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Episode 611 of WDW Today is now available for download here.
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6 Responses to “WDW Today Episode 611 – Listener opinions”
I was just listening to todays episode and I dissagree completly about your guest speakers view on the Dining Plan. For all the thousands and thousands of people who come to WDW from afar, and are into the nice sit-down restuarants, the plan is perfect. Ourselves and all sorts of other people we know have used it many times and have been very happy. Your guest where fairly local and did not really care to take too much time out to actually dine. For us it is all part of the WDW experience and always look forward to dining and the dining plan makes it even better!
We got the DDP for free,so it was a great way to try it out. Just came back from 7 night stay on 9/3. I would go with the DDP if staying on WDW resort. If we were paying for our meals, there is no way we could have afforded all those character meals with the kids (14 and 8).I think it is worth it with children in tow. We enjoy having a family dinner together and avoided standing in line for characters in the parks. We filled up on breakfest each day, used a snack credit for lunch or vs versa and did mostly buffets for dinner. I do think they could skip the dessert at lunch and give you an extra snack credit to use another time. Too much dessert in the heat. It was great not have have to see if there was enough $ by end of the trip for one of the kids to have another $4.00 ice cream bar. We just used another snack credit. At Riverside food court, the make your own pasta seving is enough for 2-3 adults so the kids and my husband could split an order each, saving quick service credits for another great omlette in the am. It just requires a little planning to get the most bang for your buck. One compliant is -what’s the deal with the tipping? On the receipt it gives you reccomended tips of 18% or 20%. I don’t see the reason tip a waiter at a buffet 20% for getting us drinks and busing the tables, but felt guilty if I chose the 18%.
I LOVE the dining plan. It’s a lot of food, sure. But if I’m full I stop eating. No one’s gonna shove the chocolate cake down your throat. I tell the server to hold the dessert – we won’t need it. And when it’s free dining it’s a no-brainer for sure.
We have never—not once—spent as much just eating where and when we want as the appropriate dining plan would have cost.
Usually, we don’t quite eat as many TS meals as we have nights on property, though this is partly because we stay in either DVC units or offsite condos, and have breakfast and maybe one or two other meals in when we don’t feel like shlepping somewhere. We also typically visit some of the less expensive restaurants during the trip—brunch or lunch—because it fits better with our touring style.
For some folks it works pretty well, particularly those who want a more leisurely meal each night. But, I don’t think those folks are the common case. For most families, though, I’m convinced the dining plan is an upsell in disguise.
As a bi-annual visitor making a 1061-mile trek to WDW, I’ll do Free Dining, but would never pay for the plan. While I love sit-down restaurants, I’d rather not have to worry if it’s one credit or two, and I rarely if ever eat dessert. Generally, the math does not work out for me.
We will never go to WDW without getting the plan. $10.99 per child per day to eat?!? thats a no brainer. we love having our food payed for before we go. Even if it means paying more, we really enjoy not having to worry about how much an item is when we are choosing what to eat. If it wasn’t already payed for we would probably be more picky, with the DDP we are able to relax and enjoy our meal!
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