June 04, 2011

How Do You Eat?

My husband and I are considering a Walt Disney World Resort Vacation this summer 2011.  We'd like to get the deluxe dining plan because then we can eat whatever we want and for once not have to think about how much it costs.  There is a certain value in that alone, but really how do the dining plans stand up?  In all of my online digging I haven't found anyone matching point for point, this is what we eat and how we eat vs. the dining plan.  So for the past hour or more I've done just that.

What exactly am I talking about?  The Disney Deluxe Dining Plan this includes 3 sit down meals per day.  As a handicapped gal I do not like work-a-raunts as a general rule, and what else is Disney for besides to eat the best food in all of the United States?  LOL.

We are considering a trip for 7 days 6 nights.  That is 2 adults, and 1 child 3 sit down meals a day for a total meal allowance of 18 meals for the entire trip.

As a general rule we will grab a cereal bar in the am or a cup of coffee depending on the person, have a nice lunch, and a meaty dinner.  We sometimes switch that up with a late breakfast and an early dinner.  This will give us many extra meal vouchers that you will note I have put towards eating at Dinner Shows, and Disney's Signature Restaurants.  Prices come from both Disney's reservation site and Allears as of the posted date.  Total includes, tip, food, and non alcoholic beverage for each of 3 people.  Tip is calculated at Disney's recommended 18% on all bills for continuity.

Day 1 - Arrival Day
$156.97 Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue Category 2: 2 meal credits

Day 2 - Magic Kingdom Day
$143.63 Breakfast @ Cinderella's Royal Table:  2 meal credits
$166.97 Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show Category 2:  2 meal credits

Day 3 - Epcot Day
$122.72 Lunch @ Coral Reef Restaurant
$148.29 Dinner @ Yachtsman's Steakhouse: 2 meal credits

Day  4 - Hollywood Studios Day
$167.14 Lunch @ Hollywood Brown Derby:  2 meal credits
$226.21 California Grill: 2 meal credits

Day 5 - Magic Kingdom 2nd Day
$69.20 Lunch @ Tony's Town Square
$96.72 Dinner @ 'Ohana

Day  6 - Animal Kingdom Day
$121.80 Lunch @ Yak & Yeti
$115.60 Dinner @ The Boma

Day 7 - Departure
$58.13 Breakfast @ The Wave

This totals out at $1593.38 out of pocket, total out of pocket with the Deluxe Dining Plan onsite is $171.90 with a prepayment of 1079.82, for a total meal cost using the Dining Plan to be 1251.72  but wait.  What did I plan to eat?  You're going to love this, do not continue reading if hungry.

Day 1 - Arrival
Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue Family Style

Day 2 - Magic Kingdom Day
Cinderella's Royal Table Pre-plated all you care to eat breakfast
Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show Family Style Luau

Day 3 - Epcot Day
Coral Reef Restaurant Seasonal Soup X2, Seared Chicken Breast, Grilled NY Strip, The Chocolate Wave, Almond Gelato, Kids Meal
Yachtsman's Steakhouse 24 oz Porterhouse X2, Mushrooms, Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella - DD to share

Day 4 - Hollywood Studios Day
Hollywood Brown Derby Curly Spinach Watercress Strawberry Salad, Char-Grilled Fillet of Beef x2, Chocolate 3 ways x2, Kid's Celery and Carrots, Kids Grilled Chicken w/ BBQ Sauce, Kids Ice Cream Desert
California Grill Cheese Board - all five, Roasted Heirloom Beets, Hearts of Romaine, Oak-Fired Filet of Beef x2, Mascarpone & Meyer Lemon Cheesecake x2, Kid's Mac & Cheese, Kids Chocolate Pudding

Day 5 - Magic Kingdom 2
Tony's Town Square Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella, Bianca Flatbread, Spaghetti & Meat Sauce, Kid's Meal
'Ohana Family Style

Day 6 - Animal Kingdom
Yak and Yeti Salad x2, Baby Back Ribs x2, Egg Rolls,  Kid's meal, Kid's desert
The Boma Buffet Style

As you can see sometimes I had us eat desert sometimes not, sometimes appetizers sometimes not.  I did not plan it that we always had an appetizer, an entrée, and desert with lunch and dinner the way the meal plan allows.  I felt this allowed me to chart our more normal way of eating.  All of my math can requested for personal use in the form of an Excel doc.  Some of these are places we've been to before in that we'd love to visit again, as well as other places we'd like to go.  I had trouble using up our extra meal credits and as I am not done researching where we would like to eat thereby some dining locations are less likely than others.

Now what about those pesky snack credits?  Well if you estimate them to be worth the cost of a Mickey Mouse Ice Cream at $3.50 that is 3 people 2 snack credits a day for 6 days, 36 snack credits it works out to $126 in snacks.  Sometimes we'll be using those to snag a bottle of water or a piece of fruit, but if you think that's low try $4.00 per snack which brings it to $144.  At the lower estimate - if you think you'd snack that much brings your cash out of pocket to 1719.38.

I did this purely for my own knowledge with out any kickbacks and you are welcome to use it for personal use and research.  For republication purposes please contact me first.


QuiltSue said...

Think I could come with you? The food sounds sounds wonderful, and yes, I am hungry!

stitchinpenny said...

Way too much planning ahead with food for me. I don't eat on schedule at theme parks. Hope you have fun and the food is good.

Sand and Sunshine said...

I love to plan and while we may not eat at all of these places or these exact foods it was my intent to do a direct comparison of food cost vs. the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan based on the sort of foods I know we like to eat and how my family eats on vacation. I had been unable to find such a comparison, so I made one for myself.

Heather Landry said...

Ronnie and I did a comparison years ago when we purchased the dining plan. We would've never eaten at some of the fancier places give the cost but since we were able to pay for the dining plan a bit at a time ahead of time and save up for it... It made all of the difference in the world!

I do not recommend the Coral Reef place. The food was not great. There were very limited menu choices and we didn't like the things we got at all. I'm shocked to say too because it's Disney, but the service wasn't that great there either.