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lugnut33
05-21-2008, 08:43 PM
So, who else is canceling their dining reservations and eating at quick service restaurants in order to save money? I personally have canceled 3 out of the 6 I had made a couple of months ago for out trip coming up in August. The prices at the table service places is just outrageous and I figure we can save lots by not eating at them.

I've changed several of my reservations and have had no problem moving them around, even today. I bet the economy and the price increases is finally starting to hit home.

Tricia1972
05-21-2008, 09:09 PM
We took two trips within 5 months of each other. October 2007 on the DDP and we'd planned on using the DDP in March 2008. My 180 days was before the October trip so I had all of my March reservations in place before our first trip.

We didn't like the DDP, felt it was too much pressure and too much food and just didn't fit our eating style. We canceled a bunch of our reservations, not just to save money but to have a trip that better fit our personal traveling style.

Pumbaa_
05-21-2008, 09:25 PM
Food is one of the easiest places to trim the budget. Smart to keep your costs down. There are also some great CS places that offer nice variety

Let us know how it goes when you get back!

disneywith4boys
05-21-2008, 09:33 PM
I cancelled our ADR with Teppan Edo for Oct. I really couldn't justify spending so much for the same food we eat at home at least once a month. Their prices are so high compared to the Japanese places around here. And probably due to the DDP, they don't have any lobster on the menu, and that is what DH likes best. We did book instead with Coral Reef. I know I'll probably spend around the same or a little less, but at least it won't be the same food as we always have.
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maj42169
05-21-2008, 10:00 PM
I wouldn't go without the Dining Plan..........in fact, next year I want to try the deluxe dining to hit several signature resturaunts........I just can't justify going without it because the meal costs at the TS are almost the amount you pay per day for the basic dining plan! And, the counter service credits are good at all of those same places that offer variety. My family enjoys a nice meal, and we want to eat 2-3 meals a day.......

Aimeedyan
05-21-2008, 10:05 PM
I have only made TWO for our entire trip in Nov. We might eat one or two more places but those will likely be walk-ups only.

Our daily expenses are going up and not eating a big table service on property each day is easy to remove. I think the CS is just fine when we need to eat on property and quite frankly, the food off site is better and cheaper anyways. I'm good to dine elsewhere =)

Right now - we're just planning Boma on arrival day (staying at AKL) and Raglan Road one night.

(I may book a F&WF special event since we have cut back on dining expenses so much. I figure I can eat CS a few days in order to have a fantastic experience like that!)

asmit4
05-21-2008, 10:06 PM
DDP is the way to go for us! 38 for adults, and 10 for kids is tough to beat, particularly if you want 1 TS meal each day. Even feeding 4 people twice per day at CS restaurants is gonna run about 80 bucks. That's close to the DDP cost for 2A2C and you haven't eaten any snacks.

bettyann29
05-21-2008, 10:08 PM
Me and DH are headed to WDW on Saturday and staying for 3 days.. I decided to only do one sit down meal and then the rest will be counter service.. originally we were going to do 2, but I just decided to cancel the one and keep it to one..

Not just the money issue, but also time issue.. It takes so much time out of the day to be at a certain place at a certain time.. we usually get there 15 minutes early and then we are wasting several hours for a meal.. as it is we have limited time this trip so we decided to wing it as far as food goes.. I have looked at the menus on allears and have condensed my food list to 2 food places.. that way if we decide its time to eat we dont have to walk to the other side of the park..

simonkodousek
05-21-2008, 10:35 PM
I have planned 12 TS restaurants for our 7 day trip next year, but I doubt we'll make all of them. Maybe 8 or 9 at the maximum. :)

lugnut33
05-21-2008, 10:46 PM
I have planned 12 TS restaurants for our 7 day trip next year, but I doubt we'll make all of them. Maybe 8 or 9 at the maximum. :)


I have actually called and cancelled the ones I know I'm not going to use in case there's a family out there that needs that reservation. You know, I'm just sayin" :rolleyes1

RACHELSMOM1
05-21-2008, 10:50 PM
ADRs are necessary even for 1 or 2 meals. By the way, CS takes up as much time as TS. CS also get very old very fast, so on a longer trip one can become very bored and hungry for variety of foods. Going offsite can be expensive and gas costs should be considered in the cost.

lugnut33
05-21-2008, 10:54 PM
DDP is the way to go for us! 38 for adults, and 10 for kids is tough to beat, particularly if you want 1 TS meal each day. Even feeding 4 people twice per day at CS restaurants is gonna run about 80 bucks. That's close to the DDP cost for 2A2C and you haven't eaten any snacks.

