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    Dine in the Parks or Out...

    Hello everyone! Although I've been to WDW several times, I've always stayed in a Disney Resort, well this time I've been given an awesome deal and I'm staying at Best Western LBV (on property but not a Disney Resort) and it's been so long since we haven't had the Dinning Plan for our trip that I've forgotten what prices are like at quick service places. My ordeal is, do we use up our time in the parks to catch a bus back to DTD resorts then waist our gas to drive to a restaurant outside the parks that probably isn't much cheaper than eating in the parks. Then travel back to the hotel and then back to the parks for the evening. To me it sounds like we should save our gas and our time and eat in the parks. Anyways what do you all think?
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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    Maybe do a little of both, just depending how you're feeling. If you've been in the parks all morning take a break and head back to the resort. You may not really have to leave property for a meal. Look up the dining options at the Downtown Disney resort hotels and visit a few of those for a table service if it fits your time & budget. It'd save you a bit more time than driving off property, then back on, then catch a bus back to the park. For quicker & cheaper options, you'll also have Earl of Sandwich nearby which is more affordable than a lot of places and super tasty. There's the McDonald's on property near the All-Star Resorts too. Or you could even stop a Subway on your way into Orlando and load up on a few sandwiches. Eat bigger before you head to the parks, then pack your Subway for later on. For the days when it isn't convenient for you to leave the parks, do a quick-service option there. All Ears can help you out with budgeting for eating in the parks and give you a better idea of what to expect. Hope that helps a little bit.
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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    Thanks Amanda
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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    I'm in my head now making you a list of my favorite reasonable places in the parks and DTD Tiff! Or reasonable by Disney standards anyhow.

    Does your hotel offer free breakfast?
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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    no but hey I'm getting the room free so that's fine with me! haha

    Can't wait to see the list! Will need to check tomorrow for it, getting sleepy now.
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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    We always stay off-site, but normally eat in the parks. A few years ago I decided the TS meals were no longer worth the cost, so we stick to CS in the parks. If we want to do a TS meal, we'lll leave the parks for a late lunch / early dinner, then head back for the evening.

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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    Why is it people want to help other people with their questions but are to lazy to type, What's with all the DD, DS, TS, CS . Why do we need a list of abbrevations to know what poeple are saying, You seem to have the time to answer the question so why not type it out

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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    Quote Originally Posted by NC_WDW_Daddy View Post
    We always stay off-site, but normally eat in the parks. A few years ago I decided the TS meals were no longer worth the cost, so we stick to CS in the parks. If we want to do a TS meal, we'lll leave the parks for a late lunch / early dinner, then head back for the evening.
    Thanks. I've found my disney dining book and have been looking and writing down all the QS places that we may want to eat at.
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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    Quote Originally Posted by HauntedGabe View Post
    I'm in my head now making you a list of my favorite reasonable places in the parks and DTD Tiff! Or reasonable by Disney standards anyhow.
    That DTD list definitely has to start with Wolfgang Puck's Express. That might just be the biggest hidden gem on property. Bar none.

    The Blues Cafe is actually quite good, but much more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norman View Post
    Why is it people want to help other people with their questions but are to lazy to type, What's with all the DD, DS, TS, CS . Why do we need a list of abbrevations to know what poeple are saying, You seem to have the time to answer the question so why not type it out
    The same reason you're "to" lazy to spell or use proper punctuation, I suppose.

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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mo Noyz View Post
    That DTD list definitely has to start with Wolfgang Puck's Express. That might just be the biggest hidden gem on property. Bar none.

    The Blues Cafe is actually quite good, but much more expensive.
    Good to know thanks!
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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    You're welcome. Just noticed you're right down the road. I'm in Jefferson City.

    If you do decide to eat at DTD avoid the seafood place. It's absolutely horrid.

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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    Hi neighbor!

    Oh really? I've never ate there before, think I will stay away now. Thanks
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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    Another great spot is the Kona Cafe (TS) at the Poly. You could hop the resort loop and be there within minutes the day you're at the MK.

    And for a great CS spot you could also do the Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary as well.

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    Re: Dine in the Parks or Out...

    Cool. Thanks again!
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