Okay, I need someone to talk me down and tell me I’m crazy. I think the Disney Dining Plan might make sense for my family for our trip this December.
We still have little kids, so most of our choices for TS meals are character buffets. I estimate that for 3 adults and 2 children, this will be at least $200 per meal (probably more, but I’ll stick with $200 for now. We will be staying onsite for 5 nights with 6 park days (possibly partial days on the first and last day), so the cost of the plan should be $1475. In order to make sense of it all, I’m not going to price out everything the plan includes, but rather what we would likely buy if we are paying out of pocket.
4 TS meals = $800
5 QS meals = $400
35 snacks = $175
So that’s $1375 assuming we just do what we would normally do. That might include sharing a QS meal, buying a cheaper menu item, not getting an extra Mickey bar. So, with what I expect we would do anyway, it will only cost $100 to get us an extra character meal, the freedom to order the most expensive item at QS restaurants if we want (with no sharing, or share and get an extra QS meal out of it) and another 15 snack credits so I can throw Mickey bars at my kids when they get grumpy.
I’m thinking that $100 is money well spent. Am I missing anything? Please tell me where I’m making a mistake. Paging @ryan1 to tell me I’m wasting too much money, @OBNurseNH for the voice of reason and @Randall1028 to tell me to eat more ice cream. Plus, @mousematt is invited to come call me names.