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moet7
01-19-2006, 01:39 PM
Hi
I'm trying to decide if the Dining Plan is worth it for my family.

It will cost us 603.00 for a family of of 6 for 3 nights.

Wondering if anyone can tell me what the following might cost me:

snack items

Ice Cream
Water
Pop
Popcorn
Fruit

Counter Service

Hamburger meal
Hotdog meal
Chicken meal

Table Service

Le Cellier Steakhouse
Brown Derby
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Cinderella Royal Table
1900 Park Fare
Chef Mickeys

Also does anyone know a site that will tell me what restaurants are included in the plan and if it takes 2 table service "tickets" to eat at them.

Thanks so much!

gcbsdad
01-19-2006, 01:46 PM
We are also a family of 6 (2 adults, 4 kids 9,7,7,& 2) I am not sure how the dining plan works but would be interested in hearing about it.

Angela Kay
01-19-2006, 01:53 PM
The snack items have to be $2.50 or less if I'm understanding it right. We're a family of four and a CS meal (Casey's or a burger meal) usually costs us about $40. Your TS meals can add up really fast. I would say Le Cellier alone would easily cost over $200 for a family of six. I would suggest to check out the menus at Debs and just crunch the numbers. That's what we did and we'll essentially get our CS meals and snacks for free. The dining plan paid for itself in our TS meals.

indigoxtreme
01-19-2006, 01:54 PM
Here are the restaurants
http://adisneyworld.disney.go.com/media/wdw/images2003/languagespecific/eng/nontheme/tickets/2006DiningLocations.pdf

Here is the info.
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/tickets/packageDetail?id=PackageDetailMYWDiningPkg06Page

and here is a sticky thread from this board with alot of info.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=820709

May people feel that it is worth it. :flower:

It includes tax and tip. We enjoyed being able to eat at many new places that otherwise we could not have afforded to do. :flower: :sunny:

Angela Kay
01-19-2006, 01:56 PM
The snack items have to be $2.50 or less if I'm understanding it right. We're a family of four and a CS meal (Casey's or a burger meal) usually costs us about $40. Your TS meals can add up really fast. I would say Le Cellier alone would easily cost over $200 for a family of six. I would suggest to check out the menus at Debs and just crunch the numbers. That's what we did and we'll essentially get our CS meals and snacks for free. The dining plan paid for itself in our TS meals.

Debs:
http://allearsnet.com/

Here's a link to show you which restaurant takes one TS and which takes two:

http://adisneyworld.disney.go.com/media/wdw/images2003/languagespecific/eng/nontheme/tickets/2006DiningLocations.pdf

Angela Kay
01-19-2006, 01:58 PM
Sorry guys, mine was posted twice. :rolleyes1

moet7
01-19-2006, 02:02 PM
WOW you guys are fast!
Thanks for all the great information!!!

indigoxtreme
01-19-2006, 02:03 PM
Here are the restaurants
http://adisneyworld.disney.go.com/media/wdw/images2003/languagespecific/eng/nontheme/tickets/2006DiningLocations.pdf

Here is the info.
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/tickets/packageDetail?id=PackageDetailMYWDiningPkg06Page

and here is a sticky thread from this board with alot of info.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=820709

May people feel that it is worth it. :flower:

It includes tax and tip. We enjoyed being able to eat at many new places that otherwise we could not have afforded to do. :flower: :sunny:

TikiGoddess
01-19-2006, 05:08 PM
I actually did the math after we used the dining plan for 3 people in October. We paid around $600 for 6 days and what we would have actually spent was over $1100. Now, with that being said, I don't know that if we weren't on the meal plan we would have had appetizers and desserts each meal. It was nice to have that freedom though. If I ordered an app. and dessert and the main course, I didn't feel guilty if I didn't eat everything because it was already paid for up front. Maybe that's just my own weird hang up, but I thought it was a pretty good deal.

ratfam
01-19-2006, 05:17 PM
Hi, now that DVC members can buy the dining plan I called and was told it would cost us $999 for our family (me, dh, dd10 (paying as adult) and ds7, 8 nights). It sounded like so much I was convincing myself that we would spend less and wouldn't get the plan. Then I pulled out an old credit card statement from our 7 night trip three years and best as I can tell it looks like we spent somewhere close to $900 on food, even though we were paying for two kids instead of paying for one kid at adult prices and we ate all breakfasts, two dinners and at least one lunch in our room using our DVC kitchen. And although we did some character meals, we didn't even eat at any of the more expensive restaurants! So now its looking like a pretty good deal to me, its amazing how much things add up even when you are trying to keep costs down.

kristenhh
01-19-2006, 05:31 PM
We are a family of 6 (2 adults, 4 kids – 2 of them qualify as adults) and we used the dining plan in December 2005. For one day of the dining plan, our cost was $160.

