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View Poll Results: Do you order the most bang for your buck or do you just order what you wan
I typically try to get the best bang for my buck on DDP 30 37.04%
I use DDP for the convenience & pay no attention to cost value 51 62.96%
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:09 AM   #31
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Agree with others that it allows me to choose what I want without worrying about the price. If it happens to be the most expensive thing on the menu, then it is. I plan on getting the filet and lobster at Narcoossee's on our December trip, but I also just ordered that a couple months ago at a restaurant in town.

I also like the convenience of it, as I'm going with my boyfriend. We don't have to worry about splitting checks or figuring out who buys the next meal. It's paid for beforehand.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:49 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by Googilycub View Post
I order what I want. Sometimes when I look at a menu I might hesitate against an entree because of the price, but on the dining plan I can order anything and not worry about it. I normally do a fish or vegetarian dish, so I normally pick the veggie dish because of the price. On the dining plan I might skip the veggies because the extra $15 for an entree isn't swaying my opinion.
Exactly my response. I typically go for the veg option when paying OOP but will "upgrade" to the fish if using DDP. Once in a very blue moon I will get a steak...
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:59 AM   #33
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I wouldn't say we just try to maximize bang for our buck. We do tend to choose some different restaurants when on DDP. To a lesser degree, we probably make some different meal selections but don't simply order the most expensive item on the menu. We do have a bad habit of ordering desserts more than we probably want to, though.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:13 AM   #34
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DDP for me means convenience. It also means that everything has been pre-paid (other than the tip). As a single mom I am always looking at prices & when we do go out to dinner no way would I let my 3 boys order a $40 entree! But, with the DDP they usually get the most expensive items on the menu, if that's what they want. It doesn't matter to me if it makes financial sense or if I'm getting the best bang for my buck. I like having everything all paid for.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:26 AM   #35
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Convenience, we do a lot of buffets plus I'm vegan which a lot of time means ordering off menu. On the DDP, the chef doesn't have to worry about what he or she's charging me for the special entree.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:49 AM   #36
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We usually try to get the best of both worlds...We try to get something more expensive but we know we will enjoy. We would never order the most expensive menu item and hope we would like it or if it was a borderline preference. We would never get burgers or a sandwich with TS. However we are really really in the mood for a lesser expensive item we go for it. With all that being said, we really aren't buffet people but character meals are pretty much strictly buffets at WDW and in order to take advantage of that we go with character meal buffets, we would never pay oop for a nugget character meal.

We use ddp because it allows for less stress when it comes to budgeting on our trip since the food is paid for, not to mention we get snacks and the mugs. Again the snacks and mugs aren't something we would likely pay oop for.

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Old 07-08-2014, 10:52 AM   #37
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We usually just order whatever we want when on the DDP, but I will say that being on the DDP causes me not to worry about the price as much. If we were not on DDP, I would be ordering the cheaper items on the menu. That said thought we don't usually order a sandwich for dinner at a TS either.

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Old 07-08-2014, 11:09 AM   #38
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We got Free Dining for our trip (along with 40% off our room rate Very nice).

We're wary of tips, as we have to tip at a rate much higher than we would normally be comfortable with (one of the downsides of visiting the USA), so we will order what we want to eat, but keep an eye on how much the tip will cost us. Some of those can really add up!
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:17 AM   #39
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I don't know that the dining plan is meant to be a cost savings. It CAN be IF you go to the most expensive places AND order the most expensive menu items. But I'd imagine few do that for the duration of their stay. Anyone who pays for the dining plan (you're still paying for it even under the free dining promo since you pay rack rate for the room), is paying for the convenience of it, since most of the time you will break even or overpay.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:38 AM   #40
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I don't always order the most expensive option, but as a previous poster stated, if I were not on the DP I would most likely be looking for lower cost options. I order whatever looks good to me.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:01 PM   #41
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I get what I enjoy eating, which is usually no where close to the most expensive item on the menu; however, we "splurge" by getting desserts, which we wouldn't normally do. It's been worth it to us to get the dining plan because we've done a good number of character meals, and the kids are all still kids. Once the kids aren't Disney kids anymore, I'll reconsider the dining plan. So, while I want to get "bang for my buck", I try to make sure that the bang is worth it the way we'd normally eat. If that makes sense.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:56 PM   #42
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Neither answer fits so I didn't vote. I order the entrees I want at regular TS and signatures regardless of price but I do choose mix in lots of over-priced buffets that I wouldn't be happy paying for unless I was on the DDP. . The buffets make my kids happy so it works for us.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:33 PM   #43
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Same here, neither answer really fits.

My husband and I love filets, and I tend to like the more expensive options anyway, so we get what we want, but what we want usually ends up being the more pricey entrees anyway. We also only eat at Table Service restaurants and upgrade to the Deluxe plan (with a discount), so there's a lot of signatures in there.

My husband really likes the plan because he gets anxious about the cost of things, so if we weren't on the plan he'd probably guilt himself if he got a filet, or convince himself that he should get something cheaper, etc. There's also being able to try desserts and appetizers and drinks we might want to try but not order because of cost and worrying about liking it or not. So it's also about him being able to enjoy the vacation more without that stress.

I actually went and totaled up how much we'd spend (with current menus) at the restaurants we have planned if we weren't on the dining plan and were getting the things we absolutely wanted (so not always an appetizer or dessert, no drinks at all). With the room only discount, it pretty much is about dead even or even a little more than what we'd spend with the dining plan, which includes drinks and snacks (which are great for bring home souvenirs).
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