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lkool 12-30-2013 11:46 AM

Average savings from disney dining plan
 
On average when paying full price for the disney dining plan how much does money does it save? We used it last time and liked it for ease of use and budget but its hard to say how much we actually saved, I should have tracked it wen we were there.

Anyways I am wondering if the savings are more than 10% because on our next visit I am thinking it might make more sense to take advantage of the 10% off of dining that I get from the disney premiere card.

Thoughts?

KaLyn 12-30-2013 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by lkool (Post 50352631)
On average when paying full price for the disney dining plan how much does money does it save? We used it last time and liked it for ease of use and budget but its hard to say how much we actually saved, I should have tracked it wen we were there. Anyways I am wondering if the savings are more than 10% because on our next visit I am thinking it might make more sense to take advantage of the 10% off of dining that I get from the disney premiere card. Thoughts?

I took hours to figure this out. I went over menus and prices and figured out average meals for our family of 4 on our 6 night trip. We are saving $220 by using the DDP compared to paying OOP.

But of course each family is different and results will vary.

sbrost13 12-30-2013 12:18 PM

I'm wondering the same thing about the benefit of the Dining plan. We're going in April, family of 4, staying 6 nights (but only 5 days at parks). So far we've got reservations for Biergarten lunch, Chef Mickey's dinner, Ohana dinner, Be Our Guest dinner, and lunch at Sci Fi Dine I Theater. I'm leaning towards not getting the dining plan. I'm open to advice. Thanks.

lkool 12-30-2013 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by sbrost13 (Post 50352836)
I'm wondering the same thing about the benefit of the Dining plan. We're going in April, family of 4, staying 6 nights (but only 5 days at parks). So far we've got reservations for Biergarten lunch, Chef Mickey's dinner, Ohana dinner, Be Our Guest dinner, and lunch at Sci Fi Dine I Theater. I'm leaning towards not getting the dining plan. I'm open to advice. Thanks.

Well I don't think you can get a dining plan for less days than you are staying at resort, but check on that, because that would factor into your decision.

I love the plan, and would not vacation without it, unless I could save substantial money. If you have a disney premiere visa you get 10% off dining, but It's hard to say if that is a better deal than the plan.

The plan miakes life way easier, because you standing in a quick service line or sitting at a table looking at a menu with hungry kids and a hungry wife while your trying to determine what meals you can order and still stay within you budget. Also, it's paid for before you even get on the airplane so you don't need to think about it at all.

sharonabe 12-30-2013 04:47 PM

It all depends on how you want to eat. If everyone in your party wants their own dessert at every meal and everyone drinks soda/coffee/tea, then you can save on the DDP. How much still depends on what you order.

For a rough breakdown, the TS credit is worth $37.50, the QS $17.50, and the snack $4. This doesn't take into account the free refillable mug as that needs more math than I can do. I see that as a free souvenir as we find it difficult to use it while there since we eat most of our meals in the parks.

BrokeMack 12-30-2013 05:24 PM

We paid out of pocket in Sept, eating how we wanted. In retrospect we would have shared more meals. Unless you are really big eaters, or have several kids, the dining plan doesn't work out. At 18 bucks per kid it's great if you have 2.5 kids per adult. In my house with 2 adults and one kid and pretty light eaters, there's just no way it makes sense.

summermac 12-30-2013 09:43 PM

You also have to add in the fact that your tip increases when you add on dessert/drinks for each person if you don't normally eat like that. (We don't.)

DDP does not save us money.

By the way, what's this 10% off with the Disney Premiere Visa thing?

lkool 12-31-2013 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by summermac (Post 50356870)
You also have to add in the fact that your tip increases when you add on dessert/drinks for each person if you don't normally eat like that. (We don't.)

DDP does not save us money.

By the way, what's this 10% off with the Disney Premiere Visa thing?

It's the Disney Premiere Card from chase. It's helpful at the parks because you get 10% off on most merchandise and special character greetings. You also get 10% off dining at some restaurants.

MillauFr 01-01-2014 01:50 AM

I was looking into the Dining Plan but will probably skip it. Seems like you can easily lose money. I really don't understand why they include a dessert for everyone in the group at lunch and dinner. That is 8 desserts for our family of 4 per day. Does Disney really want us to gain weight? That is way too much food in my opinion.

supergoofy 01-01-2014 02:11 AM

It would cost me more money if I did it.

My issue is kids that eat like kids but Disney thinks they are adults.

Plus I don't need soda and dessert every meal.

And several places I want to go are not on the plan.

patsal 01-01-2014 02:30 PM

DDP costs more for us than OOP since there is no plan that fits the way that we eat.

wendybeth75 01-01-2014 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by KaLyn (Post 50352650)
I took hours to figure this out. I went over menus and prices and figured out average meals for our family of 4 on our 6 night trip. We are saving $220 by using the DDP compared to paying OOP.

But of course each family is different and results will vary.

That is about what we saved when we were there on the DDP. For me, moreso than the cost it was knowning that everyone could order what they wanted and I wouldn't "worry" about the cost.

summermac 01-02-2014 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by lkool (Post 50360723)
It's the Disney Premiere Card from chase. It's helpful at the parks because you get 10% off on most merchandise and special character greetings. You also get 10% off dining at some restaurants.

I have the card. Can you tell me what restaurants participate?

loveDisneyinTN 01-02-2014 09:55 AM

I agree that it is different for each family and their eating styles. For us it is a savings if only for the fact of he ease of use. I love the convenience of it and already having it paid for when I arrive.

sbrown29 01-02-2014 01:57 PM

I'm so on the fence about the dining plan. I agree, I know we wouldn't get a dessert with every meal if we are paying OOP. I've tried plugging in numbers and it is just taking me forever! Right now, I'm thinking it might be better to just pay OOP.


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