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NorweJenNY 09-13-2009 03:38 PM

Suggestions for last minute ADR during Free Dining?
 
My dsil and db are celebrating their 5th anniversary, and they haven't booked an evening ADR for themselves when we all (8 of us) meet up in WDW in two weeks... :sad2:

So they are in need of a dinner ADR, just for two, during our trip...

They do NOT like seafood. I don't see them as the type to experiment a lot either, though they do enjoy a little spice sometimes (not necessary though). Dsil enjoys her carbs (so unlike me!) like rice and pasta. Db... well, lots of meats are good... pasta's good... spicy is good...

And they'd appreciate a good dessert too! ;)

Any suggestions on something good that has a chance of being available just a couple weeks in advance?

bluejasmine 09-13-2009 03:42 PM

What about Biergarten, or The Wave, Grand Floridian Cafe, Artist Point?

baj0505 09-13-2009 03:45 PM

Since they both like pasta, what about Tutto Italia?

paintnolish 09-13-2009 03:45 PM

We had a really nice time at The Wave! The food was great and so was the service. It has a nice, relaxing atomosphere, too.

darlak 09-13-2009 04:03 PM

Planet Hollywood has one of the largest and most varied menus, with lots of pasta options. I love their ribs and they have a decent steak. Dessert options are also pretty good and I love their cheesecake. My DD15 loves, loves, loves their chicken crunch appetizer. Go to allears and take a look at their menu.

With 3 floors, we've never had a problem getting in and in fact, usually end up going before our ADR time since we know how accomodating they always are. I've seen numerous groups walk up to their outside podium and the hostess always seems to tell everyone it'll be about a 5 minute wait.

NorweJenNY 09-13-2009 04:07 PM

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Originally Posted by bluejasmine (Post 33561071)
What about Biergarten, or The Wave, Grand Floridian Cafe, Artist Point?

Good suggestions... Artist Point is a signature right? I'm not sure if they might be open to those or not... I haven't thought of that possibility.


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Originally Posted by baj0505 (Post 33561105)
Since they both like pasta, what about Tutto Italia?

Would be good except that the best night for them to have "their night" is after we are all going to a noon ADR at Tutto that day. If it weren't for that, it would be a great suggestion though!


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Originally Posted by paintnolish (Post 33561107)
We had a really nice time at The Wave! The food was great and so was the service. It has a nice, relaxing atomosphere, too.

I've never been there... don't honestly know much about it. We'll have to check out a menu and/or some reviews.


Thanks for the suggestions everyone! :goodvibes

Avonlady1001 09-13-2009 04:17 PM

Hey! We'll be there the same week! (9/28-10/5 for us.) Just read the beginning of your pre-trip report. If your ADR's haven't changed, we'll be at Crystal Palace the same time. :) See you there!! LOL

Check out the Sept & Oct ADR threads, if you haven't already. TONS of Disers swapping ADRS, or giving heads up on cancellations. Something great might pop up for them. :)

baj0505 09-13-2009 04:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Avonlady1001 (Post 33561513)
Hey! We'll be there the same week! (9/28-10/5 for us.) Just read the beginning of your pre-trip report. If your ADR's haven't changed, we'll be at Crystal Palace the same time. :) See you there!! LOL

Check out the Sept & Oct ADR threads, if you haven't already. TONS of Disers swapping ADRS, or giving heads up on cancellations. Something great might pop up for them. :)


Looks like a bunch of there at the same time, Sept 30 - Oct 6 for us at BCV.

crabbygal902 09-13-2009 04:39 PM

I know it's not the first thing you think of when you consider an anniversary dinner, but how about Trail's End? I've heard the food is simple yet well-prepared and there a really good chance that they could snag an ADR. They could walk around Ft Wilderness afterward in that gorgeous setting, rent bikes, or take a carriage ride.

Boatwright's is another location in a beautiful resort that could be enjoyed by a couple celebrating their anniversary.

