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Old 11-16-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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17 QS & 21 Snacks left!

Well, it was inevitable, our last day tomorrow and this is what we have left. We just could not eat the amounts of the DDP. Most days we skipped breakfast, shared 2-4 QS lunches (we were 4 adults which included 2 kids aged 7 & 8), and had a TS dinner most nights. We used some snacks at the F&WF but did not always have our daily snack. We were also out of Disney 4 days. Looks like we'll be stocking up at Goofy's... We can use 8 QS tomorrow but we honestly could not have eaten more than we did! We'd definitely skip the DDP next time, only glad we didn't pay for it (also got a 42% room discount and half price tix so didn't do bad!). Have to say that we had fab service and food in all 15 TS restaurants we visited too.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:18 PM   #2
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Well, it was inevitable, our last day tomorrow and this is what we have left. We just could not eat the amounts of the DDP. Most days we skipped breakfast, shared 2-4 QS lunches (we were 4 adults which included 2 kids aged 7 & 8), and had a TS dinner most nights. We used some snacks at the F&WF but did not always have our daily snack. We were also out of Disney 4 days. Looks like we'll be stocking up at Goofy's... We can use 8 QS tomorrow but we honestly could not have eaten more than we did! We'd definitely skip the DDP next time, only glad we didn't pay for it (also got a 42% room discount and half price tix so didn't do bad!). Have to say that we had fab service and food in all 15 TS restaurants we visited too.
Wow, free dining, 42% off rooms, and 50% off tickets?? Do tell...
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:12 AM   #3
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Wow, free dining, 42% off rooms, and 50% off tickets?? Do tell...
my thoughts exactly! eagerly awaiting the info.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:21 AM   #4
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my thoughts exactly! eagerly awaiting the info.
There were (are?) a number of intense specials to get UK guests to come to the colonies.. (lol)

They were selling 14 day Ultimate Passes for the price of a 7 for example. Remember, the airfare alone for a family this size from the UK can sometimes easily dwarf the cost of a domestic trip to Disney. Their initial costs are so much more.. and they tend to stay much longer due to longer vacation/holiday time.

A typical UK trip is 14-21 days and as the OP noted, four of them were spent away from WDW.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:43 AM   #5
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For me....

....the free DDP, room discounts and reduced ticket price make a Disney holiday affordable... without them the alternative is fairly simple, I wouldn't be able to visit Disney.
Similarly, when food etc is factored in, staying offsite would still cost as much if not more.
It is entirely down to the cost of the flights.

I'm a little confused by the OP skipping the DDP next time.... you mean you're going to pass up free dining and pay for your meals?

I love DDP and the restaurants, our trip itinerary next year is based around the dining reservations rather than the dining based around our park itinerary lol
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:09 AM   #6
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Yes, we stayed 18 nights. Deal for us Brits made it possible to visit Disney. I'd do the QSDP if free next time but our ADR's severely restricted our holiday. This was even with careful, year long planning to minimise park hopping etc. We loved all our meals but wouldn't make ADR's in advance again! There were plenty meal slots left whilst here, esp in resort hotels to suit us.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:03 AM   #7
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i was drawn to this thread as i've literally just posted something on the uk site about dining.
i shall lazily copy some of that into my post!


we stayed at okw in 2010, our first time onsite, in a 2 bed villa.
we loved the resort and the total disney bubble.

we had free ddp and a discounted room also-14 for the price of 7 tickets too.
we didnot love the ddp.
having to decide where you want to eat so far in advance is crazy!
really didn't like being tied to having to be somewhere at a certain time.
didn't like hanging around waiting to be seated 30 minutes past adr time-or sometimes even longer!
kids didn't like character meals- but at least we tried!

the following year, we stayed at ssr, in a 2 bed, again with free ddp, and the other incentives.
we didnot book any ts meals, sometimes ate breakfast at olivias, but had loads of credits remaining.didnot even keep count-there was no need.

