Dining Plan - splitting a meal?

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by mmccutche, May 5, 2013.

  1. mmccutche

    mmccutche Mouseketeer

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    We are getting ready to leave for our first trip. As we have been losing wait to prepare for the big trip we find ourselves less hungry than usual... Is it possible to share/split a table service meal with my wife if we are simply not hungry enough for two meals?

    We hate to waist food (knowing we can't pack it up since we are staying in the park). Thanks for helping us prep for the trip of a lifetime.
     
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  3. dutchdisneyfamily

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    It is very normal and yes it can be done. Planning to do it on our next trip.
     
  4. J3nn78

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    If you are on the dining plan or at a buffet/family style, then no. Otherwise yes.

    We split meals all the time. If we didn't, I'd never get dessert. I'm always too full if I eat a whole meal myself.
     
  5. smiths02

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    You can split at many places even on the dining plan. Buffet or family style, then no splitting whichever way you pay. Some other places don't allow sharing on DDP, but most do as long as the person is on your reservation (like spouse or child)
     
  6. mmccutche

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    So any meal we are on dining plan we cannot split? Just making certain I understand. Not splitting buffet makes sense
     
  7. figment_jii

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    At most places they'll let you share a meal (one credit to feed two people). However, you cannot share at buffets, all-you-care to eat/family style (e.g., skillet at WCC), pre-plated meals (e.g., CRT), and dinner shows (e.g., HDDR). You also cannot share and get the Fantasmic dining package for both people. Finally, Via Napoli is very strict and does not allow sharing on the DDP (you cannot order one pizza to feed two people when using the DDP).

    (At pre-plated places and even at VN, when both people order their own entrees, you are welcome to share. For example, person 1 orders pizza A and person 2 orders pizza B; person 1 is welcome to try pizza B and person 2 can try pizza B. The key is that each person on the DDP ordered their own pizza and 2 credits will be charged for the meal.)
     
  8. mmccutche

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    Dumb question. What is CRT and WCC? I get HDDR. Thanks for the guidance
     
  9. WDWFANCBIIIME

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    Cinderella's Royal Table and Whispering Canyon Cafe :thumbsup2
     
  10. sharonabe

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    I understand not wanting to waste food. Are you sure you have enough meals to use all your TS credits while sharing? Have you already added the DDP to your trip? You might do better paying OOP.
     
  11. mmccutche

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    Thanks for asking. We have added it already and most of he table services are going to use at (2x) character meals or shows with our young daughters. We will have a few table service meals that we are paying OOP and 2 regular table service ( that we may extend into another dinner if we didn't each have to over eat individual dinners)

    Thanks again
     
  12. purple figment

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    Most character meals are 1 credit per person, but they are buffets (e.g. Crystal Palace, Chef Mickey, Tusker House, 1900 Park Fare, Hollywood and Vine, Cape May) or family style meals (e.g. Garden Grill, Whispering Canyon dinner, 'Ohana) so you cannot share. Each person will be charged a credit. Akershus is also 1 credit, but you will each be charged.

    The dinner shows (Hoop de Doo, Luau, and Mickeys Backyard Barbecue) and Cinderella's Royal Table are 2 credits each, but again everyone will be charged.

    As others have said, at TS restaurants where you order from a menu you can share (use 1 credit for 2 people), except at Via Napoli.
     
  13. ttintagel

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    There is no one hard and fast rule for the entire property. You'll have to ask at each restaurant.

    Just out of curiosity, what do you plan to do with all your unused meal credits?
     
