I feel like there are essential "qualifications" in order to determine if the DDP will work best for you and your family.
- You have to be able to consume a large amount of food... or be okay with letting some food go to waste. With getting one snack, one quick service meal, and one table service meal a day... it's a ton of food.
- Your family needs to be willing to take some extra time out of the day in order to have a sit down meal. Disney service is very quick but you obviously have to wait for each course to come out. If you're on a tight schedule it's probably not best to take the time out of your vacation to have long meals.
- Make sure that you're willing to maximize the DDP. That requires you to use your quick service meals on lunch instead of breakfast and your table service meals on dinner. Breakfast is the cheapest in WDW so my advice is to use your snack credit getting a pastry in the morning. Lunch time is when you want to use your quick service. Use the table service credit wisely! Choose restaurants that cost more per person. Be willing to choose entrees that are higher priced as well.
- Florida sales tax is 6.5%
- I used a straight 15% tip for all table service meals.
- I never order pop at table service restaurants. Matt sometimes does.
- I used a price of $3.00 even for every snack. Just for the sake of keeping it easy.
- The price of the DDP does NOT include gratuity.
$39.99 x 7 = $279.93 x 2 people = $559.86 (I'll add the OOP gratuity later)
Biergarten - $26.99 x 2 = $57.49 w/ tax and $10.00 tip = $67.49
Coral Reef - $20.99 + $25.99 + $7.99 x 2 = $64.96 w/ tax and $10.38 tip = $79.57
Le Cellier - $36.99 x 2 = $73.98 + tax = $78.79 + $11.82 tip = $90.61
Tusker House - $28.99 x 2 = $57.98 + tax = $61.75 + $9.27 tip = $71.02
Cape May Cafe - $26.99 x 2 = $53.98 + tax = $57.49 + $8.63 tip = $66.12
Chef Mickey's - $34.07 x 2 = $68.14 + tax = $71.55 + $10.74 tip = $82.29
'Ohana - $30.99 x 2 = $61.98 + tax = $66.01 + $9.91 tip = $75.92
Table Service Total = $544.96
Yak & Yeti - $10.99 x 2, $3.29 x 2, $2.50 x 2 = $33.56 + tax = $35.75
Studios Catering Company - $8.39, $6.49, $3.59 x 2, $2.50 x 2 = $27.06 + tax = $28.82
Pizza Planet - $7.79 x 2, $1.79 x 2, $2.00 x 2 = $23.16 + tax = $24.67
Tangerine Cafe - $7.95 x 2, $2.00 x 2 = $19.90 + tax = $21.20
Pecos Bills - $6.79 x 2, $1.99, $3.99, $2.50 x 2 = $24.16 + tax = $25.73
Columbia Harbour House - $8.09 x 2, $3.59 x 2, $2.50 x 2 = $28.36 + tax = $30.21
Sunshine Seasons - $8.59, $9.99, $2.89, $3.99, $2.50 x 2 = $30.46 + tax = $32.44
Quick Service Total = $198.82
Snacks - $3.00 x 7 nights = $21.00 x 2 people = $42.00 Note: I couldn't remember if they charge tax on snacks or not. So I just did without.
Table Service Total - $544.96
Quick Service Total - $198.82
Snack Total - $42.00
Out of pocket expense total = $785.78
Disney Dining Plan price + tip total = $632.17
Difference saved by using DDP = $153.61
Keep in mind that if your goal is to spend the least amount possible on food then it's not in your best interest to use the DDP. Your best option would be to eat quick service for your entire vacation. Have breakfast in the room, share large quick service servings, and cut back on pop. If you can reuse water bottles then you'll save a bit more as well.
If there is anything flawed that you notice in my calculations please let me know. I'm sure there are some small errors in there somewhere.