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Old 10-10-2019, 02:01 PM   #61
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touringplans.com has a dining plan calculator, but I think you have to have a subscription (around $10 a year?) and a trip set up to get access to it on your dashboard.

I thought long and hard about using the Dining Plan on our May trip. I researched. I scoured menus. I used the calculator. I considered multiple scenarios. I measured the Dining Plan against TiW against existing discounts for DVC and AP. There was one scenario in which the dining plan came out head. There were a couple of scenarios in which I would have essentially broke even. In a couple of scenarios I would lose money.
I've done the math multiple times and always end up with the same result - we simply never would save money based on the ways we actually eat.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:28 PM   #62
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still have not found a way to use this and come out ahead or break even as we do not each get 2 snacks a day and don't all buy the reusable fountain cups. We also do not always to TS meals everyday. It is cheaper to by BJs gift cards with Discover cash back and get AP discount then get DDP.

DDP also is charged for your last day of trip which for us is spent at the airport most times (usually fly out at 11AM so ME pick up 3 hours ahead), so you are paying for a dining plan for a day you will not use it.

Look forward to a day when you can use your refillable mug at the parks. I live near Cedar Point and they have a refillable mug program that is good all season for $30! Of course, Cedar Point is only open 5 months out of the year though.
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So if you had a 2 night stay, Disney will charge for the day of checkout as well? That would be 3 days of DDP.
The dining plan is for each night of your stay. They donít figure it by the day.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:49 PM   #63
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DDP also is charged for your last day of trip which for us is spent at the airport most times (usually fly out at 11AM so ME pick up 3 hours ahead), so you are paying for a dining plan for a day you will not use it.
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So if you had a 2 night stay, Disney will charge for the day of checkout as well? That would be 3 days of DDP.
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The dining plan is for each night of your stay. They don’t figure it by the day.
Correct. In our case that wouldn't be a problem as we are usually on property by lunch time of day 1 so can use that night's credits that day. I will say one great thing about the plan is that you just get a lump deposit of credits for your reservation to be used however and whenever you want prior to midnight on your last day.

I think in almost no cases will the dining plan work if you leave behind even a couple of snack credits. As they say in a Disney food battle, "No credit left behind."

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Old 10-10-2019, 03:51 PM   #64
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I've done the math multiple times and always end up with the same result - we simply never would save money based on the ways we actually eat.
That's a very important aspect to me. The Dining Plan should not force you to eat differently. It's already enough stress on vacation. Meals are my time to relax and get it together. If I were to use the dining plan, I need to be able to order what I want without worrying about whether I'm leaving money on the table. The margin for victory is so slim, it's just better not to engage for us.

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Old 10-10-2019, 04:19 PM   #65
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DDP also is charged for your last day of trip which for us is spent at the airport most times (usually fly out at 11AM so ME pick up 3 hours ahead), so you are paying for a dining plan for a day you will not use it.
You are charged by night, not by day of your trip. So if you have a 2 night stay you are charged for 2 "days" of DDP. Since we usually arrive by lunch and leave at night it helps us get better use out of the plan. We may split a QS lunch and do a TS for dinner on arrival day then split another QS on departure day. Or skip a TS on arrival day and use it for breakfast or lunch on departure day.
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Does anyone have experience using QS for F&W?
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