But it's just so convenient!

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by maddiebee, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. J.C.&ALI'SMOM

    J.C.&ALI'SMOM I really had to bite my tongue on that one.

    Jul 12, 2000
    I agree with the PP who spoke of everyone having different priorities for their vacation. Our priority is a deluxe resort in a convenient location, only with a discount. I would not use a dining plan, because I won't pay that much to eat mediocre food anywhere, paying in advance or not. It is just not worth the money to us.

    We have a few restaurants that we return to and we always have a character meal breakfast one morning. So, usually it is 2-3 sit down meals on WDW property during a 7-10 day trip. We have a few offsite restaurants that we return to and we always stock our room refrigerator with snacks and drinks.

    We tend to eat when we want to and are not tied to ADRs. We eat less than we would on a plan and feel better. There were times in the past that we would feel terrible by day 4, having eaten a sit down everyday.
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  3. dani77

    dani77 Mouseketeer

    Dec 23, 2011
    During my recent trip I didn't get a giftcard but took travellers checks which for me works the same...I set aside a certain amount of $-checks for Disney food bevore my vacation starts so I don't have to worry about choosing an expensive entree or snacking a lot.
    When at Disney a dining plan wouldn't work for me. I've had the quick service plan for free before and not even that one worked.
    I like to try lots of different things and snack a lot as opposed to having 1 or 2 big meals a day. It was a waste of money and food when I got an entree with a side and dessert twice a day since in between meals there were all the goodies like cupcakes, pretzels, popcorn, corn dog nuggets, dole whips, nutella waffles...! I could never finish my whole meal when on the dining plan because of all the yummy snacks.
    Maybe that works for you too...set aside a food budget (put in on a prepaid credit card, disney gift card, whatever) and think about what you really want to eat. So many times I just have a sandwich without the fries so I can get icecream someplace else for desert. Or I just go for an apetizer and dessert at table service restaurants. You have so much more freedom when you're not on the dining plan. Do you really want 1 sit down meal every single day? Including all the planning, the adrs, rushing through the park to make it on time? "Having to get dessert" cause you've paid for it even when you're full and would rather wait for a while and get something later? Think about it.

    Set aside the food budget...that way it's just as convenient as beeing on the dining plan. Plan on setting aside as much as the dining plan would cost. I'm sure at the end of your vacation there'll be money left that you can spend on something nice. Get the most expensive item on the menu whenever you want...there'll be days when you're satisfied with just an app and dessert and those days will more than make up for the expensive steaks.
  4. ElizabethG

    ElizabethG When it comes to havoc, nobody wreaks like me!

    Oct 28, 2009
    That is what we do now. I got the DDP when I had two kids under 10. After my oldest turned 10, I started thinking about it more.

    When I thought about my ideal meal schedule, that alone didn't fit into the DDP. I like to eat breakfast in the room. I have more TS meals than I have credits for and few QS meals. I don't care for the QS desserts (one dessert per day is plenty).

    Now I pick up a few gift cards per month. I charge our meals to the room and then go down to the front desk a couple of days before check-out and apply them to the charges. So, it is really no more convenient to have the DDP. Either way, I just need my magic band at the meal.

    I do have a TiW card, so that really puts the savings over the top for me. My suggestion for you would be to really think about where and what you want to eat an compare that cost to the DDP. So, if you won't eat dessert at QS, don't include the dessert const in your OOP comparison, etc.
  5. GovieMom

    GovieMom DIS Veteran

    Sep 29, 2007
    Just to note that having the dining plan does not mean you have to make ADRs and be tied to a schedule. We'll have the dining plan for our trip next month, and have no ADRs. We've always done fine "winging it."
  6. serene56

    serene56 DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2004
    I live a little away from a disney store. I used the disney gift cards i found online (rataloilli ) and put 100.00 on that card- then each month I took the card to the disney store and uploaded 100. to it. By the time we left I had $800. on it.

