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Old 10-07-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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Need Advice on My Schedule

Hi, friends!

I need some advice on our tentative dining plans. Our trip isn't until September 2013, but I've created a "tentative" schedule for all of our ADR's because we have the Deluxe meal plan this year. I wanted to make sure I started planning in advance, so I can be ready when my 180-day mark hits.

I need advice from all of you Disney experts on the restaurants we've chosen, along with our schedule. The times I have for each or the times I hope to be able to book. Keep in mind, we have 15 TS credits with the Deluxe Dining plan, so it's a TON of food...

Here it is...

Thursday, 12th (Day we arrive; plan to arrive at resort around noon)
1:00pm Resort Food Court
6:15pm Hoop De Doo Revue – Fort Wilderness; Pioneer Hall

Friday, 13th (We are going to Magic Kingdom this day.)
8:30am Chef Mickey’s – Contemporary Resort
1:00pm Liberty Tree Tavern – Magic Kingdom; Frontierland
7:30pm Be Our Guest – Magic Kingdom; Fantasyland

Saturday, 14th (We are going to Hollywood Studios this day.)
12:00pm 50’s Prime Time Café – Hollywood Studios
6:00pm Sci-Fi Diner – Hollywood Studios

Sunday 15th (We are going to Epcott this day.)
11:00am Nine Dragons – Epcott; China
6:00pm Le Cellier – Epcott; Canada

Monday 16th (We are going back to Magic Kingdom this day.)
8:00am 1900 Park Fare – Grand Floridian
1:00pm Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom; Cinderella’s Castle
8:00pm Tony’s – Magic Kingdom; Mainstreet U.S.A.

I need all the feedback I can get regarding transportation, food quality, location, etc.

Thanks, guys!
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:21 AM   #2
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I think overall your plans look really good. Nine Dragons and Tony's tend to get pretty mediocre reviews, but I don't know your family's preferences, and a lot can change in a year.

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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I would agree with Nine Dragons. The food was not good & we did finish eating it. BOG-good luck with your time. we could not get anything except for 8:45 & tried everyday to see if anything opens, nothing.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:33 PM   #4
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My opinions/suggestions are predicated entirely on our style of park strategy and dining preference. If you have other goals and objectives, then ignore me.

I would not do a character breakfast on the morning of each of my MK visits. I find the early morning hours th be the most enjoyable when the park is less crowded. I always feel like I've missed an opportunity when I show up at the MK and find 40 minute lines at all the most popular attractions knowing that I caused this just because we wanted to get autographs from some characters. I'd rather knock that off at lunch or dinner and use the morning hours having the park to myself, or close to it. So I would move Chef Mickey to the second of your two days in the MK, and on your first day, head straight to the park and use snack credits at the bakery, or eat something in your room before heading out. Again, not saying this is the "right" way. It is just how we roll.

Second, having the DxDP should allow you to try some signatures. Instead of 3 TS meals a day, I would do a single credit at breakfast or lunch, and double up the remaining 2 TS credits for some signature dinners. Three very average (but filling) single credit meals per day is too much food and too much time sitting in restaurants for us. One single credit meal coupled with a nice dinner at one of the better restaurants fits us much better. We don't need much more food than that, but if we did, snacks and out of pocket would suffice.

And as others have opined, Tony's is not good, and while Nine Dragons is fine, it just isn't a unique enough WDW experience for us. I agree that Via Napoli or Biergarten would be upgrades.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:05 AM   #5
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See! This is exactly why I love this forum! You guys are experts, and I am so thankful for your advice. My family and I have only been to WDW once; we just returned in September, and we're already planning our next trip for next year.

Allow me to address several suggestions that were offered...

About Tony's: We had Tony's for lunch on our last trip, and we absolutely LOVED it! It was quiet, relaxed, and delicious. I would say that it was our best meal at the parks. I think that is because all of our other TS meals were character meals, which makes for a very hectic dinner when you have two children under 5. It was nice to just be able to sit and eat. We were also tired of the fried chicken nuggets and other QS-like meals that we had been eating all week for lunch, since all of our TS meals were at dinner-time. We actually enjoyed the food, too. My husband had the shrimp scampi and I had the baked ziti. I also liked that my children were able to choose a salad as their appetizer. My DD loves salad, but we usually have to pay extra for her to order a salad, since salads are rarely included with the children's meals. We also liked Tony's because our reservations were timed perfectly; as soon as we were finished, we walked out just in time to get a seat for the mid-day parade. I guess our exceptional experience was a fluke, but we really enjoyed it. I will talk to my husband and consider other options based on what y'all have said.

