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kimkim
06-01-2010, 05:02 PM
I am having a really hard time narrowing down all the TS restaurants to 1 per day (or an average of 1 per day) for my DDP credits. There are so many I want to try since this is our first trip! So I'm thinking of paying OOP for a few.

I don't want to do the Deluxe DDP though, because I don't want that many TS.

Do you ever pay OOP for some of the TS restaurants when you're on DDP? If so, which ones?

Thanks!
Kim

dixonsontour
06-01-2010, 05:08 PM
Yes paid for sci fi last time - we just wanted burgers and a milkshake - not worth using a credit for.

This time will do cape may breakfast and maybe tusker breakfast oop - for the same reason.

FlightlessDuck
06-01-2010, 05:10 PM
After we left for our condo for the second half of our vacation, we went back to DHS one day and paid out of pocket for Sci Fi. It's not that expensive.

I think we would pay out of pocket for Cali Grill, too, since price wise it doesn't seem equivalent to two TS credits.

SGMCO
06-01-2010, 06:09 PM
Well I will be paying oop for a couple of Breakfast Buffets so that we can use our TS credits for more expensive Dinners.

Keri
06-01-2010, 06:21 PM
Last year my DH & I paid OOP for our Crystal Palace breakfast so we could save our credits for our date night at Le Cellier. This year, we'll be paying OOP for everyone for one meal, since we have 7 meals booked including CRT for our 7 night stay, and we'll also pay OOP for Narcoosees (date night). I figure it's going to be an expensive meal, but won't likely be more than paying OOP for 2 other meals!!

Sleeping Becca
06-01-2010, 06:22 PM
I've paid OOP for Sci Fi, and Crystal Palace lunch, Chef's lunch and some others.

I've also paid OOP for CRT Breakfast, wasn't a good use of table service credits and Hoop Dee Doo because I wanted Cat 1 seating.

Use the menus, and price it out and pay OOP for the least expensive.

bluejasmine
06-01-2010, 06:54 PM
I have the DDP for 7 nights, I booked 5 TS plus a signature dining experience and then DH wanted to go back to Trex which isnt on the DDP so I booked that for night before we check into WDW, then we decided we wanted sushi from Calli Grill so I booked that and I have always wanted to go to the Afternoon Tea at The GF so I booked that so over 8 days we have 2 TS to pay OOP and the tea..

TillyMarigold
06-01-2010, 07:31 PM
Last time we paid OOP for Boma breakfast and Cape May breakfast. This time we paid OOP for Boma breakfast and Grand Floridian Cafe breakfast.

daisyduck123
06-01-2010, 11:52 PM
Well I will be paying oop for a couple of Breakfast Buffets so that we can use our TS credits for more expensive Dinners.

This is exactly what we do. :thumbsup2

TDC Nala
06-02-2010, 08:15 AM
I don't want to do the Deluxe DDP though, because I don't want that many TS.


Deluxe dining credits are not TS credits. They can be used interchangably for either TS or CS.

MichaelColey
06-02-2010, 09:26 AM
We love to eat at Disney TS restaurants, but not enough to pay the extra that it would take to upgrade from the DDP to the DxDP. (We also don't want to schedule breakfast or lunch, which we would feel compelled to do if we got the DxDP.) For our family of four on a two week trip, the DxDP upgrade is $1500 extra.

Instead, we do exactly what you're asking about. For about a third of the price of the upgrade, we about 40% more (OOP) TS credits. We get 14 TS credits (each) on our two week trips, but we schedule about 20 credits worth of meals. Then, I go through the menus and figure out which ones are the worst value. (Make sure you factor in the number of credits - Signature restaurants are often a poor value.) Those are the ones we pay for out of pocket.

If you're going with children under 10, keep in mind that the places that are the worst value for adults and the places that are the worst value for children are often different. For instance, CRT is one of the worst values on the DDP for adults and one of the best for kids while Le Cellier is one of the best values on the DDP for adults and one of the worst values for kids. You'll save even more if you look at the adults and kids separately. You'll have some meals where you pay OOP for both, some where you pay OOP for adults and use credits for the kids, and some where where you pay OOP for the kids and use credits for the adults. It's a little more work to figure out and keep track of, but it helps stretch the money even further. :)

For adults, the worst value (and best to pay OOP) are usually breakfasts, lunches, and signature restaurants. Character meals, buffets, and many of the nicer restaurants (particularly at resorts at Epcot) are usually the best values on the DDP.

