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Old 05-07-2013, 11:55 PM   #16
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I think we have to draw a line somewhere. We simply can't afford everything -we have prioritised putting eldest daughter through University (she's in her first year) and keeping our promise of full livery for her horse (DH and I don't know one end from the other). The house can got to pot (visitors probably think it has - sorry neighbours ).
Ok I know how expensive keeping a horse is (then add on the first pony that you can't bear to sell...)

I think as you are happy to plan you can choice the better QS which are mainly resorts and DTD and use them for one meal to get some better food.

The other option is to use a couple of credits for breakfast as there are some breakfast options too
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:08 AM   #17
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Hmmm. I really can see where you are coming from on this thread! On my last trip, we got free QSDP at POR but paid about £630 to upgrade the two of us onto DDP for the two weeks. This time around we got free DDP at Saratoga for three weeks! To be honest I don't think I could cope with CS meals for the entire holiday. I would say it was doable if you looked at menus and found places that offer more than the standard chicken nuggets, hot dog, burger or chicken salad but my experience is that these are few and far between. Even on DDP, I got sick of the CS option every day. I know it is a lot of money, especially taking into account gratuities etc, but food on Disney is expensive anyway. If it was a question of money, I would take the QSDP (only if it were free!) and try to eat either at a TS or off site at least every other day. It's a shame really because the CS meals are generally of very high quality, they just make me not want to eat fast food for months after coming home!
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:32 AM   #18
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Before I did the QSDP for the 2 weeks, I thought I'd be fine, in fact, I always thought the QSDP would be better for us than the DP because I hate being so tied down by all of the ADRs. But after a week, I was losing the will to live. It isn't the lack of options because there is a decent amount of choice, I just didn't like eating off of paper plates and boxes with plastic cutlery all the time and not eating a decent meal.

I think if I were you, I'd look at other options. If you're there for 3 weeks, maybe getting an Annual Pass with TIW would work better for you? I don't know, but the very thought of 3 weeks on QSDP makes me shudder!
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:36 AM   #19
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Or at least, go to Art of Animation, where you get real plates and cutlety. They have some items on menu that get it as close to a TS meal as a CS meal can get ...
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:22 AM   #20
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We did 14 days QSDP lasy year and would have been fine for longer too. I researched a lot before we went. I think if you are 'lazy' about it boredom will come quickly but using other resort CS places and those in world showcase mixes it up. Eg:
Yak & yeti CS
Flametree BBQ
Lotus Blossom Cafe
German, morrocan and japanese that i cant remember the name of!
Peppermarket
Fish&chip place in DTD
WGP Express
Earl of sandwich...

If you search in the restaurant reviews thread for QSDP only you'll get lots of ideas!
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:25 PM   #21
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Thank you for all your comments.

Given the girls want to stay on site, we've decided it makes sense for us to book a mod with free QSDP. We'll probably eat offsite a few times if/when QSDP drives us to it - given that we've not eaten off Disney property since 2005 I'm quite looking forward to that part.

Just need to decide which mod to book now. We've decided against PO as we've stayed there and eaten CS there numerous times. So a straight fight between CSR and CBR 3 for CBR and 1 (me ) for CSR so I'm guessing we'll be booking CSR soon then
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We had it for 14 days. Its not that bad really, and thiers decent food if you go to the right places. We went to some other hotels for meals as well and they have some pretty good menus so may be worth looking at them.
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We stayed at CSR in December and my dd really enjoyed it. The pool area is good, and there is table tennis and beach volley ball
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We stayed at CSR in December and my dd really enjoyed it. The pool area is good, and there is table tennis and beach volley ball
Phew So glad that was a positive for CSR Just this second pressed the payment button on it. Let the planning begin

Not too sure what's happened to us this year - we're not usually indecisive, normally agree on Hotels and have NEVER, EVER booked the hotel before the flight! My mantra is flights first and everything else falls into place. Breaking all my own rules. Ho Hum.
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Phew So glad that was a positive for CSR Just this second pressed the payment button on it. Let the planning begin

Not too sure what's happened to us this year - we're not usually indecisive, normally agree on Hotels and have NEVER, EVER booked the hotel before the flight! My mantra is flights first and everything else falls into place. Breaking all my own rules. Ho Hum.
We love CSR - think you will have a great stay. The pepper market is great for dinner on the QSDP too
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:40 AM   #26
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CSR is a fantastic resort - my favourite mod and probably my favourite resort overall. Perfect choice for QSDP too IMO.

Pepper Market: platters, quesadilla, build-your-own burritos, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, wraps.

I could get by for three weeks on QSDP easily. There's lots of choice. DTD obviously has lots of variety, but there are loads of good places in the parks too. Just some examples:

Magic Kingdom
Cosmic Ray's: rotisserie chicken, chili cheese fries
Pecos Bill: taco salad, chicken Caesar
Be Our Guest: braised pork
Columbia Harbor House: grilled salmon, clam chowder, fried shrimp platter

Animal Kingdom
Flame Tree BBQ: pulled pork sandwich, ribs, chicken
Yak and Yeti: sweet and sour chicken, egg rolls

DHS
Starring Rolls: sushi, sandwiches and cupcakes
ABC Commissary: Asian salad, seafood platter
Pizza Planet: meatball sub, antipasto salad

Epcot
Sunshine Seasons: Mongolian beef, chicken pot pie soup, flatbreads, pork chops
Cantina de San Angel: tacos, nachos
Tangierine Cafe: shawarma platters
Kringla Bakeri og Cafe: fresh sandwiches, bakery

Consider getting the Epcot and MK snack guides from the DisneyFoodBlog for good ideas on where to use your snack credits too, and don't forget some popular table service items can be found in CS restaurants (tonga toast in Captain Cook's, zebra domes in The Mara).
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We are staying AoA for 3 weeks and have the QSDP that we paid for when booking.
To be honest food on holiday is just fuel for us. We have a few nice table service meals booked (be our guest, Cinderellas royal table, raglan road, house of blues, hoop dee doo and garden view tea rooms) but the majority of our holiday will be quickish food and snacks.
One member of our party will tire of this quickly I feel but we are at Disney to see Disney, not the food...
JMHO and how we are doing our WDW holiday
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As I was reading this I thought the only way I'd cope with Qddp would be if I stayed at CSR - As pp have said Pepper Market is a really good CS, lots of choice.
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yay...you are all booked that's excellent.
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