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Disney8704
07-17-2008, 09:19 AM
This has to deal with both restaurants and transportation so Im not really sure where this should go...but anyways, heres my problem. Some things came up and we are now gonna be a little short on our disney trip in August. So it's gonna have to come down to either cancel our limo transfers to from airport and hotel or cancel a couple TS places. Now we already are set up with Disney Magical Express, I made sure to set us up with that just incase something like this happened. If we were to cancel our TS places, here are the places we would cancel and it would be all of these. Theres no way we would be able to keep any of these TS places.

Ohana - breakfast
LTT - dinner
Donalds - breakfast
San Angel Inn - lunch
Restraunt Marrakesh - dinner

So which would you cancel? Limo transfers or ADRs?

stephanie23
07-17-2008, 09:23 AM
personally I would cancel the limo. Keep the meals;) But thats just me.

ADAMANDLISA
07-17-2008, 09:26 AM
You can get a limo ANYWHERE. You can only dine with the Mouse in a few select places;) .

Drop the limo!

Tricia1972
07-17-2008, 09:26 AM
Cancel the limo - keep the food!

You'll be in the limo 1.5-2 hours your ENTIRE trip (to and from the resort) and personally nobody will care except you that you're showing up in a limo.

The food is a big part of the trip, throughout your vacation.

Even though I am not a huge fan of Disney food, I'd opt for nicer dining experiences (1.5-2 hours per day) vs a nicer traveling experience.

ME, for me, took a long time, but starting your vacation out with Mickey is fun!

Subrbnmommy
07-17-2008, 09:44 AM
THink of it this way. Are you going to get more enjoyment being in a limo for a couple of hours or all those meals. For me, it would be a no brainer, aside form the fact that the restaurants are fun and pretty good, if you cancel your ADR's it'll be a lot more difficult to have a relaxing meal. Table service restaurants are a nice break in an otherwise hot a busy day.

Nie0214
07-17-2008, 09:48 AM
Limo, nobody cares what you pull up in except yourselves. I was in a limo during my senior prom.. it's nothing I'd want to spend money on again.

Food on the other hand is :thumbsup2. It gives you a nice break during the day to get out of the heat and relax.

pooh2001
07-17-2008, 09:50 AM
ME is a fun way to get to WDW.

If you want your luggage with you when you arrive at your resort - ask for the luggage to be placed on the bus with you

(instead of going to WDW luggage sorting transportation building - and then to your resort - about 3-6 hours after you arrive at WDW)

Disney8704
07-17-2008, 09:59 AM
Well it doesnt really matter anyways, because we are actually arriving in Orlando the night before we even get to Disney. We arrive on the 4th and our disney trip starts on the 5th. We are staying at the Hyatt at the airport the night before, so since we arrive the night before we will have all our luggage anyways. And then when we get to AKL if our room isnt ready yet, then we will just have them hold it until the room is ready.

ME is a fun way to get to WDW.

If you want your luggage with you when you arrive at your resort - ask for the luggage to be placed on the bus with you

(instead of going to WDW luggage sorting transportation building - and then to your resort - about 3-6 hours after you arrive at WDW)

habg1
07-17-2008, 10:09 AM
Keep the ADR's. You might be eating at CS all the time if you don't. Unless that's okay with you:)


While a limo is awesome, I think to keep your ADR's is the smartest move.

Goofyz3girls
07-17-2008, 10:11 AM
I agree keep the ADR's cancel the limo!:upsidedow

Disney8704
07-17-2008, 10:12 AM
No we wouldnt be eating CS all the time. We would just cancel a couple ADRs. We have many others. Im leaning towards canceling the limo but I will talk to DH about it today what he thinks we should do.

Keep the ADR's. You might be eating at CS all the time if you don't. Unless that's okay with you:)


While a limo is awesome, I think to keep your ADR's is the smartest move.

whogirl'smom
07-17-2008, 10:13 AM
Cancel the limo!!!! Why go to Disney if you can't eat?

