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Old 03-24-2009, 01:21 PM   #1
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7 Nights Deluxe Dining March 2009 [Complete]

Cast of characters

Your humble correspondent, age 38, making his third trip to WDW, first time staying on property and using the dining plan in any form. DW (age none of your business) is fellow DIS member DRS_Are_Best. The "critters", collectively, are DS3 (just shy of 4) and the twins DD2 and DS2.

General Notes

Most sit-down places were crowded affairs for us, because with the two toddlers, the restaurants typically "cheated" by seating the five of us at a table for four. Notable exceptions to this: Boatwright's, Sci-Fi Dine In, and Tusker House. This was compounded by the fact that DS2 and DD2 have to have "open" zones around them if we don't want to find things making their way to ground level in short order.

For us, breaking up the day into early breakfast, sit down lunch, and dinner to end the day worked very well. This probably wouldn't have been an ideal itinerary with older kids or with just adults, but with younger kids, having the built in midday break worked very well in general.

Dining Experiences

In order...

Boatwright's (D)
Chef Mickey's (B)
Columbia Harbor House (L)
Wolfgang Puck Cafe (D)
Hollywood & Vine (B)
Mama Melrose (L)
Sci-Fi Dine In (D)
Crystal Palace (B)
Liberty Tree Tavern (L)
Kona Cafe (D)
Akerhaus (B)
Coral Reef (L)
Rose & Crown (D)
Cinderella's Royal Table (B)
Cosmic Ray's (L)
Tony's Town Square (D)
Tusker House (B)
Yak & Yeti [CS] (L)
Hoop De Doo Revue (D)
Crystal Palace (L)


For the 3 of us actually on plan, we received 42 snack credits. That's a lot, considering how much we were eating at meals. We weren't shy about using them when we felt like having something, including a light breakfast on our last day, but still wound up with nine to use at Goofy's Candy Store on the way out of town. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Best use of snack credits: Dole Whip floats ("Pineapple Floats") from Aloha Isle -- I now understand the rave reviews these get. Very refreshing when you are getting warm and tired! DS3 was happy to get popcorn a few times, and loved his Itsakadoosie pop.

DxDP Notes

Unlike basic dining, DxDP credits do not seem to distinguish adult and child entitlements. For 7 nights, we simply had 63 credits (21 each). We made sure to use them properly because we didn't want to abuse the plan or find ourselves in trouble, but this is a potentially abusable loophole for families with kids 3-9.

Despite ordering milk for the twins at each TS meal, which was over and above the plan entitlements, we were only charged for the extra milk once -- at Wolfgang Puck Cafe. I expected "free" milk at the buffets, but was surprised that so many of the true TS places didn't charge us.
Life is short. Eat dessert first.

March 2009: Port Orleans Riverside ( Trip Report -- Dining Report ) -- May 2006: Vacation Village timeshare -- May 2002: Orange Lake timeshare

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