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Old 03-07-2013, 08:00 PM   #31
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I make ADRs for every evening of our trip. We usually do CS breakfast, CS lunch and TS dinner.

Next trip we will be doing TS breakfast, CS lunch (I will probably skip lunch altogether) and a TS dinner.

When we went on our last trip I made sure I scheduled our ADR for 7pm every night. That gave us time to get really good and hungry for dinner because we eat lunch around 11:30 or 12.

We usually make rope drop, stay for a CS lunch and leave the parks by 1 or 2 pm and go back to the room for a nap or a swim. That way we have hours in between being at the park and having to be some place for dinner.

I didn't schedule our dinners according to what park we were going to be in that day. I schedlued a lot of our dinners at Deluxe resorts like WIlderness Lodge and Beach CLub and OKW.

Next time we go we will be renting DVC points and staying at OKW so we will have a TS breakfast at Oilivia's every day.

We eat 3 meals a day at home so we try to eat 3 meals a day on vacation. But I always gain weight on vacation and have to spend a month after we get home losing the 10 pounds I gained. I just eat WAY MORE FOOD at Disney than I do at home. Sometimes at home I will skip breakfast or skip lunch if I ate breakfast but when on vacation I eat all 3 meals.

I think next trip I may skip a few CS lunches just so I eat less and gain less weight. I don't want to eat just to be eating. I don't want to eat unless I am very hungry.

We had the QSDP on a trip 2 years ago and DH really liked that but I didn't. I am a vegetarian and finding plain, simple, decent vegetarian options was almost impossible at the places we ate. I ate a TON of salads and pizza. Not much variety at CS places.

We are paying OOP next time just because the only dining plan that would suit us to get 3 meals a day would be the deluxe dining plan and we just can't bring ourselves to pay $100 a day PER PERSON for that dining plan.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:31 AM   #32
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Did the DDP once, it did not suit our eating styles at all, and didn't cover the places we wanted to eat, but we wanted to "give it a try" on a short 3 day trip. We don't eat a lot of desserts, some trips we won't eat any or just at V&A. We would NEVER eat dessert at 2 meals in 1 day, its just too much.

I've been to WDW probably 25+ times in the last 10 years and the restaurants we try to get (we can't plan 180 days out due to work) are V&A (only get it about half time and we aren't picky about which type of table we get) but we always get Marrakesh and BlueZoo, we also enjoy California Grill (for late fireworks, but again hard to get on shorter notice), Kimono's, Il Muliano and I'm hoping that Monsiuer Paul will live up to the old Bistro. We screw around with openings on our phone and sometimes we get lucky, and sometimes we try something we haven't in a while. We make it work.

That's where we eat, which are all dinners - as for how... For breakfast we usually grab a banana, an espresso and my DH grabs an additional carb at the cafe - almost always in the Swan or Dolphin We park hop to Epcot for a "snack/drink around the world" for lunch - fish and chips, a cheese plate in france, something in the Tutto Gusto wine bar, La Cava; generally, we make the rounds over the course of several lunches. We also always hit Tangerine Cafe. Sometimes we try to grab a Plaza reservation for MK days, but again, sometimes we can't get one and its no big deal - just hop to Epcot. We're not huge eaters, so this works really well for us and gives us several nice dinners, but we're not tied to much during the day. I can't tell you the number of times we've eaten lunch at the Cabana Bar or by the Grotto pool at Swolphin; their casear salad is one of the best on property. Anyhow, we go with the flow and hit our faves, if I want 2 apps and 3 cocktails for dinner, I have it, life is good

One more word on how we eat - DH gets room service wings and beer on probably every trip we go on ever - including many overseas trips. He likes the ones at the Dolphin best of the places he's stayed at in WDW, including CR, YC, GF and the Swan, not sure how they are different than the Swan wings, but whatever. And, the man stays hipster skinny even with all those wings.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:58 AM   #33
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We have three ADR's for a two week trip.

We might see if we can get some last-minute spots if we want to at that time. If we can't we'll do CS since there is plenty of choice there too.

We doný like planning too much since we like to decide on the moment what we feel like having


We have hoppers so it's easy enough to go somewhere else. We also are very relaxed travellers who DO plan but not too tightly. And we go in early may which isn't extremely busy.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:57 AM   #34
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Thank you so much for your thoughtful replies! We are not doing the dining plan or any character meals (ds is 17 and SO not interested, lol). I ended up making 5 reservations for our 7 day trip. I am hoping that since we are going the last week of August that if we do decide we really have to have a table service somewhere, that we will have decent luck.

Arrival night dinner at Boma
Lunch at Sanaa
Dinner at Kouzzina
Lunch at Chef de France
Breakfast at Kona Cafe

What do you think?
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:49 AM   #35
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Thank you so much for your thoughtful replies! We are not doing the dining plan or any character meals (ds is 17 and SO not interested, lol). I ended up making 5 reservations for our 7 day trip. I am hoping that since we are going the last week of August that if we do decide we really have to have a table service somewhere, that we will have decent luck.