6 counter service meals: $56.10 (Electric Umbrella)
6 buffet character meals: $121.94 (Crystal Palace)
6 Mickey Ice Cream bars: $18.00

Total: $196.04 (This does not include the tip, which is also included with the dining plan)

So for one day, we have “saved” $36 – actually more because of no paid tip. We saved even more when we went to fancier restaurants, like Le Cellier, where the bill for just 2 of us was $111.00.

Even if you don’t plan on ordering an appetizer or dessert with every meal, you still save money and it gives you the freedom to try many places and have many nice meals. We loved it!

byoung
01-19-2006, 07:50 PM
It's worth it.

loribell
01-19-2006, 08:14 PM
Well I added it up for my family for our Christmas trip today, 3 adults & 1 child for 11 nights. The plan will cost us about $1463 and the food would cost us $2,070. And this is not even eating at lots of fancy restaurants, it is mostly character meals, which we always do. It does have us eating aqt Le Cellier and Yachtsman Steakhouse. I have always wanted to eat at these two places but would never pay for it. It's just always been more important for us to take the kids to character meals.

Now I'm sure we wouldn't eat quite the same foods but I'm pretty sure we have spent close to the $1400 on food on all of our longer trips. This way we will be able to just do aws we please and not worry about the cost. As a bonus I finally get to go to the two restaurants I nput on every plan but take back off because of the cost!

Lori

dbenlee
01-19-2006, 08:23 PM
The freedom to eat at restaurants you wouldn't normally eat at and the convienience of already having meals paid for is great. The savings just pushes it over the top for us. We used it last summer (2 adults and 1 child) and figured that we saved around $400. Like others have said previously, we ordered appetizers and desserts that we might not have ordered otherwise, but we feel that we would have still saved money without the extras.

TandCmum
01-20-2006, 04:07 AM
it definately seems worth it. I worked out on our last trip we spent about $150 per day on food , snacks, drinks etc. This was for 2 adults one child and one infant. We ate a TS meal most days but not every day and when we did have TS we rarely had the 3 courses you get with the DDP (although we could have eaten them..LOL) and this amount covered tips, but we had the DDE card so TS meals were already discounted.

On our next trip DD will be 3 therefore we would need to pay for her at buffets character meals so i would expect to pay more, plus we are planing on doing more TS meals on our trip. It will cost us $98 per day so it is a definate saving for us and even though we will be paying rack rate as opposed to AP rate we will still be better off.

I also like the idea that all our food (well most) is already paid for so we don't have to worry about budgeting for it each day. Our spending money is therefore just for treats and souvenirs.

gcbsdad
01-20-2006, 06:49 AM
I'm sure this has been asked and I hope it isn't a dumb question but do you have to use this for your entire stay? For instance if I were going for 5 nights, could I buy 3 days of the dining plan?

dbenlee
01-20-2006, 07:22 AM
The dining plan is part of the package and is for each night you are staying. You can not buy extra or just purchase it for a select part of your stay. Kind of the all or nothing thought behind it. Sorry.

minniedisney1
01-20-2006, 08:58 AM
We loved the dining plan!! We paid $490 for it for 7 days, and "spent" close to $800. We tried out places we normally wouldn't have. The main reason I like it so much is since it is already built in to my AAA price, food is one less thing to budget for. And, I can "inflate" the amount I tell my DH that we need for souvies, pics, etc. :)

beansmom
01-20-2006, 09:38 AM
i've been struggling with decision since it's only two of us going...but I finally had to say it was like one of us eating for free. I think it makes great sense and can hardly wait to try places that we wouldn't have tried otherwise.

DisneyDotty
01-20-2006, 09:46 AM
Do it. I've yet to read a post where someone regretted getting the Dining Plan. (Any out there?) We loved it last summer. :flower:

java
01-20-2006, 10:03 AM
Another dumb question..do you get the 10%AAA discount on the meal plan as well? I need to find my DDE card and see when it expires- if it is before our next trip I may need to do the mealplan. My only concern is that my DH doesn't like to be limited with what he can order- do they allow you only certain menu items?

LSB
01-20-2006, 10:23 AM
We traveled with my mom and dad and brother in October and used the dining plan. We felt like royalty being able to order anything on the menu and have it all "taken care of".

One of the biggest advantages for us was not having to argue over the checks with my parents (we had purchased their dining plan in advance and put notes in their birthday cards).

We ate like royalty too! We ordered everything that was included on the voucher- it was a lot of food- but it was all wonderful! It was fun to try new foods, and enjoy finer entrees than we typically order.

Just out of curiousity I kept track of our bills and by the end of the week our party of 7 had gotten 100% of the value of our dining plan purchase plus about $700 worth of "free" food- although that was not our goal by any means.

