My Budget vacation with the DDP

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by Catrin, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Catrin

    Catrin Taking my Kids - one kid at a time!

    Feb 1, 2003
    Hello All....

    I did something different for our five night trip to WDW (coming home today). Because of the times we were arriving and leaving, and because I wanted to make this a budget trip, yet special... I ended up booking THREE different reservations.

    Night One... ROOM ONLY (arriving at 7:00 PM)
    Nights Two - Four - Package with 4 Day Tickets and DDP
    Night Five - ROOM ONLY

    With booking this way, we had Three Counter Meals, Three Snacks, Mugs and Three Full Service Meals.... and because we were arriving so late on day one, and leaving after breakfast on our last day, why waste a full day of the DDP?

    We used two Full Service Credits for CRT. My daughters 8th Birthday and a once in a lifetime lunch. Totally NOT worth 2 DDP credits, but.. well, hey, it is special.

    We used the other Full Service Credit in Norway for Princess Dinner. We did this our last day on the plan. We actually had FOUR days to use THREE days worth of the plan. This worked out great.

    Quick Service - we were able to spread throughout four days. A couple Split Lunches (the salads at the ABC Commisary, Restrauntasaaurus and POP Century were huge!)
    >> Pop Century Food Court - Kids Pizza, Mom's Night Out Meal, Build your own salad.
    >> HS - ABC Commisary - Asian Salad was outstanding, Kids nuggets
    >>AK - BLT Salad - HUGE and Filling Fruit Parfait for dessert was terrific.
    >> Epcot - Chicken tacos (Split) - Good Serving of Tacos and Nacho Chips - I loved this meal. Kids Chicken Strips with huge portion of chips.

    Ice Cream x3
    Ice Cream Sandwhich at Pop
    OJ and Cinnamon Buns at HS (4 credits)

    Breakfast - Kids Pancake or Waffle Meals
    1 French Toast Meal
    1 Yogurt Parfait at AofA

    Would I do the DDP again? Sure! It is not an unbelieveable value, but I enjoyed not worrying about things. It is more of a convenience thing for us rather than money saver.

  2. Fredericks44

    Fredericks44 Earning My Ears

    Jan 23, 2013
    Interesting! I never thought of it this way. Thanks for sharing! Now a question- with three separate room reservations how did that work? I'm presuming you got to stay in the same room the entire trip?
  3. Catrin

    Catrin Taking my Kids - one kid at a time!

    Feb 1, 2003
    We did stay in the same room. I admit it was a pain, but I believe it was worth it.

    I called the resort the day before we left and reminded them that I had a total of five nights and requested the same room. She took note and told me that this was a frequent request.

    I checked in the first night. At 6:30 the next morning, I went to the desk, and checked in again. They issued me new Keys, this time with my Dining Plan and Tickets on them. Then on my night, I received a call that tickets would be delivered to my room between 7:30 and 8:30 am and I didnt have to do anything else. Well, I waited until about 8, but then went to the desk, because we wanted to head out. The good thing, is the dining plan is good until MIDNIGHT of the day you check out. So, in our case, we had FOUR days to use the THREE night dining plan!!

    I would consider doing this again. It did not save us a TON of money, but enough to make a difference!


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