We had just gotten back from our 10-day December trip when I decided to start up my Internet missives. Researching and writing several times a week about the “World” just kept building the anticipation; I would keep making notes on how we could travel “on the cheap” and make a 2010 trip a reality. Then I started reading AJ’s Disney Food Blog reports, first from Disneyland and then prepping for WDW’s event and that was the “straw” so to speak. So I e-mailed my friendly agent at MEI and Mouse Fan Travel and wrote… book-‘em Michelle! (I’ve been watching those commercials for the new Hawaii 5-0 starting soon.)
So this is the first of several columns I’ll be writing about things we plan to do, places we’ll see, attractions we’ll visit and more important, meals and tastes we plan to partake in. I’ll also include some ways we’ll try to keep our trip on the less expensive side. Essentially I’ll be bringing you along as we do our planning, explaining what we’re thinking about and why we made certain choices. Keep in mind; this is two-person trip by Mary Ann and me.
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So let’s get started.
When do we go? Well, it has to be between October 1 and November 14 because of the dates for the Food & Wine Festival.
My daughter is having her second child in mid-October, which immediately impacted our choice of dates. I would have liked to be part of The Disney Food Blogs “Foodie Fest” on October 3rd but we couldn’t take a chance the baby would be born without us. Also, my son is planning my grandson’s birthday party which is later in October, but we thought we would plan around it. Then he told us that it would be better to have Jack’s second party (one each in-law) along with Bobci’s (grandma) birthday in November. Now we were cooking.
Airfare has an impact on the schedule.
So we had some tentative dates in October, but what days and for how long. Our plan was a Value Resort, keeping in mind the cost factor. I’ve read a lot about air fares, and knew that Tuesday or Wednesday was a good day to fly for savings (driving was out , it’s 1,000 miles) and a five night/six day trip looked like the best option for both our workplaces. I knew flying back on a Sunday was not a good idea, so we started our spreadsheet on a Wednesday for a return trip on Monday.
The option was not to move up to a moderate, but we could add $100 and book the Standard Dining that includes five table service credits each. What do we do? Remember one of my goals is to spend a lot of time in the parks and take pictures, lots of them. Our trips in the past have included meals all over, plus back-stage tours and other things that take up time. We’re only here 6 days with time for Food and Wine reducing the discretionary periods. With MYW Plus Dining we need to add both Park Hopper’s and a Rental Car if we do the meals we want and are not just what we may be left with. Together with the dining upgrade this will add $350 to our trip that wasn’t in the plan.
What will we do?
- How will the airfares, which are creeping higher and higher anyway, affect our budget plan?
- Should we go with the upgraded meal plan and the added costs of car and hoppers; or just enjoy the savings of the free counter service meals?
- Can we schedule our time around Food & Wine, which has so many options and still maximize our visit to other parks and attractions?
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