Deluxe dinning plan and our honeymoon in march

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Deluxe dinning plan and our honeymoon in march

Hello all

so when we booked our honeymoon for march because of the great deal (my friend) the rep gave us at virgin we thought it was worth going all in and booking the deluxe dinning plan (DDP) I have had a look at the predicted crowd calendars and it seems like big crowds we will be there two weeks before easter the 22nd. Crowds don't bother us and this is going to be a much different trip with a lot of eating.

Now because of the higher level crowds I plan to make ADRS for every day at the moment the plan is to book breakfast before park openings, and dinners that book up fast, then we plan to cancel them after our october trip if we find that we either don't like it or wouldn't do it again. so heres my ideas (please give me any changes you would make)

we have 21 TS credits to use in 7 days

Arrival night 1- Cinders royal Table (latest possible time) 2 credits
night 2- crystal palace (early as possible) 1 credit, Lunch anywhere (most likely cosmic rays) 1 credit, dinner BOG 1 credit
night 3 - breakfast at tusker house (early as possible) 1 credit, dinner at artist point 2 credit
night 4 - breakfast whispering canyon 1 credit, late dinner in epcot 1 credit
night 5- early lunch at sci fi dine in 1 credit, dinner at the brown derby 2 credit
night 6 - lunch where ever we are that day 1 credit, dinner ohana 1 credit
night 7 - breakfast 1900 park fair 1 credit, lunch anywhere we fancy 1 credit, dinner at tonys 1 credit
home day- breakfast at chef mickeys 1 credit

we also have 2 snacks to fit in to our days, neither of us are big breakfast eaters at home, I love breakfast food but don't have time to eat and my fiance hates breakfast food unless it's american, so most days I think we will eat early snack though the day and eat late the other end.

If it was you how would you do it?

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When we have used the deluxe dining plan we usually start a day with a table service breakfast. Lunch is then either a snack or we split a counter service meal. Dinner is almost always a signature restaurant. On the few occasions we have done a table service lunch we do a snack type breakfast then booked lunch very early. We have found this works the best for us. In fact, we pretty much eat this way whether or not we are on a dining plan.

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When I had the deluxe plan, I scheduled our TS lunch and dinners to close together. We were very full that week. I would definitely do a couple Signature restaurants since you have the credits to do so.

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Hey guys thanks for the tips,

our plan was ts breakfast, snacks or a split counter service for lunch and ts dinner, I don't think we will do many signature dinners as my fin ace is a burgers kind of a girl and fine dining isn't her thing, we are having hotdogs and burgers as our wedding food,

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scrappy wrote:
When we have used the deluxe dining plan we usually start a day with a table service breakfast. Lunch is then either a snack or we split a counter service meal. Dinner is almost always a signature restaurant. On the few occasions we have done a table service lunch we do a snack type breakfast then booked lunch very early. We have found this works the best for us. In fact, we pretty much eat this way whether or not we are on a dining plan.

We use the same method when we do the deluxe dining. We do a table service breakfast, usually around 9:30 or 10am. Then we do a signature restaurant around 5pm or 6pm.

I have done trips where we ate 3 table service meals a day, and it was just WAY too much food. And my family likes to eat so that's saying something.

When we go during food & wine we usually save all of our snack credits for the festival booths.

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Considering your breakfast/dinner preferences, your dining plans look perfect! On the days that you don't have breakfast scheduled, you could always just grab a snack and head to the parks. On the other days, have a big breakfast and grab a snack for "lunch."

Fine dining is a must for our vacations so we either pay out-of-pocket or have a snack for breakfast to save that credit for a signature restaurant for dinner.

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Looks like a great plan, but I would not use a TS credit on a QS meal...that's just me. If you think you'll eat more than once at QS, I would not get the deluxe plan. It probably would not be cost effective.

I've already decided when we go back, we will not do DDP. We've always used it, but I find myself over eating and cramming food in my belly because I don't want to lose money. I think we will put $ on a disney gift card and go that route.

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I used the Deluxe plan for a week and my vacation seemed to revolve around FOOD! I liked it because I'm an appetizer person and a foodie. We chose a lot of signature dining for dinner. One night, we looked at each other and said, "I can't do another fancy dinner tonight" so we ditched out dinner plans at Monsieur Paul and snagged a table at Hoop-Dee-Doo. We had a great time at the show, and trading our escargot for fried chicken was just the right move for us that night. It's a fun place to celebrate a special occasion and they will definitely have fun with any honeymooners.

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So after coming home from using the dinning plan (1ts/ 1cs/snack) we have made some changes to our ADRs and canceled all lunches in favor of signature dinning so here's the new plan

Arrival night: 9pm - California grill: we plan to get there early and ask for a wishes view by the window, we thought the 9pm time would allow us to eat slowly in order to see wishes as it is three course also it will be our first dinner out as a married couple so we will be having drinks after dessert- can any one say glowtini.

Day one - 8am crystal palace- this was I highlight of our October trip we are both Hugh pooh and piglet fans and the early entry is great plus being at wilderness lodge is going to make getting there even easier

6pm- artist point - we like to be done in the park by about 2 this means we can go back swim and eat before going back at night after dinner, or where ever EMH might talked us

Day two - breakfast 8am Tusker house - again one of our favourites, early park entry at AK is great for safari we have a 6:30 dinner at JIKO for a truly AK themed day we usaully stay at AK til 4 and also only go there once per visit also our dinner time hopefully will let us get back to AK from the lodge an hour after park closing so that we can get a bus home with ease, if not it will be a bus to MK and boat home

Day three - whispering caynon at 8am, this will be breakfast and then to the pool for the day until 3ish then we will be heading to HS we have a 5:30 at the brown Derby with fantasmic seating. As there is nothing at this park anymore we will be FP ing TSM, star tours and tgmr, watching muppets and doing an animation class, watching fantasmic and leaving

Day four - 8am akerhaus followed by future world and then a 7:30 at tutto gusto some world showcase and illumanations which we will FP now that nothng at epcot is worth fast passing other that soaring and test track and it's all in the same tier

Day five - 10am at Ohana - a nice lay in followed by a casual day and then an 8pm at BOG Our first time there for dinner we are very excited

Day six- 8am 1900 park fair ready for our last full day at the Magic Kingdom and then a 9:15 at CRT which is one of my new favourites we are going to eat really slow I. Order to be in the castle during wishes

Day seven - going home day - 8am at crystal palace cause it's the best and a 12:30 lunch at the plaza cause we will need a burger.

We have one credit left each which we will use for lunch either day 6 or day 5 depending where we are.

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I definitely think that's the way to go. Three sit down meals a day is a LOT!

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Allie wrote:
I definitely think that's the way to go. Three sit down meals a day is a LOT!

Its a whole lot!!!!!!!!!!!! You would hit "The WALL" after day two. Hitting the wall at Disney World is no fun!!!!!!!

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Allie wrote:
I definitely think that's the way to go. Three sit down meals a day is a LOT!

It is! My family has done three sit downs on a couple of trips and you absolutely hit a point of overload. Then for us, in a DVC room the left over desserts start piling up in the fridge.

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My word - having just done the regular dining plan I can only imagine how much food that would be! eek !

Looking at it logically I would do the same as you are planning, a breakfast and Dinner with the snacks in between that and I would add in a couple of 2 credit places.

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I think this is a solid plan, and brin bunny almost all our diners are 2 credit only tutto Italian and be our guest are 1 credit.