OK, here is the set-up. My family (5 of us) were going to stay at Port Orleans and my wife’s best friend and her 2 kids were going to Art of Animation. She is going through a nasty divorce and hubby will end up paying her but she is scared to death as his income was double hers…and for 17 yrs he REQUIRED them to go as cheap as possible…EVERYWHERE. The kicker, we want to do stuff together and eat together but she is trying to cut costs. We usually do the reg dining plan plus about 3 or 4 meals OP. She can’t. So, I thought if my party of 5 went deluxe and she paid me the cost of her three’s regular, we would all get to eat like we want and she wouldnt have to worry about $$$$ so much. it would turn from the 8 of us having combined 8 credits to having 15 every day. Well, can we??
I called WDW and just asked. They said the “rule” says no…but" and then there was quiet. I said but, “if they, sit at a table next to my table, and not at my table…one of us can just hand them our card.” She said “ok”, but with a tone of doubt. I think that is a little too blatent. So, I said, “We split up girls with girls and boys with boys (4 girls and 4 guys), we all go do our own thing and meet up after we dine. We dine at 2 different places…that would be…?” She says, “OK” but more optimistic. In other words, the room key will pay for a maximum of 5 meals per usage, which members of the party it pays for is pointless…as long as adults meal plan match adults and kids meal plan match kids.
It does us no real good though bc we will not want to split up like that…but good to know when my kids get a little older and maybe bring friends.