Real Life DDP vs OOP Example

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by MikeandReneePlus5, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. DJFan88

    DJFan88 DIS Veteran

    Nov 22, 2004
    Found the same to be true. And we were well fed. Ate what we wanted, when we wanted, and did the table service places I wanted (not based on which cost more or less).
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  3. SDTeaGirl

    SDTeaGirl Mouseketeer

    May 3, 2013
    We are doing the DDP this December. Didn't get it free. We have a lot of character meals CRT. Cp tusker 1900 park fare for bfast and dinner. Fultons . H & v with F! Biergarten with cp askerkus t rex. Plus all qs and snack meals. I figured me dh and dd that is nine on the DDP will break even or come out a couple of dollars ahead. I figured what we would eat each day and totaled it up before tax. DDP WAS $30 HIGHER but when u add tax into meal we will be saving. I like the convience of it Nd done have to worry about forming the money out on vacation. It will be paid for in advance. If we didn't do all the character meals we would not do the dining plan
  4. Zeppelin

    Zeppelin DIS Veteran

    Feb 11, 2009
    here's my experience/ the past i got the DDP because it was free...this time around there was a big discount on the rooms and i passed on the dining plan...

    The cost was somewhere around $660 for me (big eater), wife and 10YO daughter (likes lunch and her snacks), who counts as an's the cost of our meals from start to finish:


    Breakfast at IHop- $38 incl tip
    Lunch at Seasons in EPCOT- $50 = 1QS
    Dinner at LTT- $120 incl tip = 1TS


    Breakfast at Wave- $58 incl tip
    Dinner at Casey's Corner- $50 = 1QS


    Breakfast at Rainforest Cafe- $55 incl tip
    Dinner at Plaza Restaurant- $60 incl tip = 1TS

    8/21 (Departure Day):

    Breakfast at Crystal Palace- $84 incl tip = 1TS
    Lunch at Cosmic Rays- $40 = 1QS


    about 10 total snacks at $4 each or $40

    total spent was $595, which includes the cost of 3 breakfasts which would not have been covered under the DDP....

    IMO the DDP works if you're going to do a lot of expensive character meals...had we eaten at Chef Mickey's, CRT, etc the DDP makes sense but in the end not getting the plan was best for us...the savings here was about 30% but if i carve out the tips, not included in DDP, the savings would be an additional 20%....
  5. CalSea12

    CalSea12 Desperately needs a dose of the magic!

    Jun 4, 2011
    I usually tend to break even or come out $50 ahead with the DDP. I have looked at the menu this time with the places we plan to eat and what we will be eating versus how much the dining plan would've cost ( we're getting free dining :) ), and still breaking even. For my family getting the dining plan and breaking even is awesome! We do not always order the most expensive items, but hubby does like his steak and cheesecake. I love the character meals. We would eat as much and the same things on or off the plan, in fact I always wish we could eat more but the dining plan kinda forces me to stick to a plan.
  6. jimmysmom74

    jimmysmom74 DIS Veteran

    Sep 19, 2008
    We are getting free dining in november, but I have always felt for us, the room discount was a better deal (being at a deluxe). This year we are staying at a moderate and taking advantage of the FD. I used the dining plan once before when you got apps, entree, and dessert. It was a lot of food, but a much better deal on paper. I wish you could sub apps for desserts though-that would work better for us.
  7. MinnieLovesMickey12

    MinnieLovesMickey12 DIS Veteran

    Dec 16, 2012
    To address a PP that said a 30% room discount in a deluxe would be a better value if there were only 2 ppl. If you do the math on that it would have to be a 30% room discount on a room that cost at least $400 a night. a 30% room discount on a $300-$350 room is still not as much of a savings as 2 adults X $58 a day for the DDP. So in almost every circumstance the free dining is a better deal. Especially when there are 5 of you all Disney adults.

    We can eat OOP and have a CS breakfast, a CS lunch and a TS dinner, even if we order the $30 steak at dinner, for less than $58 a day. And that is 3 meals instead of 2 that the dining plan provides. So OOP for us will always be cheaper than PAYING for the dining plan. But the 2 times we had the dining plan it was free. all other times we pay OOP.

