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DLANGE3386
05-03-2007, 12:33 PM
If Dh And I Ate At A SitdoWn Dinner In World Showcase(say Nine Dragons) And Our 3 Kids Didn't Eat ? They Are Too Picky!

Christine
05-03-2007, 12:36 PM
There is nothing weird at WDW!!

There were many times, when my DD was younger, that she just didn't want to eat when we did. The Florida heat affected her appetite a LOT. Often times, she'd just get a glass of iced tea while we ordered dinner.

I don't think any of the restaurants will care.

SkcMom
05-03-2007, 01:30 PM
Even if you are on the DDP? Our DD (10) is the same way!

disneyfanUSA
05-03-2007, 02:54 PM
If ur on the dp i wouldnt! ur kids would loose one there credits and not even eat!! if ur not on the dp go 4 it!

Pumbaa_
05-03-2007, 07:07 PM
My only thought is how old are the kids and could they sit through a dinner and not be disruptive. I know I get bored after awhile and would be antsy :)

The kids would not be charged if they did not eat. You also have the option of paying OOP for a beverage for them.

Have fun planning!

SkcMom
05-03-2007, 08:21 PM
Thanks for the advice. My DD is 10 will be turning 11 when we visit WDW in December so she would be just fine sitting there and chatting with us. I just wasn't sure if it was allowed. There is atleast one TS that we want to choose that I just know she wouldn't be able to find a thing that she would eat. She is SO picky!!

WindyCityDisney
05-03-2007, 10:00 PM
This is really a good idea! I can't believe I never thought of it. This could be a money saver for us. Especially since we're not on the DP this time. :sad1:

disneymom06
05-03-2007, 10:09 PM
If ur on the dp i wouldnt! ur kids would loose one there credits and not even eat!! if ur not on the dp go 4 it!

The children would not lose a TS credit if this was done. We did this last summer with 4 children who did not want to eat at Coral Reef. We did order each child a drink and an ice cream, while DH and I ate lunch. We just informed the waiter that we would be using 2TS credits and paying OOP for the children. He was fine with this and we did tip a bit extra because he was so attentive to the children. Their bill did have the 18% tip included even though it was cash but we still gave him a bit more because it was not 6 complete meals. Enjoy!

bekkiz
05-03-2007, 11:45 PM
If your daughter is picky, most Disney restaurants will make something for her--like plain pasta or mac and cheese. Depending on the restaurant, they might also be able to bring things in from neighboring restaurants. I would suggest asking to see what they can do for you.

awatt
05-04-2007, 10:58 AM
I would not be comfortable doing this as tables for 5 or 6 are hard to come by. You are effectively taking one of those when you really are only utilizing a table for 2.

maelstrom
05-04-2007, 11:37 AM
Go for it. I'm 21 and there's plenty of times I just don't want to eat where my parents want to, but I want to still sit & chat with them.

Disney4Drew
05-04-2007, 11:58 AM
I would not be comfortable doing this as tables for 5 or 6 are hard to come by. You are effectively taking one of those when you really are only utilizing a table for 2.

:rotfl2:

Are you being serious???

awatt
05-04-2007, 12:59 PM
Perfectly serious. Tables for 5 are at a premium. Why have one when you're not using it for 5 people to eat? The reataurant loses business and another family of 5 (where all of them actually want to eat) can't get in.

maelstrom
05-04-2007, 01:10 PM
Perfectly serious. Tables for 5 are at a premium. Why have one when you're not using it for 5 people to eat? The reataurant loses business and another family of 5 (where all of them actually want to eat) can't get in.

So that a family of five with a couple of picky eaters can still enjoy their vacation together? Really. I don't know about you, but when I go to WDW, I'm thinking about enjoying it with my family, not if the restaurant I'm eating at is making money or not. :confused3

awatt
05-04-2007, 01:21 PM
Perhaps a family of 5 with picky eaters could all enjoy dinner together at a buffet so that even the picky ones can eat and you're still all together to enjoy a meal? BTW I'm in no way referring to toddlers, we know how errratically they eat. And my concern is more for other diners (who can"tget a table for 5) than for the restaurant and its profits. Although the server certainly loses out in this scenario.

maelstrom
05-04-2007, 01:35 PM
A family of 5 with a couple of picky eaters shouldn't be punished for having picky eaters. The restaurants are there for all guests to enjoy, so if the family of 5 with a couple of picky eaters gets to the ADR before the family of 5 with no picky eaters, tough. That's the nature of the world. If it's so important for someone to get a table for 5, then they should be on the phone at exactly 180 days out making their reservation, or they may just get beat out by the family of 5 with a couple of picky eaters who thought ahead. The early bird gets the worm and all that. Should my family of 3 feel bad that we're using a table that 4 people could utilize?

awatt
05-04-2007, 01:39 PM
Again, the server loses also out. Guess that's tough too. Obviously you've never waited tables.

