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Old 10-27-2012, 03:05 PM   #31
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We love it, always say we will skip it but, always go back. We enjoy eating character meals for kids and dinner shows. Kids pricing it so worth it and we bring snacks home, to enjoy disney for another week.

We actually split meals to cover lots of 2 credit places so we use all our credits but never eat too much.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:02 PM   #32
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We love the DxDP as well. We eat an early lunch, a 2 TS dinner and use the snack credits if we need, well, a snack.

This past trip in September, DH and I never spent an extra penny on food or drink. It was perfect.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:02 AM   #33
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I am glad to see all of the positive reviews. I booked DDP and then changed back to the regular plan and then switched back to the DDP. We are staying on site for the first time next December for 11 nights staying at POFQ.

We are in our 50's and while we plan on spending plenty of time in the four parks, we also want to have time to relax. We both have stressful jobs and get very little down time.

I like the thought on not having to worry about the cost of our meals. We plan on using gift cards to cover the tip and alcohol.

We will plan a big breakfast most mornings. Eat wherever we happen to be for lunch and eat a fairly late nice dinner where we can have a couple of adult beverages and enjoy each other's company. Plus we will probably order things we would never if we weren't on the dining plan. We usually order an appetizer or dessert, not both.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:43 PM   #34
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We are using deluxe for first time in June. Last time we did basic dining plan and found we were spending to much on extra meals and snacks. Also we can do the signature restaurants and still have plenty of credits left.
Glad to see some good reviews on it for once. After so many negatives we were second guessing our plans.

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Old 02-10-2013, 06:56 PM   #35
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I've done two DxDP trips and loved both of them.

We do two meals a day, a breakfast (usually character) or early lunch + a 2 credit dinner.

On days we do a lunch, we use snack credits for breakfast items at the resort's CS location.

We never do buffets for lunch (usually only breakfast and even then, we're careful not to over do it).

It's still a lot of food, but manageable (3 TS a day, however, would just be too much).

With the recent price increases, however, I'm thinking about going the TIW route next time (especially since my oldest is about to turn 10 and my youngest is about to turn 3).
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:14 PM   #36
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I have ran the numbers and found that the Deluxe Plan will save us money. We are a family of 3 with a 5 year old for our next trip. We are planning character meals daily. One will be in the parks before open on each or our 4 park days. On non park days we will do the latest breakfast time we can get so it will also be like lunch. I have also scheduled dinners each night some of which will take 2 credits. We are saving almost $250 and still have 4 credits left to use. I'm sure that the 4 credits will be used to get lunches as needed for our son, more than likely CS in the parks. We got the Deluxe plan for a one night/day trip last Feb. and saved over $100 in food. We are major foodies and don't like fast foods. Our son is used to eating like this so it works best for us. I spent hours looking at menus figuring out what we would order. Much easier to figure out with the buffets. I made a table with each place we would be eating, figured the tip and added them all up. We are looking at renting points so free dinning will not be an option. However, I figured out that we would save a little over $1,400 if they offered free dinning at the time of our trip and we just had to upgrade.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:22 PM   #37
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Another family checking in that loves the deluxe plan. Like others have already posted, we usually do a ts breakfast or lunch and then a signature dinner- so just 2 sit down meals per day. We also usually stretch our credits to include meals for our checkout day. The plan still makes sense for my family as I know we would spend the same amount without the plan. We aren't big CS people.

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:31 PM   #38
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I am hoping I love it as much as all of you. We are taking our large family for our first Disney trip in June. DH and I have 5 kids 11 and under. My mom and brother are going with us as well. WE will eat some breakfast in our room and then do CT for lunch with a few ADR for dinners. My though is that we can convert our credits into some snacks because my kiddos are big snackers! Can anyone explain to me how they convert? 2 snacks/per (esp when one is a bottle of pop, etc) won't be enough for my kids. So I am very curious about the conversion.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:35 PM   #39
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I am actually debating if we want to do DxDP for our next trip in Sept 2014 (I know very far away!!). DH is a big breakfast eater on his off days and vacations and got mad last time on the regular plan that we had to save our TS meal for dinner. He would do a breakfast buffet everyday! This trip it would be the 2 of us and our 2.5yr old. I'm thinking it might be worth it since we don't have to pay for DS and he is a big eater now, image what he will be like in a year!

