Disney Dining Plan Estimate
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You cannot edit this version. Please go to File > Make a Copy to save your own version!
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Getting Started: Configuring the Spreadsheet
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For the Dining Plan Calculator
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Enter the number of nights and number in your party in the green boxes. If you have multiple rooms enter only one room.
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For the Dining Estimate
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Based on your trip, you may need to slightly adjust the spreadsheet to enter all of your dining:
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Days 6-10 are hidden. Unhide Rows 42-83 if you have a longer trip. If you have a shorter trip you can leave them hidden or delete the rows you don't need.
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You can hide Person 5 if you are a party of four or less and want the display to be narrower.
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Planning Your Meals
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Enter in your meals and prices for anticipated order. All prices on the Dining Estimate tab are pre-tax as tax is calculated at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
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You will need to include the total of all items in your order (entree + drink or entree + drink + dessert).
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If you want to compare the Deluxe Plan vs. Regular or QS Plans, you'll need to fill out the Any Service (AS) column in addition to either the Table Service Adult (TS-A), Table Service Child (TS-c), and Quick Service (QS) columns
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You may not need to use all of the rows for each day as there are extra meals and snacks to accomodate sharing and using credits across your stay. Skip, hide, or delete as needed.
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If two (or more) people are sharing a meal, you only need to assign the credit and cost to one person. Credits are pooled so you do not have to evenly distribute them
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You will need to assign your own value to the refillable mug (Row 84). Keep in mind it is only good for fountain drinks, coffee, and hot chocolate at Disney Resort Hotels.
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Be sure to compare your savings with the number of credits used. If any credit allotments are shaded red, then you have gone over and will need to pay out of pocket. This will need to be manually calculated
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Note
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Gratuity is not included in this estimator as it is not covered by dining plan credits. Remember to include gratuity for any table service meals in your budget.
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For larger parties, you can adjust the people in each room on your reservation to increase the value of the dining plan. Children 3-9 offer the most savings.
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There is no charge for children under three at buffets (or if they share off your plate), but you will need to pay for anything you order a la carte.
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I used a flat tax rate of 6.5%. Tax is slightly higher at the All-Stars Resorts.
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Don't forget to consider any dining discounts (annual passholder, Chase Visa, DVC) in your final calculations!
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Sample Estimates
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Sample Estimates - Desired Food
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Personally, I first plan what I want to eat and then I decide if I need a dining plan. This plan is an example of planning meals first. It has not been tweaked to match dining credits.
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Sample Estimates - Uses All Credits
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This plan is the tweaked version of the desired food sheet. The table service meal planned was swapped for a quick service meal to use all dining credits on the Regular Dining Plan.
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In this example, expensive character meals make the Dining Plan a cost saving tool.
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