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Old 12-28-2012, 12:43 PM   #151
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We have never done the DDP. We don't need the snacks, beverages, and desserts. We also don't want to be tied to ADRs. It's cheaper for us to go OOP.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:32 PM   #152
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What does OOP mean?
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:40 PM   #153
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:01 PM   #154
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My husband and I recently returned from a 6 night (12/17 - 12/23) stay at POFQ. We had "free" dining that actually cost us about $120 (that's what we gave up in room only discount). We didn't maximize the use of credits (used some QS credits for breakfast at the hotel which included one pastry, one fruit and one drink and used some snack credits for water), but we definitely would have spent much more than $120 on food for the both of us for the week. We ate two TS breakfasts (Tusker House and Kona), three TS lunches (Via Napoli, split lunches at Plaza and Sci-Fi), and one TS dinner (Yachtsman). We would not pay for the DDP as, for us, it is more food than we need.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:47 PM   #155
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So the dining plan in 2013 is around $56 a person. It would be hard to save money on the dining plan plus we'd be tied to reservations every night. If we ate at someplace like 'Ohana it would cost $35 per person, another $15 for lunch (and that's a pricey lunch) and $5 for a snack and we only break even. We can simply pay out of pocket, book reservations at the restaurants we want to eat at (Be Our Guest, 'Ohana and Cape May) and then eat wherever the other days we are there.
This is what we decided to do, too.

I had been debating about purchasing the DDP for months, but decided this morning to just pay OOP - no DDP. I had made ADR's months ago at several restaurants with the intention of using the dining plan. So I have 'Ohana dinner, Tusker's breakfast, Cape May dinner, Cafe 1900 dinner and Coral Reef dinner reserved. Even with the prices for those restaurants, I still think I will come out ahead or break even. We never (almost never) order dessert. We also don't eat lots of sugary snacks. So now that we are paying OOP for our food, I can order all the salads I want.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:58 PM   #156
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Currently we are struggling with the Dining Plan decision!
Right now we are set-up with the Deluxe dining, 2 adults, 3 kids (6-9 years old) which will cost $1,963.22. Since this is our 1st trip we will be doing alot of character meals. We will be staying 7 nights and have 9 TS meals booked (7 of them dinner). I conservatively calculated those meals costing $1,232.00 with using 65 meal credits. With that, we will have 40 TS credits left and $731.22 to meet our break-even point. I anticipate we will eat 8 more meals through-out the stay which will probably be counter service (maybe 1 or 2 TS). If we factor in our snacks (alotted 70 total) at $5.00 per snack x 70 = $350.00, we should meet our break-even easily! That's our thinking, whether it's right or wrong, we'll find out!
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:35 PM   #157
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We are visiting in May. I have been to Disney many times and have never had the dining plan. This time I am going to spring for it, and the reason is because we decided to not rent a car and just stay on disney properties and utilize their transportation. That alone is saving me about $400-$500 in rental and gas money (not to mention the time headache of dropping it off, picking it up, etc...). We also will be staying in the resort a lot, so the "Free" soda is a good bonus, and wife wife can put down the diets!

So in essence, the $780 I am spending for the meal plan is being offset by $400 (conservatively) in car rental since I will now feel at ease to eat onsite and not head out. That knocks the price down to $380, which is a bargain. Guess I traded the rental (which usually just sits there) for the food.

Sure I could just bring the cash, but this way its one less thing I have to worry about. Plus the whole "should we do dessert" is eliminated...the answer is YES!!
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:34 AM   #158
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I like the DDP for having the food already pre-paid. I like the budgeting aspect of it. I also have 3 kids who are actually Disney adults (15,13,10) and 2 of the 3 are foodies (like Mom) and will always choose the steak/Filet when we are at Disney and splurging so we do get our money's worth when we use it.

For this upcoming trip I originally booked the QSDP thinking we'd do things different this time. We still had a few TS we would want to do and pricing them out (breakfast at CP is a tradition for us but paying OOP is $100+, for breakfast, couldn't stomach that) it made more sense for me to move to the regular DDP.

We always like to do a TS meal once a day so it is easy for us to use those credits. We usually use the CS for lunch and breakfast, unless we have that CP ADR, is usually just a granola bar or something small in the room or on the go.

