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Thread: Disney Require a Credit Card Guarantee for Signature Dining & some Character Meals at WDW Resorts

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    Crikey, I knew people abused the system but that is terrible. I always wondered if Disney actually made any money from the DDP, especially with the free dining

    I suppose it's made it more affordable for people that wouldn't normally have been able to go, but standards have dropped considerably - not just in the restaurants sadly :(

    It's good to have some "insider information" :D thank you and thank the insider as well









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    Will do, Wendy!

    I was a little surprised to learn that a high ranking official would state that the DDP was not a money maker. Seems like Disney wouldn't keep something too long that was losing money. However, the general thought is that it brings in enough people to offset the dining loss in other areas.

    I wonder if they'll try to determine how much they've lost in revenue from other dining sources. Probably pretty hard to gauge unless they were tracking the source of the revenue originally.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink, post: 265561
    A high ranking official (who will remain nameless) reportedly hates the DDP and can't wait to get rid of it. The official reportedly stated that WDW is LOSING money on the program and that it's done more to bring down the quality of food and service than any other "mistake" implemented by Disney! (Hey, I coulda' told him that)!


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    I seem to be the odd one out here, but I have to say that I like the dining plan very much. Especially after taking my parents and 2 kids on this trip, I don't know what I would have done without it. Having everything paid for and booked in advance was a huge load off and after a few bills of well over $150 I was more than happy to swipe that little card! I would be sad to see it go, honestly.

    Having said that, I do like the idea of the credit card hold. If I book a meal then I go, and if I don't plan on going I cancel it and hopefully this would make this more common then it seems to be.



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    Oh Shelly, many folks like the plan! I just feel that it has done much to bring down the quality of the food served (purchased to serve, actually) and the quality of the service.

    The TIW card has done a bit of damage too, given its automatic 18% gratuity. When I have a TIW I never tell the server I have it until the end. I smile sweetly and imply that it slipped my mind...






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    Ive only ever booked one meal in advance, that was CP and was made online. Ive never done DDP, just the thought of it confuses me!



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    I also like the dining plan, and LOVE it when its free.

    I do think Disney should keep at least a percentage of its tables FREE for walk in guests, because it is sometimes impossible to determine WHERE you want to eat 180 days in advance.

    Also, I mean, I know most tourists are from the US or the UK, but guests from other parts of the world have NO CLUE you have to book character meals, and soe end up eating hot dogs and hamburgers because eating somewhere "nice" is just impossible





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    Informal insider report says that the new credit card system seems to be working already!

    Walk ins are being seated. This particular restaurant was busy with all tables filled (some due to walk ins) and suffered no empty tables like they were doing with the ADR system before the credit card hold went into place.






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    excellent news :D Lets hope it continues









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    I didn't think it went into effect until the 26th of this month.





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