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Old 02-19-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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My process for picking adr's

#1 look at the park schedule for your trip

#2 decide what park you will go to what day (avoid emh ect ect)

#3 map you park days out for the week

#4 decide on breakfeast, lunch, dinner or all for each day

#5 make the adr based on what is in your location (resort or park) for your day.

i see too many people deciding on what or where they will eat first, then building park days around that.

to mee, the park hours and where you will be is more important.

how do you all do it.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:18 PM   #2
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#1 look at the park schedule for your trip

#2 decide what park you will go to what day (avoid emh ect ect)

#3 map you park days out for the week

#4 decide on breakfeast, lunch, dinner or all for each day

#5 make the adr based on what is in your location (resort or park) for your day.

i see too many people deciding on what or where they will eat first, then building park days around that.

to mee, the park hours and where you will be is more important.

how do you all do it.
I do it the same way. Parks first, ADRs second.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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I'm the same, park first and then meals. For me, a WDW vacation is about the parks and attractions and the food is very much secondary in my priorities.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:28 PM   #4
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#1 look at the park schedule for your trip

#2 decide what park you will go to what day (avoid emh ect ect)

#3 map you park days out for the week

#4 decide on breakfeast, lunch, dinner or all for each day

#5 make the adr based on what is in your location (resort or park) for your day.

i see too many people deciding on what or where they will eat first, then building park days around that.

to mee, the park hours and where you will be is more important.

how do you all do it.
I do it the same as you
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:57 PM   #5
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I pick my park days based on touring plans crowd calendars then schedule our adr's around our park plans. A lot of times we eat at DTD and resorts and we drive ourselves so picking a place to eat isn't as hard for us. We don't eat TS lunch only TS dinners and we usually leave the parks by 3.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:42 PM   #6
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I do a combination of both - I'll plan out park days and special stuff (BBB, tours, etc) and then decide on where to eat, but if we decide on a late dinner one night I'll move around park days so we're not doing rope drop first thing the next morning.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:16 PM   #7
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I always park hop. Start the day at EMH, have TS dinner at another park. If no EMH, pick a park to start at, and still transfer someplace else for dinner. That way, we can either go back to our room at midday and swim, or go directly to another park. DTD is a wildcard afternoon.
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Here's my list!

THEME PARKS
  • ANIMAL KINGDOM PARK
    • Flame Tree BBQ
    • Pizzafari
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Restaurantosaurus
    • Tusker House
    • Yak & Yeti Counter Service
    • Yak & Yeti

  • Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • '50s Prime Time Cafe
    • ABC Commissary
    • Backlot Express
    • Brown Derby
    • Catalina Eddie's
    • Fairfax Fare
    • Hollywood & Vine
    • Mama Melrose's
    • Min & Bill's Dockside Diner
    • Rosie's All-American Cafe
    • Sci-Fi Dine-In
    • Starring Rolls Cafe
    • Studio Catering Company
    • Toluca Legs Turkey Company
    • Toy Story Pizza Planet

  • Epcot
    • Coral Reef (Living Seas)
    • Electric Umbrella
    • Fountainview (Starbucks)
    • Garden Grill (The Land)
    • Sunshine Seasons (The Land)
    • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway)
    • Biergarten (Germany)
    • Boulangerie Patisserie (France)
    • Chefs de France (France)
    • Fife & Drum (American Adventure)
    • Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party
    • Katsura Grill (Japan)
    • Kringla Bakeri og Cafe (Norway)
    • La Cantina de San Angel (Mexico)
    • La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)
    • Le Cellier (Canada)
    • Liberty Inn (American Adventure)
    • Lotus Blossom Cafe (China)
    • Monsieur Paul (France)
    • Nine Dragons (China)
    • Restaurant Marrakesh (Morocco)
    • Rose and Crown (United Kingdom)
    • San Angel Inn (Mexico)
    • Sommerfest (Germany)
    • Spice Road (Morocco)
    • Tangierine Cafe (Morocco)
    • Teppan Edo (Japan)
    • Tokyo Dining (Japan)
    • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy)
    • Tutto Italia (Italy)
    • Via Napoli (Italy)
    • Yorkshire County Fish Shop (United Kingdom)