About Nine Dragons: We chose this restaurant based on the recommendation of a couple we met on the bus during our last trip who said they had just come from there and that it was delicious! My husband really enjoys Chinese food, so we thought we'd add it to our schedule. I'll talk to him about switching to something else. We also considered Teppan Edo.

Our transportation: We are driving from South Carolina, so we will have our car available. We planned to drive to HDDR the first night, since that's the only place we'll be going that night. Hopefully, though, that's the only time we plan to move our car from the resort parking lot during our stay.

About our morning resort breakfasts: We've found that in September, the parks don't open until 9:00am or 10:00am, so I'm hoping that an 8:00am breakfast should get us to the front gate just in time, considering Grand Floridian and Contemporary are just next to MK. The last time we had reservations at Chef Mickey's, we just walked from MK. I will, however, rethink the morning breakfasts, though. Sometimes when we eat big meals for breakfast, we feel full and sluggish for the rest of the day.

About our 3-meals-a-day schedule: We chose the DxDP so that we could try lots of different restaurants, not particularly for the quality of food. With two young children, it's hard to TRULY enjoy a good meal, so we are really just going for the experience. We tried to choose mostly restaurants that they would enjoy, and they wouldn't enjoy sitting in a nice restaurant where they have to be well-behaved.

Again, thank you so very much for this valuable feedback. I will talk to my husband and rework a few things. This is exactly why I wanted to start this planning process so far ahead, because I knew I would change things around 400 times!
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:12 AM   #6
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As someone that planned our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in the same fashion - it was a lot of running around to eat.

We didn't get to do as many things in the parks, or other things planned because we were always trying to make a reservation. We now do a sit down breakfast, sit down dinner, and we'll just grab something in the middle. We do a couple of 2 tb credit meals as well.

We also have two small children, and doing a character breakfast and character dinner worked out so well! We get to meet a ton of characters, and the kids are occupied with their food in between meet and greets which avoids us standing in line at the parks trying to keep them occupied!

If you're prepared to constantly be eating and trucking to get to a reservation, it looks great! But if not, maybe cut back on the planned lunches.

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:25 AM   #7
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Where are you staying? Are you driving?

If you are using Disney Transportation....
For HDDR, it will be difficult getting there, but, when you leave, they will have buses waiting near Pioneer Hall to go back to your resort area.

For the two mornings that you are starting off at monorail resorts with breakfast, you can take an early MK bus from your resort and then hop on the monorail. However, this requires you to be at the bus stop by 7 AM at the very latest. I would recommend a taxi. If you're staying on property and don't have a car, you can take a taxi for about $20 and you don't have to get up quite as early. If you have little ones, the front desk can help you get a taxi that's bigger and has child safety equipment. I would let them know ahead of time.

As for dining choices, I think they all look great, except for Tony's. Many here will slam Tony's for food, but my biggest problem with them is their service. We had an appetizer and flatbreads this past June and we were in there for over an hour.

Nine Dragons is not brought up here a lot and I think many don't like it. However, I think their food is pretty good. It tastes a little fresher than some places you could go. If you do decide to switch, I would consider going to Via Napoli. It's delicious! Also, if you decide to switch your Le Cellier to lunch (because it will be two credits by then as well), consider Garden Grill (with Chip and Dale) for dinner--the only meal they serve.

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Old 10-08-2012, 07:15 PM   #8
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I think you've done a pretty good job, given you're working with the Dining Plan. But this is what I don't like about the dining plan, too much focus/time on just eating. In a perfect world I would probably really change the 13th ...way too much dining, not enough enjoying the park(IMO). Regarding Nine Dragons -I think it's decent "Chinese" food, but I would rather grab some tapas at Cava del Tequila(and possibly an Avocado Margarita!) or hit Tutto Gusto for a relaxing wine and a nice prosciutto sandwich. After that, finish my day with a nice meal at Le Cellier.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:55 PM   #9
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we had a 7:30 am reservation seated promptly made it to magic kingdom with 10 minutes to opening show
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:26 PM   #10
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Since you have young children I would consider crystal palace at mk, pooh characters. And as others have said you will be going from reservation to reservation. We always do the ddp with 1 quick service and 1 counter and have even felt like we have missed park time revolving our evening around 1 reservation, I can't imagine 3 but if dining is your focus you will certainly accomplish that. Good luck!
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