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Old 05-28-2013, 08:47 AM   #1
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Plate sharing??

The last few times my family and I have been to WDW we noticed the portions at a lot of the restaurants are HUGE. Most of the time I would end up leaving more than half of my meal on the plate and I hate wasting food! Do the restaurants in WDW charge a 'plate sharing fee' if we order one entree between my husband and me? The kids all order their own meal, but my husband and I think sharing an appetizer and one entree could be more than enough food. Please let me know if anyone has experienced a plate sharing fee...thanks!
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:16 AM   #2
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
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Unlike some people, we have never considered Disney portions to be *huge*. We are not big snackers between meals, plus don't eat 3 big meals a day, so we have no problems eating what portions we are given. If we aren't very hungry, we have split a meal, ordered an appetizer/dessert to share, and we have never been charged extra.
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Unlike some people, we have never considered Disney portions to be *huge*. We are not big snackers between meals, plus don't eat 3 big meals a day, so we have no problems eating what portions we are given. If we aren't very hungry, we have split a meal, ordered an appetizer/dessert to share, and we have never been charged extra.
I think it may be the things we order Like sandwiches that are so big I need to take some meat out to take bites or a pasta dish that looks like it's a family style portion. I will say there are some meals that are nicely portioned but whenever I order any of those things or similar items it's just too darn much and then I feel guilty walking away from a practically full plate of food. I think the nicer restaurants when you order a steak or something is different, but the lunchy type places always get us!
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:43 AM   #5
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The last few times my family and I have been to WDW we noticed the portions at a lot of the restaurants are HUGE. Most of the time I would end up leaving more than half of my meal on the plate and I hate wasting food! Do the restaurants in WDW charge a 'plate sharing fee' if we order one entree between my husband and me? The kids all order their own meal, but my husband and I think sharing an appetizer and one entree could be more than enough food. Please let me know if anyone has experienced a plate sharing fee...thanks!
My sister and I share all the time. Neither of us are big eaters (we can usually share a counter service meal) and the portions are huge for us. We have never had a problem, we just sell the server up front what we will be sharing and they either bring it on two plates or just one with two empty plates for us to take what we want
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:50 AM   #6
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My sister and I share all the time. Neither of us are big eaters (we can usually share a counter service meal) and the portions are huge for us. We have never had a problem, we just sell the server up front what we will be sharing and they either bring it on two plates or just one with two empty plates for us to take what we want
This is great to know! I know about counter service, my husband and I share counter service all the time, especially for breakfast because I'm not a big breakfast person at all...it's actually more like I'll have a bite of his breakfast I was just concerned that it was not acceptable at sit down, (or they would charge us)which I'm so glad to hear that it is and you haven't had any issues with it!! I felt so bad because one time at Via Napoli we had so much left over food on the table the server shook her head as she was clearing the table...I really felt terrible guilt
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:26 PM   #7
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This is great to know! I know about counter service, my husband and I share counter service all the time, especially for breakfast because I'm not a big breakfast person at all...it's actually more like I'll have a bite of his breakfast I was just concerned that it was not acceptable at sit down, (or they would charge us)which I'm so glad to hear that it is and you haven't had any issues with it!! I felt so bad because one time at Via Napoli we had so much left over food on the table the server shook her head as she was clearing the table...I really felt terrible guilt
As others have said, sharing at al a carte venues is fine and there won't be a plate fee. They don't allow sharing at the dinner shows (e.g., HDDR), fixed price places (e.g., CRT or the Fantasmic Dining Package), buffets (e.g., 1900PF), all-you-care-to-eat (WCC), and/or family style venues (e.g., 'Ohana).

Just because you mentioned it, if you are on the dining plan, VN does not allow sharing. You cannot use one credit to buy a pizza and feed two people. They are very strict about this...so if you only plan on ordering on pizza for two people, you'll need to pay OOP for this one.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:44 AM   #8
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As others have said, sharing at al a carte venues is fine and there won't be a plate fee. They don't allow sharing at the dinner shows (e.g., HDDR), fixed price places (e.g., CRT or the Fantasmic Dining Package), buffets (e.g., 1900PF), all-you-care-to-eat (WCC), and/or family style venues (e.g., 'Ohana).

