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Old 03-08-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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If you were bringing first timers, where would you bring them?

Bringing my Aunt, Uncle (early 70s), my cousin and his wife and children to WDW in December. We are DVCers and invited them to stay a week with us. The boys are 5 and 8. First time visit for all of them. We will be doing the regular dining plan. What restaurants should we reserve? Any opinions for character meals?
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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Garden Grille for dinner and Tusker House for breakfast are great character meals.
Kids love Coral Reef esp. if you are near the tanks or Rainforest Cafe
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:22 PM   #3
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Oh and definitly try to get Be Our Guest. It's new, in a castle, the beast visits for dinner, and the food is very good for a one credit.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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50's Prime Time might be a fun place for everyone -will certainly appeal to all generations. As you know most character meals are buffet...not sure if your Aunt and Uncle will like that - but Ohana breakfast is family style and has Lilo and Stitch and it's good.

Whispering Canyon may be fun for everyone - and it can be family style or individual entrees - Liberty Tree is also good food - family style for dinner.

As far as character meals...food wise I think CP is the best for all meals - BL&D. Not sure if the kids are into Pooh Characters.

We also like Kouzzinas very much - nothing special about atmosphere, but great food.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:09 AM   #5
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For the Kids:
Crystal Palace or Tusker House for breakfast
Sci-Fi in HS

Adults:
There are so many it's hard to choose!
Via Napoli
BOG
Chefs De France
Kouzzina
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:17 AM   #6
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We LOVE 50's Prime Time Cafe in HS and I would definitely try that. We really enjoyed Sci-Fi too but the seating may be a bit odd with your groups possibly being divided up into smaller groups of 2.
I agree with the above suggestion - for the boys, I would do T-Rex in Downtown Disney. You have to make reservations early but as 2 adults we really enjoyed the food too. I wouldn't do Rainforest and T-Rex because they are similar.
For a character meal, our favorite is the crystal palace with pooh and friends in the Magic Kingdom.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:50 PM   #7
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Chef Mickeys is a must for 5 and 8 year old boys and I would also recommend Hollywood and Vine if they like watching Disney Junior.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:33 PM   #8
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My boys would have loved T-Rex and Chef Mickeys at that age. Actually- last trip they were disappointed that we did not do Chef Mickeys. Yes, it is a bit loud but we love the classic characters and the celebratory atmosphere. If you don't eat at T-rex (at DTD) it is worth it to stop in the gift shop. My sons loved buying/smashing geodes.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:41 PM   #9
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This is what I am thinking:

Hoop Dee Do Revue
O'Hana
50's Prime Time Cafe
Be Our Guest
Cape May Cafe - breakfast
Yachtsmen Steakhouse


My aunt and uncle will love the character meals...they will enjoy watching their grandchildren interact with the characters!
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:23 PM   #10
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This is what I am thinking:

Hoop Dee Do Revue
O'Hana
50's Prime Time Cafe
Be Our Guest
Cape May Cafe - breakfast
Yachtsmen Steakhouse


My aunt and uncle will love the character meals...they will enjoy watching their grandchildren interact with the characters!

We have done all of those, except Hoop Dee Do and enjoyed them all - food and atmosphere. I'd recommend trying to get an O'Hana ressie so that you are done in time and can go sit on the beach and watch the fireworks afterwards.

We liked the food at Yachtsmen, but not sure if kids would enjoy the atmosphere. I'd go with TRex for boys that age!
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:11 PM   #11
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Bringing my Aunt, Uncle (early 70s), my cousin and his wife and children to WDW in December. We are DVCers and invited them to stay a week with us. The boys are 5 and 8. First time visit for all of them. We will be doing the regular dining plan. What restaurants should we reserve? Any opinions for character meals?
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:20 PM   #12
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We went on a family trip in February with several first timers in our group. We were not on the dining plan but used my TIW card, and since the grandparents were picking up all the meals I tried to pick choices that were more reasonable.

We went to Via Napoli (a huge hit), Sci Fi (another huge hit, they were so amused to sit in the cars and loved the shakes), the Plaza, Tusker House breakfast (the overall favorite), and Akerhaus breakfast (or however you spell it).

