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Old 11-30-2010, 02:53 PM   #691
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Giggling is part of the experience! Now drink up ..

With DDP, I always felt obligated to eat everything I was entitled to have, even on "those" days when all of the fun is catching up with you. AS we have gotten older, one meal is really all we buy, with a few snacks we have brought from home throughout the day. We can eat TS for less than the DDP dauily pricing for the two of us.

No limit using the TIW card, as far as I have experienced. And no need to combine your bar and dinner tabs. Use the TIW card at both venues. Plus this assures the Tip gets to the right person.
Hmmm.... is that an order to drink up? If so... np! My next mission is to find a blinky blinky Disney wine glass.

That's one thing I'm concerned with re: the DDP. You feel obligated to eat all of this food and if you don't use the points/credits you lose them. Since DH lost 60lbs. I'm worried about him putting a lot back on during vacation. Yes it's vacation and we both tend to eat/drink more but it's finding a balance. Trying to calculate this out is making me crazy.

I'm happy to read that we can get the discount at the bar without ordering food. I thought that TIW would require you to order food with drinks to acquire the discount. So... even if we wanted to chill out at a bar for a bit, have a drink in our blinky blinky glasses that will sing Disney songs to us... we could use the TIW card? Just double checking so I can add this to my notes. We would always make sure that whoever takes care of us is properly tip.

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Congrats to you!!! I am giving my wife an envelope with a "Disney Coupon" allowing her to select her resale add-on for SSR sometime next year for up to 150 pts.. the BEST NEWS is.. it will NOT HAVE TO BE FINANCED
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I totally agree.. we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the THV... and are very excited about the pool upgrade.. we love SSR.. it is truly our "home"...
That is awesome! Your DW is going to flip out with her Christmas present. What a great gift!
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That's one thing I'm concerned with re: the DDP. You feel obligated to eat all of this food and if you don't use the points/credits you lose them. Since DH lost 60lbs. I'm worried about him putting a lot back on during vacation. Yes it's vacation and we both tend to eat/drink more but it's finding a balance. Trying to calculate this out is making me crazy.
We were concerned about the same things. It's one thing if you're going to eat at buffet/family style places like we have on previous trips. This upcoming time around we all have lost a decent amount of weight and my parents just don't eat as much anymore. Lots of places we can end up sharing. If we could make it so only 1/2 of us in the GV get the DDP we would, but not with ALL of us.

When we were evaluating what would be a better cost option for us I wrote down all the places we are planning to eat. I then looked up their menus online and averaged the cost of an appetizer, entree and drink with tax (Tip & TIW discount each other so just used this total). I then compared our total to what it would cost us to get the DDP. Turned out for us that even if we each got an app, entree & drink the DDP was more and we wouldn't have enough QS credits.
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We were concerned about the same things. It's one thing if you're going to eat at buffet/family style places like we have on previous trips. This upcoming time around we all have lost a decent amount of weight and my parents just don't eat as much anymore. Lots of places we can end up sharing. If we could make it so only 1/2 of us in the GV get the DDP we would, but not with ALL of us.
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When we were evaluating what would be a better cost option for us I wrote down all the places we are planning to eat. I then looked up their menus online and averaged the cost of an appetizer, entrée and drink with tax (Tip & TIW discount each other so just used this total). I then compared our total to what it would cost us to get the DDP. Turned out for us that even if we each got an app, entrée & drink the DDP was more and we wouldn't have enough QS credits.


Congratulations to all of you on your weight loss! WTG!!!

I'm currently working on my handy dandy comparison spreadsheet (DDP vs. TIW) to see what would work better for us. (I'm doing everything that you did for your trip.) DH prefers the DDP where I prefer the TIW. If I had to eat all that food even with the standard DDP my system couldn't handle it. It's too much food for me.

Food question.... What category does the smoked turkey leg fall into? CS or Snack? Tradition for DH/I is to get a turkey leg at MK.

