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Alexsandra 06-30-2013 04:38 AM

Help me choose which restaurants to reserve
 
Hi, :wave2:
first let me give you some info that might be relevant.
This is a trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary. :love: We've been to WDW 3 times in the last 2 years with the kids but first time as a couple alone. We are both 35 years old. We are arriving on the 12th of September, and leaving on the 18th so 5 days of dining. We are paying OOP. Staying at Polynesian and using disney Transportation (no car). We will have park hoppers. Want to avoid most character meals except maybe Tusker House.

This is what I have reserved so far:

Thurs. 12th: Flying in at 12PM
Kona Cafe 6:35PM (trying for Ohana's but still no luck)

Fri 13th: MK then HS in the evening (Closes at 1AM)
Liberty Tree Tavern 7PM (thinking of cancelling or switching for lunch)

Sat 14th: Epcot
Via Napoli for lunch at 1PM
Hacienda de san angel at 7PM (debating moving this to another night)

Sun 15th: AK then MK (evening EMH)
Tusker House at 10:30 (debating going to Sanaa for lunch instead)

Mon 16th: MK (or can go to AK on this day instead)
Victoria and Alberts at 6PM (official anniversary dinner)

Tues 17th: HS then Epcot
Beaches and Cream for lunch

These are the restaurants I am still debating on reserving: Kona cafe for breakfast, The Wave, Artist Point, Jiko or Sanaa, Bluezoo or Flying Fish, Narcosees.
Oh, and a big one is California Grill if they ever open revs. for my travel dates!

I am willing to change out any restaurant except for V&A. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks:thumbsup2

Alexsandra 06-30-2013 05:14 AM

OH I forgot to mention I was also debating going to DTD instead of Epcot on last night so any recommendations on where to eat there would be good too. Thanks

mickeynut1 06-30-2013 09:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Alexsandra (Post 48818516)
These are the restaurants I am still debating on reserving: Kona cafe for breakfast, The Wave, Artist Point, Jiko or Sanaa, Bluezoo or Flying Fish, Narcosees.

Out of these choices, we have only eaten at Artist Point and we loved it. The atmosphere is nice and relaxing and the filet and salmon were amazing :thumbsup2.

Quin 06-30-2013 09:39 AM

Thurs - either Kona or Ohana would be fine.

Fri - definitely change LTT to lunch (better food and better timing for you), then just CS dinner - or have lunch later, like 2-ish, and sort of snack your way through dinnertime. A turkey leg here, a funnel cake there; it'll keep you going through park close. Get things that allow you to sit on a bench together and share: that's what this trip is all about.

Sat - so many good choices in Epcot; just go with whichever cuisine(s) you like. This is during Food & Wine, correct? Another good opportunity for a less-expensive TS lunch and then just nibble your way around the world for dinner.

Sun - TH is an awfully fun breakfast, so this might be good to keep. An alternative would be a CS lunch at AK (Flame Tree?) and then an early Signature dinner followed by MK EMH. Narcoossees or CG if it's open would be really convenient, but any resort Signature would work. Since you are already doing 2 parks on Sunday I wouldn't take even more time away from AK by having to bus to AKL for Sanaa and then back again at lunchtime.

Mon - Oh, my goodness. What a WONDERFUL way to celebrate your anniversary!

Tues - I'd look for something besides Beaches & Cream here. I think one of you themes for this trip has to be "things we don't want to do with kids". Try something 'exotic' at Epcot. Maybe lunch at Starring Rolls and dinner at Restaurant Marrakesh? Or Tokyo Dining? Or if you'd like to take a resort-type break between HS and Epcot, have dinner at one of the TS locations that are a bit more "off the beaten path": Olivia's at Old Key West, or Boatwrights at POR, or Turf Club at SSR. Check out the menus/prices and see what appeals to you. Bus from HS to your dinner resort, then bus from that resort back to Epcot for the final night. DTD is OK but I'd much rather end my trip by watching Illuminations than by walking in and out of a bunch of stores. I can go shopping at home.

Minerva Mouse 06-30-2013 09:51 AM

Hi OP, just wanted to throw out a few of my favorites. Yak & Yeti in AK is awesome, LeCellier, and House of Blues downtown. Enjoy your trip, it sounds like fun!

Alexsandra 06-30-2013 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Quin (Post 48819865)
Thurs - either Kona or Ohana would be fine.