Just because you mentioned it, if you are on the dining plan, VN does not allow sharing. You cannot use one credit to buy a pizza and feed two people. They are very strict about this...so if you only plan on ordering on pizza for two people, you'll need to pay OOP for this one.

I know VN is very strict when it comes to the dining plan, I noticed that. With our last trip they wouldn't let us get the house salad for the appetizer with our pizza. At first I thought she was kidding when she said, 'no'...but yeah, she wasn't kidding...We only got the free dining plan this time without upgrading to the deluxe so we figured that if we ate at two sit down restaurants in one day, we would just pay for lunch (and share that meal)
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:20 AM   #9
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My mother and I share a lot of meals--both QS and TS. There is a plate at 50's Prime Time that is meatloaf, fried chicken and pot roast (I think). There is just a little bit of each, so that is perfect for us to share. Anything we don't eat, DS17 takes care of for us!!
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I know VN is very strict when it comes to the dining plan, I noticed that. With our last trip they wouldn't let us get the house salad for the appetizer with our pizza. At first I thought she was kidding when she said, 'no'...but yeah, she wasn't kidding...We only got the free dining plan this time without upgrading to the deluxe so we figured that if we ate at two sit down restaurants in one day, we would just pay for lunch (and share that meal)
I think you have mentioned the reason you think portions are so huge and I don't. But I could never eat 2 sit down meals per day. I know many folks do and some even 3 sit downs a day. But in the "real" world I have something very light in the morning (ie a bagel perhaps) and then I don't eat anything again until our evening dinner. DH is the same. He has juice and a banana in the morning and nothing again until dinner. At dinner, for the most part, we think Disney portions are just right.
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If we didnt have the dining plan, we would definitely do sharing, especially my kids.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:33 PM   #12
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I agree that Disney dinners are huge, so when we do the DDP, we often split table service meals. Sometimes I pay extra to add a small salad to the meal, and then my half of the entree is much smaller than my husband's. Some of the places where we've split are LeCellier, Chefs of France, and Sanaa.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:25 AM   #13
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When we take the kids we make it a point to do sit down places because otherwise I don't want to wait until they're overhungry only to wait in line for an hour and try to hunt down a table. Sitting in a restaurant for a bit and grabbing a bite with the kids is also a nice mini break from the chaos and heat and that's really the main reason we do sit down. We love the restaurant themes and it's just really 'part' of the vacation for us...we're not one of those ok let's eat real quick and go! We like to make it part of the vacation and it really breaks up the day nicely too.
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When we take the kids we make it a point to do sit down places because otherwise I don't want to wait until they're overhungry only to wait in line for an hour and try to hunt down a table. Sitting in a restaurant for a bit and grabbing a bite with the kids is also a nice mini break from the chaos and heat and that's really the main reason we do sit down. We love the restaurant themes and it's just really 'part' of the vacation for us...we're not one of those ok let's eat real quick and go! We like to make it part of the vacation and it really breaks up the day nicely too.
We agree with this as well! We love the break that a ts meal affords us. DH and i share all the time. Some portions for us are huge. One is example is the fried chicken from 50's PT.
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When we take the kids we make it a point to do sit down places because otherwise I don't want to wait until they're overhungry only to wait in line for an hour and try to hunt down a table. Sitting in a restaurant for a bit and grabbing a bite with the kids is also a nice mini break from the chaos and heat and that's really the main reason we do sit down. We love the restaurant themes and it's just really 'part' of the vacation for us...we're not one of those ok let's eat real quick and go! We like to make it part of the vacation and it really breaks up the day nicely too.
We dont have kids but we make sit down meals as it "forces" as to slow down for awhile, grab something to eat that is more than popcorn, Mickey Bars, Nuggets and Fries, and really relax. After the 60-90 minutes, we feel refreshed and can go for another 5-6 hours
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