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Old 05-08-2013, 09:06 AM   #16
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I think what the PP was saying is to go ahead and get the flight and tickets he will use from the discounted places he's already found. Then when he makes his resort reservation WITH Disney just buy a 1-day ticket in order to get the package with DDP, but NOT use that ticket. You save it for future years when ticket prices will be higher, but you can upgarde it after it's first use and it will have full value for that time toward your upgrade.

So, yes, it is more expensive right now, but will save money later.
I didn't see any mention of saving the ticket in this scenario but maybe I missed it. That's why I answered the way I did.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:10 PM   #17
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I didn't see any mention of saving the ticket in this scenario but maybe I missed it. That's why I answered the way I did.
Yeah we wouldn't be saving the tickets.

I like what mom2AidanAndEli said, I'm going to do a bit of research and see what it could cost per day to pay out of pocket. I like having the dining plan because I don't have to worry about paying for anything but if it's gonna wind up costing me more I'll just have to deal with it.

Off to collect some data and make spreadsheets...
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:40 PM   #18
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Yeah we wouldn't be saving the tickets.

I like what mom2AidanAndEli said, I'm going to do a bit of research and see what it could cost per day to pay out of pocket. I like having the dining plan because I don't have to worry about paying for anything but if it's gonna wind up costing me more I'll just have to deal with it.

Off to collect some data and make spreadsheets...
Just skip the DDP! I have never done the DDP and never felt I was missing anything at all!
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:50 PM   #19
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Disney Gift Cards from Target

If you are paying OOP for your meals and you have a Target Red Card, you can buy Disney STAY PLAY DINE gift cards at a 5% discount. It is not a huge savings but the more you can pay for with the discounted gift cards, the more you save.

We are saving enough on our hotel and tickets to pay for some meals while we are there.

Also, I was able to get some Wolfgang Puck gift cards through the Costco website - two $50 gift cards for $79.99, free shipping and no sales tax. So that is a 20% savings on our meals at any of the Wolfgang Puck restaurants at Downtown Disney.

Take a look over at the Budget Board. They have some great ideas and tips on saving money at WDW.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:46 PM   #20
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If you are paying OOP
Sorry, I'm a newbie. What does "OOP" mean?
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Sorry, I'm a newbie. What does "OOP" mean?
Oh wait, it just hit me. "Out Of Pocket"?
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Oh wait, it just hit me. "Out Of Pocket"?
Yes, cash vs dining plan is what it refers to.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:17 AM   #23
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I like having the dining plan because I don't have to worry about paying for anything but if it's gonna wind up costing me more I'll just have to deal with it.
Still have to pay for tips, any alcholic beverages, any food not eligible for Dining Plan.
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