Thank you for your input, it's greatly appreciated!
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I've calculated the same things out for our past two or three trips and the DDP never works out for us. That said, I like to cook in the room, we don't generally eat at QS locations and we usually split appetizers, entrees, and desserts between two of us at TS locations.

I'm glad that it is an option for some, but not one that we take advantage of.
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For the first time in several trips, we are not using the DDP for our upcoming trip. We plan to visit just a few places, but mostly eat out of the room for breakfast, and just do CS most of the time. Who knows, maybe we'll even SAVE a few dollars doing it this way!
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I've calculated the same things out for our past two or three trips and the DDP never works out for us. That said, I like to cook in the room, we don't generally eat at QS locations and we usually split appetizers, entrées, and desserts between two of us at TS locations.

I'm glad that it is an option for some, but not one that we take advantage of.

Just what I calculated so far we would save money on the DDP but I can't see me eating that much food. DH would be fine since his appetite is larger than mine. Having the villa is great since we can cook in the unit and I like that option. Eating as much/little as we want and will save us money. I'm still torn between the DDP, TIW and just going on our own and hoping for the best. Still have time to figure it out.

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For the first time in several trips, we are not using the DDP for our upcoming trip. We plan to visit just a few places, but mostly eat out of the room for breakfast, and just do CS most of the time. Who knows, maybe we'll even SAVE a few dollars doing it this way!

When you return I would appreciate your feedback on how things compare to eating on your own vs. DDP.

All of our past trips to WDW we ate on our own. We stayed at timeshares off the property so we had breakfast in our unit and made lunch to bring in to the parks. EPCOT we didn't bother bringing in food since there are plenty of restaurants to choose from so that was our treat. MK we brought in lunch and had a turkey leg late afternoon/early evening since we stayed until closing. It worked for us and saved us a lot of money.

This trip since we are staying on property, DH would like to do something different with either DDP or TIW. All depends if we'll get the second week on property via. timeshare exchange. Keeping fingers crossed.

I'm so confused and not sure what to do.

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As the New Year is approaching I'm thinking that it's time to plan another family trip
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As e w Year is approaching I'm thinking that it's time to plan another family trip
I have one currently booked at SSR! I hope to switch at 7 mos
but it will be plenty fine if I stay here too!
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Just returned from The World with a five day stay at SSR. We thought the Christmas decorations were somewhat reduced, but all was beautiful.

Spent time with Tea Pot and Mr. Pot, among others. Always a pleasure to share the excitement with friends.
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Had a gentleman last evening tell me the virtues of Rocking Chairs and how he loves to give them away all year 'round to those that may benefit from them. I just smiled, nodded, and concurred. He finally said something like, "well, I guess you think I'm crazy". I just nodded and smiled again.

I hate to invite more to Rocking Chair Row. It's crowded as it is now!

And he never offered to give me one . . . . .
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Had a gentleman last evening tell me the virtues of Rocking Chairs and how he loves to give them away all year 'round to those that may benefit from them. I just smiled, nodded, and concurred. He finally said something like, "well, I guess you think I'm crazy". I just nodded and smiled again.

I hate to invite more to Rocking Chair Row. It's crowded as it is now!

And he never offered to give me one . . . . .
Speaking of rocking chairs...the other night my DH came into my office after a late work night and sat in my rocking chair and says..."This would be perfect if I were looking at night time DTD." Which gave me an idea of what I can give him for his birthday next week. I will take down the pictures on the wall and put up our DTD shots from CP. I'll just do it and see if he notices He misses SSR, even though we have our date nights at DLR and have scheduled our birthday dinner at Napa Rose, he misses that view.

Thanks for the idea and I have 3 rocking chairs at my house, I would send one your way but no one wants to give theirs up.
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Are there fireworks this year at DTD? Hopefully, those at SSR (even the ones not in the rocking chairs) have a great view.
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