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nklooz
10-25-2011, 09:18 AM
Ok, so, we are going in March w/Free Dining, and I'm trying to decide whether or not to upgrade to the Deluxe Plan. I've laid out our itinerary how I see it flowing both with and without. The reason driving the potential need for it is the number of 2 TS meals we have planned. Can you please review and let me know what you think? Is the DxDP worth it? Basicalliy, we will pay ~ $500 to upgrade or based on my calculations, ~$185 in OOPs.
Thanks!

WITH DELUXE DINING
3/3: Arrive MCO @ 9:30, CR by 11:30, CS Lunch, Nap, MK @ 1:00, Tour from 1:00-4:00, CR ADR @ 5:00, Back for 7:00 Parade
3/4: MK RD, Tour, 10:20 CP ADR, Leave Park by 12:30, 1-4 nap/pool, Back to Park for 4:30 Barber Shop Apt, 5:20 at CRT
3/5: HS RD, Tour, CS Lunch, 3:00 Pixar Parade, Depart Park by 4:00, CS Dinner @ CR, Pool/Relaxing Evening
3/6: MK RD, Leave Park by 11:30, CS at CR, Pool/Nap, Back @ MK for 3:00 Parade, 5:45 1900 Park Fare ADR
3/7: 8:20 Akershus ADR, Epcot, Le Cellier 1:00, Depart Park, Pool/Nap, DTD if people want, CS Dinner or just snacks
3/8: AK RD, 11:30 Tusker House ADR, Depart Park by 1:30, 2:30-5:30 Pool/Nap, Head to MBYBBQ @ 5:30, MBYBBQ @ 6:30
3/9: CRT ADR @ 8:05, MK RD, Tour, Back to CR, Late CS Lunch, Depart via Magical Express

WITHOUT DELUXE DINING
3/3: Arrive MCO @ 9:30, CR by 11:30, CS Lunch, Nap, MK @ 1:00, Tour from 1:00-4:00, CR ADR @ 5:00, Back for 7:00 Parade
3/4: MK RD, Tour, 10:20 CP ADR, Leave Park by 12:30, 1-4 nap/pool, Back to Park for 4:30 Barber Shop Apt, 5:20 at CRT
3/5: HS RD, Tour, CS Lunch, 3:00 Pixar Parade, Depart Park by 4:00, CS Dinner @ CR, Pool/Relaxing Evening
3/6: MK RD, Leave Park by 11:30, CS at CR, Pool/Nap, Back @ MK for 3:00 Parade, 5:45 1900 Park Fare ADR
3/7: RD Epcot, No Le Cellier, Akershus as Lunch ADR vs. breakfast, Depart Park, Pool/Nap, DTD if people want, CS Dinner
3/8: AK RD, 11:30 CS Lunch instead of Tusker House, Depart Park by 1:30, 2:30-5:30 Pool/Nap, Head to MBYBBQ @ 5:30, MBYBBQ @ 6:30 Pay OOP (~$155)
3/9: No CRT Breakfast, MK RD, Tour, Back to CR, Late CS Lunch Pay OOP (~$30?), Depart via Magical Express

With DxDP
TS: 12
CS: 6
With DDP
Remove CRT Breakfast, TH , LC, make Akershus Lunch vs. Breakfast
TS: 8 (pay OOP for MBYBBQ)
CS: 7

havoc315
10-25-2011, 09:58 AM
Ok, so, we are going in March w/Free Dining, and I'm trying to decide whether or not to upgrade to the Deluxe Plan. I've laid out our itinerary how I see it flowing both with and without. The reason driving the potential need for it is the number of 2 TS meals we have planned. Can you please review and let me know what you think? Is the DxDP worth it? Basicalliy, we will pay ~ $500 to upgrade or based on my calculations, ~$185 in OOPs.
Thanks!

