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OLDNDRED
04-01-2005, 11:25 AM
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Is it worth the $70 per day for a couple with no kids? We will probably not be doing Character meals, but would enjoy the other sit down dinning choices. Do you have to eat 3 big meals a day to make it work?




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estnh
04-01-2005, 11:53 AM
We think it is. You really only have to eat one table service meal per day to make it worthwhile. Here's an example thats been posted previously:

For example, go to the Concourse Steakhouse and order a shrimp cocktail ( $8.99), an 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($ 27.99) , a cheesecake for dessert ($ 6.99), then add on a coffee for $ 1.75. Totals $ 45.72. Then add on the tip (15%--$7.00 and the Florida Tax around $3.00. Your total for that ONE meal is $55.72. For that day, you have paid only $35.00, and on top of the dinner you had for $ 55.72, for lunch you had a counter service for around $10 and a soft drink in the parks for $ 2.00. For the day, you got around $ 68.00 worth of food for $35.00.

Tnkrbelle565
04-01-2005, 12:25 PM
We are adding on the Dining plan this year specifically looking at how much we spent last year. Food ran us around $100/day for DH and I when you factor in a sit down meal, a counter service meal, and snacks/drinks. This year we have the dining plan for $70 a day.

MomofKatie
04-01-2005, 03:45 PM
You have to think of your normal eating habits... if you usually only do Counter svc meals on the run, don't order appetizers or desserts at table service restaurants, or enjoy being more spontaneous (not being tied down by PS times, etc), the meal plan MIGHT not be a good fit for you.

Take a look at the menus on allearsnet.com and price out your normal choices. If you would spend more than $35 per day for your meals (tax and tip included), then the Dining plan is worth it. If not, then it may or may not be a good deal.

Do you want to eat at more TS restaurants as opposed to all CS? Do you want to be able to order anything on the menu, and not worry about price? Do you want to pre-pay your meals, so the cost is known? Are you okay with staying to a schedule of PS times for your TS meals? If so, give the Dining plan a try! If you don't like it, you will know not to do it in the future.

Luv2Roam
04-01-2005, 05:27 PM
I think it is a great deal for adults. A plus is that guests will most likely order something they normally would not want to pay full price for, including appetizers and desserts.

gizfish
04-01-2005, 11:42 PM
Make sure you look at the restaurants that are included in the plan before you decide, since they are kind of limited. Also, if you are not big eaters, eating that way every day of your trip may be uncomfortable, and if towards the end of the trip you start skipping some things like appetizer or dessert, you may not end up getting your money's worth.

DebbieB
04-02-2005, 12:04 AM
:confused3 :confused3 :confused3 [B]Help!
Is it worth the $70 per day for a couple with no kids? We will probably not be doing Character meals, but would enjoy the other sit down dinning choices. Do you have to eat 3 big meals a day to make it work?


You don't get 3 big meals with MYW. You get one sitdown meal, one counter service meal and one snack. To make it work, you need to get the most out of the sitdown meal.

MommyBoo!
04-02-2005, 12:01 PM
Am I right in that you can't get a discount on your room if you have the dining package? I've already got a AAA discount. Hopefully I'll get a code for an even better rate. WIll I lose that discount if I take the dining plan?

dimoe
04-02-2005, 12:10 PM
I personally look at it this way that even if I dont spend the whole amount I have a prepaid eating plan. I dont have to worry about charging or how much food might be. I have a husband who is pooh size lol and he eats a lot so I booked a sit down all you can eat buffet everynight so he can enjoy. I think it is a wonderful plan if not for the very reason it is paid for before I leave and dont have to worry about how much we would spend on food.
imho
Diane

estnh
04-02-2005, 12:12 PM
I personally look at it this way that even if I dont spend the whole amount I have a prepaid eating plan. I dont have to worry about charging or how much food might be. I have a husband who is pooh size lol and he eats a lot so I booked a sit down all you can eat buffet everynight so he can enjoy. I think it is a wonderful plan if not for the very reason it is paid for before I leave and dont have to worry about how much we would spend on food.
imho
Diane

Excellent point! One less thing to worry about.

mommykds
04-02-2005, 12:14 PM
I think it's a good idea. I also like the idea of not having to bring another $1000 just for food..it will be paid before we go.

estnh
04-02-2005, 02:25 PM
Am I right in that you can't get a discount on your room if you have the dining package? I've already got a AAA discount. Hopefully I'll get a code for an even better rate. WIll I lose that discount if I take the dining plan?

You can combine the AAA discount with a MYW package, but you have to book the whole package through AAA, not Disney.

iwannabeminnie
04-02-2005, 05:02 PM
It sounds good in theory, but DH and I can usually split an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert and be STUFFED. Therefore by being on the dining plan we will have spent twice as much as we would have otherwise.

Ness2289
04-02-2005, 06:09 PM
Then add on the tip (15%--$7.00...