Can you get an extra night at AKL so you can go straight there from the airport?

Disney8704
07-17-2008, 10:16 AM
We would eat, those TS places would become CS places.

I HIGHLY doubt it as AKL is completely booked for our travel dates. Not to mention, but AKL would be WAY more expensive then the Hyatt. We got a GREAT rate for the Hyatt at $99 (military discount)..the normal rate is over $200. AKL would be about $200 for the night.

Cancel the limo!!!! Why go to Disney if you can't eat?

Can you get an extra night at AKL so you can go straight there from the airport?

Lzylitnin
07-17-2008, 10:18 AM
I would keep the ADRs. You'll have eat anyway. While CS is cheaper, it won't be as relaxing or as good as the TS restaurants that you have chosen.

Magical Express may take a little longer than the limo, but it's included! It won't take that much longer.

Were you planning on a grocery stop with the limo? If so, that may cut your food costs further and would be impossible with ME.

whogirl'smom
07-17-2008, 10:36 AM
We would eat, those TS places would become CS places.

I HIGHLY doubt it as AKL is completely booked for our travel dates. Not to mention, but AKL would be WAY more expensive then the Hyatt. We got a GREAT rate for the Hyatt at $99 (military discount)..the normal rate is over $200. AKL would be about $200 for the night.

Could you book at Pop that first night, maybe? You did get a great rate at the Hyatt! If we could just get you straight from the airport to Disney property that night, I'm thinking it would be easier. Does your flight get in really late? Does DME operate no matter what time? (We always drive, so I don't know about this part.)

LittleStinkerbelle
07-17-2008, 10:41 AM
I'd for sure cancel the Limo! There's a free replacement for that-Magical Express, but there's no "free" replacement for the ADRs (well, unless you go for free dining!).

Disney8704
07-17-2008, 10:51 AM
I honestly dont see how thats any easier going from 1 disney resort to another. :confused3 We would STILL have to find a way to get over to AKL using disney transporation and rely on Disney to get our luggage from 1 disney resort to another. Personally I think its MUCH easier to just arrive (we will arrive at 8:46pm) and by the time we get off the plane and get down to baggage claim it will be around 9pm or after 9pm, go get our luggage, go back upstairs, checkin into the Hyatt and relax and the next morning take the ME to AKL. If we stayed at another disney resort that night, we would have to go down to ME, get on the bus and probably wont get off the bus until almost 11pm depending how long it takes to get to where we are going, then the next morning have to take a bus to a disney park and then another bus to AKL and check in and pray the whole time our luggage doesnt go disapearing and we actually get it. Im a huge worry wort and always think of worse case. While the buses will be running during that time, its less stressful and take way less time and energy to just stay at the Hyatt.

Could you book at Pop that first night, maybe? You did get a great rate at the Hyatt! If we could just get you straight from the airport to Disney property that night, I'm thinking it would be easier. Does your flight get in really late? Does DME operate no matter what time? (We always drive, so I don't know about this part.)

christa112
07-17-2008, 10:54 AM
Canel the limo!!!!

aribelle
07-17-2008, 10:58 AM
No doubt I'd dump the limo ride.


If your concern is how to get to AKL from Hyatt, isn't the Hyatt right inside the airport, like you can see it's entrance while you wait for your luggage? If so, pick up your luggage, walk over to Hyatt, spend the night, then take your luggage back over to the airport and to the ME counter. When you sign up for ME with Disney, they'll show your arrival date as the day after your plane arrives anyway, so just make your reservation for that date. Southwest (and I think some other airlines) don't participate in the ME part where ME retrieves your luggage, so those flying on SW have to take their luggage over to the ME counter anyway (whereas normally you'd hand them your luggage tags for them to retrieve, you'll be handing them your luggage). So, take your bags to them, hop on the ME bus and they'll drop you and your luggage at AKL. It'll likely be too early to get a room, but AKL will hold them until your room is ready, so go enjoy the parks....and one of those ADRs!

