Ok, I understand what people are saying. We saryed at a Value resort to save money so we could use it towards the Deluxe dining plan but to answer some of the comments and questions, the discount, if we could get it would be a 15 or 20% discount, so going at the 20% would be $44 X 10 nights = $440, $856.80 (QS) - $440 = $416.80 better discount for the dining vs the room discount. As far as what Disney paid for the food vs what they charged, they don’t change the price because we got the dining plan, anyplace you go out to eat at charges you a good bit more then what they paid.
We did not change much in the way we ate or what we ordered, except we did try a few different things. Most times we go out, we get apps, main course and dessert and drink.
We ate at a few locations which were not a good deal for using TS credits, CRT was %110.77 but 4 TS, and Beirgarten was $99.05 - $15.98 (wine flight) = $83.07 and used 4 TS because of CLP package we used. If you are going only on dollar amount, these are a huge waste of the credits. but if you go other. We were in CRT with a window that over looked the courtyard and for the CLP we were sitting in the 2nd row on the right side, well they were a great value.
Tips, on or off the dining plan, if you eat at buffets or sit down, you will have to pay tips. I did not change the way I tipped, it was all based on our service but for fun lets just add our tips in $483.87
This is for meals and does not include the tips for mousekeeping or luggage or transportation.
Wow you really made that work for you. I always hear deluxe dining is too much food and people don’t manage to use all the credits so I’m amazed you had $400 worth of food oop too. But well done you!
Here are the numbers again.
If we paid for everything, our out of pocket as follows
Meals - 2932.09
Snacks - 277.63
Total - $3209.72 (This is if we paid for everything out of pocket)
Same figures but looking at what the dining plan covered
Meals - $2932.09 - $320.83 = 2611.26
Snacks - 277.63 - 75.04 = 202.59
Totals - $3209.72 - $395.87 = $2813.35
Covered by Deluxe Dining plan - $2813.35
What we paid for the dining plan - $1377.80
What we saved with free dining - $1436.05
We will also look at the different amounts to show the savings with out the free QS
$2813.35 - $2234.60 =$579.25 If we add a 20% discount on the room that is $440
$2813.35 - $440 = $2413.35 - $2234.60 (DP) = a savings of $138.75
Anyway you look at this, we did save money, $138.75 or 579.25 or $1436.05, it is still a savings.
This was for the 2 of us, 60 TS and 40 snacks. A lot of food but because we spread out most days and ate at 8 locations which took 2 TS each, there was only 1 day where we were overly full after lunch, but by the time dinner came around, we were fine.
With all this all said, there are those that the DP will never save money and those that it will, those that hate and and those that love it.
Could we have saved money by not using the dining plan and skimped or changed what and where we ate, yes we could have and to all those who don’t like the dining plan, yes you can save money if you don’t use it and watch what you eat and don’t pay for bottles of water. Could we save money by using the dining plan and going to other or some of the same locations and changing what we ate, yes, for those who like the dining plan. And then there is this trip, 6 signature dining locations, one CLP, one CRT and 9 table service, along with a few quick service locations, using snack credits for some bottled water or soda, experiencing Walt Disney World and the incredible service at these locations. We would have done it even if we had to pay out of pocket for the whoe thing, the thing is, with the way we planned, the discount we did get for the QS, upgrading to the Deluxe dining plan, well it saved us$1,436.05 which we believe is making the most of the money and the value and the experience.