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lindsroc
11-20-2010, 11:09 AM
We're NOT on the DDP. Im not sure if we can even add it to our rez, because the room is booked using an industry rate. Does anyone know? Anyways... we have never planned our meals as extensively as we have this time. I wanted to make sure we would be able to get into the places we really want to eat at, at the same time- I dont know if its TOO much planning? Any thoughts? Heres our plan, we're staying at Poly- 2 adults and 2 kids.

Day 1- Kona for dinner
Day 2- Animal Kingdom, Tusker House breakfast at 8am
Yak & Yeti early dinner 4:15pm
Day 3- MK in morning, Main st Bakery
DHS in afternoon, Mama Melrose Fantasmic at 3:55pm
Day 4- Kona Cafe at 8:35am
Epcot, Via Napoli lunch (no rez)
Teppan Edo 6:50pm
Day 5- Chef Mickeys 8:35am
MK
Kona Cafe dinner 5:45pm
Day 6- Kona Cafe at 8:20am
Epcot
Big River Grill @ Boardwalk (no rez)
Day 7- MK, Main St Bakery
Cali Grill at 7:45pm
Day 8- Kona Cafe 8am (last day)

As you can tell we love Kona cafe. lol. But thinking we might need to branch out 1 or 2 times from what we have scheduled.

MotherofLandon
11-20-2010, 11:21 AM
I don't think it is to many planned meals. Even without the dining plan I don't think this will break the food budget, I mean you gotta eat right? You could always call your TA and see if the DP can be added. We have been able to change our dining plan options in the past.

Sounds yummy!! Have a great time :thumbsup2

TDC Nala
11-20-2010, 11:56 AM
You're right about DDP - you can't get it unless you book a package reservation (DVC is the only known exception - even annual passholders have to book a package, albeit a ticketless package) and an industry rate is probably not applicable to a package.

arcticdisneylovers
11-20-2010, 03:36 PM
I think it looks great, but maybe consider switching at least one Kona Cafe breakfast for somewhere else ;)

lindsroc
11-20-2010, 03:51 PM
I think it looks great, but maybe consider switching at least one Kona Cafe breakfast for somewhere else ;)

LOL. I know, but where??? Any suggestions? Its funny...when i showed my husband the list he said, "thats it for breakfast at Kona????"

MrsLS
11-20-2010, 04:23 PM
Maybe day 4 would be a lot but it also depends on what you get for lunch and what time you eat.

soarinup
11-20-2010, 04:26 PM
Well for me and my crew, yes, it would be too many. We like playing things by ear with minimal reservations tying us down. Besides, its very expensive. But I think its what you are used to. I am planning on a Cinderellas castle meal, and T-rex, for a 9 day stay, maybe one or two more planned meals.

vicki_c
11-20-2010, 04:57 PM
Why don't you have an ADR for Via Napoli - you need one, from all reports I've seen except for the first few weeks they were open. And I know you can make one, because I had one for our trip earlier this month (although we cancelled so I can't give any restaurant review).

lindsroc
11-20-2010, 05:09 PM
Why don't you have an ADR for Via Napoli - you need one, from all reports I've seen except for the first few weeks they were open. And I know you can make one, because I had one for our trip earlier this month (although we cancelled so I can't give any restaurant review).

The only reason i didnt want to make one is because we have 2 planned meals that day and i didnt want to restrict us too much on time, having to worry about making lunch too.

loganpaulsmom
11-20-2010, 05:21 PM
Personally I think it is too many ressies.. This is just from my personal experience. The last time I was there, all three of my meals were planned and I felt like I was running from ressies to ressie.. This time I decided that I was only going to plan 1 meal a day, that way I could do what I wanted for the rest of the time.. So, the meals that I planned were all sit down and the other meals we will just grab and go..

NMW
11-20-2010, 05:31 PM
It wouldn't be too many for our family. We do more TS meals on our trips than you've got booked. We like to sit down and eat and realx though. It's part of what makes a vacation fun for us.

ireland_nicole
11-20-2010, 06:27 PM
looks good to me; We usually book at least one TS per day, sometimes 2, and at least 2 for an Epcot day. We also have 2 kids; I think the time spent at meals is "down time" for us to enjoy the air conditioning and the seat LOL.

aml3679
11-20-2010, 06:56 PM
In my opinion, I do not think it is too many reservations - but, I like planning. There are only 2 of us and we are going for 11 days on the deluxe dining plan and I plan on making reservations for at least 2 meals a day for every day of our trip. If you don't make reservations and want to eat somewhere - you will be disappointed if it is sold out.

lindsroc
11-21-2010, 08:18 AM
It wouldn't be too many for our family. We do more TS meals on our trips than you've got booked. We like to sit down and eat and realx though. It's part of what makes a vacation fun for us.

Thats kind of my thinking.. a little down time. And not having to figure out where to go and what the kids will eat etc. I just dont know how much $$$ I should be budgeting for food.

bunkkinsmom
11-21-2010, 08:59 AM
Nope, not too many meals!

