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chell
06-13-2009, 03:40 PM
When you are planning your days how big of a role does the food play? We have a list of must do restaurants and we need to work these in. We love being in WDW but we also love dining there too. Dining at WDW is a huge part of the trip for us and is a huge part of the planning.

Do your dining options dictate any of your park days or anything similar? I hope you understand what I'm trying to ask.

Most of the places we want to eat are in Epcot. That sort of works out for me since Epcot is my favorite park but since this is a family vacation that might not be such a good thing this visit. Since we won't all be together all the time that might not be such a bad thing either.

Right now we know we will have 24 meals in WDW and these are the restaurants we have to eat at:

Garden Grill
Cape May
San Angel
Beaches & Cream - Kitchen Sink
Chef Mickey - Breakfast
Yak & Yeti - twice possibly
Casey's Corner
Toy Story Pizza Planet
Tutto Italia
Cosmic Ray's
Biergarten
Victoria & Albert's - only if we can get the Chef's Table

Whew, that list looks a lot smaller typed up than it does handwritten. I'm feeling a little better now.

I figure someone out here must sympathise with me since this is the restaurant board. Somehow has to plan their days around the restaurants.

arielmomma
06-13-2009, 03:45 PM
I totally sympathize with you. For my family, food is probably the most important part of our trip. In my opinion, food really makes the vacation. Just this morning my DH and I were fantasizing about trying to take a short trip next year without the kids on the deluxe dining plan just so that we could eat our way around EPCOT. Since we have the kids with us in September, we have to compromise some, but believe me, I feel your pain!

irunnoft
06-13-2009, 03:50 PM
I usually look to see which park we are going to be at on any given day. That's pretty easy since I go by the EMH for the mornings. Based on that, I try to plan any TS lunches to coincide with the EMH park. Sometimes we will have a Signature dinner and then the park is irrelevant since these are usually outside a theme park.

The only time I break from this is when I can't get a particular ADR for a restaurant based on the touring plans for the park. Then I will go ahead and book the ADR and will adjust our park touring to conform with that. For me, half the fun of the WDW vacation is the dining.

chell
06-13-2009, 03:51 PM
Thanks Arielmomma. I know I like to obsess over my planning but that is half the fun of getting ready for a trip. I really do enjoy all the great food they have to offer, especially since they don't offer too much great food where we live.

chell
06-13-2009, 03:53 PM
I usually look to see which park we are going to be at on any given day. That's pretty easy since I go by the EMH for the mornings. Based on that, I try to plan any TS lunches to coincide with the EMH park. Sometimes we will have a Signature dinner and then the park is irrelevant since these are usually outside a theme park.

The only time I break from this is when I can't get a particular ADR for a restaurant based on the touring plans for the park. Then I will go ahead and book the ADR and will adjust our park touring to conform with that. For me, half the fun of the WDW vacation is the dining.

We may have to use EMH this time with the boys. Your plan may have to be the route we take this trip.

Your trip is almost here!

inkedupmomma
06-13-2009, 04:01 PM
We are on the DXDP, so it plays a huge part for our trip. We feel the same as you. The dining is just as important to us as touring the parks! Touring the parks non-stop without a break is no fun for us. As much as we love Disney, it isn't going anywhere anytime soon lol. I like being able to discover something new to see or something we didn't do for our next trip. Plus the theming of the restaurants are amazing and unlike any other, add in some character meals and fuggetaboutit!

I don't mind stopping to smell the roses and take time away from the parks, it makes the trip all around more enjoyable for all of us!

heres my list for our next trip

1900 pf for breakfast and dinner
Chef Mickey's breakfast
Earl of Sandwich 2x
T-rex(dessert only)
CRT 2x for dinner
Boma breakfast
50's PTC
Tuskerhouse breakfast
Yak and Yeti sit down lunch
Maya Grille dinner
Akeshurs breakfast
Biergarten dinner
Kona breakfast
Coral Reef lunch
Le Cellier dinner
Crystal Palace brekfast
HDDMR
Ohana breakfast

irunnoft
06-13-2009, 04:03 PM
We may have to use EMH this time with the boys. Your plan may have to be the route we take this trip.

