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Old 05-22-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Planning a trip for January 2014 for DH, me DD3, DS1.9 and hopefully my mom and dad . Did the regular dining plan this last time and my DH declared it is just not enough food for him . So this time we are doing the deluxe plan. My parents have not been in years and never used dining plans. I must also mention my father js an extreme penny pincher and i am sure is going to get sticker shock on the prices of food at disney. I am trying to make a break down of costs to see if it would be worth it for my parents. I know how to do the calculations but I have no idea what restaurants to price out.

DH, DD and DS will eat just about anything. I don't eat seafood, but I can be around it as long as there is a chicken, beef or yummy salad option. My parents are pretty light eaters and sometimes split meals depending on what it is. We are looking to stay at the Poly so preferably restaurants that are easy access from there or the Contemporary is next on the list for hotels. I am looking for TS and QS. QS mainly for each park.

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Check out allears.net menus for prices. They are updated often.

If you are paying OOP for the DxDP you can definitely make it worth your while if you have an app and dessert for each of your meals. I know there's an excel sheet I found here about a week ago that was super helpful trying to decide which plan to go with based on what we would potentially eat at each restaurant.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:17 PM   #3
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It's going to be difficult if your parents are light eaters and you decide to go deluxe. Plus, you will not get your money's worth eating QS on a deluxe plan. The Deluxe plan is roughly 100.00 per person per night. Does anyone have an annual pass or a Florida resident? If so Tables in Wonderland card may be more beneficial. You get 20% off at most all Table service and a few quick service and it covers alcohol as well. This way if the light eaters just want an appetizer or a salad or even want to split an entree you aren't losing money by giong deluxe.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:49 PM   #4
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It's going to be difficult if your parents are light eaters and you decide to go deluxe. Plus, you will not get your money's worth eating QS on a deluxe plan. The Deluxe plan is roughly 100.00 per person per night. Does anyone have an annual pass or a Florida resident? If so Tables in Wonderland card may be more beneficial. You get 20% off at most all Table service and a few quick service and it covers alcohol as well. This way if the light eaters just want an appetizer or a salad or even want to split an entree you aren't losing money by giong deluxe.
We are FL residents. My parents will be in a different room so they can get the regular dining plan if they wish. I looked at the TIW and am going to add that to my figures too. My DH and dad both like the idea of the meals prepaid and yes we know about the gift cards that is how I paid for most of our first trip incidentals. I am thinking of just buying the DP for my parents as a late Christmas gift so that way dad won t freak on us. DH just doesn't want to deal with 1) carrying gift cards around and 2) having to go to the front desk to pay off our meals every day or so.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:53 PM   #5
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Planning a trip for January 2014 for DH, me DD3, DS1.9 and hopefully my mom and dad . Did the regular dining plan this last time and my DH declared it is just not enough food for him . So this time we are doing the deluxe plan. My parents have not been in years and never used dining plans. I must also mention my father js an extreme penny pincher and i am sure is going to get sticker shock on the prices of food at disney. I am trying to make a break down of costs to see if it would be worth it for my parents. I know how to do the calculations but I have no idea what restaurants to price out.

DH, DD and DS will eat just about anything. I don't eat seafood, but I can be around it as long as there is a chicken, beef or yummy salad option. My parents are pretty light eaters and sometimes split meals depending on what it is. We are looking to stay at the Poly so preferably restaurants that are easy access from there or the Contemporary is next on the list for hotels. I am looking for TS and QS. QS mainly for each park.

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I breakdown the prices of my meals every time before I go to wdw to see if free dining is worth taking it over room discounts. I check each menu on allears and see what we will most likely order. I tab up prices and check out the menus at the same time. By doing this This will give you an idea of prices and where you would like to eat.
I personally find DDP to be too much food unless you use it at signature dining places which will be too expensive for your parents. But that is me.
I can't eat 3 sit down meals in one day so I usually eat one QS for lunch or dinner. I love some of the QS options too so I would get regular DP and pay OOP for the appetizer at that point.
Character buffets can be quite expensive if paying OOP but buffets give everyone the option of eating what they would like, in the quantity they would like.

On deluxe dining I would look at some signature restaurants but for
for sit downs that are good value if paying OOP, and for good overall food (even if on DP) I suggest:
-Kona Cafe (Poly)
-The Wave (Contemporary)
-Liberty Tree Tavern (MK)
-The plaza restaurant (MK)
-50's Prime Time Cafe (HS)
-Sci-fi Dine Inn (HS) *cool atmosphere, ok food
-Via Napoli (Epcot)
-Les Chefs (Epcot)
-Restaurant Marrakesh (Epcot)

For QS, I suggest:
-Colombia Harbour House (MK)
-Pecos and Bill (MK)
-Cosmic Rays (MK)
-Backlot express (HS)
-Sunshine Seasons (Epcot)
-Most QS in Epcot's world pavilions.
-Flame Tree BBQ (AK) *My favorite

My favourite buffet options are:
-Ohana for dinner (Poly)
-Crystal Palace for breakfast/brunch Character meal (MK)
-Tusker House for breakfast/brunch Character meal (AK)
-Boma's for dinner (AKL)

I hope this helps.
Good luck
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