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Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by SPHB ILU, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. SPHB ILU

    SPHB ILU Earning My Ears

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    We used to be the same way! This time we are putting the amount the DDP would cost onto a gift card. Then whatever we saved, we are going to use on souvenirs! We even said we would order as if we had DDP.
     
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  3. eliza61

    eliza61 http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/images

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    this is so weird for me because when I did hte DDP eating was a million times more stressful..:scared: It literally took all the enjoyment out of eating because I was spending more time mentally calculating what to order to maximize the plan instead of just ordering what I wanted.

    I remember my husband looking at me like I was crazy one night because all Ireally wanted was a salad for dinner but instead got a steak because god forbid I didn't maximize the credits. I remember forcing myself to eat dessert even though I was full to bursting because "couldn't waste those credits".

    Then I always laugh at people on their last day, running around the resort store trying to buy up junk after junk because they don't want to leave the 99 snack credits on the table.

    DDP doesn't save us money and definitley doesn't make dining easier or more relaxing.

    thanks for the tool OP
     
  4. Braden's Momma

    Braden's Momma Mouseketeer

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    How do you get google chrome?
     
  5. AngiTN

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    Google "Google Chrome"
    click first link to come up
    download
     
  6. AngiTN

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    Shows a good example of how different touring styles work for different people. If it wasn't paid in advance my DH would worry daily that something would go wrong and we'd have zero money and need to eat. It's how his mind works. Doomsday I call it. Him knowing it's all paid before we walk through gates is worth lots.

    Even selecting Low on the calculator showed we are breaking even with the dining plan vs. OOP. Avg was just slightly different. High was more in the favor of dining plan. Other factors are we will order a beverage 100% of the time. We'd order an app (to share) about 50% of the time. Desert less, more like 25%. Still didn't work against us money wise to use the DP.
     
  7. stitch1094

    stitch1094 Mouseketeer

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    Just use the mugs from a prior trip! :rotfl2:
     
  8. tlkgt76

    tlkgt76 "If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney

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    AWESOME!! Thanks for posting!
     
  9. Abharmagic

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    This is truly FANTASTIC!!! I have been playing with it for days since I downloaded it. Thanks!!!!!
     
  10. princessap

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    I can't get the link to work :(
     
  11. princessap

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    I couldn't get drop box to drop down. Am using a Mac is that the problem?
     
  12. AngiTN

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    It works on a MAC. Sort of. I use open office and could get it all to work but the dinner column. For some odd reason. Excel should work right
     
  13. Queen2PrincessG

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    also there is a flaw I believe. Maybe this was touched on in the video more but it doesn't account for snacks properly. it ask for a typical number there no way you can "Typical" your snak intact. Plus some times you can use a snack credit as a meal. That's a VERY large sum if you look at a typical 5 night trip. SO yeah while its cool to see the suggestion on the best way to use your credits, I don't know how accurate the math is.
     
  14. Queen2PrincessG

    Queen2PrincessG DIS Veteran

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    What about your snacks?
     
  15. AngiTN

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    I am not understanding the problem. I know how many snacks we usually have on a given day. Is it exact? No. But I know we usually get a couple of snacks each. And never used one as a meal.
     
  16. Aatif911

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    I'm am really impressed with this spreadsheet. I worked in all our dinning reservations for our upcoming trip in May, and I turned out that I would have pay almost $900 more out of my pocket if we didn't have the dinning plan.
     
  17. loveswdw

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    Thanks for posting this! I downloaded it this morning and punched in a "typical" vacation dining scenario for us. We have a 5 and 9 year old. I figured the dining plan was a no brainer for us. And of course, it is. We'd save around $100 with the DDP vs OOP. I've been figuring that next year when DS9 turns 10 that we'd probably be better doing OOP. But just changing that same vacation scenario from 2A, 2C to 3A, 1C the difference is minimal. We'd save $5 paying OOP. I'm going to punch in some different scenarios and see how it changes.

    Thanks again!:worship:
     
  18. Disneybridein2k3

    Disneybridein2k3 I am and I'm not afraid to admit

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    Works great on my mac with open office. This is an AWESOME spreadsheet! Pinned to pinterest - thanks OP!
     
  19. karice2

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    I can't get in to download it or sign up for it. UUUUGGGGHHH.
     
  20. nkereina

    nkereina Last chance to lose your keys.

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    Have you tried another browser? Works fine for me on chrome (not Mac).
     
  21. SPHB ILU

    SPHB ILU Earning My Ears

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    I would use common sense. Don't put the meals that you would use snack credits in the spreadsheet. If you are using a snack credit for lunch at Starring Rolls, put None in lunch and add 1 snack extra. Or dont add an extra snack and just add $5 per person in your head at the end for each time you do that. It is simple. If you want something more complicated than this, you would probably have to pay a lot of money for it!!!
     

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