I live in Seattle and am spending the summer in Florida with my family. The last week that we are there my husband is flying to Orlando to meet us. We have taken ODD(9) to Disney before but we never stayed on site (stayed DTD) and never did the dining plan. I actually had no interest in the plan until I started reading about it and I think that it may actually be a good deal for us. There will be 3 adults in our party and 3 kids under 9 (3,5,9). From what I understand......My DH is active duty military. I can get a military rate at an onsite resort (if available) and add the dining plan without adding tickets. We plan to get the 4 day military salute hoppers. Right now we plan on 8/20-8/26. Arriving by 10am on the 20 and leaving around 5pm on the 26th (will check out of the resort at checkout time). My DH can take advantage of ME and then on the way home our family can use ME to get back to MCO. We will have access to my moms car but all of us will not fit so we plan to use Disney transportation to/from the parks. For the dining plan do I tell the reservationist how many days we want? Is it based on the amount of days that we are onsite? Ticket days? I prefer to have 5 dining days if possible. There are 4 character experiences that I want to do (one is 2 table service credits). I sat and figured out the amount that it would cost me for 6 people at the character meals and it is more than what I would pay for 5 days of dining. + we would still have CS and Snack credits. I want to make the most out of our trip. This may be a once in a lifetime kinda trip for my girls (3,5,9). We love to travel and most likely will not vacation at Disney like this again. I want to make the trip as magical as I can for them. Also tips for using snack credits would be great as well. If you made it this far, THANK YOU SO MUCH for any help or advice that you can give me!!!!