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Old 05-30-2013, 12:46 PM   #16
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My husband and I are planning a trip to WDW this fall! Although we've decided on a resort we are now thinking about Dining Plan (or not) options. We last went in 2011 and had the DDP. That was our first time on a Dining Plan. We certainly enjoyed it and thought it was a good value (although we never crunched the numbers). We also thought that it was a lot of food. I love the idea of everything being included and we also were thinking about trying some signatures and/or shows so we had started to think about the idea of doing DXDP. Given the cost and the fact that we were stuffed to the gills on DDP we are hesitant. Given some food restrictions that we have now that we didn't have in '11 we likely won't be getting dessert as much which makes DXDP appealing (appetizer option). Long story short - after all this back and forth I was thinking about going OOP! I started to crunch the numbers and honestly at some restaurants I'd prefer ordering a salad and appetizer over an entree.

So, thanks for listening and I guess my question to you is - have you ever done OOP and then regretted it? I know it's different for everyone but I'm just wondering if anyone ever really regretted not getting the dining plan. It seems like TIW would be an awesome option but we don't qualify!

Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences!
Our experiences have been like this (and we always crunch numbers before every trip): As a family of 4 (myself, DH and two teen DD's), we have always come out ahead using the regular DP (1 CS/1 TS/1 snack). Early on, we went without the DP as we thought for sure we'd spend less and the both times we did, we ended up spending a lot more than what the plan would have cost us, so to answer your question, yes, we regretted that decision both of those times. We have thought about going with the deluxe plan on a couple of occasions but quickly realized that would be way too much food for us so we scratched that. We do find the regular DP to be worth it for all of us and will be using it again in August for our family trip but we do eat as the plan is designed and when we don't want a CS dessert (which I normally don't), I end up getting something else to go like a bottle of water,fruit or yogurt. We also tend to use our snack credits for breakfast items as we are not big breakfast eaters. Now, I will say that DH & I are going back for a solo trip (no kids ) in October for 4 days & because it will be a much different vacation than we normally take with the girls (most likely only visiting Epcot for F&W), we decided to stay CL and not use the DP as it won't make sense for us. We are only planning 1 or 2 ADR's max...the rest, we will get from CL and snacking around the countries at the festival. You will really want to crunch some numbers to see whether or not the DP will make sense for you as it doesn't always work out to be the best deal. Good Luck!
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You can always buy a bunch of. $50 gift cards thru Target and get 5% off...

A bit of a pain but still more $ saved
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:16 PM   #18
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You can always buy a bunch of. $50 gift cards thru Target and get 5% off...

A bit of a pain but still more $ saved
Even better, combine the Target REDCard 5% discount with a 5% Target Pharmacy Rewards discount for 9.75% off of the price of the gift cards. I just picked up some yesterday for our upcoming trip.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:55 AM   #19
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Even better, combine the Target REDCard 5% discount with a 5% Target Pharmacy Rewards discount for 9.75% off of the price of the gift cards. I just picked up some yesterday for our upcoming trip.
Exactly what I'm doing to cover any OOP costs likes tips in August and getting extra to cover our food for the October trip
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Even better, combine the Target REDCard 5% discount with a 5% Target Pharmacy Rewards discount for 9.75% off of the price of the gift cards. I just picked up some yesterday for our upcoming trip.
Is Target Pharmacy discount a one-time discount or can you use it with multiple transactions on the same day?
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Is Target Pharmacy discount a one-time discount or can you use it with multiple transactions on the same day?
It is good for the entire day. They return the card to you after it has been scanned at the register.
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It is good for the entire day. They return the card to you after it has been scanned at the register.
Hmmm ... I'll have to remember that when I do my gift-card-a-palooza in mid December.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:17 AM   #23
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You can photocopy the card and cancel it if someone finds it the same as a credit card. You can also use it to pay off any left over charges on your room when you leave or save it for the next trip as a deposit. Yes, Disney still has your money but that money is not all tied up in the DDP which expires at the end of your stay.
Or you could buy a Visa or Mastercard gift card that you can use ANYWHERE.
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Or you could buy a Visa or Mastercard gift card that you can use ANYWHERE.
Isn't there a fee? And if you lose a gift card, you stil may be out the money anyway.
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Isn't there a fee? And if you lose a gift card, you stil may be out the money anyway.
I can get no-fee Visa GCs at my bank (TDBank). They come with the same protection for loss and theft that any Visa branded card does.

