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happymomof1
01-26-2010, 03:29 PM
Hi, looking for ways to stretch our DDP credits to cover us for all 3 meals per day for me, DH and DS (7years)

jgazda
01-26-2010, 03:30 PM
Which dining plan are you thinking about using?

happymomof1
01-26-2010, 03:31 PM
Regular DDP. (Used it a few years ago when DS was much smaller and didn;t even have to be on any plan. Now he needs to eat often, growing boy!)

diskids2
01-26-2010, 03:40 PM
We used our snack credit for breakfast items (muffin, bagel, etc.) on some days.

On other days we used the CS for breakfast and used the snack at mid-day, coupled with an early TS for dinner.

My preference is the first, using the snack as breakfast, because at home we usually light at breakfast time.

happymomof1
01-26-2010, 03:43 PM
Thanks! Those are both good ways to work it!. I wish I knew exactly what was considered a snack at BC. That would make planning a bit easier..We will probaly make a trip to Walmart once we get down there to stock up on some breakfast items/bottled waters .(they have good souveneirs too)

jgazda
01-26-2010, 03:46 PM
You can go to the bakery at the MK (or Boardwalk) and get cinnamon rolls, pastries, croissants, etc etc and use those snack credits for breakfast and then use the counter and table services accordingly throughout the day. The cinnamon rolls are HUGE and so good. Also the bakeries in France and Norway have some good stuff you could eat the following day.

Rosiekins
01-26-2010, 03:48 PM
Use your snack credits for breakfast. Grab a refillable mug for drinks (I found them to be really worth it especially when I descovered a drink from the soda machine was $2 or more) then each morning use snack credits at the resort or in the parks for breakfast items. Or you can pack quick grab breakfast items like granola bars, mini cereal, Pop Tarts etc... You can even bring oatmeal packets and get hot water in your mug to mix them up. I prefer bringing breakfast items or buying a kids breakfast (Less then $5 when I was there last) My husband and were able to share one each morning I had the mini Mickey Waffles (with strawberries if you ask real nice) and he had the Milk and mostly they let us trade that for a yogurt for him since we had the mugs, We split the meat and the fruit. I like to save my snack credits for Mickey Bars and Dole Whips or better the F&WF.

Another Idea is to use one Credit in the morning for a full sized Breakfast you can share (they are pretty big) maybe use a snack credit for pad it out (if you are at the resort and have mugs ask about trading the drinks for yogurt or something, or get cereal with a SC and use the milk for that) Then DH and you can share a CS at lunch (they are pretty big)

clanmcculloch
01-26-2010, 03:51 PM
Sometimes we'll get fruit or danish/cinnamon roll type baked goods to bring back to our room for the next day's breakfast since we don't always want desserts. We'll often order 3 CS meals for the 4 of us. Breakfasts can easily be eaten using CS credits for things like bagel w/cream cheese, cinnamon rolls, etc. Some of the items at Main Street Bakery at MK are huge and easily split between 2 people. Take advantage of those refillable mugs so you don't need to pay for your coffee every day. If you use a CS credit for breakfast, remember that you get 2 drinks so if you use your refillable mug, you can get 2 waters for the day at the park, or you can get a juice for a child with one of those credits and you can easily share a large breakfast. Some resort food courts (I know pop did this) allowed something like a yogurt instead of the 2nd drink. If we eat a big breakfast then our lunch is typically just snacks, sometimes shared.

ReneeA
01-26-2010, 04:20 PM
I always pack boxes of granola/snack bars/pop tarts in my suitcase to bring for breakfast. I also have cases of water delivered. By 11, we are hungry for lunch, and the CS restaurants are deserted at that time of day...works perfectly, and leaves all of our snack credits for an afternoon ice cream.:thumbsup2

MinnieVanMom
01-26-2010, 05:09 PM
ok, it is stupid but we bring our own Starbucks and our french press. We use the coffee maker to make the hot water and then brew our own fresh Starbucks. I bring frozen french vanilla wrapped in a plastic bag in our luggage and then have a piece of fruit or breakfast bar on the patio for breakfast.

dancin Disney style
01-26-2010, 05:28 PM
We have done it both ways described. We found that using the snack credit for breakfast, the CS for lunch and the TS for dinner to be WAAAAAY too much food. My DH is a borderline big eater and even he found it a little much. On the next trip with the DDP we decided to try having a late breakfast and an early dinner. Then using the snack credits to fill in in between if needed. It worked much better for us. Most days we had a CS breakfast at the resort food court at around 10am but a few days we had TS still around 10am. We would then have dinner around 5pm when ADR's were needed and whenever on the days we were using CS. We ended up not using about 75% of our snack credits and bought a ton of stuff to bring home.

