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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan



    There are 5 "Magic your way" packages with dining plans at WDW that I am aware of. All involve a free resort refillable mug per person (which is worth it if you make use of the hotel facilities):

    1) Quick Service = 2 Quick Service meals and 1 snack
    2) Standard Dining = 1 Table Service and 1 Quick Service and 1 Snack
    3) Deluxe Dining = 3 meals, pretty much anywhere (Signature and Character meals are 2 credits) and 2 snacks
    4) Premium dining - Same as Deluxe Dining but includes special dining experiences at 2 dining credit (character meals, signature meals, etc)
    5) Platinum dining - Same as Premium package.

    I might be off base, but that's how I thought they broke down.


      
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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan

    The first year I had a dining plan, I think the first thing Disney didn't communicate well was that they were "credits". I ended up leaving with nearly half my credits unused!

    Here's how it really works. You can use them when you like (snack and Dining). I had the "deluxe" plan that year (2010), and thought I had to use every credit for the assigned meal (e.g. there was a difference between breakfast credits and dinner credits). I was way off.

    Basically, here's how it goes. You get a credit per meal per person in the room for every night of your stay, depending on the plan you have. Children under 10 are forced to order off the children's menu, but that doesn't effect your venue choices. So, stepping back, if you are staying 5 nights with 2 people, you get 60 credits. You can use these dining credits when and how you like.

    The same goes for snack credits. You can use them whenever you like.


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    I go to WDW in just over 2 weeks and I'm doing a trip assignment all about whether dining plan is value for money! I am coming from UK we are staying in a deluxe resort so got Disney dining plan for free and we upgraded to deluxe and we have booked to eat at nearly all the signature restaurants! I will take into account the actual cost of the dining plan and what we eat and compare the savings!

    Anything else that anyone would find useful? x



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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr&MrsWoody View Post
    I will take into account the actual cost of the dining plan and what we eat and compare the savings!
    Log the cost. I suspect you will find it's easily a deal if you do a few sit down restaurants...not to mention signatures. Le Cellier + (misc restaurants) + Royal Table easily pays for my deluxe package. I've never logged the exact cost though, and would love to see that in black and red.


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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr&MrsWoody View Post
    I go to WDW in just over 2 weeks and I'm doing a trip assignment all about whether dining plan is value for money! I am coming from UK we are staying in a deluxe resort so got Disney dining plan for free and we upgraded to deluxe and we have booked to eat at nearly all the signature restaurants! I will take into account the actual cost of the dining plan and what we eat and compare the savings!

    Anything else that anyone would find useful? x
    Sounds great Mr&MrsW!

    An idea of the cost of tips would be useful too if you can - or at least the WDW recommended tip amounts.

    Then members who pay for the plan can get an idea of the real cost.

    Have a great trip - enjoy all the food - and don't forget a trip report when you get home!!


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    I definitely will be!!! We have the following restaurants booked:

    02/08 - o'hana
    03/08 - le cellier
    04/08 - chef mickeys for breakfast
    - Jiko for dinner
    05/08 - Hollywood brown derby
    06/08 - yachtsmen steakhouse
    07/08 - artists point
    08/08 - (2nd wedding anniversary) - California grill
    09/08 - flying fish
    10/08 - narcossee's
    11/08 - fultons
    12/08 - California grill
    13/08 - citricco's
    14/08 - flying fish



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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr&MrsWoody View Post
    I definitely will be!!! We have the following restaurants booked:

    02/08 - o'hana
    03/08 - le cellier
    04/08 - chef mickeys for breakfast
    - Jiko for dinner
    05/08 - Hollywood brown derby
    06/08 - yachtsmen steakhouse
    07/08 - artists point
    08/08 - (2nd wedding anniversary) - California grill
    09/08 - flying fish
    10/08 - narcossee's
    11/08 - fultons
    12/08 - California grill
    13/08 - citricco's
    14/08 - flying fish
    TMI, but I'm salivating right now.


