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Old 04-08-2013, 07:46 AM   #1
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Paying for group of 20--DDP or gift cards?

My mother is dying of triple negative breast cancer. She always wanted to take her family to WDW. If she recovers some strength, she plans to do this but I would be planning everything for her. If that never happens, I would like to fulfill her wish with an annuity she is leaving me. I have already determined that four AoA suites would work for us comfortably, but I'm unsure what to do about food.

Option 1: Buy DDP for everyone (enough to pay for 3 meals)
--No effort on their part to budget for more expensive meals (character)
--Will relatives not understand DDP as newbies and end up spending their pocket money to make up the deficit that I'd rather they save for souvenirs?

Option 2: Determine a reasonable amount for 3 meals per person at WDW and buy giftcards/prepaid visas for each family
--Have to trust that relatives will use money for food and spend wisely to last the week

What would you do and what is a reasonable amount per person for 7 nights/6 days at WDW? We never buy DDP because we can eat cheaper even with 2-3 character meals. I plan to purchase Unofficial Guides for each family and "educate" them on many things before we go, like DDP if I purchase.
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