Your eating habits if the DDP works for you?

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by abinormal, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. honeymo78

    honeymo78 Don't dream it, be it

    Feb 17, 2002
    I think she was saying that just for the cost of the TS meals, it was $125 less than the dining plan. But with the plan and she will get QS, snacks and mugs. I don't think there is any way she could get all that for less than $125 OOP.
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  3. bdklein

    bdklein DIS Veteran

    Sep 17, 2005
    Gotcha. Makes sense when you reread it.
  4. davedmaine

    davedmaine DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2011
    But would you have ordered what you did if you weren't on the plan? Most people order the most expensive menu items to maximize value of the plan - did you? Also, 99% of people not on the plan don't get CS dessert - would you have? And Would you have bought all of the snacks? What I'm saying is that it's not apples to apples. the plan will give you convenience, but won't save you money. I argue that you should put the money on a gift card instead and pay for meals that way..
  5. Three cats

    Three cats DIS Veteran

    Aug 13, 2008
    We go with the deluxe dining plan. A table service restaurant for lunch and a signature restaurant for dinner every day. Works out great for us. We saved well over 300.00 last time.
  6. ibela

    ibela DIS Veteran

    Dec 28, 2006
    That's what I meant, even if I could manage CS for $18/day for the 3 of us (maybe sharing 2 adult CS between us 3?) I'd still have to get at least a few snacks throughout the week so even though I wouldn't normally get 3 snacks per day and I wouldn't get the mug for any of us let alone all of us, it was still a savings.
  7. worm761

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    Feb 4, 2001
    When I add up what we would most likely order if we were paying OOP and then compare it to the DxDDP, the DxDDP saves me about $400. While it may not work for you, it DOES work for some of us.
  8. aaarcher86

    aaarcher86 DIS Veteran

    Feb 17, 2010
    We go with the DXDP and save. We do a TS breakfast, TS dinner and a QS lunch each day. Most are character meals. We have 2 child priced children. I'll have to re-evaluate when my oldest (now 7) turns 10 since she's a whopping 37 lbs and will in no way eat enough to make the adult pricing even out. She also prefers macaroni and fruit which isn't much of a hot commodity on the adult menus lol.

    I agree. The DXDP is hard to save on, but it DOES happen.

    I did the same math as everyone else. At full price the DXDP was about $100 more than OOP, but I didn't include any snacks at all. We easily spend that much in snacks throughout the trip. With the SPD we had on our trip in February we ended up saving about $700 in meals alone AND had to cancel our last breakfast because of an illness, so it would have been more. Factoring in the 50 or so snack credits we used would have increased the savings even more.

    We ordered what we wanted and didn't look at the prices. Even if it was $100 more for the DXDP I'd still do it. I love that everyone gets an appetizer and dessert - we wouldn't always order an appetizer OOP and we would RARELY order a dessert (and no, I didn't add those on to my OOP comparisons. I legit went with what we'd probably order). It is more food at a single sitting (we eat 3 meals a day) than we would normally eat, but I don't feel the need to lick my plate clean by any means. If I ordered the same meal OOP I still wouldn't be finishing it. The portions don't change.
  9. KMarston

    KMarston Mouseketeer

    Mar 24, 2009
    I think many families who do the DxDP do signatures so some of their dinners are 2TS credits.

    We are using DDP with 4 of us, two teens that LOVE desert. Itnwill be our first time using the DDP. We rarely order dessert out! The deciding factor For me on this trip is that my DH by the third day or so is adding up the meals in his head and becomes a bear because he feels cash being sucked out of his account! We cruised for the first time a few years ago and he kept saying all the way home how the fact that everything was paid for made the trip so much more enjoyable. Our bill was only close to $1000.00. He had no clue how much the trip or excursions cost! Money isn't tight for us, he was raised dirt poor and physically spending money puts him overthe edge! That said we eat out 4 or more times a week depending on schedules. So OOP wouldn't be so much different than at home but Inguess he feels more in control of it.

    I figure we try it once and see how it goes!
  10. RyMacJ

    RyMacJ DIS Veteran

    Nov 24, 2010
    We will definitely come out ahead on the dining plan. We have a DD4 (will be 5 by our trip) and DD3. When crunching the number, the adults will be ahead by a little, but for the girls, we'll be ahead by a good bit. We are doing 3 character meals, and the cost of those alone will be a bit more than what we will pay for their DDP. So their lunches/snacks will be "free". I know they won't eat all of their food all the time, and I'm sure some of the adults won't either. But the convenience of it is SO worth it to us. DH loves being able to sit down and look at a menu and not worry about the price, just order whatever the heck he wants.

    We are also taking my MIL on this trip, and she hasn't been to Disney since the late of course she has never been on the DDP. Her mind is going to be BLOWN!
  11. nat8199

    nat8199 Mouseketeer

    Sep 8, 2012
    I ran the numbers and we are going to save money doing the DxDP. I will have one child-aged kid and two under-threes.

    We plan on doing a Character Buffet every morning before park openings, a light lunch, and then Signature Dinners for the adults (one adult stay with sleeping kids).

    Though we typically eat lighter at home, when we go on vacation we like to eat well. We always order apps and a dessert. DH and my inlaws will get coffee with bkfast and dinner. So it works for us. Plus, we will have a ton of snack credits to use for lunch at F&W on our 2 epcot days.
  12. Wendy5055

    Wendy5055 DIS Veteran

    Sep 24, 2007
    I totally agree!:thumbsup2 We are a 3 meal per day family too. I often bring my 70 year old mother and she appreciates 3 meals per day...not to mention the break in air conditioning. We eat 3 meals per day and also have snacks (we happen to be an active family so meals are important).

    Also, there's something to be said for having your meals paid for in advance. As a single mom, I appreciate that I can relax and enjoy the meal without stressing over what my dd11 is ordering. In addition, my dd11 NEVER wanted kids meals as she eats what adults eat at home she is not used to chicken fingers and pizzas...won't even touch a chicken nugget! I'm actually relieved that she can now order off the adult menu as she actually eats seafood (loves calamari and mussels) and steak. :lmao:

    As for flexibility...we get only the Base Tickets so I always know where we will be on what day...we never feel like it's an imposition to show up for a meal. I enjoy showing up at a restaurant (just like restaurant reservations at home) being seated and enjoying a meal together.
  13. gjl

    gjl Mouseketeer

    Oct 20, 2012
  14. patsal

    patsal <font color=FF3399>I've discovered I don't need to

    Jul 10, 2001
    And this is just the scenario that lends itself to getting a dining plan, children and buffet/character meals. So long as there are children in the grouping it will always come out ahead using a dining plan.

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