Husband wants dining plan, I'm not so sure

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by minerva78, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. smidgy

    smidgy dimples

    Aug 27, 2006
    :thumbsup2 sometimes the DDP is worth it sometimes not. a happy, relaxed husband is SO worth it!

    I don't recommend lying to your hubby. truth will out eventually, and it will ruin any future trips.
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  3. writersblock42

    writersblock42 DIS Veteran

    Aug 19, 2006
    I went back and forth on it a thousand times as well. Drove my dh batty. He also really liked the idea of the DDP not because we could really save money using it but he didn't want me pestering him about what he ordered and the fact that it is paid ahead of time is great. We also figured out that we could stretch 7 days into 8 days by sharing a couple of the meals. So in that way it saved a little money as well.
  4. nat8199

    nat8199 DIS Veteran

    Sep 8, 2012
    I go back and forth as to whether or not the DxDP will save us money or not, but DH wants to do it so we are going to. We tend to order apps, steaks, and desserts anyways. We are also going to so a character breakfast every morning and a signature dinner.
  5. 6disneykids

    6disneykids Mouseketeer

    Jun 29, 2012
    I actually did the same thing when planning our last trip, My wonderful husband who is one of the most calm people I know, but will save a hard earned $, said get the DDP and be done with it, in an uncharacteristic snappy tone! It was his vacation too, and having the DDP, even if was a break even, meant more to him, than having to look at the cost of every meal.

    We had a lovely vacation, everyone was able to order anything they wanted, whether it was the most or least expensive thing on the menu without any question as to how much it would cost.

    If having the DDP means that much to your DH, let him have this one.
  6. worm761

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    Feb 4, 2001
    This may be true for you but not for everyone. I like having everything prepaid. I felt no need to always eat the most expensive dish. When I wanted chicken, I ordered the chicken. And with all the walking I find that I am hungrier on vacation than I am at home.
  7. Chuckers

    Chuckers Missing my day trips to Disneyland :(

    Dec 26, 2010
    As a solo traveller, I have used the Dining plan on my last 3 trips. Platinum level twice and regular (1 qs/1ts) once. This time I am using the deluxe. Do I do it because it saves money? In the case of the Platinum, yes, it did save money, but with the regular and this time deluxe, I don't care if it saves me money or not.

    With the Platinum, I was able to do things that I wouldn't have been able to do normally, because they were all paid for.. I swam with the dolphins, I did 4 backstage tours, and several signature dining/character meals. The dolphins and backstage tours are easily $150-$250 each.

    The main thing with me and the dining plan is that I don't have to worry about paying for food or snacks. It's one MAJOR headache that's taken care of for me. I don't always eat the most expensive meal, but I figure that I would normally spend around $75-$100 (at Disney Prices) a day on food.. for me, that's about $600 less that I have to have the week of my trip.

    I'll pre-pay for the convenience of not having to worry.
  8. dadofgoofy

    dadofgoofy Mouseketeer

    Mar 8, 2013
    WOW! I could not believe this. I would never dream of doing this. Not only is it dishonest, but you've completely ignored what your husband wants. There are things that others in my family want in our vacation that I think are a bad idea, or money wasters, but I figure it is their vacation too, and everyone should get some of the things they want.
  9. minerva78

    minerva78 Mouseketeer

    Oct 6, 2010
    Sorry - I've been away from the boards for a while and I didn't know so many people had posted since I was last up here!

    I did decide that we'll go ahead and get the dining plan when we go. We're thinking of just doing a three night/two park day stay and taking a 4 day cruise afterwards, so considering I want to go to Chef Mickey, Akershus, and O'hana, I think we'll definitely get our money's worth on the dining plan. If it looks like it will be significantly cheaper to just do Disney, we may reconsider the cruise, but we'll still get the dining plan. There are so many expensive things I want to do (like the Fantasmic package, Boma, Crystal Palace, WPE) that I think we'll do good on the dining plan, and DH is really sold on the convenience of it. It will be more expensive to get tickets this way - unless we just get 2 day tickets which will be expensive anyway - but DH really wants it, and I want him to be happy since he really would rather just cruise. I wouldn't think of trying to deceive him - I don't believe in doing it and it would be too hard to keep up with, lol. Thanks for all of your input!
  10. Fivemuggles

    Fivemuggles Mouseketeer

    Mar 18, 2013
    Honestly, as others have said, if he wants it get it. Happy hubs is the best choice. We have a 13 yr old son who I can guarantee will order steak or something huge at each meal, and I do NOT want to have to deal with the sticker shock every single day when we get the bill for our family of 5 haha. Worth it just to get DDP. (We are hoping to get free dining when we go, but I ran the numbers anyway and we would be ahead about 150 dollars if we got the DDP vs. paying OOP)
  11. HerRoyalHighness

    HerRoyalHighness Earning My Ears

    Jan 15, 2013
    THIS. Why would I want to lie to my husband?

    And even if it's exactly the same amount...or sheez, if it's $50 more in the end...let the man have his dining plan.

    Simple request. Pick your battles.
  12. Patience

    Patience DIS Veteran

    Jul 7, 2011
    I agree with this. I've never seen my frugal husband as relaxed as he was during our last Disney trip on the dining plan. My husband is a wonderful father but on vacation, he is the kind who is always ordering water and ordering the cheapest thing on the menu and stressing over the dinner bill. At Disney, the kids were able to get snacks whenever they wanted and everyone felt free to order what they wanted at meals with no thought to cost of the items which my husband found relaxing. We did a lot of character meals and it was great. We are getting DDP this time at DH's request, whether it's free or not, and doing Tusker House for lunch, Hollywood and Vine for breakfast, CRT for dinner and Ohanas for dinner. I don't know if we will come out ahead or not for two adults and one child but I do know that my husband will be way more relaxed at meal times than if we didn't have it and we get to eat at the places we really want.

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