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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr&MrsWoody View Post
    I definitely will be!!! We have the following restaurants booked:

    02/08 - o'hana
    03/08 - le cellier
    04/08 - chef mickeys for breakfast
    - Jiko for dinner
    05/08 - Hollywood brown derby
    06/08 - yachtsmen steakhouse
    07/08 - artists point
    08/08 - (2nd wedding anniversary) - California grill
    09/08 - flying fish
    10/08 - narcossee's
    11/08 - fultons
    12/08 - California grill
    13/08 - citricco's
    14/08 - flying fish
    Oh wow!!

    Some seriously great restaurants there - and all of my faves too (and Brown Derby!).

    Le Cellier, Jiko, The Yachtsman, Artist Point, California Grill and Citricos are all amazing! I'd love to hear what you think about the Flying Fish, Fultons and Narcoossees (I love seafood but my other half isn't a fan).

    I'm very VERY jealous - but can't wait to read your assignment report now!

    Oh - and have a very Happy Anniversary!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Winkster

    Oh wow!!

    Some seriously great restaurants there - and all of my faves too (and Brown Derby!).

    Le Cellier, Jiko, The Yachtsman, Artist Point, California Grill and Citricos are all amazing! I'd love to hear what you think about the Flying Fish, Fultons and Narcoossees (I love seafood but my other half isn't a fan).

    I'm very VERY jealous - but can't wait to read your assignment report now!

    Oh - and have a very Happy Anniversary!
    I've been to flying fish before when we went last year and it was amazing scallops and risotto is amazing and trio of desserts divine!

    I went to fultons last year too - love the boat and the atmosphere and we're staying at SSR so can walk or get the boat so I'm looking forward to that night! Think I'm going to go for crab/lobster this time as wimped out a but with my choice of main here!

    Can't wait - we were there our delayed honeymoon last time married Aug 2010 honeymooned in Apr 2011 - so to be there for our anniversary will be fab!

    Any other requests for the report? x



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    We also need someone to do an assignment based on the regular dining plan too. The deluxe plan sounds fabulous but I know I would probably never do that particular plan because I wouldn't be able to eat that many sit down meals in one day. Also I probably couldn't justify the cost (even if you do make your monies worth).

    I need to look around last trip (October 2011) I did log the cost of each meal I had and what the regular dining plan cost. Not sure if I tossed it.

    I think where I feel they get you is the counter service gives you an entrée and desert. I pretty much took that desert Back to the resort with me every time. Sometimes we would share one persons dessert with our actual meal but a majority of the time we were taking back the slice of cake or yogurt to the room. Then because I am crazy I started to eat them when we were in the room more because I felt guilty about the waste than really wanting/needing to eat it ( yes I know that is crazy). So I guess for me I would enjoy the meal plan more if that counter service dessert could be used for a regular snack or water in the park.

    Although I will do the meal plan in the future because it is great for things like character dining and trips where you know you will want to sit down and have a few nice meals. As well as the convenience when you are with a group or with family (such as me and my parents). This trip as I said in an early post is a go with the flow trip - traveling with a two year old and I will be 8 months pregnant (haha yes another reason I am crazy

    Love this thread because me and my dad debate this topic constantly as is.


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    We just usually get the basic dining plan and on our last trip a CM told us that when you use your quick service meals the kids don't bad to order a kid plate, they do at the table service restaurants but not at the quick service. So we did that quite a bit as the quick service credits don't distinguish between adult and child like the table service credits do.


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    Sorry I don't know how to edit my post.

    Mr &Mrs Woody are oh going the regular or deluxe plan?


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    We're only planning one table service a day really but going to the signature ones and it uses 2credits and then a qs for lunch and a snack for the other xx



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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan



    I'm a bit confused about the quick service dining..it seems that this option is only available while traveling to WDW and not DLR. I called WDTC to change to the quick service plan and I was told that they don't offer that option here at DLR. All they offer are the 2,3,4 or 5 day meal plans. I just added the 3 day meal plan for an extra $734.00 on top of the entire package price. So the dining plan is no where near the same as the quick service plan.


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