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Old 05-31-2013, 02:55 PM   #1
mi*vida*loca
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Why the DDP won't work for us anymore....

When we went last time it was in August. With the heat we absolutely had to have midday breaks. The parks close earlier. I did multiple dinner reservations without really thinking this out. My kids whined because they wanted to stay in the parks but I didn't want to lose meal credits. It wasn't anything over the top but I got the moans and groans for a few minutes.

We will be going again in August. My son will be a Disney adult with only an adult appetite 50% of the time. Especially in the heat. I'm thinking of what I would like to do and I'm thinking we will mostly do late breakfast buffets or lunches since we will hit the parks at opening or AM EMH. We will still leave midday and come back out in the evening to hit the parks. I know they'd rather not have dinner reservations especially since the parks close earlier around late August.

Last trip we would hit the parks by 8/9 am, midday break around 1, back to the parks around 5/6 with a dinner reservation around 5. Parks close at 9. Sometimes 7 so we couldn't go back to the park.

Next trip I want to be in the parks by 8 or 9 am...late breakfast/early lunch, leave park around 1-2.....back in the parks by 5/6 and they close at 9. Sticking a dinner reservation in there sucks. We'd have 1-2 hours to do rides in the evenings.

Also I've never eaten my way around the WS! I've always done dinner reservations on Epcot night. This time I want to eat my way around the world at least two nights out of our 7. So no dinner reservations on Epcot nights. Just lunch if we want.

When I went in 2009 my kids were child priced. We had a nice room discount and paid for the DDP. Since my kids were little we did tons of character meals and got our money's worth. Xh was also a big non picky eater. I could make ADR's around the kids schedule and he'd eat whether he was hungry or not. I was also a bigger eater then. We saved over $200 by doing the DDP. My kids were younger and less time in the parks was sufficient for them and me while pushing a stroller! Now that they are older they want to ride every single ride and some over and over again.

Also our eating habits have changed. My df is a big eater when he's in the mood. If we have an ADR and he isn't hungry he won't eat or just order something small. He's a huge appetizer person. Now that I've changed my eating habits and made a lifestyle change I don't eat as much and often like to do just apps. If we are enjoying ourselves and want to cancel an ADR we will without worrying about credits. DDand I can share cs meals. I can get a Mickey bar later and pass on the cupcake dessert at CS. We won't do as many character meals.

I've been reading about this for a few weeks now and it's making sense to not go with it. But at one time we got out money's worth.
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