we decided to return to okw, and do the same again, just use the ddp as qsdp to suit us, eat where you want-when you want, however the price was outrageous!
actually just looked and it's $8243.79, add onto to this our flights-
3 ad,1ch(16)-$5083.83, also disney tickets-$1824.19,car hire,airport parking, spending money etc. and you can see why it's not quite doable!

so,we booked por with free qsdp-$3314.37
alongside this we booked an offsite townhouse so we could still have bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen,laundry, space, and thoroughly enjoyed it.($1056.55)-

we still had many credits remaining-the amount of food is incredible
-we do not feel compelled to eat something, just because you can-
we definitely do not follow the all you care to eat plan.

fast forward to 2013 and we have booked pofq with free qsdp and townhouse again.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:30 PM   #8
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just thought, we had 21cs credits remaining also-used up snack credits on popcorn and candy.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:08 PM   #9
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Interesting reading your post too. It was funny in Goofy's yesterday morning. We had 23 snack credits to spend (we had to rebook for our last day as Disney's computer system can't book long stays like ours) and somehow we ended up with 2 extra credits from somewhere. Anyway, we piled 23 lots of sweets into our basket and the cashier immediately commented that we must be using up our snack credits before we left They must be able to spot us Brits a mile away, trying to use up all those credits.... The sweets have made perfect little gifts for school chums and kids in our family. We still had 11 CS credits left though, just could not use them up
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Interesting reading your post too. It was funny in Goofy's yesterday morning. We had 23 snack credits to spend (we had to rebook for our last day as Disney's computer system can't book long stays like ours) and somehow we ended up with 2 extra credits from somewhere. Anyway, we piled 23 lots of sweets into our basket and the cashier immediately commented that we must be using up our snack credits before we left They must be able to spot us Brits a mile away, trying to use up all those credits.... The sweets have made perfect little gifts for school chums and kids in our family. We still had 11 CS credits left though, just could not use them up
cm's can definitely spot us- early on in our holiday, we got a couple of drinks for snacks (shock/horror!) and the cm and her colleague couldn't get over the fact we had over 100 snack credits, they had quite a discussion over it!

funny story-my dd and i were waiting for ds and dh one day at dhs. a lady came up to us and asked if we were having a good time and how we were managing the weather with coming from england?!
i smiled and said we were fine, but we were intrigued how she knew where we were from as we weren't talking loudly at all. however, we soon discovered, as she quickly followed with,' i knew you were english because of your skin tone, i' ve never seen folk so pale!' we were most amused and couldn't wait to share with the boys. the best part of this little tale, we were on day 12-and for our 'skin tone' we were tanned.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #11
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We were there 18 nights and came back as pale as we went! Really can't understand it as we had hot and sunny weather most of the time, only 1 hour of drizzle early one morning and I never slapped on a repeat dose of cream during the day! It looked as though we'd spent a fortnight in rainy England

Yes, I got lots of shocked comments about the amount of credits we had to spend
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We were there 18 nights and came back as pale as we went! Really can't understand it as we had hot and sunny weather most of the time, only 1 hour of drizzle early one morning and I never slapped on a repeat dose of cream during the day! It looked as though we'd spent a fortnight in rainy England

Yes, I got lots of shocked comments about the amount of credits we had to spend
we are obviously english roses!
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:58 PM   #13
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You guys are awesome !!! Still though wish we canadians could get the DDP ... I know I probably couldn't eat it all, but I sure would try !!!
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You guys are awesome !!! Still though wish we canadians could get the DDP ... I know I probably couldn't eat it all, but I sure would try !!!

are you not offered fd like us? that's not fair.

it is indeed an amazing amount of food,as you say though, it would be nice to be able to try.
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That is a shame, not being offered FD, wonder why that is? Doesn't seem fair to me. I have to say, without it, we wouldn't have eaten in Disney much, the prices are
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