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mbw12
01-27-2006, 06:55 AM
I see a few conflicting posts on this....so can anyone clarify for me:

Are there certain items that you cannot order from the menu when you are on the disney dining plan??

jezabel_007
01-27-2006, 08:59 AM
I've read here that you order from the same menu!!

:P

molly2004
01-27-2006, 09:03 AM
However, I believe there is a surcharge on certain menu items in DTD. I've never been on the plan. In my research for our upcoming trip, this is what I saw.

beattyfamily
01-27-2006, 09:04 AM
I experienced some minor things on my Sept/Oct trip. One, for example, was at Tony's dinner, we only got the dessert sampler and could not choose from the menu.

GeorgiaAristocat
01-27-2006, 12:38 PM
You order from the same menu, but certain items are off limits (surf & turf sometimes, unless it is the daily special), and any "add-ons". Those items are very few and very far between at TS restaurants. Some others require "pooling" credits - DH and I got the dessert sampler at Le Cellier, but it required both of our dessert points. I have also heard conflicting reports about getting non-alcoholic specialty drinks, sometimes you can, sometimes you can't. We never tried so I have no personal experience. At some CS restaurants, though, we weren't given a choice about what dessert we got.

kutchyone
01-27-2006, 12:53 PM
I experienced some minor things on my Sept/Oct trip. One, for example, was at Tony's dinner, we only got the dessert sampler and could not choose from the menu.

That's the first time I heard that one, anyone else have any knowledge about this limitation on your dessert selection at Tony's?

dixiedizfan
01-27-2006, 12:57 PM
Several of the appetizers and all the lobster entrees are off limits at Teppanyaki.

jezabel_007
01-27-2006, 02:02 PM
Uh oh...what about the lobster at Narcoossee's??

dixiedizfan
01-27-2006, 02:34 PM
Uh oh...what about the lobster at Narcoossee's??

Since Narcoossee's is a 2 TS restaurant, then I would assume that everything, including lobster, would be covered.

jezabel_007
01-27-2006, 05:32 PM
Ah good...hope so! Cause that's what I'm looking forward to...

:P

Wenlitz
01-28-2006, 11:30 AM
We were there in July and ate at Tony's, which was one of our favorite places. We each chose our own dessert and were not limited in any way.
Maybe the rules have changed or you had an uninformed waiter/waitress.
You could always call and ask. Hope this helps. :sunny:

wdwfamilyinIL
01-28-2006, 02:00 PM
We used the ddp last August, and when we ate in Germany at Epcot, we had to pay oop for alcohol. The only other thing we ran into was some places uses shakes for deserts, so if you choose to have one for a drink you may not have any credit left for desert, not that we had room any how.

AUTUMN SUN
01-28-2006, 02:46 PM
Had the dining plan. I think some restaurants interpret the plan differently. I think it has to do with the server as well. All in all a very good experience. I have nothing negative to say. As far as getting extras, a smile and kindness do go a long way ! :sunny:

MouseWorshipin
01-28-2006, 03:06 PM
...at Tony's dinner, we only got the dessert sampler and could not choose from the menu.
A couple weeks ago, we chose our own desserts, no problem.

Planet Hollywood and Wolfgang Puck's limit your choices. We had no restrictions at any of our restaurants:

Crystal Palace
Chef Mickey's
Donald's Breakfastosaurus
Cape May Cafe
Beaches and Cream (OK, no kitchen sink, which is desert for 12)
Whispering Canyon Cafe (Oop, no appetizer with all-you-can-eat family meal)
Kona Cafe
Ohana
Poly Luau
Hoop-Dee-Doo
Olivia's
Good's to Go
1900 Park Faire
Tony's Town Square
Liberty Tree Tavern
Pecos Bill's
San Angel Inn
Restaurant Marrakesh
Le Cellier
Electric Umbrella
ABC Commissary
50's Prime Time Cafe
Tusker House
Flame Tree Barbeque

A couple guys told me I couldn't get water as a snack, but they were wrong.

landmark
01-28-2006, 03:21 PM
We were there in July and ate at Tony's, which was one of our favorite places. We each chose our own dessert and were not limited in any way.
Maybe the rules have changed or you had an uninformed waiter/waitress.
You could always call and ask. Hope this helps. :sunny:


We were just there Nov/Dec 2005 and at Tony's weren't limited in deserts either, however, we did have to pay for the one that came with the collectable glass. It was some sort of frozen lemonaide in a collectable glass with lady and the tramp on it.

anny_c_99
01-28-2006, 04:27 PM
Doesn anyone know what Wolfgang Pucks Cafe limits you to on the dining plan?
We have ADR's already made, but if they limit you to certain items, we will rethink our plans.
Thanks,

beattyfamily
01-28-2006, 05:47 PM
We were there in July and ate at Tony's, which was one of our favorite places. We each chose our own dessert and were not limited in any way.
Maybe the rules have changed or you had an uninformed waiter/waitress.
You could always call and ask. Hope this helps. :sunny:

The plan is constantly changing and evloving. I ate there Oct 2. She told me because we were on the plan, we'd get a dessert sampler which included the mini canoli, cheesecake and Tiramisu. I was bummed cause I wanted to try the creme brulee. Of course, they could have gotten enough complaints to change it yet again.

Best advice is to try and call the restaurant directly if you are worried about this possible change to see what they are doing now. :scratchin

kaytieeldr
01-28-2006, 06:02 PM
Earl of Sandwich only allows you a choice of cookie for dessert. At least that's what the CMs at the beginning of the line say; at the register, I was allowed to take any one dessert. Not a big deal, since I think the only choices are cookies or brownies :)
Tangierine Cafe limits your dessert to a piece of baklava; of course, you're free to purchase any dessert you want at the pastry counter.
Concourse Steak House and Kona Cafe included non-alcoholic 'fancy' drinks; Chefs de France and Prime Time did not - you're restricted to the typical soft drink/coffee choices.
Pepper Market only allows (I think) a cookie, brownie or muffin for dessert - but ANY entree... and some of those cost more than some sit-down meals!

Lulu's Mom
01-28-2006, 09:42 PM
A couple weeks ago, we chose our own desserts, no problem.

Planet Hollywood and Wolfgang Puck's limit your choices. We had no restrictions at any of our restaurants:

Crystal Palace
Chef Mickey's
Donald's Breakfastosaurus
Cape May Cafe
Beaches and Cream (OK, no kitchen sink, which is desert for 12)
Whispering Canyon Cafe (Oop, no appetizer with all-you-can-eat family meal)
Kona Cafe
Ohana
Poly Luau
Hoop-Dee-Doo
Olivia's
Good's to Go
1900 Park Faire
Tony's Town Square
Liberty Tree Tavern
Pecos Bill's
San Angel Inn
Restaurant Marrakesh
Le Cellier
Electric Umbrella
ABC Commissary
50's Prime Time Cafe
Tusker House
Flame Tree Barbeque

A couple guys told me I couldn't get water as a snack, but they were wrong.

Is not beinh able to get water a new thing? When we went last October we used all our snack credits for water/soda/milk. Has anyone else mot been able to get water as a snack?

eblack0409
01-28-2006, 09:49 PM
There are certain things you can't get on the dining plan, like the Surf-turf at Le Cellier, or the slipper dessert at CRT....

beth_cam
01-28-2006, 10:18 PM
I went to teppanyaki and for my meal I got the fruit plate desert which I gave my kids as an appetizer, We were sharing meals so I was trying to order enough to share with the kids. My server SUGGESTED I get the lobster and steak. Then told me that the upgrade (extra $5 charge) in meat came with the plan. She had heard me trying to decide about shrimp. She told me I could get the shrimp add on as well. Somehow I also had a salad but I had ordered one kids meal so maybe it was their salad. Anyway, when the fact that I had lobster was questioned on another post I pulled out the receipt to make sure...I did indeed get the lobster/steak combo filet upgrade, shrimp add on rang up as shrimp appetizer, and a desert. This was back in May though and every place we went people were trying to figure out the plan. The Mara (AKL Food Court) tried not to let me have desert with breakfast. But at the time that limitation was not included in the plan information, and they had nothing to show me and so I insisted. But now it clearly states in the dining plan that there is no desert at breakfast (I'll miss that this year since one breakfast would feed my family hubbie and I would eat the food I'd get fruit as a desert for my ds and choc milk for my dd). At earl of sandwhich we were limited on desert and I dont know if they were short on stuff but I'm not sure we really even got a choice It may have been between just 2 kinds of cookie. Both 1900 park fare and Crystal palace encouraged us to order specialty drinks as a separate of some sort - we all got soft drinks then the specialty drinks. Pretty much we were encouraged to get all they could possibly give us. I would think that as the plan has been used for a year now things will probably be a bit stricter. I am so hoping that I will be able to get lobster at atleast one of my meals. It is something I never order when I am paying specifically for it.