With DxDP
TS: 12
CS: 6
With DDP
Remove CRT Breakfast, TH , LC, make Akershus Lunch vs. Breakfast
TS: 8 (pay OOP for MBYBBQ)
CS: 7

So what you're saying is, that MBYBBQ would cost you about $185 oop... but if you get deluxe, at a cost of $500, you would add four more TS reservations?

In terms of the math, I would need to know the number of people in your party and whether they are adults or children.

But assuming that the extra $325 is financially "worth" the extra 3-4 meals, then it really comes down to the subjective question of the type of experience you want.
Remember, the DxDP will allow you the extra meals, as well as additional snacks, and additional appetizers. Do you have any interest/need for those extras?
Will you miss those 3-4 extra meals if you don't get them?

Personally, if I was in your shoes -- I would not upgrade to deluxe, just to add 3-4 total meals. But I would upgrade as a way to get more 2-credit meals, and to eat TS instead of CS.
In terms of value, the upgrade would be certainly financially worthwhile, if you dumped some of your CS plans, and put in TS instead, and if you added a couple more signature restaurants.

BUT -- it still comes down to your subjective preferences. If you have no interest in more signature dining, if you are happy eating a CS meal every day... then I'd probably just stick to the basic DDP, and cut out a couple of the TS meals.

nklooz
10-25-2011, 10:43 AM
So what you're saying is, that MBYBBQ would cost you about $185 oop... but if you get deluxe, at a cost of $500, you would add four more TS reservations?

In terms of the math, I would need to know the number of people in your party and whether they are adults or children.

But assuming that the extra $325 is financially "worth" the extra 3-4 meals, then it really comes down to the subjective question of the type of experience you want.
Remember, the DxDP will allow you the extra meals, as well as additional snacks, and additional appetizers. Do you have any interest/need for those extras?
Will you miss those 3-4 extra meals if you don't get them?

Personally, if I was in your shoes -- I would not upgrade to deluxe, just to add 3-4 total meals. But I would upgrade as a way to get more 2-credit meals, and to eat TS instead of CS.
In terms of value, the upgrade would be certainly financially worthwhile, if you dumped some of your CS plans, and put in TS instead, and if you added a couple more signature restaurants.

BUT -- it still comes down to your subjective preferences. If you have no interest in more signature dining, if you are happy eating a CS meal every day... then I'd probably just stick to the basic DDP, and cut out a couple of the TS meals.

Thanks for the advice. It is me, DH, DD12, DDalmost2. We are staying at CR so I may add CG dinner for me and DH one evening after our long day at HS when DD2 will be beat. Are there other 2 credit places that DD2 would like? Would she like the Luau? I think we would use snacks on keeping up with DD2's milk addiction, ice cream breaks, breakfast foods for days we don't have a TS breakfast, and late night snacks for DD12. I also like the idea of the appetizers. Any thoughts on TS or 2 credit dining experiences to add based on our party and our itinerary?

I know some people say DxDP is too much food or too much time not park touring, but we can't do commando touring w/DD2.


Thanks!

nklooz
10-25-2011, 10:45 AM
I guess it seems like once you pay for a few things OOP, it isn't that much more to just add the Dx plan and get all of the add'l credits and benefits even if you don't use every bit of it. But, the general consensus I've seen doesn't seem to agree w/this so I'm not sure what I'm missing. Or, if I'm just not putting enough value on the ~ $300 for other things.

havoc315
10-25-2011, 11:03 AM
I don't mean to be cavalier, but to some people... $300 is a ton of money, the difference of an extra day on vacation. To others, $300 is one less fancy dinner some time in the year.

The monorail resorts do open up a ton of good 2-signature dining, all of which are fine with young children. We did California Grill and Narcoose's with a 3-year-old and 6-year-old.

From the Contemporary, it's fun to take the boat over to Fort Wilderness, where you can do HDDR.

