EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Apr 29, 2013
    Tbitha Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family will be visiting Disney in Oct for 7 days. We are staying @ AOA & have included the dining plan in our package. We want to eat @ a couple of Signature Restaurants. Is it worth paying for the other table service meals out of pocket?

    Hi, Tabitha!

    If your goal is to use your Disney Dining Plan Table Service entitlements to enjoy fantastic dining at Signature Restaurants, then go ahead and book those Advanced Dining Reservations!

    When we do this, we'll use two Quick Service entitlements at locations where the menu is more substantial, such as Sunshine Seasons, in Epcot's The Land pavilion, or Wolfgang Puck's Express at Downtown Disney  Marketplace. If you arrive late enough on your first day, you may have a QS entitlement that you didn't get to use (perhaps you can't eat a late lunch AND a Table Service dinner just a couple of hours later); this will help on those days when you don't have a TS entitlement because you've used double entitlements for Signature Dining.

    Of course, if you plan to book ADRs for each day, regardless of Signature Dining, be smart about which locations at which you'll pay cash and which you'll use your DP. For example, check the menu for Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, located at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and you'll see that many of the entrees are far less expensive than those elsewhere. The New York Strip Steak is currently priced at $29.99, whereas a New York Strip Steak costs $32.99 at Coral Reef Restaurant. Once you've booked your ADRs, check out the restaurants' menus to determine which are more generally the more expensive in your list and pay for the others out of pocket.

    Have fun planning your dining, Tabitha! Be sure to send us more questions as you think of them! We love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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