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TnTWalter
03-05-2011, 07:24 PM
thinking of doing Biergarten for lunch but man the kids that are 'adults' are $27 each! Crazy.

Is there any place that you say absolutely worth the price? 1 of the 2 eats alot and the other does NOT. She would prefer kids menu.

We are staying offsite.

We did DDP twice when they were young and enjoyed it but it a lot of focus was on the meals and planning around them.

Last time we went, we only did one reservation at CP so we could do some characters and get in MK early. It was great but >$120 for breakfast. :rolleyes1

I was thinking it would be nice to do one ressie again. Biergarten gets high reviews for being fun and the lunch is more affordable [dinner $35 each not worth it for what my 2 kids would eat].

What 1 would you do?

thinking about:
Biergarten Lunch
Ohana Dinner
Raglan Road
Yak and Yeti [though we enjoyed their CS]
Le Cellier [ate there on DDP when 1 credit and LOVED but it was on the plan so no idea the actual cost]

other ideas?

or wishes dessert party?

or save money and buy more souvies?? LOL.

Thanks.

mrmdisneyfl
03-05-2011, 07:44 PM
I would apy OOP for Ohana, totally worth it to me. So much food and it is a neat place.

JJsmama
03-05-2011, 07:44 PM
If you are only planning on one TS with 3 kids, Biergarten would not be my choice. I would do something more exciting and 'Disney' for that one meal. If you are going to pay for buffet, might as well get to see Mickey and friends for the kids. Supposedly a good combination of nice location, good food and characters is Cape May Cafe at Beach Club- not as crazy as CM.

If you don't think the buffets are worth the price for the kids, do a TS that is not buffet and the one can order off the kids menu. You could even do two cheaper TS, for instance Sci Fi Diner, the Plaza, some Epcot TS where you order off a menu.

We did biergarten for many years in a row, but last year, we did not like it at all. Not going back this year.

OllieDannyandMe
03-05-2011, 09:57 PM
thinking of doing Biergarten for lunch but man the kids that are 'adults' are $27 each! Crazy.

Is there any place that you say absolutely worth the price? 1 of the 2 eats alot and the other does NOT. She would prefer kids menu.

We are staying offsite.

We did DDP twice when they were young and enjoyed it but it a lot of focus was on the meals and planning around them.

Last time we went, we only did one reservation at CP so we could do some characters and get in MK early. It was great but >$120 for breakfast. :rolleyes1

I was thinking it would be nice to do one ressie again. Biergarten gets high reviews for being fun and the lunch is more affordable [dinner $35 each not worth it for what my 2 kids would eat].

What 1 would you do?

thinking about:
Biergarten Lunch
Ohana Dinner
Raglan Road
Yak and Yeti [though we enjoyed their CS]
Le Cellier [ate there on DDP when 1 credit and LOVED but it was on the plan so no idea the actual cost]

other ideas?

or wishes dessert party?

or save money and buy more souvies?? LOL.

Thanks.

I would either do the Hoop Dee Doo (classic Disney experience) or possibly Chefs de France for lunch to see Remy or a nice dinner at Sanaa, to sit by the window and watch the animals AND eat delicious food!

All three of those experiences are wonderful, to me.

I wasn't impressed with the Wishes Dessert Party or Ohana, but out of your other choices, those two would be my favorites.

Silver Queen
03-05-2011, 10:08 PM
You may have more flexibility at a non-buffet restaurant where your DD could order just an appetizer instead of an entree.

mom2taylorandemily
03-05-2011, 10:51 PM
You may have more flexibility at a non-buffet restaurant where your DD could order just an appetizer instead of an entree.

:thumbsup2

I was going to suggest this. 50's Prime Time is great for this, or Sci Fi, or go with Via Napoli in WS and get a pizza for the family to share.

TnTWalter
03-06-2011, 07:35 AM
Are you kidding? hoop de doo is FAR too expensive to pay for 4 adults. No way no how.

I'd rather do the wild africa safari.

:rotfl2:

houseful of boys
03-06-2011, 07:49 AM
I also have two "adult" children. I find buffets and flat price meals are not worth it for us. My 10 yr old is very picky. I can't handle paying $35 for him to get some chicken nuggets, Mac and cheese, and rolls from the kids buffet. But at an order off the menu you can share meals, order appetizers as an entree, etc. like you would at home.

TnTWalter
03-06-2011, 08:00 AM
Leaning away from buffets for sure. Thanks for great ideas.