Can't comment on the Luau, but we are trying it this year (4-year old now).

nklooz
10-25-2011, 12:19 PM
I don't mean to be cavalier, but to some people... $300 is a ton of money, the difference of an extra day on vacation. To others, $300 is one less fancy dinner some time in the year.

The monorail resorts do open up a ton of good 2-signature dining, all of which are fine with young children. We did California Grill and Narcoose's with a 3-year-old and 6-year-old.

From the Contemporary, it's fun to take the boat over to Fort Wilderness, where you can do HDDR.

Can't comment on the Luau, but we are trying it this year (4-year old now).

Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting that $300 isn't a significant sum of money, didn't mean to sound like that was what I was saying. Just trying to determine if that's the only disadvantage (increased cost) or if there's something else I'm missing because the reviews/feedback I get seem to be pretty blah on it. I have looked at HDDR and wasn't sure if it would be too similar to the MBYBBQ experience. Thoughts? Thank you!

havoc315
10-25-2011, 12:42 PM
Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting that $300 isn't a significant sum of money, didn't mean to sound like that was what I was saying. Just trying to determine if that's the only disadvantage (increased cost) or if there's something else I'm missing because the reviews/feedback I get seem to be pretty blah on it. I have looked at HDDR and wasn't sure if it would be too similar to the MBYBBQ experience. Thoughts? Thank you!

The disadvantages of the DxDP is it "can be" too much food, it "can be" too much time in the restaurants and away from the park. All depends how you use it.

I haven't done MBYBBQ, but HDDR is pretty unique. Though I didn't love the food, the kids loved the show and experience.

nklooz
10-25-2011, 07:29 PM
Thanks for all of the help!

sharonabe
10-25-2011, 10:50 PM
I guess it seems like once you pay for a few things OOP, it isn't that much more to just add the Dx plan and get all of the add'l credits and benefits even if you don't use every bit of it. But, the general consensus I've seen doesn't seem to agree w/this so I'm not sure what I'm missing. Or, if I'm just not putting enough value on the ~ $300 for other things.

While you may not do commando touring with a 2 yr old, you also don't know what will catch their attention at any given time. I think one of the drawbacks some people see with the DxDDP is it seems you're always stopping something you're doing to get to that next ADR.

Example from your own schedule is your Barbershop appt and your CRT appt. You don't have ANY room for the barbershop to be backed up. If they can't keep your appointed time, you will be late for your ADR which could be a problem or you will have to skip the barbershop.

So it becomes a question of value of time to be relaxed and not be rushing to get one more thing in before you have to get to that next meal.

TDluvsDaisy
10-26-2011, 12:16 PM
Please don't forget the extra tips that go along with the deluxe plan.

Now I am all in favor of upgrading. It's what we normally do because it helps keep us on a regular eating schedule and the necessary down time. But you really need to budget in that tip money so it's not a shock to the system.

I found that signature dinners really worked well for us on the deluxe plan. It gave my DS some really nice options that weren't readily available at other restaurants. We really enjoy Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios, California Grill, Citricos and Narcoossees.

hannahdrewmom
10-26-2011, 05:20 PM
Dxdp is nice when at the deluxe resort (especially with younger ones) because you have the option of room service as well. :thumbsup2 We were able to plan a couple of meals i the room or order pizza in the room instead of a cs meal.

My kids 4/2 LOVE flying fish. It's a louder restaurant, cool food, open fire kitchen and right on the board walk that they loved to walk on when done.

3pletprincesses
10-27-2011, 09:44 AM
To us it's worht spending the extra money for deluxe but you might not use all the snack credits during the day. We usually have more then half left at the end of the trip that we usually enjoy spending at the caramel shop in Germany at Epcot to take home.

We love the deluxe plan with our 4yo triplet. To some, it's a waste of time to go from one adr to another but to us, it's perfect time down. We suually try to plan for a morning breakfast or early lunch and then our dinner is either aroudn the time we would leave the park or right before we would head to the park after our afternoon at the resort. For us, it works and it's worth the extra $$. It gives us extra meals and better meals IMO when we go to a signature restaurant. We have been to eveery signature except for flying fish and Albert and Victoria(which they girls coulnd't go anyways) and the girls always found something to eat and we all loved our meals except for Narcossees.