wdwfamilyinIL
01-28-2006, 10:43 PM
I have a question. We didn't try it last time, but I was thinking of doing it this time. In the dining plan the only thing it states is that the drink has to be non-alcoholic, so wouldn't that include the "fancy" drinks? Just curious.

TLPL
01-28-2006, 11:14 PM
Several of the appetizers and all the lobster entrees are off limits at Teppanyaki.
Dixiedizfan: Do you know which appeizers are off limit? i love japanese food and thinking about Teppanyaki for dinner on dining plan. Thanks.

theostwalts
01-28-2006, 11:31 PM
There are certain things you can't get on the dining plan, like the Surf-turf at Le Cellier, or the slipper dessert at CRT....

We are thinking about Le Cellier for our next trip. I saw on thier menu that you can add a lobster tail to any Entrée. If you are on the dining plan can you order the Entrée on the plan and pay opp for the add ons?

dixiedizfan
01-29-2006, 12:22 AM
Dixiedizfan: Do you know which appeizers are off limit? i love japanese food and thinking about Teppanyaki for dinner on dining plan. Thanks.
On the dinner menu under the appetizer section, the server pointed out that only the top three appetizers were included in the dining plan. These were either a salad, soup, or some kind of bean dish. I noticed these were all in the three dollar range. The rest of the appetizers included sushi and tuna rolls, which were in the seven to eight dollar range, and were not included in the plan.

kutchyone
01-29-2006, 05:27 AM
You can pay OOP of any add ons and even use your DDE discount or AP discount (if the meal falls under those discounts) to pay for them.

Groucho
01-31-2006, 03:10 PM
Doesn anyone know what Wolfgang Pucks Cafe limits you to on the dining plan?
We have ADR's already made, but if they limit you to certain items, we will rethink our plans.
Thanks,
I'm not sure about the Cafe, but there were restrictions at Wolfgang Puck Express (as a counter service) - we ate there in mid-January and weren't allowed to order a couple of the highest-price (~$10) entrees - which was a shame as they were the ones we wanted!

I can offer my observations on specialty drinks. We had a group of six adults (January 7th-15th) and we were told at our first restaurant (Le Cellier) that we could order speciality drinks on the DDP, and we did. (And they were great!) We got them from probably six different table service restaurants, including Liberty Tree Tavern's in the "take-home" glass - of course, we weren't able to keep the glass.

The problem came on our last meal, at Cinderella's for dinner. We hadn't mentioned that we were on the dining plan when we started ordering - which apparently was a mistake, but we hadn't mentioned it for most of our meals and it was never a problem. We all got the Bibbiddy Bobbiddy Brew (the grape was yummy!) and then when it came time to get the check, we were told that the drinks weren't covered and that we'd have to pay out of pocket. The waitress, who had been pretty nice beforehand, obviously had a sore spot about this, and insisted that no one should give speciality drinks, they're not covered, it wasn't possible that we got them at such-and-such a restaurant as they've got the same manager and he won't allow it, that servers are padding the checks to make more money, and that anyone caught OKing a specialty drink would be fired. (!!!) She did check with the manager and got him fix it so we wouldn't get the mugs, but then found that we'd still have to pay for the drinks - at around $6 each (vs $8.20 with the mug)! I might have made a bigger stink about this but we were running late for a DVC appointment plus had a baby who needed a diaper change.

I generally don't like making a big deal about things but it did kind of bother me that we were being charged for $32 of drinks (only four adults for this meal) that really should have been covered, judging by our experiences at everywhere else we ate. Had I more time, I would have done my best to persuade the manager that we should have to pay nothing OOP.

