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Old 09-13-2013, 01:06 PM   #31
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Many people take vacations that are all about sitting and eating (cruises, all inclusives, etc.). Don't most people like to eat out once a day while on vacation?

When I was a first time visitor, we still wanted to sit and eat at fun or nice places (we ate at Crystal Palace, Boma, and Sci Fi).

I would want to sit around a restaurant if I wanted my kids to eat with Mickey, etc.
I want to eat out occasionally on holiday as a treat but we hate eating out every day it takes the special feeling out of going out for dinner and makes us feel sick of the sight of food so we don't enjoy any. We tend to eat out 3 or 4 times a week max on holiday and even the that can be too much.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:20 PM   #32
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Can't really say I agree or disagree 100%.
There are somethings in the article that could be true for some families and not true for others. I will agree that he does not seem to have all his 'facts' right. And the whole thing is based on so many personally preferences....
We have happily used the dining plan 3x ..... each time it was free mind you..... didn't cost me anything extra cause I was gonna stay on-site anyway.
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:51 AM   #33
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I won't even get the plan for free. To get it free I have to buy a rack rate package at a Disney resort with at least 2 night tickets. I have DVC and an annual pass. Not worth it.
Did you know that you could save the 2 park tickets and use them for a credit on your next annual pass renewal?
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Old 09-14-2013, 04:11 PM   #34
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JENSOP, you said you bought your DDP with DVC. Is there a discount if we buy with DVC.
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Old 09-14-2013, 04:54 PM   #35
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Well hopefully lots of people will stop paying for it and Disney will lower the price.
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:11 PM   #36
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:21 PM   #37
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Can't really say I agree or disagree 100%.
There are somethings in the article that could be true for some families and not true for others. I will agree that he does not seem to have all his 'facts' right. And the whole thing is based on so many personally preferences....
We have happily used the dining plan 3x ..... each time it was free mind you..... didn't cost me anything extra cause I was gonna stay on-site anyway.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:04 PM   #38
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I agree. This used to be a good deal, but not anymore at least for my family. I did like the fact that everything was paid for before we left, though. So what I am doing when I go in November is I have bought disney gift cards to use for our meals
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Did you know that you could save the 2 park tickets and use them for a credit on your next annual pass renewal?
Yes and it is still not worth it. No need for me to allow Disney to hold that money just to get a dining plan. I'd still have to pay rack rate for the room when I have rooms already paid for through DVC.

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JENSOP, you said you bought your DDP with DVC. Is there a discount if we buy with DVC.
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:02 PM   #40
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My wife and I have done the dining plan once, and we won't do it again.

We've written up a budget plan for our next WDW trip, and we expect to spend $1,100 on food/alcohol/snacks/tax/tips, over the course of nine nights. This includes 12 table service meals (three of which are signatures), and seven quick service meals.

The cost for the basic dining plan is $1,055, before alcohol and tip. Plus, it'd only yield nine QS and nine TS credits, which wouldn't allow us to eat at the places we want to eat. So, it's clear where the better deal is.
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I agree. This used to be a good deal, but not anymore at least for my family. I did like the fact that everything was paid for before we left, though. So what I am doing when I go in November is I have bought disney gift cards to use for our meals
The only reason I don't like using gift cards is then you have to keep track of every meal, and every treat that you buy. Or you have to keep calling to check your card balance. I even tried using gift cards to pay for tips the last time I was on the dining plan, and it confused a couple of my waiters.

I guess I am lucky but I ran the numbers for my trip coming up in December, and the free dining came out the better deal, even when compared to a room only discount. But that is not always the case and it really does pay to run the numbers each and every time.
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The only reason I don't like using gift cards is then you have to keep track of every meal, and every treat that you buy. Or you have to keep calling to check your card balance. I even tried using gift cards to pay for tips the last time I was on the dining plan, and it confused a couple of my waiters.

I guess I am lucky but I ran the numbers for my trip coming up in December, and the free dining came out the better deal, even when compared to a room only discount. But that is not always the case and it really does pay to run the numbers each and every time.
We just charge meals to the room and have the front desk apply the cards because it was easier.
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We usually get free dining....except for this past trip (Aug.25-30) since there was no free dining. So we paid OOP for our meals for that trip, first time for that length of time. I have to say, if I can help it, I will never pay OOP again. I'd much rather do the DP. We must eat like beasts because the DP does save us money!!! The bonus is the peace of mind that meals are paid for. We do eat one TS for each day....we tend to order the most exp entree...and we do have dessert with our meals (we dont like apps). So there you go, for us, it makes sense.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:05 PM   #44
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DDP doesn't work for us and I think it's very expensive. We do at least 2 and often 3 table service meals a day. We rarely, if ever, have a quick service meal and we don't eat many snacks. Moreover, we like to take a couple of our vacation days and head over to Universal. And, dh and I often split entrees or we just order a variety of appetizers and then move on to dessert. I guess the deluxe plan might work somewhat better for us, except we would likely waste credits on the days we spend at Universal.

Overall, we have found TIW to work better for us. As for free dining, we stay at deluxe resorts and the AP discount of 35% off is a considerably better value for us than free dining.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:22 PM   #45
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I agree with most of it. We did the calculations and its definitely a more expensive way to eat for us. It also can be a waste. We had it free once and it let us splurge a bit and eat places we normally wouldn't. But I ended up sick and we canceled a meal and then we scrambled to use all of our meals and snacks and couldn't. It was annoying but since it was free dining it wasn't a huge deal. If we'd paid for it though I would have been pretty upset.
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