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disneyfav4ever
03-03-2010, 12:07 PM
I have a friend who's going to Disney for the first time ever next month. He has reservations at the same restaurant every night for dinner. I told him I thought that was crazy, since he doesn't even know if he'll like the restaurant, let alone if his whole family would, and that's putting all of his eggs into one basket.

I would never plan to eat at the same place every night, I'd get bored with even my favorite restaurant after a couple nights. But to plan to eat at the same place without even knowing if you'll like it, just seems like a horrible idea to me.

Does anyone see any logic in this plan? Because I don't. And I'm really trying to understand what his thinking was with this.

LittleStinkerbelle
03-03-2010, 12:12 PM
Which restaurant is it?

Pakey
03-03-2010, 12:17 PM
It's his vacation; wouldn't make a difference to me. I never give people advice on how they should vacation. My 20+ visits to WDW only makes me an expert on how I want to vacation there.

disneyfav4ever
03-03-2010, 12:19 PM
Which restaurant is it?He said the one at his resort, and he's staying at the Poly, so either Kona or Ohana. His TA told him it was good, so he based his whole decision on that.

pumba
03-03-2010, 12:22 PM
hmmmmm I could eat a different entree at Le Cellier or Tutto Italia every night.....My hubby even said he would love the filet or the prime rib at le Cellier or the steak entree at Tutto more then once.
But we really do like variety

TigerKat
03-03-2010, 12:23 PM
Sounds like someone who eats to live not lives to eat, which is beyond my comprehension.;)

Iwant2BAprincess
03-03-2010, 12:24 PM
wow-that is a lot. we have done the same ts twice in a trip but that is my threshold

JoePa4Ever
03-03-2010, 12:27 PM
To each his own, but it does seem rather bizarre. Personally, I couldn't imagine eating at the same restaurant every day even if it was my most favorite WDW restaurant. Hope it works out for him and his family and it doesn't become a negative facet of their 1st WDW trip.

taylor3297
03-03-2010, 12:27 PM
I could see eating at Kona every night, but not Ohana. There is more variety on the Kona menu.

disneyfav4ever
03-03-2010, 12:31 PM
Sounds like someone who eats to live not lives to eat, which is beyond my comprehension.;)Beyone my comprehension too, but that's the really weird part, because he likes to try different restaurants at home.

I'm practically begging him to change at least a couple of the nights. His "I don't want to have to travel very far" excuse isn't flying with me because he's at a monorail resort, and even if he didn't leave the resort, why not mix up Kona and Ohana reservations.

I really think he just didn't do any research at all. Actually I know he didn't, since he didn't even realize there were two restaurants at his resort. And actually the only reason I mentioned Kona in the first place was because I said something about his getting his coffee there in the morning, since he won't like the Nescafe stuff.

There are a few things that drive me crazy, and Disney planning, or lack of, is one of them. And I just really want him to have a good trip, because otherwise I know he'll never want to go back, and I'd love for us to go together sometime.

disneyfav4ever
03-03-2010, 12:33 PM
I could see eating at Kona every night, but not Ohana. There is more variety on the Kona menu.I'm hoping his ADR's are for Kona and not Ohana. He said he'd check and let me know.

dalt01
03-03-2010, 12:41 PM
Sounds like someone who eats to live not lives to eat, which is beyond my comprehension.;)exactly.......i know people like this.........to them the vaca. is about the trip, not the food.........like.......well we had a nice day at the park now lets go down to the restaurant and have supper. whereas we, as in my family, make ADR's and build our touring plan around them. the first time we went down, many moons ago, we did not eat once (sit down) in the parks and did one character meal on the Empress Lily.

pigletto
03-03-2010, 01:53 PM
I'm hoping his ADR's are for Kona and not Ohana. He said he'd check and let me know.

He's eating at one restaurant the entire vacation and he doesn't even know what one it is?:confused3

You know it's likely he's thinking of a chain kind of restaurant with all types of selections. So he could eat pasta one night, burgers the next, e.t.c.

