Thinking OOP

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by Sappermont, May 28, 2013.

  1. Marionnette

    Marionnette <font color=deeppink>Wishing On A Star<br><font co

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    It is good for the entire day. They return the card to you after it has been scanned at the register.
     
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  3. robinb

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    Hmmm ... I'll have to remember that when I do my gift-card-a-palooza in mid December.
     
  4. JVig

    JVig Mouseketeer

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    Or you could buy a Visa or Mastercard gift card that you can use ANYWHERE.
     
  5. bdklein

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    Isn't there a fee? And if you lose a gift card, you stil may be out the money anyway.
     
  6. Marionnette

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    I can get no-fee Visa GCs at my bank (TDBank). They come with the same protection for loss and theft that any Visa branded card does.

    However, I choose to buy the Disney GCs from Target for my trips and to pay my DVC dues because I get close to 10% off of the face value of the GC. It's like getting an automatic 10% discount on anything that I buy at Disney when I'm on vacation.
     
  7. lauradis

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    No fee mastercards at firstmerit if you have an acct.. Plus we have never lost one in like tons of years of vacations.. I would rather lose gift card (ok not really) then my visa or my bank card while on vacation!

    plus if you just charge everything to your room key you dont have to carry it around with you leave them in safe in hotel
     
  8. HubbDave

    HubbDave Remember, no matter where you go, there you are

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    Yeah, we hope to do that combo but right now we don't use enough prescriptions.

    Just cancelled DDP tonight
     
  9. Ashleyfaz

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    W did DDP last trip and it worked out for use because we did a lot of character meals. This time we are not using the plan. It still felt like a lot of food because we don't usually eat dessert every time. Also, my kids did not like the CS kids meals. The chicken nuggets and pizza do not taste as good as the adult chicken strips or pizza. They are young and are not big eaters and could have split an adult CS meal. Also, we were scrambling to finish our snack credits on the last day. And anytime we ate a CS, we would try to spend the most instead of just getting what we wanted. The mugs did not work out for us either because our kids do not drink soda (they were 3 and 5 when we visited). I used it for coffee everyday and sometimes for hot chocolate so it worked for me.

    This time we are trying OOP. I will buy 2 mugs and just order what we want. I refuse to purchase any "kids" meald at CS. I'm going to set aside the money we would have spent on DDP and put it on my account when we get to WDW.
     
  10. mi*vida*loca

    mi*vida*loca Collect memories, not things.

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    I doubt we will buy any kids meals at CS either. My DD is 7 and likes trying new things and isn't a very picky eater. The only time I can see her having a kids meal at CS is if they offer the Smuckers uncrustables. Most days I think I'll share with her and just get an extra side. Or my kids can share an adult CS meal.

    DS is 13 and at TS he likes to do kids meals and he'll do two kids meals. Then he has his moments where he wants an adult steak.

    I will also purchase two mugs. My kids love soda but rarely to never have it. Only when we eat out. If I bought them their own mug they would drink soda all day! :sad2:
     
  11. Zooshoveller

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    This our thought/plan for our next time!

    Silly question - Can we use gift cards anywhere on property that takes debit/credit and KTTK cards?
     
  12. bdklein

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    Really, I'd love to see what was ordered and the math to see how you really spent more OOP vs the Dining Pkan, assuming you are comparing apples to apples (or Mickey bars to Mickey bars).
     
  13. mommyrosa2

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    While I may not have been a Math major in college, I definitely can work a mean calculator :). Based on last year, all of our dinners (with the exception of Yachtsman) averaged $170 each minimal (some were actually a little more). YS was right around $250 and at the YS, we ordered 3 filet mignon entrees & 1 28oz porterhouse, 4 drinks, 4 desserts. Lunches averaged $70 minimal (again some were more). Example: WPE and we ordered 1 BBQ pizza, 1 meatloaf sandwich, 2 salmon entrees, 4 drinks, 4 desserts.

    $170 x 5= $850
    $250 x1x = $250 (2TS)

    Total dinners, 7 nts = $1100

    $70 x 7 = $490 (total CS)

    $490 + $1100 = $1590

    I was already over the DP cost and I hadn't included snacks or the mugs yet. Also, keep in mind that the numbers above are averaged, some dinners and lunches were actually more. The DP this year for our family of 4 is $1557 & once I tallied our ADR's (which I should also point out are all dinners), we were once again over & again I hadn't included the snacks or mugs yet. I've said it before & I'll say it again, the dining plan is not a "one plan fits all". Some folks like it, some don't. Some benefit from it, some don't...it's really a matter of personal choice & I get it. Heck, I'm going back to the world in October (just DH & I) and based on how we are planning that trip, only 1 dinner ADR, staying CL & "winging" it around F&W, the DP would not work in our favor, therefore we will go OOP and when the math for the DP no longer works in our favor or we decide to do Disney in a different way, we'll go OOP then too...
     
  14. hfarah

    hfarah Earning My Ears

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    we stayed
     
  15. hfarah

    hfarah Earning My Ears

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    we stayed off site and didn't do ddp. our kids are little (6 and under) and honestly, they eat like birds. We just brought some little snacks in our bags, bought popcorn along the way and ate a meal or two at the parks a day.
     
  16. hfarah

    hfarah Earning My Ears

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    sorry, hit enter a little too early that first time!
     
  17. dd50

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    That is what I do. When we did DDP I had one daughter that only ate a few chicken nuggets at the buffets and ice cream. I was paying $41 a day for her to eat that.

    Last time we didn't do any TS and I kept my receipts. We ate the way we wanted and I still saved more than if I did the QSDP.
     

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