How the DDP worked for us...

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by TKH, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. sharonabe

    sharonabe DIS Veteran

    May 22, 2009
    Anyone can order a kids' meal at QS if paying OOP. They don't know who is eating what and really don't care.
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  3. 6disneykids

    6disneykids Mouseketeer

    Jun 29, 2012
    The DDP can be a savings IF you have kids that are still "kids" (ages 3-9) and if you are doing character meals/buffets. The value for kids diminishes if you plan on primarily restaurants that have menus vs. character meals/buffets.

    My family will be using the DDP, since 3 of our 6 are still classified as kids, and we have ADRs for 4 character meals. We have been fortunate enough to have been able to go to WDW frequently, so dining for our family is seen as part of the experience, and don't feel it is taking valuable touring time.
  4. tmmalave

    tmmalave Earning My Ears

    Oct 14, 2009
    I just posted this in another thread, but I think it belongs here!

    We just recently returned from a six night stay at WDW. We were there because our daughter had a gymnastics competition. We were going to buy the discounted hotel and tickets through Disney Sports, and then my travel agent advised me of the Stay Play and Dine offer. When I crunched the numbers, if I added the discounted price of the hotel Disney Sports was offering, and the discounted ticket prices and compared that to the SPD offer, the difference was around 21-22 dollars per person per day. So I took it that was the amount the QS-DP was costing us, for our particular situation. Because there was no price difference between children and adults, we listed our 7 year old as 10 so she could have better eating options. Only on a few occasions did we order off of the kids menu for her. Here are the numbers:

    If we had paid for DDP with our daughter as a child 3-9 the cost would have been ~763.00

    If we had paid for the DDP with our daughter as 10 or over the cost of the DDP would have been ~902.00

    Amount of money the food we got with the DP would have cost us if we paid OOP, ~825.00

    Amount of money from the package that paid for the dining part: ~528.00 (keep in mind this is in addition to discounted room and ticket prices.

    And we ended up with a bunch of desserts and snacks (some we bought at the MS Confectionary to use up the credits) in our fridge at home, which we still have not finished eating.

    So in our case, savings would have only come if our daughter had paid for the child plan, and in that case we would have been in trouble because of the limited options.

    We shared meals, desserts and snacks, not to be cheap, but because we did not want to waste food! We all ate very well.

    Unless its a special offer (like SPD or free dining) then we would not pay for the DDP. We would save money by going out of pocket, even more than I calculated here, because we would not have ordered all of those desserts!

    In 2010, we took our kids to WDW for the first time. At the time, our daughter was 5 and our son was 8. We had the regular plan, and did 4 character meals, as well as two additional buffets. The cost of the DP was lower then, and the savings was significant, even though we ended up with a bunch of snacks as well. At that time we had breakfast in the room.

    For this trip we paid OOP for two breakfasts, one at 1900 Park Fare, and one at the hotel (All Star Sports). We also paid for lunch at Legoland. The rest of the meals were covered with the food we got through the plan. This trip did not allow for the regular DP since we had to attend competitions, plus did not have too much time in the parks.

    On our previous trip my daughter did not like the Mac and Cheese, she really doesn't do PB J and she didn't like the kids nuggets either. She survived because we had lots of TS, and by sharing with other people. That is the reason we decided to pay for her as an adult for DP purposes. We were lucky that with the SPD offer the price was the same for kids and adults. On the last day I ordered a kids meal at Pizzafari for her, and three adult meals for the rest of us (me, husband and 10 year old). She was pissed when she saw the size of the pizza! Now it might have been enough for her (she is very light) on any other day, but on this day she was hungry! I ended up giving her 3/4 of my pizza, and eating hers instead, along with my salad!
  5. jenrose66

    jenrose66 DIS Veteran

    Mar 17, 2005
    I agree with you! It's hard to do the DDP and table service with kids and I won't do it. I enjoy the QSDP though. I wish they would add the 2nd snack back though, that would make it perfect!
  6. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

    May 2, 2002
    You really have to do your homework when making comparisons. I know that people say 'well, we would eat differently on the DDP vs paying oop' but you can't do that when making a decision.
    You have to compare apples to apples. You should figure out what you are likely to order at any particular restaurant. Then, total up each day's cost. Compare that to what the ddp would cost. Many people say that the ddp allows them to eat better. I suppose that's true, in a way. But, we tend to order exactly the same things if we pay oop or use the ddp
    Haven't found the ddp to be a money saver in the majority of cases.
  7. elaine amj

    elaine amj DIS Veteran

    Jan 26, 2012
    DDP was very indulgent for us - which is a big part of why we enjoy our WDW trips so much! Our DDP has always been free - which I'm sure clouds my judgment.

    If I was in a situation where paying OOP would result in a very minor savings as compared to purchasing DDP, I would buy the DDP because it helps to relax our thrifty minds - and we would have more treats than we would OOP!

    If OOP was a significant savings over DDP, I'd do OOP any day of the week.

    We're planning a DLR trip and I'm already mourning not having DDP. More than likely, we'll stick to CS and offsite the whole time. I was debating Ariel's Grotto since my DD adores Ariel, but just can't quite justify it.

    That said, we'll be in Orlando for a few days in March and are not doing the parks (As we are going on a Disney cruise) and we are thinking to go to Ohana and pay OOP. We adore Ohana!!
  8. Shaden

    Shaden DIS Veteran

    Nov 17, 2012
    I would just agree that it looks like your QS meals are a little high priced, ours were typically 8-12 max. And actually we often split one of those...

    The long run down about planned vs free, and booked vs flexible was really well written.

    As well the difference between the appearance of "all inclusive" although you pay more for it, and the appearance of paying per meal was well said.

    We have booked with the DP for our next trip, but I don't think we will actually get the value out of it ... BUT, I like the idea of the all inclusive illusion. That being said, already thinking our next trip will likely not use the DP. But we have our ADRs booked already, and are excited about them, so we will keep it as is.

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