I highly doubt he realizes how small some of the menus at Disney are in comparison.
And if it's Ohana he will eat the exact same meal the entire time:rolleyes:

Why don't you offer to book him some reservations? Then you get to Disney plan as well:goodvibes

tami82
03-03-2010, 01:58 PM
Yeah that is kind of weird. With the variety of restaurants i wouldnt want to do that i dont care how convenient that is. I love Ohana and limit to twice during our stay but agree i couldnt do it every night. Its a very heavy meal especially since i pig out on the bread pudding:goodvibes

FlightlessDuck
03-03-2010, 02:07 PM
This kind of makes sense. You stay at a hotel, you eat at that hotel.

I wouldn't do it, though.

marcielm
03-03-2010, 02:27 PM
I'm practically begging him to change at least a couple of the nights. His "I don't want to have to travel very far" excuse isn't flying with me because he's at a monorail resort, and even if he didn't leave the resort, why not mix up Kona and Ohana reservations.

Is he even going to the parks??? This "I don't want to have to travel very far" statement is INSANE :scared1:. If he has dinner at his resort each night, he will have to "travel" back if he is still at the parks. Will he go back for fireworks, etc? Doesn't he realize there are places to eat within the parks that are NOT at his resort?

And you said a TA booked his trip?? Clearly NOT a Disney specialist TA. What a waste... that really chaps my hide. ;)

And like you said, you want to return with them some time, and he's going to come home with an awful impression of WDW.

TDC Nala
03-03-2010, 03:02 PM
If it's Ohana he's going to get really bored really quickly with the fixed menu, but if that's what he wants, no big deal.

How many Disney guests are actually back in the hotel where they're staying every night at dinnertime? I know I'm not.

mickey916
03-03-2010, 03:26 PM
My brother actually did something similar last November with his wife and 2 kids. He stayed at the Animal Kingdom and I guess just planned on eating in the hotel most nights. We didn't discuss much before he went but when he came back he said "we really loved Boma the first night but by the third night in a row, we got a little tired of it..." and I was thinking THIRD NIGHT???? We loved Boma too but we're not even doing it once this time 'cuz we want to try new things....in fact we only have 2 repeats from our 2006 trip - Teppan Edo (which was Teppanyaki when we went) and Sci Fi (both my boys requests.)

arielmomma
03-03-2010, 03:48 PM
To each his own! A vacation is something different to all of us.

While I don't eat at the same place every night, I have been known to eat at a favorite restaurant twice during a trip. At the Poly, Ohana would definitely be one that I would be willing to do twice.

2Tiggies
03-03-2010, 04:02 PM
His "I don't want to have to travel very far" excuse isn't flying with me because he's at a monorail resort, and even if he didn't leave the resort, why not mix up Kona and Ohana reservations.


Surely he must be planning on visiting a park though? How long is he going for?

There are a few things that drive me crazy, and Disney planning, or lack of, is one of them. And I just really want him to have a good trip, because otherwise I know he'll never want to go back, and I'd love for us to go together sometime.

If you dont know what's out there, you may never know what you're missing. If he really likes the restaurant or if food isn't that important to him and more of a necessity, then I doubt it will impact his vacation. If he really feels like he missed out in the food department, you could still suggest going together sometime and offer to introduce him to some new places. Don't worry about it. To me Disney is about the whole experience.

DisneyFamily123
03-03-2010, 04:02 PM
Ohana is great. And Kona is OK too.... but honestly I didn't think much of Kona and there were flies all over the dessert display.... BUT, a BIG advantage of being at the Polynesian (or any of the monorail resorts) is FAST access to the table service places at the other resorts. My DS is only 4... but when we went with a larger family group... everyone got to pick a restaurant.

And if his plans include counter service at the Poly, the selections are limited. I'd really encourage them to look at other places... especially when being in the parks...