We did MBYBBQ last May and it was a desaster. It was way too hot outside and the girsl got cranky really early... we barely had time to eat. Now you are going in March so I'm sure the weather will be just perfect.

Sosplashy33
10-29-2011, 06:47 PM
Ok, so, we are going in March w/Free Dining, and I'm trying to decide whether or not to upgrade to the Deluxe Plan. I've laid out our itinerary how I see it flowing both with and without. The reason driving the potential need for it is the number of 2 TS meals we have planned. Can you please review and let me know what you think? Is the DxDP worth it? Basicalliy, we will pay ~ $500 to upgrade or based on my calculations, ~$185 in OOPs.
Thanks!

WITH DELUXE DINING
3/3: Arrive MCO @ 9:30, CR by 11:30, CS Lunch, Nap, MK @ 1:00, Tour from 1:00-4:00, CR ADR @ 5:00, Back for 7:00 Parade
3/4: MK RD, Tour, 10:20 CP ADR, Leave Park by 12:30, 1-4 nap/pool, Back to Park for 4:30 Barber Shop Apt, 5:20 at CRT
3/5: HS RD, Tour, CS Lunch, 3:00 Pixar Parade, Depart Park by 4:00, CS Dinner @ CR, Pool/Relaxing Evening
3/6: MK RD, Leave Park by 11:30, CS at CR, Pool/Nap, Back @ MK for 3:00 Parade, 5:45 1900 Park Fare ADR
3/7: 8:20 Akershus ADR, Epcot, Le Cellier 1:00, Depart Park, Pool/Nap, DTD if people want, CS Dinner or just snacks
3/8: AK RD, 11:30 Tusker House ADR, Depart Park by 1:30, 2:30-5:30 Pool/Nap, Head to MBYBBQ @ 5:30, MBYBBQ @ 6:30
3/9: CRT ADR @ 8:05, MK RD, Tour, Back to CR, Late CS Lunch, Depart via Magical Express

WITHOUT DELUXE DINING
3/3: Arrive MCO @ 9:30, CR by 11:30, CS Lunch, Nap, MK @ 1:00, Tour from 1:00-4:00, CR ADR @ 5:00, Back for 7:00 Parade
3/4: MK RD, Tour, 10:20 CP ADR, Leave Park by 12:30, 1-4 nap/pool, Back to Park for 4:30 Barber Shop Apt, 5:20 at CRT
3/5: HS RD, Tour, CS Lunch, 3:00 Pixar Parade, Depart Park by 4:00, CS Dinner @ CR, Pool/Relaxing Evening
3/6: MK RD, Leave Park by 11:30, CS at CR, Pool/Nap, Back @ MK for 3:00 Parade, 5:45 1900 Park Fare ADR
3/7: RD Epcot, No Le Cellier, Akershus as Lunch ADR vs. breakfast, Depart Park, Pool/Nap, DTD if people want, CS Dinner
3/8: AK RD, 11:30 CS Lunch instead of Tusker House, Depart Park by 1:30, 2:30-5:30 Pool/Nap, Head to MBYBBQ @ 5:30, MBYBBQ @ 6:30 Pay OOP (~$155)
3/9: No CRT Breakfast, MK RD, Tour, Back to CR, Late CS Lunch Pay OOP (~$30?), Depart via Magical Express

With DxDP
TS: 12
CS: 6
With DDP
Remove CRT Breakfast, TH , LC, make Akershus Lunch vs. Breakfast
TS: 8 (pay OOP for MBYBBQ)
CS: 7
I would go with the DXDP, rather have more than less. Last April we ran out of credits on the DP, My three boys ages 12, 10, 6 like to eat so for our trip in May 2012 they have reminded me to pick the DXDP.

