Recent Dining Plan Use Report

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by ParrotBill, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. ParrotBill

    ParrotBill Yo ho, yo ho, a parrot's life for me

    Feb 10, 2005
    We just completed 10 days on the DDP and spent well more than we paid for 2 adults and 1 child. We left 2 table service for the child unused because she went to the Sandcastle Club 2 nights (dinner is included) and we had our dinners without her.

    Our dinners ran from $70 to $110 in value. Counter service for 3 was reliably around $30-34. The value of the snacks for the 3 of us was about $8 a day. So a daily average of $120 a day... means we got about $30 a day more than we paid for it.

    Some menus are well marked to show what items qualify as snacks with a little purple "DP" symbol. But often you had to wait until you got to the register to ask what items you can get as entrees and which items qualify as desserts.

    The buffets were always a good use of the plan. We did 4 character dining meals and cape may.

    Important things to know at Puck: Wolfgang Puck Cafe is not a Disney company and by participating they must discount the meal. The server gets a tip on the discounted meal not the full price. Our dinner would have been $100 but was charged at $73, so we added additional tip in cash.

    Also, in case it was not clear, the counter service at the main Puck location is not a "Puck Express" even though the sign still says it is... so the dining plan does not work there... it does work at the Puck Express located in the Marketplace.

    I think we would do it again but I have 3 wishes for improvements:

    1. Offer more children's meal options for both table and counter service. If your child likes chicken strips or PB&J uncrustables for every meal you are all set. Why doesn't, for example, the fish & chips place in EPCOT UK offer a child's size fish & chips? Ridiculous. Alternative - allow a simple credit amount for the child equal to a child meal amount but let us order different food. The only restaurant that served us the same food in a child sized portion was Japan's Teppanyaki.

    2. Enough already with the included desserts. I would suggest turning the desserts into snack options and use them for desserts with your table service or counter service... or as drinks... or as snack items. I ate only 3 bites of a lot of desserts because I could not eat that much at one sitting. And the dessert for the child was sometimes as big as their whole meal.

    3. Offer more fruit items for snacks and desserts. Many counter service dessert options included cookies, cakes, pies... we really needed more light options!
  2. Good Ol Gal

    Good Ol Gal <font color=navy>A Longhorn living in Buckeye Coun

    Jul 24, 2004
    Great report!!

    So, what did your child eat at Teppanyaki??
  3. Letsbgoofy

    Letsbgoofy DIS Veteran

    Apr 27, 2000
    I agree with all your improvement suggestions - especially more fruit options rather than deserts at CS locations. We also wasted a lot of our deserts at TS by only eating a few bites. At CS we often didn't order desert (but would have if we could have gotten a piece of fruit for later - maybe that's why they don't offer it?)
  4. patsal

    patsal <font color=FF3399>I've discovered I don't need to

    Jul 10, 2001
    We just returned as well and found that for the four adults we would usually get two or three CS and the dessert made it all the more possible to do that. Remember most CS have a fruit option available you just have to ask, and all had a sugar free option as well. The fruit that is substituted for the fries can also be used as the dessert.

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