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Old 05-03-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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DxDP versus TIW, does my math seem right?

Former DxDP user who will be switching to TIW when DS turns 10 next year.

Our group will consist of me, DW, DS10, and DD4. As of today, the planned trip is for 12 nights (4 way split stay with 3 nights at each of WL-Poly-AKL-BC) with the following ADRs:

Chef Mickey's
Crystal Palace
Tusker House
Cape May

Teppan Edo
Chefs de France
50's PT
Via Napoli

Artist Point
Cali Grill
Flying Fish

Basically, we'd have 8 days where we do a TS breakfast and TS dinner, and 4 days where we do a TS lunch and TS dinner. Overall, it's 24 table service meals (2 per day), which is the same number we'd do under the DxDP.

- On days where we do a TS breakfast, we'll either do snacks or CS (with the adults sharing an entree) for lunch. On days where we do a TS lunch, we'll grab a few quick breakfast items at the resort CS/marketplace.

- At order-off-the menu TS places, DS10 will order off the kids' menu.

Based on these assumptions, when I ran the numbers, I estimated OOP with TIW to be almost $1200 cheaper than the DxDP (this factors in the $100 cost of the TIW card).

Given the number of set price/buffet/family style places on our itenerary (where DS10 will be charged as an adult), I was surprised the difference was so large.

On the other hand, there are some significant factors that appear to account for a lot of the difference:

1. The TIW discount
2. DS10 ordering off the kids' menu
3. Our TS restaurant choices requiring less than the full use of dining credits otherwise allowed under the DxDP. The above list of restaurants would require 33 TS credits per person, whereas the DxDP would allow 36 per person.
4. Some of the TS meals being relatively less expensive (e.g., WCC breakfast, Kona breakfast).

All that being said, I'm still questioning whether my projected savings of nearly $1200 is in the right ball park and, along those lines, wondering if I'm underestimating the cost of OOP with TIW.
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