G. Fite
02-18-2006, 06:24 PM
We are a family of 6 (2 adults, 4 kids – 2 of them qualify as adults) and we used the dining plan in December 2005. For one day of the dining plan, our cost was $160.

6 counter service meals: $56.10 (Electric Umbrella)
6 buffet character meals: $121.94 (Crystal Palace)
6 Mickey Ice Cream bars: $18.00

Total: $196.04 (This does not include the tip, which is also included with the dining plan)

So for one day, we have “saved” $36 – actually more because of no paid tip. We saved even more when we went to fancier restaurants, like Le Cellier, where the bill for just 2 of us was $111.00.

Even if you don’t plan on ordering an appetizer or dessert with every meal, you still save money and it gives you the freedom to try many places and have many nice meals. We loved it!


I know this is an old post but I am reading through them all!

anyway,, How do you find the time to do so much eating on the DP? My family of 5 (3 kids-10, 7 & 5) are planning to split our days between 2 parks and rest in between. I honestly don't see where we will have the time to spend all of our credits!

Are the character dining meals the best deal? We were hoping to do a lot of sampling but I can't see how it will all work!

I am thinking
breakfast at the hotel
4 hours in the morn.
lunch
back to the hotel to rest/swim
5-6 hours at night.-dinner at the park (TS)

Is it possible/advisable to visit 2 TS in one night and share meals? Say at 4:30 and then again at the last seating of the night?

Thanks!!

Gina

spa101
02-19-2006, 10:30 AM
We did the dining plan and would never do it any other way, we saved so much money. The food in disney is not cheap. I would highly recommend it. It is just enough food, the only thing we had to pay for were a few soft pretzels throughout the week, other than that it was the perfect amount of food for us. I would do it if I were you. Our dinners for a party of three were at least $100 each night. Some were closer to $150.

WantToGoNow
02-19-2006, 06:10 PM
Given the restaurants you have chosen, I think you would come out ahead. We have a family of 6 -- 4 adults, 1 child, 1 free. I made a spreadsheet showing each restaurant we were planning to visit -- I had each adult go through and look at the menus and pick what they would want to eat there -- if they didn't want appetizer or dessert, they didn't add it on. We came out saving about $700.

My2Cinderellas
02-19-2006, 08:20 PM
2 things jump out at me when deciding whether to get the Dining Plan.

1. figure out what you would typically order if paying out of pocket. Remember to add on tax, and gratuity on TS meals. Does this equal or exceed the cost of the dining plan? if Yes, then it's up for consideration.

2. can you get any discount on the room price? Dining plan is based on paying rack rates for the room, the only exception is to go through AAA, which gets you the AAA discount on the room portion, you still pay the full price for the DP and tickets part of the package. If you can get a room discount of some kind other than AAA, add that savings to the cost of the dining plan for your visit. do you still come out ahead? then book the package to include Dining. If not, book the room only with your discount, and pay out of pocket for food.

we booked the Dining plan on a package through AAA. I love not having to worry about the cost of food for our trip. even if we break even $$ wise, having it prepaid will be wonderful. I've done some calculations based on the restaurants we have ADR's at, and we usually break even or are already ahead after the cost of the TS meal each day, before you figure in the CS and snack credits.

twinsmamma
02-19-2006, 09:12 PM
I know this is an old post but I am reading through them all!

anyway,, How do you find the time to do so much eating on the DP? My family of 5 (3 kids-10, 7 & 5) are planning to split our days between 2 parks and rest in between. I honestly don't see where we will have the time to spend all of our credits!

Are the character dining meals the best deal? We were hoping to do a lot of sampling but I can't see how it will all work!

I am thinking
breakfast at the hotel
4 hours in the morn.
lunch
back to the hotel to rest/swim
5-6 hours at night.-dinner at the park (TS)

Is it possible/advisable to visit 2 TS in one night and share meals? Say at 4:30 and then again at the last seating of the night?

Thanks!!

Gina

You might want to think of not park hopping so much and them it makes it easier to plan yu meals and you dont have travel time. Saying this you can still plan lunch in one park and dinner in the next. have c/s for lunch , t/s for dinner etc. the best bang for your buck is not the character meals but if the characters are what you want to see then it is worth it. character meals tend to be buffet or platter style meals and are not the best qulaity food. i would suggest going to table service places like boma, le cellier, etc most bang for your buck,

Cannot_Wait_4Disney
02-20-2006, 12:55 AM
The dining plan is part of the package and is for each night you are staying. You can not buy extra or just purchase it for a select part of your stay. Kind of the all or nothing thought behind it. Sorry.