On our next 9 day trip, our plans include 19 different restaurants. We do all table service with the exception of some breakfasts in our room (cereal, coffee, breakfast food from the resort quick service, etc.) We do all table service because the chefs more easily accomodate our DS's food allergy but also because dining out is a LOT of the fun at Disney-- so many good and fun places to eat.

We don't have any place at home where we can have breakfast with Mickey Mouse, or enjoy belly dancing and Moroccan music during dinner, etc.......


I just can't imagine being on the monorail and NOT eating at:

California Grill
Citrocos
Narcoosees
Ohana (breakfast and dinner)
Crystal Palace
....and by Gorsh....
all the places in Epcot!

And I think the Tusker House and Yak and Yeti in Animal Kingdom are superb....

BuzzBiteyear
03-03-2010, 10:29 PM
I don't know, I really enjoy Germany. And I know I could eat every meal at the bakery in France. Now by the end of the week, I may actually be living in there, as I likely would no longer be able to get out the doors.

unclescrooge_0707
03-03-2010, 11:14 PM
It's his vacation; wouldn't make a difference to me. I never give people advice on how they should vacation. My 20+ visits to WDW only makes me an expert on how I want to vacation there.

Best. Answer. Ever.

If people ask what I like, I tell them. But just because I think the Ice Cream Shoppe on Maine Street USA is great doesn't mean everyone will.

Amy&Dan
03-04-2010, 12:03 AM
My husband and I have done this on other vacations, namely our beach vacations where we dine at the resort restaurant every night. But not at Disney.

I agree with others, if its Kona that might work out okay. If its O'Hana, he'll be so sick of meat and so sick of that singer he'll be bailing out on that idea by the second or third night!

We have done Olivia's as many as three or four times for a two week stay at OKW but that place serves all three meals and its not the same old thing. I don't think I ever got the same thing twice. Its definitely nice to eat at your resort but not if the restaurant is themed to the extent the Poly's two places are.

Disney vacations are so different and I think a lot of people have no idea how much more WDW dining is as far as the experience. And so many of the places are buffets or fixed price/offering meals that never change thier offerings.

He'll figure it out and still have fun and find a way to make it work.

But his TA needs to do her homework and get a clue!

Lynne M
03-04-2010, 12:35 AM
I'm just not seeing the tragedy, or the mystery, here.

It's utterly common for people traveling to a strange city to do their touring during the day, and return to the hotel each night for dinner. There's nothing remotely unusual about that. Business travelers do it all the time. This fellow is approaching his WDW trip the same way, because he doesn't know WDW. He's going to tour the parks during the day, and come back to the hotel at night. It's what he's comfortable doing.

If you feel you must intercede, give him a copy of the Birnbaum Official Guide to WDW and point out the 407-WDW-DINE phone number. If he gets bored with whatever restaurant he's booked at, he can call and get some other ADRs. Or he can order room service. Or he can grab something at Captain Cook's. Or one of the other monorail CS's. He'll figure it out and he'll be fine.

Not everyone vacations the same way. His trip may not have the same variety of experiences as some of us "Disney pros", but that doesn't mean it's going to be an awful vacation. It's the right vacation for him.

cglaura
03-04-2010, 01:05 AM
exactly.......i know people like this.........to them the vaca. is about the trip, not the food.........like.......well we had a nice day at the park now lets go down to the restaurant and have supper. whereas we, as in my family, make ADR's and build our touring plan around them. the first time we went down, many moons ago, we did not eat once (sit down) in the parks and did one character meal on the Empress Lily.

That is what is so great about wdw having so many options. We are exactly opposite. We make a few adr, anything else it is just what happens to be close when our stomachs start to growl....oh Yak & Yeti is right here, lets grab a few eggrolls. The one exception is funnel cakes. We do look forward to that treat b/c it is the only place we ever order them.

