Originally Posted by mariamouse
How discounted are tickets typically when you buy a package? Less expensive than through Undercover Tourist?
And at what point does the DDP typically become economically advantageous for a familly?
Despite being Disney World veterans, we have never booked a package. I am in the process of helping my relatives (family of 4 including a young daughter) plan a 4-night trip at the end of August. They will likely stay at the WL/BC, although a moderate is a possibility. They would like to book maybe three character dining reservations.
Thoughts on whether or not it would just be cheaper to book the room-only once released + pay out-of-pocket for meals + Undercover Tourist tix (four 4-day park hoppers)?
The only way to know if the dining plan will save a family more money than paying OOP is to crunch the numbers. But usually if a family of four, 2 adults and 2 children (age 3-9) have a lot of character meals and buffets, they will save money on the dining plan. The character meals and dinner buffets cost more for a child than a whole day on the dining plan. But the dining plan doesn't work out cheaper for everyone. There are lots of discussions about the pros and cons on the dining board.
The way to know how much you are saving by buying discounted tickets through Disney vs Underground Tourist is to try booking a room only reservation and a room plus tickets reservation. Subtract the difference and that is essentially your ticket cost.
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