Our family always purchases the delux dining plan and have always found it to be not only convenient but very satisfying. The $$ cost may be high - but then again - everything at a theme park is high $$. Nothing says that you have to eat everything at a meal, The idea is that you may order whatever you want at the time and not be concerned about the $$. The opportunity to purchase something that you may never try elsewhere is there. Being all adults, (no children anymore) has permitted us to always trying something new in the various dining facilities WDW has to offer. Concern about meal $$ should not enter into our vacation decisions. The $$ come into play when selecting a vacation and not once the decision has been made. Noting what Nottamus says: "AND it was just too much. Always had to eat a lot, finish it all...can't waste anything." should not be the issue. You are there to enjoy yourself - so enjoy yourself.