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The Disney Dining plan

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Disney Debbie, May 7, 2018.

  1. Disney Debbie

    Disney Debbie Active Member

    Happy bank holiday Monday folks. If any of you have Instagram it's worth following the Disney food blog, as they have constant photos of food from across the parks and some helpful videos.
    I watched recently their blog on YouTube about the Disney dining plan (based on standard plan) and it was really interesting. Unless the plan is free, you will only save up to $50-100 and that is dependent on
    1. You use up every single credit on the plan
    2. You buy the most expensive items on the menu
    I would never buy the DDP myself as there is too much food and when we have had a free plan we always have loads of meal credits left over. What I don't think the blog takes into account is the tipping of 20% on table service meals based on what you ordered even if it is free. So if you order the most expensive meals, the higher the bill means a higher tip. Put alcohol on top, above what is now free then I guess it's just not worth it.
    Here is the link if you want to watch it. Hope it works
  2. winnie72

    winnie72 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Debbie will have a look at you tube. Probably won't use Dining plan but interested to hear about it
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  3. jenster5

    jenster5 DoingFlorida Associate

    Thanks Debbie we have it free in October. Never done it before so interested to see
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  4. tinklancs

    tinklancs Well-Known Member

    I think you can also follow the Disney Food Blog on facebook but not 100% sure. There's a calculator somewhere [Jo did it] where you put in what you think you would eat at every meal and it works out if the DDP is cost-effective. Said no for our December trip so we are paying out of pocket. Probably eat in the usual favourite places but there won't be any waste.
    Hoping to get free DDP for 2020 as we are going mob-handed and its easier than working out how much per family etc. We did enjoy the full plan when we stayed at Old Key West as it includes table service meals and you can use credits for character meals. And the couples had a "date night" and Jo and I had "family nights" so it wasn't all of us all together all the time and it meant we could try different places. We went to Morocco which was a bit adventurous for me but it was very nice and the tea was delicious! Ben enjoyed the belly dancers!!
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  5. Disney Debbie

    Disney Debbie Active Member

    It's great if it's free but I wouldn't pay for it as too much waste. We had it when we stayed at Saratoga and loved the chance to eat in the restaurants but again were left with loads of credit which isnt so bad if you haven't paid for it. If you are booking for 2020 and there's the $200 Disney gift card then book your rooms separately so you get a gift card per booking.
  6. tinklancs

    tinklancs Well-Known Member

    We did separate bookings to get giftcard each.
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