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Old 03-25-2013, 12:23 PM   #16
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I only have 2 booked for our whole trip. Lunch at Sci-Fi Dine in because I think DD will get a kick out of it. Booked it completely on a whim. And breakfast at Chef Mickey's on our last morning. The rest of the time we will do CS. I find it easier, probably because that's what I'm used to at Disneyland where we go much more frequently. We just don't do any TS meals there.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:09 PM   #17
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We just did one TS a day on both of our previous trips. No TS on arrival day or departure day, but we had CRT that took up the extra credit on one trip and after having to cancel two ADRs due to illness, we had pizza delivered to the room one night of our first trip and that is 2TS credits.

Ours are always either breakfast or dinner because at daycare my son naps each day from noon to 2:00 so midday he tended to be either sleepy or sleeping. We were usually at the door of some QS when it opened at 11:00 to make sure I got lunch in him before he nodded off whether we were leaving the park midday or not. Lunch is also the time of day we are the least hungry so wed share so wed have enough QS credits to do breakfast on departure day.

We might do more as my son gets older if we are ever on the DDP again, but his previous trips were at 10 months and 2.5 years-old and hes good for one a day, but I think two would be too much for him. This trip coming, he'll be almost 3.5. we are staying offsite so not on DDP so I only wanted 3 for the week. Right now we have just 2 planned for the whole week, plus dds BBB appointment. I may add one more if I can get the one of the two I want, but I havent seen any available times for either so far except at times at or after 9pm when my children should not be in a restaurant.

I only decided to do this trip about 3 weeks ago when I sat down to talk to the children about going to the beach for summer vacation and they started begging to go back and see Mickey. After deciding to drive instead of fly and stay offsite instead of in our old stomping ground ASMo, I caved. Hey, I want to go see Mickey too. They just dont know it yet. But the trip is in 2 months so not much to be had at our normal dining times. It was fun doing all of those character meals on our last trip and not expensive since dd was 9 and ds was 2, but with it being so close and dd will be 10 by the time we go and ds is 3 now, so those meals would cost me a lot more to do. We have 2 right now: Hollywood and Vine breakfast on day 3 and Crystal Palace for dinner on day 7.

So, were doing all but one breakfast at the hotel. All lunches will be sharing at a QS. Dinner will be in the park on 3 of the 7 days and at the hotel the other 4. Im kind of looking forward to the flexibility on this trip.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:12 PM   #18
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We have one big meal planned every day. Changes every day. Could be breakfast one day, dinner the next, then lunch the next day. That is the meal we sit and have the big meal. The other 2, we eat whenever we are hungry and whatever park we are in. My kids are almost 13, 7 and 3.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:13 PM   #19
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I forgot to add, I don't do the DDP unless it is free. At this point, it isn't worth it for us. My girls share a meal and my son barely finishes the adult meal. Most times, he can still get a kid one. But he is considered an adult for the DDP.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:11 PM   #20
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Honestly? Zero. My boys are 2 and 6, and taking them to a sit down restaurant is still a little stressful and not-fun for me. So for this year, all CS meals is perfect for me.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:58 PM   #21
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We do on Ts a day for dinner. We have taken our dd at 12.5 months, 18 months and two yrs old and when we go in May she will be 2.5 yrs old and we are doing the same thing; a dinner ADR every night. We schedule them for about thirty minutes before our usual dinner time at home. It's works well for us and she loves all the great food!
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:08 PM   #22
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Hi Kristian! I guess you guys must have decided not to go in May?

We haven't been yet (It's getting close!) But we have one TS a day planned. Some are lunches and some are dinners, we wanted to try a mix to see what was abetter fit for us. We have one breakfast TS, but it's on one of our "down days" when we won't be in the parks. Every other day I'll be preparing breakfast at our villa. We're using the TS meals as a rest time.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:51 PM   #23
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Hey Missy!!! No, we decided not to go in May because we needed to do some home repairs and such. After much debate, we've decided on September again. I didn't want to do September because dd was starting preschool, but it happened that way and we can't wait to go. We like TS lunches to kind of beat the heat a bit. I know you will enjoy your trip so much. I am excited for you!!!! Have a great time.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:19 PM   #24
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In November when the kids were 4,4, and 2 we did two TS a day. Usually a character buffet in the morning and a sit down supper towards the end of the day. We are going back in May and planning on one TS per day (maybe two on a couple of days). Even at the "slower" places, Disney TS seems to be a lot quicker than your average place at home. They are wanting to turn over those tables My kids are not big eaters, and neither am I, but I just enjoy most of the TS meals more than the QS places, so that is what we tend to go with.