Ahhh but there's a work around. Simply book a split stay. We drive and therefore have to depart early. So we book a package through thursday night, and then book a one day hotel only for Friday night. Upon Checkout Friday morning, we check in for the one night stay at the same time, and our meal plan expires midnight Friday (the day we checked out). So that covers us. Saturday we're leaving early anyway so the plan would be useless to us that day.

jezabel_007
02-20-2006, 08:46 AM
I think it was worth it. We went 3 nights. First night was Boma and that bill came to $52. Next day we ate at Tusker House and that bill was $16. Dinner that night was at Downtown Disney at Wolfgang Express, and that bill was $20 I think. Breakfast was at the Mara next morning and that came to about $15 and dinner was at Narcoossee's and that bill was $190. The plan was something like $230 for two people, so it was definetly worth it. Some of the CS stuff could have been shared because the portions were huge.

Oh and about snack credits...I don't think it has to be under $2.50. I wanted to get chocolate bars at the Mara and they said they were not included in the plan, so I'm not sure how it all works.

twinsmamma
02-20-2006, 09:09 AM
the snack credits are marked ont he boards with a purple DP logo you can get almost anything fromt he snack carts around the parks. At hotels it is most snack type things, fruit, drinks, icecream, chips etc. At our hotel you could get desserts for a a snack item. It doesnt hurt to ask maybe you will get what you want

plutospup
02-20-2006, 04:21 PM
Sorry, maybe I missed it, but how much is the dining plan? Adults/Children? Thanks for your help!

suzimar57
02-20-2006, 06:38 PM
It's $37.99 per adult, per night and $10.99 per child, per night

huey578
02-20-2006, 07:07 PM
Hi
I'm trying to decide if the Dining Plan is worth it for my family.

It will cost us 603.00 for a family of of 6 for 3 nights.

Wondering if anyone can tell me what the following might cost me:

snack items

Ice Cream
Water
Pop
Popcorn
Fruit

Counter Service

Hamburger meal
Hotdog meal
Chicken meal

Table Service

Le Cellier Steakhouse
Brown Derby
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Cinderella Royal Table
1900 Park Fare
Chef Mickeys

Also does anyone know a site that will tell me what restaurants are included in the plan and if it takes 2 table service "tickets" to eat at them.

Thanks so much!
Just with table service you guys will come out ahead. Go for the meal plan.

twinsmamma
02-21-2006, 08:29 AM
Just with table service you guys will come out ahead. Go for the meal plan.

If you go to this site it will tell you all the resturants in disney and whether they are dining plan rest. all that are label quick service are your c/s meal places. Those labelled signature dining or dinner show are the two credit places, any theamed or character dining are one credit t/s meal places.
you xcan sort these rest by location, cuisine and rest type
this site also tells you price points for the rest. most sit down meals with cost around 50 per adult per meal. for example me and my 12 yr old twinsd went to le cellier and all had apps, and entrees ony two desserts and soft drinks and our bill was 160 Most of the sit down meals will more than cover the *** tof the plan. don't hesitate get the plan it is more than worth it.

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdwi/en_CA/dining/diningFinder?id=DiningFinderPage

drogerstn
02-21-2006, 11:13 AM
I figure we spend around $22 for table-service, $9.50 for counter-service, and $3.00 for snacks. This is a total of $34.50. We do not average one table-service per day. This plan would force us to spend about $200 more on food for a 7-day period. :confused3

We conserve on our food budget by occasionally eating in our room. We make sandwiches if we are taking an afternoon resort break. We often eat breakfast in the room while someone is occupying the sink and shower area which saves us time at the start of the day. Eating like this is more convenient than dealing with the decision of where to eat and making PS or waiting in line.

The dining plan is good value and I'm still considering it for our next trip. However, we don't normally order appetizers (certainly not one per person) or desserts during our meals. Over a 7-day period, we probably have 3 or 4 table service meals, not 7 and not at an expensive place.

tinkerbell211
02-21-2006, 04:32 PM
we booked the Dining plan on a package through AAA. I love not having to worry about the cost of food for our trip. even if we break even $$ wise, having it prepaid will be wonderful

I booked AAA rates through WDW. Do you know if I tried to add on the dining plan w/ WDW, if they would still honor my AAA rate; or do I need to try to get the package directly through AAA?

jl
02-21-2006, 08:53 PM
:( Husband & I just used dining plan for 7 nights....we probably would not do it again nor would we recommend it specifically to the 1 or 2 family/friends with upcoming trips.

We did TS @ Concourse Steakhouse - the server was rude & bored with the Dining Plan, prime rib & steak was ok, the lobster bisque was lukewarm, the bill was $97. I would not have wanted to pay that out of pocket.

Cape May was OK - the dessert buffet was great (oreo bon-bon's) - again I would not want to pay out of pocket.