Minniemama350 09-13-2009 04:50 PM

If you can't get any of your first choices or something in a park, consider the Maya Grill. It is at Coronado Springs (I think, it's been awhile). It has steaks, but has a Hispanic sort of feel/taste to it. We really enjoyed it. Also, don't forget Downtown Disney. I have not ate at Captain Jacks but they do have more than seafood. My husband also enjoyed Olivia's at OKW. It is simple though. Not spectacular. I really like Mama Melroses, but with it being attached to Fantasmic, it is sometimes booked. Good luck! You can always call and see what is available. We had to do that once!

Minniemama350 09-13-2009 04:51 PM

Also, there's the Mexican restaurant at Epcot. The atmosphere is very nice and they definitely have carbs.

MinnieTink 09-13-2009 05:38 PM

We enjoyed Kona at the Poly on Sept 1. It was during our free dining trip and the one restaurant that wasn't jammed!

Deb & Bill 09-13-2009 05:45 PM

Try the Turf Club at SSR. Good steaks and other types of meat.

NorweJenNY 09-13-2009 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Avonlady1001 (Post 33561513)
Hey! We'll be there the same week! (9/28-10/5 for us.) Just read the beginning of your pre-trip report. If your ADR's haven't changed, we'll be at Crystal Palace the same time. :) See you there!! LOL

Check out the Sept & Oct ADR threads, if you haven't already. TONS of Disers swapping ADRS, or giving heads up on cancellations. Something great might pop up for them. :)

Neat! Good idea!

And if you see us and recognize us at Crystal Palace, by all means stop by and say "Hey, I read your pre-trip report on the Dis!" And I'll say, "Oh, it's you! Hi! Tried the puffed french toast yet?"

:goodvibes


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Originally Posted by baj0505 (Post 33561607)
Looks like a bunch of there at the same time, Sept 30 - Oct 6 for us at BCV.

Ahhh... you got a good spot for Food & Wine... enjoy! :thumbsup2


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Originally Posted by crabbygal902 (Post 33561795)
I know it's not the first thing you think of when you consider an anniversary dinner, but how about Trail's End? I've heard the food is simple yet well-prepared and there a really good chance that they could snag an ADR. They could walk around Ft Wilderness afterward in that gorgeous setting, rent bikes, or take a carriage ride.

Boatwright's is another location in a beautiful resort that could be enjoyed by a couple celebrating their anniversary.

I don't know if they'd be into Trail's End... but worth a shot. Boatwright's might be a possibility too... to think I just got back from POR less than two months ago and I didn't even think of that one! Ha! Good suggestions... you're right, I doubt they'd be booked! And a nice boat ride from Downtown Disney to Boatwright's might be a nice addition...


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Originally Posted by Minniemama350 (Post 33561932)
If you can't get any of your first choices or something in a park, consider the Maya Grill. It is at Coronado Springs (I think, it's been awhile). It has steaks, but has a Hispanic sort of feel/taste to it. We really enjoyed it. Also, don't forget Downtown Disney. I have not ate at Captain Jacks but they do have more than seafood. My husband also enjoyed Olivia's at OKW. It is simple though. Not spectacular. I really like Mama Melroses, but with it being attached to Fantasmic, it is sometimes booked. Good luck! You can always call and see what is available. We had to do that once!

Maya Grill... that might be a possibility. Good suggestion! I don't even think about the moderate resorts for TS... but a couple are out there! :idea:


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Originally Posted by Minniemama350 (Post 33561948)
Also, there's the Mexican restaurant at Epcot. The atmosphere is very nice and they definitely have carbs.

I like the atmosphere there. To me the food was decent. I probably just wouldn't go back because my kids aren't really into Mexican food. They won't have the kids, so it would be a possibility - except I think I remember having a conversation with them when dsil said she didn't like San Angel. :confused3

Sammie 09-13-2009 06:01 PM

I would agree with Turf Club at SSR, also consider the Captain's Grille at the Yacht Club, we have been able to also get last minute ADRs to Kona Cafe at the Polynesian and I too also like the Grand Floridian Cafe.


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