TOP 5 Rookie Mistakes with Dining | Disney Dining Show | 12/08/17

  • Published on:  12/8/2017
  • In this episode of The Disney Dining Show, the panel discusses five mistakes you may make as a rookie when dining during your Walt Disney World vacation!

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  • NoBreyner60
    NoBreyner60 9 days ago

    I went for the first time two weeks ago and prepared myself for the cost of things in the park as best I could and had a decently large budget for it all. The problem is that regardless of my preparations money wise, I"m just cheap. I can't help that I feel guilty of paying $7 for a corn dog. Or $13 for a Casey's footlong chili cheese dog with no drink. The dog was neither good or bad, it's just something to keep living off of. I was staying off property and went to Wal-mart a couple times and brought pop tarts and rice crispy treats with me in my camera bag. I save so much more money that way than paying anything the parks wanted.
    Unfortunately or Fortunately depending on how you look at it I'll be going alone the next trip and will fly in keeping me tethered to WDW property. I could Uber to Wal-Mart again and back and save money that way, but I don't think that will happen. It might be cheaper just to get Prime for grocery delivery.

  • Noelia Jones
    Noelia Jones 14 days ago

    Omg, Pete... you’re the best. Much love from Alabama ❤️🙌🏼👍🏼😃👏🏼

  • Jenny Mike
    Jenny Mike 1 months ago

    Shawn points out the time it takes to leave property, but sometimes it's the same for a sit-down meal in the park. I think it's great advice to suggest evaluating how a family eats before making reservations or considering a dining plan. It's worth the money and the time.

  • Sarah Rose
    Sarah Rose 1 months ago

    I prefer the dining plan because we are such foodies, plus we love character dining. And yes we are there for the attractions however it’s exhausting, especially with kids . Having that scheduled break for a sit down experience , especially when it’s character dining, is a very welcome breather during what typically is a 16 hour day.

  • Geoffrey Smith
    Geoffrey Smith 2 months ago

    This trip on October will be the first time I’ve ever gotten the dining plan. I did it because I’ll be eating at 3 signature restaurants and I don’t like the idea of carrying a lot of money on my person or charging to my credit card. My motivation is more for the convince than saving money. Since I’m going for the food and wine festival I will be converting some of the credits to snack credits. Or converting to quick service. I’m not worried about the money. I’m more concerned about having a fun relaxing trip. So the delux plan works for me.

  • Jonnie Bangkok
    Jonnie Bangkok 2 months ago

    Where's the gay police officer?

  • Diane Duncan
    Diane Duncan 4 months ago

    Can you trade quick service for table service? I knew you can trade for 3 snack credits.

  • Ryan LeGrand
    Ryan LeGrand 4 months ago

    I think it is a little unfair to pile on the meal plan. It does cost a lot, but paying full price for the meals does as well. If you are going for the first time and doing a lot of character meals, the meal plan is a no-brainer to me. One dinner character buffet is nearly $60 for an adult. My most, myself included, the dining experience is part of the appeal. The meal plan takes a lot of the stress out of that)...

  • Amanda Beach
    Amanda Beach 5 months ago

    I do the larger plan because I tend to pick signature restaurants. We booked CRT, California Grill, Aloha Dinner Show, Yatchsman, along with single credit restaurants Ohana x2, Boathouse, Rose & Crown, BOG, Hollywood & Vine, Crystal Place, 1900 Park Fair. We are going for 8 days. I used a dining calculator and with just those restaurants I am getting my plans worth and saving 500. I'm sure we'll have some quick service breakfasts and lunches on top of that as I have a little one.

  • Kingdom Corona
    Kingdom Corona 5 months ago

    As a first timer I feel the ddp is indeed just convenient. I’m a small eater I never eat my money’s worth.. but as we want to do some table services and especially character dining I feel like ddp is the best to go for us..

