• On May 30, 2017
    Bart from AL 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.

    With regards to DDP and signature meals. Is it better to pay out of pocket or to use table service credits for signature meals? I have always heard it was a waste of those credits. Thanks

    Hi Bart,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you for bringing this question to us!

    Although there is no definite answer to this question, I can offer some perspective. Signature dining is an experience, so I would suggest that you consider more than the basic cost of the meal when trying to make a decision. On our last visit to California Grill, we used our Deluxe Dining Plan credits to pay for the dining experience. Our actual charge for that meal would have been about $250 (not including gratuity) had we paid out of pocket for the four of us (two adults and two children). On the Deluxe Dining Plan, we each received an appetizer, entrée, dessert and nonalcoholic beverage with our meal. 

    When we had the Disney Dining Plan, we did not use our dining plan for Signature restaurants. On one trip, I sent my girls with another family member to dine at Cinderella's Royal Table and I just paid for them to dine. Prior to making that decision, I checked the dinner menus for Be Our Guest and Coral Reef restaurants. At the time, when I considered the cost of two meals and drinks at Be Our Guest and Coral Reef, it seemed like a better deal for us to pay for Cinderella's Royal Table. I suggest that you do the math considering the meals you would lose if you use two table-service credits for one signature dining experience.

    Bart, having said that, the dining experiences at California Grill and Cinderella's Royal Table are spectacular - fireworks and princesses, what more could we ask?

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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