I was debating between a Deluxe with DDP or moderate with DxDP. I'm thinking the moderate and DxDP might be the way to go . Now I would be overjoyed if we ended up with a FD promo next year and only had to pay the upgrade fee!
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:22 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by jenn3456 View Post
I am hoping I love it as much as all of you. We are taking our large family for our first Disney trip in June. DH and I have 5 kids 11 and under. My mom and brother are going with us as well. WE will eat some breakfast in our room and then do CT for lunch with a few ADR for dinners. My though is that we can convert our credits into some snacks because my kiddos are big snackers! Can anyone explain to me how they convert? 2 snacks/per (esp when one is a bottle of pop, etc) won't be enough for my kids. So I am very curious about the conversion.
When we did it in 2010 it was 3 snacks per meal credit. Lots of people aren't able to get a CM that allows them to do it though - it's not a guarantee. I've read the food courts in the resorts are where people are having success. That's where we did it, but again, I've heard they're trying to phase it out (rumor).

I'd also definitely run the numbers if that's your plan and you haven't already. It's hard to save money on the DXDP as it is, but using a lot of credits as snacks is probably costing you money. Maybe the regular DDP would be a better option? Or none? You can see prices on allears.net.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:46 PM   #41
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We have used the DxDDP twice and we love it. With 2 adults and 2 children that love the character meals, even without a discount (or dessert) we still save money.

Not only do we save money, it makes the trip easier on me (the accountant). If I had to pay out of pocket I would be more worried about the bill at the end than the dinner. This way it is paid up front and there is no sticker shock.

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Old 02-11-2013, 07:04 AM   #42
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Seems liek the Deluxe has become alot of parents dream plan LOL We love it and have done it 3 times already in the past couple of year to ahve the better of both world, character meals for the kids and yummy food for us parents. Now our next trip, we will avoid it as I will not bring a 16 months old to a signature meal if she continues being as loud as she is now. As much as I love my signature meals, taking a step back and doing regular TS will be a better solution for us this year. I don't want to disturb the entire population because it is a signature meal and people are aloud peace and quiet during their meal.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:00 PM   #43
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We love it! We have had it every year now for at least 5 years and wouldn't think of not having it. We love the flexibility of being able to eat wherever we want and have the extra snacks. We go during free dining and pay the difference to upgrade. We have always gotten more than our monies worth every year.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:39 PM   #44
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I'm seriously considering the plan for our June trip. It will cost $153.65 per day for me and our 2 DD's. It seems pretty reasonable considering all the character meals we like to do. We would probably do CRT twice and maybe HDDR once.
I got the TiW card last trip with my AP, but it killed me everytime I had to pay oop. It just wasn't enjoyable and there were things on the menu I wanted to order, but my frugal side wouldn't let me.
Sure we could eat alot cheaper, but we really enjoy the character meals.
Also, we will probably do more TS meals so we can relax in the A/C.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:39 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by lynypixie View Post
All I hear around is complains about how much food is DxDP. Everyone seems to hate it.

My husband absolutly wants to be on the deluxe disney plan, because he does not want to worry about meals, and he absolutly hates counter service food, especialy park ones. That's one thing he remembers from our last visit.

So, I'm looking for people who actualy likes DxDP.
Oh, and we are going in february.
I don't know that people "dislike" the DxDP, it's more that it isn't cost effective for them. I would love to do the DxDP for the very same reasons your husband has, but when I did the math, it's much cheaper for us to go with the DDP and pay OOP for the extras meals we want.

We wouldn't eat 3 TS meals a day EVERY day, which is the biggest factor in the decision. We tend to go during free dining, so we don't pay for the DDP so paying OOP for some of our meals is OK with me.

I think you have to do the math and figure out if it's right for you and your party.
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