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wifisker
09-07-2009, 11:59 PM
I'm sure a lot of people would think this is crazy, but is anyone else thinking about using some of your TS credits for CS meals instead?

DD and I will have 6 nights' worth of credits and it just seems like too much table dining for us. We're not real routine about when we eat meals so it's hard to plan ahead when we're likely to be hungry or what we'll be craving on any particular day. It would give us more flexibility at CS we'd like to try AND it's less money OOP for tips that can even add up quickly. I think I'd overeat more at TS places, too. It also takes more time away from touring.

Last - but certainly not least - I just checked to see what's still available for the final two TS ADRs and I'm not entirely impressed with the choices. Sure, I wouldn't mind Japanese or French with my friends but not with my preschooler who wouldn't be impressed.

So far we've got ADRs at 50s Prime Time, Akershus for late breakfast, Chef Mickey's for late breakfast and Crystal Palace for lunch.

Would it be a total waste to use the last two TS for CS instead, so we could more casually choose the meals we'd like to fill in those days?

MousekaMaddi
09-08-2009, 12:03 AM
she will have ALOT more fun and a nice cool sit down break if u do TS' for chara TS............try Cape May in BC for chara breakfast,
ohana chara breakfast,
cristayl palace for lunch or dinner.......tuskar house for donalds breakfast,,,,,
a break/rest in the heat will be great for a preschooler
have fun!:yay:

wifisker
09-08-2009, 12:17 AM
We do already have the 3 character meals booked at Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace and Akershus.

Tusker House didn't have any breakfast ADRs for the day we'll be in AK and the other options are out of the parks; plus have limited to no availability left during our stay.

Basically, even though some of the available ADRs I saw might be great for someone else - Chefs de France, Rose and Crown, etc. - what's left for ADRs don't really appeal to me or I'm almost certain they won't appeal to DD. I can keep searching, book a TS meal we aren't wild about b/c we're at least maximizing the value, or just scrap it and eat casual CS that sounds good at the moment.

Maren1111
09-08-2009, 01:00 AM
It makes sense to do whatever works for your family. With counter service there'd be no tip to pay and no extra time spent at a restaurant rather than doing the parks. For my family though I'm having a hard time choosing between all the fabulous restaurants! Have you considered The Plaza at Magic Kingdom? It's just burgers and fries, so like a counter service, but the place looks light and airy and kid-friendly. At Epcot, are you looking at lunches? A lot of places that are full at 6 p.m. are open at noon.

Edited to say: At Animal Kingdom, we went for a mid-day Yak & Yeti. It's gotten great reviews & is air-conditioned. I'll have my 2 preschoolers along, as well as my 6-year-old, but I think they'll like that one. It looks like cool theming and it has kid-friendly stuff (aka the ubiquitous chicken nuggets, etc.) on the menu.

TDC Nala
09-08-2009, 07:23 AM
If you are paying for the plan, it might be better value-wise for you to look into getting the counter service plan and paying for your TS (you have all buffets booked except Prime Time which is not expensive; buffets tend to be the cheaper TS dining options) or not using any dining plan if your intention is to use half or more of your TS credits for CS.

If you're getting the plan free, it won't matter.

beroh2253
09-08-2009, 09:55 AM
It may even be cheaper if you are getting the free dining, to give it up and take a room discount take that money saved and pay OOP for everything, this depends on which resort (value,mod, or delux) you are staying at. The more expensive the resort the more the discount.

ead79
09-08-2009, 10:03 AM
Are you getting free dining? If so, I wouldn't worry about wasting the TS credits so much. If you're paying for the dining plan, then I would run some numbers to see if you'll still break out ahead money-wise if you use the TS credits for CS meals.

Also, I saw you mentioned that Teppan Edo in Japan was available. I'm thinking your preschooler might actually enjoy that meal since the chefs cook at your table and put on a show.

MartDM
09-08-2009, 11:55 AM
I don't think it's crazy! Do what works best for your family.

