Monday, May 28, 2012

Disney World Quick Service Meal Plan & Dining Reviews

On our recent trip to Disney World I decided to use a pin code for free quick service dining instead of a % off room discount.  So when I came back I wanted to make sure that I made the best decision and got a good deal.  The price that I would have gotten for the % off room would have been less than what the quick service plan would have cost ($563.00) but I still wanted to make sure that we ate that much in food to make sure we did get that much of a discount.  Now this was a little bit of work to figure this out because Disney does not print the cost of the meal when you buy it on the meal plan, the receipt just shows zeros.  So I checked several different websites including allears.net and portorleans.org to figure out how much the meals & snacks we got cost.  Now because I had to look up the prices on things and I had to guess on several items I'm not sure that is totally accurate, but it should be pretty close.  With Disney's quick service meal plan you get 2 meals and 1 snack per night of stay per person.  So we stayed 6 nights with 4 people so we had a total of 48 meal credits (Entree, Drink & Dessert or complete kids meal) and 24 snack credits (Disney use to allow 2 snacks per night and allowed an extra drink for breakfast because no dessert was included but discontinued this at the end of 2011)

So here is how our meals turned out.  This is going to be a long post. It's amazing how much food you eat in a week.

5/20/12
Meal/Snack/Mug Item
QS Location
Price
# of QS
Meal Credits
# of Snack Credits
Resort Refillable Mugs (4)
Riverside Mill
$58.00


Turkey Meal Adult (2)
Riverside Mill
$21.00
2

                w/ drinks (2)
Riverside Mill
$5.00


                w/Sundaes (2)
Riverside Mill
$8.00


Spaghetti Kids Meal inc. drink & 2 sides
Riverside Mill
$5.00
1

Pizza Kids Meal inc. drink & 2 sides
Riverside Mill
$5.00
1

TOTAL

$102.00
4
0

The Resort Mugs were great.  We would take them whenever we would eat at the Riverside Mill and use them with our meal and try to get one of the bottled drinks to take back to the room with us for later.

The Turkey Meals at Riverside Mill were sooo good.  They came with mashed potatoes w/gravy and a vegetable side.  It was definitely better than normal food court food.

My kids can be pretty picky but they enjoyed both the spaghetti & pizza kids meals.  The kids meals came with choice of 2 sides (grapes, carrots or cookie) and a drink included.  We ended up with a bunch of cookies to bring home because our kids usually ended up eating the desserts that came with the adult meals.  There were a lot of choices for the adult dessert and they were always really yummy.  Here is a picture for you to drool over...



5/21/12
Meal/Snack Item
QS Location
Price
# of QS
Meal Credits
# of Snack Credits
Strawberry Bar
Ice Cream Cart
$3.25

1
Mickey Bar
Ice Cream Cart
$3.29

1
Strawberry Bar
Ice Cream Cart
$3.25

1
Adult Pepperoni Pizza w/salad (2)
Pizzafari
$19.00
2

                w/drinks (2)
Pizzafari
$5.78


                w/ deserts (2)
Pizzafari
$7.18


Cup of ice water
Pizzafari
$0.00


Bacon Cheeseburger Adult Meal w/fries
Riverside Mill
$8.79
1

                w/ drink
Riverside Mill
$2.50


                w/ ice cream shake
Riverside Mill
$4.00


Turkey Adult Meal
Riverside Mill
$10.50
1

                w/ drink
Riverside Mill
$2.50


                w/ ice cream sundae
Riverside Mill
$4.00


Turkey Kids meals w/ drinks & sides (2)
Riverside Mill
$13.00
2

TOTAL

$87.04
6
3

My daughter loved the Strawberry Bars that were sold at the ice cream carts around the different parks she had several of these during our stay.  My son got a Mickey ice cream bar this day, I think it was the only one we got.

The Bacon Cheeseburger was ok, nothing great, but they did have toppings that you could add to your burger, but I would choose the Turkey meal if you want something better (But the Turkey meal is only sold in the evening not at lunch time)

Pizzafari was pretty good.  The meals were so large we only ordered 2 adult meals and split them between all 4 of us and had plenty of food.


