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Old 01-20-2013, 09:05 AM   #31
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Pretty sure the numbers are right, we're saving a good chunk thanks to the rate our CAA agent was able to get. Also, I think we're saving so well because we chose some more expensive restaurants than we'd otherwise not go to if we were OOP, part of the reason I like the dining plan. That and it's all paid for.

Now I have a good idea what our OOP costs will be. It also recommended where to use our credits. I guessed at a couple CS restaurants for lunch, won't always do that, but we'll be further ahead paying for some breakfasts OOP and saving the CS credits for in park lunches when we want them.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:20 AM   #32
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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....
My theory has always been that the DP is close to break even. You don't save buckets and you don't usually pay out lots more with it. It is wonderful to those of us who like to know we pay nothing more out of pocket once our trip is paid off. It's a mental thing more than a huge cost savings. So I think results showing a $100 difference one way or the other are typical.

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Works fine on my macbook
And thanks OP!! That is aaaaaa-mazing!!!!!
What software do you run on your MAC? Open Office won't see the drop down menu on the dinner column. I did remote to my desktop PC at work and pull it up with Excel and it works great on that.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:26 AM   #33
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Wow!! What a great tool. We aren't big ADR people, even going for 2 weeks we only have 4. So I figured it out with my estimates of where we would eat on certain days and even with high estimates it looks like we would save $500 WITHOUT the DDP so I was right not to get it.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:06 AM   #34
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Wow! I was debating the DDP, and I was correct in my thinking that we are better off without it. We do like a sit down every day, sometimes two and like several of the 2 credit places. OOP saves us $380.75 according to this. Unless a deal comes out, looks like we are going OOP this trip. Thanks for the link!
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:38 AM   #35
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This was really neat. I will save more OOP but if I decided I preferred a pre-paid plan, I now know which one would be cheapest for our family.

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Old 01-20-2013, 11:08 AM   #36
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This is cool and confirms what I thought: if my daughter was 9 the plan would be worth it, but because she is 10 it is not.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:39 PM   #37
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For those having problems getting the drop down bars to work (for number of people etc.) I had to click on the enable editing button which popped up near the top. Once I enabled that everything worked amazingly.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:39 PM   #38
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works on a Mac

My MacBook Pro was able to download the file. I entered the data using Excel for Office 2004.
I cannot, however, make ADRs using my MacBook Pro. I don't get the Continue or Next button, only the Cancel button. I can, however, make the ressies on my iPad. Strange but true.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:47 PM   #39
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Thanks for the info. I'll have to look at this more once we have our park days settled for October and see if there is free dining.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:55 PM   #40
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After playing around with it and checking the accuracy of the prices, I found that the total cost isn't very accurate (like several hundreds of dollars off). But it did confirm that TIW is the best way to go for our dining style (breakfast in room, CS for lunch, signature for dinner). I was surprised to find that the next best way to go is OOP, not the DxDDP like I suspected.

I do wish they would include the Swan/Dolphin restaurants, and I wonder how updated it is considering Bistro is now Monsieur Paul and Yakitoria House is now Katsura Grill.
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After playing around with it and checking the accuracy of the prices, I found that the total cost isn't very accurate (like several hundreds of dollars off). But it did confirm that TIW is the best way to go for our dining style (breakfast in room, CS for lunch, signature for dinner). I was surprised to find that the next best way to go is OOP, not the DxDDP like I suspected.
I have to say that I anticipate the dollar amounts are WAY off too. We have never spent $1500 for food and that's what it is estimating... I guess we'll have to see what happens this time!

Either way it's a pretty cool tool... especially for us WDW addicts!
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I don't know when it was last updated but I did plug in where we ate in October 2012 and then compared receipts from my trip back in October and when using the "Average" option, it said my OOP was $1,788 and using the "High" option it said my OOP was $2,312 and my receipts were $2,217 and we do usually (but not always) order the most expensive things! So it was pretty accurate for us!
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I have to say that I anticipate the dollar amounts are WAY off too. We have never spent $1500 for food and that's what it is estimating... I guess we'll have to see what happens this time!

Either way it's a pretty cool tool... especially for us WDW addicts!
Did you look at the breakdowns on the other tab by meal and then look at WDW menus and see if there was a glaring discrepancy? I'm not sure how it works but that could show if something is off!
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My theory has always been that the DP is close to break even. You don't save buckets and you don't usually pay out lots more with it. It is wonderful to those of us who like to know we pay nothing more out of pocket once our trip is paid off. It's a mental thing more than a huge cost savings. So I think results showing a $100 difference one way or the other are typical.


What software do you run on your MAC? Open Office won't see the drop down menu on the dinner column. I did remote to my desktop PC at work and pull it up with Excel and it works great on that.
I have Excel...I think its the latest version for macs but not positive. I'm not really sure why it wouldn't work in excel on a mac as long as you have excel. Its an .xls file which should work in excel on any computer.
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