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LizAgna
01-01-2007, 08:14 AM
One of my family's favorite things to do at AK is start the day with breakfast at Rainforest Cafe. But this year that will present a problem since they don't start serving breakfast until 8:30 and we want to ride EE. From all I have read it looks like we need to head straight to EE as soon as the gates open. I thought about Donald's Breakfastosaurus but we have never eaten there. Any opinions on which is best? Thanks!!

We will be going in late June and I have secured ADRs at 8:00 @ Donald's and 8:30 @ Rainforest...I will cancel the one that we decide not to use.

kathyg
01-01-2007, 09:11 AM
I would also like to know thoughts about this

Cool-Beans
01-01-2007, 09:17 AM
I actually prefer the Tusker House to both, but given the choice of the two would pick Donald's.

Allison
01-01-2007, 09:35 AM
We did Donald's this summer and everyone loved it. We had an 8:00 ADR. We all want to go back. My kids really enjoyed the characters and the food was very good.

LizAgna
01-01-2007, 12:05 PM
We did Donald's this summer and everyone loved it. We had an 8:00 ADR. We all want to go back. My kids really enjoyed the characters and the food was very good.

That's good to hear!! Were you finished by the time the park opened at 9:00? Did you have to stay inside the restaurant until 9:00 or did they have you wait somewhere else for opening?

Allison
01-01-2007, 12:38 PM
That's good to hear!! Were you finished by the time the park opened at 9:00? Did you have to stay inside the restaurant until 9:00 or did they have you wait somewhere else for opening?

We were done in time for the opening. That's another advantage of Donald's vs Rainforest-it's a buffet so you can go at your own pace. No, you don't have to stay inside the restaurant. We went outside and were in the area around Dinoland when they dropped the ropes to open the area. This was our second day at AK so we were going to do the Dinoland area first. It worked out great.

I think you will enjoy it. :thumbsup2

Bowen9475
01-01-2007, 02:57 PM
We also ate at Donald's for the first time this summer and we all enjoyed it. My kids have asked to go back when we visit in February. We also had an 8:00 ADR and had plenty of time to eat, visit with the characters and be outside and ready to head to EE with the crowds when they dropped the rope. Enjoy!

LizAgna
01-01-2007, 06:22 PM
We also ate at Donald's for the first time this summer and we all enjoyed it. My kids have asked to go back when we visit in February. We also had an 8:00 ADR and had plenty of time to eat, visit with the characters and be outside and ready to head to EE with the crowds when they dropped the rope. Enjoy!

I'm glad to hear that we will have plenty of time with the characters and not feel rushed to head to EE. How long was the standby wait when you got there? Did you ride standby and get a fastpass too?

dana1003
01-01-2007, 06:32 PM
we've also done both and i have to say donalds was much better..the food was great!and you know when you have kids to sit and wait for food is torture so being able to just get up and go was great. our server was witty and funny and pulling tricks on everyone and the characters took their time w/the kids..:thumbsup2

Jrabbit910
01-01-2007, 06:59 PM
I say stick w/ ur adr's at 8; donalds is great and you will have enough time to get over to EE... Even though Rainforest is a tradition for you; you will not be dissappointed.

byoung
01-01-2007, 07:17 PM
Donald's Breakfastosaurus was great in May.

Bowen9475
01-01-2007, 07:32 PM
I got in line to get fastpasses. The lines for FPs were about 20-25 people deep at each machine. My husband and older kids got in the standby line. The standby line was VERY long - but I don't remember how long it said. My husband believes they waited in the standby line for about a half hour. The line moved fairly quickly. Our FP return time was about 1 hour later. The FP return line was a pretty long wait when we returned. One thing we experienced - our oldest son got in the single rider line; it took him close to an hour to get through and ride. I was starting to get nervous that it took so long. The ride was great though.

jackskellingtonsgirl
01-01-2007, 09:01 PM
I had no idea RFC didn't start serving until 8:30! I was planning to have breakfast there one morning in August, but that might be enough to change my mind! We have been to Donald's 3 times. It is good, but I was looking for something different next time. Hmm. Maybe not!:rotfl:

Smooshdog
01-01-2007, 09:03 PM
We did Donalds on Dec 17 and it was great! We liked it the first time and had to go back and it was worth it. Donalds is now a staple for us!

