Those are the lanyards. So, far we’ve used them for one Universal trip and few days at Six Flags. So, not used them for long, but they are holding up and we like them.
Assuming you want one freestyle cup, I’d buy a QS plan with the cup as you walk in. If the concierge booth, that is just before the Red Oven on the left in City Walk doesn’t have a line, go there. If you are like us, you want a drink long before you want food. The small carts don’t usually have the cups to sell, but everywhere you see empty cups you can buy a QS dining plan and get the cup.
You can buy a one-person, one-day QS plan at a restaurant cash register and then immediately use it. So you can wait to see what you order and then decide if it is worthwhile. Don’t buy the FS plan. Impossible to make it worthwhile.
One critical thing to realize is that the snack and beverage credits are grouped. So, when they say you get one snack and one beverage credit, think of it as two snack credits and know that butterbeers are considered snacks. So, don’t use a snack credit for anything less than $6. If you doing like most first-time visitors and plan on trying every version of butterbeer, then the QS plan is worthwhile.
Almost everything that isn’t an entree is a snack or bev. The chocolate version of the big pink isn’t, and something else I wanted that slipped my mind. They try to steer you to the cheap stuff by talking about water and popcorn. I forget what the price of the plans are. But, if you assume $6-$8 per snack credit, pretty much any entree will make the QS plan worthwhile. Particularly since you can get the combo versions that come with a bonus item, which is usually a shake, sometimes a salad and occasionally something interesting like ‘edible cookie dough’. The bonus item makes the entree easier to share.
When you buy the dining plan, you get a card like a business card. That card has the credits for one-person, one-day. So, if you buy three QS plans, you will get three cards. Also, note that they never expire. When you buy them, or use them, the bottom of the receipt tells you what you have left. So, I just wrapped the receipt around the card. Occasionally we needed it when the refill day wasn’t truly activated. We showed the receipt and they did it.