Your trip is almost here!

I KNOW!!! I should be double checking my packing list, but here I am like an addict surfing the Disboards!!! :lmao:

Here's a sample of what we did for this June trip.

June 15th

Hollywood Studios is the early park, but we have lunch at Le Cellier & dinner at Jiko. Now on that night, AK is the late EMH park, so we're going to try (but not too hard) to maybe get a few things like It's a Bug's Life and other less popular attractions in after dinner that night. I doubt very seriously we'll still get FPs for EE that evening, but we could knock out some of the other things we'd like to do at that park during the EMH at night.

On June 16th, MK is the early EMH, so we took an ADR for lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern. Dinner that night will be at Todd English's Blue Zoo in the Dolphin.

On June 17th, AK is the early EMH and we booked a lunch at Yak & Yeti. Dinner that night will be at Brown Derby and then we're off to Cirque du Soleil that night.

I think you get the idea. For us, it is always easier to tell which park we will be at during the morning hours, so we plan for lunches. In the evenings, we like to be able to "wing it" so we usually book ADRs at resorts or signature dinings. So, I guess we do a half-commando touring strategy. The mornings are very planned and regimented. The evenings are less by the numbers except for having a specific ADR for dinner. Sometimes, I've just planned for Wolfgang Puck's Express for dinner, too.

Looks like you've got some great places picked out to eat!!! :banana:

irunnoft
06-13-2009, 04:08 PM
We are on the DXDP, so it plays a huge part for our trip. We feel the same as you. The dining is just as important to us as touring the parks! Touring the parks non-stop without a break is no fun for us. As much as we love Disney, it isn't going anywhere anytime soon lol. I like being able to discover something new to see or something we didn't do for our next trip. Plus the theming of the restaurants are amazing and unlike any other, add in some character meals and fuggetaboutit!

I don't mind stopping to smell the roses and take time away from the parks, it makes the trip all around more enjoyable for all of us!

heres my list for our next trip

1900 pf for breakfast and dinner
Chef Mickey's breakfast
Earl of Sandwich 2x
T-rex(dessert only)
CRT 2x for dinner
Boma breakfast
50's PTC
Tuskerhouse breakfast
Yak and Yeti sit down lunch
Maya Grille dinner
Akeshurs breakfast
Biergarten dinner
Kona breakfast
Coral Reef lunch
Le Cellier dinner
Crystal Palace brekfast
HDDMR
Ohana breakfast

I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets as excited about the dining as the rides! :rotfl: Seriously! I think our families should bow down before us!! :worship: Without us, they'd have Counter Service every single meal!!!

We were going to do the DXDP this trip, but I decided it would actually be cheaper for us to purchase at TiW card since we're DVC members and AP also. What I loved about doing the DXDP, though, was the fact that we'd be able to do a TS lunch AND a Signature dinner EVERY DAY!!! Sure, we'd skip using a TS for breakfast, but that would really be WAAAAAAY too much food! Also the DXDP allows you to get the appy. (Gosh! I really miss the old DDP where you got an app, entree, dessert, drink AND the tip was included!!!)

You've got a great list of places to dine, too!!!! :yay:

gingerfeathers
06-13-2009, 04:17 PM
I totally agree! We aren't big planners except for the food! There are a few days that we have park preferences (i.e. want to be near MK for MNSSHP), but for the most part whatever day I can get reservations for certain restaurants will dictate our schedule for that day (though even then we always get park hoppers just in case we're not in the mood for a certain park we might have ADR's in!).