I just want to make sure I'm understanding correctly. I have the dining plan also. The tip is PRE-PAID as well, correct? When we finish our meal, we get up and go, right? The last thing I want to do is not tip a CM! :blush:

estnh
04-02-2005, 06:23 PM
I just want to make sure I'm understanding correctly. I have the dining plan also. The tip is PRE-PAID as well, correct? When we finish our meal, we get up and go, right? The last thing I want to do is not tip a CM! :blush:


Yes, a 15% gratuity is included. However, when we use the plan, I think if the service is very good, I will leave a little extra. Also, if you have beer or wine, which are not covered by the plan, I think it would be necessary to leave a tip on that amount.

MomofKatie
04-02-2005, 08:12 PM
It sounds good in theory, but DH and I can usually split an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert and be STUFFED. Therefore by being on the dining plan we will have spent twice as much as we would have otherwise.
You could share one credit per meal- and use the extra credits for more meals and Signature dining. That way you could sit down for up to two meals a day, and counter svc for one.

plove53
01-08-2007, 03:41 PM
It sounds good in theory, but DH and I can usually split an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert and be STUFFED. Therefore by being on the dining plan we will have spent twice as much as we would have otherwise.


This is what I was thinking... I had GBS and CAN'T eat as much and we share meals...

The only thing would be... you can't share the buffet.

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NemoMOm
01-08-2007, 05:01 PM
I read that a couple people are saying $70 a per couple? Is there a discount? I was qted 79. Thanks!

just another guy
01-08-2007, 05:48 PM
I read that a couple people are saying $70 a per couple? Is there a discount? I was qted 79. Thanks!

Thats because this thread is over a year and a half old.

Lancer
01-08-2007, 10:42 PM
The current price is $38.99/person for the dining plan.

bkfree
01-08-2007, 11:03 PM
Yes, a 15% gratuity is included. However, when we use the plan, I think if the service is very good, I will leave a little extra. Also, if you have beer or wine, which are not covered by the plan, I think it would be necessary to leave a tip on that amount.

Actually 18% gratuity is paid to the server based on the actual total amount of your meal. So when we add that into what we would normally spend on eating, the DDP is a great deal for us.Us consists of Me, DH, DS7 and DD5.
Our last trip to Disney not on the plan and eating a TS, CS and Snack x 4 we spent on average $165 a day plus tips and this did not include dessert with dinner, on the plan we spend $98.Over the course of our trip next week, that is a savings of $402 based on the last reciepts.We got a $389 dollar discount credit after booking and paying for our trip through Disney Visa Special that occured, so our meal plan is only costing us $101.

Tinkerbell10403
01-08-2007, 11:53 PM
The DDP is definately worth it..even for couples! For $35.00 per person..you will def. get your $$'s worth. You can even use your CS credits for breakfast at your resort...eat a snack during the day and dine TS at night. My family always uses the DDP...its just such a great deal, especially when eating character meals with 5 people...the bill is always atleast $150.00.

lynn71092
01-09-2007, 01:51 PM
Yes, a 15% gratuity is included. However, when we use the plan, I think if the service is very good, I will leave a little extra. Also, if you have beer or wine, which are not covered by the plan, I think it would be necessary to leave a tip on that amount.


That is an excellent idea!!
I keep thinking about the free food and the tips included and forgot about the alcohol. Thanks for mentioning that so we'll be sure to tip well on the drinks!!

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loveshak22
01-12-2007, 04:53 PM
If you are eating using the DDP are the portions the same? And can you order anything on the menu?? Excluding alcoholic beverages of course!

My husband and I are going at the end of January (no kids) and I've made reservations at the Concourse, 50's Primetime Cafe, and Whispering Canyon...I think the DDP is the way to go. We won't eat 2 apps, 2 entrees and 2 desserts but it'll still be cheaper.

It seems like you don't get enough food during the day and too much at night. I'd like 2 QS a day (1 breakfast and 1 lunch) and then a TS a day but with only 1 app and 1 dessert to share between both of us.....that'd be perfect for us. I know that if my husband and I get to the park at 8:00 a.m. and we don't eat dinner until 7:00 p.m. that 1 QS and 1 snack will not hold us over for 11 hours.

JimMIA
01-12-2007, 08:06 PM
Yes, a 15% gratuity is included. However, when we use the plan, I think if the service is very good, I will leave a little extra.Actually, the included gratuity is 18%, and yes, it's good manners to leave more if the service was extra good. Tax is also included in the DDP. I'm not sure what that tax rate is (In Florida, hotels and restaurants usually have a "resort tax" that is somewhat higher than the base sales tax, so this might be as high as 11-12%)Also, if you have beer or wine, which are not covered by the plan, I think it would be necessary to leave a tip on that amount.If you have alcoholic beverages -- or any other items not include on the DDP -- you will get a separate check which will also include the standard 18% gratuity. That should be clearly shown on the receipt, but some diners miss it. Intentional extra thoughtful tips are appreciated, but don't accidentally double-tip!

julie222
01-13-2007, 02:15 PM
Do you have to make reservations or can you make reservations for the table service meal?:confused3