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eliza61
07-10-2009, 09:02 AM
I've got a upcoming 10 day trip :cool1: and I just realized that I really only have 4 TS meals planned and 1 is a breakfast. Seems the more I go, the less planning and adr's I make. :goodvibes

So in a let's say 7 night vacation how many ADR's do you still make?

KPH500
07-10-2009, 09:05 AM
We stayed at SSR for 8 nights last week and had 5 ADRs (one was a lunch). That is a lot for us, we're usually fly by the seat of our pants type vacationers! :rotfl:

BigEeyore
07-10-2009, 09:15 AM
I voted 5-6 but we are only staying 6 nights on our next trip! :goodvibes
Also - most of my ADR's are for lunch - we enjoy taking a mid-day break to sit down and have a nice meal, and our little ones do better at lunch than dinner.

photobob
07-10-2009, 09:17 AM
We do lunch TS, usually daily. Most other meals in the villa.

VAN
07-10-2009, 09:26 AM
Other.

Free Dining ... we do at least two per day.

Otherwise, it is probably only a few (e.g. 4 times during an 8 day trip). Depends upon whether we are doing a lot of stuff off-site and how many days we go into the parks.

rowbear
07-10-2009, 09:28 AM
Breakfast and lunch in the room, TS Dinner. Add in one TS breakfast while there.

The reason is simple. Breakfast and lunch require the fewest unique groceries and the least amount of cooking time.

Breakfast is usually a couple of eggs and toast, a breakfast sammich, or a bagel and cream cheese. Cook time is less than ten minutes for any of it.

Eggs
Bread
Cheese
Ham slices
Bagels
Cream Cheese
condiments

Lunch is usually a sammich and chips.
Same bread used for breakfast
Same cheese
same condiments
add turkey slices or pork slices for variety
chips


If you do dinner in the room you are either forced to cook some pre-made trash like one of those buckets of lasagna or if you want a real meal you have to spend a bunch of time cooking with a big variety of ingredients.

Vacation is supposed to be simple.

El&Asmom
07-10-2009, 09:37 AM
Usually a breakfast at Crystal Palace, and 2-3 TS dinners for a 7-8 night trip. It seems to be a good balance for us.

ransom
07-10-2009, 09:38 AM
We have one TS lunch or dinner every full day of our trip, plus one TS breakfast per week, typically.

ajf1007
07-10-2009, 09:39 AM
[QUOTE]Breakfast and lunch in the room, TS Dinner. Add in one TS breakfast while there.

Vacation is supposed to be simple.
I second that! Great minds think alike :goodvibes We usually have in a 7 day trip atleast 5-6 adr's and wing the rest. Breakfast in the room and lunch is usually something pretty light while we're out and about. The last thing I want is a heavy lunch in that heat.

pilferk
07-10-2009, 09:40 AM
In an 10 day stay, we have 14 ADR's. Now, granted, 2 of those overlap (5 of us are doing dinner in one place, 2 in another), but even so that would be 13 ADR's in 10 days. Obviously, some are breakfasts...most dinners....only ONE lunch.

TK Brown
07-10-2009, 09:44 AM
We TS for all of our dinners. I am a planner, a little compulsive at times, so I like to have it planned out. And with a 4yo, i can make sure we eat early, for when he crashes!

rowbear
07-10-2009, 09:47 AM
Speaking of food. Does anyone in the world have worse pizza than Disney? Hint: Pizza should not be made with a machine!

I have had better tasting pizza out of a freezer section of a grocery store.

DenLo
07-10-2009, 09:52 AM
I've got a upcoming 10 day trip :cool1: and I just realized that I really only have 4 TS meals planned and 1 is a breakfast. Seems the more I go, the less planning and adr's I make. :goodvibes

So in a let's say 7 night vacation how many ADR's do you still make?

Our last trip was in June and we actually stayed at WDW for a family reunion for a total of 8 nights with a pre and post night off property (to save money). We are new BLT owners and have to wait until August before using any points.

During the entire period we had 7 ADR's (including a 1 signature meal). We had to coordinate with other family members during the first four days for one table meal a day. So since we had reservations on the line we made reservations for our 4 days w/o family.

However, in the past we have not always booked up all of our ADR's in advance as we often do the Hitchhikers Guide to Galaxy method. Whatever bus comes first to the bus stop is the park we were meant to go to.:thumbsup2

I think we consider if there are any heavily booked restaurants we want to go to and those are the ADRs we book.

DVC-Don
07-10-2009, 09:53 AM
One or sometimes two TS per trip.

travelbug
07-10-2009, 09:57 AM
I voted "other". Usually TS ADRs for a few lunches, CS for a couple lunches and a couple dinners, and the rest in the villa. Rarely a TS ADR for dinner.

ssawka
07-10-2009, 10:14 AM
We were always a DDP family, but now that we are DVC members and DD was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, we are going to be ordering groceries for breakfast and lunch. We will still be going out for dinner, but may have an in-room pasta night.

eliza61
07-10-2009, 10:20 AM
Speaking of food. Does anyone in the world have worse pizza than Disney? Hint: Pizza should not be made with a machine!

I have had better tasting pizza out of a freezer section of a grocery store.

:rotfl2: LOL, I'm a NY'er rowbear. We pretty much think Chicago "deep dish" style is an affront to mother nature and anyone who puts pineapple or tofu on a pizza is a terrorist and should be reported to home land security, so I'm not even trying the pizza at Disney world.

RLRDA
07-10-2009, 10:28 AM
I chose "5-6 nights" although I mean 5-6 TS's. Most of the time our TS is for dinner, but we have gone for a late lunch and of course a Character Breakfast thrown in!

TSMIII
07-10-2009, 10:54 AM
It's 1-3 for us with one of those always being a Character meal - either lunch or dinner. The other two TS meals will always be dinner.

We always do breakfast in the room with food we've brought with us because we feel eating out for breakfast at WDW is a waste of both time and money. And we always do CS lunches unless our Character meal is a lunch.

The reason we don't like to do too many TS meals is because we feel it limits our flexibility as you're tied to a time and place. We often find there are times when we need to change plans on the fly due to crowds, weather, fatigue. etc. and having an ADR complicates this.

rowbear
07-10-2009, 11:11 AM
:rotfl2: LOL, I'm a NY'er rowbear. We pretty much think Chicago "deep dish" style is an affront to mother nature and anyone who puts pineapple or tofu on a pizza is a terrorist and should be reported to home land security, so I'm not even trying the pizza at Disney world.

It is a good thing you don't. Your whole religion might change. Deep dish pineapple and tofu pizza is practically ambrosia compared to whatever that is that disney calls pizza. They make it with a machine. A MACHINE! If that is not a sacriledge to the art of pizza I don't know what is.

ead79
07-10-2009, 11:25 AM
We usually eat 2 TS meals per day (lunch and dinner--we're not big breakfast eaters). We're just not huge fans of Disney's counter service offerings, except for Earl of Sandwich which we love to eat at on most every trip. We have never cooked in our villa before, but we've only been DVC members for about a year and a half.

Granny
07-10-2009, 11:29 AM
I've got a upcoming 10 day trip :cool1: and I just realized that I really only have 4 TS meals planned and 1 is a breakfast. Seems the more I go, the less planning and adr's I make. :goodvibes

So in a let's say 7 night vacation how many ADR's do you still make?

Okay, I voted "Other" because you asked two different questions! Your poll asked how many sit down meals we do, and your comments asked how many ADR's we make.

We are about to leave for a one week trip. We have two ADR's which is typically all we ever make. But we will have sit down meals every day including ESPN Club (doesn't accept ADRs) and off-site sit down meals. Often we eat at odd times at sit down restaurants like Brown Derby and just walk in.

But the gist of what you are saying...that you don't plan a lot of meals...is very much true for us. We hate to be enjoying something and have to stop because we have a meal to go to.

Hunclemarco
07-10-2009, 11:37 AM
When on the dining plan, we obvoiusly have one TS daily.
When not on the plan, most times we have a TS every other day. Most of our vacations are 14-18 days.

Claire L
07-10-2009, 11:41 AM
We do like WDW TS meals but often find that being as we are not from the US that we equally enjoy meals outside of WDW. In Feb I think we were quite evenly split with TS meals. But we only made on confirmed ADR and that was for Victoria and Alberts, the rest of the time we went with the flow.

Claire ;)

ParrotBill
07-10-2009, 11:43 AM
We plan at least one TS per day of our trips. If one is breakfast, then I often also make an ASR for dinner.

We east breakfast in our room most days. So it's one TS, one counter service a day on average.

HGD24
07-10-2009, 11:44 AM
I chose "other" because our big meal is lunch so IF we make an ADR, it's usually for lunch. When spending 5-6 nights at the World, we'll make 2 or 3 ADR's.

Maistre Gracey
07-10-2009, 11:48 AM
I'm not sure how to vote. We eat at a TS every night, and always visit longer than 7 days..

Upon further review, I guess we fall into the "other" category.

MG

daisyduck123
07-10-2009, 12:21 PM
12 night split-stay approaching (check-out my ticker below :banana:).

We're doing the Dining Plan for our 8 nights at BCV & have 9 TS meals planned.

A few of those are Signature Dining & a few will be oop.

honeymo78
07-10-2009, 12:23 PM
Had to go with other as well. Joining dvc hasn't drastically altered our meal plans for disney. So that means at least 2TS meals a day, sometimes 3 if we aren't somewhere with lunch cs options that we like. We toyed around with cooking some meals but we'd have to leave the parks to be able to do that plus I dont like cooking at home so I know I wouldn't love it on vacation.

Brian Noble
07-10-2009, 12:27 PM
With the kids, our trips are always 7 nights. Our high is six TS meals---including several lunches and maybe one breakfast. Our low is two meals.

We went once without the kids, staying four nights. We ate four TS meals (would have required five TS credits---one was lunch at Brown Derby) but 2 of those were secured while we were there. They were not booked in advance.

bobbiwoz
07-10-2009, 12:29 PM
I think we average 1 sit down meal a day. I do not necessarily make all the ADR's ahead of time, we can usually slip a lunch at Fulton's in or a lunch somewhere in the world.

DH and I enjoy eating at Disney. We have our favorite meals and mercifully, most are still there, and some are getting better.:goodvibes

Bobbi:goodvibes

kim_d
07-10-2009, 12:37 PM
Had to go with other as well. Joining dvc hasn't drastically altered our meal plans for disney. So that means at least 2TS meals a day, sometimes 3 if we aren't somewhere with lunch cs options that we like. We toyed around with cooking some meals but we'd have to leave the parks to be able to do that plus I dont like cooking at home so I know I wouldn't love it on vacation.

That is us. We did Deluxe Dining the past 2 trips so we almost always had atleast 2 TS per day. We are going with basic DDP this September and still have a few days with more than one TS planned.

What can I say...we like eating at the World!;)

rowbear
07-10-2009, 01:12 PM
Had to go with other as well. Joining dvc hasn't drastically altered our meal plans for disney. So that means at least 2TS meals a day, sometimes 3 if we aren't somewhere with lunch cs options that we like. We toyed around with cooking some meals but we'd have to leave the parks to be able to do that plus I dont like cooking at home so I know I wouldn't love it on vacation.


See I just could no stand that. It has nothing to do with saving money for me. I have hated every vacation we have ever had where we ate out for every meal for more than about 4 days. To me it is a big waste of time and it is usually too much food.

Why would I go to a restaurant for breakfast and order 2 eggs and 2 pieces of toast? Because if I eat more than that for an extended stay plus a heavier lunch than I am used to I don't feel good. I'd rather get a little extra sleep and have a simple breakfast in my room.

Different stroke for different folks I suppose.

Imagineer5
07-10-2009, 01:20 PM
I'm a huge planner...so for our upcoming 9-night trip we have something like 23 adr's to make... :scared1: but going to disney is as much about the food as the rides/parks are. :cool1:

Muhlenberg
07-10-2009, 01:21 PM
We do 1 TS every day we're there...for dinner.:thumbsup2 Breakfast is in the room, and lunch is wherever we happen to be.

Maistre Gracey
07-10-2009, 01:28 PM
I'm a huge planner...so for our upcoming 9-night trip we have something like 23 adr's to make... :scared1: but going to disney is as much about the food as the rides/parks are. :cool1:
Holy Moses!!... 23 ADRs for nine days.. I'm blown away.
Don't get me wrong, my wife and I love dining at Disney. We eat every dinner at a Disney restaurant, mostly the signature restaurants.
That said, I don't know where we would find enough time in the day to eat three formal TS meals every day.

MG

LIFERBABE
07-10-2009, 01:31 PM
Maybe 1 TS in 7 days. Last trip we didnt do any TS. Just not a big fan.

I dont like to be scheduled on vacation. Get enough of that at work. Even on our cruise last month, we skipped dinner 3 of 7 nights because we were enjoying what we were doing and did not want to stop to dine. Cruise food was pretty good, but our family is more into freestyle dining.

KirstenB
07-10-2009, 01:32 PM
We just returned a few weeks ago, and did zero meals at WDW. The ticket prices for the parks weren't in our budget, so we did Universal and Sea World. They got our $$ in their parks. Then for dinner, we ate off-site.

rowbear
07-10-2009, 01:46 PM
I'm a huge planner...so for our upcoming 9-night trip we have something like 23 adr's to make... :scared1: but going to disney is as much about the food as the rides/parks are. :cool1:


YIKES! Is it weird that I have never made an ADR before actually getting to Disney?

We search the menus and put together a "plan" but we always have alternate choices so it doesn't feel like we have to be subjected to our whims from several months earlier.

The main reason I eat TS at Disney is for seafood. Where I live most of the restaurants want to salmon, tuna, and shrimp you to death unless you eat at red lobster (BLECH).

theww228
07-10-2009, 01:50 PM
Every trip we must do:
O'hana for dinner
LeCellier for lunch
Kona for breakfast

We also like to try one new place each trip. October trip will be Captain's Grille.

We never do a TS on the first or last day of our trip, it is always so hectic and we want to spend as much time as possible in the MK on those days. We usually do 1 TS the rest of the days.


OT, but a trip without eating at Columbia and Flame Tree would be devastating. :eek:

Alexander
07-10-2009, 01:55 PM
It really depends on the trip. This summer we are only planning one park day and MNSSHP for one evening. Therefore, we have booked a TS dinner or Dinner Show for every night so we have something to do and look forward to each evening. If we are doing the parks alot (something that is too hot to do in the summer) we eat at very few TS restaurants. We don't want to be committed and tied-down to a certain park at a certain time.

Alexander
07-10-2009, 01:57 PM
Every trip we must do:
O'hana for dinner
LeCellier for lunch
Kona for breakfast

We also like to try one new place each trip. October trip will be Captain's Grille.

We never do a TS on the first or last day of our trip, it is always so hectic and we want to spend as much time as possible in the MK on those days. We usually do 1 TS the rest of the days.


OT, but a trip without eating at Columbia and Flame Tree would be devastating. :eek:

Don't kill yourselves to get this reservation. We've eaten there three times and never been completely happy with the service or food.

DVC Grandpa
07-10-2009, 01:57 PM
It depends if you call Coronado Springs Resorts Pepper Market Food Court a TS restraint. We drive over there about every two to three days during our two or three week stay. They offer a snack to a full meal and a cold beer to go along with it. :thumbsup2

tubtruck
07-10-2009, 02:02 PM
We eat all our meals at the world out, we do at lest 1 TS per day sometimes two and on the odd occasion 3. Think we have about 20 or so booked for the next 14 day trip to the world. This year we are only doing the standard plan, we have done the delux in the past. We usually have to pay cash for quite a few meals on top of the plan as we do like to use quite a few of the 2 TS places. We do enjoy the odd buffet in the morning too.

Its a shame that their is not a plan in between the delux and the standard that allowed two TS and one CS per day or maybe just two TS and no CS, personally I would prefer this myself.

rowbear
07-10-2009, 02:04 PM
Every trip we must do:
O'hana for dinner
LeCellier for lunch
Kona for breakfast




We also have a Kona breakfast tradition. It is the only place we have eaten at every trip for 8 years.

The runner-up to Kona is surprisingly the rainforest cafe. We don't eat there every time but it is surprising how often we end up at DTD toward the end of our trip and we are sick of Disney food. Rainforest is a fun place to eat with a huge menu full of "normal" food where everyone can get something they want.

Maistre Gracey
07-10-2009, 02:06 PM
Its a shame that their is not a plan in between the delux and the standard that allowed two TS and one CS per day or maybe just two TS and no CS, personally I would prefer this myself.
I'm not super familiar with the DPs, but can't you get the deuxe and use the extra TS credits for signature dinners?

MG

Alexander
07-10-2009, 02:14 PM
I'm not super familiar with the DPs, but can't you get the deuxe and use the extra TS credits for signature dinners?

MG

The Deluxe Plan gives you 3 TS meals a day and no counter service. You can use your TS meals for a CS meal, but if you're paying $70/day/person, you probably wouldn't be wise to do so. The Signature Restaurants would alleviate some of the TS credits because they take 2 credits each/meal. But again, they aren't always a good choice for the dining plan from a value standpoint.

Inkmahm
07-10-2009, 03:18 PM
I've got a upcoming 10 day trip :cool1: and I just realized that I really only have 4 TS meals planned and 1 is a breakfast. Seems the more I go, the less planning and adr's I make. :goodvibes

So in a let's say 7 night vacation how many ADR's do you still make?

You don't have 14 as an option. We'd reserve lunch and dinner every day.

DiznyDi
07-10-2009, 06:29 PM
We will generally do 1 TS daily with the exception of arrival day and departure day.

gatordoc
07-10-2009, 06:58 PM
going to disney is as much about the food as the rides/parks are. :cool1:

Yes indeed! I'll generally have a light breakfast in the villa, but TS for lunch (early) and dinner (late). The only exception is the day before the marathon, when I do all my own cooking to ensure complete control over what I eat. For me, one of the highlights of my Disney trips is hitting as many restaurants as possible! Plus, gotta get the most out of that TiW card :teeth:

edk35
07-10-2009, 07:52 PM
We don't do TS every day of our trips. Our trips vary in length so we mix it up with a couple of TS lunches/breakfast and dinner. We eat less dinners than lunches. We tend to like our main meal at lunch. If we eat a big breakfast at CM or CP then we skip lunch and have an early dinner....maybe CS. We don't like to be tied down to ADR's every day of our trip. Sometimes I make too many and end up cancelling. We like to eat at DTD a couple of times a trip too. Oh I forgot to add....we do eat a light breakfast in the villa too. We buy bagels, cereal, donuts, frozen waffles and such. We don't eat lunch or dinner in our villas.

edk35
07-10-2009, 08:22 PM
Maybe 1 TS in 7 days. Last trip we didnt do any TS. Just not a big fan.

I dont like to be scheduled on vacation. Get enough of that at work. Even on our cruise last month, we skipped dinner 3 of 7 nights because we were enjoying what we were doing and did not want to stop to dine. Cruise food was pretty good, but our family is more into freestyle dining.

Another freestyler :thumbsup2 Yep that is how we eat too. When the kids were younger we would book more meals....character type ones. Then as they got older we did less and less TS meals. I like to NOT be so scheduled.

Deb & Bill
07-10-2009, 11:10 PM
On our 10 night stay about a month ago, we had one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner. We added one dinner while we were there.

abbysmema
07-11-2009, 12:30 AM
I make adrs for every night of our stay. Lunch is usually in the park or by the pool. We always have breakfast cereal and fruit available in the room but the older children usually go over to AP several mornings. Most trips include at least one character breakfast for the younger set. Marie

kimberh
07-11-2009, 12:54 AM
We eat dinner every night. Especially when we take our married children. Sometimes during the day, we will all separate, then come back together at dinner. We all sit and talk! It is a blast. I just love doing this and they do too. When it is the two of us, we need a break about this time of day, this is when we take it. I do not cook on vacation. We eat breakfast in the room, but it is pre cooked items.

Corinne
07-11-2009, 07:47 AM
When I voted, I entered 5-6. I then looked at my ADR's and realized I have 8! I forgot about the 2 breakfast ressies I made. We typically eat at least 1 TS meal a day, normally dinner or lunch. I am afraid during our trip this year we will be unable to secure any adr's while we are there because it is during "free" dining so if we do not have an adr, we will likely be out of luck.

elan
07-11-2009, 08:08 AM
I voted other. On our last 10 night trip we had no ADRs. We did no TS and we didn't miss it. We snacked, ate CS and in our villa. We did have the "one ice cream a day" rule in effect though. :mickeybar

DVC Mike
07-11-2009, 08:57 AM
We typically eat a TS every single night we're at WDW.

dgaston
07-11-2009, 12:59 PM
The poll is set up for a 7 night stay. Since we avoid the weekends, I selected "other." We have one TS reservation for each night we're at WDW in Sept (5 nights). One is California Grill, and another Hoop Dee Do, so I am planning on paying OOP for HDD.

It's a massive celebration -- one retirement, two birthdays.

Hope I survive.

Chellymouse
07-11-2009, 01:31 PM
We're still doing the dining plan although this may be the last trip for it because it's lost quite a bit of value and we eat way more than what we used to. We do breakfast in the room or will get a CS breakfast because I refuse to cook on vacation. Next year we will continue to do breakfast and then order stuff for sandwiches and snacks and will probably continue to do TS for dinners.

bangzoom6877
07-12-2009, 03:10 PM
10 nights planned for July 13, 2010 (a year from tomorrow!)...looking at 12 TS meals. No TS dinner ADR the first night (probably will go to Pop Century and do CS dinner with the rest of the family who is staying there). All other nights, 1 TS dinner (9 TS dinners total, one of which is definitely gonna be CRT). In addition, probably 3 character breakfasts thrown in for fun for the kids! Not planning to leave WDW at all! We already bought our tickets (to lock in the price before it goes up, which will probably be in August). Got a 7-day base ticket. 2 days in MK, 2 days in DHS, 3 days in Epcot. One of the 3 days in Epcot will be a later day where we get up whenever we feel like it, head to WS when it opens at 11AM or shortly thereafter (my kids are little so getting up when they feel like it is at the very latest 9AM!), eating around the world and enjoying things like shopping and entertainment in the countries. Heading back to BWV to relax a little, back to Epcot for a TS dinner in the WS.

Hahaha, this trip is still a year away and I have a lot of it already mapped out! :lmao:

The non-park days will be spent at the resort relaxing by the pool, doing some activities with the kids at the Community Hall, going to DTD for some shopping and eating, etc. You know, a true vacation with some relaxation days thrown in!

PghLybrt
07-12-2009, 03:29 PM
If we do 7 days then at least 14 TS meals. However ther would be more for a few breakfasts too. This is vacation, I do not want to cook!

thumpermom
07-12-2009, 04:06 PM
I find this thread very interesting!!!

For a 7 days trip, we MAY make 4 ADR’s, and probably cancel at least one or two. We prefer to see how we feel.

Breakfast is usually coffee and breakfast bar in the villa with maybe one breakfast TS during the week, lunch CS depending on where we are, then 2 -3 TS for dinner. The rest of the time, we just wing it. We always have lots of snacks in the villa, too.

Our favorite “wing it” plan is to, in the evening, head to one of the many lovely lounges on property and have adult beverages and appetizers! YUM!! (Adults only, of course!) Our TIW card works great for this!! :yay:

TDC Nala
07-12-2009, 04:11 PM
I hardly ever do week long stays and if I'm by myself I probably wouldn't do any CS at all. I'm usually no breakfast, a snack, then large TS dinner. Especially now that WDW has nothing to do at night except dinner.

Last trip was 2 nights accompanied by friends (it appears other people actually WANT to eat during the day) and I had 3 CS meals, one TS and a dinner show.

TDC Nala
07-12-2009, 04:20 PM
The Deluxe Plan gives you 3 TS meals a day and no counter service. You can use your TS meals for a CS meal, but if you're paying $70/day/person, you probably wouldn't be wise to do so. The Signature Restaurants would alleviate some of the TS credits because they take 2 credits each/meal. But again, they aren't always a good choice for the dining plan from a value standpoint.

Not exactly - you get 3 meal credits per night, not per day. Most guests stay more days than they do nights, so they will not get 3 TS a day out of these credits no matter how they use them.

The above advice is true if you are getting the deluxe dining plan with an eye to maximizing its value - the absolute best value is to use all your credits for one-credit TS meals, however many of them you have to get to over the span of your stay.

If you're just booking the deluxe plan because you like the convenience of prepayment, and not to work maximum value out of each credit, then yes there are plenty of 2 credit restaurants to work in.

ParrotBill
07-12-2009, 04:37 PM
We also have a Kona breakfast tradition. It is the only place we have eaten at every trip for 8 years.


Rowbear, I'm with you on the seafood comment. I eat fish and other seafood everywhere I can at Disneyworld because they don't know what seafood it in Upstate New York.

I like your comment on the place you've eaten every trip for 8 years... for us the only one I can be sure of is Fulton's Crab House... which is in keeping with the seafood theme!

