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Old 05-29-2014, 05:49 AM   #1
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What does the average family spend on dining at WDW for 1 wk?

Using dining calculator for my particular ADRs, 2 adults, 1 child, at least 1 TS/ day and sometimes 2 TS/day....... 1489 for 8 days. DDP was around 1670. Ouch
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:19 AM   #2
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Using dining calculator for my particular ADRs, 2 adults, 1 child, at least 1 TS/ day and sometimes 2 TS/day....... 1489 for 8 days. DDP was around 1670. Ouch
It's myself and DD, and we do 1-2 TS/day (breakfast and dinner or lunch) over the span of 9 days. Totaling receipts from just those meals from our last trip (2 weeks ago) it was $679.12 (really $848.90 but I get 20% off with my TiW card). That cost doesn't reflect the few QS meals we had (figure about $60 worth), alcohol ($70 or so), and snacks/water ($125).
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:24 AM   #3
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It really adds up, I did the same comparison, for 8 nights, ours would be $1950, we have quite a few character meals and other TS meals, so ours is around $1750. I included (2) cups instead of the (4) we would have gotten and I also added all the snacks, but no desserts since we really don't order it normally

Only $200 difference, but we like not having to eat if we don't want to and the last two times we did it, we had snacks and meals left at the end of the week.
That will pay for our gas down there and back.

A lot of people really like it, its a personal choice.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:35 AM   #4
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We had planned to do TIW for the 1st time......we are DVC members (newbies) and it is a nice discount but STILL - ouch!

I did forget and actually added my CRT ADR in the calculation- that I already paid for, so I should get some monies back on my TIW on that.

I hate to cancel any of my ADRs my plan.now is to print menus and calculate more specifics on how we tailor our ordering to see how I can bring costs down.

This was without adult bevs - AND I was hoping to have a few fun cocktails at some point. Also without even CONSIDERING F&W.....my plan for this is to get some Disney GCs and when that is spent, it's spent. Done. If a person doesn't think "cost control" or plan at some point prior to trip- things could get out of hand with regard to spending- easy.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:42 AM   #5
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In December 2013 there was me DW and DD (7)

It was 8 days and $1280 incl. tax and tip. Yes we have the TiW and we do 2 TS per day including signatures i.e. Cali Grill, CRT, LeCellier
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:08 AM   #6
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As a family of 5, we spend probably around $2,000 - $2,500 for 1 week on food. And we have TIW as well. We do lots of table service places, and we don't skip on snacks either. Caramel Apples here, popcorn there, ice cream here, water there. It adds up fast.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:41 AM   #7
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Using dining calculator for my particular ADRs, 2 adults, 1 child, at least 1 TS/ day and sometimes 2 TS/day....... 1489 for 8 days. DDP was around 1670. Ouch
My calculations say that the DDP would be $1455 for 8 nights for 3 adults. And that would be even less if the child is under 10.

Edit: Actually, with the DVC discount, it would be $1407.84.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:54 AM   #8
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In jan of 2013 this was my example in response to a thread comparing ddp and non ddp:

We ate and drank what we want when we wanted, and I wanted to see how that compared to the dining plan. Now, these costs are based basically on two adults and Molly (my daughter who was under three and free), but I compared them to what the meal plan would have cost us. I think the only way you can judge the value of the dining plan is after you dine without it because it is too hard to know what you would have ordered if you weren't on the meal plan. Alot of people see their receipts and think, "wow, look how expensive that is, good thing we're on the meal plan", but would you really have ordered a dessert for everyone at the table? Would you really eat a counter service, a snack and a table service meal each day? Anyway, for us the meal plan for 2013 is $55 per day. That comes out to $880 for both of us for eight nights.

In total we spent $1,058 on food and dining. Now, maybe you're asking how could I come out better not on the dining plan when I spent more. Well, this is why. That $1,058 included all of our groceries from Publix, which included a case of beer and two bottle of wine, plus other non food items for the room. That $1,058 also included alcohol that we ordered with our meals, AND gratuity we spent, both of which you have to pay extra for with the meal plan. Most importantly, it allowed us to order what we want when we wanted it. It isn't like we ate cheap. We ate at Ohana, California Grill, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review, Be Our Guest, Wishes Dessert Party (also not included on the dining plan), Mama Melrose, Big River Grill and did the Dine with Shamu experience at Sea World. Another benefit of not having the meal plan is it doesn't cost you any more money to dine at any of the Swan and Dolphin restaurants (Blue Zoo, Kimonos, Shulas, etc). At the California Grill, the night before the marathon, we ordered an app, two sushi rolls and a salad and it was MORE THAN ENOUGH food....thats impossible on the meal plan, no matter how full you are.



