This is my first Dining Review, and it is geared more toward those who are unsure if the need the Deluxe Dining Plan to enjoy the F&WF. Please bear with me! Also, you will notice I have no pictures!That is because my camera died on arrival day, just in time for Mickey's not So Scary Halloween Party. It wasn't scary, just devastating! That said, it was a lovely and memorable trip, with delicious food (at all parks, not just the F&WF), and I hope this review will help someone in a small way! First, a little about myself and our trip... Our cast includes Me, DH and DS (6). We arrived October 29th (Thursday) and stayed until November 3rd (Tuesday). We had the DDP (5 days), as the Deluxe the year before was too much for the family, and we found ourselves struggling to use it all up! We used our Disney Rewards points for giftcards at the F&WF, 25 each for DH and myself...more to come on that later! Arrival Day! (10/29) Breakfast: Airport Lunch: Snacks on the plane Supper: Cape May We had an early ADR (5:30) at Cape May on the evening of arrival, hence the light breakfast and snacks before we arrived. DH was adamantly against this restaurant, stating "I have been to clam bakes, and I don't like clams. It took trading away 2 ADRs, but I finally got my wish! Although the buffet is a "New England Style Clam Bake & All American Dinner Buffet" I have to admit I also had my reservations (no pun intended). However, DH found enough for three plates worth of food, despite his announcement earlier in the room that he was not hungry! He had chicken, prime rib, potatoes (both mashed and boiled) corn on the cob, and more than I can remember. He even tried the fried fish (I believe it was whitefish, but definitely not haddock), and declared it good. So there is more that clams, mussels and crab legs at this buffet! You are to pick up a plate or bucket (or both) and the tables are covered with butcher paper so that families can share the goodies...My husband looked mortified when I suggested this. He did not want any kind of shellfish on his paper! And DS agreed once he realized he could no longer draw on it once covered in food. So, I kept my bounty confined to the plate, using the bucket for shells. Mussels, clams, potatoes and the corn on the cob were all wonderful, but the one thing I had to have were the crab legs! These are kept halved, and are so large that it is difficult to fit a half into a bucket! They were perfectly steamed, and the butter was perfect! DS even tried clams and mussels, along with his favorites of pizza (typical Tony's looking kid's pizza) corn and potatoes, green beans as well as the baked chicken. For a kid that is not at all adventurous, I was pleased when he wanted to try the mussel, stating it was really good. He then asked the server which muscle of the clam it came from. "I mean, is it his leg or his arm? I didn't even know clams had arms!" She decided she wanted the chef to hear this question as well, and brought the cook out to our pleasure. He laughed and explained it wasn't a muscle, it was just called a mussel. All of the cast members were so nice, and the server was attentive, especially for a buffet! She had evened offered to bring DS a dessert she knew he'd love! It was the Oreo bon bon, and although my son does not like chocolate at all, he tried it (I think he liked her!) It was a wonderful meal and surroundings. I have seen some complain of the noise, and while the crowd was boisterous, I never felt I was struggling to hear my family speak, or shouting over the noise. The chattering just seemed to add to the Clam Bake feel, with several groups and families excitedly talking about past events or those to come! And, despite not getting to make a mess on our butcher paper, it was the perfect meal to begin a wonderful (if picture free) vacation! Later...MNSSHP AndMain Street Confectionery , which has become our parade-time favorite. Used the Disney Reward giftcard for two candy apples and a chocolate dipped strawberry (perfection!). Day 2: (10/30) AK and DTD Plans were cast away, and friends were made (although not in that order)...\ Breakfast: Boardwalk Bakery Lunch: My heart was set on Flame Tree Barbecue, which I also missed last year. Instead, Restaurantosaurus... Supper: Ragland Road Day 3 (10/31) DHS/Resort Breakfast: In room Lunch: Pizza Planet Supper: Captain's Grill Later: F&WF Day 4 (11/1) MK Breakfast: Beach Club gift shop Lunch: Liberty Tree Tavern Supper: Hurricane Hannah's Later: F&WF Day 5 (11/2) Epcot/F&WF! Breakfast: Seasons Lunch: Coral Reef Supper: Yorkshire County Fish Shop Day 6 (Departure) Breakfast: Beach Club gift shop Lunch: Austin Airport Supper: Home, and not wanting to eat!