Boatwright's Valentine's Day - prime rib was ok....by 3rd evening DP was not so exciting....chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake, cheesecake not much choice (we don't order dessert as a rule).

The best was Le Cellier - server was wonderful as was the prime rib & potatoes & the creme brulee was fabulous.

Chef Mickey's for dinner on Thursday - this was awful. Sorry - we knew it was character buffet having done it last in '99 - food was blah - character interaction was great though & desserts on buffet were good - mickey domes (?) :)

Used our TS Friday for breakfast @ Boatwright's. Food was OK but for some reason our server insisted that we could not have appetizer...I wanted strawberries w/cream - she said I could have a fruit smoothie - 2 drinks (??)...well I already had orange juice & didn't care for the raspberry smoothie. It was too sweet. I would have liked it if it were more like raspberry sherbert....this was way too sugary. Although there were many empty tables she hurried us out.

On our last night (Sat.) we did Boatwright's for dinner & it was better than a few days before - Prime rib was good but the potatoes were not so great. "Boatwright potatoes" were escalloped potatoes with quite a bit of onion. the server said they were "au gratin with parmesan cheese - NOT - the different person who brought our dinner said "scalloped potatoes". This time we were offered the "mickey sundae" which hit the spot for dessert.

The DP was way too much food for us. We don't usually each order appetizers or dessert. We did with the dining plan. & We missed having a "regular" tossed salad & there were no vegetables. The dinners consisted of appetizer like shrimp cocktail (these were huge-easily shared), soup, crab cakes & generally the "meat & potatoes" part. Also, we were looking for real yeasty type dinner rolls or french bread - got tired of the corn bread & bread sticks.

We did fine splitting CS for breakfast & lunch & actually had 7 snack credits left. We got a couple of waters, chips, mickey rice crispie things. 8 AM (had to catch ME @ 9) is not a good time to get cookies. They don't have them until 11 AM or so & we had nothing (like a ziploc baggie) to keep them fresh from the day before.

Just our recent experience....glad we tried the DP - we would not do it again as it wasn't so great. Also, we did not go to any 2 TS places like Yachtsman or some of the other 2 TS places. Also ADR's were great as we tried to change midweek to add Le Cellier on for our last Sat. night. no luck as they were booked full plus the girl said they were 30% overbooked - don't know if this was usual for Sat. night or because it was the beginning of President's week.
We surely saved $$ - we did get our money's worth but we ate more food than we needed/wanted & quickly tired of Disney food :) We did not have car so we would not have gone off Disney property anyway. I think we would have just eaten more CS, chef salads, taco salads, burgers.

My2Cinderellas
02-22-2006, 09:07 AM
I booked AAA rates through WDW. Do you know if I tried to add on the dining plan w/ WDW, if they would still honor my AAA rate; or do I need to try to get the package directly through AAA?

you can book AAA discounts on room only through WDW, but to get the AAA discount on a Magic Your Way package, you must book through AAA.

HTH!

G. Fite
02-23-2006, 09:07 AM
:( Husband & I just used dining plan for 7 nights....we probably would not do it again nor would we recommend it specifically to the 1 or 2 family/friends with upcoming trips.

We did TS @ Concourse Steakhouse - the server was rude & bored with the Dining Plan, prime rib & steak was ok, the lobster bisque was lukewarm, the bill was $97. I would not have wanted to pay that out of pocket.

Cape May was OK - the dessert buffet was great (oreo bon-bon's) - again I would not want to pay out of pocket.

Boatwright's Valentine's Day - prime rib was ok....by 3rd evening DP was not so exciting....chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake, cheesecake not much choice (we don't order dessert as a rule).

The best was Le Cellier - server was wonderful as was the prime rib & potatoes & the creme brulee was fabulous.

Chef Mickey's for dinner on Thursday - this was awful. Sorry - we knew it was character buffet having done it last in '99 - food was blah - character interaction was great though & desserts on buffet were good - mickey domes (?) :)

Used our TS Friday for breakfast @ Boatwright's. Food was OK but for some reason our server insisted that we could not have appetizer...I wanted strawberries w/cream - she said I could have a fruit smoothie - 2 drinks (??)...well I already had orange juice & didn't care for the raspberry smoothie. It was too sweet. I would have liked it if it were more like raspberry sherbert....this was way too sugary. Although there were many empty tables she hurried us out.

On our last night (Sat.) we did Boatwright's for dinner & it was better than a few days before - Prime rib was good but the potatoes were not so great. "Boatwright potatoes" were escalloped potatoes with quite a bit of onion. the server said they were "au gratin with parmesan cheese - NOT - the different person who brought our dinner said "scalloped potatoes". This time we were offered the "mickey sundae" which hit the spot for dessert.