5/22/12
Meal/Snack Item
QS Location
Price
# of QS
Meal Credits
# of Snack Credits
Popcorn Scoop
Popcorn Cart
$3.25

1
Triple Blast Ice pop
Ice Cream Cart
$3.50

1
Side of Fries
Cosmic Rays
$2.50

1
Large Drink
Cosmic Rays
$2.89

1
½ Chicken/Rib Adult Combo
Cosmic Rays
$14.20
1

                w/ Large Drink
Cosmic Rays
$2.89


                w/ Chocolate Gelato
Cosmic Rays
$3.30


Bacon Cheeseburger w/fries
Riverside Mill
$8.79
1

                w/ Juice
Riverside Mill
$2.50


                w/ dessert
Riverside Mill
$3.00


Beef & Blue Sandwich Adult meal
Riverside Mill
$9.99
1

                w/ Large Drink
Riverside Mill
$2.50


                w/ Brownie
Riverside Mill
$3.29


Pepperoni Pizza Kids meal w/ drink & 2 sides
Riverside Mill
$5.50
1

Spaghetti Kids meal w/ drink& 2 sides
Riverside Mill
$5.50
1

TOTAL

$73.60
5
4

The popcorn scoops and the Triple Blast Ice pops were also a frequent choice of snack credits on our trip.  The popcorn came in a fairly large cardboard open topped box and the ice pops were really good (well the part that my daughter was willing to share was really good at least).

Cosmic Rays, talk about a lot of food.  We split the chicken/rib combo between 3 of us and our son just ate fries and a drink because he wasn't very hungry. The Chocolate Gelato was delicious.

5/23/12
Meal/Snack Item
QS Location
Price
# of QS
Meal Credits
# of Snack Credits
Meatball Sub Adult Meal
Pizza Planet
$8.69
1

                w/ Large Drink
Pizza Planet
$2.50


                w/ Choc. Chip Cookie
Pizza Planet
$2.00


Pepperoni pizza Adult Meal
Pizza Planet
$8.69
1

                w/ Large Drink
Pizza Planet
$2.50


                w/ Choc. Chip Cookie
Pizza Planet
$2.00


Triple Blast Ice pop
Pizza Planet
$3.50

1
Large Drink
Pizza Planet
$2.50

1
Ham Sandwich Adult Meal
w/ apple
Starring Rolls
$9.19
1

                w/ Marble Cupcake
Starring Rolls
$4.00


                w/ Apple Juice
Starring Rolls
$2.50


Bacon Cheeseburger Adult meal w/ fries
Riverside Mill
$8.79
1

                w/ Carrot Cake
Riverside Mill
$3.50


                w/ Large drink
Riverside Mill
$2.50


Turkey Adult Meal
Riverside Mill
$10.69
1

                w/ Chocolate Cake
Riverside Mill
$3.50


                w/ Large Drink
Riverside Mill
$2.50


Turkey Kids Meal w/drink & sides
Riverside Mill
$7.00
1

Spaghetti Kids Meal w/drink & 2 sides
Riverside Mill
$5.00
1

TOTAL

$91.55
7
2

We couldn't get out of Hollywood Studios without going to Pizza Planet.  My kids love arcades and Toy Story so there wasn't any other choice than here for us.  Again the meals here were large enough to share so we just got 2 adult meals and split them between all of us.  Their cookies here that came with the adult meals were larger and better than the prepackaged ones that come with the kids meals usually. 

I had to stop at Starring Rolls for myself and get a meal to take back to the resort because I had seen so many pictures of their huge ham sandwiches that I had to try one.  It was pretty good but the sauce they use was just ok, but the cupcake was really good (again at least the little part that my kids let me eat of it was really good)

Here is picture of the meal from Starring Rolls...