LizAgna
01-01-2007, 09:40 PM
I'm glad to hear so many good reviews of Donald's. Now I just need to convince the family that this is where we need to eat this time!! We can always eat at Rainforest when EE gets old...ha!!

bytheblood
01-01-2007, 11:40 PM
I am a little on the fence. The character interaction at DR is awesome. But, I think I prefer the food at RC.

craps7or11
01-01-2007, 11:47 PM
Donald's.

Gabby&Liv's Mommy
01-01-2007, 11:48 PM
I am glad to hear good reviews of Donald's. We are going to try it our next trip. How is the set-up? This is in the same place at McDonald's, right? In Dinoland?

charabby
01-02-2007, 02:58 AM
Love Donalds - for a character meal, this is definitely my family's favorite. :thumbsup2

And, if you get the first seating, you will be deep in the park at opening and have a good chance of getting on Everest quickly. Highly recommend this choice.

MickeyNicki
01-02-2007, 06:17 PM
We just tried Donalds for the first time last month and loved it. We had 8:30 reservations and were seated in 5 minutes. The food was awesome, 3 kinds of Krispie Kreme Donuts!

The characters were great and we were able to get over to EE in minutes.

LizAgna
01-02-2007, 09:14 PM
[QUOTE=MickeyNicki;16186716] The food was awesome, 3 kinds of Krispie Kreme Donuts!

Krispy Kreme now you're talking my youngest DD's language...this will definitely be a hit with her!!

jiggerj
01-02-2007, 10:33 PM
Will never eat at RF again! Server brought over our breakfast with his FINGERS stuck IN the breakfast entree- NASTY!

Have enjoyed Donalds ever since (with running for quick fastpasses too!) :)

masonjar
01-02-2007, 10:57 PM
Would riding EE after eating a large breakfast be a mistake? Would you just get your fast pass for later?

We rode last year with no problems but that wasn't after a large meal.

Donald's#1Fan
01-02-2007, 11:28 PM
We had 8:00 seating for Donald's this past 12/16 and it worked out great for us. We were the 5th family in the park and headed straight to Donalds where we checked in and were seated immediately. We got to begin eating immediately upon arriving as it was a buffet and the characters all came to our tables first thing as we were in the first room of the 3 to be seated! After we were done, they let us linger out in front of the resturant but no further until the park was open. Upon the rope drop we walked quickly to EE and I rode EE with my sons and my wife waited out with my daughter and got her childswap ticket. At the same time she was getting the childswap ticket she took our park tickets and got fastpasses. which also allowed she and the boys to go immediately when I got off the ride. A bonus for us that day was the YOMD team was waiting for our car in the unload area as we were on the 1st car of the day to ride and we all got Dream Fastpasses. So within a span of about a 1/2 hr. my sons got to ride 3 times, unbelievable! So I would definitely recommend Donalds for the food, characters and ability to get to EE quick if you are in the early seating at Donald's. Good Luck!

LizAgna
01-03-2007, 09:49 PM
Donald's#1Fan - That sounds great...I'm hoping it will happen like that for us!!

Lostgirlz
01-04-2007, 11:15 PM
I changed a adr today so that we would not have to trek all the way to WL, then backtrack right fter to ak since we are staying at AKL, and decided on that day we better do AK. I hated doing that, but I made ADR's for first seating at rainforrest thinking the exact same thing we are heading to EE. We have no kids, so I am wondering if this is still going to be an issue in the start of Feb with EE crowds, or if I should yet again call back and change it to donlads. The CM said oh I just noticed you have Chef Mickeys so you may want to go with RC. I already hated to change the first adr since I have left them untouched since I first booked, but I don't want to end up with FP's being gone by the time we get there which will be heading straight there after RC. suggestions anyone it's only me and DFH.:confused: :bride: