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Old 02-12-2013, 10:11 AM   #3016
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As a dining plan veteran, (deluxe plan and 1 table service/1 counter service plan) I can say that it was cheaper for us to ditch the dining plan simply based on the fact that we were paying for food that we couldn't eat due to being so full all the time. This was not even staying at Club level yet. 2 table service meals are too much, especially when it's warm out and it takes up way too much time.

For our last trip I decided that we would do one table service a day, at lunch and then see about a counter service for dinner. For breakfast I was planning on running over to the bakery at the boardwalk and getting stuff there for breakfast or shopping at the Market.

We got bumped up to Club level so breakfast was taken care of, we had ADR for a table service lunch and then everybody would just pick at night between the CL appetizers the CL desserts and a counter service meal for dinner if some one was exceptionally hungry after that (rarely). There were also some snacks in the park at night (a bag of pretzel bread mysteriously liberated from the buffet in Germany comes to mind )

What worked for us was the great CL breakfast, the big table service lunch and then leaving it up to the individual as to what they wanted to eat after that.

We saved so much time and I saw a lot less wasted food. When we got home DH ran the numbers and calculated that the $$$ that we would have spent on snacks, Table/Counter service meals and beverages was more than we would have spent on Club Level for 5 people.

Another thing I liked was that the boys would wait to get back to club level to get their drinks and snacks (as opposed to spending $$ in the parks) because they couldn't wait to see what was being offered next they loved it so much.

So there ya have it.

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Some do, some don't.

I would never do the Deluxe Dining Plan along with club level. Actually, I would never do the DDP again, period. Been there. Done that. Have the Tshirt, but it no longer fits!

I love the combination of Club Level with the regular dining plan- breakfast is covered, an early counter service lunch in the parks or Hurricane Hanna's and then a sitdown dinner.

BUT, I am coming around to the idea that you don't need the dining plan with club level with creative ordering and food management. Portions at Disney are so large that even my family could get by with sharing an entree or dessert, or perhaps ordering an appetizer or salad as a meal.
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And to add my $.02....Some folks like to have their meals prepaid. We just get a Disney gift card and put the amount that we would have spent on the dining plan on that. That way if we want dessert and an appetizer we get that. Sometimes an appetizer as a meal. My choice. Not Disney's.

Then if we have $$$$$ left at the end of the trip, souveniers! (Or Grey Goose Slushies!)
Thanks NinjaMom, natebenma and MickeyT for your $.02!!! That is exactly what I was looking for

Now, I will go back and work numbers w/o DDP and w/ DDP. I have reservations doing DDP because my DD (will be 8) is not a big eater, so a lot of times she will share with my DH (they are both vanilla kinds of people) and my DS and I are both chocolate!!
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:48 AM   #3017
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And to add my $.02....Some folks like to have their meals prepaid. We just get a Disney gift card and put the amount that we would have spent on the dining plan on that. That way if we want dessert and an appetizer we get that. Sometimes an appetizer as a meal. My choice. Not Disney's.

Then if we have $$$$$ left at the end of the trip, souveniers! (Or Grey Goose Slushies!)
I keep hearing about these slushing and definitely want to try them...but where can you get them?
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:49 AM   #3018
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I keep hearing about these slushing and definitely want to try them...but where can you get them?
There's a stand across from Le Chefs de France in the World Showcase.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:59 AM   #3019
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Quick Gift Card Tip: When buying lots of gift cards (for Disney or holidays) I like to get them from Kroger (a local supermarket) because when I get gift cards from them, I get double and sometimes triple rewards points for gas. Those points add up fast and come in very handy with a road trip to Disney in the works.

I know that my son's marching band uses gift card sales as a fundraiser, and Disney is usually on the list of cards offered. You can always check to see if local groups in your area offer this. Helps you ~ helps some one else. Yay!
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:10 AM   #3020
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There's a stand across from Le Chefs de France in the World Showcase.
And my wife actually loves the Gran Marnier Slushie. An orange concoction from the same stand. Way too close to the Beach Club!
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:33 AM   #3021
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Good going!
Here is a complimentary Bacon Wrapped Scallop to celebrate your new choice!



