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Old 02-06-2013, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'Ohana dinner prices

We have a reservation at 'Ohana's at the end of April and I was just on the Disney website looking around and was SHOCKED to see that the dinner prices were listed $36-$59.99! I'm okay with $36, but would never pay $59.99 for it no matter how much we LOVE it! Allears has it listed as Adult price range: $35.14-$39.40 which is the most I would be willing to pay. Anyone been there recently to confirm prices?? Disney needs to do a better job w/ pricing so that planners can be better prepared, IMHO. It would be bad to go thinking it cost $36-$40 and end up being $60/person...not everyone is on the dining plan and that woud be a shocker for me to get that bill! Thanks for any help!
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Unfortunately, I don't have a note of how much we paid for dinner in December, but I know it was nowhere near $59.99. My PassPorter has the cost per person listed as $41, which I'd say is about right - off the top of my head, I immediately thought about $40 each.
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I am not sure how reliable this information is, but I just called the Disney Dining to check the cost for August 1st (my ADR is that day), and for adults I was told it will be $42.59 per person. By the time I add in tax and gratuity, this meal will cost over $160 for me and my two daughters.
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I think the Disney website lists everything as 36 to 60 per person, even the breakfast meals. I agree they could be a lot better with info for us planners, but since they've never been like that IMO (useful for info), why should they be like that now? I rely heavily on other sites for prices. Allears being number one. I also sometimes look at Touring Plans, which right now has the meal as being 32.99 for adults. And of course, don't forget that during "holiday" periods Disney tacks on another 4 or so per person just because they can. You said you're going in April and Disney probably considers the whole month holdiay because of Easter
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Our dinners on November 30th were $33.99 each. That was not during holiday pricing, so it may be a couple dollars more in April.
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I recently had a similar question about Chef Mickey's. The WDW site has the meal listed as $36 - $60. Allears has it listed as $41.53 - $45.79. I wasn't sure how to make heads or tails of it. And I know there are always "upcharges" so to speak during peak times. Our travel dates are in mid-June. Is that peak season or not??? I don't know.

So ... I called WDW-DINE. They confirmed for me that the price DOES vary by date. And the price for the night we plan to be there is $46.85.

These details I know have no bearing on what you are trying to find out other than to illustrate my point: it's best to call to confirm. That's better than a surprise bill at the end of the meal.
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Thanks everyone! I did end up calling Disney Dining just to make sure and the CM told me for my time it was going to be $36.20/adult (my dd's are over 9, so they would fall in to this rate too). I also checked all my other buffet ADR's b/c I personally would just never pay $59.99/person for any buffet at WDW. JMHO

HOWEVER, the CM did tell me that she wanted to make sure that I understood that this rate was NOT guaranteed. She said< For instance, when you come they could charge you $47.00/person". I was like, "YIKES!". Seriously, I can see a couple dollars more that much more. She did say that she was just throwing that number out, but if they wanted to, they could raise it that much or more.

I did tell her that I thought that was riduculous and I hope the conversation was being recorded b/c I hope Disney would see how that makes it hard for those who have been SAVING for their trip, and have to live on a budget. With their policy being like that it makes it hard for one to do so. I said they need to do better than giving such a wide range on their website of $36-$59.99 especially for those restaurants that ask for a Credit Card guarantee (I mean for a buffet that is almost about a $24 range). It's a real shock thinking you are paying one price and go in and realize you could be paying more than $20 more and can not just cancel. I said that is somewhat of a bait and switch, but they can get away with it b/c they put such a HUGE range of prices on thier website, AND that perhaps with all the technology that Disney is bringing in that they could make it some way in which those especially with ADR's requiring a credit card were sent an email letting them know of a price increase, so they wouldn't be in for a surprise. She was just quiet. It was so quiet I had to say, "Hello?" several times.

I was nice the whole time, but I felt bad that the CM had to hear all of that and I told her so, but I really would like Disney to consider this for families who are on a budget and still trying to have a good time.

Having said all that, I really don't think it will matter even if TPTB do hear the call. As long as ADR's are being filled and people are not complaining it is unlikely to change, but at least I told them how I feel. lol

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She was just quiet. It was so quiet I had to say, "Hello?" several times.
Maybe I'm just being cynical but this makes me think that maybe she took off her headset and wasn't even listening to you until it dawned on her you kept saying hello. I hate to admit it but I've BTDT - when I worked in accounts receivable, there were customers I would do that too because I got tired of hearing the same excuse week in and week out for their non-payment of our invoices. When they gave quick answers that was one thing, but occasionally they would go on and on. I'm not saying you went on and on or what she did was right, just that it was a possibility. Of course it's always possible too she just didn't know what to say back.
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Maybe I'm just being cynical but this makes me think that maybe she took off her headset and wasn't even listening to you until it dawned on her you kept saying hello. I hate to admit it but I've BTDT - when I worked in accounts receivable, there were customers I would do that too because I got tired of hearing the same excuse week in and week out for their non-payment of our invoices. When they gave quick answers that was one thing, but occasionally they would go on and on. I'm not saying you went on and on or what she did was right, just that it was a possibility. Of course it's always possible too she just didn't know what to say back.

LOL, no she totally could have. I really did get the feeling that she could have cared less and I have been known to ramble. lol. Like I said, I really don't think anything will come of it, but it made me feel better to just let out how I felt on this issue.

Also, she may not have known what to say. I mean, I don't think as a CSR, she could have really agreed with me that the way they do it is bogus.

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I really don't think anything will come of it, but it made me feel better to just let out how I felt on this issue.
It's a shame if nothing comes of it but I do feel the same way myself. In 2011, I carefully planned how much the meals were going to cost us and for the most part, I nailed it but Chef Mickey's and Garden Grill took me by surprise - they came in a little bit more than I had planned on. And I build in "extra" so that doesn't normally happen.
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You really can't tell the price of buffets/family style meals from the Disney site. You might be able to estimate the cost at other restaurants since the Disney menus list individual prices for each entree etc, but I am not sure I would totally rely on that. For all restaurants, they are categorized as $(15 and under), $$(15-35), $$$(36-60), and $$$$(over 60). So, for buffets, all you are seeing on the Disney website is the price category that the restaurant falls in. It doesn't necessarily mean that the cost covers the full range of that category. For the actual cost for your date, you would have to call Disney dining, ask in the forums here, or look at sites such as Allears. It does make budgeting difficult, including the decision of whether to go out-of-pocket vs. the dining plan.
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Yep dining prices vary by the time of year, day of the week and market prices at the time
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Sometimes I think they give a ridiculous price range to inflate the perceived value of the dining plan. If you really thought the price was going to be $60 for every buffet you might be scared into thinking you couldn't possibly go to WDW without the dining plan or that it really would save you the claimed 15-20%.
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I think they don't much care whether ppl like the pricing policy or not because there are so many ppl willing to pay it no matter what it costs. Most places book up 6 months in advance. ANd to be fair to Disney...most ppl who are genuinely trying to travel on a budget are generally not going to spend $40 on a meal or $60 on a meal. If you want a budget meal they have a CS place at every turn.
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