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Old 01-20-2013, 12:47 AM   #16
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Hey everyone! I found a great tool online for calculating the best Disney Dining Plan for me (and you)! These people I subscribe to on YouTube just uploaded a video explaining this CRAZY spreadsheet they have! You put in where you are going to eat and some other things like adults and kids and how much you tip and stuff and it shows you how much you should budget for meals if paying cash and shows how much you save or lose with each Disney Dining Plan. It's AMAZING!!!!!!!!! (oh and for you lucky people who can get Tables in Wonderland it does that too!)

The video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jMDg...456VJg&index=1

The website with the file is here: http:/www.seeyareelsoon.wix.com/seeyareelsoon

Of course it is free! I just had to share this because I found out that by not getting a Dining Plan I am going to spend $150 less on food!!! More money for souvenirs!

Greatest tool EVER!!
Thanks.. Can't wait see how it comes out...
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:52 AM   #17
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Thanks for sharing the link, OP!
OOP is $433 cheaper than the DDP. That pays for a good bit of a MYW ticket or the cost of a flight.
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:01 AM   #18
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Thanks for the post. Looks like a great tool. I'll have to wait and try it at work I guess. I can get it all working but for dinner drop down. There is none on the file when I use Open Office on my MAC. Hopefully it works on my PC with Excel. The other columns work great.
Same here...doesn't work in numbers on a Mac either. We have two PCs in the house so ill try there tomorrow.

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Old 01-20-2013, 05:36 AM   #20
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What do you open this with? My computer won't open it.
It opened in Excel on my computer.

I thinks it's a great tool but the video tutorial was like nails on a chalkboard to listen to. I had physics professors who were more interesting! But it was worth the time it took to sit through the video in order learn how to use it.

It looks like I would save under $75 by going OOP vs. getting the DDP for the trip that I have planned. If I were to get the TiW card, the difference changes to around $250. That includes the cost of the card. Looks like I'll be picking up a TiW card in the fall.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:40 AM   #21
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ooooh, dying to try this but dont have excel at home - i have some other Microsoft spreadsheet program.....i ll have to get my butt to the computer and try....

does this ask you for travel dates since buffet prices vary according to season? does it take buffets into account? 7/8 of the ADRs i have booked are buffets....but theres no way to tell exactly what the prices will be on our trip, they just list a price range (sometmes fairly large range).i havent decided if i will get the DP or not but maybe this will help me decide.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:52 AM   #22
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This is a super cool tool!!!

It confirms what I thought.... that the DDP will only save us money if we upgrade from a free dining plan or get a Stay/Play/Dine discount.

I do REALLY like the convenience of having everything pre-payed and not stressing about how much we are spending, but on the other hand I can see myself stressing about getting our money back from the plan.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:04 AM   #23
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Ha! I am dense!

Turns out that the DXDP will actually SAVE us $300 even without drinks or a discount. Looks like we are getting the dining plan!
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:16 AM   #24
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Thank you very cool and very helpful to help make up the minds of our family....
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:41 AM   #25
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very interesting......... wonder how accurate it is though. I plugged in our ADRs and guessed at which park QS restaurants we might eat at. Mine comes out to

Reg. Dining Plan - $1342
Out of Pocket Cost - $1449

So we'd save $100 by getting the DP....
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Same here...doesn't work in numbers on a Mac either. We have two PCs in the house so ill try there tomorrow.

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Works fine on my macbook
And thanks OP!! That is aaaaaa-mazing!!!!!
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Works fine on my macbook
And thanks OP!! That is aaaaaa-mazing!!!!!
What program did you use to open it?

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:48 AM   #28
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for our family it was a difference of $2.45 more doing the package instead of out of pocket dining... for $2.45 it is not worth bringing tons of cash and using our visa for everything. now we just use it for spending money and thats it trip will be paid in full before we go.....
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:51 AM   #29
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Im staying offsite, so i used it to try and estimate the cost of our meals that we will be doing at disney. It was really helpful. I then went to allears menus and looked up each restaurant and made an estimate there... They are pretty accurate. Im glad i did because i was UNDERESTIMATING my cost in disney meals. Now i can adjust!
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Same here...doesn't work in numbers on a Mac either. We have two PCs in the house so ill try there tomorrow.

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Wish I read all the way through before I downloaded it to my Mac
I'll try it on the PC today. Thanks OP
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