5/24/12
Meal/Snack Item
QS Location
Price
# of QS
Meal Credits
# of Snack Credits
Popcorn Scoop
Popcorn Cart
$3.25

1
Strawberry Bar
Ice cream Cart
$3.25

1
Bounty Platter Adult Meal
Riverside Mill
$8.30
1

                w/ Large Drink
Riverside Mill
$2.50


Waffle Adult Meal
Riverside Mill
$6.70
1

                w/ Large Drink
Riverside Mill
$2.50


Chicken Nugget Adult Meal
Liberty Inn
$8.19
1

                w/ Large Drink
Liberty Inn
$2.50


                w/ Smores Brownie
Liberty Inn
$3.60


Chicken Caesar Salad Adult
Liberty Inn
$7.79
1

                w/ Large Drink
Liberty Inn
$2.50


                w/ Apple pie
Liberty Inn
$3.60


Hotdog Meal
Liberty Inn
$8.20
1

                w/ Large Drink
Liberty Inn
$2.50


                w/ Cookie
Liberty Inn
$1.00


Hotdog Meal
Liberty Inn
$8.20
1

                w/ Large Drink
Liberty Inn
$2.50


                w/  Cookie
Liberty Inn
$1.00


Rainbow Shaved Ice
Kaki Gori Stand
$3.50

1
Meatloaf Adult Meal
WolfgangPuck Exp
$15.00
1

                w/ Crème Brulee
WolfgangPuck Exp
$6.00


                w/ Juice
WolfgangPuck Exp
$3.25


Cookies & Cream Ice Cream
Haagen-Dazs
$5.00

1
Frozen Lemonade
Wentzel Pretzel
$3.39

1
Bacon Cheeseburger Adult
Riverside Mill
$8.79
1

                w/ Large Drink
Riverside Mill
$2.50


                w/ Sundae
Riverside Mill
$4.00


Chicken Nugget Kids Meal w/drink & 2 sides
Riverside Mill
$5.50
1

Pepperoni Pizza Kids meal w/drink & 2 sides
Riverside Mill
$5.00
1

TOTAL

$140.01
10
5

We had several meal credits left because we had been sharing meals so we decided to have breakfast this day.  It was ok nothing great but I loved getting a picture of the Mickey waffles.  The large one was the waffle meal and the small mickey was the Bounty Platter.


Liberty Inn at Epcot didn't have any kids meals that my kids wanted.  They just wanted plain hotdogs and that was not on the kids meals but the lady at the counter let me order them one from the adult meal so that worked out great.  Here is a picture of the chicken nuggets and the apple pie that was really good.

Later that night we went to Downtown Disney and I picked up a meal from Wolfgang Puck Express because I had heard such great reviews from this place.  I got the meal to go and they told me to have a seat and they would bring it to me, it took forever.  I finally had to go ask how much longer because my husband and kids were waiting outside.  Well I guess they had it ready a long time before but they didn't see my # on my table and thought I wasn't there so they had it at the front counter.  I wasn't really happy because I had been waiting for a while and my family was waiting for me but I took the meal and left.  We took the boat back and I ate it at the resort when we got back.  It was a really good meal and the Creme Brulee was worth the wait I guess.  But if you get a meal to go make sure you sit somewhere where they can see your table # clearly otherwise you may not get your food.


5/25/12
Meal/Snack Item
QS Location
Price
# of QS
Meal Credits
# of Snack Credits
Bounty Platter Adult
Riverside Mill
$8.30
1

                w/ bottle water
Riverside Mill
$2.50


French Toast Adult
Riverside Mill
$6.30
1

                w/ Orange Juice
Riverside Mill
$2.50


Pancake Kids meal w/ drink
Riverside Mill
$5.00
1

Pineapple Float
Aloha Isle
$4.50

1
Large Drink
Drink Cart
$2.50

1
Chilidog w/ fries
Casey’s Corner
$8.60
1

                w/ Crackerjacks
Casey’s Corner
$2.40


                w/ Bottle Water
Casey’s Corner
$2.50


Hotdog Meal w/ apples
Casey’s Corner
$7.19
1

                w/ Large Coke
Casey’s Corner
$2.50


                w/ Crackerjacks
Casey’s Corner
$2.40


Hotdog Meal w/apples
Casey’s Corner
$7.19
1

                w/ Brownie
Casey’s Corner
$2.40


                w/ Juice
Casey’s Corner
$2.00


Corndog w/ drink & chips
Westward Ho
$8.60
1

                w/ cookie

$1.50


Fish & Chips Adult (2)
Chicken & Chips Kids Meal (1)
                w/ 2 ice creams &
                1 fruit cup
Cookes of Dublin
$35.69
3

Hotdog Combo w/ drink & cookie
Marketplace snack
$8.75
1

TOTAL

$123.32
11
2

Again we had extra meal credits so we got some breakfast meals.  I wouldn't waste meal credits on breakfast if you don't have extra because you don't get as much food as the other meals but if you have extra credits splurge and get breakfast instead of wasting the credits.  I was behind a lady on our last day who said she was leaving that day also and still had 7 credits she was not going to be able to use.