inkedupmomma
06-13-2009, 04:51 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets as excited about the dining as the rides! :rotfl: Seriously! I think our families should bow down before us!! :worship: Without us, they'd have Counter Service every single meal!!!
Agreed lol
We were going to do the DXDP this trip, but I decided it would actually be cheaper for us to purchase at TiW card since we're DVC members and AP also. What I loved about doing the DXDP, though, was the fact that we'd be able to do a TS lunch AND a Signature dinner EVERY DAY!!! Sure, we'd skip using a TS for breakfast, but that would really be WAAAAAAY too much food! Also the DXDP allows you to get the appy. (Gosh! I really miss the old DDP where you got an app, entree, dessert, drink AND the tip was included!!!)
I def miss that tip included!! we do a TS breakfast every morning, a couple of lunches and then a TS dinner every night, some being 2TS credits. the left over credits we will use at EoS for the ride home!
You've got a great list of places to dine, too!!!! :yay:
Thanks, we are stoked!
I totally agree! We aren't big planners except for the food! There are a few days that we have park preferences (i.e. want to be near MK for MNSSHP), but for the most part whatever day I can get reservations for certain restaurants will dictate our schedule for that day (though even then we always get park hoppers just in case we're not in the mood for a certain park we might have ADR's in!).

I do plan my parks first, then add the restaurants around that. Last year we did a bit too much running around, so this year I tried to keep all adr's in park

chell
06-13-2009, 05:11 PM
In the past I've tried to do EMH but sometimes I can't get up so early. My body just doesn't like to get going. Sometimes at WDW it does because they put crack in the water or something. But on our Honeymoon we just took it easy and slept in. The nephews won't be letting us sleep in on this trip! It will be like when they spend the night here. By 6 o'clock they'll be asking if it is time to get up yet.

I'm glad you guys understand what I'm saying. The food really is a huge part of the experience for us. I'm saying for us and Larry has only been once so far but he gets it already. :rotfl: I trained him well. :cloud9:

Breakfast isn't a big deal for me though so that does cut down a lot of the meals. Chef Mickey will probably be the only big meal. Otherwise we'll just grab something quick in the parks. I'm allergic to eggs so it makes having a good breakfast difficult. Wait a second, we have to do Ohana again for breakfast. Larry can't give up his Stitch character meal and I wouldn't ask him to. I think we will take the boys to that one and let the mommy's sleep in that morning.

If they add a Phineas and Ferb meal by December we would have to go to it since the boys love them so much. If they only sold fried egg sandwiches we'd still have to go since the boys like them so much.

MickeyNicki
06-14-2009, 11:05 AM
We are very much like you, dining is a huge part of our vacation, if we do not spend that much park time we are ok with it as long as we get a fantastic meal at the end of the day...we love the signature places and these can take up to 2 hours or more but we are cool with that. Epcot is also our favorite park so we tend to do a lot of dinners there

chell
06-14-2009, 11:13 AM
Epcot is my favorite as well. I can find too many places to eat in Epcot as well.

It is great that we are not alone and that there are others that the food is just as important.

mi*vida*loca
06-14-2009, 02:14 PM
The first time we went to Disney we didn't even know about ADR's or restaurants. We ate all CS and we were in Florida for a week and did Disney for about 4 days and Universal once. I did LOVE Disney but I wasn't thrilled with the whole thing. At that time I saw it as a theme park but I did really enjoy it and I did feel the magic.

Then in 2008 I found this board about a month before we left and I got ADR's for Crystal Palace, Tusker House and Garden Grill. DH wasn't thrilled with the prices for these meals. :rotfl: But I hooked him in with Crystal Palace since he was a huge Pooh fan as a kid. That's when I was truly hooked to Disney. :love: For us the experience was so different! Our kids got to meet the characters and we ate and the kids were just thrilled and so were we! :cloud9:

Then in 2009 I made 8 ADR's for our 8 day trip and dining is a huge part of our vacation now. We love LeCellier and Ohana's but they aren't the make it or break it part. The character meals are. :banana: We can have fine dining here where we live but dining with the characters is just awesome to us! Getting a princess meal and Chef Mickey's are (for the kids!! and us!) and if we didn't get them it would put a damper on the plans.

CathieArms
06-14-2009, 02:23 PM
I guess I'd admit to planning our days around the ADRs I made. I made the ADRs first with no real care for where we might be each day. I just knew I wanted to be certain places for ADRs. After that, I planned which parks to go to.

