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Old 09-23-2012, 03:41 PM   #16
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For our last trip, we had a car and ate off site more often. We could pay for 2.5 meals off site for every on site meal. It's not our first choice, but one that we were content with. We had a coupon for a free entree at Macaroni Grill one night. Dinner for four people was a shockingly low $45!

We also found ourselves eating at Wolfgang Puck's counter service restaurant in Downtown Disney more. Great food and somewhat reasonable by Disney standards.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:57 PM   #17
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We have APs (will get the new discounted ones soon) and use TIW. As DVC owners I can see making non-park trips at certain times and saving that cost....still getting TIW since we no longer have to have APs to get that.

We are keeping our vacations centered at Disney--fine with me. I still fill like I get my money's worth most of the time. This year I found it hard to justify MNSSHP tickets ( we have been numerous times)--of course we want to go 10/31...but the extra tickets on 10/28 took some soul searching.

I am thinking of one trip (instead of two) next year in the fall. We can use the $399 pass for that and have it carry us in to 2014. So even those of us with a vested interest in WDW are becoming more conservative with our expenditures over time. DH and I use to not worry about cost so much.....the last two years I have seen the economics of vacationing become more of a concern for us. I think one of the first things to go will be flights...we are only 9 hours by car...so once the ticket gets to $250...we are on the road.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:07 AM   #18
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Just came back from Disney and yes more money for less things. One thing that stood out was no more napkins with there name on it, I thought maybe it was that ice cream cart, but it was all over. OKW they only put one coffee pack in our room and no extra bath tissue. My DH got stuck in bathroom had to grab tissues for him.

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