I had heard so much about the Dole Whip Floats at Ahola Isle that I got one to try it out. But I think I messed up and ordered the orange Dole Whip in my float (it was pretty much just sherbet) I think it may have been the pineapple Dole Whip that everyone raves about, oh well, maybe next time.

Casey's Corner was ok but didn't have enough seating.  But we did catch a street show/parade thing that had characters in it while we were sitting outside eating.

Cookes of Dublin had really good fish & chips and the ice cream came from a machine but tasted like homemade, yummy. (sorry no pics)


5/26/12
Meal/Snack Item
QS Location
Price
# of QS
Meal Credits
# of Snack Credits
Ritz Crackers
Riverside Mill
$2.00

1
Large Drink
Riverside Mill
$2.50

1
Cinnamon Bun
Riverside Mill
$3.20
1

                w/ banana
Riverside Mill
$1.50


                w/ juice
Riverside Mill
$2.50


Shortbread Mickey Cookies (3)
Riverside shop
$15.00

3
Goofy Candy
Riverside shop
$4.00

1
Goofy Candy
Riverside shop
$4.00

1
Large Lolly pop
Riverside shop
$4.00

1
Bacon Cheeseburger Adult
Riverside Mill
$8.79
1

                w/ Large Drink
Riverside Mill
$2.50


                w/ ice cream/double
Riverside Mill
$4.00


Pepperoni Pizza Kids Meal w/drink & 2 sides
Riverside Mill
$5.00
1

Pasta your way Adult meal
Riverside Mill
$11.00
1

                w/ Juice
Riverside Mill
$2.50


                w/ Mickey Rice Treat
Riverside Mill
$4.00


Spaghetti Kids Meal w/ drink & 2 sides
Riverside Mill
$5.00
1

TOTAL

$81.49
5
8

This was our last day and we had to use  some meal & snack credits up.  I never thought I would have this many credits left on the last day.  So we had a small breakfast to share and I hit the gift shop for some snacks.  Can you believe those tiny boxes of shortbread cookies were 4.95 if paid out of pocket for them.  The Goofy candy was pretty large bags and came with quite a bit of candy in them.  Then we used our last meal credits up on lunch before we had to get on the bus back to the airport.  The Pasta your way meal was really good.  I wish I would have tried that earlier.  You get to pick your ingredients and they toss it with the sauce & noodles in a skillet then put it in a really large takeout container and serve it with a slice of toasted garlic bread.  Yummo.


So did we save money, drum roll please.....
Grand Totals
Meal/Snack Item
QS Location
Price
# of QS
Meal Credits
# of Snack Credits
5/20/12

$102.00
4
0
5/21/12

$87.04
6
3
5/22/12

$73.60
5
4
5/23/12

$91.55
7
2
5/24/12

$140.01
10
5
5/25/12

$123.32
11
2
5/26/12

$81.49
5
8
TOTAL

$699.01
48
24

Yes, yes we did.  We actually ate more than what the meal plan would have cost us if we had paid for it and we were not even trying to order the most expensive meals and snacks.  Now I may have some of the prices messed up above but they should be close enough that I still feel we got a good deal.  Now if we were not on the meal plan we probably would not have ordered as many desserts and I would have ordered cups of water instead of drinks most meals (I'm frugal like that) but having the meal plan let me and my family enjoy eating at Disney much more and we always had plenty of good meals and snacks.
Oh and tax is included in the meal plan so we didn't have to pay tax on the meals either.  So if you figure tax at about 7% that would be an additional $48.93 in savings.  Bonus savings!!!

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