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MBELSANTI
04-10-2012, 10:24 PM
When planning your trip to WDW, do you stick to your familiar old standby restaurants or do you always try to include some new ones? I am a robot and like the familiar, but since it has been 3 yrs since last visit, I see there are some new restaurants that I haven't heard of or tried.

I would like to try Via Napoli and Paradiso. What are your thoughts on these? TIA

DW2010
04-10-2012, 10:38 PM
I want to know too. We went to 'Ohana in 2010 and loved it but I think we want to try something new. Actually, I have a few new ones I want to try but need to eliminate some.

Sweet Melissa
04-10-2012, 10:41 PM
We try to do a good mix of old standbys and new experiences. On our upcoming trip to Disneyland we're trying one new sit-down restaurant and several that we've visited before. This fall at WDW, we'll be trying three restaurants that are new to us and revisiting, I think, six old favorites.

ironpig70
04-10-2012, 10:44 PM
Been years since I went to WDW and besides the Mexican resturant I cannot remember where we ate.

I have been on here and allears looking at menus to narrow down what looks good.

My biggest problem is the family. They do not like to try stuff and have numerous food hang ups. Myself I will eat about anything.

BrytEydBelle
04-11-2012, 06:26 AM
In the past I've tended to stick to my standby restaurants due to commando touring....all counter service while in the parks, with the occasional Rainforest Cafe meal or Orlando non disney sit down restaurant when not touring. My upcoming trip, however, has free dining so I am looking forward to trying new things. I have seven ADRs now that I've struggled over as I am trying all new restaurants. Hopefully I will like this experiment!

PoohsFan1
04-11-2012, 08:54 AM
We have our must dos which include Akershus breakfast, Cape May Cafe breakfast, Le Cellier Lunch, and California Grill. But, we like to add in a few that we haven't done yet too, and for our next trip that will include Fulton's Crabhouse and Hollywood Brown Derby. We also eat at places we have eaten before but try it at different dining times for instance we have eaten at Boma's dinner but will be trying breakfast for the first time and then to finish off our dining plans we are heading back to restaurants that we haven't gone to in a couple of trips/years (Coral Reef, Kona Cafe, LTT dinner, and Artist Point).

To answer your question about Via Napoli and Paradiso, and between the two, we have only eaten at Via Napoli and we really enjoyed ourselves...the pizzas are so fresh and yummy and the dessert there which are the fried ricotta cheese balls that you dip into chocolate and whip cream are just heavenly (sorry I forgot the actual name of them). However, I did find the pizza I had (we did the personal pizzas) to be a bit on the greasy side which made my stomach hurt after I ate it, I had the pepperoni pizza, but all in all I wouldn't hesitate to go back there.

Paradise18
04-11-2012, 08:59 AM
We have our favs - LTT, Le Cellier and O'Hana, but we add one or two new restaurants every trip. This year we are going to Maya Grill (we are staying at CSR) and we are dining with the princesses in Norway.:goodvibes

disneyfav4ever
04-11-2012, 09:05 AM
I like to try new places, and new foods, whenever possible, but I have so many favorites now that it's hard. I really enjoy eating at the signature restaurants, and with their seasonal menus I am almost always having a completely different meal each time.

nvsnot
04-11-2012, 09:06 AM
A bit of both...

This will only be my 2nd trip, but I am sticking with Tusker House breakfast since we loved it and i'm adding a few new ones, such as: Via Napoli, Crystal Palace, Flying Fish, etc.

I'm sure after this trip, however, there will be more "usuals" added to my list, but I will always try, at least, a few new dining experiences whenever I get to go back to Disney!