  14. mmccutche

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    We have 2 "2 credit" meals HDDR and CRT for our first trip with kids so any unused credits will go to cover any missing evenings. Thanks for everyone's input
     
  15. bless7ings

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    I would say you have been told it all, and you seem to be understanding well.;) Just thought I would add we split quite a bit with our family with no problem. I am also referring to the fact that it is enough food to split at most places. Like the other poster said, if you ate a whole meal you would not be hungry for dessert. You have to really look around at the menu's to find good desserts at most places in my opinion. But even to desire a snack on the ddp in the parks you have to not be full. We did a lot of walking, but being on the regular ddp we always seemed to be full. We did take things back to the room and put it in the mini fridge. But I must say, we were never hungry to eat them. So, splitting some meals to do some double credits worked well for us. We also brought dry cereal and other stuff for breakfast in the room. We bought milk at the resort store. Some of the kids used their snack credits to buy bagels for breakfast. When I plan, I always have extra meals like a breakfast or a 2 credit and then plan on splitting some meals or we just plain have too much food leftover. I agree with you I hate wasting food, that is why it comes back to the room. So, I have learned it is better to split some meals and use the extra credits on a third meal or double credit meals than waste food.:thumbsup2 Have fun!
     
  16. scrappinginontario

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    Thanks for this info! I didn't realize there was a possibility to share a TS credit. Hmmm...will need to keep this in mind as it will just be my 4yo and I traveling together. We have a meal booked at Kona Cafe. Last summer we wasted so much food. Maybe this year we can share? It would mean though that at one of the TS locations we'd need to share a child's meal but we have so much food on the DP that I don't foresee this being a problem.

    Has anyone else ever shared a child's meal at a TS location where you order off the menu? Did they question it or allow it?

    Thanks!
     
  17. bless7ings

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    Yes, have done that, but it has been done in a large family(as you can see in my signature). I have never done it with one adult and one child. But, we have ordered half the meals of our family and split them. I have felt a bit funny about it, but they do what you ask for. There was one restaurant in Italy(Epcot that isn't there now) that the waiter was very rude about it, but if that is your order, it is not against the rules.

    We split outside of Disney more and more all the time. Some restaurants charge an extra plate fee for splitting. But we usually order an appetizer(because we love them) and an entree. When they kinda look at us questionally if that is all and if they understand us right. We say, yes could you please bring the appetizer out like usual and the entree out with no extra plates please. They are like, ok are you sure you don't want an extra plate? We have always managed to skirt around the extra plate fee, by ordering two items and no extra plates.

    I don't think Disney does or lets say the majority of them I don't believe do. I am thinking, their might be one or two that might say that. Just have to see if anyone says they have had a problem or decide to be bold and see for yourself.

    It seems hard at first because it is out of the norm, but once you get used to it, it makes sense to be:

    1. Using your credits wisely for your purposes
    2. Not wasting food
    3. Not overeating, because you were taught to never waste food.
    4. Just plainly getting more bang for your buck!

    It is up to you, and how much you eat, or for that matter eat a bit and save room for the things that look awesome, but I am never hungry to eat!!! :cool1:
     
  18. figment_jii

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    Are you asking about using a child's credit to purchase a meal for an adult? I think you might be able to order one child's meal and you both could eat it, but you could not order two kid's meal (unless you have two kids).

    This is in the Dining Plan brochure (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/m...og/WaltDisneyWorld/en_us/PDF/2013Dining.pdf):
    I just wanted to clarify: the servers at Via Napoli are nice about it, but the restaurant does not allow sharing when paying with the DDP. Each person dining must redeem a credit (or pay out of pocket). If you're paying OOP, then you can share as much as you want.
     
  19. tammyroo

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    We've done this for years. We only do the dining plan when its free because we can't enough food to cover what it costs. My husband and I or daughter and I often share meals. If we have signature dining experiences then the leftover credits go towards the regular one credit meals.

    One thing we also do is use one CS credit and get breakfast platter to share in the mornings. Then use the other CS credit and share lunch. That way we are more able to enjoy our evening meals.
     
  20. bdklein

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    Perhaps you should go OOP since you wasted so much food.
     
  21. sharonabe

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    There's not a lot of food on the kids' meals for you to share without something to supplement. An app and pay for it OOP perhaps??
     

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