    From now on we will be staying off site at Bonnet Creek and still eating out almost every meal. We will have some breakfasts in the room but we also have some BF ADR's as well as dinner ADR's every day.
  8. smiths02

    smiths02 DIS Veteran

    Feb 13, 2009
    The room discount doesn't have to be equal to the price of the DDP to be better, it has to be equal to the value you get from DDP.
  9. mommyrosa2

    mommyrosa2 DIS Veteran

    Apr 27, 2011
    FWIW, I have always been a dining plan advocate for my family mainly because we have always come out ahead using the DP vs OOP. I run the numbers before each trip and even staying deluxe, getting the DP free was always a better deal for us rather than getting a R/O discount...that is until this past trip. We just returned on Sunday from an 8 day stay (booked the FD BB from last August) and stayed at the BC. We had all our dinner ADR's planned and were ready to go. I started keeping track of all our receipts on our first day until dinner. That's when my oldest DD became ill and we found ourselves at Celebration Hospital the next morning with her. She had a very nasty stomach bug which lasted all week right up until the 2nd to the last day of vacation. Because of this, she missed quite a few TS meals, QS meals & snacks. Even though we got the DP free, I realized very quickly that we "lost our shirts" on this trip. Had everything gone as planned, yes, we would have come out ahead (not by much but still ahead), but it didn't and it made us re-think our future vacations. We ended up upgrading our tickets to A/P's and we got the TIW card (which we did begin using on this trip and it has almost paid for itself already). In October, DH & I are returning to the world and will use our TIW card and when we return next August with the kids, we decided we won't be getting the DP, we'll use the TIW for that trip as well and I'm sure we'll do pretty well. This is a debate that will never end - you'll always have the folks who swear by the DP and those who prefer OOP, to me it's a mute point - different strokes for different folks and I would never try to push my family's preference onto anyone else. I just wanted to comment that "Real Life" threw us a curve ball on this particular trip and we're going to try something else on the next one.
  10. Sheilby

    Sheilby Labels aren't my thing

    Aug 21, 2013
    I'm not surprised, when I run the numbers the only way the DDP saves you money (now with all the price increases) is if you would always be ordering the most expensive things from the menu and you would have always ordered dessert with lunch and dinner anyway.

    I have a little different scenario. I can chose 30% off or a free Disney dining plan. The difference between these two things is $1606.36. We are a party of 7 (6 disney adults and 1 disney kid) staying 7 nights. If I take out the kid portion at $18 dollars a day for 7 days that leaves $1480.36 which works out to be $35.25 per adult per day. In other words as long as I get more than $35.25 worth of value out of our meal plan per Disney adult we are making out better choosing the meal plan rather than the % off. I can increase the difference between the two scenarios a bit by making some complicated choices, but that would only make the value of the adult meal have to hit a couple dollars more so I think we could still easily hit the mark.

    I do agree, I would prefer the freedom of not having the plan, but the numbers in my case seem to indicate it is a no brainier.

    edited to add: thanks for sharing your numbers.
  11. Sheilby

    Sheilby Labels aren't my thing

    Aug 21, 2013
    I totally understand that. I'm already stressing over it and we don't go until November. I actually booked 8 ts meals even though we only have 7 credits so that when someone wants the "cheap" menu item I can pay oop and save the credit for our 8th meal. The last time I didn't stress because it was "free" (and I didn't know any better), this time I'm choosing between the "free" and the discount ro. This will be the last time we do the dining plan.
  12. Sheilby

    Sheilby Labels aren't my thing

    Aug 21, 2013
    Still not free since you aren't taking advantage of the room only discount.
  13. Sydney2977

    Sydney2977 Mouseketeer

    Aug 10, 2013
    Our first two trips when the boys were younger we did not use ddp. We didn't know what our eating schedule was going to be with them, and I didn't like the idea of planning.

    We have used the ddp on the last 4 trips because I figured out how to get the most out of it for the four of us. I know our eating habits and how much and when we eat. We share at almost every meal except buffets. We like getting to order more expensive things that we may not normally, and knowing it's paid off in advance.
    When it's just DH and I, it may not be beneficial anymore. I will probably just save up money, put it on a gift card, and have it paid off in advance that way.

    One thing I wish they would change about ts is getting an appetizer OR dessert, not just dessert. They could even limit it to certain lower priced appetizers.

    I will add up our "bill" and try to remember to add it in my trip report when we get beack from our Nov. trip.

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