Mikey'swife
10-29-2011, 07:52 PM
Yours in a tough call. Normally I think upgrading is a lot of fun but a lot of your choices are really low end for disney extras. DXDP is great use for signature meals or other al carte places where you can get your apps.

CS $30
MBBQ $155
CRT breakfast is abou $120
TH lunch was $54 but may be more since it is a character meal.
LeCellier lunch would be around $90 for more expensive entrees (steaks) and desserts. would include more with apps on dxdp

Meals difference $449
extra snacks 18 snacks about $60 since you will probably get some fruit/drink/ candy things not really costing or worth $4 dollars

Difference not including mugs $609

Mugs included in dxdp in 2011 on both in 2012 some value as a souvenior otherwise a few free soft drinks if you want them at the resort.

Good Luck

Colleen27
10-30-2011, 08:00 AM
With an under-3 the extra snacks of the DxDDP are a nice perk. On the basic plan we'd have had a significant number of OOP snacks for our youngest on both of our last two trips because she often needed to stop for a little something between meals when the rest of us didn't. On both trips with her we used up all our DxDDP snacks without difficulty, rather than taking home to-go treats to use them up at the end of the trip, and it was mostly due to all the bottled water/juice/milk and fruit for her.

One suggestion I would make if you go with the DxDDP - instead of some of the CS you have planned at your resort, take advantage of in-room dining. Lunch on the balcony is just so nice when you've got a little one napping in the room!

nklooz
10-30-2011, 02:35 PM
With an under-3 the extra snacks of the DxDDP are a nice perk. On the basic plan we'd have had a significant number of OOP snacks for our youngest on both of our last two trips because she often needed to stop for a little something between meals when the rest of us didn't. On both trips with her we used up all our DxDDP snacks without difficulty, rather than taking home to-go treats to use them up at the end of the trip, and it was mostly due to all the bottled water/juice/milk and fruit for her.

One suggestion I would make if you go with the DxDDP - instead of some of the CS you have planned at your resort, take advantage of in-room dining. Lunch on the balcony is just so nice when you've got a little one napping in the room!

Hadn't thought about the snacks and the in room dining. Big plusses. Thank you!

Yours in a tough call. Normally I think upgrading is a lot of fun but a lot of your choices are really low end for disney extras. DXDP is great use for signature meals or other al carte places where you can get your apps.

CS $30
MBBQ $155
CRT breakfast is abou $120
TH lunch was $54 but may be more since it is a character meal.
LeCellier lunch would be around $90 for more expensive entrees (steaks) and desserts. would include more with apps on dxdp

Meals difference $449
extra snacks 18 snacks about $60 since you will probably get some fruit/drink/ candy things not really costing or worth $4 dollars

Difference not including mugs $609

Mugs included in dxdp in 2011 on both in 2012 some value as a souvenior otherwise a few free soft drinks if you want them at the resort.

Good Luck

So helpful, thanks for laying out like that. Really appreciate it.

I am leaning toward Deluxe. I know that we could better use it to try more Signature dining, and I know DD2 would behave but I don't necessary think she'd have "fun". Thanks everyone!!!

nklooz
10-30-2011, 02:51 PM
While you may not do commando touring with a 2 yr old, you also don't know what will catch their attention at any given time. I think one of the drawbacks some people see with the DxDDP is it seems you're always stopping something you're doing to get to that next ADR.

Example from your own schedule is your Barbershop appt and your CRT appt. You don't have ANY room for the barbershop to be backed up. If they can't keep your appointed time, you will be late for your ADR which could be a problem or you will have to skip the barbershop.

So it becomes a question of value of time to be relaxed and not be rushing to get one more thing in before you have to get to that next meal.

I think I probably have to go into it understanding that there is a risk that there may be some "wasted" money if we end up having to skip an adr. I guess that's part of my consideration.

Please don't forget the extra tips that go along with the deluxe plan.

