Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Mar 30, 2009
    Melissa from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Whitney. Just read your answer on the Deluxe vs reg dining. Can I ask what your family does for the 3rd meal/day when on the reg dining pkg (1tb serv/1qk serv per day). If you combine 2 tb serv to do a d show, doesn't that leave you short another meal??

    Melissa:

    Thanks for the followup question! 

    As you know, the Basic Dining Plan provides an equal number of table and counter services per nights of your stay.  So, for a 5-night stay, arriving on Monday and leaving on Saturday, you'll receive 5 table services, 5 counter services, and 5 snacks per day per person.  So how do we bridge the gap for the third meal a day?  We bring granola bars, fruit and cereal for breakfast.  If we do eat a Character Breakfast, I like to book as late as I can for a brunch/lunch followed by an early dinner.

    As for doubling up table services....By the time we arrive on Monday, we usually will only eat dinner on the plan.   (On our last visit with the plan, we went to Downtown Disney and enjoyed the Earl of Sandwich.)  Because each table service meal seems to take about  1 1/2 hours, we only do one a day.  Plus, we like to get the most of the plan, so we use our table credits for meals like the all-you-can-eat Ohana, Whispering Cafe, and Biergarten.  Counter service meals are spent at the filling Cosmic Ray's, Flame Tree BBQ, and Sunshine Seasons--all of which serve fare that is more similar to table service than counter.  This approach leaves our family fat and happy by Friday--and why we may not even use all of our snacks by week's end! 

    So, we tend to double up our remaining table service credits for a finale night at Hoop dee Doo or California Grill, leaving us without a meal credit for departure day.  So, we may strategically use a few snack credits on a day during the week so we can "save" that credit for Saturday lunch.  Specifically, we find that Epcot has some of the best snack items that aren't your usual ice cream bar--they've got baked potatoes on a snack cart near the entrance to World Showcase!

    And there you have my attack plan for the Dining Plan!  Let me know if you need help with any other dining dilemmas!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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