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bagheeramom
08-20-2007, 02:51 PM
I've noticed a lot of the "vents" regarding being behind people in line not knowing how to order with the dining plan.

I'm skeered I'm gonna make some of y'all come back and vent about me.

Tell me how to best deal with the dining plan while i'm there.... I've got 2 rooms, 6 children. 2 of my children are under 3, 2 of them are "Children's menu" age, and the other 2 are "adult menu" age. How do you keep track of things? What is it important to know?

Also, my 70 yo parents are going to Disney for the first time with us. They will be clueless as well... what advice can i give them?

lilyv
08-20-2007, 03:03 PM
bagheeramom, It will help so much if you make sure you understand the program. That way, you can help explain it to your group. How blessed you are to have your parents with you. Have a wonderful trip-you'll be making such special memories together!

bagheeramom
08-20-2007, 03:06 PM
bagheeramom, It will help so much if you make sure you understand the program. That way, you can help explain it to your group. How blessed you are to have your parents with you. Have a wonderful trip-you'll be making such special memories together!


Well, I read that "everything you need to know about the DDP" sticky post... and it seems so self explanatory and not difficult. But then I see peoples rants about the idiot that they were behind in Cosmic Rays... and I get worried thinking "what do I not understand about it? Am I gonna really tick someone off?" I mean, with 6 kids, we take a long time in line anyway - LOL!

lilyv
08-20-2007, 03:14 PM
I think you're doing the best you can. If I had to try to order for multiple people, especially at a busy counter service I'd probably keep a small notepad in my purse. Quick get orders, (particularly for the kids) and then when you hit the window you can place your order with a minimum of fuss. I'm sure the other adults can handle their own orders, unless they'd prefer your help. Have fun! Don't worry about this....

momof1princess
08-20-2007, 03:31 PM
hi :) i think lilyv had an excellent idea...stand back from the order podium a little bit and let everyone scan the menu board, write down what they want, THEN get in the order line for the closest/fastest moving podium. since you have a large party, it might also be helpful to let everyone know that once you write it down, that's what they get, lol. the kids will be relatively easy, b/c there are only 2-3 choices for them. you might also check out allearsnet.com for menus, so you have sort of an idea where you want to eat and what's available there. best of luck and have a wonderful time!


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PrincessTiffany
08-20-2007, 03:44 PM
I've noticed a lot of the "vents" regarding being behind people in line not knowing how to order with the dining plan.

I'm skeered I'm gonna make some of y'all come back and vent about me.

Tell me how to best deal with the dining plan while i'm there.... I've got 2 rooms, 6 children. 2 of my children are under 3, 2 of them are "Children's menu" age, and the other 2 are "adult menu" age. How do you keep track of things? What is it important to know?

Also, my 70 yo parents are going to Disney for the first time with us. They will be clueless as well... what advice can i give them?
We also have a large family and have taken my parents with us twice. We haven't had any problems at all with the dining plan. We found it easy and convenient. At CS I make sure I have everyone's order before I get in line. I would do that with or without the dining plan. And if for some reason you do have to take an extra minute or two and ask a CM a question, don't worry about it. Tell "Grumpy" behind you in line, that you are not Snow White, and he needs to go find some other princess to harass! lol

lynninpa
08-20-2007, 03:51 PM
You will find wonderful tips here, like writing everyone's order down. Yet the one thing that might mess things up is if you are too stressed out about upsetting people in line behind you! Read & heed the tips here that will work for you-but please, take a deep breath and relax! We had a party of nine last year and many were nervous about never having used the DDP before. It was a breeze! :upsidedow Have a fantastic adventure!! :goodvibes

Mr Man
08-20-2007, 05:12 PM
I've noticed a lot of the "vents" regarding being behind people in line not knowing how to order with the dining plan.

I'm skeered I'm gonna make some of y'all come back and vent about me.

Tell me how to best deal with the dining plan while i'm there.... I've got 2 rooms, 6 children. 2 of my children are under 3, 2 of them are "Children's menu" age, and the other 2 are "adult menu" age. How do you keep track of things? What is it important to know?

