Will this work for my Dec trip?

Discussion in 'Disney Discount Codes and Rates' started by Nancy for Disney, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Nancy for Disney

    Nancy for Disney DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    I originally posted this on the budget thread but didn't really get a response. Maybe the code and rates thread will work better for this question. A couple of things have changed since my original post.
    A. I still haven't made my reservations. I think it is going to have to wait until we get paid again. When I did my original post DH hadn't checked his work schedule to make sure he would be able to take off. :sad2:

    B. I am now considering doing 3 nights w/ QS and pay OP for a TS meal while we are on our room only portion of our trip. I really want to eat at O'hanas and am having too much trouble deciding on plans to pick a 2cd TS meal.

    Here is the original post:

    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 for a vacation package so I can't take advantage of the upcoming specials for Dec. We are only planning a 5 night trip. Also included in the auction 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:
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  3. snykymom

    snykymom Still tagless after all these years

    Jul 2, 2008
    Given what you've budgeted for the QS OOP during the 2 day room only, wouldn't you do just better to do the QS for your entire stay, and just do the 1 TS OOP? Your budget comes in at $46.50 per person per day, and the QS is only $30 per person per day. So you save $33 on the QS plan for those 2 days. You also get your mugs with the QS, so that's another $28 savings. So you would have that $61 for the TS meal and still not blow your budget.

    And you would have only 1 reservation, 1 deposit, 1 set of cancellation rules, and you won't have to check out and back in again or change rooms.
  4. Nancy for Disney

    Nancy for Disney DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    Retail for a value w/ QS meal plan is $925 for 5 nights. If we add our one TS meal we will have to add an additional $61 to that for our meal at O'hanas. $925 is what I figured for the split stay and the TS meal so basically we are getting our O'hana meal free.

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