Arrival night dinner at Boma
Lunch at Sanaa
Dinner at Kouzzina
Lunch at Chef de France
Breakfast at Kona Cafe

What do you think?
Those sound great! We've only done boma breakfast and can't wait to do dinner. I've heard the soups are out of this world! We love Les Chefs and we also love Kona breakfast. Haven't done Sanaa yet and we did Kouzzina for breakfast which was awesome. Have a magical trip!
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:06 AM   #36
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We often travel with no ADR's at all for shorter trips. For longer trips I will have a few in my pocket, but if I don't feel like it on that day I am sure to call and cancel them.
I never let my pre-arrival dining plans dictate what we want to do each day once we are there.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:12 AM   #37
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We do one Table Service meal a day. Some days are dinner, some are lunch and some are breakfast. We like to mix it up because we enjoy some nights just having snacks for dinner instead of meals or quick service.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:19 AM   #38
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Over 32 years of visiting the Mouse in various locations we have only ever booked 3 or 4 special meals. I am such a control freak at home, it is really refreshing to be free from having to be anywhere at any given time. That way we are governed by our stomachs not our watches. But of course, we no longer have young children to worry about and we don't do character meals - knowing how difficult it was to get into these, we leave them for the families who really want to do them.

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Old 03-08-2013, 07:23 PM   #39
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I don't do TS everyday.

In Nov. 2012 I had a couple of TS booked and when I was in DHS I decided I wanted to eat TS there and used the Disney App to see what was available and booked it that day.

It was not a very crowded timeframe though and it was just me alone so that probably made a difference. I was also not on a dining plan so if I couldn't get in anywhere, I'd have just eaten QS.

If you are on the Dining Plan and going during a crowded time, I would not take a chance. I would figure out which park you want to go on which day and make your ADR's around that.

I just saw your reply. You will want to be aware that the end of August is usually free dining time at Disney and the TS restaurants can get booked up at that time if Disney does free dining like they have in the past.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:43 PM   #40
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This year I have the pleasure of going twice.

Our vacation was planned for August with bounceback free Dining, so then we will be doing a TS every night, which is our usual style.

Then we found out that DSs high school baseball team was going for Disney Spring Training, so we are heading down again on March 22. This time i have no ADRs and are doing all CS meals, have never tried this before.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:49 AM   #41
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We don't make ADRs for every day - just a particular restaurant that we want to go to and then plan which park that day. I do not like feeling restricted to reservations all the time. If we have breakfast ADRs, then we will have a a counter service dinner or maybe just a Casey's or such. Dinner ADRS, later breakfast but usually make dinner reservations around 5. We know that some restaurants you can't get in without ADRs so we plan accordingly. It also gets expensive with table service every day.

Also, we go when the F&W is going on, so I am quite content "eating around the world".
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We plan a lot of sit down meals while in Disney, it's a nice break from the parks. We look forward dining out on vacation.
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On all of our previous trips we have done a TS dinner every night. This July we are going for 10 days and have only made 5 adrs and plan to give it a try doing quick service for the rest.
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When visiting, do you have a table service reservation for every night you are there? I hate that I have to make reservations for meals and not be able to depend on what our moods/situations are. Any tips or strategies for this?
We would be so miserable with an ADR every day. We usually save 1-3 special TS meals and wing it the rest of the time during our typical 9day/8night trip. When DS was little there was no way he would sit for an hour or two in a restaurant. He always thought, in a high chair at a table = immediate gratification of food! That translated to eating only when we were hungry, sometimes substituting healthy snacks for lunch, sharing a quick CS meal, etc. and having the freedom of NOT having an ADR. This approach has also allowed us to enjoy the parks at a pretty leisurely pace, always having time to do what we 'feel like' and not having the pressure to be somewhere at a certain time. This has worked very well for us.

...Enter FastPasss+ and ugh! (Hopefully not before our next trip tho!!!)
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When visiting, do you have a table service reservation for every night you are there? I hate that I have to make reservations for meals and not be able to depend on what our moods/situations are. Any tips or strategies for this?

We tend to have an ADR every day at lunch. We have some sort of breakfast depending on our day and what time we're getting out, we have that nice time to sit down in the middle of the day, and then we do whatever we want to do for dinner.

Rather than relying on whims, I look at the kinds of foods we'll be ordering (we are vegetarian so there's not a huge variety at each restaurant), and I let that cause our excitement about the food to grow. Right now I am happily anticipating the next time i'll be able to eat at Tusker House, for example, and I don't have a trip planned!

Right now I know that unless DS wants to dine with princesses at Akershus, we won't be doing any more table services at Epcot. And that's fine with me, because we love Sunshine Seasons, and could make a day's meals out of the pastries at Kringla bakery!

We spent time at Disneyland going by our whims, and that caused wonky blood sugar, horrid moods, and accidentally not eating dinner until after 9pm. That's a huge mistake for us, so having the anticipation of the ADRs is good for us.

We have to figure out where to go each day anyway...might as well use the "best parks" to figure out where to go, and make reservations at places close by!



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That translated to eating only when we were hungry, sometimes substituting healthy snacks for lunch, sharing a quick CS meal, etc. and having the freedom of NOT having an ADR.
Oh you're so lucky. DS and DH have stomachs that go from "oh I'm so full" to "empty! empty! must have food or will have massive tantrum!" in 5 minutes. And that's not enough time to figure out where we'll eat, get in line, and get our food. Or, worse, WAIT for a walk-in at a TS. Doesn't work for us. I'm jealous!
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