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Julie521
10-24-2011, 07:25 PM
Well thank you everyone for your help so far with suggestions on good TS places to go to on the DDP. After talking with my future DH, I think we have chosen them!! I would love to hear what you all think.

1. Boma (for a breakfast before going to Universal *the dark side*)
2. ESPN Club
3. Yak & Yeti
4. Sci Fi Dine In Theater
5. Captain's Grill
6. Via Napoli

I know we don't have anything in Magic Kingdom, but once we find out when the EMH's are for our trip, we will decided when we go to each one, and I think probably do a split day for MK. Get there early, leave for lunch somewhere (probably one in AK since we are staying at Coronado), and go back to MK at night. I know we didn't pick the fanciest and probably most romantic places, but my fiance got to choose some, and he is just a big kid so I let him have his choices!:lovestruc

DisneyRookie2007
10-24-2011, 07:46 PM
Well thank you everyone for your help so far with suggestions on good TS places to go to on the DDP. After talking with my future DH, I think we have chosen them!! I would love to hear what you all think.

1. Boma (for a breakfast before going to Universal *the dark side*)
2. ESPN Club
3. Yak & Yeti
4. Sci Fi Dine In Theater
5. Captain's Grill
6. Via Napoli

I know we don't have anything in Magic Kingdom, but once we find out when the EMH's are for our trip, we will decided when we go to each one, and I think probably do a split day for MK. Get there early, leave for lunch somewhere (probably one in AK since we are staying at Coronado), and go back to MK at night. I know we didn't pick the fanciest and probably most romantic places, but my fiance got to choose some, and he is just a big kid so I let him have his choices!:lovestruc



I've been to BOMA , Sci-Fi and Yak and Yeti. Liked them all. However, we thought Y&Y felt more like a CS restaurant - we did enjoy our meal though.

For you MK day, perhaps plan on Kona Cafe or O'hana - it's only a boat ride or monorail ride away from MK

Julie521
10-24-2011, 08:11 PM
I've been to BOMA , Sci-Fi and Yak and Yeti. Liked them all. However, we thought Y&Y felt more like a CS restaurant - we did enjoy our meal though.

For you MK day, perhaps plan on Kona Cafe or O'hana - it's only a boat ride or monorail ride away from MK

Any suggestions for something in MK that may be reasonably priced to pay OOP. Maybe we can just pay OOP for like, ESPN club, and do an ADR in MK.

juliebug1997
10-24-2011, 08:13 PM
I like Yak and Yeti, Sci Fi and Via Napoli. The steamed dumplings and ribs at Y&Y are amazing. Dessert there was not very interesting though. Via Napoli is just like being in Italy. If you go, try the aqua frescas.

Julie521
10-24-2011, 08:30 PM
I like Yak and Yeti, Sci Fi and Via Napoli. The steamed dumplings and ribs at Y&Y are amazing. Dessert there was not very interesting though. Via Napoli is just like being in Italy. If you go, try the aqua frescas.

We cannot wait for Via Napoli :) Looks delicious!! What are aqua frescas?

Julie521
10-30-2011, 08:55 PM
We don't have a restaurant for our day at magic kingdom. are we better off choosing a restaurant in the park or going somewhere else in the middle of the day and going back?

JDUB
10-30-2011, 09:25 PM
We don't have a restaurant for our day at magic kingdom. are we better off choosing a restaurant in the park or going somewhere else in the middle of the day and going back?

We ate lunch at Liberty Tree which has a good menu selection and great dessert ooey gooey toffee cake. If you are paying OOP, it's a good option in the park. We also had Tony's Town for dinner on our DDP. Again, good choice of food with average prices. The service was the only issue being sooooo slow. We liked it to mix up our food selections and not have chicken nuggets for the kids every day. Enjoy your planning!!!

Julie521
10-30-2011, 09:40 PM
We ate lunch at Liberty Tree which has a good menu selection and great dessert ooey gooey toffee cake. If you are paying OOP, it's a good option in the park. We also had Tony's Town for dinner on our DDP. Again, good choice of food with average prices. The service was the only issue being sooooo slow. We liked it to mix up our food selections and not have chicken nuggets for the kids every day. Enjoy your planning!!!

We could do OOP or the DDP. My thought is if we did the DDP i would just pay OOP when we went to ESPN club. We would be more likely to share a couple appetizers there instead of the meals we would do with the dining plan. This is the one thing i am torn on

CanuckDisneyMom
10-30-2011, 10:05 PM
We don't have a restaurant for our day at magic kingdom. are we better off choosing a restaurant in the park or going somewhere else in the middle of the day and going back?

