Back from Disneyworld and used the MYW dining Plan, had some problems

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Leslie32, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. Leslie32

    Leslie32 Going to disneyworld for the first time EVER!!!

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    Hi everyone, first off I want to say the dining plan was well worth it. I figured out we saved over 400 dollars on food doing the dining plan and oh we ate good and alot, LOL. I have to work off the weight I gained. Anyway the only complaints I have about the plan is first

    We ate at Ohanas and the waiter said because you are on the dining plan you can only have pineapple for Dessert. If you would like any other dessert you will have to pay for it. Did anyone else have this problem?? I know before I left I hadn't heard that Ohanas was limiting the dessert on the plan. I was very mad about this.

    Second we ate at Le Celliers and it was great but they said we couldn't get the dessert that had all the samples of the desserts they have. I think it was called the signature dessert tray, I don't remember but I know it was the highest price one and I couldn't get that. Did anyone else have this problem?

    Third at Angelos the Italian Restaurant at Epcot they said I couldn't get two things since I was on the dining plan one was the fetuchini appetizer and the other one was an appetizer also but forgot which one it was.

    Fourth The only place that the kids could get an appetizer was Concourse steakhouse. All the other restaurants wouldn't let my kids order an appetizer off the adult menu.

    The only thing I noticed at some of the restaurants is that the service wasn't as good after I told them we were on the dining plan. Now it may of been all in my head for thinking that but as I looked around and people with the same waiter were getting their glasses refilled all the time and we weren't I was getting suspicious.

    These are the only complaints I had about the plan. The counter services were great didn't have any problem. I really didn't mind Le Cellier and Angelos having some restrictions on their appetizers and Desserts because they had a lot of other stuff to choose from but Ohanas I am upset with them because just having pineapple for dessert and the way he said because you are on the dining plan you can only get pineapple ticked me off.

    I do recommend the plan definatley. We wouldn't of been able to eat as good as we did if they didn't have the plan. Also my favorite restaurant that we ate on the plan was Concourse Steakhouse. We saved the most there. The waitress was awesome, she said my girls could get the drinks with the glowing ice cubes on the plan, those were about 5.00 each. They had no restrictions on what to get. I loved that place.
     
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  3. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Reserving the right to make jokes out of typos - b

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    That 'Ohana issue doesn't seem right. As far as I know, the pineapple and fortune cookies are INCLUDED in the cost of your dinner. I'd have politely asked to see a manager.
     
  4. aabinion

    aabinion Earning My Ears

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    I got the trio dessert sampler at Le Cellier and we were on the dining plan, but I don't think I mentioned that I was on the plan until the very end. I kept forgetting to mention that even though I was supposed to. Maybe that is why nobody treated me differently. I can't help you with O'hana's because we were so full we didn't ask for a different dessert. I had heard that they were not letting you get another dessert before we left for disney though. I think it depended on the waiter/waitress. I did notice that some included things that others didn't. The waiter at the Brown Derby took the Fantasmic Package out of my Dining Plan creduts after I had heard that they absolutely would not except the dining plan for that. It messed up all my plans but the cm at the Wilderness Lodge corrected it for me. I had intended to pay for that out of pocket.
     
  5. NewEnglandDisney

    NewEnglandDisney Just My Opinion. Your mileage may vary.

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    Glad you got a good value out of the plan. However, in the three instances you cited, they were just following the rules :

    1) When you get a buffet/family style meal on the plan it includes the standard meal only. The standard meal at 'Ohana is the pineapple dessert. The other desserts are not included in the one-price, so they are not included on the dining plan either. Everyone has to pay extra if they want something in addition to the included dessert. If you read your plan materials, it differentiates between a regular TS and a buffet/family style one.

    2) The dessert samplers, being intended for more than one person, are not going to be included either. I agree it should be spelled out more clearly.

    3) The dining plan includes 1 appetizer, 1 entree, and 1 dessert. I assume you tried to order two appetizers instead of an appetizer and an entree? The reason that doesn't work is that the computer will not recognize and appetizer as an entree and won't allow you to use a credit for it. The CM has no control over that.

    Glad you enjoyed the plan anyway - hope this helps you feel better (that they weren't targetting you, hehe)!

    N.E.D.
     
  6. the kabuki

    the kabuki DIS Cast Member<br><font color="teal">Has Drama Ki

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    I do have to wonder about the service issues. Are the waiters/waitresses not being tipped as well with people on the dining plan ? Not you specifically mind , just in general?
     
  7. imatoad

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    I thought I'd read that the tip included with the dining plan is somewhere around 15%. If this is accurate, the wait staff should have no complaints as they are GUARANTEED a decent tip. I understand that tips are the majority of their wage, but if someone is not on the plan, they might leave less than what the plan automatically gives.
     
