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View Poll Results: Do you buy the dining plan?
Always 6 3.85%
Occasionally 41 26.28%
Never 105 67.31%
One day soon 4 2.56%
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Old 03-17-2017, 08:56 PM   #51
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It was worth it for us when we had "Disney kids". CS meals do not differentiate between adult and kids so we could make them last. It was also worth it when we had a stowaway on one trip. Otherwise it would have been approx 50% more than what we actually spent.
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:50 PM   #52
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It was worth it for us when we had "Disney kids". CS meals do not differentiate between adult and kids so we could make them last. It was also worth it when we had a stowaway on one trip. Otherwise it would have been approx 50% more than what we actually spent.
You have to watch out for those stowaways!!!
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:22 AM   #53
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We rarely do dessert. We also like appetizers. Maybe split a main, but often just a set of appies. Also, DS has good happy hours at various places, so we go in for that as well.

We've been eating so much less that even TiW no longer makes sense for us.

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I agree. We were big fans of TIW but with the price increase and the better AP/DVC discounts it didn't make sense for us this last trip. I might consider it if we had a larger group, but still not sure.

We rarely get dessert either. But if I feel that I want dessert, I generally just have a salad or an appetizer instead of a full meal. That just wouldn't fly on the dining plan.

And for those that feel there is less pressure because it is "already paid for" - personally I would feel more pressure - God forbid nobody is hungry when we already paid for all this food! But, like resort and park preferences - to each his own!
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:45 AM   #54
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We only have done the dinning plan when our grandkids have be on the trip with us and we do a lot of character dinners or buffets. All other times we do TIW and now the AP/DVC discounts. We don't eat many deserts, but like appetizers so TIW works out better.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:02 AM   #55
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Use to be worth the price when it first came about. Around $40 or so each night, for an adult. Use to include the tip, Appetizer, entree, snack, QS...it was great. I don't know how Disney can literally justify a $30 Price increase in just over 10 years. Food cost has not increased that much in a decade.
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:55 PM   #56
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Use to be worth the price when it first came about. Around $40 or so each night, for an adult. Use to include the tip, Appetizer, entree, snack, QS...it was great. I don't know how Disney can literally justify a $30 Price increase in just over 10 years. Food cost has not increased that much in a decade.
Not only did food prices not increase that much, but Disney removed the tip and appetizer.
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:20 PM   #57
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I agree. We were big fans of TIW but with the price increase and the better AP/DVC discounts it didn't make sense for us this last trip. I might consider it if we had a larger group, but still not sure.

We rarely get dessert either. But if I feel that I want dessert, I generally just have a salad or an appetizer instead of a full meal. That just wouldn't fly on the dining plan.

And for those that feel there is less pressure because it is "already paid for" - personally I would feel more pressure - God forbid nobody is hungry when we already paid for all this food! But, like resort and park preferences - to each his own!
I still like TIW because it includes alcohol. If they started letting our AP or DVC discounts work towards alcohol, it would be bye bye TiW.
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:56 PM   #58
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We've run the numbers a few times and it just seems too expensive. Also, sometimes we leave for pizza at Flippers and almost always do Sweet Tomatoes at least once. I don't see us buying the plan anytime soon.
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Old 03-18-2017, 02:06 PM   #59
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I know I'm in the minority, but one of the reasons we bought DVC was for the full kitchen in the 1, 2 & 3 bdrms. My family enjoys the flexibility of being able to prepare meals in the room instead of the relying on food in the parks/WDW restaurants.
^^^^^^^THIS 100%%%%% ^^^^^^^

I would rather save money and time by making breakfast in the room, and packing the basics of lunch, water, and some snacks in our packs. We then supplement with a bit of quick service, and save our money for fun dining splurges. Why pay for a full kitchen and not use it??
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Old 03-18-2017, 02:12 PM   #60
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Pretty much solely table service for me, so Tables in Wonderland works quite well. Especially since I often order a selection of appetizers in lieu of an entree. And alcohol as well.
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