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Old 12-15-2012, 05:39 PM   #31
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Our DD are 9 and 3. In the past it has been 2 a day. A character meal for lunch and a nice sit down dinner. We are not rope drop folks, so when we get up its usually something quick for breakfast (like donuts) as a snack as we mosey to the parks for our lunch ADR. Then we play around for a while or go nap then go out for the dinner ADR and stay for EMH. We then close out the park and ride things when everyone else has gone home.

We have much more difficulty burning off our snacks because we dont usually eat 3 meals a day. We end up using them on bottled water or Dole Whip
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:22 PM   #32
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We have three kids, ages 5, 12 and 13. We've been taking kids to Disney since our oldest was a year old. We usually have ADRs for lunch and dinner every day, and breakfast is either club lounge or CS with a very occasional character meal. CS is just too stressful, especially with kids. TS never takes more than an hour unless we are intentionally stretching it out by ordering one course at a time and staying for coffee.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:41 PM   #33
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We didn't in the past but now doing so. We want to sit down and enjoy some time with family and not rush to get done. We did this with my niece, but she is all about quick lets get out of here.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:46 PM   #34
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Our kids are 9, 7, and 7. On most of our park days, we are at the park before rope drop. Our past 2 trips we used the DxDP very successfully. We plan TS for a late breakfast/early lunch and a signature TS dinner. Our children really enjoy the restaurants, and with some advance planning, they don't feel like we're missing any park time. That said, we try to have more than one day in each park so we aren't as rushed to get everything done.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:53 PM   #35
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For our next trip we are planning on doing the deluxe plan and doing CM in the parks before open and then dinner. Our four year old is used to eating out as we are major foodies.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:15 PM   #36

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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?
Every night. Sometimes a late lunch instead of dinner (depending on our plans for parades, fireworks etc). We've been doing this since we've been going to WDW when dd was about 3--4yo. She's almost 16yo now.

Kids don't learn unless you take them and teach them. That being said, some kids just aren't ready to sit in a restaurant for an hour+. You know your kids best. For us, we enjoy the time sitting down as a family to eat together and it's always been a wonderful part of our vacations.

I also think, yes, they are worth it. Taking longer is a nice break from the chaos of the parks and costing more just means better food to me, lol. YMMV, of course.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:47 PM   #37
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We are all adults and we always do 1TS meal per day. We buy groceries and do a quick breakfast in the room, then usually CS lunch and a TS dinner. We enjoy the Disney restaurants and they are part of the total Disney vacation experience.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:36 PM   #38
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We do 2TS a day, lunch and dinner. I only make ADR's for the most important ones ( which is about 3 - 4 ADR's) and just do walk ups for the rest. I don't like being tied down to ressies either.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:41 PM   #39
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My children will be 5, 3 & 3 when we go to the world next time. We do the deluxe dining plan and do a character meal on most morning before the park opens and a TS (usually a signature) restaurant in the evening w/ a snack credit somewhere during the day.

Since we are early risers and have our breakfast before the park opens I don't feel like we take to much time out. Our evening meal generally takes an hour or so...
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:39 PM   #40
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We started going to Disney when our boys were 6 & 8 (they are now 17 & 19) and we always do (and have always done) a TS for dinner every night, with a TS breakfast on our checkout day as well as 1 or 2 others throughout the week.

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Old 12-16-2012, 05:49 PM   #41
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Usually like once a day. One or two days without and usually we'll end up with a day with 2 TS. Mostly character breakfasts with maybe two dinners in the mix. We don't do the dining plan anymore. My kids are 6, 4, and 3.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:56 PM   #42
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We plan 1 TS per day. We have 4 kids 8 and under (soon to be 5 kids.) I am a very good planner. We pick our park days and general itinerary for rides to avoid crowds. We plan a sit down lunch or dinner each day depending on our plans. We always hit a park at opening and do most of our riding then. We take an afternoon break. We'll either eat a TS lunch right before our break or a TS dinner when we return. The late afternoon/evenings are for less crowded attractions and shows/parades. It works very well for us!

We have even done DxDDP in the past. It was nice to try once, but it was too much time in the restaurants for us and too much food! We do the best price-wise with the TIW card.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #43
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We do a TS breakfast early in the morning and a TS dinner later in the evening.

We'll grab a QS or hefty snack in between
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:53 PM   #44
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We've always had at least one TS per day, usually 2. My children are 13 and 8 and we've been going for 11 years now. So out of the 14 days, we would eat 2 TS meals per day for about 8-10 days and the rest is only once (usually 4-6 Signature dinners and they are usually early dinners).

My children are used to long restaurant dinners. When they were small, we brought some activity books for them to do when they've finished the ones the restaurant provides.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:27 PM   #45
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We do maybe 5 in a 10 day vacation...like every other day. We now always have a villa with a full kitchen so we usually eat two meals in the suite.
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