1SickPupe
04-11-2012, 09:08 AM
We tend to try at least three new restaurants while visiting WDW. Our family gets together and rates our dinner experiences on our last trip. The three or four that come in last are taken off the list.

gabzee
04-11-2012, 09:11 AM
I would like to try Via Napoli and Paradiso. What are your thoughts on these? TIA

Of these two we have only been to Via Napoli and would highly recommend it. It was probably one of the best TS we had last trip. The pizza is delicious (ours wasn't greasy... we had the margarita pizza) as well as the plated entrees. Definitely worth a trip! :thumbsup2

Berlioz70
04-11-2012, 09:15 AM
My goal is to eat at all Disney restaurants... I only have 1 of the Disney owned restaurants left (V&A), but we're waiting for a special celebration before we drop that cash. In the meantime, we've been working our way back through the restaurants to try different meals.

Here is a link to my Dining Spreadsheet, it has several different tabs. You are welcome to download it and enter your own meals! The Summary tab is all formulas, but you can update the other tabs with your restaurant counts.

DISNEY DINING (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au8j_TsVGbHrdEFnMVlNQUFLSHl5Vk5vV2xRRmxVM Wc)

dragonfly08
04-11-2012, 09:27 AM
We tend to stick to our favorites. We're not big on dining experiences and my kids hate to take park time to do TS meals (even character ones, for the most part...they figure they see the characters in the parks) so we're more of a QS sort of family. And we have places we like that have more than the standard chicken fingers and mac and cheese for my girls, so we just hit those when we're hungry.

Maggie'sMom
04-11-2012, 09:48 AM
We do a mixture of both. Our last trip, I think we had 3 ADRs at restaurants that we hadn't been to before and 5 that we had. This next trip, I'm cutting back on sit down meals and only have 6 ADRs, and only one of those is new to us. The more we go, the more "must do" favorites we have, and that leaves us torn between going to meals we know we really like and trying something new.

kgoodb00
04-11-2012, 10:05 AM
I always tend to go to familiar places, but usually I will try out at least one new place each trip. During my next trip I am going on (in 8 days!! :woohoo: ) I am forcing myself to try all new places!!! :scared1: I hope it all works out for me (which I am sure it will!)

Buckeye Bob
04-11-2012, 10:24 AM
Count us as one of the families that does a bit of both during each trip. We have two restaurants that we eat at during every visit - Crystal Palace (Dinner) and Cape May Cafe (Dinner). We may include other restaurants that we've visited in the past but we always add at least two new restaurants each trip. We also tend to pick new restaurants that are near where we're staying for that trip (we're DVC members). For this upcoming vacation, we will be trying Narcoossee's and La Hacienda de San Angel.

Enjoy!

MBELSANTI
04-11-2012, 01:02 PM
My goal is to eat at all Disney restaurants... I only have 1 of the Disney owned restaurants left (V&A), but we're waiting for a special celebration before we drop that cash. In the meantime, we've been working our way back through the restaurants to try different meals.

Here is a link to my Dining Spreadsheet, it has several different tabs. You are welcome to download it and enter your own meals! The Summary tab is all formulas, but you can update the other tabs with your restaurant counts.

DISNEY DINING (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au8j_TsVGbHrdEFnMVlNQUFLSHl5Vk5vV2xRRmxVM Wc)

This is really helpful, thanks!:thumbsup2 I am going to check it out in depth when I get home from work...I really want to open it now, but I don't think my boss would be too happy LOL! ;)

I am glad to hear the good reports on Via Napoli. My family is from Naples area, so I am very interested in dining there.

Mamu
04-11-2012, 01:30 PM
While I have my favorites and visit them frequently, we love trying new restaurants each trip. You never know when you'll find a new favorite.

burberryplaid
04-11-2012, 01:34 PM
We mix it up - there are places like Crystal Palace for Breakfast & Kona for dinner that are musts for us. We do like try a few new places every trip though. For our upcoming trip Cape May for dinner & breakfast (staying at Beach Club) will be new for us along with ESPN & La Hacienda

On our last trip Via Napoli was one of our new restaurants. Although we aren't going there this trip we lived it and will go back!

lmmantini
04-11-2012, 01:35 PM
We like to try new restaurants. We usually do mostly new with a few favorites. I have not been to either of the restuarants you asked about.

