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Old 03-08-2018, 05:52 PM   #11
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If just me, DH and perhaps a few others, no DDP. We use TIW. When we have large groups, 10 +, we do purchase the DDP. This way we have everyone’s meals covered. They can go on their own to eat breakfast (usually snacks...if not in the room) and lunch (usually QS) without being able to charge to the room. We meet for dinner and everyone is happy to get whatever they please at a TS restaurant. It may not be the most cost effective. But, it takes a lot of stress off of DH.

I really like that they added cocktails...
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Old 03-08-2018, 05:59 PM   #12
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https://www.distripplanner.com/ is a useful tool for getting a rough idea of whether or not the dining plan is worth it. When I checked for my upcoming trip the biggest "savings" for us seemed to be in the snacks and mugs. However, we wouldn't typically buy that many snacks and wouldn't buy mugs either so it wouldn't really be saving us money.

The new alcohol option throws a wrinkle into it. I could definitely see getting more value out of it now with the drinks. We wouldn't typically do that, but even some of the specialty shakes can be pretty pricey. I might need to revisit the calculations.

For what it's worth, I think the linked article would be improved by incorporating the new information. It links to it, but the prices aren't current and there really isn't discussion of them. Looks like the article is about a year old, which I guess explains it. Either way, I'm not sure it does enough to answer the question it poses.
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Old 03-08-2018, 06:25 PM   #13
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We did the DDP when my kids were kids, now only 1 kid is a kid, so it's not cost effective.

We are drinkers, so I was curious if we got the dining plan if they would allow my over 9 kid's drink (charged as an adult on the plan) to be used as a 2nd cocktail (or beer or wine) for my husband or myself (yes we typically have 2 drinks with every meal at Disney, and we typically have our kids choose between a sugary drink or a dessert, not both, and they always choose dessert), but unless that is allowed i.e. "use your drink entitlement as a 2nd margarita for mommy please" it's totally not worth it for us.

I have a 10 year old, and paying for her as an adult at Spirit of Aloha (literally she ate 1/2 a portion of rice) kind of killed me. I wish there was a teen/tween option!! Especially for the places where your meal includes alcohol. Oh well..
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:00 PM   #14
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On our last trip, we had a multi split stay.

We got the DDP for the first part, which spanned 23rd to 26th of December. We had 3 buffets (dinner and breakfast), a BOG breakfast and got the mugs which were good for the whole 2 weeks. We planned the meals first, then did the math on it.

It worked for us for those 4 days (3 nights). We considered it for the New Year weekend, but it didn't work with the plans we had.

Our only previous experience of it was with "free dining" on a UK package stay, in our pre-DVC days. We didn't use all the TS credits and had lots of snack credits left over too.
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:40 PM   #15
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We are drinkers, so I was curious if we got the dining plan if they would allow my over 9 kid's drink (charged as an adult on the plan) to be used as a 2nd cocktail (or beer or wine) for my husband or myself (yes we typically have 2 drinks with every meal at Disney, and we typically have our kids choose between a sugary drink or a dessert, not both, and they always choose dessert), but unless that is allowed i.e. "use your drink entitlement as a 2nd margarita for mommy please" it's totally not worth it for us.
I also don't think that 10 year olds should have to pay the same as an adult. At the very least they should start charging that for 13 year olds and up.

Also, I've always wondered the same about the alcohol entitlement.
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:02 PM   #16
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We tend to do a lot of cooking in our room and do not eat out very much (maybe two or three evenings). I know I keep saying this, but it is a great way to save money!
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Old 03-08-2018, 09:38 PM   #17
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Tables in Wonderland for me. Almost solely table service and frequently a couple appetizers rather than an entree. The alcoholic beverage change does bring a dining plan closer to consideration, but still like being able to eat exactly what I please.
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Old 03-26-2019, 09:06 AM   #18
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I've been visiting (and paying FULL PRICE) since 1981, and always wondered whether or not a Dining Plan was worth the cost so I finally tried it.

I purchased the one table-service and one counter-service plan. That works real nice because you get snacks along the way too. It allows you to try the really nice restaurants that I would normally not be able to afford. Best way to do that though is by making a reservation through the Disney app months before your trip. My FAVE is Be Our Guest! Food is OUTSTANDING and it makes you feel like you're really at a castle.

So my best advice is to try it once, with your family, and make sure your table service meal is at a really nice place ($60 per person+). That's when you'll see the value and appreciate the Dining Plan!
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Old 03-26-2019, 09:57 AM   #19
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We are debating this for our upcoming trip. The posted website was very helpful!
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Old 03-26-2019, 10:28 AM   #20
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It does not work for me as dining at wdw is not the purpose of my trip. Table service cuts into my park time. I am also often solo. I hate sitting so close to others to the point we all become chatty neighbors before the end of dinner. I was once asked to hold the stangerís baby for a few seconds. It is seldom a relaxing meal.

The dining plan locks you into a certain number of meals. I think paying as you go and enjoying more flexibility works for many .
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