Fri - definitely change LTT to lunch (better food and better timing for you), then just CS dinner - or have lunch later, like 2-ish, and sort of snack your way through dinnertime. A turkey leg here, a funnel cake there; it'll keep you going through park close. Get things that allow you to sit on a bench together and share: that's what this trip is all about.

Sat - so many good choices in Epcot; just go with whichever cuisine(s) you like. This is during Food & Wine, correct? Another good opportunity for a less-expensive TS lunch and then just nibble your way around the world for dinner.

Sun - TH is an awfully fun breakfast, so this might be good to keep. An alternative would be a CS lunch at AK (Flame Tree?) and then an early Signature dinner followed by MK EMH. Narcoossees or CG if it's open would be really convenient, but any resort Signature would work. Since you are already doing 2 parks on Sunday I wouldn't take even more time away from AK by having to bus to AKL for Sanaa and then back again at lunchtime.

Mon - Oh, my goodness. What a WONDERFUL way to celebrate your anniversary!

Tues - I'd look for something besides Beaches & Cream here. I think one of you themes for this trip has to be "things we don't want to do with kids". Try something 'exotic' at Epcot. Maybe lunch at Starring Rolls and dinner at Restaurant Marrakesh? Or Tokyo Dining? Or if you'd like to take a resort-type break between HS and Epcot, have dinner at one of the TS locations that are a bit more "off the beaten path": Olivia's at Old Key West, or Boatwrights at POR, or Turf Club at SSR. Check out the menus/prices and see what appeals to you. Bus from HS to your dinner resort, then bus from that resort back to Epcot for the final night. DTD is OK but I'd much rather end my trip by watching Illuminations than by walking in and out of a bunch of stores. I can go shopping at home.

Thanks for all the input. It seems so overwhelming with all the different options.
Unfortunately food and Wine has not started yet!
Ok I took your advise on most and this is what I came up with.

Fri: I will eat early breakfast at Kona cafe and change LTT for late unch as per your suggestion.

Sat: I canceled la Hacienda and kept Via Napoli for lunch. I will munch around WSC for dinner and take in the sights.

Sun: I think I will keep Tusker house as it is my only photo op with characters (not the type to stand in line outside!) then go to The Wave for late dinner!?

Mon: I know, right! I am keeping this day as light as possible since will be packing it in for dinner! Maybe hang around the pool in afternoon.

Tues: I actually always wanted to try Beaches and Cream and treat myself to the No Way Yose Sundays! My oldest has a nut allergy so we can't touch this place when with him. I can still eat a late dinner in Epcot. Unless I reserve La Hacienda for 7 or 8 ish so can watch fireworks from window.

What do you think?

Alexsandra 07-01-2013 08:34 AM

I still don't know where to fit in either Artist point, flying fish, blue zoo or Jiko?:confused3

hgeisler 07-01-2013 09:09 AM

I would definitely recommend Kona for breakfast. So yummy! Artist Point is great too. You could AP on Sunday for dinner where you had the Wave.The Wave is a good place, but it is best for breakfast.
As for DTD, I suggest Raglan Road.

Alexsandra 07-01-2013 01:56 PM

Artist point or the Wave on Sunday?
Is The Wave a buffet for breakfast?

tarheelmjfan 07-01-2013 04:21 PM

I would drop any of your chosen restaurants, except V&A, for bluezoo. We think it's the best restaurant at WDW, except for V&A of course. In our opinion, their food is a step above Flying Fish. It also has a better atmosphere for couples.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alexsandra (Post 48818516)
Hi, :wa ve2:
first let me give you some info that might be relevant.
This is a trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary. :lo ve: We've been to WDW 3 times in the last 2 years with the kids but first time as a couple alone. We are both 35 years old. We are arriving on the 12th of September, and leaving on the 18th so 5 days of dining. We are paying OOP. Staying at Polynesian and using disney Transportation (no car). We will have park hoppers. Want to avoid most character meals except maybe Tusker House.

This is what I have reserved so far:

Thurs. 12th: Flying in at 12PM
Kona Cafe 6:35PM (trying for Ohana's but still no luck)

If this is the first time the two of you have vacationed alone, I'd eat a light lunch at Kona, then have a room service dinner late in the evening. ;)


Fri 13th: MK then HS in the evening (Closes at 1AM)
Liberty Tree Tavern 7PM (thinking of cancelling or switching for lunch)

I'd definitely choose LTT lunch over dinner. Although, Hollywood Brown Derby for dinner would be my choice for this day. You could do both, if you spread them far enough apart & don't mind doing 2 TS meals that day.