I'm going to look into the one at AK where you can see animals while you eat; sounds cool.

Raglan Road looks to be a fun place in DTD.

We're also doing several off-site.

John Tag
03-06-2011, 08:30 AM
HS-50s Cafe
MK-Tonys Town Square
Epcot- walt to Boardwalk ESPN Club
AK-YY

John Tag
03-06-2011, 08:34 AM
GREAT DEAL- House of Blues, Downtown Disney. You can get a $50 gift Cert. for $6 Online at Restaurant.com use code word "FORK" in promo. This place has great food and very open menu.

GrammyJudy
03-06-2011, 08:49 AM
If you are paying OOP you can always split an entree but not a buffet

Deb & Bill
03-06-2011, 10:14 AM
By the way, your kids are not adults. They just happen to fall into the group of guests age 10+.

TnTWalter
03-06-2011, 10:21 AM
By the way, your kids are not adults. They just happen to fall into the group of guests age 10+.

seriously?:confused3

buffettgirl
03-06-2011, 11:43 AM
I was wondering some of the same things. I know you are staying away from buffets, but my son loved Tusker house - found LOADS of normal food and loads more to try. I really found it worth the cost.

I also wonder if the age is strictly enforced. I have a 10 year old who sometimes wants to eat off the adult menu, and I'm fine with that as how many chicken nuggets can you actually eat? but other times he really would prefer it. Is it 10 and under? under 10? what's the rule? And...how is disney on plate splitting? Half the time I would like a child sized meal...and I could easily split with ds10.

Deb & Bill
03-06-2011, 02:20 PM
I was wondering some of the same things. I know you are staying away from buffets, but my son loved Tusker house - found LOADS of normal food and loads more to try. I really found it worth the cost.

I also wonder if the age is strictly enforced. I have a 10 year old who sometimes wants to eat off the adult menu, and I'm fine with that as how many chicken nuggets can you actually eat? but other times he really would prefer it. Is it 10 and under? under 10? what's the rule? And...how is disney on plate splitting? Half the time I would like a child sized meal...and I could easily split with ds10.

Guests 3-9 and Guests 10+. The one time we were on the dining plan, my son who was 11 wanted to get a kid's counter service meal at TL. They would not sell it to him.

Jessica527
03-06-2011, 02:23 PM
When I was younger I loved Sushi! At Japan, there are 2 restaurants that serve Sushi rolls. The California Roll is about $5-6, if your kids are not picky eaters... this might be a good option for you!

Just a creative way to save money and experience food around the world. :cool1:

Pink Mouse Ears
03-06-2011, 02:40 PM
Guests 3-9 and Guests 10+. The one time we were on the dining plan, my son who was 11 wanted to get a kid's counter service meal at TL. They would not sell it to him.

This is silly! I will probably get flamed for this...but when you buy a kid's meal at a QS place, you are getting what you pay for. I don't see why they don't let someone older order a kids chicken nuggets, etc. I can do it at any other fast food place and I see Disney QS as pretty much being fast food. I feel differently about TS places. If it were my child, I'd just go order the meal for him so the CM couldn't question his age (no need to flame if you think this is a horrible act.)

To OP:
As others have said, avoid buffets. Biergarten is ok for OOP...but you've got the right idea in doing lunch instead of dinner there. There are several places that don't seem too steep in prices for TS meals as long as your children don't go for the steaks (Chefs de France, 50s PT, Sci-fi, Rose and Crown, Tony's, Teppan Edo- which isn't much more than the Japanese steakhouse we have locally, Via Napoli- splitting pizzas, etc.)

If they are really picky, you could always let them eat a CS meal, then just sit with you and do dessert or something during your meal.

Here's the new Le Cellier menu for dinner if the link works: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/media/wdw_nextgen/CoreCatalog/WaltDisneyWorld/en_us/Media/InternetMediaType/Dining/LeCellier/le-cellier-steakhouse-menu-dinner.pdf The lunch menu is the same as before...and definitely a better value if you like sitdown lunches (we prefer CS at lunchtime.)

chloelovesdisney
03-06-2011, 03:00 PM
I also would not do a buffet. At a sit down restaurant the kids can share an adult entree or maybe have appetizers instead.

Also, anyone can order a child's meal at a counter service. There may be an issue with dining plan credits but it can be purchased oop.

buffettgirl
03-06-2011, 03:26 PM
thanks for the info about ages at TS restaurants. :)

We have always gotten kids meals at QS for even the adults. If dh is in line ordering and we're all sitting...I've never ever ever had them ask the ages of the people or to see their faces...

