Basic DDP with TS Dinner, Would you use your QS for breakfast or lunch?

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by nanay2jdr, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. nanay2jdr

    nanay2jdr Mouseketeer

    Mar 5, 2013
    Trying to plan our QS Meals around our ADRs. Cant decide whether to eat a large breakfast first then snacks for lunch OR eat a quick breakfast in our room then buy a QS meal for lunch then enjoy the TS Supper. What's your preference based on your experience?
  2. FiggieFan

    FiggieFan DIS Veteran

    Sep 1, 2012
    We always do a QS breakfast at the hotel and an early TS dinner around 4 or 4:30. That way it isn't too much food and you beat the worst of the dinner crowds. We use our snack credits in the early afternoon to get a smoothie or something.
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  4. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc DIS Veteran

    Jul 2, 2007
    We use the snack credits for breakfast. The snack credit can cover something like a bagel or croissant-- that and a cup of coffee/tea in our refillable mug tides us over until lunch.

    We're a rope drop family, and not spending additional time on breakfast means we can sleep a little later and still make the most of that first hour or so when the parks are least crowded.
  5. disneymayz

    disneymayz DIS Veteran

    May 23, 2007
    Breakfast in the room
    QS lunch around 11
    Dinner at 5 or so
  6. Disneylover99

    Disneylover99 DIS Veteran

    Jul 17, 2012
    We never eat breakfast at the resort or line up in the morning at the resort to buy anything. We always have cereal bars or muffins in our room which we take to the park and eat while we are in line for rope drop.

    Then we go, go, go, for the first 3 hours and eat a relaxing TS lunch (and we eat well cause we're hungry)! Then we cruise more leisurely in the afternoon ..... snacking and eating quick service for dinner whenever we get hungry. It works great for us!
  7. Hopefully

    Hopefully DIS Veteran

    Nov 3, 1999
    We use for a grocery delivery to the BCV. We order fruit, juice, breakfast foods, water, beer, wine, and snacks. Then we eat a quick breakfast in the room, a QS lunch around noon and a nice Table SErvice dinner around 7:30. It is nice to have "adult beverages" and snacks when we take an afternoon break. I believe we save the cost of the delivery on just the water alone. I am a big water drinker and always have it with me.
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  8. shoney

    shoney DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2005
    If we stay in the parks all day, we will often have a TS lunch and a counter service dinner. We find it is a good midday break.
  9. smiths02

    smiths02 DIS Veteran

    Feb 13, 2009
    On the basic DDP, from a strictly monetary point of view...the best use of credits is CS for lunch and TS for dinner

    Breakast is not usually the best use of either CS or TS because you don't get the dessert.

    That being said, last time we went, we mixed it up. We had a pin code and upgraded from "free" QSDP to regular DDP. DH wasn't with us the entire time, so we had some extra credits to use.

    Depending on your family, you might find that you can split CS if you are 2A, could order 1A/1C breakfast platters and maybe a snack credit of eggs/oatmeal/pastry before heading to the parks, 1A/1C CS for lunch and maybe a snack credit for an extra side and then have a TS dinner

    You could eat breakfast in the room (we drive so we bring cereal, pop tarts, etc.), CS lunch, afternoon snack, TS dinner

    Pre-rope drop character TS breakfast, snack around lunch time, CS dinner (if you are doing this, you might want to choose a more expensive CS dinner like WGPE)
  10. 333disneymom

    333disneymom DIS Veteran

    Mar 26, 2011
    We like to get moving on the morning, so we grab a quick snack and go. We usually have an early lunch (around 11:30) at a CS. By eating this way, we avoid both morning and lunch crowds and are plenty hungry by dinner. I agree that you get more for your money if you go with the lunch CS.

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  11. LovesTimone

    LovesTimone DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2009
    You can do whatever you like. Do what works for you.

    I suggest if you have small kiddos breakfast in room while everyone is getting dress and going, it is easier, they will actual eat something. I have taken, breakfast bars, poptarts, fruit, milk, juice. When DD's were little we loved CBR- the little court yards were perfect for morning breakfast, we would get them dresses, then one of us would sit outside and eat with them, while the other showered and dress, then we would switch. Worked out great for us.

