How often do you eat table service meals?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by rainbowdog, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. kam1011

    kam1011 Mouseketeer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Usually like once a day. One or two days without and usually we'll end up with a day with 2 TS. Mostly character breakfasts with maybe two dinners in the mix. We don't do the dining plan anymore. My kids are 6, 4, and 3.
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  3. dr&momto2boys

    dr&momto2boys DIS Veteran

    Oct 4, 2006
    We plan 1 TS per day. We have 4 kids 8 and under (soon to be 5 kids.) I am a very good planner. We pick our park days and general itinerary for rides to avoid crowds. We plan a sit down lunch or dinner each day depending on our plans. We always hit a park at opening and do most of our riding then. We take an afternoon break. We'll either eat a TS lunch right before our break or a TS dinner when we return. The late afternoon/evenings are for less crowded attractions and shows/parades. It works very well for us!

    We have even done DxDDP in the past. It was nice to try once, but it was too much time in the restaurants for us and too much food! We do the best price-wise with the TIW card.
  4. aaarcher86

    aaarcher86 DIS Veteran

    Feb 17, 2010
    We do a TS breakfast early in the morning and a TS dinner later in the evening.

    We'll grab a QS or hefty snack in between :thumbsup2
  5. dvcdisney

    dvcdisney DIS Veteran

    Jan 7, 2008
    We've always had at least one TS per day, usually 2. My children are 13 and 8 and we've been going for 11 years now. So out of the 14 days, we would eat 2 TS meals per day for about 8-10 days and the rest is only once (usually 4-6 Signature dinners and they are usually early dinners).

    My children are used to long restaurant dinners. When they were small, we brought some activity books for them to do when they've finished the ones the restaurant provides.
  6. Bullseye

    Bullseye Faithful Companion

    May 8, 2009
    We do maybe 5 in a 10 day every other day. We now always have a villa with a full kitchen so we usually eat two meals in the suite.
  7. vcgirl925

    vcgirl925 Raisin cookies that look like chocolate chip cooki

    Nov 30, 2007
    Every day we are at the park. We usually do the dining plan.
  8. helpmejenny

    helpmejenny Earning My Ears

    Mar 1, 2011
    We have had both the table service and the quick service dining plan. I don't think we will ever do the ts meal plan again. It is hard being tied down to a reservation and it is ALOT of food. The qs works so much better for our family. We have a couple Table Service restaraunts we must do but we just pay out of pocket for those couple of meals. This seems to works best for us. Plus we always do Sci-Fi for shakes and onion rings OOP. That is a must do!
  9. bdklein

    bdklein DIS Veteran

    Sep 17, 2005
    TS every dinner. Did it when kids were 3 and 6, and 9 and 12. We stay at Monorail resort. Would probably be different if offsite or at a value resort
  10. McKelly

    McKelly DIS Veteran

    Jan 22, 2004
    In a ten day trip, about 5-6 table service, usually one breakfast, 1-2 lunches and three dinners. We don't like being tied down to reservations.
  11. allstonsmommy

    allstonsmommy Mouseketeer

    Jan 18, 2010
    We do at least 1 per day, sometimes 2. We always have a TS dinner and sometimes breakfast.

    I forgot to add my kids are 5, 2, 2
  12. nansmama

    nansmama DIS Veteran

    Jan 5, 2008
    My kids are teenagers and we do one TS every few days. We don't care to do too many sit downs as we prefer to be on the move.
  13. Minnesota!

    Minnesota! Shoeless in Minnesota

    Sep 15, 1999
    Every day of vacation. It's the way we wind down for the evening. We usually do a 6:00 or so reservation, finish about 90 minutes later, then head to a park for the evening.

    We have been doing this on every vacation for as long as we have been going. My kids are now 5 and 8, but even when they were little, table service each night. It's a way for us to rehash the day, calm down, etc.
  14. ErinsMommy

    ErinsMommy DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Every day we're on vacation. Although a bad habit we've yet to break is eating fast.
  15. 3pletprincesses

    3pletprincesses DIS Veteran

    Aug 25, 2010
    I have been taking my 6 yo triplets since they were 1 to Disney and we have at least 1 sit down a day. When they turned 4 yo we started doing 1 character meal in the morning and 1 signature meal a day but before that, we always did a character meals every day and a counter service. We now have a baby and this past August , we still did signature meals and character meals every day. I think that next year we will skip signatures as the baby will only be a 1yo and wait until she can understand that melt downs are not acceptable. that being said, if she continues as well as she is doing now(she' 7 months old) we will do signature also. Our sit down meal are the time of day we take to get a breath of cool air, time to talk about the good and bad things and what we will do next. It's our relax time and it's appreciated by all. My girls get tired real fast about the counter service options and I have to admit that I too get tired of it after a few days.
  16. mickeysbestfriend

    mickeysbestfriend DIS Veteran

    Dec 3, 2005
    1-2 table service meals a day at most. We eat breakfast in our villa or do Trails end or Olivia's. We always have our big meal of the day as a table service late lunch. We try to get the last ressie time before the transition to dinner. Sometimes we go for an evening ice cream or if I am really hungry EOS in DTD for a salad or sandwich but lunch is usually enough to fill me up.
  17. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    I usually aim for 3 TS meals a trip, one dinner on arrival day, one breakfast on departure day, and one during the week! We obviously have more when we're in the dining plan with TS we did one a day.

    I find its nice to have an afternoon break with good food & air conditioning in most parks we finish early, do a dinner to take up time, and then do the nighttime festivities
  18. MinnieLovesMickey12

    MinnieLovesMickey12 DIS Veteran

    Dec 16, 2012
    We eat TS meals once per day. We eat TS for our supper meal. We have tweens and teens so we don't do character meals on purpose.

    I wouldn't eat a TS meal every day if we didn't have the DDP because every one of our sit down meals cost the 5 of us $200 plus tip. I would never pay that much to take my family out to eat normally but have only done it at DIsney because we had the free dining plan.

    If I were paying OOP and it were just DH and myself I would still eat one TS meal every day but if it is all 5 of us, I would eat maybe 2 TS meals during the week we are there.

    As far as how long it takes...our longest meal took almost 3 hours at T-Rex but that was not the norm. Most of our meals took 60-90 minutes and that was just fine. If they all took 2 hours or more we would not do the TS meals.
  19. magrudersmakes3

    magrudersmakes3 DIS Veteran

    Jul 16, 2011
    We do at least one TS every day. We will usually do 1-2 breakfast and the rest will be dinners. We do not do the dining plan as we like to split meals if they are big and sometimes I order off the kids menu.
  20. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto I really wanted to like it, but I didnt.

    Mar 29, 2011
    We do at least one TS per day, minimum. That was our norm even when my DS12 was younger. I cant do QS all the time no matter how convenient.

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  21. My2Cents

    My2Cents Earning My Ears

    Dec 25, 2012
    We don't do TS. I don't want to have to plan where we want to eat months in advance. We also tend to go in September and it is too hot to eat very much.

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