Sat 14th: Epcot
Via Napoli for lunch at 1PM
Hacienda de san angel at 7PM (debating moving this to another night)

This would be a good time to work in bluezoo, if seeing Illuminations isn't a top priority.

Sun 15th: AK then MK (evening EMH)
Tusker House at 10:30 (debating going to Sanaa for lunch instead0

An early lunch at Sanaa & dinner at California Grill would fit both of those into your plans. If not CG, I'd go with AP.

Mon 16th: MK (or can go to AK on this day instead)
Victoria and Alberts at 6PM (official anniversary dinner)

An early breakfast at Kona would work this day. You'll need to eat something before dinner.

Tues 17th: HS then Epcot
Beaches and Cream for lunch

If you passed on Illuminations on Sat. & you definitely want to see it, this would be the night for an Epcot ADR. If you're okay with missing it, you could fit in DTD after lunch. Having said that, I'd choose Artist Point over the DTD restaurants, if you get into CG Sun.


These are the restaurants I am still debating on reserving: Kona cafe for breakfast, The Wave, Artist Point, Jiko or Sanaa, Bluezoo or Flying Fish, Narcosees.
Oh, and a big one is California Grill if they ever open revs. for my travel dates!

I am willing to change out any restaurant except for V&A. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks:thumb sup2

I realize I have you doing 2 TS meals a day, but we always do that. I also removed some of the restaurants you have planned in favor of the ones you wanted to work in, because I think they're a better choice. Whatever you decide, I hope you have a fantastic anniversary trip. :)

meredith1 07-01-2013 06:05 PM

I would do The Wave for their breakfast buffet on your MK day. It's our favorite breakfast on property in terms of food. They use local, organic ingredients and you can tell...it's very good.

juliebug1997 07-01-2013 06:29 PM

I would reconsider your park plan on the 13th. DHS is supposed to be having a villain party that night. If DH says that we can afford the weekend, we're there.

Alexsandra 07-01-2013 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by juliebug1997 (Post 48834327)
I would reconsider your park plan on the 13th. DHS is supposed to be having a villain party that night. If DH says that we can afford the weekend, we're there.

I know, I was going to MK during the day then HS in the evening to check out the party. As we get closer to the date, once I see more details on this Villain party, I might just spend the whole day at HS. I was actually considering just cancelling all my TS reservations for that day so as to keep my options open. If I am at MK I'll go to BOG for lunch and if I am at HS just do a QS there.
But thanks for the heads up!:thumbsup2

Alexsandra 07-01-2013 10:05 PM

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Originally Posted by tarheelmjfan (Post 48833105)
I would drop any of your chosen restaurants, except V&A, for bluezoo. We think it's the best restaurant at WDW, except for V&A of course. In our opinion, their food is a step above Flying Fish. It also has a better atmosphere for couples.



I realize I have you doing 2 TS meals a day, but we always do that. I also removed some of the restaurants you have planned in favor of the ones you wanted to work in, because I think they're a better choice. Whatever you decide, I hope you have a fantastic anniversary trip. :)

Thank you for such great advise.
OK so this is what I think I will end up doing after taking all your suggestions into account:

Thurs 12th:
Kona Cafe for 6:30PM unless I can get Ohana' (I keep Trying but nothing yet)
or room service ;)

Fri 13th: MK morning then HS evening
Breakfast at The Wave (around 8:30).
Late Lunch at BOG or LTT
(back to hotel for swim and afternoon nap;))
QS at HS

Sat 14th: Epcot
Lunch at Via Napoli at 1PM
Late dinner at Bluezoo

Sun 15th: AK then MK evening
Brunch at Tusker house 10:30AM
California Grill for dinner (if not Artist Point)

Mon 16th: MK
Breakfast at Kona Cafe at 9:00AM
V&A for anniversary dinner at 6:00PM

Tue 17th: HS then Epcot evening
Beaches and Cream for lunch
La Hacienda de San Angel at 7PM
(End the evening with illuminations)

I think that covers all the bases. What do you think?

RonnieJo66 07-02-2013 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Alexsandra (Post 48818516)
Oh, and a big one is California Grill if they ever open revs. for my travel dates!

http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2013/0...-in-fall-2013/

I don't know if that falls within your trip dates, but I hope it helps :goodvibes


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