We're doing:

Garden Grill
Cape May
Ohana's
Biergarten
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Crystal Palace
50s Prime Time
Sci Fi
Tutto Italia
Teppan Edo

ROEDISNEY
06-14-2009, 02:27 PM
I try and pick places to eat based on where or the area I will be at. But If I really want to go some place to eat like back to Epcot again & again lol I will do it.

chell
06-14-2009, 04:36 PM
Nikki character meals are so much fun. At first I always feel silly since I don't have kids but by the end of the meal I'm having too much fun to care!

Cathie you have some great choices. I see you are like me and have several Epcot choices. I could honestly have 10 meals (lunch and dinner) in Epcot.

ROEDISNEY me to, me too... ;)

ShannonMB
06-14-2009, 04:41 PM
I love planning our trips in detail, and it has worked out great for us. The very first thing I like to plan is the restaurants we want to try, and I more or less work the entire itinerary for the week around that. Yes, the dining at Disney is VERY important to me!!!! LOVE IT!!!

somethingblue
06-14-2009, 04:43 PM
I made our ADRs based on not only where we want to eat, but also on EMH. We're the late-to-rise kind of group, so evening EMH are a big thing for us.

I looked at EMH, figured out which parks we would want to spend more time in, and then called to make ressies based on where we wanted to eat and where we'd be spending most of our time, then figured out what places we wanted to try.

PalmettoPrincess
06-14-2009, 04:45 PM
I agree with a PP in that I also have a general idea of which parks I'd like to visit on a certain day and try to plan my ADRs around that. I don't get park hopper tickets, so I can't jump from park to park (or hotel) to get to a restaurant. But if a certain restaurant isn't available on a certain day, I have no problem reworking my original plans. And since I'll want to visit certain restaurants elsewhere on Disney property, I plan my arrival day and departure day around those. I'm sort of ashamed to admit to people (other than fellow Dis-ers whom I'm sure will understand!) that most of my planning time centers around food!!! I've become a horrible fan of dining reviews and the food porn! HAHAHA!

chell
06-14-2009, 04:55 PM
Most of my planning time is around the food too. It is so much fun to plan though!

kathiewe
06-14-2009, 08:11 PM
For us food and eating is half the trip. Sometimes it isn't even the food itself but the experience. Just love to eat at Disney. Thank God for the TiW card :)

Jletendre
06-14-2009, 08:27 PM
I have to agree many of our memories are from the dining we had and a nice meal is always a great way to end a full day of Disney Magic.

Our DD's always remember CRT, or Chef Mickey's. And how can anyone forget the 1st time watching the fireworks from Califorina Grill?

I'd even say our park time is cut back some days so we can get back to the resort - unwind, freshen up and then go have a fantastic meal. I know many people don't want to bother with all that and just eat and tour but I'm on vacation and relaxing and WDW isn't going anywhere - thus we keep going back :)

Silver Queen
06-14-2009, 08:46 PM
We love our dining adventures when we are at Disney. Planning and thinking about our dining choices helps us to begin the fun before we go. Since we always have either park hoppers or annual passes we really don't worry about our park schedule. It all seems to work out woth the help of Disney transportation.

chell
06-14-2009, 09:30 PM
For us food and eating is half the trip. Sometimes it isn't even the food itself but the experience. Just love to eat at Disney. Thank God for the TiW card :)

I wish we could get the card but we don't have APs right now and don't qualify any other way. :sad1:

Kelblum
06-14-2009, 10:13 PM
Very important!! We love the dining experiences as much as the rides. Epcot is our favorite dining park!

sherabby
06-15-2009, 05:32 AM
Dining plans are the only plans we have made so far and we leave on Sunday. My dh is going to IOA on Wed as a birthday gift from us and my son and I are going to CP for breakfast, Typhoon Lagoon and Disney Quest with a dinner at T-Rex. That is about the only day that we really have planned out. I also want to get both of us haircuts in the barber shop and since we are in the park early for our breakfast I am hoping that we are close enough to scoot on over to get in early!

chell
06-15-2009, 03:19 PM
We are also planning on getting haircuts. I'm so excited about that. I've always wanted to do that and now that my nephews will be with me I'll really have an excuse. ;)