Also, my 70 yo parents are going to Disney for the first time with us. They will be clueless as well... what advice can i give them?

It appears to me that the simple fact that you are on this board asking questions prior to your trip will ensure a favorable outcome.

I can admit that I flubbed my first time w/DDP getting breakfast at the Main Street Bakery. I could not work out which items were snacks.....which I could make an entree......what is a breakfast dessert, and cappucino? :confused3 etc...... I am certain the people behind me were ready to vent. I smiled and apologized to them. They smiled back. I got better at it, and you will too. The CM finally took pity on me and just rang it all up as 2 CS & 2 snacks. It was a lot of food. French Toast Loaf.....mmmmmm..... :thumbsup2

septbaby
08-20-2007, 07:09 PM
How considerate of you to inquire. The key is know what you want or know what questions to ask of the CM taking your order. You deserve good service just like the person behind you. If you want you could say to the person behind you, I'm placing an order for 9 people, then they can decide to stay in line or move elsewhere. You are on vacation, don' let others stress you out. Just make sure your children are safe and your parents are tended to, not much else is important. Also if there are any special dietary needs in your party, get what you need, don't settle to make it less of a hassle for the rest of us in line. Disney is great about accomodating, so don't feel like you're a bother.

Finally, be proactive, come back to the boards after your trip and vent about the impatient so and so in line behind you! :lmao: The best defense is a good offense. ;)

Have a fantastic time and take loads of pictures, sounds like a historic chapter for your family.

ParkPrincess
08-20-2007, 08:04 PM
My suggestion would be to go to allearsnet.com and look at their menus. Try and decide what places you would like to go for your meals and get an idea of what everyone would order. You don't have to be exact, but this will get you familiar with the food options.

Now, I'm a huge planner...HUGE!! I plan out where we're going to eat every meal. If you're like me, you can go ahead and type up what everyone will want at each restaurant and print it out on a small sheet of paper. Pull it out at the CS restaurant, and there ya go.

aubriee
08-21-2007, 02:13 AM
I think you're doing the best you can. If I had to try to order for multiple people, especially at a busy counter service I'd probably keep a small notepad in my purse. Quick get orders, (particularly for the kids) and then when you hit the window you can place your order with a minimum of fuss. I'm sure the other adults can handle their own orders, unless they'd prefer your help. Have fun! Don't worry about this....

This is an excellent idea. The only time I've gotten frustrated waiting for someone to order is when they wait until they get up to the cashier to start looking at the menu and then can't decide what to order or when someone on the DDP keeps insisting that yes they do get an appetizer and a side with counter service. If you know what you are entitled to and know what you plan to order before you get to the cashier there shouldn't be a problem.

An entree (or combo meal if available), a dessert, and a drink is simple enough to understand, but you'd be surprised at how many people can make it complicated. I saw a guy at Flame Tree BBQ last Sept that just kept insisting he got a side, plus the combo meal. He wanted a BBQ sandwich with corn on the cob, baked beans, plus a side of onion rings, dessert, and a drink and just kept insisting it was legal on the DDP because the beans and corn were listed as part of his entree and so he still got to choose a side. Then he was insisting that he could order their big fruit salad platter as a dessert, because everyone knows fruit is dessert, not a main dish:sad2:

kaytieeldr
08-21-2007, 06:45 AM
A couple of posts suggest checking out allearsnet's menus. While that's an excellent site, I don't think enough DISers are aware we have the menus right here http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining.htm!

OneBadApple
08-21-2007, 06:48 AM
I've noticed a lot of the "vents" regarding being behind people in line not knowing how to order with the dining plan.

I'm skeered I'm gonna make some of y'all come back and vent about me.

Tell me how to best deal with the dining plan while i'm there.... I've got 2 rooms, 6 children. 2 of my children are under 3, 2 of them are "Children's menu" age, and the other 2 are "adult menu" age. How do you keep track of things? What is it important to know?

Also, my 70 yo parents are going to Disney for the first time with us. They will be clueless as well... what advice can i give them?