  • Epcot Food & Wine Festival
    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • Brewer's Collection
    • Canada
    • Caribbean Islands
    • Cheese
    • China
    • Craft Beers
    • Desserts & Champagne
    • Florida
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hawaii
    • Hops & Barley
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Mexico
    • Morocco
    • New Zealand
    • Poland
    • Party for the Senses
    • Scandinavia
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Terra

  • Epcot Food & Garden Festival
    • Buttercup Cottage
    • Fleur De lys
    • Florida Fresh
    • Hanami
    • Intermissions Cafe
    • Jardin De Fiestas
    • Lotus House
    • Pineapple Promenade
    • Primavera Kitchen
    • The Smokehouse
    • Taste of Marrakesh
    • Urban Farm Eats

  • Magic Kingdom
    • Be Our Guest Lunch (Fantasyland)
    • Be Our Guest Dinner (Fantasyland)
    • Casey's Corner (Main Street USA)
    • Cinderella's Royal Table (Fantasyland)
    • Columbia Harbour House (Liberty Square)
    • Cosmic Ray's (Tomorrowland)
    • The Crystal Palace (Adventureland)
    • Diamond Horseshoe Review (Frontierland)
    • The Friar's Nook (Fantasyland)
    • Gaston's Tavern (Fantasyland)
    • Golden Oak Outpost (Frontierland)
    • Liberty Tree Tavern (Liberty Square)
    • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland)
    • Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)
    • Pecos Bill's (Frontierland)
    • Pinnochio Village Haus (Fantasyland)
    • The Plaza Restaurant (Main Street USA)
    • Sleepy Hollow
    • Tomorrowland Terrace (Tomorrowland)
    • Tomorrowland Terrace Wishes Dessert Party (Tomorrowland)
    • Tony's Town Square (Main Street USA)
    • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland)
    • Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
Water Parks
  • Blizzard Beach
    • Avalunch
    • The Cooling Hut
    • Lottawatta Lodge
    • The Warming Hut

  • Typhoon Lagoon
    • Leaning Palms
    • Lowtide Lou's
    • Surf Doggies
    • Typhoon Tilly's
Downtown Disney
  • Marketplace
    • babycakesNYC
    • Bodie's All American
    • Earl of Sandwich
    • Fulton's Crab House
    • Ghirardelli's
    • Marketplace Snacks
    • Pollo Campero
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • T-Rex
    • Wolfgang Puck Express

  • Pleasure Island
    • Cooke's of Dublin
    • Paradiso 37
    • Planet Hollywood
    • Portobello
    • Raglan Road

  • West Side
    • AMC 24 Pleasure Island Dining
    • Bongo's Cuban Cafe
    • Crossroads at House of Blues
    • Crossroads at House of Blues Sunday Brunch
    • Foodquest
    • Splitsville
    • Smokehouse at House of Blues
    • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • Wolfgang Puck Express

  • West Side Food Trucks
    • Fantasy Fare truck
    • Namaste Cafe truck
    • Superstar Catering truck
    • World Showcase of Flavors truck
Wide World of Sports
    • ESPN Grill
Resorts
  • All Star Movies
    • World Premiere

  • All Star Music
    • Intermission

  • All Star Sports
    • End Zone

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Boma Flavors of Africa
    • Jiko – The Cooking Place
    • The Mara
    • Sanaa

  • Art of Animation
    • Landscapes of Flavors

  • Beach Club
    • Beach Club Marketplace
    • Beaches and Cream
    • Cape May Cafe
    • Hurricane Hanna's

