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Old 01-04-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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Is Quick Service Dining Plan worth it?

We plan to eat all of our meals at quick service places. Is it cheaper to go with the quick service dining plan? (It is roughly 40 dollars per day, per adult, for 2 quick service meals/desserts, and a snack).

Or, I'm thinking we should just pay out of pocket?? In looking at some of the menus, it doesn't look to me like 40 dollars a day for 2 quick service meals is saving any money?
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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unless you really know the places to go and the choices to do to maximize it out, no, it no longer saves money.
If you are planning on burgers several times and may skip desserts here or there, it's very much not worth it.
it is a budgeting tool for people i guess.
but i no longer see it as a money saver unless, like i said, you really know how to max it out (like with going to wolfgang pucks and getting the 19 dollar chicken a few times).
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:21 PM   #3
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We have used QSDP in the past and felt we saved money. This year, our oldest child is considered an adult, so the price would go up. We sat down with the menus and priced out what we probably would order--not exact, but after eight trips, we have a good idea of what we like. We found that the QSDP would end up costing us more this time around. It wasn't a lot more, but we are going OOP.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:46 PM   #4
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If you will order a soda/tea/coffee AND dessert at EVERY meal, then you might save a little money and you wouldn't really need to max out on every entree. Once you leave off any of the entitlements, you will start to lose money.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:44 AM   #5
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We have done OOP and done the QSDP and you can definitely save money by going OOP. Especially if you don't usually eat dessert with your meals it might actually COST YOU MORE money by buying the QSDP.

If you get a typical CS meal $9 and a drink $3 that is $12. Do that twice a day and it is $24. Add in your one snack you get on the QSDP $5 and you have only spent $29 for the day. Even if you added in 2 desserts (CS desserts $4) you are still under $40 a day.

If you prefer to have everything pre-paid before you get there then that is the only time I think QSDP is worth it.

Now like a PP said, if you want to seek out the expensive $15-$20 CS meals then you might get your money's worth or even save 3 or 4 dollars a day.

The only time I like the QSDP and the DDP is when I get it free. I wouldn't pay for it.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
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It doesn't sound worth it to me, but we haven't tried it. Sometimes my older kids will still order kids meals if they aren't very hungry. And we never want a dessert with a meal. We would like it later on, but then you can't get it later. And the snack is only one thing. Not a drink and a food item. Just one thing.

If they took away the snack and the dessert and gave us 3 quick service meals, I might do it (for the same price). Then if we want a dessert or snack we would just pay for it extra. But with the way it is set up now, it doesn't seem worth it.
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Remember that if you use a credit for breakfast, you lose the dessert entitlement entirely.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:15 AM   #8
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I don't think the plan is worth it unless you eat most QS meals at WPE in DTD. They are the most expensive QS I think with some entrees (salmon, meatloaf, salads) in the $15-18 range. Dessert is an additional $5-6. WPE OOP can be close to $30 per adult.

For just the typical QS at the parks, I don't think the plan is worth it.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:21 AM   #9
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I say DO IT! You will save a small mount of money if your family takes advantage of what you have pre-paid for. The convenience of just tapping your Key to the World card was well worth the meal plan. I will without a doubt purchase the dining plan on our next vacation.
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We used it once (2 adults and 2 children) and this was when you got 2 snacks per day on the plan. I roughly kept track of what our food would have cost compared to what we paid for QSDP and by using the QSDP, we came out a little bit ahead of the cost of food ordered.

The next trip we didn't use the plan but spent less overall on food and wasted less food. When we were on the QSDP, we got dessert with each meal because it was included but rarely ate more than a bite or two. None of us particularly cared for the carrot cake or chocolate cake that comes with so many of the adult meals. If you deduct the cost of uneaten desserts we probably would have been in the hole on QSDP value or very close to breaking even.

There were also several meals off of the DDP where we were less hungry and shared meals in various ways. DD and I sometimes shared an adult meal, DD and DS sometimes shared a meal and occasionally I ordered a kids meal instead of a full adult meal.

Now that DS is a Disney adult we won't do any meal plan unless it's free
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The only time I like the QSDP and the DDP is when I get it free. I wouldn't pay for it.
I agree with this.

If I knew I was paying OOP for the QSDP anyway, I'd just go with OOP for my meals and probably buy less expensive entrees. But, getting QSDP for free with our value resort in the eat/stay/play deal thing that we got, we upgraded it to regular DDP and that was totally worth it for all the character meals, and we can decide to get what we want at QS places.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:57 PM   #12
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Thanks for the responses everyone. After looking at QS menus and prices online, I'm pretty sure that it is NOT a savings to get the QSDP. We will definitly be paying OOP for our food.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:07 PM   #13
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Does the drink cup that is included the quick service plan alter anyone's view? If declining the quick service DDP and deciding to pay OOP, do you still purchase the drink cup for the resort drink stations?
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I personally feel that all the dining plans load you up with more food than most people can handle. And don't get me wrong, I'm NOT skinny either.

The only time I've ever done any of the dining plans was because of the Free DDP offer. I've done the quick service plan and the normal dining plan.

I like the dining plans because of the convenience (I don't have to carry extra cash or credit cards and it leaves the $500 credit limit on my Key to the World card free for alcoholic beverages and gifts). I also like the dining plans because for SOME reason I feel like I can order foods I would never order otherwise (I think that is because you get so much food and you aren't worried about what you are paying because you already prepaid).
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I say DO IT! You will save a small mount of money if your family takes advantage of what you have pre-paid for. The convenience of just tapping your Key to the World card was well worth the meal plan. I will without a doubt purchase the dining plan on our next vacation.
You can just tap your KTTW card and charge it to the room if you don't have DP-just as easy.
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