Wonder if some experts can chime in on this one. I’m starting to think about the next trip in fall. November. Mom, Dad, and DS8.
Free Dining, or no Free Dining. That is the major question.
The minor question is more about Epcot area resorts
Would you rather:
Dolphin. 2586.00. Room and 5 day hopper ONLY. I’ve added 150.00 to the actual price for airport transit. Car service FROM mco, and uber back to mco.
Caribbean Beach. 2970. Room and 5 day hopper WITH FREE DDP.
Ok, on the surface, it seems pretty much a no brainer. 384.00 difference, which is basically a Fantasmic package, Hoop De Doo, and one other TS meal, meaning all other meals will be free.
What I’m worried about is Carribbean Beach - it’s frickin bus service to ANYWHERE. Dolphin is very quick walk or Friendship boat to Hollywood, Epcot, and the Boardwalk. Anyone think I’m putting FAR too much importance on the convenience factor here? I’m already guessing that answer is yes.
This next trip SHOULD be a bit more relaxed - hitting what we want, and not trying to pack in as much as we can. What I learned last time is that the hotel pool with the family can be just as fun as exploring some parts of the parks - I think we can be more laser focused on what we want to do in the parks, and be far more efficient.
I also am trying to figure out how to maximize the dining plan if we are able to score it for free.
Breakfast in hotel room. Healthy-ish cereal. Nothing fancy.
Hardcore rope droppers.
Early lunch, and then break at the hotel pool.
Back to park very early evening.
Dinner, night show, then leave.
My initial thought on how to maximize a 5 day DDP:
Lunch: 1 QS meal split between the three of us. We’ll have plenty of carrying snacks. (14 qs credit left)
Dinner: Fantasmic Package meal - 3 ts credits. (12 TS left)
Bfast: BOG PPO. 2qs credit. 2 QS split between the three of us. (12 qs left)
Lunch: CHH lunch using 2 ts credits (10 qs left)
Dinner: 2 QS credit dinner split between the three of us. (8 qs left)
Lunch: Very Early QS lunch. 2 Credits. 2 QS meals split between the three of us. (6 qs credit left over)
Dinner: Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (6 ts credits) (6 ts left)
Lunch: QS lunch. 2 Credits. 2 QS meals split between the three of us. (4 qs left)
Dinner: Hoop De Doo (6ts credits) (0 ts left)
Lunch: QS lunch. 2 Credits. 2 QS meals split between the three of us. (1 qs credit left over)
Dinner: 1 qs credit left, one oop meal of some sort.
Assuming my math is correct - I can actually do that, can’t I?
My more relaxed touring plan would allow for the two big, fun show meals, and if I didn’t do those, we’d probably gain 40 pounds from trying to stuff ourselves with all of the food that comes with the ddp. Does anyone think this is decent or not the greatest idea? Again, I’m just starting to think about this. Advice/Input needed. I am NOT worried about splitting those meals at ALL. I’m thinking we’re still going to wind up throwing food away. If free dining is announced, I want to be ready to pounce. If I miss out, no big deal to stay at Swan/Dolphin, imo. We just scale way back on the fancy meals. Fantasmic and one character meal are all we REALLY need. I really want to get the fam to Hoop De Doo as well this time around though, so I’m gunning for free dining.