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TAKitty
04-08-2006, 11:15 AM
I am just now back having used the new DVC dining plan. It worked fine except some of the cart people were not used to what the card says "DVC MBR/Dine". Some were unsure if this was the same dining plan. Luckly, a more experienced CM was usually around and told them that it was the same. I was surprised to find that before I purchased something the CM would look at the card to see if it said dining plan. He or she would then tell me what was on the plan or wasn't.

NHmouse
04-08-2006, 12:38 PM
We are considering the dining plan. How much was the cost for an adult per day? I have heard that it includes tax and gratuity. Is this true?

keys2kingdom
04-08-2006, 01:28 PM
We are considering the dining plan. How much was the cost for an adult per day? I have heard that it includes tax and gratuity. Is this true?

It's $37.99 per adult per day. Yes, it does include tax and gratuity.

poohstx
04-08-2006, 01:51 PM
Everything went smoothly. Probably the only rough edge is that there is no 'rule book' on the plan.....just a list of the restaurants and other locations where it can be used....the issues of sides/desserts/etc are a little vague but a relatively minor inconvenience compared to the value you receive. After taking out the 6.5% tax and 18% gratuity it means you would only have to buy $30 of food before it is a breakeven proposition.

Simba's Mom
04-08-2006, 01:59 PM
Thanks so much for a first hand account! I just signed up for the DDP for September-hopefully by then the CMs will be more used to seeing it. I've got two questions if you don't mind-
1. Did you use the DDP at BC Marketplace and if so, what did you buy?
2. Did you get any snacks other than bottled water, popcorn, or ice cream, and if so, what/where?

TAKitty
04-08-2006, 06:53 PM
I used it at BC Marketplace and could get salads and such for lunch. They have a nice selection, but I wouldn't eat there all the time. For a snack I was able to get a frozen lemonaid at Epcot. For the most part, we used the snack credits for water. When you go to order a drink or snack, most places have a small square next to the item that indicates that it is included on the meal plan.

poohstx
04-08-2006, 08:10 PM
I was able to use it for a cookie at Roaring Forks at WLV and I believe the Fritos products also qualify as a snack.

SpoonfulofSugar
04-08-2006, 08:23 PM
I used it at BC Marketplace and could get salads and such for lunch. They have a nice selection, but I wouldn't eat there all the time. For a snack I was able to get a frozen lemonaid at Epcot.

Where in EPCOT did you get a frozen lemonade for a snack credit? I have been to WDW twice on DD and frozen cokes and lemonades were never included as a snack in any of the parks. :Pinkbounc I'm a frozen cokeaholic :Pinkbounc TIA

TAKitty
04-09-2006, 11:09 AM
Where in EPCOT did you get a frozen lemonade for a snack credit? I have been to WDW twice on DD and frozen cokes and lemonades were never included as a snack in any of the parks. :Pinkbounc I'm a frozen cokeaholic :Pinkbounc TIA

I got it at a snack cart. It is the Minute Maid Soft Frozen Lemonade in a cup with a lid. I got it on my way to the countrys. I believe you can get frozen coke at MGM. I could also get a smoothie at Le Cellier for dinner as my main drink.

bpmorley
04-09-2006, 12:07 PM
I'm gonna call and sign up today for our trip in May. I'm sure some of the uncertainty will be worked out by then

byoung
04-10-2006, 08:31 PM
Last year the snacks where used at the boths at F&W. I'm using my snacks there this year.

jimmytammy
04-10-2006, 08:49 PM
I gotta ask...did you find yourself feeling like you just had to eat. What concerns me is I will be spending my whole time eating and not really enjoying it. Last time at VWL, I saw this lady using her last days dinig plan buying HUGE amounts of rice krispees. It seemed really odd herhaving to force that much of a purchase knowing it would probably go to waste.

Now mind, I love some good food and WDW is definitely a place to get good food. But we find ourselves eating one good meal a day. If you dont mind sharing your thoughts, it would be much appreciated.

kpk89
04-10-2006, 09:57 PM
jimmytammy, I was wondering the same thing. It's a good value, and I feel certain we could "get our money's worth" but I can also picture us just snacking ourselves silly through F&W and not being hungry enough to fully enjoy a TS.

You experienced Food & Wine-rs ... What are some of the selections from the kiosks that everyone talks about?

Any info will be super helpful!

bpmorley
04-11-2006, 07:47 AM
I've heard of people just getting everything they're entitled to and just giving it away on their last day. Any truth to this?

Good Ol Gal
04-11-2006, 07:56 AM
I gotta ask...did you find yourself feeling like you just had to eat. What concerns me is I will be spending my whole time eating and not really enjoying it. Last time at VWL, I saw this lady using her last days dinig plan buying HUGE amounts of rice krispees. It seemed really odd herhaving to force that much of a purchase knowing it would probably go to waste.