Disney8704
07-17-2008, 11:00 AM
Im not concerned at all about how to get from Hyatt / airport to AKL. What another PP was suggesting was to stay at another disney resort the night before and THEN go to AKL, and that seems to much work and time consuming then to stay at the hyatt.

No doubt I'd dump the limo ride.


If your concern is how to get to AKL from Hyatt, isn't the Hyatt right inside the airport, like you can see it's entrance while you wait for your luggage? If so, pick up your luggage, walk over to Hyatt, spend the night, then take your luggage back over to the airport and to the ME counter. When you sign up for ME with Disney, they'll show your arrival date as the day after your plane arrives anyway, so just make your reservation for that date. Southwest (and I think some other airlines) don't participate in the ME part where ME retrieves your luggage, so those flying on SW have to take their luggage over to the ME counter anyway. So, take your bags to them, hop on the bus and they'll drop you and your luggage at AKL. It'll be early to get a room, but AKL will hold them until your room is ready, so go enjoy the parks....and one of those ADRs!

disneystacy
07-17-2008, 11:28 AM
I would cancel the limo and take a cab if its possible. I would cancel San Angel Inn if I had to pick. I wasn't crazy about the food.

ROEDISNEY
07-17-2008, 11:33 AM
This has to deal with both restaurants and transportation so Im not really sure where this should go...but anyways, heres my problem. Some things came up and we are now gonna be a little short on our disney trip in August. So it's gonna have to come down to either cancel our limo transfers to from airport and hotel or cancel a couple TS places. Now we already are set up with Disney Magical Express, I made sure to set us up with that just incase something like this happened. If we were to cancel our TS places, here are the places we would cancel and it would be all of these. Theres no way we would be able to keep any of these TS places.

Ohana - breakfast
LTT - dinner
Donalds - breakfast
San Angel Inn - lunch
Restraunt Marrakesh - dinner

So which would you cancel? Limo transfers or ADRs?


No question cancel the limo!

whogirl'smom
07-17-2008, 11:49 AM
I thought you had to use DME directly from your flight is why I was thinking it would be easier to get on Disney property the first night. I didn't know you could use it the next morning even if you had been at the Hyatt--I thought you were having to take a limo service because you were at the Hyatt and couldn't use DME.

I just thought if you were already onsite, you can go on to the parks the next morning and Disney will transfer your bags from one resort to the other. You could go on to the parks and check in after lunch, OR take a cab from whatever Disney resort to the one you're checking in at, and check in before you go to the parks for a day (if you're wanting to check in early). You could take the luggage in the cab with you or let Disney transfer it. The resort will hold it till your room is ready.

I guess I'm already figuring you're cancelling the limo and I'm trying to get to Disney property in the most economical way (time and money wise).

Ginamarie
07-17-2008, 12:37 PM
No question. l would keep the ADRs and cancel the limo.

FayeW
07-17-2008, 12:46 PM
How much is that limo service if you have to cancel 5 meals to pay for it????

Paying for an expensive limo ride when you've got free ME doesn't make any sense at all to begin with, but then again, neither does staying at a $200. per night hotel if your budget has now been reduced.

Personally, I would ditch the limo AND the 2 breakfast buffets. Spending $60. each day for 2 adults to eat breakfast?? :confused3

Tricia1972
07-17-2008, 12:53 PM
How much is that limo service if you have to cancel 5 meals to pay for it????

Paying for an expensive limo ride when you've got free ME doesn't make any sense at all to begin with, but then again, neither does staying at a $200. per night hotel if your budget has now been reduced.

Personally, I would ditch the limo AND the 2 breakfast buffets. Spending $60. each day for 2 adults to eat breakfast?? :confused3

The OP said the hotel would normally would be $200, they got a military discount rate for $99/night.

I think the buffets will cost them more like $50 a day for two adults (Tax and tip included) as the buffets are generally about $19/adult aren't they?

Nie0214
07-17-2008, 12:54 PM
How much is that limo service if you have to cancel 5 meals to pay for it????

