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Old 09-26-2013, 04:32 PM   #106
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Just remember, everyone is different! :-)
And this is precisely why general blanket statements for (nearly) anything never work with Disney trips.

There are a multitude of ways to tour WDW, from mad-dash, rope-drop, 14hr park day commandos to the sit by the pool for the day and maybe visit a park for a ride or two, plus everything in between. A flat statement saying "DDP is bad" is patently false, since it's only bad for those situations where it doesn't fit. Much the same is said for "DDP rocks!" as there are many cases where it does not rock.

This is pretty much why I don't bother with the debate, as both sides are right and both sides are wrong .

As far as the article... my problem with it is that he's doing a huge disservice to his readers, and from reading the first comment, he knows it. He knows that there are cases where it works, he just chooses to ignore those as it takes away from his "edgy" anti-Disney slant. His role as an author for a travel guide company is to guide his patrons into making the correct decision for their trips, but in this aspect, he's failing miserably (and the cynic inside me tells me, intentionally, to dive up hits to drive up ad revenue and exposure...after all, WE are all sitting here for over a week discussing it, aren't we?). Overall, it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth and making me hesitate before I use their service for any (non-Disney) travel plans.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:51 PM   #107
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And this is precisely why general blanket statements for (nearly) anything never work with Disney trips.

There are a multitude of ways to tour WDW, from mad-dash, rope-drop, 14hr park day commandos to the sit by the pool for the day and maybe visit a park for a ride or two, plus everything in between. A flat statement saying "DDP is bad" is patently false, since it's only bad for those situations where it doesn't fit. Much the same is said for "DDP rocks!" as there are many cases where it does not rock.

This is pretty much why I don't bother with the debate, as both sides are right and both sides are wrong .

As far as the article... my problem with it is that he's doing a huge disservice to his readers, and from reading the first comment, he knows it. He knows that there are cases where it works, he just chooses to ignore those as it takes away from his "edgy" anti-Disney slant. His role as an author for a travel guide company is to guide his patrons into making the correct decision for their trips, but in this aspect, he's failing miserably (and the cynic inside me tells me, intentionally, to dive up hits to drive up ad revenue and exposure...after all, WE are all sitting here for over a week discussing it, aren't we?). Overall, it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth and making me hesitate before I use their service for any (non-Disney) travel plans.


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Old 10-05-2013, 08:42 AM   #108
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My Thoughts

I have a family of four, children 10 and 5 when we travel next. When going to WDW, I need to have as much taken care of before I go. We always get the DxDP because we love the flexibility it provides. We are there for the total experience and we don't want to have to worry about a food budget while we are there. We tend to do a lot of character meals (even shooting for Cindrella's Royal Table for my five-year old daughter this year). I am not out to save every penny I can on a trip like this. We do not get to WDW nearly enough (5 years since our last visit) so we splurge a bit. It's not for everyone, for sure, but for us, it is a great fit.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:47 AM   #109
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I think the bottom line is Disney has optimized the plan so that they make a profit on it overall no matter what. It is a public company - and they have more than tripled the stock in the last 4 years - so they are doing something right.

Taking away the second snack on the QSDP is proof of that to me - it was the only thing that made it worthwhile for me - and only during F&W

I also feel the food has been standardized making the plan profitable for Disney as well.
Restaurants have also had to keep in mind the money they get from the DDP for a meal - especially the independent ones - so a lot of the creativity is gone. In addition the prices of the meals OOP has gone up so the restaurant can subsidize the DDP IMO.

No doubt it is great for some folks - family of four with free DDP for example - it is a deal I won't argue that at all.

Adding it to the package when you have a Disney Visa is also nice - you don't have to pay for it for six months -I did like that and it was why I always got the QSDP during F&W even if it was break-even overall.

Not so much of a deal for others - two people are typically better off taking the room discount instead of free DDP in my opinion.

I also don't like feeling like I must get dessert if I am on the plan just so I can break even - oh and then don't forget you have to tip on those inflated(IMO) prices.

I've gone from loving the DDP in the first few years to avoiding it like the plague.

In the end we are stuck with it - it is not going anywhere - and no doubt many are happy with that - but I have got to the point of asking myself why am I even going to the F&W this year - as far as I am concerned the DDP has ruined the dining experience in Disney for me.
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:04 PM   #110
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How can I figure out if the DDP would be beneficial for our trip in May (2 adults, 1 child) ? We're thinking either AofA or POR for the resort. My daughter is 3 and we would like to do a couple character dinners.

Most likely our trip will be early-mid May, so I'm not sure if there will be a free dining option during that time.

Also I see the term "rack rate" used frequently. Does this mean the published rate for the room at this time ?
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:49 PM   #111
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How can I figure out if the DDP would be beneficial for our trip in May (2 adults, 1 child) ? We're thinking either AofA or POR for the resort. My daughter is 3 and we would like to do a couple character dinners.

Most likely our trip will be early-mid May, so I'm not sure if there will be a free dining option during that time.

Also I see the term "rack rate" used frequently. Does this mean the published rate for the room at this time ?
If you'll search through this forum, you'll find a spreadsheet/tool that will help you decide. You'll need to know the restaurants you think you'll want to eat at to use it.

The only free dining that came out this year was in September. Mid-May did not have any kind of discount this year that I remember.

"Rack rate" is the published price for the room. allearsnet.com has those on every resort if you want to find it easily.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:28 AM   #112
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If you'll search through this forum, you'll find a spreadsheet/tool that will help you decide. You'll need to know the restaurants you think you'll want to eat at to use it. The only free dining that came out this year was in September. Mid-May did not have any kind of discount this year that I remember. "Rack rate" is the published price for the room. allearsnet.com has those on every resort if you want to find it easily.
You need to be careful with the spreadsheet tool that is floating about it is not always accurate. Way better to do the calculations yourself. I used the spreadsheet tool once when we did the dining plan to check it out. I had recorded everything and knew that although we hated the plan because we found we ate way too much and didn't like not being able to cancel a meal out because it was already paid ewe had saved about 27 percent however the tools told us we would not save.
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