There are some here who are hell bent on squeezing every thin dime's worth of value out of each DDP meal. I don't see the mental/emotional value in making meals quite so complicated for your family.

We'll have the DDP for our upcoming trip only because the best available room/package included it. I'm not going to jump through hoops to get the most expensive meals for our credits. We have ADRs at places we want to eat at and if a sit down meal doesn't work well with our 2.5 year old's vibe for the moment, I'd gladly use that TS credit for a CS meal!

Go with your instincts and your whole group will be happier!

Stellapedia
09-08-2009, 07:00 PM
Book the ones you want, and then take what's available when you want to use it. I have never, not once, not ever, not been able to get a reservation somewhere within 2 hours of asking. Turf Club and Olivia's are our stand by choices (and they are ALWAYS open. I've walked in several times, even just yesterday at noon). Book the meals you really want and then for the other ones, just call in and ask to be seated somewhere (lunch is easier). It's just such a better break in the middle of the day to sit down in the a/c and get real food.

wifisker
09-08-2009, 07:16 PM
Thanks for all the input. I really do appreciate it.

We're staying at a Value (ASMo) and it's free dining. Even if we could get a decent enough room discount - I didn't receive a PIN or anything - I know myself well enough that I'd cheap out and wouldn't have booked the ADRs I did if it would be OOP. ;)

Sigh. I don't want to book a TS if it's not the kind of food DD and I would both enjoy just because it's all that's left but maybe I can just keep an eye out for any new openings. If I spot something at one of my top choices we'll book an ADR. If not, CS it is. We can play it by ear.

Have you considered The Plaza at Magic Kingdom? It's just burgers and fries, so like a counter service, but the place looks light and airy and kid-friendly.

I looked at the Plaza's menu but, honestly, I think there were CS choices that sounded at least as good or better and would give us flexibility in when we wanted to eat.


Edited to say: At Animal Kingdom, we went for a mid-day Yak & Yeti. It's gotten great reviews & is air-conditioned.

This one I didn't look at. I thought there were pretty mixed reviews but I may be thinking of something else. :confused3 I'll check it out!

KY Derby Girl
09-08-2009, 07:33 PM
I say go with your preschooler and have all the fun you can! Let them dictate your schedule and if chicken nuggets at Pecos Bill seems to be the best value of the day--then you have made a GREAT choice. For most of us, it really is about our kids having the most fun! I know mine don't value a great TS meal nearly as much as I do!!

septbaby
09-08-2009, 08:16 PM
We don't have a meal at AK, we eat breakfast before or dinner after at Boma the AK Lodge. Just there last week and our 7yo loved Boma breakfast and he can be picky. We ate there twice he loved it so much.

I strongly suggest you plan to use your TS credits for TS meals here are some suggestions:

1. Neither ESPN Club or Beaches and Cream take reservations, but both are TS meals. So you could do those without much planning.

2. Book a 2TS meal: Cindy's Royal Table, Hoop Dee Doo Review and even Narcoossee's could be good options for that (our 5yo loved Narcoossee's)

3. As mentioned book a meal at Boma, wonderful food and nice to visit the Lodge.

4. If your daughther has any appreciation for the Playhouse Disney characters, book Hollywood and Vine for lunch rather than 50's Prime Time

I just returned with a 7yo, we had all of our TS meals scheduled and really had no issues having an appetite or enjoying the meals. In fact, I think knowing exactly when we were going to have the big meal helped me plan snacks and even our ride/show schedule for the day.

Jeanieblue114
09-08-2009, 08:41 PM
I'm sure a lot of people would think this is crazy, but is anyone else thinking about using some of your TS credits for CS meals instead?

DD and I will have 6 nights' worth of credits and it just seems like too much table dining for us. We're not real routine about when we eat meals so it's hard to plan ahead when we're likely to be hungry or what we'll be craving on any particular day. It would give us more flexibility at CS we'd like to try AND it's less money OOP for tips that can even add up quickly. I think I'd overeat more at TS places, too. It also takes more time away from touring.