  • Jessica Gilbert
    Jessica Gilbert 5 months ago

    Reservations are extremely important. And here's a little secret I'm going to share for all you earlier birds like me. You can make your reservations an hr earlier online. Meaning 6 am EST. While everyone is waiting for 7am to call. Just fyi you must have a credit card for all reservations also. I'm only sharing this here because I love these guys and all the wonderful information they've given me! Hope you all have a magical day ;)

  • Tron
    Tron 6 months ago

    The other negative for the dining plan is that you are wasting money of you like to share meals. My wife and I like to share entrees at table service meals so we still have room to try some of the good kiosk and counter service treats and snacks. We did the deluxe dining plan one time for a 7 night stay and by the end of the week we were actually sick of eating out. Couldn’t wait to get back home and throw burgers on the grill.

  • JMclawman511
    JMclawman511 6 months ago

    I 100% agree with the idea of just keep checking. My girlfriend came along on our last trip and we wanted to have a date night in Disney, so we started throwing around ideas of what to do. The idea of going to Beach's and Cream (the soda shop at the Beach Club Resort) came up. For those that don't know, Beach's and Cream is a really hard reservation to get because its a popular restaurant, plus its really small, so it fills up quickly. I had looked for a day we had lunch reservations, but nothing opened up. About a week and a half before our trip, I looked again because I was bored at work. Low and behold, a 9:30 PM reservation for that night had opened up. I immediately grabbed it. Yes it was late, but it didn't matter. What mattered was that we were able to get the reservation because we kept checking and someone had cancelled theirs and I was able to get it

  • j nokes
    j nokes 7 months ago

    Here's the thing, if you go to most quick service you will be in line for at least 15 to 30 minutes, and then hope you will find a place to eat. You will spend about the same amount of time for table service. I love knowing that my meals are paid for, and I can have whatever I want to eat. However, I am not feeding children. I am feeding adults.

  • 001 002
    001 002 7 months ago

    Ever seen a jar of peanut butter go bad because it got warm :D lol...

  • 001 002
    001 002 7 months ago

    i take a jar of peanut butter. even Sec guys laugh tell that's a great idea. i eat in line :D what i do spend on drinks... im a sucker for a stupid lemonaid

  • Justyne Essery
    Justyne Essery 7 months ago

    A tip to save money if you aren't on the dining plan: adults can order kids meals for often way less money and a more reasonable portion. I used to do that all the time, and sometimes it meant saving as much as 50% for food I could actually finish--and it always includes a drink! As someone who has worked in a quick service dining location, no one will care, no matter how old you are!
    A tip for those on the dining plan looking to use up extra credits: one meal credit can be transferred into three snack credits, which can in turn be used towards prepackaged snacks that you can take home with you. Ask your resort CMs and they'll sort it out for you! (Additionally, some computers don't differentiate between adult and kids meal credits--the ones at Port Orleans French Quarter being one example--so if you'd prefer a lighter portion ask a CM or a leader if the computer will allow it!)

  • marinmarinhola
    marinmarinhola 8 months ago

    Wait, how is the dining plan too much food? The standard dining plan covers only two out of the 3 daily meals (1 quick service covers breakfast/lunch, but not both, so you have to make due with just the snacks; because usually table service is left for dinner). I'm having the opposite problem planning my vacation, I feel like the dining plan doesn't cover enough. Is it a wrong perception?

  • Samantha Underwood
    Samantha Underwood 8 months ago

    Great video. I chose to get the dining plan, but I plan on doing several sit down meals. After the math it was a better option for me.

  • Katie Christensen
    Katie Christensen 8 months ago

    We have 5 kids that are all fairly big eaters (one is a 15 year old boy so he’s a bottomless pit) and we LOVE the dining plan! With a family of seven having the table service dining plan has been wonderful!! We almost always schedule our table service for a late lunch, which not only gets us away from the lines when it’s crowded and hot, but we all get a much needed break in the middle of the day. We have had so many fabulous experiences with Character meals (Garden Grill is the best!!) and other special places like Coral Reef or Teppanido’s that those are what we talk about when we are reliving our favorite things from the trip. It is fantastic to be able to tell our kids, yeah, let’s stop and get ice cream, because we have the snack credit, instead of having to say “no” to one more thing. We love the dining plan because it helps us say “yes!” And we get such a sense of satisfaction when we get our receipt (so we know how much to tip) and we see the astronomical amount we would have spent (especially if it’s a character Buffett!) and we know that it is all taken care of. The dining plan gives me freedom from stress and worry when I’m at Disney, and that is priceless.