  • Boardwalk
    • Big River Grille & Brewing Works
    • Boardwalk Bakery
    • Boardwalk Pizza Window
    • ESPN Club
    • Flying Fish
    • Kouzzina

  • Caribbean Beach
    • Old Port Royale
    • Shutters

  • Contemporary
    • California Grill
    • Chef Mickey's
    • Contempo Cafe
    • The Wave
    • Top of the World Lounge

  • Coronado Springs
    • Cafe Rix
    • Laguna Bar
    • Maya Grill
    • Pepper Market
    • Siesta's

  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
    • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
    • The Fountain
    • Fresh Mediterranean Market
    • Picabu Buffeteria
    • Shula's Steakhouse
    • Todd English's bluezoo

  • Fort Wilderness
    • Crockett's Tavern
    • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review
    • Meadows Snack Bar
    • Mickey's Backyard BBQ
    • Trail's End Restaurant

  • Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
    • 1900 Park Fare
    • Citrico's
    • Garden View Lounge Afternoon Tea
    • Gasparilla Island Grill
    • Grand Floridian Cafe
    • Mizner's Lounge
    • My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea
    • Narcoossee's
    • Pool Bar
    • Victoria and Albert's

  • Old Key West
    • Goods to Go
    • Olivia's
    • Turtle Shack

  • Polynesian
    • Captain Cook's Snack Company
    • Kona Cafe
    • Kona Island Sushi Counter
    • 'Ohana
    • Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau
    • TambuLounge

  • Pop Century
    • Everything Pop

  • Port Orleans
    • Boatwright's
    • Riverside Mill Food Court
    • Sassagoula Flotworks & Food Factory

  • Saratoga Springs
    • Artist's Palette
    • Grandstand Pool Bar
    • Paddock Pool Grill
    • Turf Club

  • Walt Disney World Swan
    • Garden Grove Cafe
    • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
    • Kimonos Sushi Bar
    • Splash Grill

  • Wilderness Lodge
    • Artist Point
    • Roaring Fork
    • Territory Lounge
    • Whispering Canyon

  • Yacht Club
    • Captain's Grille
    • Crew's Cup Lounge
    • Yachtsman Steakhouse
The DVC/Timeshare Advantage
    • Cooked a quick in-room meal
    • Cooked a full sit-down meal in the villa
    • Cooked a meal using a resort BBQ grill
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:26 PM   #8
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We were one of those that got our ADRs first and then planned our days at the parks around them. My brother was planning the trip, and one of the reasons we did that was because he wanted to take my niece to some places that were harder to get reservations for- like CRT. I honestly didn't mind that approach. We're not so detailed about things that we plan our trip around crowd calendars and EMH. As long as I get to the parks I want to and eat at some places I like, I'm a happy camper.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:19 PM   #9
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I know which restaurants ahead of time that I know I'll want to return to or try for the first time. I keep that tucked in my head though, and plan my park days first (look into EMH; some days we utilize early entry,some days we don't). Then I map out my park days by how many days I want to spend at each park, plugging them into which day they fit best during the time we're there. Then I
plug the restaurants that I want to eat at into the schedule based on what day they'll fit best according to where I'll be.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:46 PM   #10
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Quote:
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#1 look at the park schedule for your trip

#2 decide what park you will go to what day (avoid emh ect ect)

#3 map you park days out for the week

#4 decide on breakfeast, lunch, dinner or all for each day

#5 make the adr based on what is in your location (resort or park) for your day.

i see too many people deciding on what or where they will eat first, then building park days around that.

to mee, the park hours and where you will be is more important.

how do you all do it.
This is EXACTLY how we plan our trips. We always eat at one ofthe restaurants at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and we always eat there when we go to Animal Kingdom. Theme for the day.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:56 PM   #11
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First I make a list of "must-do" restaurants that get priority.

Then, I consult a crowd calendar (easywdw for me) and decide on park days.

I mix and match the must do restaurants with the corresponding park days and then fill in the rest with regard to convenience.
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