totally disagree. IMO it has not been a good value in many years. it ceased being a good value when they removed the dessert and appetizer and removed the tip being included in the price. just because they jack up the prices on everything to be way way way higher than what they should be it doesn't make the DDP a better value.With the increased price of snacks and water as well, the dining plan has never been a better value. I expect Disney has seen a decrease in DDP users outside of the free dining period, and is trying to nudge people back to the plan.
I never thought breakfast buffets are a good value, and you are always rushed by not wanting to miss park opening or prime touring hours. For lunch and dinner, I do feel the quality and variety at most of the character buffets at Disney (except Chef Mickey... shudder) is really quite good, and still a good price when you think of what you are paying for the character interactions. Much better value than dessert parties anyway in my view.