Now mind, I love some good food and WDW is definitely a place to get good food. But we find ourselves eating one good meal a day. If you dont mind sharing your thoughts, it would be much appreciated.

Well it couldn't have been ME since I did that at SSR!

We had 8 people in our party, including 4 kids, and we still didn't use up all our snack credits by the end of our trip. So I went and purchased 20~ rice krispie treats. We only have one left in our pantry.. hmm I think I may go eat it now!

patsal
04-11-2006, 08:14 AM
Well, for us it was the snack credits that kept piling up in December (I did a discounted package with extended family--not enough points and I didn't want to borrow). It wasn't that hot so it didn't work out to use for water as I had hoped it would. Many of the snacks we liked were not included--dole whips, pastries in France, etc. So on the last day we did have 10 snack credits left. Not really a big deal, we picked up some rice crispy treats, big grab bags of chips and a few waters for the plane ride. As far as running form place to place to eat it really woan't like that on this plan. We had one ADR for each day and beyond that we just did what we wanted wherever we wanted to. If any of us didn't want a component of the meal it just was not ordered--no big deal if someone didn't want an appetizer or dessert. We still felt there was value in the plan for our eating style (breakfast in the villa, lunch at CS wherever we were and a planned dinner). I figure even if we didn't use the snack credits at all we still were better than a breakeven. There is something nice about paying once and not having to worry about things. When all was said and done it amounted to about a 40% savings--we did not go into the plan with a hope to maximize it and we ate as we normally would have so I could determine if the plan would be a good choice for us if/when offered to DVC. I am excited that we are able to use it and glad to see that the glitches with it are little and should quickly work out.

Jerseygirl63
04-11-2006, 08:46 AM
We are using the Dining Plan this August. It just made sense to us since we love eating at good TS restuarants each night and grabbing CS for lunch. About having "leftover" snack credits: is it just us or do other folks have kids who beg for a popsicle or drink after one maybe two rides (if we are luckly)? Our kids dream about the ice cream treats all year long :yay: I have a feeling we will be leaving WDW with negative snack credits :rotfl2: princess: My princess tomboy pirate: My pirate buddy

pamjb
04-11-2006, 09:33 AM
DH and I were down last year for F&W. We became DVC members on that trip, so we were staying at Wilderness Lodge with the "free dining" of last year. Personally, I thought it was too much food. I simply am not used to eating an appetizer and a main course and a dessert. The few times that we did that, I felt like I was going to explode :furious:
My DH hates having a schedule, which means no ADR's. I did make two before our trip. We did use all of TS credits. We checked in at WL at 2 pm, so we were able to get into Whispering Canyon without an ADR. And we ate at the Maya Grill one morning for breakfast with an ADR that we made the day before. We also used 2 TS credits at Mama Melrose's for the Fantasmic Package. But Guest Services at each park had a sign up that said there was limited or no availability for TS dining.
We used most of our snack credits at the F&W stands. There was at least 1 sample at each stand that was "snack eligible" Sadly, I can't remember which ones.
We saw several people stocking up on Mickey Rice Krispie ttreats to take home. We used our last counter service meals to buy sandwiches for the wait at the airport.
In my humble opionion, the DDP is great if you eat at multiple character meals, and are willing to make ADR's. We used most of our TS credits outside of the park itself (Whispering Canyon, Maya Grill, Big River Grille) and you could do that without too much pre-planning.

TAKitty
04-11-2006, 10:13 AM
I gotta ask...did you find yourself feeling like you just had to eat. What concerns me is I will be spending my whole time eating and not really enjoying it. Last time at VWL, I saw this lady using her last days dinig plan buying HUGE amounts of rice krispees. It seemed really odd herhaving to force that much of a purchase knowing it would probably go to waste.

Now mind, I love some good food and WDW is definitely a place to get good food. But we find ourselves eating one good meal a day. If you dont mind sharing your thoughts, it would be much appreciated.


I used all of our snack credits early. I like to drink water, so I wish we had more snacks actually. We left with 3 counter and 2 tables left and we still saved money on the plan! I am usually one meal a day and a snack or two for the other meals. It was a lot of food but I still feel it was worth it.

jimmytammy
04-11-2006, 09:00 PM
Thanks. I think you answered several folks ??s regarding this concern :thumbsup2

goldilocks_63
04-11-2006, 09:10 PM
Can you use them at a later trip? or is there some expiration date on them?

Goldi

mathmagic
04-11-2006, 09:17 PM
All credits expire at midnight the day you check out.

