In August we released a simple tool that provides the average costs of food provided under Disney Dining Plans offered at Walt Disney World in Florida. Today this tool becomes more powerful, allowing you to customize your analysis based on your group’s dining preferences.
Our Dining Calculator tool now lets you estimate the cost of your meals, as well as determine how well (or poorly) a Disney Dining Plan will meet your dining needs based on average costs from our Disney World menu database. To access this tool, click on the DINING button on a trip on your TouringPlans.com dashboard.
Here is what the new Dining Calculator looks like:
Not every family eats the same way. Maybe you never go out for breakfast or always skip lunch. Maybe you’re arriving late on check-in day and leaving before dawn on check-out day, not needing on-property meals for either of those days. Maybe your son hates desserts or you always get an appetizer for the table. Maybe you and your spouse find Disney portions huge and often share one entree and one appetizer as a meal. There are all sorts of dining options, and our tool helps you estimate the costs of bringing your preferences to life. This may be particularly useful for those traveling in 2018 who want alcohol with their meals (the 2018 plans include this for the first time).
Once you configure the Meal Quantities and Meal Components, Mugs, and Snacks tables with your preferences, click one of the blue Update buttons. This will update the Costs Based on Your Dining Preferences table, which predicts how much money you will spend on meals. This Costs Based on Your Dining Preferences table could serve as a rough meal and snack budget for those paying directly for their food.
Below all this is a Dining Plan Comparison table, which helps you estimate the cost-effectiveness of purchasing a Disney Dining Plan to meet your meal requirements:
Using average menu prices, this table tells you whether using a dining plan will save you money if you eat as you specified. The results are displayed clearly in green and red. Of course, buying a Dining Plan is not a simple decision, and we encourage you to learn as much as possible about any plan before purchasing it – our detailed Disney Dining Plan page on TouringPlans.com or our discussion forum can help.
Finally, at the bottom we have a Dining Plan Details link that expands a table that lists all Disney’s dining plans, along with the plan costs for your trip and what items are included. Dining Plan diehards know this information well, but since it can change from year-to-year, it’s good to have this handy.
We are considering more enhancements to this calculator, so if you like it, please let us know. Happy planning!