Now I am all in favor of upgrading. It's what we normally do because it helps keep us on a regular eating schedule and the necessary down time. But you really need to budget in that tip money so it's not a shock to the system.

I found that signature dinners really worked well for us on the deluxe plan. It gave my DS some really nice options that weren't readily available at other restaurants. We really enjoy Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios, California Grill, Citricos and Narcoossees.

Thanks for the reminder on the tips!

Dxdp is nice when at the deluxe resort (especially with younger ones) because you have the option of room service as well. :thumbsup2 We were able to plan a couple of meals i the room or order pizza in the room instead of a cs meal.

My kids 4/2 LOVE flying fish. It's a louder restaurant, cool food, open fire kitchen and right on the board walk that they loved to walk on when done.

How does the in room dining work? 2 TS credits per person that order meal and then 4 TS for a pizza delivery? Is that accurate?

To us it's worht spending the extra money for deluxe but you might not use all the snack credits during the day. We usually have more then half left at the end of the trip that we usually enjoy spending at the caramel shop in Germany at Epcot to take home.

We love the deluxe plan with our 4yo triplet. To some, it's a waste of time to go from one adr to another but to us, it's perfect time down. We suually try to plan for a morning breakfast or early lunch and then our dinner is either aroudn the time we would leave the park or right before we would head to the park after our afternoon at the resort. For us, it works and it's worth the extra $$. It gives us extra meals and better meals IMO when we go to a signature restaurant. We have been to eveery signature except for flying fish and Albert and Victoria(which they girls coulnd't go anyways) and the girls always found something to eat and we all loved our meals except for Narcossees.

We did MBYBBQ last May and it was a desaster. It was way too hot outside and the girsl got cranky really early... we barely had time to eat. Now you are going in March so I'm sure the weather will be just perfect.

This is my thought, that we'll enjoy the down time.

Thanks everyone!!!

hannahdrewmom
10-30-2011, 03:36 PM
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How does the in room dining work? 2 TS credits per person that order meal and then 4 TS for a pizza delivery? Is that accurate?
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Yes and we loved it! It was also really nice for breakfast. We aren' huge breakfast eaters but the little ones are. So often we would order a stack of pancakes (HUGE by the way!) and split it between us for breakfast. You can order the night before and have it delivered for when you first wake up. Great 2 credits used and the little ones can eat while we get dressed! Bonus is we got fresh "real" coffee. We also used our extra snack credits for milk that we would keep in our fridge. Note: It will spoil you though! ;)

The pizza was nice too! There is no way I would have payed $65 oop for a pizza, 2 drinks, and 2 dessert, but on the plan it was free. It's also worth noting that gratuty is included on room service so no tipping!

nklooz
10-31-2011, 10:13 AM
Thank you!

Montegut
10-31-2011, 04:05 PM
We decided to go with the Deluxe Dining Plan because we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary next year at Disney. We went for our Honeymoon, and although Husband went with son on a Father-Son trip, I have not been back since. Since son is now in college, we want to enjoy some nice restaurants while there, and noticed many of the Signature restaurants take double table service points. The lower plan also only offered one snack, and since we'll be drinking at least two sodas a day, we knew the cost of OOP beverages was going to add up quick. I agree with above posters about the break, too. We're both over 50 and heavy, and we will likely often take a break to sit down and have something to eat before moving on to the next ride or exhibit.

ejrj
10-31-2011, 04:24 PM
Just wanted to say that I really appreciated reading the responses from readers with little ones. We will be traveling with one 4 yo and twin 2 yos. I too have been contemplating upping us all to deluxe (from free ddp) or just upping the 4 yo to an adult ticket and therefore better/bigger meals (so that we can have lots of good food to share with the two, two year olds). We really enjoyed a number of the signatures on our trip pre kids but wondered if they'd be a disaster with our 3 young ones.

