Barbara and I decided to have the dreaded discussion yesterday of what to do if push comes to shove and we're backed into a corner to make a decision on this dining plan matter. I number crunched and number crunched. Contrasted and compared. I analyzed every option until I was blue in the face. While I could type everything out for you to go over for yourselves I just don't feel like putting the energy forth to lay down the groundwork but I can tell you that we made a decision.
We'd decided to drop the cast member discount and book a "Free Dining" package. During Barbara's initial call to Disney and getting a quote at the only value resort available, All Star Sports, the cast member told her that it would only cost $44.00 to upgrade all four of us to park hopper tickets. HAHA! You can laugh along with me... go ahead. It's hilarious how wrong he was but whatever.
I decided to find out how much more it would be to stay at Caribbean Beach Resort and do Free Dining. Believe it or not, it was still a deal compared to eating out of pocket. I even questioned my math and ran numbers twice and still came up with the same outcome. I gave Disney a call after I got back from the gym and they got a higher priced quote then what I came up with myself. Reason being... the only thing available at ANY moderate is a Pirate Themed room. I was trying to stay away from the Pirate rooms! Grrr!! I got off the phone and did a little more math.
Somehow, Free Dining still came out on top. I booked it.
I booked that package not knowing what Disney is going to be able to do for me regarding the cast member discount issue. I booked in fear that if we waited any longer we wouldn't be able to get any type of discount at all. I really wanted to make this vacation happen and I just wanted all this madness to be over with.
While I'm still anticipating a phone call from Disney to discuss the troubles I've had, I feel relieved knowing that it's all done and settled. Time to get excited again!
Disney World in 43 Days!