|01-12-2013, 10:18 AM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2001
Think about WHAT you order when deciding to get the plan!
We just returned from our ninth trip to WDW, our first using the dining plan. I have always crunched the numbers before and it never seemed to be significant savings for us, so we always opted out. This trip, however, we did the Play, Stay and Dine. While it wasn't free dining, the savings were considerable (about $750 over 5 days), so we did the plan this time.
It was certainly easy enough to understand, but you do need to keep track of your credits. Our numbers seemed to fluctuate at random, actually lower in the beginning of the day than at the end! Upon checking out it said we had three QS credits less than my receipts showed. Since we couldn't have used them anyway I didn't bother discussing it with anyone.
The biggest problem for us with the plan is that it didn't fit the way we eat. We are a family of four, and at WDW we like to order a few appetizers to share, someone will maybe get soup, we split two entrees, and then maybe a dessert or two.
Dollar-wise, this works out to about what we would spend if on the plan. However, the plan doesn't let us order what we want. This time the savings were significant enough that I would do it again, but not if the savings were only a couple of hundred dollars. I paid for that savings with my ability to be flexible.
Also, people remark that they like everything being paid for before their trip - except it isn't. For every TS meal we still had to pay around $50 for tip and the occasional cocktail or appetizer.
I do think the plan has affected the quality of food at WDW, and overall made dining there less pleasant (crazy ADRS six months out, dumbed-down menus, etc). However, I don't feel - as others here have posted - that I received slower service or my dish would have been any better if I were paying OOP.
Just some things to consider when deciding if the dining plan is right for you...
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