Our trip this year had many more adr since it was dd graduation gift and she wanted to try some places. It was not fun for us to time our day around food, but at least we tried it. The food and restaurants were good, glad we did them, but not a must do next time, mostly because we just don't get/enjoy the entertainment value of restaurants, and for me it is, I can't believe I just blew $80 - $100 on this food! (LeCellier, SciFi, Chef Mickey's). We are more a simple foods family, energy in, energy out.

OP: I think he will be just fine. If he gets tired of his food choices, he'll surely find other food. Nobody has ever starved at Disney!

Burnt Toast
03-04-2010, 02:00 AM
I really think he just didn't do any research at all. Actually I know he didn't, since he didn't even realize there were two restaurants at his resort.

If I had a nickel for everytime I spoke with a Guest that didn't know that the Disneyland Resort had two Parks or Walt Disney World is actually consists of four Parks... after spending thousands of dollars for their vacation, I'd be a millionaire.

Also, this is just one of the many reasons why I'd never book with a travel agent (and yes, I used to be one myself) and will suggest to others not to do as well for trips to the DLR or WDW.

Flossbolna
03-04-2010, 07:01 AM
It's utterly common for people traveling to a strange city to do their touring during the day, and return to the hotel each night for dinner. There's nothing remotely unusual about that. Business travelers do it all the time. This fellow is approaching his WDW trip the same way, because he doesn't know WDW. He's going to tour the parks during the day, and come back to the hotel at night. It's what he's comfortable doing.


I absoutely agree that it might be a very sensible choice at most other places. The problem at WDW is though, that the menus are so limited. I am always amazed at the small number of entrees at most WDW TS restaurants. I think this person might expect a much larger menu than Kona has, or even worse Ohana, which does not have any options at all. Since his ADRs don't force him to eat there, he is still free to go and eat somewhere else. So in the end he is just a variation of the many people who travel to WDW without any ADRs. I had friends who did that and still had a wonderful trip and are planning to return in 2011. :goodvibes

amyy
03-04-2010, 07:20 AM
At least he can always cancel once he gets there if he gets sick of it.

My first thought is I couldn't eat at the same place for dinner everyday but we do usually eat one meal at the POR food court almost everday of our vist.

disney_princess_85
03-04-2010, 07:26 AM
As others have said, it's up to him. It seems such a shame though, when there are so many wonderful options.

If I had a nickel for everytime I spoke with a Guest that didn't know that the Disneyland Resort had two Parks or Walt Disney World is actually consists of four Parks... after spending thousands of dollars for their vacation, I'd be a millionaire.

:scared1: Seriously? That's crazy!

winterman
03-04-2010, 07:26 AM
I actually think it makes more sense to eat at the same restaurant in your resort every night then the opposite. I frequently read on these boards about people having breakfast one place, then moving to a different park to spend the day, then going to a third place for dinner - and all these places are at opposite ends of WDW. I agree that the happy medium is the way to go.

:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

disney_princess_85
03-04-2010, 07:35 AM
I actually think it makes more sense to eat at the same restaurant in your resort every night then the opposite. I frequently read on these boards about people having breakfast one place, then moving to a different park to spend the day, then going to a third place for dinner - and all these places are at opposite ends of WDW. I agree that the happy medium is the way to go.

Yeah, that's a bit silly too. I agree that a happy medium is the best option. :thumbsup2

Mrsjvb
03-04-2010, 07:52 AM
hey if it were V& A I would SO be there...:thumbsup2

and yeah I actually can see being back at a resort in time for dinner every day.. I am as I poop out about 5 ish anyway.

besides, like has been said.. once he gets there he may go ahead and cancel a few anyway.

grace&philipsmom
03-04-2010, 09:12 AM
I can't imagine doing it for dinner. We have eaten breakfast at 'Ohana up to 3 times on a trip when staying at the Poly because we love it and it is breakfast food.

poohfriend
03-04-2010, 10:07 AM
but it's not unheard of!

mention the other restaurants and how convienent they are...then let him make the decision.

His vacation. his choice.

dalt01
03-04-2010, 10:47 AM
the happy medium is the way to go.

:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

Yeah. I agree that a happy medium is the best option. :thumbsup2 i met a happy medium on the boardwalk in Atlantic City once..................................just sayin..................

christinec68
03-04-2010, 10:51 AM
I can see where eating at the resort every evening is convenient. I don't know how many times I read where guests go to the parks in the morning/early afternoon then return to the resort for a nap/swim. By the time you do all that and get ready to head out again it could be close to dinner time.

I know I could do it with a restaurant that has more variety then most Disney places. But I wouldn't do it with a place I never tried before.

I hope he likes his pick and let him know he can always change his ADRs when he gets there.

dzorn
03-04-2010, 01:34 PM
I think I would print out the menu or e-mail the link to allearnet and mention that there are many convient restaurant close to his resort. Hopefully he is not on the dining plan and going at a busy time. If he does not like it it would be hard to find other options.

Denise in MI

disneyfav4ever
03-04-2010, 02:17 PM
I think I would print out the menu or e-mail the link to allearnet and mention that there are many convient restaurant close to his resort. Hopefully he is not on the dining plan and going at a busy time. If he does not like it it would be hard to find other options.

Denise in MIHe is on the DDP, and he'll be there Easter week. I'm worried he won't be able to change anything.

eddiemcgarrigle
03-04-2010, 03:15 PM
As people have already said, it's not unusual (insert Tom Jones joke here) for holiday makers to eat at their resort every night but with so much choice at the various parks and the inconvenience of leaving parks to return to the resort, I don't think your friend has been properly advised by his TA at all.

I have a varied choice of restaurants picked for my trip with Le Cellier being the only on that is booked twice and only because I couldn't decide what one dish from two I would eat if only visiting once. ;)

lpizzuro123
03-04-2010, 03:39 PM
If the restaurant is 'Ohana - I find it difficult to believe that he was able to get reservations for every night. This is one of the most difficult places to get reservations (especially Easter week). Did he make the reservations or did his TA?

Hopefully he will be eating at Kona (although 'Ohana is our favorite place to eat). At least this way he will be able to get some variety.

I do understand touring all day and eating at your resort at night but not in Disney.

Please keep us posted.

Linda

jdisnut
03-04-2010, 03:49 PM
I understand his mentality and recognize that his mindset coincides with typical thinking about eating on vacation, but traveling to Disney is not necessarily typical. Part of the joy of Disney for me, and many others on these boards, is the opportunity to try a variety of unusual and delicious restaurants.

The menu at Kona Cafe has enough options to satisfy a group for an entire vacation, so I doubt that this group will leave unsatisfied. But I wonder if they would enjoy the trip more having tried a few different restaurants.

I agree with everyone stressing that it is not our job to tell someone how to enjoy his trip, but it's clear that the travel agent did not provide him with the best possible advice.

disneyfav4ever
03-06-2010, 06:56 PM
It's Ohana. His TA apparently told him they change the menu every night. :headache:

poohfriend
03-06-2010, 07:05 PM
It's Ohana. His TA apparently told him they change the menu every night. :headache:

again, I'd tell him and then wash your hands of it. Most likely he'll have a fabulous vacation anyway.

waynesgirl
03-06-2010, 09:27 PM
It's his vacation; wouldn't make a difference to me. I never give people advice on how they should vacation. My 20+ visits to WDW only makes me an expert on how I want to vacation there.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR RESPONSE!!!! That is so true-I know what works best for me and my DH. I am the planner and he is the "whatever-can't we just slow down?" kinda guy.

disney777
03-07-2010, 12:24 AM
It's Ohana. His TA apparently told him they change the menu every night. :headache:

Oh, that's awful that the TA told him that. I would give him a copy of the menu that they serve EVERY night, and let him make the choice from there. You can only do so much to help him.

AceKeiven
03-07-2010, 01:54 AM
Don't be confused on thinking what your friend behavior does. Unfortunately, I also get bored when I go with the same place like a restaurant. Like, they serve the same menus every you went to their restaurant.