beachbug79
10-31-2011, 09:24 PM
We did the Deluxe in August, and worked out well for us, and would do it again in a heart beat. We did a late breakfast or early lunch for 1 credit each day, and each night we did a signature restaurant for 2 credits. We brought our kids to the most of the restaurants, but put them in the neverland club and mousketeer club for 2 nights. That ended up leaving us with 4 extra credits, so we did breakfast the day we left. Our only problem, was we brought a cooler into the park with juices and waters and didnt use the snack credits. Ended up with 54 credits the day before we left. I ended up buying lollipops and rice krispie treats to come home with. We are going in August and I plan to go to Epcot and get some sweet treats for our room the first day. Although we used garden grocer and and had food delivered to us (we stayed outside disney for 4 nights to do sea world, universal and aquatica), when we got to disney we had reservations and our luggage was stored in the bell hop services. When we returned, our room 2 liter sodas, 2 boxes of juice and all our snacks never made it to our room.. (Along with $1748 worth of jewelry), all stolen from the baggage area at port orleans riverside... Anyway, we did bring the water we had into the park and the one box of juices. Next time, we would use the snack credits right away, and maybe just bring 2 or 3 waters each day. It was nice not worrying about how much money I was spending and having my girls dreams come true along with giving them the extra mickey bar, or popcorn that they wanted. Normally, I would make them do without..

beachbug79
10-31-2011, 09:26 PM
Also, keep in mine, Cinderella's Royal table (which was GREAT), hoop de doo Musical review (was great), Aloha Show (it was ok), and the backyard barbecue (we didnt do this one), all include the tip already, so thats a save right there...

nklooz
11-01-2011, 05:17 AM
Thanks everybody!! All of these responses are so helpful. :thumbsup2

laura428
11-05-2011, 12:54 PM
With two young kids, one very picky, we've found the DxDP to be a real value for us. We'll be doing our 4th trip this January with DxDP.

We love that our picky DD5 can find something she'll eat between the appetizers and entree. And, even if that fails, we have a bunch of snacks to supplement. (love those pretzels and muffins). :)

The one issue we've had is having SO many snacks left over. We're solving that this time by stretching our 4 nights' credits over 5 days (pre-check-in very early on day 1, and staying most of day 5), doing at least 2 2-credit TS meals, and spacing our bfasts and dinners so we'll most likely just have snacks for lunch. So more 2 credit experiences (Hoop Dee Doo, CRT) and five days of reasonable eating vs four days of stuffing ourselves. :D

ejrj
11-05-2011, 03:08 PM
With two young kids, one very picky, we've found the DxDP to be a real value for us. We'll be doing our 4th trip this January with DxDP.

We love that our picky DD5 can find something she'll eat between the appetizers and entree. And, even if that fails, we have a bunch of snacks to supplement. (love those pretzels and muffins). :)

The one issue we've had is having SO many snacks left over. We're solving that this time by stretching our 4 nights' credits over 5 days (pre-check-in very early on day 1, and staying most of day 5), doing at least 2 2-credit TS meals, and spacing our bfasts and dinners so we'll most likely just have snacks for lunch. So more 2 credit experiences (Hoop Dee Doo, CRT) and five days of reasonable eating vs four days of stuffing ourselves. :D

This is exactly why we are debating the upgrade to deluxe. One, we like the food offerings at the ts better than the cs. Two, We want to do a signature or two and a number of character breakfasts. Three, it will be my husband, myself our 4 yr old (girl) and twin 2 yo girls. I KNOW with the five us of and only three on dining plan that we will burn through the credits. Not like I'll be able to convince them to share one mickey ice cream. And with the extra food I know we'll always have enough for the twin toddlers without paying oop at sit down meals.