I'm a bit nervous as well when it comes to QS and snack credits and I only have me, DH, DD11 and DS9. This November will be only our 2nd trip to Disney and 1st time using the DDP.

bookgirl2632
08-21-2007, 07:20 AM
The DDP is really easy. I suspect that the ones the "grumpy" people get stuck behind are those who do not take the time to learn about the DDP.

Relax. It's not rocket science. Know what you are ordering. Ask a CM for help if you need to. They are very helpful and patient. As for the grumpy people behind you, pay no attention. They can wait their turn.

Have fun on your trip!

AnninIowa
08-21-2007, 07:40 AM
Even people who aren't on the plan can hold up the line, so it's not just a DDP issue! It's amazing how some people just cannot choose..."Hmmm, do I want a cheeseburger or a hamburger? I just don't know what to get! What do you recommend? Honey (standing 50 feet away), what should I order? Can you make me cheeseburger with the cheese on the side? Can I have two bottom buns instead of a top and bottom? Oh, wait! Can I have a hot dog instead (after they already have the burger)? Is that an all-beef dog?"

:rotfl2:

ParkPrincess
08-21-2007, 08:16 AM
A couple of posts suggest checking out allearsnet's menus. While that's an excellent site, I don't think enough DISers are aware we have the menus right here http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining.htm!


Thanks for the heads up! I had no idea they had those on this site.

dmurphy42
08-21-2007, 08:25 AM
I completely agree with Princess Tiffany. If you are organized enough to be raising six kids and getting them to WDW, you will deal with the DDP and the ordering of food like the pro you must be. Have fun!

Mickiethepooh
08-21-2007, 12:27 PM
The problem is not the dining plan so much as people having everyone in line and not getting everyones order before they get into a line, writing is very important if you have many people obviously..
But people being what they are that will never be the norm I am sure.

2BusyPlanning
08-21-2007, 12:51 PM
I agree with everyone above, but I needed to add one little thing. Make sure you check your receipt everytime! Make sure they took off the right amount of kids meals and adult meals (or snacks if you ordered something extra). Sometimes they can make that mistake.

Have a wonderful time! :banana:

Xiarra
08-28-2007, 07:57 PM
I agree with everyone above, but I needed to add one little thing. Make sure you check your receipt everytime! Make sure they took off the right amount of kids meals and adult meals (or snacks if you ordered something extra). Sometimes they can make that mistake.

Have a wonderful time! :banana:

I have to agree with checking your receipt... When I went in 2004, we were charged 4 Table Service meals at one of the places in DTD... we caught it but the server was under the impression that they charged 2 TS for each person at their restaurant. It took a little bit to get it fixed, we went to our guest services counter at AKL and they helped us get this fixed and they credited 2 TS back to our plan.

fakereadhed
08-29-2007, 07:55 AM
OK, I disagree with everyone. :upsidedow OP learn as much as you can about DDP because it will make your trip easier. If you have the misfortune of grumpy people behind you in line, then just remember that you're at Disney having a great time and they are too busy nitpicking to have as much fun as you are. Nobody should be stressed about ordering at a meal counter- it's bad for digestion. Really, sometimes I think it's over the top how some DISers talk about annoying people that actually stopped on Main St. to look at the sights, etc. It's a vacation...relax and take a couple minutes to order if you want. :)

Xiarra
08-29-2007, 09:47 AM
OK, I disagree with everyone. :upsidedow OP learn as much as you can about DDP because it will make your trip easier. If you have the misfortune of grumpy people behind you in line, then just remember that you're at Disney having a great time and they are too busy nitpicking to have as much fun as you are. Nobody should be stressed about ordering at a meal counter- it's bad for digestion. Really, sometimes I think it's over the top how some DISers talk about annoying people that actually stopped on Main St. to look at the sights, etc. It's a vacation...relax and take a couple minutes to order if you want. :)

Right On!!!!! I think people forget to slow down on vacation and they try to do too much in too little time.....hence the "grumpy" people... That is what is great about Disney... the fact that there IS so much to see and do. It makes you want to go back again so that you can see and do those things you couldn't get to the first, second or third time around. :cloud9:

I haven't seen any post about DISers being annoyed about people stopping on Main St. to look at the sites, but I am just getting into the boards and I will probably run across them eventually. That makes me sad :guilty: though. The DIS boards are full of great and helpful people, I am surprised that those who love Disney sooooo much can't understand why people would stop on Main St. to take it all in... especially those who are visiting for the first time!!!!!! What a sight to see... Cinderella's castle princess: for the first time!!!! WOW

For your own sanity :upsidedow, I agree in that you should maybe take the order on a peice of paper before you get to the counter so you don't have people changing their minds mid order....and don't forget to check that receipt..... I guess my final suggestion is.... don't let the stress of ordering food get in the way of enjoying your time at Disney!!!! :cheer2: .

