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Personally, I think that the author of this article is pretty much spot on. (Kudos to the author!)
I know Disney is expensive. Food is a huge part of the expense. However, as the phrase goes “time is money” and if you are not at the parks enjoying them, you are paying for something that you are not using.
If you are staying off site and you plan on going back to the resort for the afternoon, enjoying a meal off site may not be a bad idea. At the same time, there is something to be said about dining at Disney. It can be an experience. in fact, when we first started going to WDW, we purposely planned our trip using dining as a main event. There are so many choices in the parks and surrounding resort hotels, there really is no need to venture off site. These were not burger and fries type places either, though you can go that route if desired. Trust me – speaking as a foodie – we never went hungry. The additional costs in time and fuel is rarely going to outweigh the few bucks that you will save eating offsite.
Some friends and I were talking about this topic the other day. If it takes you 15 mins to get to your car… 20-30 mins to get to an eatery… 30-45 mins to eat… another 20-30 mins to get back to the parks… 15 mins to get back into the swing of things, you looking at nearly two hours of time used up for a dining experience. Do that over a 7 day trip and you are looking at 14 hours – or nearly a full park day – used up for dining off site.
I understand that this is a personal choice. At the same time, it helps to understand what to expect so that you can make informed decisions.