The DP was way too much food for us. We don't usually each order appetizers or dessert. We did with the dining plan. & We missed having a "regular" tossed salad & there were no vegetables. The dinners consisted of appetizer like shrimp cocktail (these were huge-easily shared), soup, crab cakes & generally the "meat & potatoes" part. Also, we were looking for real yeasty type dinner rolls or french bread - got tired of the corn bread & bread sticks.

We did fine splitting CS for breakfast & lunch & actually had 7 snack credits left. We got a couple of waters, chips, mickey rice crispie things. 8 AM (had to catch ME @ 9) is not a good time to get cookies. They don't have them until 11 AM or so & we had nothing (like a ziploc baggie) to keep them fresh from the day before.

Just our recent experience....glad we tried the DP - we would not do it again as it wasn't so great. Also, we did not go to any 2 TS places like Yachtsman or some of the other 2 TS places. Also ADR's were great as we tried to change midweek to add Le Cellier on for our last Sat. night. no luck as they were booked full plus the girl said they were 30% overbooked - don't know if this was usual for Sat. night or because it was the beginning of President's week.
We surely saved $$ - we did get our money's worth but we ate more food than we needed/wanted & quickly tired of Disney food :) We did not have car so we would not have gone off Disney property anyway. I think we would have just eaten more CS, chef salads, taco salads, burgers.

This is why we are sharing the DP. We have 2 rooms booked and Dad and 2 DD are on the plan and mom and DD (10) are not on the plan. This saves us $608.00! We figured we could order salads and items not on the DP and make out much much better. I would have gone ahead and done all of us if DD 10 was not considered a Disney Adult but she wants kid meals not adult food! And this way we don't have way too much food to eat! Me and DD will pay OOP for the few character meals we do (or use the TS credits?) but either way it is better for my family to have 24 TS and 24 CS credits to share and pay out of pocket for anything else.
Dad is the only huge eater in our family and so he will get his money worth out of the DP but since the rest of us are vegetarian it just did not make sense.
Thanks to the folks for suggesting this!

PS-This is not to take advantage of the DP (not really) but to do what is best for us. If only Disney was not sooo expensive!

PoohHappens
02-23-2006, 09:19 AM
:( Husband & I just used dining plan for 7 nights....we probably would not do it again nor would we recommend it specifically to the 1 or 2 family/friends with upcoming trips.

We did TS @ Concourse Steakhouse - the server was rude & bored with the Dining Plan, prime rib & steak was ok, the lobster bisque was lukewarm, the bill was $97. I would not have wanted to pay that out of pocket.

Cape May was OK - the dessert buffet was great (oreo bon-bon's) - again I would not want to pay out of pocket.

Boatwright's Valentine's Day - prime rib was ok....by 3rd evening DP was not so exciting....chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake, cheesecake not much choice (we don't order dessert as a rule).

The best was Le Cellier - server was wonderful as was the prime rib & potatoes & the creme brulee was fabulous.

Chef Mickey's for dinner on Thursday - this was awful. Sorry - we knew it was character buffet having done it last in '99 - food was blah - character interaction was great though & desserts on buffet were good - mickey domes (?) :)

Used our TS Friday for breakfast @ Boatwright's. Food was OK but for some reason our server insisted that we could not have appetizer...I wanted strawberries w/cream - she said I could have a fruit smoothie - 2 drinks (??)...well I already had orange juice & didn't care for the raspberry smoothie. It was too sweet. I would have liked it if it were more like raspberry sherbert....this was way too sugary. Although there were many empty tables she hurried us out.

On our last night (Sat.) we did Boatwright's for dinner & it was better than a few days before - Prime rib was good but the potatoes were not so great. "Boatwright potatoes" were escalloped potatoes with quite a bit of onion. the server said they were "au gratin with parmesan cheese - NOT - the different person who brought our dinner said "scalloped potatoes". This time we were offered the "mickey sundae" which hit the spot for dessert.

The DP was way too much food for us. We don't usually each order appetizers or dessert. We did with the dining plan. & We missed having a "regular" tossed salad & there were no vegetables. The dinners consisted of appetizer like shrimp cocktail (these were huge-easily shared), soup, crab cakes & generally the "meat & potatoes" part. Also, we were looking for real yeasty type dinner rolls or french bread - got tired of the corn bread & bread sticks.

We did fine splitting CS for breakfast & lunch & actually had 7 snack credits left. We got a couple of waters, chips, mickey rice crispie things. 8 AM (had to catch ME @ 9) is not a good time to get cookies. They don't have them until 11 AM or so & we had nothing (like a ziploc baggie) to keep them fresh from the day before.