Simba's Mom
04-11-2012, 03:09 PM
In theory, I always say we're going to try a few new resturaunts each trip. But then there's reality-I'm so afraid of trying someplace, not liking it, but having to pay for what I didn't like! Also, there are so many places I've been to that I do like, that I tend not to take the time to try someplace new.

tarheelmjfan
04-11-2012, 03:36 PM
As long as there's restaurants we haven't tried, we rarely repeat. We're about to run out of signature restaurants for dinner & will soon be forced to repeat. There's quite a few TS we haven't eaten in for breakfast or lunch, so it will be a while before we repeat the non-signature restaurants. We have eaten at some of them twice, but there have been many years in between. To this point, we've only dined in two restaurants I feel would be worthy of repeating two trips in a row.

scdufek
04-11-2012, 04:14 PM
We like to mix it up. We keep a couple of our favorites and add a few new restaurants to try out as well.

Eeyore Girl
04-11-2012, 05:09 PM
When my hubby and I go we always try to get to 1 new place to eat. We have finally completed all the places in Epcot with the exception of the England's sit down dining. We also eat at the quick places which our favorite is Cosmic Rays in MK.

VikingInMouseEars
04-11-2012, 05:26 PM
Both. We have our must do's.....but we also try to do several new ones. Problem is........... we keep adding to our must do list! LOL

aripantaloon
04-11-2012, 05:29 PM
We mostly stick to our favorites, but add a couple of new ones each trip. It's not that we don't like to try new things, but when you really want to eat that certain something that is only at a favorite restaurant and you only go to Disney every so often, you just can't pass it up to try something completely new.

Eeyore98
04-11-2012, 06:24 PM
We have one must-do (Le Cellier) and the rest are always new.

I'm sure that ratio will change as our number of trips increase, but so far LC is the only must-repeat fave that we've encountered (though Jiko was close!).

GEB@okw
04-11-2012, 07:15 PM
Being empty nesters and living in Michigan my wife and I like to go to Disney 5 to 6 times during the winter each year. Our rule is we must try at least one new restaurant each trip. I think we still have at least 50 to try. On our last trip we tried the breakfast buffet at Fresh Mediterranean Market Restaurant at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort we were very impressed. Even got a 20% DVC discount.

MoonFaerie
04-12-2012, 09:04 AM
Both. We have our faves that we always do - Raglan Road, Kona, V&A (when it's in the budget), Sci-Fi (kids choice), but we also try new places each trip.

GeorgeG
04-12-2012, 09:34 AM
I'm not an adventurous diner, anywhere, so I find something I like and stick with it, even menu items. I will try a new restaurant if it offers my kind of basic food. The changes at WDW in recent years has made it more difficult since many of my old favorites are no longer favorites. I still manage to find good dining, but it's not as plentiful as it used to be.

staceycrouton
04-12-2012, 10:03 AM
We also like to do a bit of both. This Fall we will be trying Mama Melrose, Hollywood and Vine breakfast, Garden Grill, Yak & Yeti and Fulton's Crab House for the first time. We also have our must-do favorites. We love 'Ohana, Chefs de France, Teppan Edo, T-Rex, Le Cellier, Crystal Palace and Tony's (always our 1st dinner even though it is hit or miss). We are also planning on Cape May breakfast, Donald's Safari breakfast and Cinderella's Royal Table dinner. We have done all of these before but do not necessarily eat at these places each trip. Our 180 day mark is coming up on May 3rd and hopefully we'll get all of these:) Fingers crossed!