Paying for an expensive limo ride when you've got free ME doesn't make any sense at all to begin with, but then again, neither does staying at a $200. per night hotel if your budget has now been reduced.

Personally, I would ditch the limo AND the 2 breakfast buffets. Spending $60. each day for 2 adults to eat breakfast?? :confused3

Maybe it is a choice between limo and DxDDP or something. Though I'm with you on the budgeting. I'd rather stay at a Value and get an extra day in the world than break my budget at one of the more expensive resorts. :)

Disney8704
07-17-2008, 12:56 PM
Well the thing is that I booked my trip and DME and the limo before I even changed my flight to arrive the day early. So Disney still thinks that we are arriving on the 5th and not the 4th. I already talked to my AAA TA about this and as long as Im still taking DME on the 5th, Im good. But I've heard also from others that you still can take the DME the day after you get there, cuz others have done it. They would get in the night before, stay at a nearby hotel by the airport and take the DME the next day. So no, you do not have to take DME as soon as you get there. You can take it the next day. From what my AAA TA told me Disney just really needs to know what days you need DME and what time your departure time is to go back home and thats it. IMHO the best way in my position, is to stay at the Hyatt and then take DME to AKL the next morning. Instead of having to take DME to a disney resort, and then the next day figure out how to get to the other resort and have Disney deal with my luggage. Honestly I dont even know what the big deal is. So we're staying off property for not even a whole 12 hrs, so what? :confused3 We're not even doing the parks on Day 1 anyways. We're doing DTD and/or staying at the resort.

I thought you had to use DME directly from your flight is why I was thinking it would be easier to get on Disney property the first night. I didn't know you could use it the next morning even if you had been at the Hyatt--I thought you were having to take a limo service because you were at the Hyatt and couldn't use DME.

I just thought if you were already onsite, you can go on to the parks the next morning and Disney will transfer your bags from one resort to the other. You could go on to the parks and check in after lunch, OR take a cab from whatever Disney resort to the one you're checking in at, and check in before you go to the parks for a day (if you're wanting to check in early). You could take the luggage in the cab with you or let Disney transfer it. The resort will hold it till your room is ready.

I guess I'm already figuring you're cancelling the limo and I'm trying to get to Disney property in the most economical way (time and money wise).

Disney8704
07-17-2008, 12:57 PM
Its $240 round trip. Its about $320 for the 5 meals, but then we would have to turn around and allow $30 for each of those meals for CS.

All prices include tax and tips
'Ohana $47.00
Donalds Safari Breakfast $45.00
San Angel Inn $58.00
Liberty Tree Tavern $69.00
Restaurant Marrakesh $104.00
TOTAL $323.00

5 CS meals x $30 each = $150.00

PRICE DIFFERENCE = $173.00

The limo is $240 but we can come up with the extra $67 or if need be cancel 1 more ADR.

How much is that limo service if you have to cancel 5 meals to pay for it????

Paying for an expensive limo ride when you've got free ME doesn't make any sense at all to begin with, but then again, neither does staying at a $200. per night hotel if your budget has now been reduced.

Personally, I would ditch the limo AND the 2 breakfast buffets. Spending $60. each day for 2 adults to eat breakfast?? :confused3

Disney8704
07-17-2008, 01:05 PM
I said that the price of the Hyatt is over $200 a night. BUT, we got it for $99 for the night - military discount. Where are you getting the $200 a night?

How much is that limo service if you have to cancel 5 meals to pay for it????

Paying for an expensive limo ride when you've got free ME doesn't make any sense at all to begin with, but then again, neither does staying at a $200. per night hotel if your budget has now been reduced.

