The Dining Plan, why I'll never/always do it.

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by notsogoofy, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. aaarcher86

    aaarcher86 DIS Veteran

    Feb 17, 2010
    You can add DP up to 72 hours before arrival. Definitely add and not take off within 45 days or you will get hit with a change fee.
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  3. chttyangel

    chttyangel Mouseketeer

    Mar 24, 2010
    Thanks. I think I will just save like I am going to add it and than decide at the last minute. Good to know I have plenty of time! :)
  4. nat8199

    nat8199 Mouseketeer

    Sep 8, 2012
    We are doing the DxDP for the first time in Oct. I am very excited about it. We are going to do a character breakfast every day before park opening (my kids are VERY early risers) and eat a 1-2TS dinner most nights (my kids also go to bed very early and we will have enough adults that one will stay with them while the rest eat). We will most likely sit down for lunches as well. My kids will be 2, 2, and 4 and the TS lunches will be a time for us to relax since they do not nap. I ran the numbers and we will definitely save a lot money. When we are on vacation we like to eat and eat well. Doing a lot of TS will also help us avoid fried food, burgers french fries, and all that type of stuff for every meal.

    SPOERLX3 DIS Veteran

    Jun 3, 2007
    The DDP is ALOT of food and alot of time away from the parks. I took 2 of my grandkids (both 11- 1 boy, 1 girl) 3 years ago on the regular dining plan and eventhough they like the sit down restaurants we chose, they seemed to get frustrated that our days were planned around a reservation and they didn't like having to stop what we were doing to leave to get to the reservation. Last year we took 3 of our other grandkids and did the QSDP and they loved it. We ate when we wanted to and never had to stop to get to a ressie. You will probably find that you will miss out on a lot of park time but you will love the food! Let us know how you like it! P.S. Even with the regular dining plan, we had credits left over (we used them to grab sandwiches at Earl Of Sandwich to take to the airport with us).:rotfl:
  6. robinb

    robinb DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 1999
    Wow. I just went back to the 1st page of the thread and the regular DDP has increased in price by 42% since Dec 2008.
  7. pauly's girl

    pauly's girl Mouseketeer

    Feb 18, 2010
    I have always said I will always do the dining plan. I love having everything paid for before we go but I am doubting my decision this year. We are booked with the DDP, the last two trips we have done the DxDP and it was way to much food and I agree with OP it took so much time away from the parks we missed some of the night shows and fireworks, not to mention the parades. My struggle this year is the cost of the DP s in general have increased so much and for the Reg DDP they have taken so much away despite the cost increase. We normally get the FD and pay the difference to upgrade. I question that the dining will be free at all and in the resort we are staying this year, so I'm really debating paying OOP for meals. I will obviously wait to see what the fall discounts are but for the first time and I actually considering NOT doing the DDP!! :confused3
  8. TACK

    TACK Mouseketeer

    Sep 29, 2009
    And only quick service. I realized after I crunched numbers that the cost is way over my budget. Even with free dining, I will not upgrade anymore to table service. I only like a few restaurants and it is cheaper to book and pay oop.

    I rent a car so for my May trip (no free dining - room only discount), I am looking to try other places around the resort. I will most definitely eat less and will be using the fridge more often.

    However, if I get free dining, I am back in.:mickeybar
  9. Sheaboys

    Sheaboys DIS Veteran

    Jan 27, 2005
    Even with the best and biggest room discount and cheaper tickets, we would never in million years save as much as we do with Free Dining. We are a family of 7, with 2 adults, 3 disney adults and 2 kids. The free dining vs room discount (even with the 2 rooms we get) and discount tickets does not even come close to the dining plan for free. We eat a sit down at home together and continue to do so on vacation. After doing a counter service when your kids out number you, I felt like the server even though my 3 older kids (14, 12 and 10) pretty much held their own, it is just alot of work with crowds of people at lunch or supper time. So sit down was great, for relaxation, and for us to be served. It totally works for us.
  10. skeettafic

    skeettafic Mouseketeer

    Jan 15, 2011
    So much to weigh out -

    We're going for our first trip in November. If dining is free, great. If it is free and just ends up being QSDP, we will probably upgrade to the regular plan. But if it isn't free, we may not do it. I would have to look primarily at the cost of the character meals we wanted to do and see if we just want to skip some of those. My DS, who will be 5 when we go, is very picky and doesn't necessarily eat well when we travel so he will have a lot of food go to waste no matter what we order.

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