However, I choose to buy the Disney GCs from Target for my trips and to pay my DVC dues because I get close to 10% off of the face value of the GC. It's like getting an automatic 10% discount on anything that I buy at Disney when I'm on vacation.
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Isn't there a fee? And if you lose a gift card, you stil may be out the money anyway.
No fee mastercards at firstmerit if you have an acct.. Plus we have never lost one in like tons of years of vacations.. I would rather lose gift card (ok not really) then my visa or my bank card while on vacation!

plus if you just charge everything to your room key you dont have to carry it around with you leave them in safe in hotel
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Even better, combine the Target REDCard 5% discount with a 5% Target Pharmacy Rewards discount for 9.75% off of the price of the gift cards. I just picked up some yesterday for our upcoming trip.
Yeah, we hope to do that combo but right now we don't use enough prescriptions.

Just cancelled DDP tonight
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W did DDP last trip and it worked out for use because we did a lot of character meals. This time we are not using the plan. It still felt like a lot of food because we don't usually eat dessert every time. Also, my kids did not like the CS kids meals. The chicken nuggets and pizza do not taste as good as the adult chicken strips or pizza. They are young and are not big eaters and could have split an adult CS meal. Also, we were scrambling to finish our snack credits on the last day. And anytime we ate a CS, we would try to spend the most instead of just getting what we wanted. The mugs did not work out for us either because our kids do not drink soda (they were 3 and 5 when we visited). I used it for coffee everyday and sometimes for hot chocolate so it worked for me.

This time we are trying OOP. I will buy 2 mugs and just order what we want. I refuse to purchase any "kids" meald at CS. I'm going to set aside the money we would have spent on DDP and put it on my account when we get to WDW.
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W did DDP last trip and it worked out for use because we did a lot of character meals. This time we are not using the plan. It still felt like a lot of food because we don't usually eat dessert every time. Also, my kids did not like the CS kids meals. The chicken nuggets and pizza do not taste as good as the adult chicken strips or pizza. They are young and are not big eaters and could have split an adult CS meal. Also, we were scrambling to finish our snack credits on the last day. And anytime we ate a CS, we would try to spend the most instead of just getting what we wanted. The mugs did not work out for us either because our kids do not drink soda (they were 3 and 5 when we visited). I used it for coffee everyday and sometimes for hot chocolate so it worked for me.

This time we are trying OOP. I will buy 2 mugs and just order what we want. I refuse to purchase any "kids" meald at CS. I'm going to set aside the money we would have spent on DDP and put it on my account when we get to WDW.
I doubt we will buy any kids meals at CS either. My DD is 7 and likes trying new things and isn't a very picky eater. The only time I can see her having a kids meal at CS is if they offer the Smuckers uncrustables. Most days I think I'll share with her and just get an extra side. Or my kids can share an adult CS meal.

DS is 13 and at TS he likes to do kids meals and he'll do two kids meals. Then he has his moments where he wants an adult steak.

I will also purchase two mugs. My kids love soda but rarely to never have it. Only when we eat out. If I bought them their own mug they would drink soda all day!
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I have heard people suggest to take the cost of the DDP and put it on a gift card. That way you have the feeling that it is all pre-paid, but you are not required to eat/order food that you would not usually eat (like CS desserts). I won't do the DDP now unless it's "free" because it's really not a good value for our family. We never order CS desserts, my DH rarely orders soda with his meals and my DD is a picky vegetarian who still happily eats off the kids menus at many TS places.

ETA: If you have money left over on the gift card it's a bonus and if you don't then you know the DDP may really be better for your family.
This our thought/plan for our next time!

Silly question - Can we use gift cards anywhere on property that takes debit/credit and KTTK cards?
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