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Old 07-23-2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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What would you do

We currently have Beach Club, 5 nights, 3 day ticket, Deluxe dining (free dining with upgrade) for roughly $3800.

We have our dining ressies which include mostly breakfast and 2 credit dining locations. We do not need to go to all of these but with deluxe, why not.

Cali Grill, Candlelight, LeCellier, Narcoossees are the 2 credit.

With the room only, we can go cheaper and pay out of pocket for Candlelight and LeCellier.

A standard room will save roughly $1200 and if we opt for CL, $600.


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Old 07-23-2014, 10:55 AM   #2
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If the DxDP isn't going to be saving you money I think it's wise to go with the RO discount. It's convenient to pay with credits vs. dollars but silly to spend more than you would OOP for that convenience.
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We currently have Beach Club, 5 nights, 3 day ticket, Deluxe dining (free dining with upgrade) for roughly $3800.

We have our dining ressies which include mostly breakfast and 2 credit dining locations. We do not need to go to all of these but with deluxe, why not.

Cali Grill, Candlelight, LeCellier, Narcoossees are the 2 credit.

With the room only, we can go cheaper and pay out of pocket for Candlelight and LeCellier.

A standard room will save roughly $1200 and if we opt for CL, $600.


Thought?

Thanks!!!
We only have used the Deluxe Dining once and we were smart and did the same thing in terms of utilizing a lot of the 2 credit restaurants. Reason being the Deluxe for us was just too much food, too much time (felt like we didn't want to always be going or coming from a restaurant). We did enjoy eating at the nice restaurants that we otherwise wouldn't spend the out of pocket money on. Last trip, we were upgraded to CL at the BWI. It was convenient, but we came away definitely saying that we would never pay the upcharge because we didn't utilize the nighttime food since we had ADR's at our favorite restaurants.

Guess my vote would be to stay with Deluxe if you eat a lot or if you like the thought of going to the signature restaurants. Get the CL if you are not big eaters and can snack all day. Get the room only if you are more casual diners.
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Do the math i always do and the dining never comes out on top for me, i travel just the 2 of us and we dont eat 3 times a day so getting the dining doest work for us at all, we always take the room discount. Easy way to figure it out is figure out cost of room discount subratct that from what youre paying now and divide it by the number of days you will be there if youre gonna spend more than that ammount each day on food then stick with the dining
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Do the math i always do and the dining never comes out on top for me, i travel just the 2 of us and we dont eat 3 times a day so getting the dining doest work for us at all, we always take the room discount. Easy way to figure it out is figure out cost of room discount subratct that from what youre paying now and divide it by the number of days you will be there if youre gonna spend more than that amount each day on food then stick with the dining
I totally agree with this. OP, you need to do the math for your situation. We are only 2 and the dining plan just doesn't work for us for the following reasons:
  • All restaurants do not take the Dining Plan (example: Spice Road Table). We want to eat where we want to eat, not where the dining plan allows us to eat.
  • Most nights we eat at a signature restaurant which would use up 2 credits , so we would probably still end up having to pay out of pocket.
  • We wouldn't use the re-fillable mugs because we don't drink soft drinks
  • We wouldn't use the snack credits
  • Dining plan doesn't include alcohol or wine, which we enjoy with dinner

We use our our Tables in Wonderland card and find it to a better deal for us because it gives us a discount on most meals as well as alcoholic beverages.

Example: We were at WDW in January for 4 1/2 days. We spent $615.00 on food. That's about $137.00 a day (in reality, some days we probably paid more, and some less). That included either one bottle of wine or wine by the glass with dinner most nights, room service for dinner the first night and even food purchases that were not covered by our Tables in Wonderland Card.

We always stay at the deluxe level hotels, so the RO discount is at least if not more than what we will spend on food.

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