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    Question Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money?? (Merged)

    I am planning my family's annual Disneyland trip and we were wondering if we should add on the Disney Dining plan. Has anyone tried this? If so what restaurants were you able to use the vouchers at and was it worth the money?

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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    Crunch the numbers and see if it's worth it.

    Then realize that if you buy something for 3.50 with a 5.00 voucher, you will not get change back. And if you buy two things for 3.50 with a 5.00 voucher, you will be paying out of pocket.

    Then crunch the numbers again and see if it's still worth it.

    I've read it's NOT worth it.

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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    I have not do at WDW I have DVC resort room and I can make Breakfast about $4.00 day then $10.00 at WDW.
    Some people at WDW like it but me It's NOT Worth it!

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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    No, it's cumbersome and no savings at all.
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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    I don't recommend the dining packages.
    You don't get discounts in them.
    I do recommend you eat in the park, they have multiple options and dining atmospheres.
    If you eat at the Plaza Inn and have an AAA Card you are given the reward of "Show Your Card And Save" (Save 10% on your purchase).
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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    If you fail to use any part of the dining plan you lose. The dining plan is not a savings plan, it is a pre-pay plan. IMHO I would skip it.
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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    I've considered this option in the past. The guest relations lady at Disney actually talked me out of it when I called with questions. They do not give change for the coupons. How often do you buy something that costs exactly $5, $10, or $15? Never. You'll constantly be reaching into your wallet for more money.

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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    OP, thanks for asking this question. I have always wanted to know whether the dining plan would be worth it! Now I know.
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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    Ok, I must be the only one who does the Dining Plan. We like it because majority of the food is payed for before the trip. We don't mind forking out a dollar or two with the vouchers.

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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    It's great if you have kids that you turn loose in the park - you know that they're going to buy food with it and not toys or whatever.

    Also, I believe you can still get some 10% discounts at certain places with a Disney Visa card.

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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    Is the DL Dining plan different than the one at WDW?

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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    Quote Originally Posted by BroncoBob View Post
    Is the DL Dining plan different than the one at WDW?
    Very different. There is NO DISCOUNT on the vouchers. You can actualy save by NOT doing the Dining Plan. How? Use AAA, Disney Visa, or AP discounts. By not having to buy 2 Churros if you only wanted 1. By not having to load up one cookies and cotton candy as you dash out of the park so you can use your last vouchers.
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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    This is probably the wrong thread to be asking the question but whatever, here goes. Is the dining plan at WDW voucher based as well? Like in dollar amounts?

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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    Quote Originally Posted by BFJen View Post
    It's great if you have kids that you turn loose in the park - you know that they're going to buy food with it and not toys or whatever.
    I used Disney Dollars and required receipts to fix this issue when my teens tried the "Save the money mom gave us to eat on and then eat when we get back with her like we haven't eaten in a week..." Yes, a CM will write a receipt on a napkin for a churro and I recognize my kids writing. If I gave them $20 for food, they get no more money til I have $20 in receipts for food... Teaches them also for taxes later!
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    Re: Disney Dining for Disneyland, is it worth the money??

    Quote Originally Posted by BroncoBob View Post
    This is probably the wrong thread to be asking the question but whatever, here goes. Is the dining plan at WDW voucher based as well? Like in dollar amounts?
    From what I have read, no. There you get credits on your room card; counter service, table service, and snack credits. Certain things count as snacks, and you get certain things at table service, etc.

    There are also different levels of the dining plan at WDW. I don't know how WDW people keep it all straight in there heads, honestly. (though I want to go there in a year or so)

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