Last - but certainly not least - I just checked to see what's still available for the final two TS ADRs and I'm not entirely impressed with the choices. Sure, I wouldn't mind Japanese or French with my friends but not with my preschooler who wouldn't be impressed.

So far we've got ADRs at 50s Prime Time, Akershus for late breakfast, Chef Mickey's for late breakfast and Crystal Palace for lunch.

Would it be a total waste to use the last two TS for CS instead, so we could more casually choose the meals we'd like to fill in those days?

I don't think it's a waste if it's what you want to do. It's your vacation.
And most CS meals with drink and dessert are pushing $15 bucks a piece, so you are still using up some serious money there for the value.
If you hit restaurants like Wolfgang express it can be the price of a TS, same with the CS over at Coranado...very expensive.
But it comes down to doing what works best for you during your vacation, not maximizing every dollar...especially if you are gonna end up feeling like you are throwing food away anyway.

Jeanieblue114
09-08-2009, 08:44 PM
i don't think it's crazy! Do what works best for your family.

There are some here who are hell bent on squeezing every thin dime's worth of value out of each ddp meal. I don't see the mental/emotional value in making meals quite so complicated for your family.

We'll have the ddp for our upcoming trip only because the best available room/package included it. I'm not going to jump through hoops to get the most expensive meals for our credits. We have adrs at places we want to eat at and if a sit down meal doesn't work well with our 2.5 year old's vibe for the moment, i'd gladly use that ts credit for a cs meal!

Go with your instincts and your whole group will be happier!

ditto!!!!

cnorth
09-09-2009, 06:36 AM
I think you should wait until a little before you want to eat to decide. I do think the TS is much better for rejuvenating a child, but you most likely can get into somewhere at the last minute. Just call Disney Dining # and ask what is open. Or if you really feel like CS, then do it. It's not worth changing the way you would do things just to get the most dollar amount out of the plan.

jmpratt
09-09-2009, 06:42 AM
We just got back from a fabulous 7-day. We had 3 TS left on our last day. I felt like I needed to use them but ended up getting a Pizza & eating it by the pool. My DD told me later it was one of her favorite meals because we just sat & talked about our trip with no interuptions. Cant beat that!

Princess Disney Mom
09-09-2009, 06:51 AM
Order room service and use up some TS and relax at the same time.

TDC Nala
09-09-2009, 07:33 AM
Order room service and use up some TS and relax at the same time.

There's no room service at a value resort. There is pizza delivery. Children's credits can't be used for pizza delivery, just the adult ones.

KELLY
09-09-2009, 01:55 PM
That is why we had a pin but opted to do the QSDP instead. My dh hates having to be some where all the time. I am paying out of pocket for CP dinner one evening. I will use that credit for breakfest the day we leave. We figure just in tips alone it would be addtional 250.00. For us all the Ts don't work. My kids would rather eat t-rex or rainforest which is not on the dp. After are dinner we figure we will still save around 100.00 in tips.

MSSANDRA
09-09-2009, 05:40 PM
Sometimes a walkup for a TS is possible so keep that idea open. Your daughter might also see some "fun" looking places that she might want to try and you can try to get an ADR for sometime during your trip. Don't under estimate her either. New, fun food in a really cool setting might just be a way to introduce some new foods. EVen if she does not like all the foods, the experence is good for her!

BUT...if you end up wanting CS eat it....you are on vacation and the DDP is suppose to make is easy not harder!

Gr8t Fan
09-10-2009, 09:24 AM
We were so "table-serviced out" by the end of our trip last week that we canceled our ressie for WCC and converted the credits to CS and had a relaxing meal by the pool. Like a previous poster, I think it was the most enjoyable meal of our trip. I didn't have to worry that the baby was distrubing fellow diners because there was noise all around us and the girls were free to jump in the pool the minute they were finished eating. Do what works best for your family. If you change your mind, you can always try to get a ressie somewhere while you're there. Have a great trip!

hopeandtink
09-10-2009, 07:08 PM
How do you convert TS credits to CS credits. I know there will be at least 3 meals that we were planning to just do CS. Thanks!!