Tricia1972
08-29-2007, 11:15 AM
Thanks for the notebook idea!

I have all of the CS and QS meals in a word document already, so we can set up at a table with our large group (7) and have everyone place their order with me. I'll write it down, go to the window and order for everyone while they sit and wait.

Actually since it's 7, we probably need me and a helper at the window, but whatever, the idea of a notebook for ordering is great!! :thumbsup2

Mermaid_Ariel
08-29-2007, 11:24 AM
Tell "Grumpy" behind you in line, that you are not Snow White, and he needs to go find some other princess to harass! lol

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

lustergirl
08-29-2007, 01:41 PM
<<<<< doesn't give a hoot what other people think. Go to disney and have a wonderful vacation- forget what others think about you- we were all rookies once upon a time!!!!

rsmithx
08-29-2007, 01:43 PM
Is it possible that the DDP causes frustrations and confusions because of the variances at the different restaurants as well as different CM's and the changes that have been made over the years?

We used DDP 2 years ago. We loved it, and didn't really have any problems with it. Of course there were times that flustered me when at a counter service restaurant. Everything is fast paced, and I would know what I wanted to order, but then when I got there and ordered, the CM would tell me I also got something else...this suprised me, and I'm not a great on the fly decision maker. So, I never really knew exactly what was "allowed". For example, when at Flame Tree I ordered the fruit plate and key lime pie. Then I was informed I also got a side...At Sunshine Seasons we were told we could get one of the side salads with our meal. But when you read abut how the DDP works, this is not what you would think a counter service meal would be like. It says an entree or a combo meal. Not entree and side or combo meal...so which is it? And when we were there last for breakfast you could get 2 drinks and an entree or drink, fruit and entree...but as I understand this has changed. So, I think things have changed, and this is confusing. Really...I think most all confusion is really around counter service meals. And drinks allowable at sit down meals.

Reese
08-29-2007, 06:25 PM
Is it possible that the DDP causes frustrations and confusions because of the variances at the different restaurants as well as different CM's and the changes that have been made over the years?


I have to agree. We've used the DDP two years now and the rules are different each time and in each resturant. Be prepared to have trouble with the two key cards. We had one server try to not let my dd get her (child) and her dad's (adult) meal on her card because I was getting two adult meals on my card (my DS was an adult) because she was not an adult. I explained to him that they were two different room card. He said that he'de let us get away with it this time:confused3. We weren't trying to pull a fast one we were using our appropriate meals but he just couldn't figure it out.

Having six kids myself I understand your concerns. The fact that you are concerned with not holding up the line makes me believe that you will be fine;) . The biggest confusion I found with CS meals was the desserts. We never asked them what they wanted until we knew for sure what the options were. Than while ordered DH would give the kids the option for desserts. By the time I was finished ordering the meals he would have the dessert ready to order.

nanalisa
08-29-2007, 11:42 PM
I've noticed a lot of the "vents" regarding being behind people in line not knowing how to order with the dining plan.

I'm skeered I'm gonna make some of y'all come back and vent about me.

Tell me how to best deal with the dining plan while i'm there.... I've got 2 rooms, 6 children. 2 of my children are under 3, 2 of them are "Children's menu" age, and the other 2 are "adult menu" age. How do you keep track of things? What is it important to know?

Also, my 70 yo parents are going to Disney for the first time with us. They will be clueless as well... what advice can i give them?

Bagheera, you are my hero! Dh and I are taking our 10 yo granddaughter and my 72 yo mother and I'm nervous. If you can do it, I can do it!