ShuisFan584
07-12-2009, 05:27 PM
Recently, our trips seem to always be 8 nights. We usually make 3 ADR's in advance, and sometimes we'll add on one more ADR while we're already there. So we usually only do 3-4 TS meals. We don't like having a set schedule and when we have a planned meal, we have to schedule the day around our ADR. We're more into CS meals and stopping to eat whenever we feel like it. We've also used our kitchen a few times to cook something for lunch or dinner, since we seem to stay at a 2br the majority of the times we've gone.

dis2cruise
07-12-2009, 09:37 PM
we will be at okw in mid august we also are bringing my ds and dd's friends with us. During the 8 night stay we have 7 ts for lunch (saves us some $$)
1 ts for dinner and we also booked the wishes dessert party as a surprise :thumbsup2. One night we will go off property:eek: (I know the shame :sad2:) and the rest of the evening meals will be at our villa which most of them will be pre-made and frozen from home.

Anal Annie
07-13-2009, 12:03 PM
I voted "other" 'cuz I liked that choice!!:rotfl: Actually, for 7 days we usually do ABOUT 2 or 3, but maybe 4 TS meals if you count the Fantasmic package and / or a character meal. Breakfast is always in our villa unless we do a character meal but I think we're done doing those. DS is "past that" now.

For our upcoming trip in August I have a lot of cancelling to do when we get closer. Since we go on the first day of the Free Dining thing this time I felt compelled to book everything I could grab but I really HATE making ADR's so far in advance 'cuz I don't like to plan our days around meals. But so for example I booked Tony's in MK for 2 diff. evenings 'cuz I don't know when we will be there for sure. I also booked 1 lunch and 1 dinner at San Angel Inn on 2 diff. days 'cuz I don't know yet when we will be in Epcot. Then I also booked Tusker House for lunch on 2 diff. days 'cuz I don't know about that yet either (both are on morning EMH days). Finally, I booked the Brown Derby for the Fantasmic pkg. but it's NOT what, where or when I wanted to go so I don't know if I will keep it or not...and it interferes with the Owners Locker wine evening!:rotfl: That makes 4 ressies that we will likely keep but possibly only 3 if I nix the F! one. I will call & cancel what we don't want a few days before our trip when I have a better feel for what we want to do.

get_us_to_WDW
07-13-2009, 12:38 PM
We almost always travel with a large group of extended family (12+). We usually buy the dining plan and have one TS meal each night for dinner. We set up the ADRs 90 days out - then we all know that we will gather for a nice meal daily. With the DP and the ADRs it is all pre-paid and pre-planned so there's little to no thought involved once we arrive at WDW and no splitting the check at the end of the meal - just show up and enjoy! We all (at least all the adults!) enjoy this aspect of our trip.

dianeschlicht
07-13-2009, 02:40 PM
We generally have one TS meal a day, and sometimes two. We tend to do 2-3 signature meals a trip and often repeat a couple of our TS places in a 10 day trip.

psu4glory
07-13-2009, 03:26 PM
in a 7-day trip, we'll typically do 4-5 lunch/dinner ADR's, and at least one TS breakfast at crystal palace...

in fact, we've been so many times and have tried so many places that, these days, almost all of our ADR's are every-trip-must-dos (crystal palace, le cellier, o'hana, boma...) why mess up a good thing - right?

FindTheMickeys
07-13-2009, 05:55 PM
I guess I am just a cheapskate:scared1: I really don't like to pay TS prices... When visiting the World, we usually eat breakfast in the room. Lunch is at whatever park we are in because it is cheaper than a dinner, and then easy breezy meals for dinner in the room. For example: Loaded baked potatoes take 6-7 minutes in the microwave, then load 'em up with whatever you want. Spaghetti takes about 30 minutes to heat the sauce and cook the pasta. Salad is a good one too. I just love a large loaded salad in the heat of the summer:cool1: So, in the last 3 years, we have done 3 TS, a whole lot of CS (I love Pecos Bill's burgers - YUM!!) and a lot of in the room meals...

DVC4me4Ever
07-13-2009, 11:12 PM
We try to eat 2 meals a day in the room. Usually I would say breakfast and lunch are those 2 in room meals. But on days where we are at the parks that is not always the case.

For a 7 day trip we would only make ADRs about 3 times. I do not like having committments when on vacation. We enjoy vacationing more relaxed and having ADRs ties down how our days unfold. We do however eat at TS even if we did not have ADRs to eat there. We walk in and wait our time and that is fine with us as well.

My normal life requires such a structure and time commitments that when I am on vacation I choose to not feel those pressures...maybe I am more the exception than the norm!!! Love having the option though!:lovestruc