The youngest LOVES Pluto so I can't wait to be with him when he sees Pluto again. The oldest remembers us talking about getting soaked on Splash so the first ride he told me he wanted to ride (when I was making a list of rides he wants to hit) his first one was Splash. He really does listen! :cloud9:

bangzoom6877
06-15-2009, 04:03 PM
In my opinion, looking at the food is the most fun thing when I am planning ANY vacation! We are not going to Disney this year (we are going back next summer), but we are going to Lancaster, PA instead (taking the kids to Hershey and Dutch Wonderland), and I have found so many restaurants for us to enjoy! I still look at allears menus at least once a week for WDW restaurants, I can't help it! Whenever there is that little green "NEW!" icon next to a restaurant I get all *giddy* inside! :rotfl2:

Food is very important to DH and to myself as well. We also love variety on vacation. That is why I like to check out the menus. We were at Disney for 5 nights last summer and I only had one burger the entire trip, and we ate on property the entire trip. We love the Epcot restaurants, that is why we will be going to the parks for 7 days instead of 6 on our 10-night trip next summer...we figure that since we are staying at BWV, we could walk over to the World Showcase on the third Epcot day and just enjoy eating around the world for lunch, shopping and relaxing a little in the countries, relaxing at the resort, and going back to Epcot for a nice TS dinner in one of the countries. You know, a day dedicated more to food and no attractions so it is a more relaxed day, and we could do the Epcot attractions on the other 2 days we are there.

We also enjoyed the Disney food very much, even at the character buffet dinners. Actually we thought those were very good, especially Crystal Palace. The only thing I am hesitant about trying at Disney is Italian food because we are so darn picky when it comes to Italian. The only one I would even consider for that is Tutto Italia, but I have a friend going there in a couple of weeks and she knows my taste in Italian very well so she is going to let me know how it is. The reason this is the only one I would consider is because in the WS at Epcot, the people who work in each country are actually from that country. But I still want to see if they "Americanize" it too much or if it really is authentic.

Anyway, we love food on vacation, we watch what we eat normally so we love to live it up when we are away, plus we only go away once a year. So the food is very important to us and the most fun thing to plan!

Nikisha421
06-15-2009, 05:29 PM
:goodvibesfood is major I try to make sure that I have dinner at the park that has night time emh..I have one must do restaurant for now, yak and yeti, i love the dining plan bc it works well for us...and I never forget to use any of my credits

chell
06-18-2009, 06:01 PM
:goodvibesfood is major I try to make sure that I have dinner at the park that has night time emh..I have one must do restaurant for now, yak and yeti, i love the dining plan bc it works well for us...and I never forget to use any of my credits

Yak & Yeti is awesome! We like it so much we are going there twice on our next trip.

inkedupmomma
06-18-2009, 07:14 PM
Yak & Yeti is awesome! We like it so much we are going there twice on our next trip.

I'm so glad to read this! Trying it for the first time this coming September!

DisneyBunny15
06-18-2009, 07:39 PM
for us, fun and food are first!

we find out emh of each night and plan our dining around that - but dining is def one of the MOST important things of our trip!:cool1:

MissionMouse
06-18-2009, 10:02 PM
Back in the days of PS we found food to be the pinnacle component of our Disney vacations, but in recent years many establishments are not providing the same level of service and quality they once provided. We do not perceive this trend to change as Disney's focus has changed to affordability. Park hopper tickets are still an essential component of our trip since it does allow us the ability to dine at any location on property on anyday. We normally select the restaurants we want to dine and then fit them in our schdule where they make the most sense with park hours/plans, our resort location, special events, and extended park hours.

chell
06-19-2009, 04:11 PM
I'm so glad to read this! Trying it for the first time this coming September!

I'm sorry if I have already said this in this thread but don't get the usual oriental food like Beef & Broccoli or something along those lines. The ribs are AWESOME and enough for two. My husband thinks the Crispy Mahi Mahi is outstanding. The Lettuce Cups appetizer is amazing. My husband who does not like veggies wants to get them again in December. I actually ordered them on our Honeymoon and he kept eating them. I gave him a bite of mine then made him two after that. When we went back to Y&Y the second time he ordered them for himself. The pot stickers are very good as well.

You will NOT walk away hungry. :upsidedow