo. Then sometime between 2-5pm we go back to the condo, I cook a lunch/supper while the kids swim. I eat and hubby brings the kids in to eat I usually sneak a swim in myself. Head back to the parks with a snack in our bag for later and we buy stuff to share. We get upset stomachs if we eat out all the time. I buy food for half the week and then access what we will need the last few days. Our last day at the parks we usually eat out as I try to plan to be out of food by then. My neice is a college student in FL and we give her the leftovers if there are any!

We will be in FL 2 weeks this year and our hotel at the beach has a full kitchen and this is the only way we can afford to do the parks and beach!

Have a wonderful trip!

Lisa06468
02-24-2008, 08:18 PM
IMO, vacation isn't vacation if you are cooking, cleaning up the kitchen, and eating the same food that you eat at home.

My thoughts exactly! :beach:

Reflection
02-24-2008, 09:22 PM
We eat breakfast most days, plus we have down days where we are not park touring. Our condo is used mostly for reheating leftovers from previous meals and to keep beverages cold. We may cook a small meal.

Being able to slide open a screen door to a patio and having an additional TV in the unit are reason enough to spend less to stay offsite.

Extra TV, lots of space, blender in the kitchen to whip up frozen drinks to sip on the balcony or patio--these are main reasons for spending less to stay offsite.:thumbsup2

imagineer4life
02-24-2008, 09:57 PM
pb and j in the condo :]
:cool1:
good times.

englishteacha
02-26-2008, 09:29 AM
We're park commandos, so we eat breakfast at the condo, pack a snack, and spend the day in the park. In future, we may pack a lunch to take into the parks. PB and J packs well. We have never cooked, but it's so nice to have a cold drink in the fridge and cereal and milk for breakfast and snacks. :)

bethie
02-26-2008, 12:31 PM
I love to cook. We will be staying in a townhome in WH this November. I plan on saving a few dollars by eating in. We will be there Thanksgiving week, so I am also planning to fix T-day dinner in. I think it will be so cool to lounge by our private pool and then enjoy a nice turkey dinner. We are driving, so I do plan to bring alot of items and grab perishables down there.

jsmla
02-26-2008, 01:36 PM
I don't mind cooking but I'd rather not. I'd rather not make the 11 hour drive either. The thing is, given the choice of WDW and cook or stay-at-home and cook, I'll opt for WDW and cooking!

When the kids quit coming on trips with us a few years ago (They're both in their 20s.) DH and I began to stay in the Disney Resorts. This last trip we were on a budget got a condo through Skyauction and ate in. I was surprised at how little I missed the food courts and busses and we saved a ton!

Jennifer