If you are looking for something different to switch a Kona breakfast to, try Olivia's at OKW. DELICIOUS!!!!! You can take a boat from DTD to OKW or you can transfer over from a park and take the boat after to do some shopping. Also, next to Olivia's, the best breakfast I've ever had on property was at Akershus Dining Hall in Norway. O......M........G!!!

have a great trip!

lindsroc
11-21-2010, 06:47 PM
Ooooooh I will have to look into those. Thanks!

Dolce27
11-21-2010, 08:10 PM
Day 4 was the only thing that stuck out to me. For me personally I wouldn't be able to do a TS for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It just sounds like a lot of food to me. I'd just do a snack for lunch with having a big breakfast and dinner. But that's just my personal opinion. I think everything else sounds great. I can't wait for Kona for my next trip - I'm one in favor of the Tonga Toast. yum.

Willow1213
11-21-2010, 11:21 PM
The only part that struck me as odd was eating at Kona Cafe two meals in a row with dinner on Day 5 and Bfast on Day 6. I personally wouldn't want to do that. Other than that it looks fine to me. We love to do 1-2 TS meals a day, especially at Epcot.

JoeyAnyc
11-26-2010, 07:38 PM
I love having things planned. I think it all comes down to the family planner :)

I think as we all become experienced Disney Go'ers, you learn what works and what doesn't work for you and your group. I myself made ALL dinner ressies 180 out. I've had some tough times on my first 2 trips trying to get into places. This way I know we will be eating where we want. Plus we have parks and events planned out for the week.

Lunches I only book the 2 must eat at places. Otherwise we'll find something nearby in the park we are in.

Breakfast, we usually hit one of the places at GF. Never had a problem getting in anywhere for breakfast.

All about planning :)

Ro Z
11-26-2010, 07:59 PM
You could try the Grand Floridian Cafe for breakfast one morning. You are on the monorail so it's an easy commute. Food is good and it is a pretty restaurant. We do love Kona for dinner and breakfast but if you want to mix it up a little try GFC.

PrincessArlena'sDad
11-26-2010, 08:36 PM
Not too many ADRS at all.

In fact, we often have 3 ADRs per day.

We have 3 meals/day. So, it's either a CS meal or TS meal. Depends on what you order, a TS meal isn't necessarily more food than a CS meal. And, you don't have to eat everything!

As for timing: we know about when we'll want to eat, anyway, so we don't have to rush for an ADR. CS meals, for us, take 1-1.25 hours. TS takes about 1.5 hours, on average. So, they don't take much more time, and they are a lot more relaxing and rejuvenating.

Definately look into whether you can add the dining plan. It'll save some money.

As for breakfasts:
Instead of Kona, You can try Ohana at Poly, or 1900 Park faire at GF.

On day 4: you can do Akershus royal banquet hall at Epcot. You can make ADRS for as early as 8:00, so you're ready to go when the park opens.

Also, for Day 6 (the other Epcot day), you can have breakfast a Cape Mae, and then walk to the International Gateway at Epcot.

On Day 5: for dinner you can go to Crystal Palace.

You didn't say how old your kids are, but they may enjoy the character meals. (I think you only have 2 planned). Many of the places I mentioned are character meals. There are others as well.

ZoZo
11-26-2010, 10:44 PM
I would never do more than one TS meal per day. Too expensive, and takes too much time out of your day.

In fact, after 7 or 8 WDW trips, I often make TS reservations only every other day. I like to eat good food, but food is not the be-all-and-end-all of my trips. I'd much rather spend my money (and time) touring, not eating. I think there are enough good CS options to be able to dine fairly well without a lot of time-consuming sit-down meals. I usually eat breakfast in the room (cereal, fruit, breakfast bars), and pretty much wing it a lot of the time for lunch and dinner.

But I may be in the minority here. Lots of people plan many of their meals in advance, and couldn't imagine not eating at least one (perhaps more) TS meal per day. Everyone has a different style -- you need to decide what yours is!

plutosgirl
11-27-2010, 07:12 AM
Looks good to me...nothing worse than deciding you want to sit down and have a nice meal and then can't get in anywhere!:eek:

I know it's right next door to Kona but we LOVED Ohana's Breakfast...relaxed, great food and fun characters...just in case you want to switch one of your Kona adrs (but I also am a fan of the Tonga Toast! LOL):thumbsup2

sssteele
11-27-2010, 03:53 PM
Trips always turn out best when we plan and do what we know we like most, right?

DH and I usually travel alone, and we don't like to plan too many things ahead of time. We have had LOTS of luck walking up to some of the most popular dining locations and being seated within minutes, but that would worry lots of folks and group size does matter!

Do what feels right for you, and enjoy every bite!

4HppyCamprs
11-27-2010, 04:08 PM
Personally I think it is too many ressies.. This is just from my personal experience. The last time I was there, all three of my meals were planned and I felt like I was running from ressies to ressie.. This time I decided that I was only going to plan 1 meal a day, that way I could do what I wanted for the rest of the time.. So, the meals that I planned were all sit down and the other meals we will just grab and go..

I agree and even with 1 table service a day it seemed like we were constantly running.....Each meal takes about 2 hours and then 1- 1/2 each way for transportation depending on where you are going and where you are coming from...and then add on they want you there 15 minutes early...1 a day is plenty for our family...too much time spent eating and not playing :)