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Old 12-15-2012, 02:43 AM   #16
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I'm in the very small minority, but I do three each and every day unless we are in DHS (don't like any of the TS there). I do the deluxe meal plan. I went in June with my nieces and nephews (5, 8, 12). Two years ago, I went with my cousin who was 10 at the time. It really wasn't bad for them nor did it keep us from doing anything we wanted. We were in the park from open to close most days so it provided the kids a chance to sit and rest and get away from the park. Always booked lunch around 1 or 1:30 to escape the heat and we normally had breakfast (usually a character meal) before the park opened. Scheduled dinner around 7:30 so that we were out to see any fireworks etc. I read a lot of posts that state TS takes 1.5 to 2 hours a meal, but in three trips in three years, I have never had a meal take more than an hour even with waiting to be seated. However, we don't go back to the hotel in the afternoons either so there is no lost time other than meals and for me it's part of vacation.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:35 AM   #17
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We do adults only trips. We prefer to have one table service per day but sometimes do a full day worth of counter service. We don't like lunch adr's. We often don't get into the parks until 10am - 11am and once we get into the parks, we just want to get going. In past trips we did a lunch and a dinner reservation and it was just too much food for us and we felt we were watching the time too much.

If we do two reservations per day it will be an early breakfast (before park opening) and a dinner ADR not before 6pm - 7pm. We're adults but we love doing character breakfasts. We're not big eaters but we prefer proper meals so while a burger and fries are alright some of the time, we much prefer a better selection. Also we have several allergies between us so while counter service locations are amazing, there are so many other options at table service. For us, one big meal per day is enough, with smaller meals for breakfast and lunch.

For us, we don't mind the time "out" of the parks, just to sit, relax, eat and chat before we head back into the parks. Often the hour we take to "rest" and have dinner means we can keep going for another few hours in the parks.

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Old 12-15-2012, 07:12 AM   #18
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We also do 1 TS a day. We do an ADR for lunch or dinner. On our first day we do breakfast to start the morning off bright and early For our family, I feel anything more than 1 TS would be too much food for us. We plan on eating breakfast in the room and then snacking or grabbing a QS for the meal that is not a TS. 1 TS definitely gives my kids a chance to unwind and recharge. I think it really depends on what works for you.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:20 AM   #19
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We like to switch it up a bit.

We usually have 2 days during our stay that we only do CS, we enjoy those days because we are not committed to an ADR.

The other days of our stay, we do at least one TS meal per day. We do breakfast, lunch, & Dinner TS.

We enjoy TS meals and feel they are worth it & a part of our vacation. We have also had a vacation in October during Food & Wine that we only did CS because we ate Food & Wine most of the time and we did not want to be tied to TS meals when we were eating so much around the world. That was a good decision for is that trip.

My Kids are currently 11 & 16 but we have been going to TS meals since they were 4 & 9.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:30 AM   #20
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We do at least one TS per day (usually dinner) and we also typically have breakfast in our room (we stay in the 2 bd villas with kitchen) except on CMC breakfast day. We are 3 meal a day people so even QS is a sit down and eat situation. My boys are 7,5 and 3 and we like the structure of mealtime and bedtimes and all that.

DH and I are doing our first adults only WDW trip in May and we plan for one day to be an eat/drink around Epcot day with very little structure to see how "the other half" lives. We're looking forward to it but with the kids, it's easier for us to structure our meal times and TS is a good way to do that for us.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:47 AM   #21
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I can understand why people don't do ADR's and avoid TS all together because it can be difficult and stressful planning your day around eating. We think its worth it, the food and overall atmosphere can not be found anywhere else. It's also nice to relax and sit down for a meal after running around the parks all day.

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Old 12-15-2012, 10:52 AM   #22
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We do TS for dinner every day we are at Disney World. Sometimes we'll do a lunch or two at TS, but we do not make ADRs for lunch. We make our ADRs for dinner. We have our favorites and then usually add one or two different places for variety.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:14 AM   #23
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Usually, we do one per day. I don't eat as much as my DH or DD, but I like eating off the appetizer menu. Sometimes, DD & I share. We try out new restaurants every time as wellas our favorites so that's why we like to have one daily.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:19 AM   #24

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No kids and we do TS each and every meal!!
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:28 AM   #25
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Last two trips we've done DDxP (after upgrading from free DP).

DD's were 4 and 6 the first time and 6 and 8 this last trip, last month.

Usually 2 TS a day and the third meal was covered by snack credits.

If you have brats, doing TS can be difficult. If you have well behaved children who don't always want to eat nasty nuggets every meal, it can be a wonderful thing.

We usually hit the parks from open to close, even last time when staying at CR made it easier to come back to the resort for awhile. Being able to sit down and rest, in air conditioning (and yes there are some CS locations with AC) is usually a welcomed break.

Our next trip will be in about 2 years and DD's will be pushing the age 10 limit. No way I'm buying a dining plan for them at that age. We'll do OOP and probably come out spending about the same as the last trip.

Hopefully snag a 35-40% room discount this time around instead of the dining.

Dining is a lot of food but by doing 2 TS a day (one of which is a 2 credit meal), you can make the most of each meal.

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Old 12-15-2012, 11:33 AM   #26
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I have four children, 11, 9, 4 and 2, and I do 1 table service meal a day. It gives me time to get off my feet and recuperate. It is also a nice break from the heat/cold. I always have a reservation and try to keep the flow going at a quick pace, as I am usually the only adult.

Dinner is usually quick serve and eaten at whatever show we are waiting for. Fantasmic/ the parade/ WOC.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:24 PM   #27
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We used to have ADR's for TS meals 3 times a day.

After a few years we realized that ADR's were dictating our entire vacation.

EVERY.BIT. of planning revolved around those all important ADR's.

It might be different if all the dining was gourmet, but being an ADR slave is not worth it for us anymore.

We still eat a lot of TS, but we never have ADR's.

The NEED for ADR's is highly overrated by the folks who just like to "plan".
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:29 PM   #28

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Originally Posted by rainbowdog
How often do you eat table service meals and how old are your kids (if you have kids)? I'm assuming families with younger kids eat at counter service places more. Do you think table-service restaurants are worth it considering they cost more and take longer?
We personally love taking our time, relaxing and talking when we eat. For us meal times are more then a time to feed, it's our break in the day to laugh and rewind the day.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:32 PM   #29
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We have a DD9 and DD11 and we always do 2 TS meals per day, even when the girls were little. We love to sit down and really enjoy our meal, makes for a nice break from the hot sun and really talk about what we want to do next. Usually our TS meals consists of a character breakfast then either a signature meal or a 1-credit meal for dinner. For lunch we either do QS or we just snack around.

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No kids. Approximately 1 TS meal per day on average, usually lunch or dinner, but occasionally breakfast.
That's us, also.
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