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Old 03-31-2009, 03:16 PM   #16
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Dining Plans

Well, unfortunately I can't get the free dining since I am booked on a Land & Sea package. Bummer; but that won't stop me from eating like a monster at WDW!

Thanks to Lainey, I know that I have 83 days remaining until I can book my ADRs! But since I plan and think about all things Disney, I have a vague idea of where I want to go. Here are the places we are interested in:

Primetime Cafe - we've been here before, we love it!
San Angel Inn - love the atmosphere and food!
Le Cellier - this will be a first; I've heard nothing but good things.
Mama Melrose - another first but the menu looks yummy!
Beaches & Cream - anything 50's inspired
Tusker House - character breakfast with Donald, he's our favorite
Kona Cafe - 2 words: Tonga Toast. Joe loves bananas...I'm leaning toward the pineapple pancakes.
Ohana's - believe it or not, another first!
Hoop De Doo - we're torn between this and Ohana's. I actually did a poll on this and it was split right down the middle.


I think I'm leaning more toward Ohana's because we'll be having a late dinner and it overlooks MK. Joe is a big Wishes fan. Does anyone know if they pipe in the music for it in the restaurant?

One of the days, we'll be going to Universal. I know But Margaritaville is a must!

We'll also be there for the start of the Food & Wine Festival which I'm super excited about!! That's yet another first. Is my thread title starting to make a little more sense?
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they didnt pipe in the music last time we were in ohanas. we saw the taller fireworks but not all of them.
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Kona Cafe - 2 words: Tonga Toast. Joe loves bananas...I'm leaning toward the pineapple pancakes.

Jenny!! You cannot not eat the Tonga Toast!! If you insist on getting pineapple pancakes you must try the Tonga Toast... Seriously.

I think I'm leaning more toward Ohana's because we'll be having a late dinner and it overlooks MK. Joe is a big Wishes fan. Does anyone know if they pipe in the music for it in the restaurant?
From what I remember, they don't.

One of the days, we'll be going to Universal. I know But Margaritaville is a must!
Ooh, I do love Jimmy Buffett!

We'll also be there for the start of the Food & Wine Festival which I'm super excited about!! That's yet another first. Is my thread title starting to make a little more sense?
I'm so excited that you'll be there for F & W. You are going to love it!!

Great update!
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they didnt pipe in the music last time we were in ohanas. we saw the taller fireworks but not all of them.
I've heard they at least dim the lights and lower the music.

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Jenny!! You cannot not eat the Tonga Toast!! If you insist on getting pineapple pancakes you must try the Tonga Toast... Seriously.

I don't like bananas at all so the Tonga Toast would be wasted on me. But I'll try Joe's, I promise! His eye went wandering to the steak & eggs platter but I told him I picked that place because I thought he would like the Tonga Toast so I'll be mad if he doesn't get it!

I'm so excited that you'll be there for F & W. You are going to love it!!

Great update!
I can't wait to try everything at F & W. I read last year that they had a champagne stand. I hope they have that again!!
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yeah i think i remember them dimming the lights
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Driving vs. Flying

So, we were dead set on driving to Florida this trip. We did it in November and had a lot of fun, stopped in Savannah on the way down; were planning on doing the same thing this time. Having the car for us would be a plus too, especially since we're considering going to Universal for a day. And if gas prices don't escalate like they did last summer, it's actually the least expensive option.

On the other hand, my brother's 40th birthday is 9/19, the day before we're supposed to be at WDW. If we drove, we'd have to leave this day, and there is talk about a surprise party for him. Considering that is a Saturday, there's a very good chance it would be that night and I'd have to miss it. I don't think it'd be a big deal to him if I did but my mom would give me hell, I'm sure.

So I looked into airfare. I found a flight from Atlantic City on Spirit airlines $174 roundtrip. Not bad at all! But then I got to thinking about baggage fees, adding on the cruise transfers, and all the little things that make flying add up. Plus the inconvinience of not having a car. I need to add up the differences and see which is the better option. Kind of hard to do considering I'm not sure what's going to happen to gas prices!
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Where in NJ are you? I'm guessing furher south then I am since you're flying out of AC. I'm up in Bergen county... AND taking a trip pretty much the same week you are. I've yet to do a Disney Cruise though so I'd love to hear all about it!
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Where in NJ are you? I'm guessing furher south then I am since you're flying out of AC. I'm up in Bergen county... AND taking a trip pretty much the same week you are. I've yet to do a Disney Cruise though so I'd love to hear all about it!
Another Jersey girl!

I'm actually in Monmouth county, work in Union county. Atlantic City is much cheaper to fly out of than Newark. Plus, it'd be easy to get a ride down because my mom loves AC! She'll use any excuse to make a trip there.

Where are you staying when you go? This will be my first Disney cruise! I'll be sure to tell you all about it!
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Another Jersey girl!

I'm actually in Monmouth county, work in Union county. Atlantic City is much cheaper to fly out of than Newark. Plus, it'd be easy to get a ride down because my mom loves AC! She'll use any excuse to make a trip there.

Where are you staying when you go? This will be my first Disney cruise! I'll be sure to tell you all about it!
We'll be staying at POFQ when we go...our first time there, can't wait! Haha... hmm...I wonder if I can get some of my friends to drive my mom and I to AC... I"m sure none will complain too much either!
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We'll be staying at POFQ when we go...our first time there, can't wait! Haha... hmm...I wonder if I can get some of my friends to drive my mom and I to AC... I"m sure none will complain too much either!

No way! We'll be staying right next door at POR. Our first time there too.

We can car pool!
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We are staying at POR, just a few weeks before you guys! Looks like you are well on your way to planning a great trip!! Good luck with the transportation issues, I know how that goes!
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We are staying at POR, just a few weeks before you guys! Looks like you are well on your way to planning a great trip!! Good luck with the transportation issues, I know how that goes!
We've never stayed at POR before, we're so excited!! It looks beautiful. Have you ever stayed there before?

Thanks! We'll figure it out sooner or later.
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Hey Jenny!

Hmm.. I understand your transportation dilemma. BUT, it seems like driving would be the most cost efficent. Your plane tickets sound like a good deal but again, there are additional costs (baggage, cruise) and I hate having to rely on other transportation. Typically we always ride the busses in WDW but it's nice to know your car is there if you want it.

I say drive and tell your mom that you are so sorry but you just can't make it but are certainly looking forward to celebrating with him (and them!) when you get home!!
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Hmm.. I understand your transportation dilemma. BUT, it seems like driving would be the most cost efficent. Your plane tickets sound like a good deal but again, there are additional costs (baggage, cruise) and I hate having to rely on other transportation. Typically we always ride the busses in WDW but it's nice to know your car is there if you want it.

I say drive and tell your mom that you are so sorry but you just can't make it but are certainly looking forward to celebrating with him (and them!) when you get home!!
It's definitely more cost efficient. And I like knowing that if the buses are taking too long, I can just hop in my car and go. Plus, I want to get to the port on the earlier side and I can only do that if I have my car. The only reason I keep checking airfare is because of my brother. He actually works practically across the highway from me so I can always take him out to lunch or something before the trip!
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Hey there...Ok I am hooked now! Can't wait to hear about your trip! They did play the music in Ohana when we were there in Nov. It was nice. You will LOVE the Disney Cruise...LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
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