    Dining plan would have cost me about 959 for 2 adults 1 disney child. We do not eat the desserts each meal and we did have one snack each day. We were in the parks 8 days 7 nights.
    We had some nice meals, Teppen Edo, Be Our Guest, Ohana, Mama Melrose
    Ohana and 1900 park fare and Kona for breakfasts. But some of our counter services were not worth the counter credit-- Casey's Sleepy Hallow and Earl of Sandwich.
    We came home with $6.36 still left on the card.

    I have seen pictures that people post of boxes of stuff using snack credits.
    For us a snack credit saved me $15.00 per day for the 3 of us. some of the snacks we purchased did not cost 5 bucks. Getting rid of the dessert with each meal saved me another 15.00 per day. I could not eat another bite after eating and could not tour the park the rest of the night be uncomfortably full
  7. Mickey1Fan

    Mickey1Fan <font color=magenta>He had five fingers and was we

    Jun 12, 2004
    I had the dining plan for the first time this past September and I travelled with my DS and DDIL. It was free so was nice but when we worked the numbers out in the end we did not 'spend' the amount the dining plan would have cost us.

    We threw away more cupcakes than I care to admit along with only having dessert once a day. We also ended up using a table service meal at a counter. We were told we would find desserts that could be used as breakfast food but we did not find that anywhere we ate.

    We used snack credits to bring home rice krispie treats for friends.

    I know people who love the dining plan but we all agreed we would not pay for it.
  8. gonzalj1

    gonzalj1 DIS Veteran

    Jan 2, 2001
    I'll be honest... I simply do not get the convenience argument. All you need to do is not look at the bill and pay with your room key. Same thing. One charge at the end of the trip.

    So in my mind either it's one charge before the trip or one charge after. Same thing. Why woudl I pay more for the provelege of prepaying for my meals and pricing ni things I may not want?
  9. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

    Jun 22, 2001
    There used to be a wine add-on to the dining plans that included table service, where you paid a per-night price for a bottle of wine, but it was discontinued in 2011.
  10. DCDisney

    DCDisney On my way...

    Nov 2, 2005
    Once my kids got to adult age the DDP just wasn't worth it for us anymore. Between a few kids meals and shared meals of barely "adult" aged kids and not being much of soda drinkers it just wasn't worth it. After doing an OOP trip where we tried a bunch of meals that weren't good deals on the ddp (LTT lunch, 50's, Sci Fi) and 2 credit meals that really price-wise are just about 1.5 credits worth and we found lots of new places we loved far more than the convenience of the ddp. On the ddp invariably we'd come across a meal that we just weren't hungry for that we were forced to go eat or we'd lose the $$$ we paid and it was nice to just be able to cancel something if we didn't want it. The other variable is if someone gets sick and you have to miss meals once you've paid you're stuck. When we have used it the past few trips when it is free we find that we would have saved $50-75 over the course of the week at best which isn't worth it to me especially since I think a good bit of that is sodas we don't even really want.
  11. LindaBabe

    LindaBabe <br><img src="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/i

    Oct 20, 1999
    POLY WITHOUT! You want convenience? What's more convenient than a nice big room in a beautiful resort with access to TWO monorails AND boat transportation besides bus? AND you can get Tonga Toast in the quick serve - you don't have to go to Kona.
  12. maddiebee

    maddiebee DIS Veteran

    Mar 8, 2013
    I think I am gunna go with this! I've been hemming and hawing so much but this thread has really helped! I appreciate all the input!!
  13. Chuckers

    Chuckers Missing my day trips to Disneyland :(

    Dec 26, 2010
    And then you pass out from actually seeing how much your card is going to be charged in that one lump sum. ;)

    Well, for those of us who only have debit visa cards, that one lump sum at the end could wipe out a checking account. If you pay the lump sum before, you can break it up into monthly payments.

    Or, if like me, you have a credit card that charges a sky high interest rate, you still have to pay it off in 30 days or get charged even more. :scared:

    Plus, I never have a problem using all my meal credits to their fullest.

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