disclaimer my numbers may be off + or - but I think for us they are pretty durn close! 230 days to go.. just entered the calendar year of the trip..yes I am excited. I read on the board about a new offer.. room only discount 25% off for my dates.. so I needed to crunch some numbers. We have 2 resssies at POP.. about $1000 each..so $2000.. "free" dining. We spend $440 to upgrade from the QS to the regular DDP.. here's where the math comes in.. I can save $500 on the ressies.. add in the $440 we spent to upgrade the food plan.. that is $940 total.. I needed to see if what we had planned for potential meals made that savings up...or if we lost or broke even. here's the run down 10 TS meal credits ( x 4 adults and 3 kids) Hoop Dee Doo ( Definitely happening) 2 Credits or $331 cash CRT Breakfast ( Def) 2 Credits or $286 cash Coral Reef (Def) 1 Credit or approx $177 cash ( did not include drinks) Sci Fi (Def) 1 Credit or approx $146 cash Tony's for a Grand Gathering (most likely) 1 Credit or $215 cash Donald's Safari (maybe) 1 Credit or $127 cash Crystal Palace (maybe) 1 Credit or $150 cash Whispering Canyon ( maybe) 1 Credit or approx $156 cash So Table Service meals alone would be $1588 with the DDP Now on to CS we have 10 credits X 7 people.. I reviewed a few menus and just rounded off what I thought we'd spend on the DDP total for the 10 days if those numbers are off please correct me) $15 a meal x 4 adults x 10 days =$600 $7 a meal x 3 kids x 10 days= $210 Snacks I figured $3.50 per snack x $70 snacks= $245 Grand total of food ON the "free" DDP is $2643 So if you take what I spent on upgrading which is $440 then we are getting $2203 worth of food "free".. even subtracting the $500 I could save on the rooms that's still $1703 worth of food FREE! Now in the interest of showing both sides I am going to say this.. if we didn't have the DDP we would def eat a little different..so here's those numbers: 4 TS meals.. Hoop Dee doo at $331 Cinderella's Royal Table at $286 Coral Reef at $177 Sci Fi at $146 total for the 4 TS meals I know we would def do is $740 now for CS I know I would share with my mother but my DH and teen would never share so that would bring us to $15 x 3 x 10 = $450 Add in we would need 6 more CS meals for the no TS days and that adds another $15 x 3 x 6 = $270 My little ones would like share two meals between em for CS so we have $7 x 2 x 10 = $140 Add in the 6 extra days we need a 2nd CS meal and that's $7 x 2 x 6 = $84 Snacks I think would be about half $125 So OOP food would cost us $1809 If we ditched the DDP and got the room only discount and ate only a few TS meals and split CS meals we'd lose approx $869 worth of food.. so YES the "free" dining is worth it to us according to my math.( potentially more because my 3 wee ones may be much hungrier than I expect Now I admit I don't know all the ins and outs since it's been a long time since I was at WDW..but I know how my family eats and I also know if I am going I want to do some of the things we loved before ( HDD ) and things I want my younger ones to experience ( CRT). I think we will stick with our free dining ressies!