Negma
04-11-2006, 10:29 PM
We are here right now using the DDP for the first time. So far it looks like a reasonable deal, but we also have not used many of the snack credits because we are full. We have really enjoyed the sit down dinners (13yr old and 16yrold daughters).

One big piece of advice, reserve your restaurant times ! This is a very busy time and some people can not get reservations. We booked in advance. I will update at the end but so far we have only gained 4 pounds each (kidding).

MommaluvsDis
04-11-2006, 11:05 PM
Is there a set number of days you have to be staying in order to purchase the plan? We're going for a girls' only trip in Dec for 4 days. Would this be good for us?

La2kw
04-11-2006, 11:20 PM
Well, for us it was the snack credits that kept piling up in December (I did a discounted package with extended family--not enough points and I didn't want to borrow). It wasn't that hot so it didn't work out to use for water as I had hoped it would. Many of the snacks we liked were not included--dole whips, pastries in France, etc.

We are not doing the dining plan for that reason. We would end up spending more money on those snacks like the pastries which aren't covered or the dole whips. We enjoy those too much. We'll stick with the DDE discounts and not change our regular dining habits to make the plan work.

ruzer28
04-12-2006, 12:05 PM
I agree with the above posters who said that the Dining Plan gave you way too much food. Most of the time that I was there I felt like I was going to pop! I'm still going to get it every time I return, though, since I really enjoy eating a nice meal in a Disney restaurant. I think it's so nice to relax in a restaurant after a long hot day in the parks. If you were to pay OOP for each TS meal that you ate the price would be outrageous, or you'd have to eat at mostly CS restaurants. I just went without an appetizer or a dessert if I was too full. I know that if you do that you feel as though you're not getting your full money's worth, but even without the appetizer and dessert, it's still a savings to use the dp for the entree alone. I'm absolutely thrilled that Disney allows DVC guests to add the Dining Plan to their reservation. I'm renting this time around, but it's just one more factor making me want to buy in.

BriarRose59
04-14-2006, 09:52 AM
MommaluvsDIS, my DM and I are going for 3 nights following the DVC cruise in October. We have just added the dining plan, so I guess there is no minimum number of nights. Question for those that have used it, DM and I are planning on dinner at Le Cellier. I know that with an appetizer, entree and dessert that we would be able to share one meal and be comfortably full. Is there a problem with 2 people sharing a meal? I know that at buffets you would have to use 2 credits, but I would think that at a regular TS restaurant, 2 people should be able to share a meal. Does anyone know?

diznyfanatic
04-14-2006, 10:08 AM
We've used the Dining Plan twice. Once with a regular MYW package at Christmas and just recently with a DVC stay.

I don't think you'll have any problems sharing meals as long as you are sharing between two adults or two children at a non-buffet restaurant (in other words, not trying to swap out a child's meal for an adult meal). Just tell your server that's what you'd like to do. The plan seems to be pretty flexible.

fkj2
04-14-2006, 12:11 PM
What does a Quick Service Meal include? Can you eat at the burger places like Pecos Bills? Or get salads?

diznyfanatic
04-14-2006, 12:40 PM
What does a Quick Service Meal include? Can you eat at the burger places like Pecos Bills? Or get salads?

I don't think I know what a Quick Service Meal is. Could it be a Counter Service (CS) meal? If so, the CS credit allows you to choose an entree, dessert and drink per person per day. It is available at most of the counter service resorts and restaurants and does include things like burgers, salads, hot dogs, and even breakfast platters.

We found the absolute best CS deal, hands down, to be at the Pepper Market at Coronado Springs Resort. You can actually order things like steaks and baked potatos, rotisserie chicken, Pizza, Chinese food, Mexican food etc, and the portions are absolutely HUGE. Still, it only costs 1 CS credit!

Enjoy!

Madi100
04-14-2006, 02:51 PM
How does the dining plan work with DVC? I know with a "regular" room you have to do a package. Can you just do dining plan with DVC and not tickets? Do I have to pay for it before I get there?

Good Ol Gal
04-14-2006, 03:02 PM
How does the dining plan work with DVC? I know with a "regular" room you have to do a package. Can you just do dining plan with DVC and not tickets? Do I have to pay for it before I get there?

When you're staying at a DVC resort on points you can add the dining plan via Member Services. You must add it before you arrive, but you do not have to pay for it until you check in. You do not have to purchase tickets to get the dining plan when you stay on points.

Madi100
04-14-2006, 04:35 PM
When you're staying at a DVC resort on points you can add the dining plan via Member Services. You must add it before you arrive, but you do not have to pay for it until you check in. You do not have to purchase tickets to get the dining plan when you stay on points.

Thanks! We are definitely doing the dining plan this December with DH and myself. Looking forward to it.