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Old 02-10-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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Comparing dining plan to OOP

Is there any way to comparing the pricing of these two? DH and I want to compare cost of both and figure out what works best for us. I thought I saw a thread with a spread sheet? I'm not able to find it.

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Old 02-10-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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I just saw somone else post a link to this website called "see you real soon"
It has an excel spreadsheet that you can input data and see which will be a better savings.
Try googleing it.
I will see if I can find the link I was just looking at and copy paste it for you

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Old 02-10-2013, 05:10 PM   #3
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #4
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That didn't take you long.

IMHO, it comes down to how much you like to eat. If you plan to eat a TS meal every night and you like a dessert at both lunch and dinner then it pays.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:39 PM   #5
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I used the calculator did a few different scenarios. The more character meals we put in in lieu of restaurants with menus, the DDP was less than paying OOP for my family. The biggest savings are if you have kids and are doing a lot of character meals.

Even without the calculator if you are doing an adult only trip than OOP is usually the best route, and if you have kids between 3-9 and are doing character meals or buffets, than the DDP is a good choice
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:12 PM   #6
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We have done trips both ways, saved all receipts and then compared costs. There is really not much difference in what we spend on and off the plan, but I really do my homework and try to use our credits in a very cost-effective way when on the plan.

I didn't like being aware of all of the prices OOP and being careful about our money. I'd rather spend it up front on the DDP and order what I want rather than do math at the dinner table.

This may all change if the DDP continues to climb in price and when our DS7 becomes a Disney adult at age 10!
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:17 PM   #7
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I just saw somone else post a link to this website called "see you real soon"
It has an excel spreadsheet that you can input data and see which will be a better savings.
Try googleing it.
I will see if I can find the link I was just looking at and copy paste it for you

Good luck
Thank you! The link was very helpful.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:20 PM   #8
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We have done trips both ways, saved all receipts and then compared costs. There is really not much difference in what we spend on and off the plan, but I really do my homework and try to use our credits in a very cost-effective way when on the plan.

I didn't like being aware of all of the prices OOP and being careful about our money. I'd rather spend it up front on the DDP and order what I want rather than do math at the dinner table.


This may all change if the DDP continues to climb in price and when our DS7 becomes a Disney adult at age 10!
I agree with this 100%. We always do the dining plan. If we did all OOP I doubt we would do many TS meals maybe just one and that would be it
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:40 PM   #9
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Because we like to eat at expensive restaurants, we think the dining plan is so worth it. You can order what ever you want off the menu and don't have to worry about prices. If we were paying OOP I would probably order an appetizer to share and a salad, but since I have the dining plan I get a steak. So what it comes down to is how you want to eat. For my family of three the dining plans costs us about $140 a day. Thats a resort mug per person, and daily snack (1), 1 qs meal and 1 table meal. When we ordered our qs lunch last time the bill was almost $50. (We would not have ordered desserts but since it came with the meal we did.) Our dinners are well over $100 at a table service restaurant and a snack item is usually about $4 each ($12 a day) so thats about $162 plus for the day. So almost even/worth it. Its really about the ease of doing the plan. You don't have to worry about what to order because its already been paid for, your on vacation and get what ever you want. If budget is the issue, dining even at sit down restaurants can be less expensive especially if you look at the menus and prices ahead of time and plan.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:46 PM   #10
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Is there any way to comparing the pricing of these two? DH and I want to compare cost of both and figure out what works best for us. I thought I saw a thread with a spread sheet? I'm not able to find it.

Any help would be appreciated.
With the increase in cost of the DDP, the cost comparisons will come out very close most of the time. When you think about the total cost of a Disney vacation, any cost savings that come with the DDP are rather insignificant. If you spend $2,000 on a vacation, is saving $50 meaningful? What you really need to weigh are
  • the ability to order anything you want from all parts of the menu versus being limited to entrees and desserts only-(OOP wins);
  • the ability to dine at the very best restaurants, many of which do not participate in the plan-(OOP wins here).
  • the desire to have a dessert with every meal and paying for that privilege-(if that describes you, then DDP wins. If that would be too many desserts, then OOP wins);
  • the ability to split meals. If you eat light every now and then or split a meal, the DDP is a financial drain;
  • the ability to pre-pay for your meals-(the DDP wins...but...you can accomplish the same thing by pre-paying for a Disney gift card and drawing down off your credit as you go.

The bottom line is that these considerations are usually more important and "valuable" then simply filling out a spreadsheet to see which way will save you $25.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:48 AM   #11
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Also consider how YOU and your party eats. I'm not a huge dessert eater, maybe 1-2 times in a week - including a Dole Whip, so that's a big loss. I also don't always want eat an entree and would prefer 2 apps for dinner - a salad and an app for my entree. My mom is the same. Also, many of our "musts" like V&A, BlueZoo, etc. do not accept DDP. So basically, its never worked for me and DH but we also don't have teenagers, etc. to account for I just wanted to throw out that simply adding up the receipts for a week to see if you have savings isn't that helpful if that's not how you eat...That said, I don't think about what I order vs. what I could save, etc. on vacation and if you are wired that way (nothing wrong with that!) then DDP might work better for you
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Have to say ... that's the best spreadsheet yet. I want to add another factor to consider ... if you're vacationing with someone who complains about the cost of everything, it might be a lot less headache to prepay and not listen to that!
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:41 AM   #13
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We have done trips both ways, saved all receipts and then compared costs. There is really not much difference in what we spend on and off the plan, but I really do my homework and try to use our credits in a very cost-effective way when on the plan.

I didn't like being aware of all of the prices OOP and being careful about our money. I'd rather spend it up front on the DDP and order what I want rather than do math at the dinner table.

This may all change if the DDP continues to climb in price and when our DS7 becomes a Disney adult at age 10!
I agree with this 100%. We tend to spend a FORTUNE when dining OOP. I really dont know how people find this way cheaper. Its a mystery to me. We save a ton being on the DP. It helps that we dont do appetizers, and we do love desserts.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:05 PM   #14
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We tend to spend a FORTUNE when dining OOP. I really dont know how people find this way cheaper. Its a mystery to me. We save a ton being on the DP. It helps that we dont do appetizers, and we do love desserts.
We don't do the DP because it would be a huge waste of money for us. We tend to eat less at Disney then at home. I have no idea why we eat less. It's not like we try to.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:37 PM   #15
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We did the DDP one year, and lost about $300. I don't even know how, I just remember adding up the receipts and being very upset. LOL

We usually drink wine or cocktails with our meals, we tend to order more appetizers and not so many desserts. And I like to be able to cancel a reservation if we have filled up during the day, rather than going so we don't waste a credit.

We also eat almost exclusively table service, but enough QS that neither the Deluxe or the Standard plans work out for us.

That's just us - we don't really worry about the cost of food on vacation, so it's not a big stress on us. Even with a dinner at the Flying Fish and a California Grill, AND a CRT breakfast - we still came out ahead with paying OOP last year.

Now - I had to be careful not to add our TOTAL bill to compare - with that, it would have been way in favor of DDP, but I had to remember that we still would have paid for the alcohol and apps we surely would have ordered.
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