Thanks @Tuvalu, I didn't know about the AP restrictions/limitations with discounts. We had already purchased the AP's as usually we get 2-3 trips in on one. This year with the whole Corona thing we won't be taking as many trips. We have some family scheduling conflicts that also entered into this. But, this did get me started thinking we might be better off just purchasing tickets and not initiate the AP's I bought and hang on to them for future (hopefully) better use.@riverside if you don’t mind my butting in.....
The AP discount on table service meals is limited to only a few restaurants (mostly for lunch) and is just 10%. Alcohol is excluded. Since you only plan on one trip in a year you may want to forgo an AP anyway.
TiW is offered at the majority of Disney restaurants and is 20% off. Includes alcohol. Can use the discounts at bars without ordering any food. BUT in order to recoup the $150 yearly cost you must spend $750 on food and alcohol before the savings kicks in.
You’ll need to do your own dining plan math, LOL, as I am not a proponent of the DDP.
I'll have to do a rough calculation on our planned dining to see roughly what we might be spending.
On one of our trips last year, I was very careful to keep track of the cost of the meals and the DP that we had purchased, and it came out pretty much a wash.
Thank you for the information. I have had times where we have brought home snack credit (snacks). I have also had times where they were used up. They are great for food and wine at Epcot I've learned. I think I will take pen to paper and try to get a rough idea on what we might be ordering, etc. to try to get an apples to apples (or Mickey waffle to Mickey waffle) comparison!@MickeyCB here you go. DDP(1 sit down per night) -vs- paying OOP(with the AP discount). I did this comparison in 2018 but I would think it would hold true today.
WRAPPING THIS UP
I just thought I'd throw this out there b/c this is something E & I have always said we were going to do but never did & I finally did it(not 100% perfect though). This is the "is the dining plan worth it?" saga.
We've done trips where we got the dining plan & ones where we didn't. E did not have the plan this trip but H & I did. I always figured you really didn't save money with the dining plan but I will say I like the convenience of knowing that pretty much everything is already paid for. With that being said though I usually find myself scrambling at the end of a trip to cash in those credits so I don't lose them. I've used those credits to pay for random strangers meals & I've also brought 20 bags of candy home. Getting the "free" mug on the plan is not important to me b/c I don't drink pop. The reason I got the dining plan on this trip is b/c I was bringing H. This is the third time I've taken her to Disney & I know that she won't ask for much & also feels bad about how much things cost. I feel like by having the dining plan she doesn't feel funny about picking a more expensive item or ordering a dessert etc. She kept saying she was saving the snack credits for the Halloween party. Had I been paying OOP she never would have asked for all those treats. So, as you will see below it didn't pay to have the dining plan but IMO it was worth it b/c she felt comfortable getting what she wanted.
I was pretty good about saving all the receipts except for the ones from the Halloween party so I just went off the price on the menus. I also think the savings could really have been a bit more b/c for most meals I normally wouldn't order a dessert & there are times(esp. for lunch)that I wouldn't order an alcoholic beverage. I guess I get that mindset though that I've paid for it so I might as well order it.
I also looked on MDE this morning and it is showing me 8 FP's for our upcoming trip & I know I booked 12. Guess I better straighten this out soon.
Well, that about wraps up this TR. I really want to thank you for reading, commenting & liking my posts!! I really appreciate it!! As with my first one I had a ton of fun doing this!! My countdown is at 5 days so I'll "See Ya Real Soon"!
And thanks so much for the great trip report, it was so much fun to follow along!