Maybe it's different if you're on the dining plan? I don't know anything about that.

loveswdw
03-06-2011, 03:32 PM
If you are considering lunch outside the parks, try Wolfgang Puck Express in DTD Marketplace. The food is great and the portions are HUGE! The salads are ginormous and the portion of mac and cheese is enough for our family of 4 to split. And the flatbread pizzas are very large too. And the cost is not bad at all for the amount of food you get.:thumbsup2

crabbygal902
03-06-2011, 04:16 PM
Ahh...someone beat me to it! I agree with loveswdw. WPE is a GREAT value and hardly feels like a CS restaurant. You order at a counter, but a server brings your food to you. The quality of the food is very, very good.

I know you mentioned that you weren't really looking for buffets, but you may want to consider Trails End at Ft Wilderness. If I am not mistaken, the $22.99 charge for an adult dinner is much less than other buffets on property.

Quin
03-06-2011, 04:18 PM
To a prior poster: If you are on one of the Dining Plans, Disney completely enforces that ages 3-9 can only order off the childrens' menus and almost completely enforces that ages 10+ can only order off the adults' menus.

To the OP: Buffets are lifesavers to people on the DDP who have under-10 kids with big appetites. They are the kiss of financial death to people paying OOP with 10+ age kids.

There are lots of cool TS and CS restaurants on property. You can split orders, order only apps, or do pretty much anything since you are paying OOP. It sounds like you are looking for meals that include some type of entertainment/experience.

Any of the AKL restaurants will give you the chance to also see the animals at the AKL savannahs, which are different from the AK park. Sanaa is the TS restaurant; check the menu to make sure it would work for the pickiest eaters.

In Epcot, Coral Reef is fun to watch the fish - you're inside the aquarium, basically. Marrakesh has some music & belly dancing.

We love Ohana but, again, this may not be a good $$$ decision for you right now based on the kids' appetites. Maybe save it for another trip a a few more years down the road (got to plan ahead, you know!). For similar polynesian/pan-asian cuisine you could try Kona, or better yet grab dinner at Captain Cooks (CS at the Poly) where you can get Dole Whips for dessert. Time it so you take them outside and eat them on the beach at the Poly while watching the Electric Water Pagent and/or the fireworks over the MK. You can also get similar cuisine at Y&Y TS in AK.

The one restaurant that might be a good compromise is WCC at WL. The large eaters of the group can get the bottomless BBQ skillet dinner (and if they're really ambitious, the bottomless milkshake to drink). Everybody else can just order off the menu, split an order, just have apps, just have the milkshakes - hey, you're on vacation. Whatever.

Some CS locations that give you more of a sit-down restaurant experience at a lower price would be Sunshine Seasons at Epcot and Pepper Market at CSR.

maggiew
03-06-2011, 06:20 PM
Once my kids hit 10, we stopped going to the buffets and fixed-price places (for the most part). We go to places where you can order off the menu. Sometimes I share an entree with one of my DDs. Sometimes the other DD gets an appetizer for her meal, etc. It works so much better for our family based on how we eat. My girls have even ordered kids meals at sit down places when they were teens. We have never been turned down. (They don't do that often, but once in awhile that is what they want.) We don't do the dining plan, if that makes a difference.

Maggie

OllieDannyandMe
03-06-2011, 06:46 PM
Are you kidding? hoop de doo is FAR too expensive to pay for 4 adults. No way no how.

I'd rather do the wild africa safari.

:rotfl2:

It is expensive. You are right. It does include tip and alcohol, but even taking that into consideration, you are paying about $13 more per person for the show. I love the Hoop Dee Doo, but it might not be for everyone.

I do think you would like Sanaa. The evening we were there, a storm was coming. The animals came right up to the window where we were sitting and it was like they were putting on a show just for us. I love Coral Reef and Remy at Chefs de France, too. I hope you find the perfect experience for your family. The safari is outstanding, if you go with that!

hannahdrewmom
03-06-2011, 06:55 PM
When we are doing oop we normally do:

Kona breakfast (2 big kahuno's or 1 and tonga toast fill 4/5 of us) = $30 for breakfast
50's Prime Time- Fried Chicken HUGE!! Another cheapo meal to split. (Cheapo in turns of Disney prices!)
Teppan Udo- easily split between two people


Sanaa (the one at AKL w/ view) we haven't been too but it's on our list this time. It looks very neat!