We buy the DDP for convenience, not for money. I am guessing if we didn't purchase it ahead of time we could make it on two adult meals and one kids meal, with two of the kids splitting and me splitting with the other one.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:21 PM   #25
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We have always done dinner almost every night with a few character breakfasts thrown in. Been doing the DDP (regular) since it was introduced. Before that, we still ate dinner every night, with a few breakfast thrown in. Next trip we are going to do the Deluxe plan. We enjoy eating places and we have enough trips under our belt that there is no need to rush. DS is 6 but depending on timing may be 7 before we go. We will, most days,5 do a late breakfast/brunch meal and then a signature for dinner most days. If we choose somewhere that is not signature, we may do a light CS breakfast those days. We will not sit three meals, but we know our DS and he will be fine with two though the lunch will be either Character or fun place most days.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:35 PM   #26
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Meals?

We took disney two years in a row back to back. Do they not offer the free dining every year in slow season? Also which hotel has a full kitchen?
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:00 PM   #27
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We are going to try 1 TS per day. I don't want to be tied to more than 1 ADR each day. We really enjoy sit down restaurants and find them more relaxing than CS places outside the World. With young kids, we find it so much easier to just sit and enjoy while someone else brings the food, takes care of clean up, etc. It does take longer, but we happen to prefer a leisurely meal, so TS should work well for us.
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1 TS or sit deal meal each evening for dinner and we try to eat at or around the same time we do at home. ;0)
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:13 PM   #29
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Newbie trying to figure out park meals :)

Hi there. I am a mom of 4, on a tight budget, trying to plan meals in Disneyland park. We like to spend most time on the rides and still have small kids (youngest is 5), so what would you recommend to save on dining for those that frequent Disneyland all the time? Thanks for helping a newbie out!

We're most concerned with cost at feeding our family in the Disney parks... it can get to be so expensive. Typically we plan one meal in the park after a big breakfast at the hotel. How do you handle it though, to keep costs down? Do you take anything with? Are there better snacks in the park that can hold us for the day??

Can you even manage to sneak snacks in? Just wondering... thanks for any help or advice!
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Hi there. I am a mom of 4, on a tight budget, trying to plan meals in Disneyland park. We like to spend most time on the rides and still have small kids (youngest is 5), so what would you recommend to save on dining for those that frequent Disneyland all the time? Thanks for helping a newbie out!

We're most concerned with cost at feeding our family in the Disney parks... it can get to be so expensive. Typically we plan one meal in the park after a big breakfast at the hotel. How do you handle it though, to keep costs down? Do you take anything with? Are there better snacks in the park that can hold us for the day??

Can you even manage to sneak snacks in? Just wondering... thanks for any help or advice!
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I know how expensive Disney can be as far as food goes...especially when your on a budget. This is one reason that were not doing the dining plan this year (unless free dining is offered).

We do take snacks into the parks with us. May people take them and it's fine, however we have never been to Disneyland Resort, but I think that it's the same policy...but I could be wrong .I have a cooler insert that slips easily into a tote bag or backpack and it holds roughly 4-6 drinks depending on size. I usually slip that into my dh's bag with our water bottles in it and a small freezer pack to keep it cool. Sometimes I Just slip a juice box or two in it and 2 bottles of water, depending on time and where were going . This helps save on snacks for most of the day and while we usually buy a few drinks, especially dole whip floats , it does help save to a degree. We aren't big snack people while we are in the parks. Well, let me rephrase that...we don't snack a lot because we go in September and it's usually so hot that we just don't feel like snacking much between meals. Once it cools down, I find that our dd and even I like snacking more. So I guess it just depends on the time of day, weather, etc.

We are not breakfast people hardly at all. Yogurt, fruit or cereal do the trick for us and sometimes I find that i'm just not even up for that. We like to do a light breakfast while were getting ready. I will eat my yogurt while doing my hair so that we can be at the bus stop for rope drop in the mornings...literally. We fuel up at lunch by doing most of our TS meals at lunchtime. It allows us an escape from the heat and then we usually go back to the room for a break and then head back to the parks in the evening. Sometimes we skip the break depending on the park and what time its closing. It might be better for you to plan on doing your meals in the park around dinner time and to do light fare for a snack since you eat big breakfasts, but that is only a suggestion.

I hope this helps. The most important thing is to just relax and do Disney the way that suits you and your family best. No one's suggestions or plans are going to work all the time for you, so you just have to go with the flow and kind of adjust things as you go. Have a wonderful time.
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