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    Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan



    I have just done an exercise based on the current prices of the disney dining plan vs not having the plan at all and just eating what you want

    I followed the same layout of the dining plan credits and it works out for the two of us travelling $50 cheaper to not have the dining plan!

    Anyone else have opinions on this - obviously if the dining is offered at my time of booking my next trip - I will take it but if a room discount is offered I may rather take that!!!!


      
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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan

    we always use the dining plan but we do the DDP because we do the the dinner shows and the dining with princess's for us it is cheaper!


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    I did a similar exercise after i returned last trip - it was a little cheaper not to do DP and we did a few character meals. The amount of food given at counter service on DP is more than I ever eat - I barely ever ate my dessert - but I do feel if you are going with a group or a large party the DP is great because you don't have to settle up the bill - it takes the same credit from everyone - all you worry about is the tip so


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    On the UK we get great deals on the DDP that it works out incredibly cheaper to take advantage.

    In 2010 we stayed at pop and paid for all our food. We spent around $1200 for the 2 weeks on food.

    The price for us to upgrade to a mod and thus get free dining plan - well upgrade from quick ( quick service is offered at mods and DDP is offered at deluxe in the uk ) the cost was around £400 which was at the time around $600 so we lost out.

    When we did the DDP last year we ate at some amazing restaurants and signature meals which we would ordinarily avoid because of price.

    We are doing 3 weeks on the DDP staying at port Orleans riverside ( upgraded from quick ) in sept/oct 2013 and I can't wait!!!!

    I, however would never pay for ddp unless you plan on eating at lots of expensive restaurants.

    Hope that helps!



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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan

    I have felt that the cost of the DDP might be getting to the point where it might be not the good deal it once was. But, for me the convience of not having to worry about the price side of the menu and did I bring enough cash to last to the end of my trip is still something I am willing to get the DDP. That being said, I have also been fortunate enough that for the last several trips I have gotten free DDP and anticipate that for my next trip things being what they are will hopefully be the same as Disney has a history of offering free dining during the time I am planning. However, I will consider QS DDP if necessasary and pay OOP for table service if it comes to that as I would still want to do a couple traditional table service.


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    There are deals to be had from the UK. For instance, we are there late Sept early Oct for 21 nights and have free DDP as part of the package. Fantastic offer as it opens up all different experiences than the usual burger and fries in the parks, for instance we use a couple of table credits on Mickeys Backyard BBQ.

    We also store up the snacks and the use them during Epcots food and wine festival. We eat a sample at each of the Countries throughout our stay without paying (apart from the beer and wine!).

    If we have a few table credits left before we leave ( due to visiting other parks etc) we order room service near the end of the holiday as these cost 2 table services.



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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan

    If the dining plan wasn't free for us then I would not purchase it. We usually eat at counter service anyway so it would be WAY more expensive to purchase the DDP.
    It really depends on the individual as to whether it works out cheaper or not based on the restaurants you choose and the food you eat.


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    I think having the dinning plan saves you a lot of money!! Especially if you eat at the Dinner shows or Character dinning where meals can cost like $20 for a steak and you get it for "free" with the dinning plan!*When I say free I mean you get it with the one time payment of $400 something dollars! Because the money can add up and at the end of the day you get you spend 400 dollars (DP) as oppose to 600 dollars (no DP)
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    Is the ddp really worth the money??



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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan

    Another point I would like to make is that when I decide what ADR's I am planning I also have looked at the menus, based on this I pretty much know what I am likely to order checking the price, this helps me know how much to plan for tips. I prepare a tip envelope for each ADR before I leave home with the approximate amount needed. Then carry enough cash to add as needed when I see the bill at the end of the meal, but have the bulk taken care of already with my planning at home since I do not like to carry cash and I do so like the idea that my meal cost is already taken care of. I also like making my tip envelopes as they are very decorative indeed.

    Just part of the planning process for me and I enjoy this.


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    I would not pay for a Diningplan.
    Due to the free diningplans, you have to make all your ADR's in advance. As we are going for 2 weeks, there would be no room for changing our plans. Plus, with the Diningplan you get entree and desert, and I prefer appetizer and entree (and than maybe some desert if we have some room left )

    In november we have the free QS Diningplan and ofcourse I love that, as It's ... Free
    We had it also last year and I love to get great food and don't need to pay for it
    But I would also not pay for QS, same reason, no desert wanted


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    I'm with MINI Mouse on this one. We much prefer appetisers and rarely eat desserts to the DDP would be a waste of money - why pay for something you don't want and give up something you do want instead?

    Also, it's far too restrictive for us. I don't want to book all my meals 6 months in advance - that's crazy! I also don't want to eat all my meals in WDW - in fact we like eating outside if WDW because it's...

    1 Often cheaper
    2 Usually better
    3 Doesn't need an ADR 6 months out

    I'll take a free DDP if it's offered (who wouldn't?) but even then, we double up all the credits and have a blow out on signature dining so we can still enjoy eating outside of WDW for the rest of the trip.


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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan

    Since I am navigationally challenged, I never eat off property, I make one and only one trip off property after check in and that I use my GPS for and that is to go to Wal Mart to get some fresh produce to munch on, and cheap souvies for the folks back home. Then it is park the car and take Disney transportation the whole time. So in short the DDP makes life simple for me and I enjoy the planning of the ADR's, but to each his own. I would like to someday have the option of either the appitizer or the desert, but heck I am on vacation and I will most likely take the desert.

    I also use the snack credit all on the last day, I get snacks for the neighbor kids back home. With all the deserts I don't really snack during the day and the kids love the treat at home. Except for the Dole whip, get one of those. I make sure to carry water, but usually get that free.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MINI Mouse
    I would not pay for a Diningplan.
    Due to the free diningplans, you have to make all your ADR's in advance. As we are going for 2 weeks, there would be no room for changing our plans. Plus, with the Diningplan you get entree and desert, and I prefer appetizer and entree (and than maybe some desert if we have some room left )

    In november we have the free QS Diningplan and ofcourse I love that, as It's ... Free
    We had it also last year and I love to get great food and don't need to pay for it
    But I would also not pay for QS, same reason, no desert wanted
    Actually, if you ask most of the time the waiter would allow you to substitute! And if you don't want the dessert you can say you don't want and they don't make you get one! But in the long run if you plan on eating only in Disney then it's worth it with or without the dessert!


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    Re: Disney Dining Plan vs NO Dining plan



    I am so torn between booking the plan or not!!! The convenience is Great not having to carry too much cash.....but is the cost really worth it - especially if you can maybe share a meal?
    haven't been to WDW since 2004 so not sure how big the meals are now....


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