Saturday, January 4, 2014

Disney's Deluxe Dining Plan Evaluation

Well, we got back from our 7 night, 8 day Disney trip with the Deluxe Dining Plan.  If you have read my posts before you know I am a big proponent of the Deluxe Plan.  Well, not anymore, I saved a whopping $109 dollars over 8 days by using the Deluxe Dining Plan.  7.54 percent was our savings, that is a tiny percentage compared to the commitment you make to eat at Disney Restaurants.

We all ate more than we normally would have chosen to, our choices were limited if I would have prefered to have poutine instead of an appetizer at Le Cellier I would have had to pay extra.  If I was paying out of pocket the choice would have been mine to make.  So when you add that in it makes it less of a convenience.

I knew that it was not going to save me a ton of money but I never would have guessed I would have saved only a little over a hundred dollars.  That even adds in the snacks we purchased to use up our credits that we did not need.  Most every meal my husband barely touched his dessert so that would have saved a lot by just not ordering those.

I do like having my meals prepaid for it was nice to not have to worry about the bill or what we decided to have especially at places like Le Cellier and Be Our Guest.  I do feel like pre purchasing gift cards or mastercards would make more sense then at the end of the trip what you did not spend on meals you could spend on souvenirs or just take back home.

Its not like you will be surprised by the prices so you can plan ahead.  We averaged $38 per table service credit, or $114 per day.  I really think that next time I will not purchase the dining plan, I will do the the math ahead and if its close (it was this time but I wanted the convenience) plan to pay out of pocket.  We had all of our meal ADRS ahead of time so I could estimate the cost as well.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Putting it all together

As you count down to your trip date its time to get everything together.

  • Pack your suitcase
    • Don't wait until the last minute as you might need to stop at the store and pick up some last minute items.
  • Pack your park backpack
    • Limit what you plan to carry everyday
  • Get your mousekeeping envelopes ready
  • Get your tipping envelopes ready
    • Don't forget your nonstandard staff (tour guides, carriage drivers, baggage handlers)
  • Finish your planning binder
    • ICE sheet
    • Card numbers and 1-800 numbers for lost or stolen
  • Have your driving route planned
    • Reconfirm your hotel reservations 
    • Snacks or dining locations
    • Get your vehicle an oil change and check up
  • Reevaluate your cost budgets
  • Make final plans with your housesitter

Friday, August 23, 2013

Countdown Time

So time is starting to get to a point where I need to decide how I am going to keep a count down process.  My husband agreed to a 60 day countdown process.  I am trying to determine what to use.

I am finally moving out of the triple digit countdown on my phone and log in daily to My Disney Experience to watch the countdown there.

What do you use to countdown your trip?  Let me know if the comments below.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Disney Clothing

I have been looking for Disney shirts to pick up for my next trip and found a couple different places that I was not expecting.  These also might help with your teenager to keep them from "messing up" your Disney themed clothing for photos.

Old Navy just got a whole new line of Disney stuff:

My favorite 

Hot Topic has Disney stuff I never realized before.

My favorite
Wet Seal has some cute stuff you have to search for it a little harder, try to search by character name instead of just Disney or stop by a shop at your local mall.
My favorite

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Disney Paper Punches

So I recently placed an order with for some Disney Paper punches.

I ordered 4 items and this what the list that was included in the confirmation email:

Ordered Items:
     Item #   Description of Item            Qty  Each
     PP0074   Disney Princess Castle Punch        1 $9.00
     DS0041   Small Eeyore Stamp                     1 $2.75
     AD0007   Double Sided Adhesive Sheets     1 $4.00
Order subtotal:    4 items for  $ 24.75
Payment Choice: PayPal

Note that the first item I placed in my cart Item: PP0075 Name: Disney Eeyore Punch does not show in the list.  I noticed that I also was not able to remove it from my cart when on the site (not that I wanted to because that is the reason I shopped this site and that they took Paypal (I won some Paypal cash online)).  So I am assuming it is something to do with how their cart works.  I sent an email to confirm that is the case hopefully before it is shipped.  However, they did confirm that it had been missed and would be shipped in a separate package.  So be sure to check that before you process your payment with them.