Personally, I would ditch the limo AND the 2 breakfast buffets. Spending $60. each day for 2 adults to eat breakfast?? :confused3

Maybe it is a choice between limo and DxDDP or something. Though I'm with you on the budgeting. I'd rather stay at a Value and get an extra day in the world than break my budget at one of the more expensive resorts. :)

whogirl'smom
07-17-2008, 01:31 PM
Honestly I dont even know what the big deal is. So we're staying off property for not even a whole 12 hrs, so what? :confused3 We're not even doing the parks on Day 1 anyways. We're doing DTD and/or staying at the resort.

There is no big deal, everyone here is just trying to help you. It seemed as though you didn't want to use DME and the time that takes the next dayor you wouldn't have booked a limo in the first place, is why I was trying to answer that,

I think you have your answers, 100% have responded to cancel the limo and not the ADRs. And you know how you want to get to AKL the next day. I think the PP who mentioned $200ish a night was referring to the cost of AKL for a night.

disneyfreakjackie
07-17-2008, 01:38 PM
:goodvibes NIX THE LIMO!!! :cool1:

Aimeedyan
07-17-2008, 01:39 PM
I see no draw to riding in a limo, and enjoy eating, so I'd nix the limo in a heartbeat.

Nancyg56
07-17-2008, 01:41 PM
Teresa, this is a personal decision. What matters the most to you? I have watched you plan this trip for a long time and have seen you plan your ADR's with care. Do they matter more than arriving in a Limo? What means more in your vision of your trip.

For me, the limo would go, I love ME. In my family ME means we have arrived and are on the way to Disney. Arriving in a limo means nothing to us. We like our meals TS specifically. You need to decide which means more to you, we can only give your our priority.

FayeW
07-17-2008, 01:47 PM
Okay, here is what I would do:

I would cancel the limo AND the Hyatt, and book an extra night at AKL. Take the ME directly to AKL, and then you can sleep in and enjoy the resort in the morning since it was going to be a resort/DTD day anyway.

The limo is $240, the Hyatt $100 so that is $340 (not including any tax or tips to the limo driver, unless they are included in the price you gave). AKL is $200, so you have now saved $140 off your original plan and you don't have to get up early, get to the airport for the bus, etc.

Now, I would also cancel a couple of the ADR's if you needed to save more money, probably the breakfast ones because you and hubby could probably get a CS breakfast for less than $10 each, or you could pack muffins/bagels for breakfast in the room and save yourselves another $60-$100 (depending on if you were going to eat in your room or counter service).

On the other hand, I completely applaud your idea to save yourself $100 off the hotel cost by spending the first night at the Hyatt, since you would basically arrive at AKL in time to go to bed, it might be an option you want to explore.

whogirl'smom
07-17-2008, 02:05 PM
I think she said that AKL is booked the day before their package begins, or that would work.

OP, I clicked on your pre-trip and read a little, so now I understand a little better. I didn't realize how long your trip is and that you do have other TS adr's. I think if the limo makes this trip more magical then do it, since you have been planning it so long. You have lots of good adr's made that you can keep even if you cancel the ones you listed here. Also, I may be mistaken, but I think you can add DDP as late as check-in and pay the difference then? Somebody else know for sure? If that would help.

Clotho
07-17-2008, 02:42 PM
I would nix the limo and replace it with a towncar. We always arrive by towncar, it is much cheaper than a limo, and you can make a stop at a grovery store on the way to stock up your hotel room with goodies for when you're there. We save a lot of money on park breakfasts by having some bagels and fruit in the room, and we have beer/cider/wine and some cheese and crackers for latenight snacks, as well. It's the way to go!

See how I slipped in a Plan C on you? :)

Disney8704
07-17-2008, 02:59 PM
Yeah but if we did DME and did the Hyatt it would be only $111 (incluing taxes). Thats still cheaper then 1 night stay at AKL. ;)

Okay, here is what I would do:

I would cancel the limo AND the Hyatt, and book an extra night at AKL. Take the ME directly to AKL, and then you can sleep in and enjoy the resort in the morning since it was going to be a resort/DTD day anyway.

The limo is $240, the Hyatt $100 so that is $340 (not including any tax or tips to the limo driver, unless they are included in the price you gave). AKL is $200, so you have now saved $140 off your original plan and you don't have to get up early, get to the airport for the bus, etc.

