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Old 07-15-2012, 02:11 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by wetiger View Post
Great job Cafeen! We're going in late April - early May 2013 so I used your spreadsheet (application, really) utilizing the new dining plan prices to see if it confirmed what I was thinking. It sure did but I was surprised at the degree to which the DxDP is a bad deal for my family.

Bit of background - we're a family of 4: 2 adults, 1 10yo Disney adult, and 1 5yo child. We eat a lot and enjoy eating good food, so I was planning on the DxDP before the 2013 rates were released. We'll be staying 8 nights and I figured we'd use 17-18 of our meals at TS restaurants, with only 1 or 2 of those at signatures.

With the significantly increased DxDP rates for 2013, it seemed to me we'd be spending an additional $45-$50 per day on the DxDP, so I had already figured it might make much more sense for me to invest a little extra up front for an AP and a TIW card for me. Boy, was I right!

In filling out the sheet and calculating each meal, I tended to estimate fairly high for alcoholic beverages to try to account for the non-meal times when my wife and I would prefer a drink to an ice cream snack. I also estimated our food choices on the high end but tried to be fairly realistic. Here's what I came up with:

If we paid OOP for what I've estimated, we'd wind up spending $3,000. On the DxDP at 2013 prices, we actually lose money - $3,375 total once the OOP items and gratuities are factored in. By using TIW, however, we spend less than $2,000 - a savings of $1,000 from OOP and almost $1,400 from the DxDP! I know the cost to us will be a little higher since we won't receive a TIW discount at our non-TS meals and the spreadsheet doesn't account for that but it's still an eye-opener for me!
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Glad to hear you found out what works best . While I'm a big proponent of the plans (well, DDP and DxDDP...and that's changing with the hikes), I'm an even bigger proponent of figuring out what's best for your trip, hence the size and scope of the sheet.

I'm also more seriously looking into bringing this to a web-based platform. All the math is figured out, so it's just a matter of coding it all (which won't be too difficult, I can do that too ). I think the UI is really what's holding me back on it and have to think of something that works for it. Besides, if I do that, then when someone finds a bug or an issue (e.g. the inability to select TiW on/off for specific TS/QS meals), I can fix it and their stuff will just have the updates applied (yep, I'm going to have the ability to "save" an itinerary in the web-form as well).
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