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kelliediane
05-24-2007, 10:43 PM
I have been searching through these boards and can't find an answer. Can I use my 10 y/o sons credit towards my signature dining and pay out of pocket for a childs meal for him? Or could I use his credits for TS meals and pay out of pocket for him? He is pretty picky and would rather eat off of the childs menu. He doesn't have much of an appetite either. I hate to waste the food on him if he isn't going to eat it.

KKB
05-24-2007, 10:44 PM
some will say that is misusing the credits...(guess if Disney was REALLY worried about it, they would itemize them just like CS credits...)
TS credits are NOT itemized into kids/adults

He CAN order kids meals with adult credits, though.

Mickeyluver37
05-24-2007, 10:59 PM
some will say that is misusing the credits...(guess if Disney was REALLY worried about it, they would itemize them just like CS credits...)
TS credits are NOT itemized into kids/adults

He CAN order kids meals with adult credits, though.


The credits ARE separated between child and adult credits, but her 10 y.o. is an adult on the plan, therefore has adult credits. OP, AFAIK, this should be allowed. It wouldn't be any different than everyone else on here who talks about sharing meals to save credits. You are just "banking" his adult TS credits for later, but still using 2 adult TS on yourself.

KKB
05-25-2007, 10:38 AM
The credits ARE separated between child and adult credits, but her 10 y.o. is an adult on the plan, therefore has adult credits. OP, AFAIK, this should be allowed. It wouldn't be any different than everyone else on here who talks about sharing meals to save credits. You are just "banking" his adult TS credits for later, but still using 2 adult TS on yourself.

Yep, TS IS separated for adult/kids; CS is not...

But, yes, his is adult, so no worries...

Sorry about that!

illiniowl
05-25-2007, 12:18 PM
The credits ARE separated between child and adult credits, but her 10 y.o. is an adult on the plan, therefore has adult credits. OP, AFAIK, this should be allowed. It wouldn't be any different than everyone else on here who talks about sharing meals to save credits. You are just "banking" his adult TS credits for later, but still using 2 adult TS on yourself.

Disney doesn't think of credits being tied to any one individual, so there's absolutely no problem with what the OP is wanting to do. All credits of each type (adult TS, child TS, CS, snack) for each reservation are pooled.

kelliediane
05-27-2007, 01:23 PM
Thank you so much for your replies. I am sure someone has asked that before, but I couldn't find it. So Me and my boy can eat at TS places a bit more often if I am willing to come out of pocket for his kids meals. I will just let him decide ahead of time what he would be interested in eating. If an adult meal sounds good to him, we will use two credits, but I will pay if he prefers the kids menu. We have always enjoyed the TS meals more than the CS because it gives us a chance to recharge a bit and keeps us ready for the rest of the day. Early dinners or late lunch is our favorite way to go. We will be going on my 9th and his 4th trip in September with my daughter, nephew, and my Mom. If anyone has any other tips on maximizing the dining plan in a legal way feel free to pass along the info.

JimMIA
05-27-2007, 01:35 PM
I have a couple of suggestions.

Although illiniowl's comments are correct, keep in mind that an individual server, manager, or restaurant might have a different view. And, of course, there are some places (buffets and fixed price meals) where they are going to charge DDP credits for everyone at the table, whether they eat anything or not.

Another way to save credits for 2TS meals is by judicious use of "heavy" CS meals. For example, at Cosmic Ray's you can get a full chicken meal, full ribs meal, or chicken and ribs for one CS. On our most recent trip, we used that option for dinner one night and then used the saved credits for a Signature Dining meal.

mylightshines
05-27-2007, 06:36 PM
I have a 13-yo DD. She always orders off the kids menu. We pay OOP and then use her credits for other meals. You can't do this for buffets since the price is based on age, but it's perfectly okay to do when ordering off the menu. Since you are paying for the DDP and paying for 10-yo as an adult, I don't see anything wrong with this. We've been on two trips on the DDP and have NEVER had a problem doing this. We just tell the server ahead of time that she wants the kids menu and we are paying OOP.

dis2cruise
05-27-2007, 08:59 PM
I have a 13-yo DD. She always orders off the kids menu. We pay OOP and then use her credits for other meals. You can't do this for buffets since the price is based on age, but it's perfectly okay to do when ordering off the menu. Since you are paying for the DDP and paying for 10-yo as an adult, I don't see anything wrong with this. We've been on two trips on the DDP and have NEVER had a problem doing this. We just tell the server ahead of time that she wants the kids menu and we are paying OOP.

thank you for this reply....

my dd is 14 and eats like a bird she still to this day orders kids meals at restruants. I hate for her to waste food.

here's a question to throw out there....

if you are on the dp could me and my dd share i myself am a light eater too
so i would hate to waste food. we did this last year at y. steakhouse however, we weren't on the dp and the waiter said no problem at all to share.

JimMIA
05-27-2007, 09:21 PM
I have a 13-yo DD. She always orders off the kids menu. We pay OOP and then use her credits for other meals. You can't do this for buffets since the price is based on age, but it's perfectly okay to do when ordering off the menu. Since you are paying for the DDP and paying for 10-yo as an adult, I don't see anything wrong with this. We've been on two trips on the DDP and have NEVER had a problem doing this. We just tell the server ahead of time that she wants the kids menu and we are paying OOP.
You are using an adult credit for an adult meal. There's nothing wrong with that -- never has been. It's not a question of what you are paying for. There are a certain number of TS credits assigned to your room, and DDP is not going to tell you who uses those credits...usually.

However, whenever reading advice about previous year trips, remember two things: 1) the rules changed 1/1/2007 and not all advice based on previous year's experiences will be accurate this year, and 2) you may run into some variance from DIS conventional wisdom because of a particular server, manager, or restaurant having a different understanding either of what you are trying to do, or the rules.

illiniowl
05-27-2007, 11:56 PM
thank you for this reply....

my dd is 14 and eats like a bird she still to this day orders kids meals at restruants. I hate for her to waste food.

here's a question to throw out there....

if you are on the dp could me and my dd share i myself am a light eater too
so i would hate to waste food. we did this last year at y. steakhouse however, we weren't on the dp and the waiter said no problem at all to share.

I can't report from personal experience, but I think the gist of the most recent reports (concerning the non-buffet/prix fixe places, of course) is:

1. Two adults both on the DDP try to order 1 TS meal to share (i.e., they ask their server to split the app., entree, etc. onto two plates or to bring out an extra plate) and use just 1 TS credit: some places/CMs may not allow it. You can ask and hope for some magic but be prepared to be told no, in which case you can call an audible and try #2 below...

2. Two adults both on the DDP, one orders a TS meal and uses a TS credit, the other orders *something* (salad, appetizer, etc.) and pays OOP. First diner then shares food off his/her plate with the second diner. There *should* be no problem with this-one person using credits while another pays OOP is specifically ok'ed by the DDP brochure, and of course Disney is not going to police "informal" sharing of food (for lack of a better term, the type of sharing referred to in #1 would be "formal" sharing, I guess).