Julie - I would highly recommend 'Ohana over at the Polynesian. You can jump on the monorail to get there - or take a launch over.
The food is fabulous, you can watch the fireworks from the restaurant (you can see the castle in the distance over the trees and they even pipe the music in) if you time your reservation to arrive before the Wishes display ... the dessert is to die for (good luck having room left for it though!) ... It's one of our family's number one favourites - my husband would rank it #1 of all his top picks!

Happy planning!

Julie521
10-30-2011, 10:35 PM
Julie - I would highly recommend 'Ohana over at the Polynesian. You can jump on the monorail to get there - or take a launch over.
The food is fabulous, you can watch the fireworks from the restaurant (you can see the castle in the distance over the trees and they even pipe the music in) if you time your reservation to arrive before the Wishes display ... the dessert is to die for (good luck having room left for it though!) ... It's one of our family's number one favourites - my husband would rank it #1 of all his top picks!

Happy planning!

Thank you so much!! Any idea of the best timing to try and make a reservation for the show?

carebee21
10-31-2011, 12:43 AM
You sound like you're looking at the same type of restaurants as my DH. We have 1 and 4-6 of your restaurants on our current ADR list. ;) And we'll probably end up at ESPN for drinks and/or appetizers since we'll be there for the playoff football games.

I would highly recommend Kona for your Magic Kingdom day. We actually have 2 reservations there, as DH loves it so much, and I have no complaints. There teriyaki steak is really yummy and I've heard really good things about the noodle dish.

Julie521
10-31-2011, 07:20 AM
You sound like you're looking at the same type of restaurants as my DH. We have 1 and 4-6 of your restaurants on our current ADR list. ;) And we'll probably end up at ESPN for drinks and/or appetizers since we'll be there for the playoff football games.

I would highly recommend Kona for your Magic Kingdom day. We actually have 2 reservations there, as DH loves it so much, and I have no complaints. There teriyaki steak is really yummy and I've heard really good things about the noodle dish.

Yes!! We will be there during September baseball! So that is our plan is to try to catch a game there. My fiance is super picky about what he eats. I had to really go through all the menus to find places that would give him options! Kona had a menu that looked great to me, but I am not sure what he will think of it!! Just another thing i have to make him look at ;)

disneymom1229
10-31-2011, 08:35 PM
We ate at Via Napoli for the first time in Sept and absolutely loved it!! It is a new must do for us...the pizza is to die for, very authentic.:thumbsup2 We also ate at Captains Grill. We were looking for a nice quiet break from DHS and we were pleasantly surprised by Captains Grill. The atmosphere was very relaxing and the food was great. Also, the service was one of the best of our trips. Our server was outstanding. They gave us a balloon, candy and a special dessert for our Anniversary!! What a magical surprise for us...:lovestruc Hope you enjoy this one as much as we did. :wizard:

carebee21
10-31-2011, 11:44 PM
Yes!! We will be there during September baseball! So that is our plan is to try to catch a game there. My fiance is super picky about what he eats. I had to really go through all the menus to find places that would give him options! Kona had a menu that looked great to me, but I am not sure what he will think of it!! Just another thing i have to make him look at ;)

I completely understand! My DH is the same way. He's basically a meat and potato guy. Doesn't care for most veggies, won't touch anything with onions in it, hates garnishes, dislikes most sauces and won't so much as look at anything he can't pronounce; he likes things plain and simple. I have to really evaluate the menus to see if there's anything he'll eat.

I just wanted to add a couple other suggestions, in case Kona doesn't work out for you for your Magic Kingdom day. There's always liberty tree tavern. It's a typical thanksgiving meal (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes) so I figure I can't go too wrong with that meal, although we haven't tried it yet. And we ate at Whispering Canyon Cafe last trip and it made DH pretty happy. He got the skillet, which had ribs, chicken, beef brisket, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and corn bread. You can ride the boat over to Wilderness lodge easily from MK.

Jonesloonybin
11-01-2011, 09:43 AM
We loved Liberty Tree tavern for lunch. At lunch there is a menu that you order off of. At dinner, it is a family style Thanksgiving meal. The lunch was FANTASTIC. The pot roast was great!! We got the chocolate dessert and is was great too. We are doing it again on our next trip.

