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Old 01-19-2013, 03:28 PM   #21
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Hardy, VA
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The dining plan used to be a good value. You used to get appetizers and tip included, and it was quite a bit cheaper as prices have risen significantly. We stopped buying it after we did an experimental trip when we ordered and ate what we wanted oop and still came out way ahead. We still did ts and qs daily, but we really didn't all need our own dessert or even entree every lunch and dinner. It's just too much food. But also, sometimes we wanted an appetizer, or you find yourself ordering a different meal just bc it gives you more value....I think you will be just fine if you just hold the money that it would cost you, you will come out ahead and have extra in your pocket.

Also, we also had a trip where everyone got sick....we ended up wasting a lot of credits bc at least one of us was not eating at most meals. You are prepaying for meals when you might possibly skip for one reason or another. It is so hard to break even or come ahead, 1 table service credit can tip you to spending more.

However, if you or your party are the type where you stress every time you shell out 25/entree or 4/snack, it can be less stressful to just go ahead and prepay for the dining plan. We avoid the sticker shock by buying gift cards slowly and using those for a lot of meals and snacks. You can use them almost anywhere in the World. It's our way of doing a custom dining plan
Jenn DH DS (12) DD (9)

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