  8. VistaLeigh'smommy

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    They are tipped off of the total tab so it makes sense for them to let you add things on (like the glow cube drinks). It's in their best interest. Also if they are nice to you there is always the chance that someone might leave extra money so they could easily make 20%. I am sure they make no more then 10% of their sales at the end of the night with or without the meal plan.
     
  9. klh999

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  10. NY Disney fan

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    Then maybe their employers should pay them what they are worth.
     
  11. NMW

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    I have heard from other people that other desserts at Ohana are NOT included in the dining plan. I also can understand not letting children order adult appetizers. I think I've read on these boards that some places have now added child appetizers to their menu. What bothers me is that you thought the service was not as good because you were on the dining plan. That's really a shame. We did the old Dreammaker Gold plan in Dec 2003 and the service was fantastic. However, even with that plan, if something was meant for more than one person (like the dessert at le Celliar) that many people HAD to get it. One person could not get something made for 2.

    klh999, I agree that 15% is not a good tip. We always left more than the 15% included in the gold plan when we paid cash for our alcohol drinks. :)
     
  12. pennyplanner

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    I think the problem at Alfredo's in Epcot is that there are appetizers that serve more than one person. For example, there is an antipasto that serves 2-4 people and costs $24.95. I am guessing that would not be eligible for counting as one appetizer.

    Just a guess.

    I think the 'Ohana meal is exactly as fellow New Englander states, one price includes the "meal deal" with the standard dessert of pineapple with carmel. How does anyone fit in more dessert after all that food anyway? ;)

    Tipping at 15% is not enough in my book unless the service was mediocre.

    Looking forward to your reviews!

    --penny
     
  13. Luigi's Girl

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    I am not in the restaraunt business and wouldn't dare leave a 15% tip unless the service was absolutely horrible. We always leave 20% (after tax is added in) especially at WDW. Sometimes even more if service is over the top and the whole experience is magical. :flower:
     
  14. BluOrchid2

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    Well as far as I know, 15% is still the standard here in the Midwest, and that is usually what I leave. I leave 20% if the service was outstanding.
     
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    I agree that 15% is still standard around our area. I even know people who insist it should be 15% before tax.

    To the OP, if you were dining at 'Ohana without the dining plan, other desserts are not included. You were treated fairly.

    And since you were paying about $10/child/day, it doesn't surprise me that you weren't able to order appetizers for your kids. Many of WDW appetizers cost at least that.
     
  16. Luigi's Girl

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    You might be right. I never thought about the different standards in other parts of the country. :flower:

    BTW your pictures are great!
     
  17. melindaandrob

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    This is why the dining plan doesn't interest me. I don't want to have to figure out what is or isn't included. On the other hand I can understand how it could save $$ for a family but with dh and I and our 'no kids' trip I want to eat what I want, where I want, and if that means popcorn and sushi for dinner I don't want to have to figure out the dining plan to do it.
     
  18. Lewisc

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    The pineapple dessert is included with your meal in Ohana. If you're not on the plan you're not allowed to substitute another dessert. If you're on the plan and want a second dessert you have to pay for it. Guests on and off the plan are treated the same.

    Some restaurants have appetizers and desserts intended to be shared. We really don't have ground to complain if they're either excluded or if the restaurant requires 2 or 3 guest use their credits for that item.
     
  19. missypie

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    There was a thread several weeks ago about CMs hinting loudly for additional tips from folks on the dining plan. Someone replied that the waitstaff has to wait 6-7 weeks for the dining plan tips to reach their pockets. If the waiters are used to living off their cash tips through the week, it would be really hard to adjust to waiting a month and a half for the money. Of course, that is a Disney problem and they should make it right to their employees.
     
  20. gypsydoodlebug

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    That seems kinda rude...I don't think I'd tip extra to somebody who BEGGED for my money. But I'd gladly give it to someone who simply does a good job with a smile.

    My problem is going to be DH. I'd be willing to tip $5-$10 extra per meal, but since tips are included, DH says he's not going to leave extra. Guess it'll be up to me to slip a bill onto the table on our way out... :rolleyes1
     
  21. imatoad

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    klh, if you mean NYC, then don't judge the restaurant industry in other US regions by the exorbitent cost of living in the city. The wages in the southeast are considerably lower than that of the northeast, I live in Jersey, but yes, I lived in the south for a while and have friends that still do. You can't compare the tip you might receive in Manhattan to that of Orlando, even if it is Disney. Remember one thing, your tip shouldn't be based soley on the bill, but on the service as well. I've worked in the resort hotel industy from Aspen, Colorado, to Atlantic City. I'll gladly tip for good service, but if a waiter is going to snub me because of the tipping system their company has put in place, then he/she needs to find a new job, and a new industry. Ask any casino dealer that deals to some rude. obnoxious, winning player, only to have the guy walk away with thousands, and tip nothing.
     

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