Background: We are booked in a Cars Suite at AoA May 18-25 at a 40% discount (CM friends & family - an associate of mine works in HR, but I have a hard time getting a hold of her) I know, awesome deal, right? I can apparently add the dining plan regardless of whether I purchase tickets or not... (which we are probably NOT going to do since I priced it all out and there is no savings unless we eat a lot more than we were planning to...) There is apparently some history of an occassional 10-15% discount on the dining plan when added to a CM discount room around 30-45 days before arrival, so I'll check because that would be a better deal, but I don't have to make that decision until the week before we leave. Tickets are my quandry. I can obviously purchase tickets through Disney - there is no current CM discount on tickets. If I purchase them through Disney will I have to pick them up at the resort when I "check in"? Our plan is to drive down Friday night and get a motel/hotel late late that night somewhere outside of Orlando (or maybe even in Orlando) for a few bucks, and get up early and drive straight to WDW and go to DHS that day. I'd really like to be there early - like by Rope Drop. Want DS to be able to sign up for Jedi Training. However, if we have to go to the resort and check in before and all it will just be complicated. I would rather drive straight to the park, stay until lunch and then come back and check in. I also get the Mousesavers Newsletter and have the "secret link" to the discounted tickets from Undercover Tourist. It is not a super significant discount but every $1 counts! And, of course, they would be mailed to me directly and we could just go to DHS directly the morning of the 18th. Right? Other ideas? What should I do?