Would you get the dining plan for this itinerary?

samantha3590

Mouseketeer
Joined
Apr 16, 2017
Trying to decide if I should get the REGULAR dining plan for this trip. We’re staying 6 nights and we are 2 adults in our late 20s who like eating and drinking! I have a lot of signature restaurants planned but generally we split an appetizer, entree, dessert at every meal and don’t get our own so my thought is at signature restaurants we would be using 2 credits and not 4 since we are splitting. Our planned restaurants are:
Cali Grill dinner
Crystal Palace breakfast
Via Napoli dinner
Narcoossees dinner
Jiko dinner
Wine bar George dinner
Kona breakfast
Chefs de France dinner
We would be getting either quick service breakfast/lunch or a snack breakfast lunch most days
 

Pumbaa_

>Hakuna Matata!<
Moderator
Joined
Jan 7, 2001
It’s really a math exercise. I have no idea what you would order at each lication

Via Napoli does not allow sharing on any dining plans, so plan on 2 credits here or oop
 

sharonabe

DIS Veteran
Joined
May 22, 2009
Trying to decide if I should get the REGULAR dining plan for this trip. We’re staying 6 nights and we are 2 adults in our late 20s who like eating and drinking! I have a lot of signature restaurants planned but generally we split an appetizer, entree, dessert at every meal and don’t get our own so my thought is at signature restaurants we would be using 2 credits and not 4 since we are splitting. Our planned restaurants are:
Cali Grill dinner
Crystal Palace breakfast
Via Napoli dinner
Narcoossees dinner
Jiko dinner
Wine bar George dinner
Kona breakfast
Chefs de France dinner
We would be getting either quick service breakfast/lunch or a snack breakfast lunch most days
You're still over your credits. You need 6 just for your signature restaurants and you'll each need to use a credit at Crystal Palace and Via Napoli. That leaves Wine Bar George, Kona, and Chefs de France. Personally, I'd probably pay OOP at Kona and use 1 credit at George and Chefs.

You do NOT get apps with the regular DDP, so you'll pay OOP for those too. And since you're only using one credit at the majority of your meals, any other alcoholic beverages will be OOP as well. As Pumbaa said, you're going to have to do the math to see if this is better than just paying OOP. To break even with the DDP, you need to "spend" about $43 per TS credit and $20 per QS credit.
 
  • Pumbaa_

    >Hakuna Matata!<
    Moderator
    Joined
    Jan 7, 2001
    Side question, have you shared meals at Disney before? The portions aren’t huge and I don’t know that one 3 course meal is enough for 2 adults. Ymmv
     

    rwdavis2

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Oct 2, 2007
    The dining plan is not designed to save you money and, IMHO, requires one to eat in a way they may not normally want to. Skip it.
     
  • Nancyg56

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 17, 2005
    The dining plan is not designed to save you money and, IMHO, requires one to eat in a way they may not normally want to. Skip it.

    We have no idea how the OP usually dines while on vacation, It is a math exercise for her. The DDP works well for my family, but I would not conclude it works well for everyone based on my family preferences.
     

    cedricandsophie

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Apr 8, 2014
    We don’t do the dining plan but do get Tables in wonderland. You are eating at a lot of signature restaurants and you like alcohol. Are you dvc or Florida resident? With the TIW you get 20% off food and alcohol at most signature restaurants and many lounges. Might make more sense if you qualify. Otherwise I’d just do out of pocket and maybe get two appetizers and share an entree and dessert. But we are not big eaters, we always eat breakfast in the room and share a sandwich at lunch,
     


    Connect

    Disney News and Updates

    Get Daily Email Updates

    Disney World Restaurant Menus Disney World Rehabs and Closings

    MINI DINING REVIEWS


    THEME PARK MAPS


    DIS PODCASTS

    Top