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Old 04-05-2019, 09:45 AM   #31
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We usually get a 1 bedroom and eat at the Hotel rather than eat at the parks. Itís related more to the quality of the food in the park rather than cost. We have found the food at quick serve locations to not be that heathy or good. We do enjoy the nicer restaurants that require two meals. Would the dining plan make sense for this scenario.
We have begun to simply stick to pay as you go. As the good olí metabolism slows down requiring more conscientious food selections, I personally have found it much more cost effective to use TIW or even just using the DVC & AP discounts. If you go with DDP, you still have that one QS meal every day, & with the DDDP you have so much food you could feed a small village.
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:06 PM   #32
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DDP never has been cost effective for us. It forces us to eat more and always order the most expensive thing on the menu. We pay OOP and use TIW/DVC/AP discounts.

The only time I would consider it again is to use as part of a split stay or if were traveling with family or friends. Just easier to determine who pays what for there meals.
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:20 PM   #33
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DDP never has been cost effective for us. It forces us to eat more and always order the most expensive thing on the menu. We pay OOP and use TIW/DVC/AP discounts.

The only time I would consider it again is to use as part of a split stay or if were traveling with family or friends. Just easier to determine who pays what for there meals.
Adding to this, if you have children (9 & under) you will usually come out a little ahead for their bills.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:42 AM   #34
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And thought beer prices were nuts!!!
Disney beer & wine prices make the prices at a sports arena or concert look like bargains. I was wandering back to the hotel by myself in December, thought I'd stop in somewhere at the boardwalk for a nightcap. Decided to take a detour to the Speedway and picked up a 6 pack of a craft beer for less than what one can cost at Boardwalk. Brought it and a couple bottles of wine back to the room.

I've noticed that Disney wine prices are about double what they should be (on full bottles). Generally speaking, a bottle of wine in a restaurant runs roughly 2x what the street price is for the same wine. Grocery store has it for $15, normal restaurants are in the $30 range. Disney has that same bottle priced closer to $60.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:49 AM   #35
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We have begun to simply stick to pay as you go. As the good olí metabolism slows down requiring more conscientious food selections, I personally have found it much more cost effective to use TIW or even just using the DVC & AP discounts. If you go with DDP, you still have that one QS meal every day, & with the DDDP you have so much food you could feed a small village.
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DDP never has been cost effective for us. It forces us to eat more and always order the most expensive thing on the menu. We pay OOP and use TIW/DVC/AP discounts.

The only time I would consider it again is to use as part of a split stay or if were traveling with family or friends. Just easier to determine who pays what for there meals.

~5 years ago, we took advantage of "Free" Dining. DW and I both came to the conclusion that it really wasn't worth it, solely for the food quantity.

We don't eat like that at home, and certainly don't need to on vacation, either. When paying OOP, we have coffee in the morning, split a QS lunch, maybe with an extra side of fries or whatever, and maybe have ~3 TS dinners over a week's vacation.

Well... unless it's just the 2 of us, in which case we have a light snack in the late morning, and dinner is a ~3pm pizza and bottle of Chianti at Via Napoli.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:52 AM   #36
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Has anybody compared the dining plan specifically for the holiday weeks?
I know Disney increases pricing and disallows the Tables in Wonderland discount on the exact holiday . I might consider it for Xmas and NYE week.
I would use all my snack credits at Starbucks!
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Old 05-07-2019, 09:31 AM   #37
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Has anybody compared the dining plan specifically for the holiday weeks?
I know Disney increases pricing and disallows the Tables in Wonderland discount on the exact holiday . I might consider it for Xmas and NYE week.
I would use all my snack credits at Starbucks!
We have.....The discount blackouts and price surcharges does help equal out the costs. But it still depends on where and what you are eating to make it cost effective. During that week, we tend to have ADRs booked at the nicer restaurants and character meals.

I think that at the end of the day, it is still more cost effective to not get the DDP, use discounts when available (AP, Visa & DVC). If you have multiple rooms, PM me.
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Old 05-07-2019, 11:40 AM   #38
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Has anybody compared the dining plan specifically for the holiday weeks?
I know Disney increases pricing and disallows the Tables in Wonderland discount on the exact holiday . I might consider it for Xmas and NYE week.
I would use all my snack credits at Starbucks!
We don't do the Dining plan but are going for Christmas this next year. 2 adults and 2 children. We like an alcohol beverage with meals and are planning on one sit down a day at nicer places because it is the holidays. With the holiday prices and that plan it did look like the dining plan was a little less. Normally we don't eat like that.
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We don't do the Dining plan but are going for Christmas this next year. 2 adults and 2 children. We like an alcohol beverage with meals and are planning on one sit down a day at nicer places because it is the holidays. With the holiday prices and that plan it did look like the dining plan was a little less. Normally we don't eat like that.

Depending on the age of your children, if they are under 9, the DDP credits work very well for Character Dining.
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Depending on the age of your children, if they are under 9, the DDP credits work very well for Character Dining.
They are just turning 9- we are planning on 3 character meals. We will cut down on character dining after this trip. Probably 1 character meal a trip. But I even looked at what my husband would order and on most days during the holiday season we save a little. I am the only exception because I am not a steak or lobster person. lol
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