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Wow, I can't wait to try these! I have rescheduled my evening dinner plans to make sure I am at the BC the night these are served!!
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:58 AM   #3022
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OK, I can tell, it's going to be a slushie kind of day:

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Some important info from Page 1 of this thread (Other Useful Info):


How Do I Keep My Grey Goose Slushie from Sloshing out of the Flismy Cup They Gave Me?


About the only problem with the Grey Goose Slushie is that it is sold in a very flimsy martini glass. I find that as I drained more and more slushie, I was surprisingly more and more likely to tip over the cup while booking across the World Showcase trying to balance the cup and also snap pictures while walking. There must be a better way!

Very important tip from pixarmom: Use your refillable mug for the slushie. Pop on the lid. Insert straw. Enjoy!





A refillable mug provides a 'stealth' container so you can travel with it out of the parks and back to the Beach/Yacht club. Florida has a "No open container of alcohol" law so if Cast Members see you coming toward the exit of EPCOT with what's obviously a slushie or other alcoholic drink they will tell you to finish it or dump it.


~So take a container or chug the remainder!~

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And a little dramatic "entertainment" from my "Never" trip report. I had been enjoying some solo pool time at SAB, the rest of my family were in Epcot, we had plans to meet in France at 6:30:


I looked at the time- it was around 6:10. Time to head back to the room and change to meet up with my family. At 6:20, I left my room, commented to Vilma at the Concierge desk “I have to be in France in 10 minutes!” and I was off. I was walking very briskly, but there was no way I would make our meeting time, so I called Mark to let him know I would be late.

As it turns out, they were actually in China. Ben was doing a Kim Possible Mission.

So I slowed down, caught my breath, and strolled at a better pace to: The Grand Marnier stand!



They gave it to me in a Martini glass. I should have asked for a regular cup with a lid. It was hard to keep the slushie from sloshing as I walked, sipping and snapping photos. It was HOT, the drink was strong, and I hoped that I would have a little left in the glass to share with Mark when I found him.

Late breaking tip from pixarmom: Use your refillable mug for the slushie. Pop on the lid. Insert straw. Enjoy!





There was enough for him to have a taste.


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Old 02-12-2013, 12:01 PM   #3023
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Hello!

Just letting you know that FB arrived safely, and we're looking forward to sharing our adventures with him!
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And my wife actually loves the Gran Marnier Slushie. An orange concoction from the same stand. Way too close to the Beach Club!
Ok...gotta try one of these too
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Between the Sunken Treasure, Pina Co-Lava, and the two lovely Canadian slushi concoctions, I will be lucky if I remember this vacation at all. I better take lots of photos.
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Thanks!

Yes I will probably get them to do all our reservations, as soon as I figure out what/when I want them. We also want their assistance with renting a car on property to get us to Legoland. Thanks for the email addy too!

And to whoever wanted to try the Grey Goose slush, have you had the Grand Marnier one??? I'm soooooooo excited to get another one of those!
I haven't tried that either, but it's on my list for the next trip!
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Between the Sunken Treasure, Pina Co-Lava, and the two lovely Canadian slushi concoctions, I will be lucky if I remember this vacation at all. I better take lots of photos.
French slushies. If you are looking for them around Canada, you risk folks thinking you are already sloshed......

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Just letting you know that FB arrived safely, and we're looking forward to sharing our adventures with him!
Great!!! I appreciate you letting me know. Thanks for taking him along with you.
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There's a stand across from Le Chefs de France in the World Showcase.
Thank you so much! I just wish I could get one now and not have to wait for August. From all the talk about these it seems it will be worth the wait!
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French slushies. If you are looking for them around Canada, you risk folks thinking you are already sloshed......

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It is all French-Canadian to me. lol Thanks for the correction. Now I will know which way to turn at the IG.
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