And yes, clearly by my paragraph above, I'm still trying to justify my want for the Deluxe plan!

laura428
11-05-2011, 03:11 PM
This is exactly why we are debating the upgrade to deluxe. One, we like the food offerings at the ts better than the cs. Two, We want to do a signature or two and a number of character breakfasts. Three, it will be my husband, myself our 4 yr old (girl) and twin 2 yo girls. I KNOW with the five us of and only three on dining plan that we will burn through the credits. Not like I'll be able to convince them to share one mickey ice cream. And with the extra food I know we'll always have enough for the twin toddlers without paying oop at sit down meals.

And yes, clearly by my paragraph above, I'm still trying to justify my want for the Deluxe plan!

I think in some cases, like yours and mine, it's totally worth it. It IS a lot of food, but if you have more days to stretch the credits, or more 2 credit meals, or lots of character dining, or picky eaters, or little ones who will do fine with the snacks, it's totally worth it IMHO. I calculated doing DDP plus supplements with additional meals/snacks vs. DxDP, and we came out significantly less expensive by using the DxDP. And I don't know about you, but when we're traveling with the kids, I want things to be nice and easy, and DxDP does that for us. :thumbsup2

ejrj
11-05-2011, 03:20 PM
I think in some cases, like yours and mine, it's totally worth it. It IS a lot of food, but if you have more days to stretch the credits, or more 2 credit meals, or lots of character dining, or picky eaters, or little ones who will do fine with the snacks, it's totally worth it IMHO. I calculated doing DDP plus supplements with additional meals/snacks vs. DxDP, and we came out significantly less expensive by using the DxDP. And I don't know about you, but when we're traveling with the kids, I want things to be nice and easy, and DxDP does that for us. :thumbsup2

Yes. This will be our first family trip but I'm all about ease of use. And I don't want to be constantly looking at the price of things. I realize that whether I pay oop on site or pre purchase that I'm still spending $8 for a hotdog BUT I feel so much better not thinking about it while I'm there! At least that is how I felt when my hubby & I were there in '05 and had the ddp. We will be there 7 days. How did your kids do with so much restaurant time? That I guess is my only concerning in upgrading - what if we spend all that money and then they can't deal with so much extended restaurant time?

ML_LovesDisney
11-05-2011, 03:26 PM
I feel like if you are a planner, DxDDP can be worth it. Especially since you are getting free dining and just paying to upgrade. I vote to try DxDDP. I tried it once, don't regret it all but wouldn't do it again because it's so much food but it allowed me to eat at many restaurants I wanted to try.

laura428
11-05-2011, 03:50 PM
Yes. This will be our first family trip but I'm all about ease of use. And I don't want to be constantly looking at the price of things. I realize that whether I pay oop on site or pre purchase that I'm still spending $8 for a hotdog BUT I feel so much better not thinking about it while I'm there! At least that is how I felt when my hubby & I were there in '05 and had the ddp. We will be there 7 days. How did your kids do with so much restaurant time? That I guess is my only concerning in upgrading - what if we spend all that money and then they can't deal with so much extended restaurant time?

I think you have to be smart about the restaurant time. It can get cumbersome, keeping you away from rides, messing with your FastPass times, etc. But if you schedule mealtimes properly, and at the right places, we've found it to be a welcome rest...

* We're doing three character breakfasts over five days... the kids NEVER complain about these because they obviously love seeing the characters (and then later don't feel the need to stand in line for meet & greets in the parks, which would take away from ride time). The other two mornings will be QS to allow for early starts.
* Only one TS for lunch, at Prime Time Cafe, because the kids love it and because we'll have just done QS that morning, then QS or snacks for the rest to allow for uninterrupted park roaming.
* 3 TS dinners, later in the evening if we've built in an afternoon resort rest, and Hoop Dee Doo (2 credits) for the remaining dinner.

Try to not get too overwhelmed by ADRs and your dining choices. Seriously, it can totally take over and make your vacation feel too structured. It's taken a few visits to the World for me to figure out how to maximize the DxDP so that we're taking advantage of all of the yummy choices yet not toss out the reason we're going to Disney in the first place - to have fun. :)