Your argument about the early bird getting the worm leaves out common courtesy and consideration for others. Based on this saving of pool chairs is also fine for teh early bird when again it is considered discourteous. But I digress, sorry.

SkcMom
05-04-2007, 01:40 PM
Perhaps a family of 5 with picky eaters could all enjoy dinner together at a buffet so that even the picky ones can eat and you're still all together to enjoy a meal? BTW I'm in no way referring to toddlers, we know how errratically they eat. And my concern is more for other diners (who can"tget a table for 5) than for the restaurant and its profits. Although the server certainly loses out in this scenario.

Perhaps this is America and people can take their family to eat wherever they want regardless of if their whole party eats a whole meal or not. Any restaurant I have ever been in has always been a first come first served kind of place. Is New York that different than Missouri in the way people go out to eat?? Imagine if eating establishments asked each party how much they planned on spending before seating them. That is how I am reading your post. Is this not what you mean??

SkcMom
05-04-2007, 01:43 PM
A family of 5 with a couple of picky eaters shouldn't be punished for having picky eaters. The restaurants are there for all guests to enjoy, so if the family of 5 with a couple of picky eaters gets to the ADR before the family of 5 with no picky eaters, tough. That's the nature of the world. If it's so important for someone to get a table for 5, then they should be on the phone at exactly 180 days out making their reservation, or they may just get beat out by the family of 5 with a couple of picky eaters who thought ahead. The early bird gets the worm and all that. Should my family of 3 feel bad that we're using a table that 4 people could utilize?

You said what I wanted to only yours sounds much better!! I totally agree with your post! :thumbsup2

awatt
05-04-2007, 01:48 PM
Perhaps this is America and people can take their family to eat wherever they want regardless of if their whole party eats a whole meal or not. Any restaurant I have ever been in has always been a first come first served kind of place. Is New York that different than Missouri in the way people go out to eat?? Imagine if eating establishments asked each party how much they planned on spending before seating them. That is how I am reading your post. Is this not what you mean??


Actually some places in NY have a minimum charge per seated person so yes it is different here, and perhaps this is done to avoid the above-described situation.

Back to work. Enjoy your dinner.

SkcMom
05-04-2007, 01:52 PM
Thanks for clearing that up!! ;)

DIS FANATIC
05-04-2007, 01:57 PM
I would go where you wanted to eat. You have just as much of a right to enjoy the restaurants as any one else!

As for Nine Dragons, maybe try the kids sweet & sour chicken (hold the sauce). It is just like chicken nuggets. That is what we will be doing with our DS 4.:wizard:

DreaminDisney
05-04-2007, 02:28 PM
If Dh And I Ate At A SitdoWn Dinner In World Showcase(say Nine Dragons) And Our 3 Kids Didn't Eat ? They Are Too Picky!
I don't think it's weird. Go and have a great dinner and a great vacation with your family!

mamamia
05-04-2007, 05:14 PM
DLANGE3386, I think that's a great idea. Why should you waste money if your children aren't going to eat the food. Part of going out to dinner is enjoying each other's company.

Last night my family which consists of 5 people went to dinner at Applebees. Only my DH and my 2 DS's ate. My DD and I weren't hungry. I did order a diet coke for myself and my DD only ordered water. I never even considered it to be wrong. The waiter didn't make us feel bad or anything like that either. My bill including tax came to $43 and I left a $9 tip (which I thought was more than reasonable).

The reason my DD and I weren't hungry is because I had already fed everyone (excluding my DH) dinner at 4:30. We don't usually eat that early but my boys had to play in the school concert and they had to be at the school by 6:00. We normally take them out for dessert after the concerts, but because my DH came right from work to the concert and hadn't eaten dinner, he wanted to go someplace where they had somewhat decent food. And whoever wanted just dessert could get that there too.

