Had to downgrade trip
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My future husband came back from a visit with his father and wanted to try to save a little money on our honeymoon. We changed our reservations from the Wildnerness Lodge to the Port Orleans, French Quarter. After reading all the information on the website and the passporter, we want to see as much as we can in our 8 days so we change our dining plan from Platinum to Deluxe Dining. The deal with downgrading was that we would definitely being going back in 2010. So for our one year anniversary we can stay at the Deluxe resort.
While the Wilderness Lodge is lovely, so is the French Quarter, and it is much smaller, and thus quieter, in my opinion.
This is a wonderful resort for a honeymoon couple - I'd definitely pay for a guaranteed king bed room however, since the beds at POFQ are only doubles, not queens.
The Platinum Plan includes a lot of extras that you probably wouldn't have time to use. Probably the only thing that I'd take the extra time out for would be the Cirque de Soleil tickets, and you would probably save the cost of two tickets by downgrading to the Deluxe Dining package.
Have a wonderful honeymoon trip - and have fun planning your anniversary trip!
My 3 beautiful daughters - Sarah (14), Amanda (22), Jennie (21)
yeah, what marie said. i don't know much about the dining pkgs and such, but would see the cirque show if you like those things...i happen to love them, and have seen this one 3 times. i also love the pofq and think you will have a great time there.
Another way to save money would be to switch to the standard dining plan. It gives you one table service, one counter service and one snack credit per day. It is plenty of food and it will save you $30 per person per day. The other downside to the Deluxe plan is the time spent for table service. Table service meals eat up a lot of time that could be spent in the parks. Regardless of which plan you go with, make your ADRs early. Most of all, have a great time.
DH and I stayed at POFQ for our 16th anniversary and LOVED it! The size of the resort was great! We also had the DxDDp and ate out "fancy" every night at Signature restaurants. To be honest, by the end of our week, we were tired of dressing up and going out every night, but that may be just us. I do highly recommend Cirque, along with the others. It truly is fabulous!
Enjoy, and know that your honeymoon at WDW will be magical!
Enjoy greatly your honeymoon. Disney is a great place to play newlyweds. I would highly recommend Cirque. DW and I included that in our 10th anniversary trip. I couldn't belive how involved and captivating that show is. I also agree that unless you are willing to spend a lot of time, I would drop the platinum plan and get a less expensive food plan. You can burn up a lot of time in table services that could be spent on the rides, seeing the shows, etc. Read the posts here and check some of the other forums for restaurant menus to look where you want to spend your table services. You will need to make ADRs for those table services, especially at the more popular dining places like LeCellier or California Grill
It's a great compromise. POFQ is a gorgeously landscaped and wonderfully themed resort.
I agree with Bruce about switching down to the Basic dining plan since you do want to see and do as much as you possibly can in 8 days. The Deluxe dining plan has you eating so, so much, and you'll spend a lot of time sitting down and stuffing yourselves.
Whichever way you do it, you will certainly have a wonderful time being on your honeymoon and all!! Congrats!!