The moral of the story is... mention you're on the DDP and make sure it's OK before ordering a specialty drink. You'll probably be fine but you might find the occasional stubborn server.

wdwfamilyinIL
02-01-2006, 02:16 PM
I still think that if the drinks were not covered then it needs to say so in the brochure for the dining plan. It only states non alcoholic, I think if they want everyone to know what that means then they need to say so.

DisneyConvert
02-01-2006, 02:46 PM
Goodness, there is confusion about the Dining plan.
We just got back and it sort of worked for us -- maybe a little too much food, given we ended up not utilizing the concierge snacks as much.

We had 3 adults and 1 child for 6 nights (over 7 days) and did:
Crystal Palace (Used 4 TS credits)
Alfredo's (paid for child separately and only used 2 TS credits for 3 adults)
Hoop-de-Doo (paid for child separately and used 6 TS credits for 3 adults)
Garden Grill (4 TS credits, by this time we needed to use them!)
Boma (5 TS credits for 5 adults -- took out our cousins)
Chef Mickey's (3 remaining TS credits and paid for child separately)

Interestingly, at Boma's the regular buffet meal includes a "smoothie". The extra non-alcoholic drink is also included under the TS.

We made a good dent (20 out of 24) on the snacks (water, soda's, popcorns and too many Mickey bars!)

Miserable failures at utilizing only 15 of the 24 Counter Services, even after treating some DIS'ers for Exp.Everest "assistance". My wife doesn't do Counter Services and, except for Flame Tree, I found them difficult to add to a very full eating schedule. Earl of Sandwich worked out ok. They can do chips instead of a dessert.

We found that most places will work with you a bit as long as you're not taking advantage of the situation. Rosie's in DS gave me soup instead of a dessert.

But still, too much food, a little too much work. Still, the $750 we paid probably saved us a little money.

I would do again if
1) we could use 3 days of dining plan over 4 days (vs. 6 over 7)
2) we had 2 adults instead of 3 (my mother-in-law mostly eats desserts)
3) we weren't staying concierge

Goobergal99
05-20-2006, 09:46 AM
I am bringing this back to life. Has anyone else had any restrictions. We were on free dining last year and we experienced none at all. Here is a list of the resturaunts we went to:

Chef Mickeys
Donalds Breakfastsaraus
Ohana
1900 Park Fare
Mamma Melroses
Sci Fi Dine in
Nine Dragons

Pecos Bills
Cosmic Rays
Sassagoula Food and Floatworks (many times)

lowie
05-20-2006, 09:54 AM
I see a few conflicting posts on this....so can anyone clarify for me:

Are there certain items that you cannot order from the menu when you are on the disney dining plan??
the only small things that we noticed were at WCC the skillet was only offered with the green salad, no other appetizer was allowed (fine by us) and my 5 year old son was never offered an appetizer, only when we asked at Kona was he allowed the chicken noodle soup. also at earl of sandwich, they were very rushed and not very friendly, we asked what desserts were allowed and our cashier told us only what was by the baskets at the register, which were big cookies, brownies and cupcakes. after we chose and paid, i heard another cashier tell someone they could pick from any dessert.

kaybird
05-20-2006, 05:20 PM
We had no problems, always asked before ordering, and spent a lot of time reading the available restaurants list. Never understand the confusion about the specialty drinks, the plan advises they are not included, so I consider it a bonus when they are granted, not an entitlement. Most of our waitstaff has been most helpful, and we have enjoyed many incarnations of the dining plan over the years!

Conservative Hippie
05-20-2006, 09:06 PM
We used the ddp last August, and when we ate in Germany at Epcot, we had to pay oop for alcohol.

Alcohol is never included in the DDP.

DawnDelion
05-21-2006, 11:17 AM
Alcohol is never included in the DDP.

What about the dinner shows where it says beer is included in the price? I was hoping it was included with the dining plan too, because you are using 2 credits.

paulh
05-21-2006, 11:52 AM
What about the dinner shows where it says beer is included in the price? I was hoping it was included with the dining plan too, because you are using 2 credits.
the beer is included in dinner shows where its included if you paid cash for show
Paulh

KarlaG4Kids
05-21-2006, 01:12 PM
Does anybody know about the Lobster at Capt Jacks and also are the Flame Tree BBQ coupons included?