    Character breakfast in the parks are always fun, and you can get in before the park opens- great pic's as you are walking to you ADR, Character signing, and really great breakfast.

    Snack credits - WE always share snacks, in my family the 4 of us would share a snack mid day, then one later in the evening. I will note that we take our own water into the parks, and fill up the bottle as we go. I feel that a snack credit for water is a waste of a good credit. You can share ice cream, popcorn, cookies, cupcakes ect.

    CS is more now than just burgers, check out the menu here or over on Allears, they had whole meals, ribs, 1/2 chicken, some of the resorts food court, offer make you own pasta, meatloaf, and other more substancial meals.

    Have a magical trip.:)
  12. shoney

    shoney DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2005
    many restaurants have an all day the value of a TS lunch and a TS dinner are the same.
  13. goofyintoronto

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

    Mar 29, 2011
    This is us too. As another had said, you can get a bagel or muffin as your snack credit....then use your refillable mug for coffee etc.
  14. bigbabyblues

    bigbabyblues DIS Veteran

    Mar 25, 2004
    If we were doing TS dinner on DDP, we would pay cash for breakfast or else split CS meals between the four of us for breakfast and lunch. Depends on where we were eating for lunch. We have also split CS meals (if it worked out that day for us) until we ran out of credits then paid cash for the rest.
  15. VillianDiva

    VillianDiva Falling in LOVE with Disney!

    Oct 17, 2012
    Well, if I know I'm going to Epcot that day I save my QS for there. But, my son loves breakfast so he likes to use his QS on breakfast. I can get by with a granola bar that I've packed.
  16. Wood Nymph

    Wood Nymph DIS Veteran

    Sep 19, 2012
    We used a CS credit for breakfast and split the meal between two of us. Then we used a snack credit for the orange juice. We ended up having to buy a few CS meals at the end. We wanted real food for breakfast, not a muffin, so that is what worked for us.
  17. mickey2000

    mickey2000 Pin trader

    Jan 2, 2000

    Starring Rolls or DTD WGP:thumbsup2
  18. brymolmom

    brymolmom DIS Veteran

    Jun 8, 2005
    I like to mix it up:

    I bring 1 - 2 boxes of cereal in our luggage. And between that and a couple pieces of fruit or muffins brought back to the room - that is our breakfast 75% of the time.

    Then we use either TS or CS for lunch. Sometimes we use CS of 2 credits for large pizza at the food court for dinner to stretch our CS credits farther since this feeds our whole family of 4 for only 2 credits.

    Most days we'll do TS dinner...

    A couple days we'll either do a TS lunch or a late breakfast buffet as our big meal.

    On our 'sleep in' day we like to use our CS credits at the food court for a late breakfast (just before it closes for breakfast)...Then we'll do an 'ice cream for lunch' that day with snack credits just as we get to a park...Then plan an early dinner at 5:00pm.
  19. MinnieLovesMickey12

    MinnieLovesMickey12 DIS Veteran

    Dec 16, 2012
    We pay OOP for a CS breakfast around 7 am, then have a CS lunch with a CS credit around noon, have a snack around 4 then use our TS credit for an evening ADR at 7 pm each night.

    On our first trip we tried buying some breakfast items and having stuff in the room but everybody in my family much prefers having a real breakfast in the food court or restaurant.

    Even when we stay off site or don't have the dining plan we still have 3 meals a day. We just spread them out. :crazy:
  20. nkereina

    nkereina Last chance to lose your keys.

    Feb 11, 2009
    If you are worried about getting the biggest bang for your buck, avoid using TS credits for breakfast. Breakfasts are the cheapest so you are better paying OOP there if you don't want to use your snack credits. We have done DxDP in the past but are trying regular DDP this time around. We are big breakfast people and not too concerned about getting the best value, so we will make a breakfast ADR or two, and dinner ADRs as well. We won't hesitate to pay OOP for meals if needed as well.

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