I've done it 2 times and yes I like the DDP also. However, since we are renting a car I can go off-site and eat.

pruesmom
05-21-2008, 11:33 PM
Our family swears by the dining plan. If you are planning a TS or two, you should just go ahead and get it in my opinion. The cost seems to work out about the same or cheaper. I have so many TS ressies for Sept that I need to cancel several of them. I can't get what we actually want so I have numerous things scheduled and can hopefully narrow it down.

disney's daughter
05-22-2008, 05:43 AM
My sister, niece and I will be using the Dining Plan for the first time this October. It will also be the first time we have puchased a Magic Your Way Package. We've been used to getting our Anuual Passes and purchasing the 20% off discount card...So, this should be interesting...We'll see how it works out...The rest of my family might go again on our yearly February trip...and I was thinking about utilizing the Magic Your Way with the Dining Plan...then...So many changes....So many decisions...:confused3 :lmao:

krmlaw
05-22-2008, 01:26 PM
We have a bunch of ADRS because we are going during free dining! Can you switch your trip to then? Save some money?

ParkPrincess
05-22-2008, 01:47 PM
We ALWAYS use the DDP. Disney dining is all part of the WDW experience for us. I wish there were more TS credits available.

Cobbo
05-22-2008, 01:53 PM
For us it's not so much of a TS-ADR vs. CS issue. We enjoy our DDE discounts for the TS meals, but our "method" for "cutting" costs is just doing fewer overnight trips to the world as opposed to day trips. True, I just booked an overnight for next week, but otherwise I won't be staying on property again until the end of August, and then after that not until January (unless I get the bug, in which case we'll go for a night or two in October)...otherwise, we'll just be day-tripping and deal with the 2hr ride each way, rather than the extra $ to spend the night....

Aimeedyan
05-22-2008, 09:00 PM
ADRs are necessary even for 1 or 2 meals. By the way, CS takes up as much time as TS. CS also get very old very fast, so on a longer trip one can become very bored and hungry for variety of foods. Going offsite can be expensive and gas costs should be considered in the cost.

Hmm.

I'm curious - how the heck does a CS meal take as long as a TS? We never spend more than 20 minutes in a CS restaurant (unless we want to sit and enjoy the AC!) and our average TS while on the DDP (so multiple courses) took an average of 1.5 hours start to finish. Heck, we usually wait 15-20 min just for a table even with a reservation and we could have eaten and moved on by then at a CS.

I've also found that WDW has a huge variety in CS meals and there is no need to eat the same stuff each day unless you just want to. Though we usually do eat a table service meal, there are thousands of Disney guests who never do and have a magical trip without it (some friends of mine took in sack lunches and their kid had the trip of his life!).

RACHELSMOM1
05-23-2008, 07:22 AM
Hmm.

I'm curious - how the heck does a CS meal take as long as a TS? We never spend more than 20 minutes in a CS restaurant (unless we want to sit and enjoy the AC!) and our average TS while on the DDP (so multiple courses) took an average of 1.5 hours start to finish. Heck, we usually wait 15-20 min just for a table even with a reservation and we could have eaten and moved on by then at a CS.

I've also found that WDW has a huge variety in CS meals and there is no need to eat the same stuff each day unless you just want to. Though we usually do eat a table service meal, there are thousands of Disney guests who never do and have a magical trip without it (some friends of mine took in sack lunches and their kid had the trip of his life!).

