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Old 04-03-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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To DP or not to DP? Help me with my math!

OK this will be a rather long post, so thanks for sticking with me and giving me your thoughts! I was originally dead set AGAINST doing DDP this next trip. Last 2 trips with DH, DD and I (DH was 2 or under so didnít pay), we got FD as part of our fall deal. This time, arriving September 29th for 6 nights, itís just DD and I (she will be 3). Weíre staying at AoA, LM rooms, so I know there will be no FD or room discount. Which is OK, because I priced it and itís about the same to do the LM room and add Dining than switching to POR with FD if they offer it, and Iíd rather stay at AoA LM rooms this time (usually go moderates, but this is for her and she LOVES Ariel).

So I thought, since itís just me and DD, Iím mostly going to do CS. Weíre on a budget, and itís easier and cheaper. Therefore, no dining plan needed. Then I started doing my research and put a tentative plan together. I went on allears.net to check menus and prices, and when I add it all up, wellÖ tell me if I got this right (everything is for one adult, one child and for me I only get an entrťe, and I included 6% tax):

Day 1:
Lunch at AoA: $18
Dinner at Pecos Bill: $17
Day 2:
Breakfast in room
Lunch at Tamu Tamu: $19 (I didnít see any kid menu options?)
Dinner for me at the Food & Wine Festival: $40 (guesstimating)
Dinner for her at a CS (babysitting done by in-laws): $8
Day 3:
Breakfast at Tusker House: $54
Lunch at AoA: $18
Dinner at Be Our Guest: $35
Day 4:
Breakfast in room
Lunch at Tangierine: $21
Dinner out in Orlando somewhere: $30 (guesstimating)
Day 5:
Breakfast in room
Lunch at Be Our Guest: $22
Dinner at Cinderellaís Royal Table: $107 (already paid thisÖ whoa! but a must-do for me this trip)
Day 6:
Breakfast in room
Lunch at a tbd CS in HS (I know, I know!): $18
Dinner at AoA: $18
Day 7:
Breakfast in Room
Lunch at Cosmic Rayís: $17

Add to that I will likely spend $5 per day on snacks ($5 x 6 days = $30) even though I pack most of my own... try telling a 3 y.o. she can't have a Mickey ice cream every day of her vacation.

So before any tips (I want to compare apples to apples with getting the DP or not), Iím looking at spending about $472. Does this look right?

The Dining Plan for the 6 nights would be $436.

In my plan I have 9 CS and 4 TS (CRT counts for 2), but could easily do 2 more TS instead of CS. I wouldnít go into Orlando to eat. Iíd have to pay 2 additional tips than originally planned but weíre only looking at $20 more. Iíd use most of my snack credits on the F&W festival, so that would be almost free. Iíd have to pay for 2 CS meals out of pocket, so another $36. This reasoning brings my total WITH dining plan and OOP expenses (before equivalent tips) to $492 vs. all OOP $472 (before equivalent tips).

What do you think? Is my math right? Am I losing my marbles over-planning this vacation? It was so much easier when I had FD, I didnít have to think about it! What would YOU do?

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