Meant to add, I've actually experienced the opposite of Wendy. I've had servers be glad we didn't have the ddp lol
I'm talking about the past really, the time when the gratuity was included with the DDP, it's been that long since we've actually eaten onsite at a Disney Restaurant (except twice at the YSH and that's only because of our dear Ricardo and going with friends) The servers would rub their hands together if people were on the DDP as they knew the more the meal cost the better the tip they were guranteed.
It may very well have changed since then, but that was enough, along with the trouble it was to get reservations that initially stopped us dining on site.
If ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together.......
there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is, even if we're apart...... I'll always be with you.
Winne the Pooh - A A Milne
A friend is a hand that is always holding yours,
no matter how close or far apart you may be.
A friend is someone who is always there and will always, always care.
A friend is a feeling of forever in the heart.
I don't think I would ever purchase the dining plan but I LOVE the free dining offer. We have taken advantage of the offer almost every year since it began and it really made our trips affordable. I am actually kind of bummed out that its not being offered in August this year. I don't know what we are going to do yet. We could stay off site, go to Universal, or skip Orlando altogether and try something new this year. I don't see us staying on the property and paying Disney prices for our meals. I could stay at a 4* hotel for the same price as a value and pay for some nice restaurants off property for less than an average meal on the property. I guess I don't have to decide anytime soon as we drive down to Fla and could book a hotel last minute in late August.
off site- AUG 86 --- carribean beach JULY94
all star movies JULY99- all star sports JULY00
coronado JAN01---------all star sports AUG01
all star music JULY02 ---All Star Movies Apr03
POR JULY04 -------------Disneyland Hotel Aug 04
Pop Century APR 05 -----Pop Century AuG 05
Pop Century AUG 06-----Carribean beach Aug 07
Pop Century Aug-08----- Pop Century Aug -09
Pop Century Aug-11------Off Prop- Feb 12
Caribbean Bch-Aug 12---Pop Century Aug 13
Pop Dec 14---Pop Feb 15--Pop April 15