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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 03-16-2017, 04:44 PM   #1
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Here are 13 reasons not to get the dining plan. Can you think of any other reasons?
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:02 PM   #2
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Here are 13 reasons not to get the dining plan. Can you think of any other reasons?

I think I actually fibbed when I voted and said never but we did get it once. I think we did it just to try it. It was SO much food, we couldn't take it. My oldest son was running cross country competitively, my husband is a runner and my youngest was competing in sports, not to mention just plain growing, so they could really chow down. So, for them to say it was too much food, it was too much food!

Besides that, I have figured it out many times over the years and we always came out ahead with TIW. However, now that TIW is so expensive, we may not get it anymore. We shall see how it will fare against paying outright. I just hate the thought of getting food I really do not want to eat -especially when I am on a low carb diet. If we ever did try it again, it would not be for an entire stay. We do a lot of split stays and maybe a day here or a day there when we plan to dine out an that would be it.
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:05 PM   #3
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Here are 13 reasons not to get the dining plan. Can you think of any other reasons?
He left out the "no you can't what you want because the only way the DDP make sense is if you eat the MOST expensive item on the menu" (overheard the last time I made the LeCellier error and actually ate there)

Also, none of the good restaurants at Swan/Dolphin are on the DDP (there might be a correlation... good food = no DDP LOL!) and the decent Disney options are two credits.

I voted Never since the last time I got it was over 10 years ago. And it was not worth it then (and it included appetizers back in the dark ages! LOL! We had 4 teenagers with us and even they didn't like it )
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:17 PM   #4
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i am fat, most of us are fat, it is insane to prepay for food and then gorge myself at disney.
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Too much food, too much money.
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:24 PM   #6
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Here are 13 reasons not to get the dining plan. Can you think of any other reasons?
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.

I like to dine out a little at WDW, but I think most of the food at WDW is marginal at best. Or the portions are ridiculously small. This was my experience at the California Grill (I know, I know, blasphemy to speak ill of the CA Grill). Even the waiter seemed embarrassed by the portion size.

If the food at WDW blew me away, I'd definitely get the DDP, but I'm usually left feeling pretty disappointed given the high prices.
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Here are 13 reasons not to get the dining plan. Can you think of any other reasons?
I'm not sure about the DDP - we bought it on our last trip, but I don't think we got our money's worth. I plan to keep all the food receipts on our trip this year & compare.

But...do you subscribe to this magazine? I wasn't aware of it - is it worth the price?
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:35 PM   #8
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Thinking about this, I realized the last time I bought the dining plan all of my brother's kids were "Disney kids", i.e. 9 or under. Today two of them are in college.
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:35 PM   #9
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The only dining plan I ever had was quick service during free dining. Since I was a solo it was a bargain. I did enjoy it. I ate breakfast most days. I used all snack credits at food and wine booths. It included deserts so I ate deserts. I was surprised how terrible most of the deserts were. It was more food than I needed. I was determined not to miss a meal.

I did like the convenience . I ordered what every I wanted. It was fun ordering two steaks at Canada booth and then the lobster sandwich at another booth. I liked not worrying about money and price. But unless it was part of the free dining promotion I would not do it again .
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:06 PM   #10
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We will purchase the deluxe dining plan sometimes during split stays for a few days. We will eat at all the signature restaurants using the deluxe plan. It is an insane amount of food though - even for teenage/young adult sons.

Most times, we utilize the TIW. It is really a money saver for us since one card will usually cover multiple trips.

In December, we just used the AP discounts.
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