I am just speaking from experience. If we go to a popular CS, such as Pinocchio's or Cosmic Rays, at a busy time, I wait in line for at least 20 minutes to order food, and then carry the food to the table we usually have to wait for (5-10 minutes). Then, I have to go back to another station and order the kids other food, since each area you only order certain foods (ie one station is burgers, one is salads and sandwiches, and one is chicken) and not everyone wants the same thing or same type of food. Add another 20 minutes. Walk back to the table with the newest food. Then we have to go to the condiment bar (add 10-15 minutes because everyone else has to go to the condiment bar). By the time we are all ready to eat our food together, it has been an hour (literally, an hour has passed, and we have our CS food, sit down to eat it, and it tastes good because we are so hungry and have waited an hour) then we have to take our restroom break after sitting and eating our meal for 20-30 minutes. Add 15 minutes for restroom break (yes, the restroom break counts as time in CS meal, we have 3 little girls - ages 8, 7 and 4 - part of the whole mealtime experience. CS meal has taken up 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Contrast all this to TS meal where even waiting 1 hour for seating we go into nice air conditioned restaurant, order our food, (mom is not wore out by standing in line and then carrying food to the table, then going to condiment bar, etc, etc) and we can sip out drinks and nibble on appys while waiting for our entrees. We can take restroom breaks (kids 8 &7 yr old can go by themselves in TS places). A very leisurely meal and it has taken 1 hour and 45 minutes and we are not all stressed out!!

Yes, CS can take shorter times but that is at less busy times, and less busy places in general. Food courts at hotels (POR for example) have the same issues as theme park cs placs. Just our experience, and we prefer the less stressful TS over CS.

carol-lamb
05-23-2008, 08:41 AM
I have made eight ADR's for our upcoming trip in July - six lunches and two dinners - and I intend to keep them all!! Eating at table service restaurants is really one of the big highlights for us on our trips. We don't do the dining plan because we just don't eat that much food. We have figured it out that by usually eating table service lunches at restaurants that are not terribly expensive, it is cheaper for us to pay out of pocket for our meals.


When planning our trips to WDW, we always stay at a moderate resort. I have always wanted to stay at a deluxe, but I would rather put the saved money towards my food budget. Also, we usually fly in and out on weekdays in order to save some money. For this trip, when booking our flights, I looked at all the options and at the time it was about $65 per person cheaper to fly during the week. So, we are going on a tuesday to a monday. I would have loved to fly on the weekend, but with the savings on the airfare and the extra costs for the resort for the extra day or two, we decided that we would rather give up the extra one or two days and put that money towards table service meals. We had so much fun looking over all the menus and picking our restaurants. Like I said, I think we get the most excited about our table service meals each day!!

Lady V
05-23-2008, 10:30 AM
We love the DDP! Of course for 1 adult and 2 kids it is a great value. right under 60 a day for all of us! For our upcoming trip (its a long one) we have Chef Mickeys(pm), Bomas (am and pm),Tusker house (am), HDDR, Crystal Palace (pm), Le Cellier(pm), Cape May Cafe (am), Teppan Edo (pm),Wispering Canyon(pm), Ohonas (am), Sci fi (pm), CRT (am), Olivias (pm)....and I still need 3 more!!! I love going out to eat somewhere nice everyday...it is such a part of the experience for us.

Uncleromulus
05-23-2008, 10:42 AM
I'm not cancelling any of the seven TS dining reservations we've made for September--.

Lady Radington
05-23-2008, 11:02 AM
I am just speaking from experience. If we go to a popular CS, such as Pinocchio's or Cosmic Rays, at a busy time, I wait in line for at least 20 minutes to order food, and then carry the food to the table we usually have to wait for (5-10 minutes). Then, I have to go back to another station and order the kids other food, since each area you only order certain foods (ie one station is burgers, one is salads and sandwiches, and one is chicken) and not everyone wants the same thing or same type of food. Add another 20 minutes. Walk back to the table with the newest food. Then we have to go to the condiment bar (add 10-15 minutes because everyone else has to go to the condiment bar). By the time we are all ready to eat our food together, it has been an hour (literally, an hour has passed, and we have our CS food, sit down to eat it, and it tastes good because we are so hungry and have waited an hour) then we have to take our restroom break after sitting and eating our meal for 20-30 minutes. Add 15 minutes for restroom break (yes, the restroom break counts as time in CS meal, we have 3 little girls - ages 8, 7 and 4 - part of the whole mealtime experience. CS meal has taken up 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Contrast all this to TS meal where even waiting 1 hour for seating we go into nice air conditioned restaurant, order our food, (mom is not wore out by standing in line and then carrying food to the table, then going to condiment bar, etc, etc) and we can sip out drinks and nibble on appys while waiting for our entrees. We can take restroom breaks (kids 8 &7 yr old can go by themselves in TS places). A very leisurely meal and it has taken 1 hour and 45 minutes and we are not all stressed out!!

