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Old 04-16-2013, 12:05 PM   #1
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Question Is splitting portions at TS as common as it seems here?

I was just curious how many of you split portions at TS restaurants? I noticed a trend on here that folks recommend splitting an entree, order an extra side or salad, that sort of thing. Or just order apps and dessert.

Has anyone encountered any resistance from a restaurant when doing that? I would assume they are getting a significantly lower bill amount from a table that splits entrees. Of course, if you get apps, drinks, dessert for everyone that would certainly even it out.

What's your experience?
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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I was wondering this myself! I recently lost a lot of weight and have no desire to eat a huge meal every night. I could easily have a salad and 1/4 of a TS meal and be done. We might try it once on our upcoming trip, but I think we will stick with CS and just grazing here and there. On the bright side, we should save money!
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:26 PM   #3
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We split all the time, and have never had anyone bat an eye at us. Portions are huge, and I am a slim jim... or maybe they're used to it?
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:35 PM   #4
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I wouldn't say my family splits all the time, but we do frequently split meals. I've never encountered a server that was impolite or rude about it. I say go for it!
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:13 PM   #5
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I was just curious how many of you split portions at TS restaurants? . . .

1) Very common.
2) We do it all the time.
3) Maybe not at the same meal, but we frequently split
. . . appys
. . . entrées
. . . desserts *
4) There are never (at least at WDW)
. . . separate charges
. . . additional charges
. . . strange waitress looks


* On a hot day, sometimes even deserts.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:34 PM   #6
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This may shock people but my husband and I split meals all the time at non-Disney restaurants and have never been looked at like we have green faces. Chili's, Applebee's, TGI Friday's, Tilted Kilt, etc. We do it all the time. Sometimes we even *gasp* just get an appetizer and share that.

Restaurants want you in there and then want you to come back so having a bad server just because you didn't order $100 worth of food ain't going to accomplish that.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:46 PM   #7
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I think the only exception is if you are on the dining plan. Not 100% sure, but seems like I read somewhere that you can't split meals at TS if using dining credits. Or you can, but will still be charged dining credit per person. Is that right?
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:06 PM   #8
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My family splits meals frequently. We are a family of 5 and my 14 yo and 11 yo have been considered "adults" for a few years now. 4 adult sized entrees and desserts plus 1 child entree and dessert are more often than not too much food for us.

We often split and use 3 adult credits and 1 child credit or just 3 adult credits. I have never gotten a funny look or had any issue. The wait staff will sometimes pause about our drink orders because if we order 5 sodas, there is a charge for one or more of them. I don't care about the extra charge but I guess they want to make sure I know.

There are some restaurants that don't allow splitting. Via Napoli is one of them. We had split there once in the past but knew going in on the last two trips that we wouldn't be allowed to. There may be others as well. Obviously you can't split at buffets or any type of all you can eat place.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:18 PM   #9
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Thank you all for this info! It is great to know. For our next trip, the only meals that we were hoping to split were entrees at Raglan Road. It is way too much food to each have an entree and then the bread pudding. We figure if we split an entree, we can each get our own bread pudding. Of course we will pay for 1 dessert OOP.
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We often split.
Never a problem.
Sometimes we will just order one or two appetizers instead.

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Old 04-16-2013, 03:47 PM   #11
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Unless it is a buffet or AYCTE, we either split an app, entree & dessert or order a few apps and a dessert to share.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:16 PM   #12
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My family splits meals frequently. We are a family of 5 and my 14 yo and 11 yo have been considered "adults" for a few years now. 4 adult sized entrees and desserts plus 1 child entree and dessert are more often than not too much food for us.

We often split and use 3 adult credits and 1 child credit or just 3 adult credits. I have never gotten a funny look or had any issue. The wait staff will sometimes pause about our drink orders because if we order 5 sodas, there is a charge for one or more of them. I don't care about the extra charge but I guess they want to make sure I know.

There are some restaurants that don't allow splitting. Via Napoli is one of them. We had split there once in the past but knew going in on the last two trips that we wouldn't be allowed to. There may be others as well. Obviously you can't split at buffets or any type of all you can eat place.
When you say you can't split at Via Napoli are you only talking about th dining plan? We are going OOP in August, I have issues with GERD and can't always eat a big meal. Was thinking of splitting a white pizza with one of the kids if they are interested. Will they let us? Thanks.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:31 PM   #13
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When you say you can't split at Via Napoli are you only talking about th dining plan? We are going OOP in August, I have issues with GERD and can't always eat a big meal. Was thinking of splitting a white pizza with one of the kids if they are interested. Will they let us? Thanks.
Yes, they'll do that. They're very picky about DDP, but paying OOP or using TIW doesn't have those restrictions.


Mom and I will likely split. Both of us tend to be snackers and don't care for huge meals. One of the reasons we're look forward to the food kiosks at F&G! We'll be splitting something at Via Napoli on our arrival day
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:59 PM   #14
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I have Type 2 diabetes. The portions are too large for me. Even though DH is a hearty eater, we split almost all our meals on our last trip and had plenty to eat. We'll do it again when we go back.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:17 PM   #15
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I think the only exception is if you are on the dining plan. Not 100% sure, but seems like I read somewhere that you can't split meals at TS if using dining credits. Or you can, but will still be charged dining credit per person. Is that right?
DH and I split an entrée at 50's and were only charged 1 credit for it.
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