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Old 01-22-2013, 09:17 AM   #76
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I had a lot of fun with this tool, I added up where our current ADRs are for on our up coming trip, and TiW is the best $ option for us, however, my wonderful husband saw it and said, I still want to do DxDP, (difference was about $80), if we had to use a gift card or credit card after each meal, he would order the least expensive thing, want to share it, and have no snacks for anyone. So any savings aren't worth it to him, he'd rather pay upfront, and not think about it anymore so he could enjoy his vacation.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:45 AM   #77
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I get it but

I know its safe to say for my family the dining plan always saves us the headache of budgeting for food AND when we go on vacation we tend to eat more than when we are home and choose more expensive items.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:50 AM   #78
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Both of these are why I've done the DP in one way or another on all of our trips. It's just easier. It neither saves or costs us money. But the ease of dining is worth a lot to me (and DH) so it is the safe choice for us. We never share meals and I love not having to look at the cost of a menu item. This trip we even got GC to cover tips. If we wanted to we could go and never spend a single cent OOP (though I know we'll hit up a shop or two)

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I had a lot of fun with this tool, I added up where our current ADRs are for on our up coming trip, and TiW is the best $ option for us, however, my wonderful husband saw it and said, I still want to do DxDP, (difference was about $80), if we had to use a gift card or credit card after each meal, he would order the least expensive thing, want to share it, and have no snacks for anyone. So any savings aren't worth it to him, he'd rather pay upfront, and not think about it anymore so he could enjoy his vacation.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:11 PM   #79
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This is awesome! Thanks for posting!

Best use of it I've found is to compare whether the dining plan or room discount is a better deal (Free Dining or Resort Discount tab). We're actually better off getting the free dining plan and paying rack rate for our cabin - but not by much (about $130).

This also confirms that the changes they made this year (eliminating appetizers for adults at TS restaurants) means that the regular dining plan is no longer a good value. I don't think there's any reason to get the dining plan anymore unless it's free AND you save more money over a "room only" discount. That's become increasingly rare.

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Old 01-22-2013, 05:32 PM   #80
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This also confirms that the changes they made this year (eliminating appetizers for adults at TS restaurants) means that the regular dining plan is no longer a good value. I don't think there's any reason to get the dining plan anymore unless it's free AND you save more money over a "room only" discount. That's become increasingly rare.
Appetizers have not been available on the regular dining plan for the last couple of years. They are still available on the DxDP only.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:56 AM   #81
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I know its safe to say for my family the dining plan always saves us the headache of budgeting for food AND when we go on vacation we tend to eat more than when we are home and choose more expensive items.
We used to be the same way! This time we are putting the amount the DDP would cost onto a gift card. Then whatever we saved, we are going to use on souvenirs! We even said we would order as if we had DDP.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:53 AM   #82
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Both of these are why I've done the DP in one way or another on all of our trips. It's just easier. It neither saves or costs us money. But the ease of dining is worth a lot to me (and DH) so it is the safe choice for us. We never share meals and I love not having to look at the cost of a menu item. This trip we even got GC to cover tips. If we wanted to we could go and never spend a single cent OOP (though I know we'll hit up a shop or two)
this is so weird for me because when I did hte DDP eating was a million times more stressful.. It literally took all the enjoyment out of eating because I was spending more time mentally calculating what to order to maximize the plan instead of just ordering what I wanted.

I remember my husband looking at me like I was crazy one night because all Ireally wanted was a salad for dinner but instead got a steak because god forbid I didn't maximize the credits. I remember forcing myself to eat dessert even though I was full to bursting because "couldn't waste those credits".

Then I always laugh at people on their last day, running around the resort store trying to buy up junk after junk because they don't want to leave the 99 snack credits on the table.

DDP doesn't save us money and definitley doesn't make dining easier or more relaxing.

thanks for the tool OP
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:16 AM   #83
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:25 AM   #85
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this is so weird for me because when I did hte DDP eating was a million times more stressful.. It literally took all the enjoyment out of eating because I was spending more time mentally calculating what to order to maximize the plan instead of just ordering what I wanted.

I remember my husband looking at me like I was crazy one night because all Ireally wanted was a salad for dinner but instead got a steak because god forbid I didn't maximize the credits. I remember forcing myself to eat dessert even though I was full to bursting because "couldn't waste those credits".

Then I always laugh at people on their last day, running around the resort store trying to buy up junk after junk because they don't want to leave the 99 snack credits on the table.

DDP doesn't save us money and definitley doesn't make dining easier or more relaxing.

thanks for the tool OP
Shows a good example of how different touring styles work for different people. If it wasn't paid in advance my DH would worry daily that something would go wrong and we'd have zero money and need to eat. It's how his mind works. Doomsday I call it. Him knowing it's all paid before we walk through gates is worth lots.

Even selecting Low on the calculator showed we are breaking even with the dining plan vs. OOP. Avg was just slightly different. High was more in the favor of dining plan. Other factors are we will order a beverage 100% of the time. We'd order an app (to share) about 50% of the time. Desert less, more like 25%. Still didn't work against us money wise to use the DP.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:33 AM   #86
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Does anyone know if this takes into account purchasing the refillable mug? Our savings OOP would be $150 Vs getting the dining plan. BUT if you add in having to purchase the cups at $16 a piece x5 that would bring our savings down to $70. We use our Refillable Mug a lot so I know we would be purchasing them.

Just use the mugs from a prior trip!
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:34 AM   #87
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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!!


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Old 01-24-2013, 01:15 PM   #88
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This is truly FANTASTIC!!! I have been playing with it for days since I downloaded it. Thanks!!!!!
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:44 PM   #89
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I can't get the link to work
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I couldn't get drop box to drop down. Am using a Mac is that the problem?
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