2binak
04-12-2012, 10:21 AM
Dh likes to stick with the familiar but this year, we're branching out and trying some new restaurants - finally!!!!!! :banana:

Coconuts
04-12-2012, 10:40 AM
After many trips, we have whittled our must-do list down to 3 places, and I'm even thinking we may cut another one out. There are so many places that we have yet to try, and want to, that we have to cut out some old favorites to make room for them.:)

Thee Incredibles
04-12-2012, 02:56 PM
We are definately going to try new ones this trip and we're so excited! :woohoo: A few new to us are Ohana's, Flame Tree BBQ, Le Celliers, and Tangierine Cafe. We always do the Garden Grill, not necessarily the food but we love the character interaction and the atmosphere!

mommyrosa2
04-12-2012, 03:25 PM
We definitely do both. We each pick a favorite that we must eat at and try something new on each trip. This August, our favorites will be: Yachstman, Cape May Dinner, Sci-Fi lunch, O'hana and Tappan Edo. Our new ones will be: Via Napoli and Portobello

MBELSANTI
04-12-2012, 10:19 PM
We have one must-do (Le Cellier) and the rest are always new.

I'm sure that ratio will change as our number of trips increase, but so far LC is the only must-repeat fave that we've encountered (though Jiko was close!).

This is our favorite too! I love the mushroom filet and DS and I love the pretzel bread lol. He also loves the chocolate moose which I think isn't on the menu anymore??

MBELSANTI
04-12-2012, 10:21 PM
We definitely do both. We each pick a favorite that we must eat at and try something new on each trip. This August, our favorites will be: Yachstman, Cape May Dinner, Sci-Fi lunch, O'hana and Tappan Edo. Our new ones will be: Via Napoli and Portobello

We are def going to try Via Napoli...and I have been look at Portobello's menu and we are looking for a place in DTD for our first day which will be non park day.

MBELSANTI
04-12-2012, 10:23 PM
We also like to do a bit of both. This Fall we will be trying Mama Melrose, Hollywood and Vine breakfast, Garden Grill, Yak & Yeti and Fulton's Crab House for the first time. We also have our must-do favorites. We love 'Ohana, Chefs de France, Teppan Edo, T-Rex, Le Cellier, Crystal Palace and Tony's (always our 1st dinner even though it is hit or miss). We are also planning on Cape May breakfast, Donald's Safari breakfast and Cinderella's Royal Table dinner. We have done all of these before but do not necessarily eat at these places each trip. Our 180 day mark is coming up on May 3rd and hopefully we'll get all of these:) Fingers crossed!

Wow that is a lot of planning! You must have a nice long stay at WDW...good for you! :thumbsup2 Good luck at planning all of those...I am only going 7 nights and I am having such issues...lol :rotfl:

PoohsFan1
04-12-2012, 10:41 PM
This is our favorite too! I love the mushroom filet and DS and I love the pretzel bread lol. He also loves the chocolate moose which I think isn't on the menu anymore??

The "Chocolate" Moose dessert is on the lunch menu but not on the dinner menu...FYI. This is one of my favorite desserts in Disney, with the S'Mores dessert from 50's PTC as my other favorite :goodvibes .

rentayenta
04-12-2012, 10:56 PM
My original silly goal for our October trip was to try all new places however with us staying at AKV, I'm 100% sure the kids will want to go to Boma. Other than that, our others, will all be new: including F&W, Rose and Crown, The Turf Club, Saana, 50s, and Be Our Guest. :thumbsup2

MBELSANTI
04-13-2012, 06:23 AM
The "Chocolate" Moose dessert is on the lunch menu but not on the dinner menu...FYI. This is one of my favorite desserts in Disney, with the S'Mores dessert from 50's PTC as my other favorite :goodvibes .

Thank you, this is good to know since we are doing lunch there. :goodvibes

mommyrosa2
04-13-2012, 07:33 AM
We are def going to try Via Napoli...and I have been look at Portobello's menu and we are looking for a place in DTD for our first day which will be non park day.

At first we were a little nervous about trying Portobello after reading some mixed reviews but I'm a firm believer that as long as the menu looks appealing to us, we'll try it and judge for ourselves.