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  • [Question] Disneyland 5 day dining plan questions and Park Place Inn And Suites

    Hello,
    I have been to Disneyland about 11 times in my life. However, I have not been there in 12 years. They were building California Disney when I was there last. I have always stayed at the Disneyland Hotel but this time I am going back with my husband and 5 year old daughter. We figured we would use the money we would spend on the Disneyland Hotel and use it for spending money and the ultimate package.

    We are going in June for 9 days and staying at the Best Western Park Place Inn & Suites. We purchase a 5 day park hopper tickets and 5 day meals plans. First of all, I heard that the Park Place Inn was going under a renovation. Is this a good motel? I heard it's close and nice people. Second, can anyone give me clarification on how the 5 day meal plan works?

    Thank you! I'm so excited :yea:

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    Re: Disneyland 5 day dining plan questions and Park Place Inn And Suites

    Originally posted by mrsmendoza2006 View Post
    We are going in June for 9 days and staying at the Best Western Park Place Inn & Suites. We purchase a 5 day park hopper tickets and 5 day meals plans. First of all, I heard that the Park Place Inn was going under a renovation. Is this a good motel? I heard it's close and nice people. Second, can anyone give me clarification on how the 5 day meal plan works?

    Thank you! I'm so excited :yea:
    It will be a great time for a trip. Busy, but nice weather and a great period in Disneyland's history to visit.

    If you got this package through Disney or another company that will let you change it drop the meal plan ASAP. I'll explain why later.

    That hotel isn't getting major work done, it may be getting basic work done in rooms, like replacing furniture or carpets but I haven't heard anything. I think you may be confused with the Ramada Maingate that is a few doors down that is getting major work done it, tearing down and rebuilding section of its hotel.

    It's a basic but good hotel with a superb location half the distance to the gates than the Disneyland Hotel is. It's on of my top reccomendations so you should be fine. Being a long trip you may want to go for midday swims, but the pool isn't very good, small, shaded, cramped.

    Regarding the meal plan. It isn't likely going to save you any money and isn't simple to use. You get a bunch of vouchers for each person, which you paid face value for. For each person 5 snack voucher worth $5ea, 5 $15 vouchers but only $10 for the child, 4 character meal vouchers, 1 premium character meal voucher(good at Ariel's Grotto and Goofy's Kitchen).

    The details. The character meal vouchers cover the meal, tax and gratuity at the character meals. They also have cash values that can be used in other locations. You can combine the vouchers to cover the bill, apply extra to gratuities if you first tell your server at Table Service locations. The problem is you never get change, and if the bill is more you have to pay the difference. So unless you bill is always as much as or more than the voucher total you loose that value.

    The saving grace me be that if you purchase them now, low season, and use them in the high season, which it may be, the character meal ticket still cover the character meals costs. You may of saved $20 total, maybe. Still you are more likely to loose $20.

    Also while all those character meals sound great. There are only 5 locations, 3 of which are breakfast only. Your hotel has a good breakfast that will go to waste at least 3 times.

    In summary, I suggest if you can cancel that part. All you really did is pay ahead of time for something you will get less out of.
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      Re: Disneyland 5 day dining plan questions and Park Place Inn And Suites

      Most people here will strongly advise you against using the DLR dining plan. It is essentially a book of vouchers that total a dollar amount (which is what you will be charged). Depending on the # of days you purchase, you may/will have premium character vouchers ($40) character meal vouchers ($33), $15 counter service vouchers and $5 snack vouchers.
      The main problem people have with the vouchers is that you will not get change back if you use (example) a $15 voucher for a $13 purchase...therefore, you may lose $.
      I purchased a 3 day dining plan back in April because I wanted to experience it for myself. I understood that I could lose $, so I made sure I just paid the difference by using a lesser $ voucher. You can use the vouchers in any combination anywhere they accept them. So, if you wanted to go to Blue Bayou and your bill is $98, you can use 2 $33 vouchers and 2 $15 vouchers and then pay the remaining $5 cash.The only downside is that I thought it was too much food. If I were to purchase it again, I would do one less day for the dining plan than we were in the parks.
      My preferred method of payment is gift cards. Throughout the year, I purchase gift cards from Disney and use them in the park. That way I don't lose $ and can also use the card for merchandise, tours, etc.Character Meals vouchers can save you a little $ if you purchase them for use in peak times (Summer, Christmas). The Premium character meal vouchers for meals other than breakfast will save a decent amount especially if used during the peak season...more than the AP discount.
      Last edited by GiRiMama33; 02-28-2013, 09:07 AM.

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        Re: Disneyland 5 day dining plan questions and Park Place Inn And Suites

        I would cancel the meal plan if you still can. It's not worth it at the DLR.

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