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Old 07-09-2013, 11:47 AM   #16
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Perhaps you're confusing "need" with like or want. No one needs to drink soda in the way we need to drink water. I enjoy soda very much and tend to drink a 12oz can a day. I would drink more but I know it is bad for my teeth and body. I am also trying to set a good example for my children which is why I limit their soda consumption as well as my own.

If you like soda and don't think the refillable mug is a good option Disney is kind enough to allow you to bring drinks into their parks. No other park I've ever been to allows this practice. They also have refrigerators in most of the rooms now so you are free to bring drinks and have them chilled in the room. If you don't drive then you can work out the cost of a) buying the refill mug versus buying drinks individually through the course of your stay or b) taking a taxi to a gas station on property and purchasing drinks.
Ok, I see what you mean. The dropping of the CS desert by an above poster makes a lot of sense as well. I will never pay for the dining plan, but I do enjoy getting it free every now and then. I will be going all OOP for my trip next month.
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:17 PM   #17
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We opted not to purchase the dining plan this year and for the first time drank only ice water in the parks with the exception of a few TS meals. I brought the water flavor stuff (liquid powerade) and it was fine. It saved a ton of money and we didn't really miss all the fountain drinks after a couple of days. We also had resort mugs which I would continue to purchase. However I also don't think I would be inclined to lug them around the parks all day long. For someone really aiming to max the system though what would prevent a group from bringing a single mug into the park and ordering ice water for everyone else? (With unlimited refills transferred via the mug, those water cups could easily be filled with other beverages).
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:03 PM   #18
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With the direction Disney's been taking with trying to offer healthier food options at QS locations, can you imagine removing the options of juice and milk and bottled water as the drink? That's what switching from a drink to only mugs does. Unless they add milk, soy milk, rice milk, and a variety of juices to the machines but they'd need a heck of a lot more machines to be able to do that. I just can't see it happening. It would not be good PR to say they're removing the healthy drinks as an option in their dining plan.

I can see them in one year dropping the QS dessert and adding a snack credit (basically a break even so people don't get upset) then the following year reduce the snack credits. Note: I have not read of this being even considered anywhere and have no inside information. This is merely my own personal speculation.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:14 PM   #19
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The markup on everything at Disney is already so high you would think it more than covers the amount lost due to food and merchandise theft. In the end it's reducing the amount of PROFIT. Anyway, if this kind of drink program was ever put in place, my concern would be people trying to steal other people's refillable mugs.
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I simply don't see how they could ever not include a drink with a meal though, and I'd see them dropping the CS dessert long, long before the drink.
I agree with you on the second point, especially since the desserts likely cost Disney more money than the fountain drinks. But I don't see why they couldn't do it, other places do.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:17 PM   #21
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I can see them in one year dropping the QS dessert and adding a snack credit (basically a break even so people don't get upset) then the following year reduce the snack credits.
LOL, kinda the same way they didn't increase the price for QSDP plan in 2012 but took away a snack credit, and everyone was like "Oh, that's fine because they didn't increase the price. I'd rather pay less than have a snack credit I might not use" and then in 2013 they raised the price twice, making it almost almost $5 more than 2011/2012 prices. And some will probably say "Oh, that's expected because there was no increase in 2012"
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:18 PM   #22
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Looks like the DDP is the same as 2013 with a price increase.

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Old 07-10-2013, 12:34 PM   #23
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Well I did'nt think that they would take the drink away next year, or really anything next year. But come 2015, I bet they might. So just how much of an increase is it now?
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I love the DDP and while I could absolutely eat cheaper, I could never eat at the number of places I do on the DDP. As for lugging mugs around, no biggey, I'll just hook it on my fanny pack. I just how the price doesn't increase too drastically, or that its still included with the DDP.
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One other thing, you don't have to drink soda. There's usually lemonade, and iced tea options, I love unsweetened iced tea.
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