We are going to Disney in July and we are on the dining plan. My dd and I plan on sharing many of our meals (me because I'm on Weight Watchers and want to minimize the damage; and my DD because she simply doesn't eat that much).

Enjoy your meal (and your trip!)!!

Chloesmom
05-04-2007, 09:53 PM
While I dont think it would be wierd.. I would feel uncomfortable doing this to the waiter. I know the restaurant probably wont blink an eye at doing this but the waiter who is waiting a 5 top will only be making tips of a 2 top.. potentially losing out on income. I would not be above doing it but I would either order a dessert for the kids or just add a little to the tip. I wouldnt eat at Nine Dragons either:crazy2: but thats another story and another thread

Freyja
05-05-2007, 06:24 AM
I would not be comfortable doing this as tables for 5 or 6 are hard to come by. You are effectively taking one of those when you really are only utilizing a table for 2.

I agree.

2infinityandbeyond
05-05-2007, 07:03 AM
Feed the picky ones dinner before you go (maybe CS somewhere??), then let them order dessert at Nine Dragons. You get your dinner, they're occupied with dessert, and no "your wasting valuable seats" issues since everyone has ordered something.

eliza61
05-05-2007, 07:16 AM
So that a family of five with a couple of picky eaters can still enjoy their vacation together? Really. I don't know about you, but when I go to WDW, I'm thinking about enjoying it with my family, not if the restaurant I'm eating at is making money or not. :confused3


That's very true but unfortunately if I'm the person who owns the restaurant and many of the restaurant in Epcot are not owned by disney. I still have to worry about making money. In our restaurant (not on disney) this is a problem with large parties and a limited amount of space. Yes, I am more inclined to give the table to a party where I know everyone will eat.

FayeW
05-05-2007, 07:48 AM
Oh for goodness sake, some of you people get more ridiculous everyday.

OP, go with your family and eat where you want. Let the kids have CS before hand and order them a dessert to occupy them while you and DH are enjoying your meal. Maybe your waiter won't get as big a tip from your table as he might if everyone was eating a full meal. OH WELL! His next 5 tables might be some of those who routinely tip 25%, so I am sure, in the big scheme of things, it will all work out. His salary is not your problem. Tipping adequately for what you do order is your responibility...not working out a spreadsheet to determine what another group of patrons might order and what his earnings might be! What's next, should guests who chose not to order an appetizer and/or dessert tip extra because of the lost earning potential to the waiter for not having a higher bill?


And yes, before anyone asks, I was a waitress for YEARS.

Bam99
05-05-2007, 07:48 AM
I feel the people that are complaining the most about you doing this have never had to deal with really picky eaters!! :sad2: I say go do whatever is right for YOUR family and enjoy YOUR vacation!! It is vacation and sometimes we do things we might do in everyday life.

ldo
05-05-2007, 08:33 AM
I have to agree about taking up a table for 6, when only 2 are eating, and about the server losing out. If I really wanted to go and my 3 were not interested in the food, I would go, but leave the server a decent extra tip---say $10 or so.

We have gone to Bomas and brought out 3 yr old (picky eater) twins a pop-top ravioli meal to split--they ate a total of 4 bites. We took up a 4 top table, but most tables were 4 tops, even if only 2 were dining. We tipped the server extra.

Amy&Dan
05-05-2007, 06:43 PM
I think its fine, but I would tip the server loosely based on what they would have gotten if the whole party had been eating. Say an extra $2-3 per non eating child. That way the server is not losing out. As for the family of 5 that maybe didn't get to eat at that restaurant since all the tables were taken, it is still the same outcome whether the people who did get the table are all eating or not. The one poster did bring up a good point about the server losing out on their tip. So if you tip the server based on the meal that could have been so to speak, that takes care of them. I mean in the end, what could this family do? Order food that is wasted? Big possible morality discussion there. Leave the kiddies out roaming the park on thier own? Another moral discussion to be had.

And I waited tables too.

And I have on occasion not ordered for my kids back in the day and always tipped extra.

Kaycee
05-05-2007, 09:14 PM
Just a friendly reminder to keep the debate on topic and not resort to personal attacks. :)

marivaid
05-05-2007, 09:42 PM
I don't see anything wrong with you doing that, however I would maybe order 1 child's meal for the kids to split, and encourage them to give it a try. It's only $5.75 for a kid's sweet & sour chicken (the sauce is on the side).
Have fun at Disney!