Just our recent experience....glad we tried the DP - we would not do it again as it wasn't so great. Also, we did not go to any 2 TS places like Yachtsman or some of the other 2 TS places. Also ADR's were great as we tried to change midweek to add Le Cellier on for our last Sat. night. no luck as they were booked full plus the girl said they were 30% overbooked - don't know if this was usual for Sat. night or because it was the beginning of President's week.
We surely saved $$ - we did get our money's worth but we ate more food than we needed/wanted & quickly tired of Disney food :) We did not have car so we would not have gone off Disney property anyway. I think we would have just eaten more CS, chef salads, taco salads, burgers.
Sounds more like you just did not like the food. We had a salad as an appetizer many times. There are really not any limitations on the menu when you are at a participating restraurant. Now if you would preferr to only do CS then I could undertand. The brochure does mention the limitations if using you credit for breakfast.

ReggieB
02-23-2006, 09:29 AM
Every year I look at whatever dining plan Disney have and work out if it's good value for my family or not. This new plan is a whole lot better value than the previous plans they have had, but they way we eat I still can't think we would do very well with it. We don't very often eat at counter service restaurants, we would probably use our full service credits up fast as we usually like to splurge at the 2 credit restaurants. Also we like to order the odd thing from room service (is this included or not?) Does the food and wine festival come included, as a snack or as counter service?..wow we would use those credits up in a day!!! I reckon we could probably break even on it, if we really planned it out but I just can't persuade my DH on it, he thinks I plan enough as it is! Which is fine it's his money!! We don't eat out much at home, so we like to make the most of our dining options.

How well do the staff do out of it, do they do better from the dining plan as they are guaranteed a tip, or do they do worse, because people don't leave anything over the 15% that's included. My servers at Disney usually always get 20% from me, unless the service was terrible. Perhaps that's why some people are encountering bad service...there's no incentive for the staff to be nice if the tip is already a foregone conclusion. Hopefully that's not the case.

daver
02-23-2006, 02:00 PM
You bet its worth it. For about $125.00 a day, the avg counter service meal was $60.00 - 100.00 and the table service was 100.00 to over 200.00. We stayed for 9 nights on the dining plan. There was more than enough food to eat. Often we skipped desert as it was too much. For the Counter service, you can choose from alot of things, and the food is consistant. Anything from sandwiches, bacon dbl cheeseburgers, chicken strips, up to 1/4 chickn and rib combos, all with large drinkc and desserts. For the table service meals you had a wide variety of choices. For example we went to the Coral Reef Restaurant For the 5 of us the bill was $209.00. The food was sooo good we went back the next night. The total was $229.99. We had 12 oz Steaks and the kids had pizza. We all had desert, and all has appetizers. I had Ceasar Salad with rock shrimp on top. WOW Awesome. If you are going, reserve at Coral Reef... I cant imagine you'd be disappointed.You can also book at Mama Melrose' for the Fantasmic package with DDP, then get into Fantasmic afterwards with preferred seating... need I say more? At the end we had to work to use all of the meals, and had 16 snacks left, which we went down and got the Mickey Mouse shaped rice crispie snack to have back home!
Also, some places allow you to order the kids meals from the adult menu as well.
Enough already, get the plan and EAT!

anneofgreengables
02-23-2006, 08:53 PM
Is this plan worth it if you normally don't order appetizers or desserts? Or if you don't eat at table-service every night? Plus, sometimes, I share my husband's entree at restaurants. So I'm wondering if we'll save more without the dining plan.

tabrizia
02-23-2006, 09:13 PM
I looked over the dining plan when booking and decided it was worth it for me and hubby. We tend to get an appitizer to split when we go to restaraunts and about half the time we get dessert as well. I figured out the worth by figuring out how much we had spent when we were there in 2001 and had only eaten three sit down meals. I then figured out how much it would cost us when we go in August if we only did 4 sitdown meals (longer trip, would add at least one sit down meal). I then compared that to the cost of the dining plan and they were basically even. So I was able to add 4 more sitdown meals for the same price as it would cost me for getting food while there (okay to be fair dining plan is costing me a bit more because we are paying out of pocket for CRT and a Boma breakfast) so it seemed like a no brainer to me. Sure we may not want an appitizer or dessert every night, so we just won't get one, the cost of the main course alone makes it worthwhile to me and hubby.

It really depends on the person on if it will be worth it or not, the best way to figure out if it is worth it is to figure out where you would eat if you weren't on the plan and how much it would cost you and compare. Since hubby and I tend to enjoy fine dining (though his choices are a bit limited since he can't eat meat) we figured the dining plan was a great fit for us. If we were doing mainly counter service or character breakfasts it wouldn't be as good a deal for us and we would probably not get it. It really depends on your situation as to what works best for you.

dabsjad
02-23-2006, 11:26 PM
Does anyone know if at the sit-down restaurants is it possible to get food-to-go on some nights ? I am planning a 7 day trip in Feb 2007 for me , dh, ds5 & ds3 and am trying to see if the DP is worth it for us. I am sure some days the kids are going to be so tired they will not want to sit and eat !!