Julie521
11-01-2011, 09:51 AM
We ate at Via Napoli for the first time in Sept and absolutely loved it!! It is a new must do for us...the pizza is to die for, very authentic.:thumbsup2 We also ate at Captains Grill. We were looking for a nice quiet break from DHS and we were pleasantly surprised by Captains Grill. The atmosphere was very relaxing and the food was great. Also, the service was one of the best of our trips. Our server was outstanding. They gave us a balloon, candy and a special dessert for our Anniversary!! What a magical surprise for us...:lovestruc Hope you enjoy this one as much as we did. :wizard:
Cannot wait for both of those places :) We picked Captain's Grill because it wasn't as.. Well I dont know how to describe why, the food isn't as interesting as say, Le Cellier, or Yachtsman. We will be on our honeymoon, and while i am not going in expecting anything, it would be nice to get a little something like that while we are there ;)


I completely understand! My DH is the same way. He's basically a meat and potato guy. Doesn't care for most veggies, won't touch anything with onions in it, hates garnishes, dislikes most sauces and won't so much as look at anything he can't pronounce; he likes things plain and simple. I have to really evaluate the menus to see if there's anything he'll eat.

I just wanted to add a couple other suggestions, in case Kona doesn't work out for you for your Magic Kingdom day. There's always liberty tree tavern. It's a typical thanksgiving meal (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes) so I figure I can't go too wrong with that meal, although we haven't tried it yet. And we ate at Whispering Canyon Cafe last trip and it made DH pretty happy. He got the skillet, which had ribs, chicken, beef brisket, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and corn bread. You can ride the boat over to Wilderness lodge easily from MK.
You have just described my fiance too a tea! Give him a hamburger, plain, and fries. He won't do cheese on anything but pizza, no special sauces and garnishes. He does like some veggies so I can at least give him that! HAHA I don't think Kona is going to be the best option for him. I am torn between LTT and going somewhere else for the day. I had originally thought about Whispering Canyon, but we just ended up choosing some other places. I think I might end up paying out of pocket for ESPN and just choose one of those two places actually!! Thanks for you suggestions :) I have on clue really about the disney transportation to and from places, so its helpful when i find out how to get somewhere!!! :thumbsup2

Julie521
11-01-2011, 10:00 AM
We loved Liberty Tree tavern for lunch. At lunch there is a menu that you order off of. At dinner, it is a family style Thanksgiving meal. The lunch was FANTASTIC. The pot roast was great!! We got the chocolate dessert and is was great too. We are doing it again on our next trip.

Have you ever been to Whispering Canyon? if so, would you choose to go to that or LLT?

Montegut
11-03-2011, 12:30 AM
Just want to give a congratulations to the soon to be newlywed. Husband and I went to Disney for our honeymoon, almost 30 years ago. It was the week Epcot opened. We are going for our 30th anniversary next year, already booked, as we wanted to stay in the Contemporary, Magic Kingdom view. As our son is now in college (see what you have to look forward to!), we can now explore different restaurants. I will be following your thread closely, as I have a picky son, and I'd like to hear what your future husband winds up choosing for his meals. After our anniversary trip, we plan to return with our son as a family and cater our stay more to his tastes. Enjoy and congratulations and best of luck in your future marriage!

Julie521
11-03-2011, 10:41 AM
Just want to give a congratulations to the soon to be newlywed. Husband and I went to Disney for our honeymoon, almost 30 years ago. It was the week Epcot opened. We are going for our 30th anniversary next year, already booked, as we wanted to stay in the Contemporary, Magic Kingdom view. As our son is now in college (see what you have to look forward to!), we can now explore different restaurants. I will be following your thread closely, as I have a picky son, and I'd like to hear what your future husband winds up choosing for his meals. After our anniversary trip, we plan to return with our son as a family and cater our stay more to his tastes. Enjoy and congratulations and best of luck in your future marriage!

aww that is such a great story! I think we actually have our final list! FINALLY. We decided to add Kona to our list, and will probably just pay for ESPN out of pocket. When is your trip next year? We will be going in September, the first week.

Montegut
11-03-2011, 11:12 AM
We're going the following month. I would love to hear your list. And please leave reviews!

I have not been to Disney since the honeymoon, and husband and son went with a school group for a father son trip about six or seven years ago, so they just did grab and go for food.

We are going to be there during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, so I'm trying to leave a couple of days open of restaurants just to eat our way through the festival!

Have a great time, and congratulations again!

Jessica527
11-03-2011, 12:29 PM
Sounds like a great plan! My only suggestion is change to something else in the boardwalk area, instead of ESPN. Maybe Flying Fish? Yachtsman? Cape May? Then go back to ESPN for some drinks! I really didnít like the food at all there.

Have fun!!!!!

If you have time, check out mine:

My Dining Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2827558)

Julie521
11-03-2011, 02:08 PM
We're going the following month. I would love to hear your list. And please leave reviews!