I picked up and Eeyore stamp because it was part of a monthly special.

Wow I just noticed how many Disney Autograph books there are on Pintrest now:  Check them out here!

I saw this one that used paper punches in every other page for a neat look, it is my plan to use these paper punches for my autograph book project. For the complete how to click here

With my Mickey, Eeyore, and Castle punch I should have a good variety for the types of characters that will be dining.

It was a little odd to pay with Paypal as they did not just send me an invoice via Paypal I had to enter their email address and send a payment (risk of typing the wrong email address, especially since Paypal removed some of the characters when I copied and pasted (like the - and the .) So it could have failed (or went to someone else) if I was not paying attention.

The items are being shipped free via USPS (up to a certain weight) so hopefully they arrive in a timely manner.  Looks like it will be coming from CA so might take several days for me to receive my order but for free not bad.

UPDATE: These arrived and are super nice heavy duty punches.  I am very happy with my purchase and have already gotten to use them.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Photographing Letters at Disney

I recently discovered this neat idea of taking photographs of things that looked like letters to create words from the images.  There is a site that you can order "letters" from and frames from but you can also get some ideas there as well (Check this site).

My plan for my next trip is take photos of things that look like letters especially so that I can spell some fun things.  What might be fun to use this process for?
  • Your last name or your first
  • Your kids names
  • Disney
  • Character name
  • Park 
  • Restaurant
  • Ride
  • Resort
Pretty much the best thing is to find a picture of every letter of the alphabet.  The next best thing is to have a short list for a specific plan (like your last name or Disney).  I am looking forward to doing this almost as a scavenger hunt during our trip.  Encouraging others in my group to be on the look out for letters as well.

Think about how much fun you can have with this waiting in line and then what a great project for when you get home.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Disney Horses

So my husband and I are horsey people and are looking forward to enjoying all the Disney horses.  Since it seems that there are lots of others looking for the same types of experiences I am going to start gathering a list of info of how to incorporate horses into your Disney World vacation.

  • Trail riding - Pony Rides
    • This is the one that most appeals to us.  Its a 45 min trail ride through the Fort Wilderness area (no exactly sure of where it takes you).  Some of horses used in the trail rides are also some of the horses used by the princesses in the parades.  I saw some post about the trail guides telling riders which princess normally rides the horses in the parades.  Additionally I saw some pictures of Cinderellas's White ponies being used for pony rides.  So the horses server multiple roles (which is common with working horses).  Some of the carriage horses are also ridden in the trail rides.  I would love to ride Maximus or Merida's horse.  We'll have to wait and see how this works out.
    • Restrictions: Reservations are recommended, and closed-toe shoes are required. Riders must be over 48 inches tall and weigh under 250 pounds. 
    • Cost: $46/45 min
    • Times: 8:30 am, 10 am, 11:30 pm, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm (this was what I found, call to confirm)
    • Location: Check-in is located at the entrance of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Carriage Rides and Sleigh Ridge
    • Restrictions: 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 kids 
    • Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance
    • Cost:$45 or $60 per carriage / 25 min
    • Times: 5:30PM, 6:00PM,6:30PM, 7:00PM, 7:30PM, 9:00PM,9:30PM, 10:00PM (this was what I found, call to confirm)
    • Location:Ride through the lush pine and cypress trees of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, or travel along the charming pathways of Port Orleans — Riverside and the banks of the Sassagoula River.
  • Wagon Rides
    • I am hopping to be able to fit this in as some point as it takes you through the campgrounds and we will be visiting during the Christmas holiday and hear that the campsites will be decorated and that would be neat to experience.
    • Cost: $5 or $8/45 min
    • Times: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM 
    • Location: Depart from in front of Pioneer Hall
  • Main Street Vehicles
  • Visiting Tri Circle D Ranch Area