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timon     12.0 #202 (WDW Qual #6689
July 6, 2012 8:32 PM

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Have one more day to decide about getting the meal plan. I have figured it out and it was about the same. My two boys usually share a meal and don't finish it and I usually order an appetizer as a meal??? So.. I'm thinking not... Feedback??? Also just got res. for the San angel inn for end of July?? Anyone try it? Looks kinda cool! Plus they have chicken nuggets which is always a bonus!
I think its worth trying the meal plan once. Its nice to order whatever u want without worrying about the price. Next time, we prob won't. U feel obligated to eat and overstuff yourself. Plus the reservations puts a bit of a time restraint on u. - Disneyaddict  267.5 #1024 12:07AM
Let me start by saying, we have never done any character meals or had many sitdown meals at DIsney. We went in April and decided to go without the meal plan. Honestly I think we did great. I think the cost of the meal plan is a lot, but if you are into sit down meals and character dining, then it might be worth the money. For our family, its just not. I think what we ordered and ate, we made out much better, and weren't restricted to where we ate. IOts a pretty personal decision...good luck! - ncjal  186.4 #36 8:36PM
I think the quick service plan wud b good and just fyi appetizers aren't covered under the ddp cuz that'd b something I'd just want to eat as a meal too. - Polynesiangirl  98.3 #58 5:27AM
Personally, I've never done the DP. We eat most of our meals at QS and some are just snacks. We average one TS every 2 days. One thing I've noticed over the years as the DP has become more popular, walk up reservations are nearly impossible! You used to be able to book a ressie at, say, SciFi on a whim if you were a little flexible. Now, good luck! I don't mint planning ahead, but I really wish I could still make some last minute decisions too. Especially if you're traveling with a newbie. They might see a restaurant and think it looks fun. But, of you didn't already book it may be out of the question. It seems there was a time when Disney saved a certain percentage of tables for walk ups. No more! - CollegeDisneyKnowledgeGrad  747.5 #4 10:58AM
I totally agree with ncjal!! We are the opposite, as we like to do alot of character and experience meals. We didn't do the dining plan in Oct, and it was SO expensive. The trip in Nov, we will do it for sure. But, for you guys, not eating a whole lot, it probably isn't worth it. My family of all boys like to eat, haha!! - mrsincredible  733.5 #5 8:40PM
For us, the dining plan does not save us money and it was way too much food, others love the dining. If you looked at the menus of where you are eating and it doesn't save money then I would skip it. I know when we were there last it was so hot that we ate even less food. Have a great time at wdw! - Andrea84  601.3 #7 9:12PM
Kim and I got the meal plan( 1 sit down, 1 quick serve, and 1 snack a day for 7 days) and it saved us at least $300 to get it was worth it to us - firestorm64rt  35.8 #104 9:17PM
If you eat light and the kids share a meal you will not save money. If you like to have a big meal, including a dessert and the kids will eat their own meals each, then it saves you money. We do it when it's free, otherwise we go without and save around $200 in 6 to 8 days. - DizneyGirl  528.0 #9 11:28PM
For us it was worth it but we used all of our sit down meals. We are a family of five. I saved all my receipts, snack and food, and wrote the total of what it would have been. We saved $350! - BodinFabFive  26.3 #128 11:33PM
We only do the QS dining plan and we LOVE it. But for us it is not a out how much we save as it is that it already paid for. We are always on a budget and our trip booked wayyyyy in advance in order to get it paid for. So with the dp, whatever money we bring is our fun money. There is no worry over "if we buy that souvenir, will we still have enough money left to eat on the last day?" The convenience of it really seems to add to our vacation experience. - poohbr1205  20.1 #149 6:45AM
Can you trade quick services for table services??? - timon  12.0 #202 10:17AM
Thanks for all the scoop . We do have a TS for every day planned with reservations. I also order from garden grocer and we have breakfast in the room. We're not going to do the dining plan but I am going to keep tabs for the future. I'll let you fellow mw's know when I get back! We allot 140 a day which includes everything. The plan was about 140 a day but without tip and only two meals so we shall see - not a big dessert family either - we'd rather eat chips! - timon  12.0 #202 12:20PM

        
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