Ok, so I finally got around to updating the 2013 prices on my dining plan sticky this morning–better late than never.
I haven’t paid attention to the dining plan in a couple of years so I had no idea how expensive it’s gotten. The Quick Service plan is $37.58 per night! :eek: That’s about what the regular dining plan cost when first came out–what six or seven years ago? That included tip and an appetizer for every meal. But that’s not really my point, I know prices have gone up in every part of our lives.
Now for the math on the quick service plan for a typical day for us in Magic Kingdom:
Pecos Bills for lunch-
1/3 lb cheeseburger $8.69 + a large drink $2.89=[B]$11.58 [/B]
(I didn’t include the crummy little cake thing since there’s NO WAY I would ever actually order and pay for it.)
Columbia Harbour House for dinner-
Chicken nugget and fish basket $9.29 + a large drink $2.89=[B]$12.18[/B]
(Again no dessert, I wouldn’t pay for it)
Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade [B]$3.69[/B]
[B]That adds up to $27.45 [/B]
Quick Service Dining Plan $37.58 - 27.45 = [B]$10.13–loss[/B]
That’s a huge loss for us, especially when I multiply that by the three of us. I know there are restaurants like Wolfgang Puck Express where meals are closer to $13.00 but we wouldn’t go there more than once. Most of our meals would be in the parks.
I didn’t include the mug that we may or may not buy, that would add about $2 per day to the total if I divided it by 7 days for a typical week long trip. We usually only get one mug because we really don’t use it a lot since we’re in the parks most days.
What am I missing? There has to be something more that I’m not seeing. As much as I would like the ease of paying for it before our trip so I didn’t have to worry about that part of our trip, it’s just as easy to swipe a room charge card to pay for what we order. It’s not worth the $30 difference between what we would actually pay and the cost of the plan EACH day.