Now, I would also cancel a couple of the ADR's if you needed to save more money, probably the breakfast ones because you and hubby could probably get a CS breakfast for less than $10 each, or you could pack muffins/bagels for breakfast in the room and save yourselves another $60-$100 (depending on if you were going to eat in your room or counter service).

On the other hand, I completely applaud your idea to save yourself $100 off the hotel cost by spending the first night at the Hyatt, since you would basically arrive at AKL in time to go to bed, it might be an option you want to explore.

Disney8704
07-17-2008, 03:04 PM
I figured it out and the DDP would save us only about $200 and that is if we ate lunch. Lately my appetite has been REALLY messed up and if it keeps going this way I will be hungry just enough for breakfast and dinner and thats it. And thats with me being in AC all day. So me being in the sun and heat for about 4-5 hrs before we even eat lunch could take away my appetite all together. DH would prob eat lunch but me I could just buy a water and maybe a snack and I will probably be set. So that right there would save us a lot of money considering our lunch total is coming out to be $358 for DH and I. So in the end we could end up saving money by NOT being on the DDP. Also that $200 difference includes weither or not we will eat snacks and also buy desert. If ate lunches, deserts and snacks, then the plan would save us $200. If not, most likely we would save $ by paying OOP.

As for adding the DDP, you can add it on I believe up to 5 days in advance. You CAN NOT add it on when you go to checkin.

I think she said that AKL is booked the day before their package begins, or that would work.

OP, I clicked on your pre-trip and read a little, so now I understand a little better. I didn't realize how long your trip is and that you do have other TS adr's. I think if the limo makes this trip more magical then do it, since you have been planning it so long. You have lots of good adr's made that you can keep even if you cancel the ones you listed here. Also, I may be mistaken, but I think you can add DDP as late as check-in and pay the difference then? Somebody else know for sure? If that would help.

Bev J
07-17-2008, 03:17 PM
It is fun to 'arive' at your hotel in a cool limo, but the cost is rather high considering you can also get there for free.
We usually get to Orlando late too and after a long day of travel we just want to get to the hotel and go to bed, does not matter where it is. So we usually stay at a hotel close to the airport that offers free transportation- get a good nights sleep and the next morning get our free ride back to the airport and go check in for ME, after we have had our free breakfast at the hotel that is... We arive at WDW refreshed and ready to get started on our vacation, not all tired and dragging from traveling all day.
So I say if you will enjoy eating at the places you listed then keep the ADR's and cancel the limo- you will probably get more enjoyment out of relaxing with the meals than the limo ride.
You got a great rate at the Hyatt- that will be nice to get off the plane and step right up to your hotel.
Enjoy your trip no matter what you choose.

Bev

Disney8704
07-17-2008, 03:44 PM
I really dont wanna give up either one. But if I have to pick, I would rather loose the limo then my ADRs. All the ones I would have to give up, we've never been to before. I've had my heart set on both the ADRs and limo forever now, but I think I much rather enjoy the TS meals more. Im gonna talk to DH about this in a few minutes and I'll let you all know what he says.

Im honored that some of you, including you, have followed my trip planning. Be sure to be on the look out for my trip report. Im gonna try to write it while on vacation but cant really promise anything. Whatever I dont do on vacation, I will finish my trip report when we get home.

Teresa, this is a personal decision. What matters the most to you? I have watched you plan this trip for a long time and have seen you plan your ADR's with care. Do they matter more than arriving in a Limo? What means more in your vision of your trip.

For me, the limo would go, I love ME. In my family ME means we have arrived and are on the way to Disney. Arriving in a limo means nothing to us. We like our meals TS specifically. You need to decide which means more to you, we can only give your our priority.

loveDmouse
07-17-2008, 03:45 PM
I would keep the ADRs. You gotta eat. You don't gotta ride in a limo.
I think dining in Disney is part of the experience.