Do you think this will work for my Dec trip?

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  1. Nancy for Disney

    Nancy for Disney DIS Veteran

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    I have already posted many questions on what I can do on this trip and what I can't do so some of you may be getting tired of hearing from me.

    My husband and I purchased a $500 gift certificate at a charity auction. It can be used for retail only so I can't take advantage of the upcoming specials for Dec. We are only planning a 5 night trip. Also included in the purchase were 2 days of park hopper passes. This will be a trip for two, no kids :cool1:

    I am thinking that I can do the following:

    2 nights at value w/ DDP/1 day park $508
    use of certificate -$500
    2 nights room only special $200
    estimated cost of op qs food $186
    mugs $28

    Total $422

    If I do the retail value resort with QS plan for the 5 nights it is about the same but then I don't get to be wined and dined by my DH. This allows me 2 TS meals. I had really only planned on one TS meal which is another reason why I don't want to do the QS meal plan. This way I get a bonus TS meal. :thumbsup2 Yes, I did include the tip in my additional food budget. I think that DH and I can probably split a QS meal or two as well. I did not include taxes, alcohol and the tip for the one TS meal I will insist on having.

    Do you think this will be too complicated? I am also relying on the fact that I can use our TS credit on the day we have to check out and check back in to use our room only rate.

    I have gone over many other ways of doing this and at this point I think it is our best option. We really are trying to do this trip as inexpensively as possible but without feeling like we are giving up too much. I don't think I could be at Disney and only do the parks for only two days so I really have to add on an extra day. I even considered doing retail for the room and then getting tickets for MVMCP but found that the above option will be about $60 less. I have even done spread sheets on the food that we may eat to figure out approx how much we would spend. Am I crazy or what? :sad2:

    Any DIS opinions on this plan would be helpful. I am hoping to book today to save $8 on those park tickets. LOL! :rotfl:
     
  2. StitchandPooh'sMom

    StitchandPooh'sMom <font color=magenta>Now if only I could think of s

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    There is a thread on the Theme Parks board about people getting offered a $500 merchandise credit for $395. Is that what you have, or is it a regular Disney gift card? The merchandise credit can't be used for food or lodging, but a regular Disney gift card can. You said it was good for retail only, so I wonder if you bought the merchandise credit card. Or maybe you mean it can only be used for rack rate? Not sure why that would be, though.

    Here is a link to the thread:

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2228516
     
  3. Nancy for Disney

    Nancy for Disney DIS Veteran

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    No it is not for merchandise. It states very clearly that it is to be used for a "vacation package". It also has verbage about how you are to make reservations so I think I am good.
     

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