Not being able to do the dining plan is driving me crazy! (I mean the one you pay for, not the free one.) I love the idea of the trip being pretty much pre-paid and not worrying about food. We always eat well, so would do a lot of TS anyway. Right now I have booked dec 11-18 at SoG, but was hoping for a good deal to switch to AKL. Rack at AKL with dining is out of my desired $$ range (I'm also planning a big Universal trip in March and paying for everything myself with a little part time job--yes I'm proud!) Anyhow, now I'm thinking if I did a AAA MYW package with dining and hoppers at a value resort it would only be about $200 more than the SoG WITHOUT dining, we would save around $500 by staying at a value when I figure what we would spend out of pocket on dining. I've stayed at SoG, and the family has only stayed at moderates. The only thing DH cares about is a decent pool and not driving anywhere. We will have car but like to park it as DS loves to ride the busses. What would you do (assuming no good deals come out)? Has anyone out there stayed at both SoG and a value? DS, 4, has autism so I really don't want to do a split stay. I'd rather get him settled in one place and not move.