I would suggest that if you need to buy extra food for the hungry kiddos that you buy breakfasts....it will cost under $5 for a kids breakfast combo. A lot of snacks end up costing that much so getting a full meal is a better value for your money.

dancin Disney style
01-26-2010, 05:35 PM
Forgot about this one.....there were several days that none of us were particularly hungry so we would split 2 meals (4 people)...we would get the larger platters which when you add in the dessert that's included ended up being about the size of a regular meal we would have at home.

Buffets are also a really great option for big eaters or for kids that want to eat more than just nuggets and mac & cheese all the time.

diskids2
01-26-2010, 06:40 PM
Thanks! Those are both good ways to work it!. I wish I knew exactly what was considered a snack at BC. That would make planning a bit easier..We will probaly make a trip to Walmart once we get down there to stock up on some breakfast items/bottled waters .(they have good souveneirs too)

BC MARKETPLACE:
Gelato! reg. $2.39 or large $2.69
Made to order Yogurt parfait $3.79
Small bottles of orange juice,milk chocolate milk
Banana, orange, apple
Box of character cookies
chip n dale pretzels
toffee bars "mickey" brand
peppermint pattie "mickey brand"
Cinnamon roll
Chocolate Croissant
Muffin
Key Lime Tart
Cupcake
Mickey rice krispie treat
Cheese cake
Chocolate cake
Carrot cake
Ind. bags of chips
vitamin water

Beaches & Cream Takeout window:
Single Scoop ice cream cup, sugar or waffle cone


I took this directly from the 2010 confirmed snack thread....Happy Planning!

diskids2
01-26-2010, 06:42 PM
ok, it is stupid but we bring our own Starbucks and our french press. We use the coffee maker to make the hot water and then brew our own fresh Starbucks. I bring frozen french vanilla wrapped in a plastic bag in our luggage and then have a piece of fruit or breakfast bar on the patio for breakfast.

I dont think that is stupid at all! GREAT idea.

dancin Disney style
01-26-2010, 07:07 PM
Thanks! Those are both good ways to work it!. I wish I knew exactly what was considered a snack at BC. That would make planning a bit easier..We will probaly make a trip to Walmart once we get down there to stock up on some breakfast items/bottled waters .(they have good souveneirs too)

The snack items all tend to be things that are under $4 and must be labelled as single serving....none of the ones that are 'family size' or 'for sharing' even though many of these are under $4.

I agree with getting some items from Walmart or where ever. We often do this to have some things in our room incase someone wants either a late night snack or wakes up early and hungry.

klinlin
01-26-2010, 07:16 PM
We often share CS too. Examples: Pizza Planet comes with a good size pizza, salad, large drink and a cookie. My boys are good eaters, but could not finish a whole pizza. I am not a big breakfast eater, so I can easily split at Main Street Bakery. My guys will share the chicken /fish combo at CHH. I always find there is plenty of food, so much so that by the end of the week we are all tired of eating.

Pink Mouse Ears
01-26-2010, 07:25 PM
Its really not hard at all to stretch the regular dining plan. The only problem would be if you chose a signature dinner that takes 2 table service credits. When we use it, I find that it is PLENTY of food. We typically do as others have mentioned- snack credit for breakfast, CS for lunch, and TS for dinner. However, the CS meals especially come with a LOT of food- there were some desserts or other parts of the CS meal that we were able to put in our bag and save for later. We also brought snacks for breakfast...many days we didn't use our snack credit and at the end of our trip, we had tons of them to use!

gigi1313
01-26-2010, 08:30 PM
the best way we found to stretch DDP credits and still eat three meals per day was to share meals, especially b'fast...

we found the big b'fast platter (CS @ values and mods, i don't think it was offered at BC) and a snack credit or cash for an extra bagel would easily feed two of us... and it came w/two drinks...

at the BC we bought a bag of bagels (thomas' brand i think) and toasted them in the morning, helping ourselves to the free condiments (butter, cream cheese, jelly, etc) to make a quick meal... i typically did this while dh/kids were showering/dressing and brought them back to the room for "room service ala mom!" ;)

other meals can also be shared at CS locations... stretching that TS credit was next to impossible for our family...