I have not been to Disney since the honeymoon, and husband and son went with a school group for a father son trip about six or seven years ago, so they just did grab and go for food.

We are going to be there during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, so I'm trying to leave a couple of days open of restaurants just to eat our way through the festival!

Have a great time, and congratulations again!
I absolutely will!! We will be going to ESPN Club, Captain's Grill, Yak & Yeti, Kona, Boma, Sci-Fi Dine in Theater, and Via Napoli. I have only been to Disney once with my family, about 4 years ago, and my fiance has never been so he is very excited. I plan on drinking around the world ;)

Sounds like a great plan! My only suggestion is change to something else in the boardwalk area, instead of ESPN. Maybe Flying Fish? Yachtsman? Cape May? Then go back to ESPN for some drinks! I really didnít like the food at all there.

Have fun!!!!!

If you have time, check out mine:

My Dining Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2827558)
We are actually really looking forward to ESPN. We are both HUGE sports fans, and plan on just saying OOP and getting some drinks and a couple appetizers probably. We are driving from Mass. (about 24) so on our arrival day we will probably just hit a part for a little while, and then head there later in the night. Have a relaxing day.

DWDude
11-04-2011, 01:27 PM
I absolutely will!! We will be going to ESPN Club, Captain's Grill, Yak & Yeti, Kona, Boma, Sci-Fi Dine in Theater, and Via Napoli. I have only been to Disney once with my family, about 4 years ago, and my fiance has never been so he is very excited. I plan on drinking around the world ;)
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We've been about a dozen times through the years and I just had to comment on your ADRs.
(just my two cents)
ESPN ...sounds like your sold on that one so I wont say anything :)
Captain's Grill ... stayed at the YC last trip and we didn't think much of it at all. Maybe try the Cape May Clam bake! That's one of our ADRs this trip.
Yak ... is good for late lunch, ask for a table upstairs by the window.
Boma... is fun if you've never tried it but we LOVE JIKO. one of our favs.
Sci-Fi ...good for a late lunch and the atmosphere. Food is ok.
Via Napoli... not tried it but plan on it this Dec for a late lunch.
Kona... not so much, however, we LOVE o'hana and have dinner there every trip right before wishes. lots of good fun and fun.

If you would like a romantic dinner, try narcossees right before wishes.
The lobster and surf and turf there is amazing. :love:

marilyn23
11-06-2011, 01:04 PM
They all look like good choices to me. But I love food and Disney. For Disney, this will be our third Christmas vacation. The first yr we stayed off and only ate at Sci-Fi and 9 Dragons as well as a couple of QS. Last yr we stayed at POR with free dining and liked all places we ate except La Hacienda. This yr we have ADR at:
1. Sci Fi(second time)
2. 9 Dragons(third yr eating there we love it)
3. Via Napoli. I'm actually in Sicily for work right now and want to share Italian food with my family(first time)
4. Les Chefs de France(first time)
5. Tony's(second time)
6. Hollywood & Vine(first time)
7. Yak & Yeti(second time)
8. Liberty Tree(second time). Quite excited as we have reservations here for Christmas Day
9. San Angel Inn(first time, looks delicious)

:santa:

Julie521
11-06-2011, 10:10 PM
They all look like good choices to me. But I love food and Disney. For Disney, this will be our third Christmas vacation. The first yr we stayed off and only ate at Sci-Fi and 9 Dragons as well as a couple of QS. Last yr we stayed at POR with free dining and liked all places we ate except La Hacienda. This yr we have ADR at:
1. Sci Fi(second time)
2. 9 Dragons(third yr eating there we love it)
3. Via Napoli. I'm actually in Sicily for work right now and want to share Italian food with my family(first time)
4. Les Chefs de France(first time)
5. Tony's(second time)
6. Hollywood & Vine(first time)
7. Yak & Yeti(second time)
8. Liberty Tree(second time). Quite excited as we have reservations here for Christmas Day
9. San Angel Inn(first time, looks delicious)

:santa:

Sounds like we have a few restaurants in common :) I cannot wait for our trip!!! This is all new for both of us, so def. will be a learning experience.

mickeyluv'r
11-07-2011, 10:13 PM
Well thank you everyone for your help so far with suggestions on good TS places to go to on the DDP. After talking with my future DH, I think we have chosen them!! I would love to hear what you all think.

