Dining Plan menu vs regular menu at table service

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Dining Plan menu vs regular menu at table service

When we were at WDW 2 years ago we used the Dining Plan and noted that the waiters brought us a different menu than other patrons who did not use the Dining Plan. Our menu was a condensed menu with fewer choices. When I have questioned the dining reservation CM's on the phone they did not know what the differences are. I'm mostly curious if the main entrees are different? Does anyone know how I can find out about the differences of the menus? Thanks.

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When we used the dining plan this past May, we had the same menu as everyone else. We were even able to order the special of the day! Hope this helps mickey

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I don't ever recall getting a different menu anywhere. They told us at times about only being able to order from certain parts of a menu, depending on what Dining Plan you had, but thats all.

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I guess it was my misunderstanding. I thought we were asked if we were on the dining plan and then given a different menu. Thanks for the replies. That's good to know.

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Mickey2 wrote:
I guess it was my misunderstanding. I thought we were asked if we were on the dining plan and then given a different menu. Thanks for the replies. That's good to know.

No worries Mickey2, you don't know unless you ask right?

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Agreed - no such thing as a stupid question if you need to know an answer. mickey

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I kind of love the Dining Plan. I also have the "food allergy" issue so we have to wait for a chef to come out to speak with us about food options. While I wait, I review the menu and have it narrowed down to a few choices and let the chef advise me.

I love that any place is willing to work with me especially with cross contamination. I just totally love it.

wait is there a food allergy thread?

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We were often asked, but only after we had menus. This was only because they were making clear what was available in terms of drinks and such. We LOVE the dining plan. It cost money, yes. But the "no worries and don't look at the prices" part during the trip is priceless.

I have often said that my favorite part of it is 1) someone else planned it, 2) bought the groceries, 3) prepared it, and 4) someone ELSE cleaned it up. It helps that the food is really good! muchlove

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We will be using the dining plan for the first time, and this raises a question for me. We have been perusing the menu's available online (both for counter service and table service) to get an idea of what we might order. Do I have it right that we can order ANY entree from the menu, as well as ANY drink, and ANY dessert that are listed under those sections of the online menu? My son would be crushed if he found out that his chicken and ribs from Flame Tree BBQ wasn't offered on the dining plan!

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Princess Cupcake wrote:
We will be using the dining plan for the first time, and this raises a question for me. We have been perusing the menu's available online (both for counter service and table service) to get an idea of what we might order. Do I have it right that we can order ANY entree from the menu, as well as ANY drink, and ANY dessert that are listed under those sections of the online menu? My son would be crushed if he found out that his chicken and ribs from Flame Tree BBQ wasn't offered on the dining plan!

That's how it worked when we used it a couple of years ago. Obviously, only non-alcoholic drinks are included, although I would check with each restaurant as some have "special" non-alcoholic drinks and I don't know if all those our included. Your son's choice should be fine.

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Princess Cupcake wrote:
We will be using the dining plan for the first time, and this raises a question for me. We have been perusing the menu's available online (both for counter service and table service) to get an idea of what we might order. Do I have it right that we can order ANY entree from the menu, as well as ANY drink, and ANY dessert that are listed under those sections of the online menu? My son would be crushed if he found out that his chicken and ribs from Flame Tree BBQ wasn't offered on the dining plan!

We have always gone with the deluxe dining plan and love it. We don't have to worry about budgeting for food. We have never had a problem ordering anything from the menus. Even if it is market price they have let us order it. You would have to pay for extras like side items and alcoholic drinks but otherwise you pick whatever you want.

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Some restaurants have refillable non - alcoholic OR a one time special no -alcoholic. mickey

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Princess Cupcake wrote:
We will be using the dining plan for the first time, and this raises a question for me. We have been perusing the menu's available online (both for counter service and table service) to get an idea of what we might order. Do I have it right that we can order ANY entree from the menu, as well as ANY drink, and ANY dessert that are listed under those sections of the online menu? My son would be crushed if he found out that his chicken and ribs from Flame Tree BBQ wasn't offered on the dining plan!

We order that very thing every year with a counter service credit. So yummy.

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There were some special non alcoholic drinks or milkshakes that may not be included. We had a server let it slide by at AKL but told us next time we would have to pay, Kona Cafe said yes one time and no the next year....

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Each restaurant is different. At Whispering Canyon I was only allowed to order one of the dessert options from the All-You-Care-to-Enjoy platter even though I ordered the steak. They wouldn't let me order a dessert off the regular menu because I was on the dining plan which was a bummer because I'd been looking forward to the s'mores!

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Thanks guys for the info! muchlove My poor DD is quite upset that she probably won't be able to order the special, limited edition take home cup from somewhere...."But it's on the menu Mom!!!!!" lol This resulted in a long lecture about how things work, and a very upset pouting child. silly

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Princess Cupcake wrote:
Thanks guys for the info! muchlove My poor DD is quite upset that she probably won't be able to order the special, limited edition take home cup from somewhere...."But it's on the menu Mom!!!!!" lol This resulted in a long lecture about how things work, and a very upset pouting child. silly

We have used the much inferior DDP in Paris, and DS and I both wanted a glow cube and souvenir cup so as a treat we picked 1 place to get it from and payed oop. But I can see how oop can add up for glow cubes alone wink