Jeanieblue114
09-11-2009, 01:16 PM
i'm pretty sure you just go up to the register and say "use my TS credit for this meal".

Voila.

They will probably be slightly shocked because of the "loss of value". Just speak slowly to them and tell them you understand you aren't maximing your plan and YOU JUST WANT TO EAT....lol.
After their shock wears off.....I think they will understand.

purplebelle
09-11-2009, 02:17 PM
How does one convert table service credits to counter service? :confused3 I may skip out on the last day's table service for a CS at our resort CBR and use the pool on the last vacation day. It seems silly to 'run' to another resort that has table service-restaurants when I can relax pool side and eat CS.

TDC Nala
09-11-2009, 02:52 PM
If you're paying for the plan, you're only "wasting" TS credits using them for CS if you purchased the plan with the idea of saving money. If you got the plan free, or you're just using it because you feel it's more convenient than pay as you go, then it won't matter if you downgrade the value of those credits so much, but if your ultimate goal was to save money, you might need to do some calculations before you decide to trade TS for CS. Most of the value of the DDP comes from the table service meal component.

lovesdumbo
09-12-2009, 10:17 PM
Thanks for all the input. I really do appreciate it.

We're staying at a Value (ASMo) and it's free dining. Even if we could get a decent enough room discount - I didn't receive a PIN or anything - I know myself well enough that I'd cheap out and wouldn't have booked the ADRs I did if it would be OOP. ;)

Sigh. I don't want to book a TS if it's not the kind of food DD and I would both enjoy just because it's all that's left but maybe I can just keep an eye out for any new openings. If I spot something at one of my top choices we'll book an ADR. If not, CS it is. We can play it by ear.


I don't see the value in eating somewhere you don't want to eat just to maximize the points.

That said...have you considered:

California Grill-my kids really enjoy the atomsophere here. I book the earliest possible seating so that we are out of there before they might get cranky and with that first seating I have always recieved a window seat

Boma-my youngest is the worlds pickiest eater but always finds something here-great chance to check out the animals before dinner too. And they have a photopass photographer in the lobby that will take your photo. I have gotten some great photos of my kids here.

Cape May-character breakfast at Beach Club-I like to do a late breakfast-more brunch-easy to get to from MGM or Epcot

Tony's at MK-I went for the first time in August-I just got a salad (not on DDP) but DH got scampi and said it was good-cute atmosphere with Lady & Tramp theme.

OHana-breakfast-it is nice that it is served family style-a bit easier when you are with a toddler

1900 Park Fare breakfast or dinner-good food and characters

1hero2princesses
09-13-2009, 11:20 AM
We use our table service meals as a rest time. The kids loved just being able to relax in airconditioning. My kids were 5, 3 and 1 last year when we went. One of their favorites was Coral Reef.

Sagginit
09-16-2009, 11:24 PM
can you really convert a TS to CS? i asked on the phone because i couldnt get a reservation for the last meal of my trip and they told me that only during certain times they authorize you to swap meals and that its a case by case basis, she said there was no way to use that last TS for CS even if i couldnt get a reservation. has anyone done this lately?

glendalais
09-17-2009, 12:00 AM
can you really convert a TS to CS? i asked on the phone because i couldnt get a reservation for the last meal of my trip and they told me that only during certain times they authorize you to swap meals and that its a case by case basis, she said there was no way to use that last TS for CS even if i couldnt get a reservation. has anyone done this lately?

It's certainly not an option that is advertised, but most Disney-Owned and Operated Quick Service Restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort will accept Table Service Disney Dining Plan credits.

They don't "swap" the credits (i.e. turning 1 TS Credit into 1 CS Credit), per se. What happens is that they accept one of your TS Credits as payment in lieu of a CS Credit - the receipt will indicate that it was a TS Meal, and the credit will be deducted from your TS allocation.

Simply inform the Host or Hostess on the Cash Register that you intend to use Table Service credits at the beginning of the transaction. This will allow them to better serve you.