1. Boma (for a breakfast before going to Universal *the dark side*)
2. ESPN Club
3. Yak & Yeti
4. Sci Fi Dine In Theater
5. Captain's Grill
6. Via Napoli

I know we don't have anything in Magic Kingdom, but once we find out when the EMH's are for our trip, we will decided when we go to each one, and I think probably do a split day for MK. Get there early, leave for lunch somewhere (probably one in AK since we are staying at Coronado), and go back to MK at night. I know we didn't pick the fanciest and probably most romantic places, but my fiance got to choose some, and he is just a big kid so I let him have his choices!:lovestruc

1. Getting to Universal early is going to be tricky. Personally I'd never book a big breakfast on a day I was going to Universal. Just like WDW, rope drop is important - especially if you plan to do HP. Remember, Orlando DOES have a rush hour! Likely you will have to deal with traffic. No traffic and Universal is at least half an hour from WDW, then you'll need to park and walk from your car to eh Universal park gate- easily another 15+ minutes. Meals at WDW - even buffets take over an hour, getting seated at your ADR time is nowhere near promised or to be expected. That alone would stress me out. Not how I want to start my day, but maybe you don't care about getting to Universal early. I LOVE Boma for dinner (Almost did breakfast there once...) Having a quick breakfast though is generally more of a priority for us, unless it's our last day at WDW and we just want to have a relaxing departure.

2. ESPN is not my fav. Maybe you are more into sports than I am. I like the brewpub food next door better, and the brewpub is all walk up. Both serve American fare. Go to ESPN for the ESPN factor. In that, it is unique.

3. Yack and Yeti is fine.

4. We mostly skip dining at HS. Sci-Fi is actually one of few I've never tried, so maybe it's worth doing. The theming is cute, and I think it is fun to try places with great theming.

5. I like Capt's Grill. It's quiet, but good.

6. I like Via Napoli. Good food, attractive place.

Where are you staying? If you are NOT staying at AKL, then you'll also need to drive over there on Boma day. I presume you will have a car. Driving from your WDW resort to AK can take 20minutes depending - so add that to your Universal day timeline. But honestly, I don't think you can get an ADR before 7am at AKL - and that is too late to get to Universal for 9am.

If not something in MK, I'd eat at something near MK. Both the Poly and GF have some great choices. The Wave also has good food.

One of our favs is actually the quick serve at GF. It's better than most quick serves. If you go, try to eat outside.

Julie521
11-07-2011, 11:48 PM
1. Getting to Universal early is going to be tricky. Personally I'd never book a big breakfast on a day I was going to Universal. Just like WDW, rope drop is important - especially if you plan to do HP. Remember, Orlando DOES have a rush hour! Likely you will have to deal with traffic. No traffic and Universal is at least half an hour from WDW, then you'll need to park and walk from your car to eh Universal park gate- easily another 15+ minutes. Meals at WDW - even buffets take over an hour, getting seated at your ADR time is nowhere near promised or to be expected. That alone would stress me out. Not how I want to start my day, but maybe you don't care about getting to Universal early. I LOVE Boma for dinner (Almost did breakfast there once...) Having a quick breakfast though is generally more of a priority for us, unless it's our last day at WDW and we just want to have a relaxing departure.

2. ESPN is not my fav. Maybe you are more into sports than I am. I like the brewpub food next door better, and the brewpub is all walk up. Both serve American fare. Go to ESPN for the ESPN factor. In that, it is unique.

3. Yack and Yeti is fine.

4. We mostly skip dining at HS. Sci-Fi is actually one of few I've never tried, so maybe it's worth doing. The theming is cute, and I think it is fun to try places with great theming.

5. I like Capt's Grill. It's quiet, but good.

6. I like Via Napoli. Good food, attractive place.

Where are you staying? If you are NOT staying at AKL, then you'll also need to drive over there on Boma day. I presume you will have a car. Driving from your WDW resort to AK can take 20minutes depending - so add that to your Universal day timeline. But honestly, I don't think you can get an ADR before 7am at AKL - and that is too late to get to Universal for 9am.

If not something in MK, I'd eat at something near MK. Both the Poly and GF have some great choices. The Wave also has good food.

One of our favs is actually the quick serve at GF. It's better than most quick serves. If you go, try to eat outside.

THank you for the advice! We are not all that worried about getting to Universal right at open. I am trying to talk DH out of going to Harry Potter. He mostly had wanted to go to go on the Jaws ride, and just to say we went. it will just be a one day thing, and we will take our time and ride what we can ride. This will be a mid-week trip, and we are not going to be GO GO GO on this day. But we will see what day we pick Boma. I know we want to do it for breakfast, but I am waiting to find out when EMHs are so we can finalize a schedule. We are staying at Coronado Springs