And a tear.
I still advocate buying into the Disney Dining Plan and enjoying every ingested calorie. Walt Disney World knows how to make life easy on all of us. They certainly don't make it cheap, but they do make it easy.
2012 Disney Dining Plan Prices
Quick Service Dining Plan (2 quick service "cafeteria style" meals and 2 snacks per person per day)
Adults: $34.99 | Children: $11.99
Basic Dining Plan (1 table service meal (restaurant style), 1 quick service meal (see above) and 1 snack per person per day)
Adults: $51.54 (regular season) | $53.54 (peak season)
Children: $15.02 (regular season) | $16.02 (peak season)
Deluxe Dining Plan (3 meals per day, any combination of quick service or table service meals and 2 snacks per person per day. Refillable Resort mug for each guest included.)
Adults: $85.52 (regular season) | $89.52 (peak season)
Children: $23.79 (regular season) | $25.79 (peak season)
***Peak Seasons: 2/16/12 - 2/25/12, 3/09/12 - 4/14/12, 6/1/12 - 8/4/12, 12/21/12 - 12/31/12***
Start saving your hard earned dollars. As I said before, Disney doesn't come cheap.
A few keys to remember:
Gratuity is not included, alcoholic beverages are extra and not every restaurant participates in the dining plan.
There are certain restaurants (Cinderella's Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom for instance) which charge 2 table service meals for each person.
Every guest staying in your room MUST participate in the plan. There is no "pick and choose" option, such as Mom and Dad are on dining plan but children are not.
For more information on prices, participating restaurants and anything else Dining Plan, visit Disney's Dining Plan Site.