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Old 05-15-2013, 01:17 PM   #31
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Back-- Update!! I have 2 kids under 10. When all was said and done saved just over $200. ONlLY ordered what I WANTED to eat. My DH is an eater, likes steak and ribs. Did not "stress" and have an unenjoyable vacation either. Just ate what we wanted and focused on eating more than a salad or sandwich. Wasn't a contest by any means, just curious what we spent vs. what we spent if you KWIM. I agree-- just with SNACKS we completely came out ahead- focusing on the $5 snacks instead of the $1 and $2 snacks really added up. YUMMY Goofy's Candy Co Krispie treats to name just one huge, yummy and higher priced snack credit.
And if you save money while doing that, then you're "doing it right" . Grats on the savings.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:42 AM   #32
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I would totally have to disagree.
I love the dining plan and use it every time we go.
I am doing the deluxe dining plan for my December trip.

I had booked a AAA package for a past trip, using whatever discount the AAA package got me.
When They announced a free dining package, I had them change my package from AAA to free dining, and it only saved me $125 over the course of my 9 day trip.
So it is definitely not "Free" dining when you use one of those promotions, because you are now paying the rack rate for the room.

That being said, I think the dining plan is a great way to prepay the dining portion of your vacation, and I think it allows me to eat at some restaurants that I might not normally have tried, has I had to pay out of pocket for my meals.

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We have never used a room only discount. And YES the dining plan is actually 100% free. I booked my vacation paying rack rate for 9 nights in a family suite. Booked and paid for. Then the free dining promo came out and I added it to our already booked and paid for reservation. BOOM. FREE DINING IS FREE. It saved us $275 a day not having to pay for the dining plan.

If you save 20% off a value room that would have saved us about $40 a night. Taking the free dining with 5 Disney adults saved us $275 a night.

Just because you pay full price rack rate for the room doesn't mean the dining isn't free. That is just a silly way to look at things. If you go into JCPenneys and pay full price for a pair of jeans to get a tank top free, just because you didn't get a discount on the jeans doesn't mean the tank top wasn't free.

Usually ppl who don't like the dining plan are the ones who will come into these threads and say THE DINING PLAN ISN'T REALLY FREE. Yes it is.

If you have 5 Disney adults in a room there will never be ANY DISCOUNT that is a better discount than free dining. Even if you are in a $400 a night room and get a 35% off room discount the free dining for 5 adults will still be double the discount the room only discount is.

Even if there are only 2 of us and we stay in a mod ($180 a night) a 25% room only discount would save us a little over $40 a night. The free dining would save us $110 a night. So no matter how you look at it, unless you are just 2 ppl and you are staying in a $400 a night room and get 30% or better room discount, the free dining will always save you more. Period.
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