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-Dining Plan would have cost wife and I $880 (no gratuity, no apps, no salads, no alcohol, etc.)
-Opted for out of pocket and spent $1058 (included all alcohol, all gratuity, all apps, salads and a grocery store strip which included alcohol for the room snacks and cleaning supplies)
-We ate at Ohana, California Grill, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review, Be Our Guest, Wishes Dessert Party (also not included on the dining plan), Mama Melrose, Big River Grill and did the Dine with Shamu experience at Sea World
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In jan of 2013 this was my example in response to a thread comparing ddp and non ddp:

We ate and drank what we want when we wanted, and I wanted to see how that compared to the dining plan. Now, these costs are based basically on two adults and Molly (my daughter who was under three and free), but I compared them to what the meal plan would have cost us. I think the only way you can judge the value of the dining plan is after you dine without it because it is too hard to know what you would have ordered if you weren't on the meal plan. Alot of people see their receipts and think, "wow, look how expensive that is, good thing we're on the meal plan", but would you really have ordered a dessert for everyone at the table? Would you really eat a counter service, a snack and a table service meal each day? Anyway, for us the meal plan for 2013 is $55 per day. That comes out to $880 for both of us for eight nights.

In total we spent $1,058 on food and dining. Now, maybe you're asking how could I come out better not on the dining plan when I spent more. Well, this is why. That $1,058 included all of our groceries from Publix, which included a case of beer and two bottle of wine, plus other non food items for the room. That $1,058 also included alcohol that we ordered with our meals, AND gratuity we spent, both of which you have to pay extra for with the meal plan. Most importantly, it allowed us to order what we want when we wanted it. It isn't like we ate cheap. We ate at Ohana, California Grill, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review, Be Our Guest, Wishes Dessert Party (also not included on the dining plan), Mama Melrose, Big River Grill and did the Dine with Shamu experience at Sea World. Another benefit of not having the meal plan is it doesn't cost you any more money to dine at any of the Swan and Dolphin restaurants (Blue Zoo, Kimonos, Shulas, etc). At the California Grill, the night before the marathon, we ordered an app, two sushi rolls and a salad and it was MORE THAN ENOUGH food....thats impossible on the meal plan, no matter how full you are.

Notes by Cliff:
-Dining Plan would have cost wife and I $880 (no gratuity, no apps, no salads, no alcohol, etc.)
-Opted for out of pocket and spent $1058 (included all alcohol, all gratuity, all apps, salads and a grocery store strip which included alcohol for the room snacks and cleaning supplies)
-We ate at Ohana, California Grill, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review, Be Our Guest, Wishes Dessert Party (also not included on the dining plan), Mama Melrose, Big River Grill and did the Dine with Shamu experience at Sea World
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:07 AM   #10
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with a family of five and the two older boys are dis adults at 10 and 12, the 12 year old enjoys adult meals, 10 year old still is fine with kids meals.. there is a little cost savings not buying the dining plan. one of the biggest perks of not doing it though is not being tied down to the dessert options at the restaurant.

many times in the past when we would do free dining trips we would go eat and dessert time came and I would of much rather gone to ghirardelli's or beaches and cream, or even a CS dessert place but we ate our TS desserts instead

now being AP and TIW we eat what we want and it seems more enjoyable.. plus we are not running around trying to use up credits the last day.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:19 AM   #11
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My calculations say that the DDP would be $1455 for 8 nights for 3 adults. And that would be even less if the child is under 10.

Edit: Actually, with the DVC discount, it would be $1407.84.
Yes that sounds right, I calculated last nt and wrote post in a few sec from memory this morn
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:32 AM   #12
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Calculator says mine will be $818 for 4 days with 3 adults, which seems reasonable.
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