I’m a foodie, big time. My whole family eats pretty good at meals, I never have to worry about feeling like I payed too much whether it be Chili’s or McD’s. So the DDP doesn’t give us ‘too much’ food usually. What’s ok to hang out with us in the parks, hangs out in my backpack or if we’re at the hotel the dessert comes back with me. These kids (and adults) can pack it away!
That being said I am only on year 2 of the DDP, my oldest is 9 and on year 5 of the DDP. In the past my fil, mil, and dh etc have taken her, then my son when he turned 5, then in 08 we all went. They did the TS DDP the past 5 yrs and loved every minute of it. The character meals and ADR’s alone made it worth the $$ to Fil. (Considering there were 9 of us at Tutto Italia last time and the bill was at a grand total of about $250 for 9 of us, and we were on TS DDP and it came out to the tip alone. YAY!)
BUT now that Disney is offering a CS version, fil wants to try that. I’m glad, I hated being tied down to my ADR’s and not being able to let the kids ride a ride since we ‘might be late’. We’re going to see how this goes this year and go from there. I have no doubt the dining plan will work in our favor as it always has whether it’s a few dollars each day it saves to a heck of a lot. Even if each person saves $4, that’s $4 x’s 4 people for 4 days, plus mug. Any savings is a good savings imo.
Now that I wrote a book, I’d just go through some menu’s on AllEars and get an idea of what it’d cost each day approx then see if it balances out. If you’re more drawn to CS meals, then there’s your answer hopefully. That’s what I did, and it tends to be more in my favor to do the CS DDP.