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Old 02-04-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Favorite Restaurant to start and end your trip?

I know many people have dining traditions. Do you have a restaurant that you eat at the first day of every trip? Also, do you have a restaurant that you eat at on the last day of every trip?
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:03 PM   #2
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I'm not sure I have a favorite to end a trip with, but I love to start one at the Crystal Palace
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:28 PM   #3
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We began our last two trips by eating at Turf Club on our way in from the airport. Traveling from California puts us into Orlando at dinnertime and Turf Club has great, efficient service and yummy food. No traditions for last meals; by then we just go with the flow.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:35 PM   #4
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If we have kids in the group we start with Tusker character breakfast and end with Cape May character breakfast.

Adults only we like to start with Bluezoo and end with Victoria & Alberts.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:00 PM   #5
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We don't have a first day becasue we never know which park we are starting with.

However, our last meal is always at The Plaza at the Magic Kingdom. We like some simple food after all the "heavy" eating we do all week.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:17 PM   #6
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We have been ending our trip with Paradiso. For the last 4-5 times. Probably because it is in DTD. Usually for lunch and then hit a park for a couple hours. If we are staying at POR our first dinner is usually Trex or RFC. Because we can take the boat.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:36 AM   #7
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Our first park meal is Crystal Palace and our last big dinner is Chef Mickeys. We usually eat at Waffle House though when we get to and leave FL as we don't have them in the mitten.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:49 AM   #8
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We always eat at Crystal Palace our first MK day, and at The Rose and Crown out first Epcot day. Total nostalgia for us, as these were our favorite meals on our honeymoon many years ago.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:40 AM   #9
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We like to start

our trip with dinner at 50's Prime time and end with breakfast at Olivia's
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:09 AM   #10
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We like to start with Princesses for our soon to be 4 y.o. and end with our favorite spot(s). We rarely travel to dine, so:

When staying on Monorail line (Bay Lake Tower):
start - Cinderella's Royal Table for lunch
finish - California Grill for dinner

When staying on or near Boardwalk (DVC Villas and/or Swan & Dolphin):
start - Akershus for lunch - during Flower & Garden stroll
finish - blueZoo for dinner
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Akershus (3.0-stars* Food; 5* princess interaction). blueZoo (4.5* - Best (Sea) Food w/o jacket required), Boma (4.0* buffet breakfast*), Bongo's (3*), California Grill (3.5*food; 5*- Best View), Cape May Cafe (4* charcter breakfast w/ Goofy), Captain's Grille (2*), Chef Mickey's (2* food; 5* characters), Cinderella's Royal Table (2.5* food; 4* characters), Citrico's (3.5*), Coral Reef (3.5* food; 4.5* for the view), Crystal Palace (2*), 50's Prime Time Cafe (2.5*), Flying Fish (3.5*), Grand Floridian Cafe (3*), Hollywood Brown Derby (3*), House of Blues (3.5* - BBQ), Il Mulino (4*), Jiko (3.5*), Kouzinna (3.5* dinner; 4* breakfast), Le Cellier (3.5*), Les Chefs de France (3*), Marrakesh (3* - bit noisy; 4* belly dancers), Narcoossee's (3.5*), Rainforest Cafe (2*), Rose & Crown (2.5*), Sanaa (4.0*), Sci-Fi Theatre (2.5*), Shula's Steakhouse (4*), Sleepy Hollow (4* Qwik Serve chicken waffles & coffee drinks), Tamu Tamu (4* - Qwik Serve Hidden Gem) Victoria & Albert (5*- Best Service/Tasting Menu), Wave (3*), Yak & Yeti (1*)

On my 'to dine' list: Artist Point (Nov, 2014), Monsieur Paul (2015?), Ohana (2015?), Yachtman's Steakhouse (2015), & Spice Road (2015?).
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:56 AM   #11
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We always eat last at rainforest! We are leaving in 19 days
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:49 AM   #12
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We go to Ohana the night we get there, and if its early enough, we go to MK to watch the fireworks, or if it's a late dinner, we watch them from inside with the music piping in... Magic...

Our first breakfast is Chef Mickey's!
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:42 AM   #13
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First night--California Grill

Last night-Flying Fish

It's what we've done many years now---
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:29 AM   #14
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When we drive down as a family, we usually arrive around 7am, and head out to the Cracker Barrel closest to AKL. The first meal on property has generally been Chef MIckey's. Our first full day at the parks begins at Akershus for the Princess Storybook Breakfast.

We generally end our trips with a breakfast at the QS restaurant in our resort. No tradition, just expediency.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:52 AM   #15
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I don't have a resturant...but a Dole Whip is a must on my first and last day...
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