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Old 12-30-2012, 10:06 AM   #159
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We are skipping it this time after having it for many years. We usually prefer an app over dessert and would share those. I like to have an app and salad as my meal sometimes. We want a few TS meals but mostly CS. It just doesn't fit us anymore.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:14 PM   #160
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This is our first trip to WDW; we are DL veterans so DDP was never something we had to factor in/consider. I just can not decide what to do!! In DL we usually hit a charcter dinner once and maybe 1 TS. The rest is usually CS or snacks. We usually only stop once a day to eat and than grab something on the way back to the room at the end of the night (corn dog/pizza). BUT WDW has so many places to try. We already booked; Ohana, Be Our Guest, Via Napoli, TREx, and Coral Reef.

On the positive side;

- I LOVE the thought of everything being paid for in advance. No sticker shock.
- Trying new places we would normally not budget for sounds fun. A chance to enjoy some real family dinners.
- Try new dishes; no hestiation to order a big steak or have dessert.
- We have 7 nights so lots of extra time to slow things down; AKA more time for TS.

On the negative side;
- Normally my daughter and I would share things , not order dessert and be perfectly satisifed. Do we really need all that extra food? Will we come back 10lbs heavier?
- Will I spend more??

My trip is May 31st and payment in full date in mid April; so I guess my question is when do I have to decide by??
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:14 PM   #161
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This is our first trip to WDW; we are DL veterans so DDP was never something we had to factor in/consider. I just can not decide what to do!! In DL we usually hit a charcter dinner once and maybe 1 TS. The rest is usually CS or snacks. We usually only stop once a day to eat and than grab something on the way back to the room at the end of the night (corn dog/pizza). BUT WDW has so many places to try. We already booked; Ohana, Be Our Guest, Via Napoli, TREx, and Coral Reef.

On the positive side;

- I LOVE the thought of everything being paid for in advance. No sticker shock.
- Trying new places we would normally not budget for sounds fun. A chance to enjoy some real family dinners.
- Try new dishes; no hestiation to order a big steak or have dessert.
- We have 7 nights so lots of extra time to slow things down; AKA more time for TS.

On the negative side;
- Normally my daughter and I would share things , not order dessert and be perfectly satisifed. Do we really need all that extra food? Will we come back 10lbs heavier?
- Will I spend more??

My trip is May 31st and payment in full date in mid April; so I guess my question is when do I have to decide by??
You can add DP up to 72 hours before arrival. Definitely add and not take off within 45 days or you will get hit with a change fee.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:46 PM   #162
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Thanks. I think I will just save like I am going to add it and than decide at the last minute. Good to know I have plenty of time!
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:56 PM   #163
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We are doing the DxDP for the first time in Oct. I am very excited about it. We are going to do a character breakfast every day before park opening (my kids are VERY early risers) and eat a 1-2TS dinner most nights (my kids also go to bed very early and we will have enough adults that one will stay with them while the rest eat). We will most likely sit down for lunches as well. My kids will be 2, 2, and 4 and the TS lunches will be a time for us to relax since they do not nap. I ran the numbers and we will definitely save a lot money. When we are on vacation we like to eat and eat well. Doing a lot of TS will also help us avoid fried food, burgers french fries, and all that type of stuff for every meal.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:01 PM   #164
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Currently we are struggling with the Dining Plan decision!
Right now we are set-up with the Deluxe dining, 2 adults, 3 kids (6-9 years old) which will cost $1,963.22. Since this is our 1st trip we will be doing alot of character meals. We will be staying 7 nights and have 9 TS meals booked (7 of them dinner). I conservatively calculated those meals costing $1,232.00 with using 65 meal credits. With that, we will have 40 TS credits left and $731.22 to meet our break-even point. I anticipate we will eat 8 more meals through-out the stay which will probably be counter service (maybe 1 or 2 TS). If we factor in our snacks (alotted 70 total) at $5.00 per snack x 70 = $350.00, we should meet our break-even easily! That's our thinking, whether it's right or wrong, we'll find out!
The DDP is ALOT of food and alot of time away from the parks. I took 2 of my grandkids (both 11- 1 boy, 1 girl) 3 years ago on the regular dining plan and eventhough they like the sit down restaurants we chose, they seemed to get frustrated that our days were planned around a reservation and they didn't like having to stop what we were doing to leave to get to the reservation. Last year we took 3 of our other grandkids and did the QSDP and they loved it. We ate when we wanted to and never had to stop to get to a ressie. You will probably find that you will miss out on a lot of park time but you will love the food! Let us know how you like it! P.S. Even with the regular dining plan, we had credits left over (we used them to grab sandwiches at Earl Of Sandwich to take to the airport with us).
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:14 PM   #165
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Wow. I just went back to the 1st page of the thread and the regular DDP has increased in price by 42% since Dec 2008.
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