WeLoveLilo05
01-26-2010, 10:43 PM
We haven't had a problem, what we usually do it have a BIG breakfast, have a snack (french fries or something) for lunch and then QS dinner, or flip it around, QS breakfast, snack for lunch, and then a big dinner.

We have also had a QS dinner @ the hotel and you get to choose a dessert, so we have taken muffins and had them either later in the room or for breakfast the next day. Seriously, you won't have a problem with food, my fiance could be a a competitive eater (I swear, he's so skinny but can eat anything and everything) and has never complained.

Missytara
01-27-2010, 12:39 PM
We used our snack credit for breakfast items (muffin, bagel, etc.) on some days.

On other days we used the CS for breakfast and used the snack at mid-day, coupled with an early TS for dinner.

My preference is the first, using the snack as breakfast, because at home we usually light at breakfast time.

We did this, but slightly in reverse. I am a big breakfast eater and light lunch eater - so I used my CS for breakfast, snack for lunch, and TS for dinner. It worked great!

happymomof1
01-27-2010, 01:52 PM
That sounds like a good idea, what type of snacks did you use for lunch? pretzel, fruit? I'm sure there are more aout there, just wondering what.:yay:

WeLoveLilo05
01-28-2010, 10:20 AM
Im a french fry freak, I could live on them and so could DD. FIance would sometimes get a pretzel, his favorite was in Germany.

DisneyRunner2009
01-29-2010, 03:46 PM
Chili cheese fries were a snack option, in August. My family shares meals also. Just ask what the snack options are. We did and none of the CMs gave us the evil eye. Good CS option to share are: MK-Pecos Bill's, Cosmic Ray's, both have toppings bars. EPCOT-Sunshine Seasons in the Land. DTD-Wolfgang Puck Express. We also tour other resorts and eat at the CS there. With the breakfast CS, we chose Powerade/Sobe Life Water or the equivalent as the two drink option. We had the refillable mug and saved those bottled drinks for later.

mi*vida*loca
02-08-2010, 11:22 AM
On our next trip DS will be a Disney adult so my plan is to split meals. Him and his sister can split CS adult meals so then we can do a few QS breakfasts too. I will have some bagels, yogurt and fruit in the room to supplement the breakfast platters. Some places that are good for splitting are Peco Bills, Cosmic Ray's, Sunshine Seasons and the others mentioned above.

As for TS meals.....at non buffet places (LeCellier, Coral Reef, 50's PTC, Tutto) I will pay OOP for a kids meal for DS and save those 4 credits and do an extra TS character meal. Instead of 8 for our 8 nights we will do 9.

That's the plan!!!

pooch
02-08-2010, 04:51 PM
ALWAYS split our CS meals. They are typically much bigger than we could eat alone and not feel stuffed. I usually go get a breakfast platter (eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, biscuit, juice & coffee) while she gets ready. We then split a CS lunch & have our own TS dinner (sometimes TS for late lunch & a CS late dinner). We usually manage to save a CS or 2 or a CS & a couple of SCs for the airport on the way home. DDP, even the Reg one is more than enough food for us and we do like to eat!

ory
02-09-2010, 01:48 PM
Share CS whenever possible. We would order two meals for 4 of us. However my 3 and 1 year old really don't eat much food at all. The best use of the children's CS credit was for breakfast at the bakery in MK since they did not have a different menu for kids at breakfast. You can get a ham and cheese croissant, any one pastry (including the huge cinnamon bun) and a drink (including the strawberry smoothie) all for one CS . Two pastries and a drink also counted as one CS credit. This fed all of us, but we also knew that we would be having an early lunch. Plus you could always throw in an extra pastry for a snack credit.

CanadianPaco
02-09-2010, 04:11 PM
I did this last year and plan on doing the same thing this year. I will play with TS credit for Dh and myself and pay out of pocket for DD. It really works with light eaters!