Why do they ask if you are on DDP when you check in for reservation?

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by Will316, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. Will316

    Will316 Mouseketeer

    Mar 29, 2009
    Just curious, but EVERY single TS restaurant we went to this week asked us if we were on the DDP plan when we checked in for our reservation. Why? For example, at the buffets where it's the same price regardless, what do they care? I SOMEWHAT understand it at the non-buffet places in case the waiter needed to guide you towards what you are "allowed" to get. But at the buffets? One of them even asked to SEE MY CARD after I told him we were on the DDP, like I was lying about it. At Crystal Palace the guy at the desk said "we're going to put you in the dining plan area" as if there were two separate buffets?

    Anyone know about this? The real reason I'm curious is that we are going to go out of pocket for one or two TS and I'm wondering if it makes a difference which ones, are you treated differently? Hmmm. If so, is being on the DDP considered "better" or "worse"?
  2. reducereuserecycle

    reducereuserecycle Mouseketeer

    Aug 19, 2009
    just a guess....maybe they are trying to make it easier on the servers to keep track so they will know how to make the check but that seems rude to ask to see your card as if you were lying!
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  4. tkitty

    tkitty DIS Veteran

    Apr 23, 2006
    "Why do they ask if you are on DDP when you check in for reservation? "
    Why, so they can put you in the "special" section, with the "special" menu!!!:eek: Oh, and the "special" trainee waiter!!:rotfl:

    I don't feel we were ever treated differently when using free dining, but when the waitstaff knew, they accually offered us options we may not have known about, like smoothies and malts for the drink, and they knew what was allowed and helped us if we seemed confused.
  5. catne

    catne DIS Veteran

    Mar 1, 2008
    One of the reasons they ask to see your card is to verify the number of people on the plan. Some restaurants also want to check which plan you have...there are a surprising number of people who have no clue how the dining plans work...like they think they have a plan with table service when they actually have the quick service plan. When we were on Deluxe, they always asked to see the card...obviously to verify that we really did have the deluxe before we ordered appetizers, I'm sure.
  6. mkleinbe

    mkleinbe DIS Veteran

    Aug 23, 2009
  7. Colleen27

    Colleen27 DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2007
    That is a strange comment about the dining plan area, but I think it is pretty standard for them to ask if you're on the plan. Even at buffets there are sometimes questions of what drinks are included, and the party size noted on your card is one of the "checks" in place to keep guests from using DDP credits for guests not on their reservation. Also, the card notes which plan you are on; at non-buffets they check it before explaining what is included so that they know if you're on the deluxe plan with appetizers or the basic plan without.

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