Yes, CS can take shorter times but that is at less busy times, and less busy places in general. Food courts at hotels (POR for example) have the same issues as theme park cs placs. Just our experience, and we prefer the less stressful TS over CS.

I completely agree with you, last time we went, just two adults, we regularly waited in line at counter service for 20-40 mins to order. I also can't stand the plastic cutlery and paper plates. It just makes eating so stressful and difficult which you don't want on holiday. I haven't made any reservations though, we had no problems getting tables at the last minute last Summer so we'll do the same this year.

tarheelmjfan
05-23-2008, 11:07 AM
I think it depends on what you want in your vacation. We'd cut back on resorts or tickets, but if we had to cut back on dining we'd cancel. A nice family dinner is #1 on our vacation agenda. Others things are less important. Souvenirs would be the 1st to go.

Aimeedyan
05-23-2008, 12:53 PM
I am just speaking from experience. If we go to a popular CS, such as Pinocchio's or Cosmic Rays, at a busy time, I wait in line for at least 20 minutes to order food, and then carry the food to the table we usually have to wait for (5-10 minutes). Then, I have to go back to another station and order the kids other food, since each area you only order certain foods (ie one station is burgers, one is salads and sandwiches, and one is chicken) and not everyone wants the same thing or same type of food. Add another 20 minutes. Walk back to the table with the newest food. Then we have to go to the condiment bar (add 10-15 minutes because everyone else has to go to the condiment bar). By the time we are all ready to eat our food together, it has been an hour (literally, an hour has passed, and we have our CS food, sit down to eat it, and it tastes good because we are so hungry and have waited an hour) then we have to take our restroom break after sitting and eating our meal for 20-30 minutes. Add 15 minutes for restroom break (yes, the restroom break counts as time in CS meal, we have 3 little girls - ages 8, 7 and 4 - part of the whole mealtime experience. CS meal has taken up 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Contrast all this to TS meal where even waiting 1 hour for seating we go into nice air conditioned restaurant, order our food, (mom is not wore out by standing in line and then carrying food to the table, then going to condiment bar, etc, etc) and we can sip out drinks and nibble on appys while waiting for our entrees. We can take restroom breaks (kids 8 &7 yr old can go by themselves in TS places). A very leisurely meal and it has taken 1 hour and 45 minutes and we are not all stressed out!!

Yes, CS can take shorter times but that is at less busy times, and less busy places in general. Food courts at hotels (POR for example) have the same issues as theme park cs placs. Just our experience, and we prefer the less stressful TS over CS.

I see - I've had the exact opposite exp but I don't have small children with me. Makes a world of difference :goodvibes

Wendy5055
05-23-2008, 01:02 PM
No, we are not cancelling our ADR's for Aug/Sept trip. We have upgraded (due to Free Dining) to DlxDDP and are able to fit in CRT and HDDR!!!! Our DD6 is very excited at the opportunity to see HDDR.

A normal dinner out at a restaurant such as the Ninety Nine or Chili's, would normally cost approx. $45.00 (not incl. tip or appetizer...we dont get one because it is too expensive!!! :sad2: ) for the three of us.:headache: With that in mind, the $32 per adult and $10 per child just worked in our favor as we are getting 3 meals per day for that price!!!!

We are staying at POP Century because we would rather put our money towards good food than towards a hotel room. It was a toss up though!!! :rotfl:

SnowWtch
05-23-2008, 01:07 PM
I purposely didn't make any ADRs b/c of that reason. We're trying to save money so we're staying and eating off property this time. We wanted to go to O'Hana's for dinner so bad b/c of the changes but we just can't afford to right now.

budbeerlady
05-23-2008, 01:30 PM
We are doing Cs for half, late lunches at TS we really want so we can do sandwiches to save vs a steak and I am using the mypoints rainforest gift cards for 2 meals. So we have 3 ts total for our 7 day trip...

krmlaw
05-23-2008, 02:18 PM
These seems like a silly questions, so I hope you'll endulge!

