That said, there is a large variety of foods we enjoy for lunch and dinner at the Epcot world showcase. I still try to eat healthy on vacation because gaining 10 pounds on vacation does not make for good memories. Our last visit we got a 1-bedroom villa with full kitchen and got groceries delivered from offsite.
We don't plan the details, but decide the day and park for morning and evening for each day. The resorts, tours and amenities are the hidden gems at WDW.
I think the free dining plan is the ultimate in freedom since you can use those meals however you want, use a TS and CS for all CS meals or save up and use them for a gourmet TS meal. On the other hand, if it's free, sign up and if you don't use it, who cares, so what!?, etc.
I don't choose the dining plan, but I do understand the purpose of it. The one thing I have noticed from standing behind a lot of DDPers is definitley educate yourself on what you are allowed to get and what counts as what(snack, counter service,etc)Many times I have had to wait extra time in line because the person in front of me could have gotten extra juices or was complaining cause a certain thing didn't count as a snack and it takes up a lot more time. The fact that you came on here is a good start cause there are so many people on here that can help. Hope you have a great trip
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My husband and I have been using the dining plan for years now..paid and free. We love it. There is something nice about sitting down once a day and enjoying a slow paced, relaxed meal in an air conditioned restaurant. We also like the idea of it being FREE!! We haven't paid a nickel for our food for the last 6 trips we've made. Flexibility is key when making reservations...dinner at lunch time, sit down breakfast, counter service for a supper. We've tried all kinds of foods and resturant experiences we never would have without the plan. For us, it is totally worth it.
I just wanted to comment on the comments regarding the servers pointing out the suggested gratuity......prior to 2008, the dining plan included the gratuity. So some servers may feel the need to point out that the gratuity is no longer included on the DP, as many individuals may not have been aware of the change.
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