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Old 01-04-2013, 07:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

We're off to WDW to Old Key West for 3 weeks in October and November with our 2 kids, both wheelchair users aged 9 and 17.
Our eldest eats very little and is having a PEG fitted in February which will mean his main "eating" will be from a tube although he will be able to eat normally but struggles to do so.
We have the Disney Dining Plan booked for all 4 of us (3 adults and one child) and were wondering how Disney restaurants will deal with this?

For example, we'll be a party of 4 and probably ordering two main adult meals and one child's meal and feeding Tom anything he likes the look of from our plates. Will this be a problem?
Also, we may choose to order three adult main courses and a child's one and essentially share Tom's main meal as an appetiser between us all. Again, would this be a problem?

We'd make the time to feed Tom his usual (tube fed) meals between times in the baby changing/health areas I guess.

Would appreciate any advice.

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I can't imagine that it will be an issue. I've split meals before with my "adult" daughter and it wasn't a problem.
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I think you should be fine.
However, if I were in your situation, I wouldn't get the dining plan. I'm guessing you are getting it for convenience and not worrying about the cost. I'd pay out of pocket for meals and not be tied down to the plan's components.
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I would consider skipping the meal plan too considering the length of stay and the fact that your son won't be eating you may find DDP to be expensive. Of course if you are getting free dining because you are traveling in the fall I'm sure they won't give you are hard time about splitting.
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Also, we may choose to order three adult main courses and a child's one and essentially share Tom's main meal as an appetiser between us all. Again, would this be a problem?


I agree that you'd do better most likely to skip the DDP and pay OOP. You're going to be getting a main course, dessert and beverage with the child's meal on the table service meal, so you could have paid for a lot of food that goes uneaten since the adults will likely have more than enough with their mains and desserts unless some are really big eaters.
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I think you would be better off without the DDP too. Either with or without the DDP you should not have any problem sharing meals.
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If you want to "have it all paid for before you go" and that is why you are doing the dining plan - I would recommend taking the $$ you would pay for the DDP and put it on a pre-paid VISA or American Express card (you can get them at Walgreens and other stores - in the gift card area). Put all the $$ on it, use it to pay for your meals and you can bring the extra $$ .
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I've heard lots of people say Disney is very accomodating when people want to share meals. I don't think you'll have a problem.
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I would call Guest Services and bring it up to them.
Disney is usually so accomodating for people with special needs.
I don't see why they would even make you pay for him, if you explain the situation.
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Skip the dining plan. It requires a lot of time and you are going to be getting 3 adult and a child meal each day. You can try for an exception to the dining plan because he does not eat. Yesterday I ate stir fry, rice, pudding and rice milk. There was no way I could have also done an appetizer or bread course. I am still full up. It is better to use your time eating at your leisure and using the money elsewhere.
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Just wanted to chime in...if you'll be eating at character meals/buffet's, WDW will charge a credit per each person at the table. They have no way of knowing who's really eating or not.
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Just wanted to chime in...if you'll be eating at character meals/buffet's, WDW will charge a credit per each person at the table. They have no way of knowing who's really eating or not.
I could see that if you had a GAC type card that they could waive that fee/rule.
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