Why dont more people go during free dining if they are going to stay at disney anyways? And why do some people who go during free dining and stay at disney NOT get free dining? Its free? I cant see a downside.

We've been down three times now. Stayed on property once, off twice. Now this will be our first trip on free dining and Im so excited! We paid for dining the time we stayed on property.

tarheelmjfan
05-23-2008, 02:32 PM
These seems like a silly questions, so I hope you'll endulge!

Why dont more people go during free dining if they are going to stay at disney anyways? And why do some people who go during free dining and stay at disney NOT get free dining? Its free? I cant see a downside.

We've been down three times now. Stayed on property once, off twice. Now this will be our first trip on free dining and Im so excited! We paid for dining the time we stayed on property.

I can't speak for others, but we would have to take our DS out of school to take advantage of free dining & we won't do that. Then there's those who think Sept @ WDW is too hot. As for your other question, some people got 40% off their resort rate, during this time. If they're staying in a deluxe hotel, the discount would be better than free dining. Btw, your questions aren't silly. :)

victorandbellasmom
05-23-2008, 03:06 PM
We're not canceling any ADRs. We're going during free dining and are upgrading to the DxDP. I don't think we'd be doing DxDDP though if we were paying full price for it.

Aimeedyan
05-23-2008, 06:13 PM
These seems like a silly questions, so I hope you'll endulge!

Why dont more people go during free dining if they are going to stay at disney anyways? And why do some people who go during free dining and stay at disney NOT get free dining? Its free? I cant see a downside.

We've been down three times now. Stayed on property once, off twice. Now this will be our first trip on free dining and Im so excited! We paid for dining the time we stayed on property.

Not silly at all! :goodvibes

For many, they don't want to take kids out of school. Or it's too hot that time of year for them to go. Or they get great hotel discounts that negate any savings for the DDP.

Remember - the DDP is not really free during those dates. You are paying rack rate at a hotel, which many travelers would typically never do. You also have to pay for at least 1 day ticket, which many never do. So the savings aren't always as good when you add it up.

We did free dining last year and it ended up being a good deal for us. But, it was very hot and we didn't enjoy staying value (which was the only way it was a deal for us). With the subtraction of tip and appetizer, the DDP is not appealing anymore.

We would rather go when it's cooler, with food and wine fest still going on, on a 40% discount at a deluxe hotel.

mom2my3kids
05-23-2008, 06:17 PM
I had thoughts of adding the dining plan, but I have decided not to. We are going to eat at Sci-Fi, Tusker House Breakfast and Ohana. I also purchased a gift card worth 50$ for 25$ at Raglan Rd so its another sit down we are eating at. The rest will be Counter Service on the fly, I do have Liberty Tree Booked for or MNSSHP but I am 50/50 on that one and may cancel another one but not sure yet..:confused3

MAC3
05-23-2008, 06:23 PM
Sorry didn't read the whole thread, but....

Sitting here right now weeding out which ones we can live without. Also possibly entertaining the thoughts of cooking in our villa as well as eating offsite.

But sitdown meals are almost twice what counterservice meals are so yes. We are but maybe we shouldn't let Disney know or they'll raise the prices of CS meals.

Stittsville
05-23-2008, 06:27 PM
While I agree the prices are high, I would still eat in TS restaurants on the dining plan next time we go. We find that 6-8 hours in the parks a day is plenty for us, and we enjoy a relaxing meal and then viewing the fireworks. It helps that we :lovestruc love:lovestruc food in my family, and my kids will eat anything at WDW.

krmlaw
05-23-2008, 08:17 PM
Not silly at all! :goodvibes


We would rather go when it's cooler, with food and wine fest still going on, on a 40% discount at a deluxe hotel.

How do people get such great discounts on rooms? We'd love to know! Maybe we will switch and not to DDP!

Aimeedyan
05-23-2008, 09:05 PM
How do people get such great discounts on rooms? We'd love to know! Maybe we will switch and not to DDP!

That's the magic question! There are often pin rates that people are emailed or mailed by postcard. Sometimes people call Disney and there is one just randomly attached to their name. Annual pass holders and florida residents often get one offered. And then there are general public codes out there. We are able to book a CM friend/family rate when we go.

There is a code/rate subboard on the Resort board that you could look through and see if any are offered during your trip.