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Old 03-27-2013, 08:23 PM   #31
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We went in 2011 when my son had just turned 1. We had the deluxe dining plan and did two TS meals per day most days. Most of the time it was breakfast and dinner for TS credits, and lunch was a CS. Sometimes we did TS lunches if it worked out that the restaurant we wanted to try only had a table available at lunch. It worked out just fine that way. He would sleep in the stroller then so we didn't need to worry about going back to the resort for a nap.

We're going again in April and my son will be 2.5. We're doing the regular dining plan, so only one TS per day most days, and 2 TS meals on one day (I believe it's a breakfast and a dinner). We booked this kind of last minute so I just took what I could get after figuring going back to the resort midday for a nap/rest, which I know will be much needed this time.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:20 AM   #32
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If Disney actually sat you at ADR time, I would book more. But because you can wait 5-60min from your ADR time, I choose to not book many. It takes a lot of our time waiting, sitting, getting check. My 3yr old has no patience for 2hrs of maybe 10min of her eating.

If we do a full park day, we eat breakfast in room, are there at rope drop and go back to the room for pool/poolside lunch (youngest naps with alternating parent) from 1-4pm. We all recharge. Then we do rides, a QS meal, more rides, evening activity at park and head home.

We do a TS Chef Mickey's on arrival day. We do a princess character meal somewhere inbetween and we try and do one or two more. That is it.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:32 AM   #33
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If Disney actually sat you at ADR time, I would book more. But because you can wait 5-60min from your ADR time, I choose to not book many. It takes a lot of our time waiting, sitting, getting check. My 3yr old has no patience for 2hrs of maybe 10min of her eating.

If we do a full park day, we eat breakfast in room, are there at rope drop and go back to the room for pool/poolside lunch (youngest naps with alternating parent) from 1-4pm. We all recharge. Then we do rides, a QS meal, more rides, evening activity at park and head home.

We do a TS Chef Mickey's on arrival day. We do a princess character meal somewhere inbetween and we try and do one or two more. That is it.
Our Disney days are very similar to yours. We do a quick and easy breakfast in the room (yogurt, cereal, fruit) and then we head to whatever park we are visiting that day for rope drop. I usually book a ADR for lunch and I shoot for exactly noon or within that time frame. After lunch, if were doing a full day in the park, we'll head back to the resort for a nap or pool time, and then we'll refresh and head back out to the park (we don't do hoppers) for rides, fireworks and a QS meal. If we are at the AK, we don't take a break and continue in the park until were done. All of our days are usually full days in the park besides AK days, which is why we usually take a break.

I totally agree about making and liking more ADR's if things were better paced. We go in September and it is low crowd times, but we have run into instances where we have had to wait at least a half our for our ADR's. A half hour isn't bad compared to Disney wait times in the summer or busier months , however i'm not a fan of having to wait over 15 minutes on a reservation that I had to plan for and arrange 6 months in advance for. Not to mention the fact that after waiting forever, a TS meal can be a long process and I don't want to miss out on park time in the evening once it's cooled down a bit. But to each their own...this is just what we prefer and like.
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