For kids, the worst value (and best to pay OOP) are usually at the regular restaurants (where there usually $7.69? fixed price kids meals). Character meals and buffets are usually the best values.

Here's my basic gameplan:

1) Book all the ADRs we want, 180+10 days out. Count up the number of credits to see how many need to be paid for OOP.
2) Go through the menus on AllEars.net and figure out how much each of those meals would cost for both adults and kids. I pick what we would likely eat (often the most expensive) and round the total to the nearest dollar.
3) Go through the kids meals and adult meals separately and mark the ones that are the cheapest per credit, which we'll pay for out of pocket.

I use a Word document I created that has everything we need on a double-sided sheet of paper. On the front, it has a table with our schedule for each day, which park we'll be in, the hours, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and anything special for the day like parades or fireworks that we don't want to miss. For each meal, I mark how many CS or TS credits we'll use and the OOP estimate (in green if it's one we actually plan to pay OOP). (I keep all of the prices listed so I can adjust in case our plans change.) For TS credits, I also include the reservation#. On the back, I have cheatsheets for each park - best snack deals (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36795289#post36795289), best CS deals (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36809542#post36809542), PhotoPass locations, FastPass locations, etc.

One big advantage of doing some OOP to supplement the dining plan is that you can get FULL advantage of the dining plan and still go to some of the cheaper places that you want to go to without feeling like you "wasted" credits on them. It's the best of both worlds. It just takes a little planning.

MrsLS
06-02-2010, 10:29 AM
That's why we get the deluxe plan. We want a TS lunch or breakfast and one for dinner. But we do a lot of signatures and need 2 for the first day since we get in early and 1 for breakfast for the last day. It works out great. If you don't want to switch plans, I would pay for the cheapest TS ones that you want to go to.

dawnmommy
06-02-2010, 10:34 AM
can we "split" what we are doing at one meal? For example, use TS credits for us at Kona, but pay cash for the kids? Then cash for us at a character breakfast, but TS credits for the kids? or does everyone at the same table have to do the same thing?

thanks!

kimkim
06-02-2010, 11:34 AM
If you're going with children under 10, keep in mind that the places that are the worst value for adults and the places that are the worst value for children are often different. For instance, CRT is one of the worst values on the DDP for adults and one of the best for kids while Le Cellier is one of the best values on the DDP for adults and one of the worst values for kids. You'll save even more if you look at the adults and kids separately. You'll have some meals where you pay OOP for both, some where you pay OOP for adults and use credits for the kids, and some where where you pay OOP for the kids and use credits for the adults. It's a little more work to figure out and keep track of, but it helps stretch the money even further. :)
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Thanks so much for the detailed response!!

Thanks to all the other posters as well for the great ideas!!

I was thinking of doing exactly what was suggested above. Some of the kid's meals are so cheap (and my kids are 7 and 9), it seems a shame to use a TS credit on them unless I'm only going to do 1 TS a day. But those same restaurants are pretty expensive for an adult. The buffets are a GREAT deal for the kids though. Right now I'm only planning on 6 nights, so picking only 6 TS places is just proving too difficult. I've already started thinking about adding an extra night (not just for the meal, but just to enjoy it all more). I started out at 5 nights, now at 6, and probably going to 7 (but that will have to be the max unfortunately!).

I'm an obsessive planner, so doing the extra work to figure it all out is actually 'fun' for me!

Off I go to make a few more ADR's!!

Thanks DIS boards!
Kim

TDC Nala
06-02-2010, 11:42 AM
can we "split" what we are doing at one meal? For example, use TS credits for us at Kona, but pay cash for the kids? Then cash for us at a character breakfast, but TS credits for the kids? or does everyone at the same table have to do the same thing?

thanks!

Yes, you can do this. Make sure your server knows when you order which meals you will be paying for with dining credits and which with cash.

divawife
06-02-2010, 01:42 PM
We did the regular dining plan not deluxe. Since we used 2 TS credits for our Cinderella castle lunch we decided pay out of pocket for a TS breakfast (Lilo and Stitch at the Poly). Breakfast is cheaper than lunch or esp. dinners.