My DDP experience: I came out $159 ahead across 5 nights.

LavishWig

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jan 12, 2019
It was my first Disney World trip and me and my DH were gifted 5 nights at the Boardwalk (family DVC points) so we decided to go with the DDP. We like to eat quite a bit, we love to try a variety of things and we liked the aspect of paying ahead of time.

I did a lot of reading and planning for our trip and picked restaurants based on our food preferences, most of the time I knew we'd be inclined to order the more expensive dishes because we like steaks and red meat which tend to be up there so I thought we'd probably break even. My cautious planning suggested we would come out a bit ahead, turns out we came out $159 ahead or $121 if you don't include the resort mugs. Prices without tax.

Here's how we came out ahead:

Arrival day - Hollywood Studios
QS Backlot Express: $23.74
Backlot burger and a pint of ale

SC Hollywood Scoops: $6.49
Ice cream sandwich to share (these things are HUGE!!!)

TS 50's Prime Time: $90.75
Pork chop, fried chicken, PBJ milkshake, Electric Lemonade, peanut butter cake, ice cream sundae

Day 2 - Animal Kingdom / Magic Kingdom
SC Creature comforts: $4.79
Venti latte to share

SC Kusafari Bakery: $7.49
Colossal cinnamon roll to share (love these!)

QS Satuli Canteen: $51.98
Chicken and beef bowl x 2, pint of ale x 2

SC Casey's Corner: $6.49
Shared some bacon mac 'n' cheese loaded fries

QS Pecos Bill: $39.96
Fajitas x 2, slushy lemonade, fountain drink

Day 3 - Epcot
SC Snack cart in France: $10
Sugar crepe, soft serve ice cream (these were both very average, probably the worst things we ate all week)

QS Tangierine Cafe: $26.94
Chicken and lamb platter with strawberry daiquiri

TS La Hacienda de San Angel: $106.50
Pork carnitas, Braised short rib, 2 x margaritas, Empanada, Flan (One of my favourite meals of the trip!)

Day 4 - Animal Kingdom
SC Creature comforts: $11.78
One venti frappe, one grande frappe

SC Kusafari Bakery: $7.49
Colossal cinnamon roll to share

QS Flame Tree BBQ: $28.74
Chicken, pulled pork and ribs platter, ale - all to share

SC Mr Kamal's: $5.99
Seasoned fries

TS Sanaa: $100.50
Potjie Inspired (pick 3 dishes from 'The Journey'), South African Braaivleis (like a mixed grill), three chocolate mousse, coconut rice pudding, mojitos x 2

Day 5 - Magic Kingdom / Epcot
QS Be Our Guest: $38
We shared - croque Madame, peach bellini

SC Sunshine Seasons: $4.99
Dole Whip to share (this is nice, but not sure of it's cult following - sorry!)

QS Columbia Harbor House: $19.98
We shared a trio platter and a lemonade slushy

SC Main Street Ice Cream Parlour: $6.79
All American Sundae to share (so good for the parade!)

TS Chefs de France : $112.98
Two steaks with green peppercorn sauce (this was incredible!), two Cabernet Sauvignons I think, two apple tarts (this was our favourite meal)

Day 6 - Hollywood Studios / Epcot
SC Starbucks (I forget the name): $11.78
Two frappes - one grande and one venti

SC Epic Eats: $8.49
Cookies and creme funnel cake

SC Snack cart: $6.59
Mickey pretzel with cheese (I hated the cheese sauce but liked the pretzel!)

QS Katsura Grill: $21
We shared a chicken cutlet curry with an ale

TS Biergarten: $112.50
Two buffets, two Schofferhofer pink grapefruit - 1/2 Litre

Leftover credits
We had four snack credits leftover - we used these to get a breakfast item each for the next day as we were moving two Universal and we also got a caramel apple and a brownie from Karamel Kuche which we ate over the next couple of days and saved us some money while we were there.

Overall thoughts
Would we do it again?
We would! We both really enjoyed the freedom of the plan as we're the type to refrain from ordering a beer at lunch because of the extra cost where as prepaying made us feel much better about this. Where we shared we just paid OOP for another beer. I probably wouldn't do it again if it was for a 8+ day trip, but anything that's a week and under I would.

Was it too much food?
Not for us! We are average eaters I would say, at home we track every calorie we eat and let loose a bit on holiday. We weren't ever forcing ourselves to eat and shared some quick service credits but didn't find them hard to use up.

I hope this helps some people! Feel free to ask any questions!
 

Markal

Earning My Ears
Joined
Aug 1, 2013
We are fans of the DDP. It works for us. There are a few places on your list we haven’t tried. I’m ready to go back! Thanks for sharing!
 

LavishWig

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jan 12, 2019
We are fans of the DDP. It works for us. There are a few places on your list we haven’t tried. I’m ready to go back! Thanks for sharing!
I was a bit nervous after reading quite a lot of negative things about the DDP and how it was so much food but I needn't have been! I really liked everywhere we ate, for different reasons though. Prime Time and Biergarten were great for the atmosphere but the food wasn't as good as Sanaa or La Hacienda for example. Doesn't mean I wouldn't go back though! Enjoy your next trip!
 

eiblehs

Expedition Everest Enthusiast
Joined
May 31, 2017
You were able to get the strawberry daiquiri with your QS credit at Tangierine Cafe? I wasn’t allowed to add it as my drink in July 2018. I was caught off-guard so I opted for a beer for my husband with my meal credit, and paid OOP for the daiquiri. It was so worth it because it was the strongest drink I had the whole trip! I wonder if you got some pixie dust or if they changed the guidelines. Either way, your post was helpful! We’ve always only ever done the QS dining plans. This time, we’re trying the next level up that includes the table service credits.
 

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