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Old 03-27-2013, 04:38 PM   #31
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We eat 3 full meals per day. When dining out we always get an app and dessert. My children (11 and 7) have 1-2 snacks everyday. So the DxDP is the plan that we get that best suits our eating habits.
If u did the homework and you can see that the DDP is a good fit for you, don't let others change your mind. Some people eat like birds and can function on 1-2 meals per day. My family certainly can not!
I totally agree! We are a 3 meal per day family too. I often bring my 70 year old mother and she appreciates 3 meals per day...not to mention the break in air conditioning. We eat 3 meals per day and also have snacks (we happen to be an active family so meals are important).

Also, there's something to be said for having your meals paid for in advance. As a single mom, I appreciate that I can relax and enjoy the meal without stressing over what my dd11 is ordering. In addition, my dd11 NEVER wanted kids meals as she eats what adults eat at home she is not used to chicken fingers and pizzas...won't even touch a chicken nugget! I'm actually relieved that she can now order off the adult menu as she actually eats seafood (loves calamari and mussels) and steak.

As for flexibility...we get only the Base Tickets so I always know where we will be on what day...we never feel like it's an imposition to show up for a meal. I enjoy showing up at a restaurant (just like restaurant reservations at home) being seated and enjoying a meal together.
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When I used a spreadsheet and included the OOP cost of tips, the dining plan still saves us about $250. At their ages, almost every meal is a character meal (except for 'Ohana!) so the prices are easy to calculate. We have four DD's- three are Disney kids and one is still an infant.
And this is just the scenario that lends itself to getting a dining plan, children and buffet/character meals. So long as there are children in the grouping it will always come out ahead using a dining plan.
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