Couldn't get Be Our Guest for dinner so went for lunch and it was also a hit.

Since you are on the dining plan, I would consider Cape May Cafe for either breakfast or dinner, Tusker House for breakfast or lunch, 'Ohana for dinner, Tutto Italia, Chefs de France or Biergarten and Be Our Guest if you can get it.

I don't usually go to 2ts restaurants when on the dining plan just because we prefer one sit down each day.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:40 AM   #13
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Bringing my Aunt, Uncle (early 70s), my cousin and his wife and children to WDW in December. We are DVCers and invited them to stay a week with us. The boys are 5 and 8. First time visit for all of them. We will be doing the regular dining plan. What restaurants should we reserve? Any opinions for character meals?
For breakfast:
We always enjoyed TH (our then fav.)
Now after going to 1900 PF this is now our fav.
Ohanas breakfast is actually pretty good too.

For Lunch:
Crystal Palace has some good interaction food is avg.
Same for Garden Grill ( same reasons )
Coral Reef no characters, but a lot of Character ..LoL Fun too.

For Dinner:
Chef Mickeys we enjoyed ..Very good interaction
Other than this one & Akershus we haven't done many dinner w/ characters.

But There's so many Great rest. to choose from.

And being that you're staying at BCV I definetely would try an get an ADR for the Yachtsman, & Cape May ( heard good things about it )& try some of the BW Ts rest. too All are good...
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50's Prime Time might be a fun place for everyone -will certainly appeal to all generations. As you know most character meals are buffet...not sure if your Aunt and Uncle will like that - but Ohana breakfast is family style and has Lilo and Stitch and it's good.

Whispering Canyon may be fun for everyone - and it can be family style or individual entrees - Liberty Tree is also good food - family style for dinner.

As far as character meals...food wise I think CP is the best for all meals - BL&D. Not sure if the kids are into Pooh Characters.

We also like Kouzzinas very much - nothing special about atmosphere, but great food.
Whispering Canyon no longer has a la carte choices at dinner. It is the all you care to eat platter, not the skillet. At lunch there is no longer a skillet option at all. It is a big change and I wanted you to understand the current choices.

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Hoop Dee Do Revue
O'Hana
50's Prime Time Cafe
Be Our Guest
Cape May Cafe - breakfast
Yachtsmen Steakhouse


My aunt and uncle will love the character meals...they will enjoy watching their grandchildren interact with the characters!
I think your plan is Excellent. My #1 suggestion was going to be HDDR. Pure Disney and great fun for your ages. 'OHana is good food and fun atmosphere. We love 50's PTC and I think your aunt and uncle will get a hoot out of it. We haven't been to BOG yet - good luck getting an ADR. Of all your choices the only one I wouldn't recommend, and I am in the minority here on the DIS, is Yachtsmen. We will never return. We tried 3 times and just didn't enjoy our entrees. The restaurant is beautiful, the service was great and the onion rolls are to die for. But everything was just not good.
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Whispering Canyon no longer has a la carte choices at dinner. It is the all you care to eat platter, not the skillet. At lunch there is no longer a skillet option at all. It is a big change and I wanted you to understand the current choices.

I think your plan is Excellent. My #1 suggestion was going to be HDDR. Pure Disney and great fun for your ages. 'OHana is good food and fun atmosphere. We love 50's PTC and I think your aunt and uncle will get a hoot out of it. We haven't been to BOG yet - good luck getting an ADR. Of all your choices the only one I wouldn't recommend, and I am in the minority here on the DIS, is Yachtsmen. We will never return. We tried 3 times and just didn't enjoy our entrees. The restaurant is beautiful, the service was great and the onion rolls are to die for. But everything was just not good.
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We have eaten at all of these before except BOG which we have a ADR for dinner in June. I had no problem getting the ADR for this somewhere between the 5-6 month mark. If we love it we will book for December too. We had a wonderful experience at Yachtsmen! Our waiter was so attentive...the best service we have experienced at WDW....perhaps anywhere! Our food was excellent! Curious, what entrees did you order? HDDR is always a favorite of ours!
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