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Old 03-27-2013, 02:42 PM   #31
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Also may be nice to get a dessert here and there and live it up a bit.
And by not being on the plan you can have it whenever you want, and not feell ike you have to have it right after you have eaten (and may be full).
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:40 PM   #32
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Use the spreadsheet!

Having gone to WDW without a dining plan, with basic dining plan (1CS & 1TS) and deluxe dining plan, I can honestly say we love using the Deluxe dining plan. However, we are a 3 meal per day group of gals (mom, me and dd11) who need to keep the blood sugar levels even. We also like the break from the heat to sit down and be served in air conditioning.

Being a planner, I already know what park we are going to be in on what day (we only get the base tickets so I plan ahead). Knowing that, I am able to plan where we go for breakfast (not always at a park) then lunch at the park we are in followed later in the day by dinner at either a resort restaurant or park restaurant. We NEVER feel too full and I always end up paying OOP for something like CS while at the resort pool (kids get hungry after swimming!).

Having said all that...I liked the spreadsheet as it came within $20 to $50 of what I would spend per day on the Deluxe Dining Plan. It does make me question whether or not I want to go without a ding plan...wait to see if free dining comes out (which would possibly push our dates to August) or just do it!
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