Ashwini

Tinker*Shell*Bell
02-24-2006, 10:07 AM
Is this plan worth it if you normally don't order appetizers or desserts? Or if you don't eat at table-service every night? Plus, sometimes, I share my husband's entree at restaurants. So I'm wondering if we'll save more without the dining plan.

It sounds like in your case the dining plan might not be the best deal. Check out some of the menus at http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menus.htm to see some of the prices and decide what the best plan for you is going to be.


Hi
I'm trying to decide if the Dining Plan is worth it for my family.

It will cost us 603.00 for a family of of 6 for 3 nights.
...

Table Service

Le Cellier Steakhouse
Brown Derby
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Cinderella Royal Table
1900 Park Fare
Chef Mickeys

Also does anyone know a site that will tell me what restaurants are included in the plan and if it takes 2 table service "tickets" to eat at them.


Did you mean that you intend to do all 6 TS meals listed above? The dining plan only covers one TS meal per person/per night. I am confused. Brown Derby and Cinderellas Royal Table are 2 credit meals. You would need many more credits than you are going to have if you wanted to do all these meals.

If I misunderstood and you just want to know which ones are the best deal, I'm sorry. There are great menus at http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menus.htm where you can decide for yourself based on what your group eats if you would save or not.


Hope that helps.

cstraub
02-24-2006, 10:20 AM
It sounds like in your case the dining plan might not be the best deal. Check out some of the menus at http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menus.htm to see some of the prices and decide what the best plan for you is going to be.



Did you mean that you intend to do all 6 TS meals listed above? The dining plan only covers one TS meal per person/per day. I am confused. Brown Derby and Cinderellas Royal Table are 2 credit meals. You would need many more credits than you are going to have if you wanted to do all these meals.

If I misunderstood and you just want to know which ones are the best deal, I'm sorry. There are great menus at http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menus.htm where you can decide for yourself based on what your group eats if you would save or not.


Hope that helps.

You know a lot about the dining plan! I just have a quick question. Is sharing looked down upon if you order at one of the TB restraunts with a voucher? I never eat a lot and neither does my mom. Would we be able to share our meal at a TS restraunt with the vouchers?

Thanks!

cstraub
02-24-2006, 11:07 AM
If you are staying 7 nights is the dining package for 8 full days?

Thanks :goodvibes

twinsmamma
02-24-2006, 11:56 AM
You know a lot about the dining plan! I just have a quick question. Is sharing looked down upon if you order at one of the TB restraunts with a voucher? I never eat a lot and neither does my mom. Would we be able to share our meal at a TS restraunt with the vouchers?

Thanks!
you can share any meal unless it is a buffet or famly style rest. Just let he waiter know that this is what you are doing.
Also the plan is for the number of nights not days so 7 nights gets 7 c/s meals, 7 t/s meals and 7 snacks per person onthe plan.

cstraub
02-24-2006, 11:57 AM
you can share any meal unless it is a buffet or famly style rest. Just let he waiter know that this is what you are doing.
Also the plan is for the number of nights not days so 7 nights gets 7 c/s meals, 7 t/s meals and 7 snacks per person onthe plan.


Thank you! :thanks:

happiness
05-11-2006, 07:43 AM
I just went in April using the dining plan with hubby and five children. I stayed in DVC with kitchen. I would not buy the dining plan again. We would have spent less. We wasted time going out to eat every day instead of touring or swimming. We felt that we HAD to have a sit down meal every day which consisted of appetizer, dinner and desert (too much) because we paid in advance for it. We would have rather had a couple of slices of pizza at the boardwalk for 3.99 and walked to Epcot to tour. Instead we had to eat our meal which takes up to 1 to 1 1/2 hour.

DaniDownUnder
05-12-2006, 05:00 AM
I ran the numbers on our last trip before deciding to take the DDP for our July honeymoon. For one person last trip (2003) we averaged $45.00 per day and that isn't including appetizers or deserts! So, between the 2 of us, we end up saving roughly $20 a day...which means I can book us in for 1 character brekkie and dinner the last night at CRT which I will be able to pay for OOP with what I'll be saving....AND best of all, we'll get to eat at lots of TS places that we wouldn't usually be able to afford.

For the 2 of us we're eating at:

TS- CRT, Whispering Canyon (2 meals), Teppanaki, HDDR, H&V (or Sci-Fi...still haven't decided if Fantasmic is really an 'us' thing)

CS- Cosmic Rays, Casey's Corner, etc...

We LOOOOOOOVE the DDP!!! :love: