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Old 03-10-2013, 05:56 PM   #16
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I would definitely try to get an ADR for Crystal Palace if you can (maybe Fri lunch?)- it's lots of fun!

We always do 2-3 TS meals/day (w/ DxDDP), even with young kids, and find it to be much more of a relief than a burden. So I don't necessarily think it's too ambitious, it just depends on how you are used to eating and touring.

We will be there in April as well, and are doing many of the same restaurants
I was thinking it would be great to take a break from the sun and crowds. we are used to relaxing and snacking while on vacation so the parks will be quite arduous.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:12 PM   #17
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I thought about signature dining but I'm not too keen on leaving our daughter in the child care place. I'd feel a little guilty about that. We are not dinner show people and weren't too interested in the dinner shows. I don't think my dd would sit through that. I may cancel a couple places and sub out some CS. I just don't think it would be maximizing the value of the DxDP.
You don't think your daughter will sit through a signature meal? I would at least try two signature restaurants on your trip. The food is quite delish. And the kids meals are pretty good as well.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:21 PM   #18
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You don't think your daughter will sit through a signature meal? I would at least try a couple of signature restaurants on your trip. The food is quite delish. And the kids meals are pretty good as well.
I agree. My six year old brother (at the time) is a very restless little boy with lots of energy...! He sat through two signature meals really well. California Grill had the fireworks to entertain him and Citricos had a great view of the fireworks too. He did fall asleep by the end of the meals because we had them pretty late, lol.

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Old 03-10-2013, 07:05 PM   #19
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You have some great choices! I think the GFC is a great idea- it is one of our favourite restaurants and we live an excursion to the GF.

BOG and Akershus are also fantastic choices. Akershus is great for breakfast.

Contrary to others, I believe that the deluxe DDP is the way to go, especially for a first trip.

Restaurants are a great way to relax and also to meet characters without the queues in the parks, saving you time! I would say essentials to try are Chef Mickeys (quintessential Disney, you really ought to try it- one of our favourites), Akershus (another fantastic choice), Crystal Palace (if you book an ADR for a non EMH day at about 8am you can get into an empty park, and then be out right in time for rope drop!!! Do try it!

CRT is also definitely a must do for first timers that can afford it. Another Disney experience.

For us, the restaurants at WDW actually played a huge part in making it the best vacation we had ever taken.

For the record I would definitely avoid Rose and Crown. We are British and found the food totally unauthentic, processed and disgusting. If certainly wasn't anything like what we have in Britain. We do not put bacon in mashed potato that's for sure! There are far better choices in Epcot- Le Cellier... Via Napoli... Or further afield in the Boardwalk resort area just a short walk away. We love the Boardwalk.

1900 PF is such good fun with the stepmother and stepsisters! Especially your DD5 will like it!

We personally did not like 'Ohana as we thought that the entertainment was a little tacky and the food wasn't good although perhaps that was because of our tastes. The bread pudding was lovely though. Breakfast at 'Ohana was fantastic though, especially if you like Lilo and Stitch.

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I was thinking the character dining would eliminate having to wait in lines to meet/greets. We could take a break in the a/c, have a bite and knock out characters in one stop.

I'm sad about Rose & Crown. I'm a fan of anything British and pub food (love my mushy peas lol). I mostly booked b/c ppl told me the view of illuminations was good.
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You don't think your daughter will sit through a signature meal? I would at least try two signature restaurants on your trip. The food is quite delish. And the kids meals are pretty good as well.
Are 5 year olds welcome in signature dining? I would love to try some of them!
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Are 5 year olds welcome in signature dining? I would love to try some of them!
We took DD to several when she was 4, and are taking DS(2) to at least one on this trip. You'll see kids of all ages!
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:30 PM   #22
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I agree. My six year old brother (at the time) is a very restless little boy with lots of energy...! He sat through two signature meals really well. California Grill had the fireworks to entertain him and Citricos had a great view of the fireworks too. He did fall asleep by the end of the meals because we had them pretty late, lol.

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California Grill is closed during our trip. :/ I specifically looked for that one. Lol.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:32 PM   #23
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We took DD to several when she was 4, and are taking DS(2) to at least one on this trip. You'll see kids of all ages!
Well that's cool! The pictures(ads) don't really make signature dining look kid friendly. Kind of thought it was like cruising signature dining -adults only.

This is encouraging news!
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:46 PM   #24
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I'm pretty sure the only Disney World restaurant that has a "no kids" rule is Victoria and Albert's, and that one isn't on the dining plan anyway.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:34 PM   #25
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We are a family of 5, me, DH, DS 6, DD 4, DD 2, We have been to Disney twice since Sept 2011. So my kids were younger than they are now and we have ALWAYS done the Deluxe plan. It provides a nice break for us, in the air conditioning, and someone to wait on us. We usually do some signatures as well. My kids are not the most well behaved kids and 2 of the 3 are super picky eaters. The signatures are fun and the food is amazing plus my kids love the desserts (usually paint a chocolate puzzle, or paint cookies) To me the best restaurants at Disney are the TS and Signatures you can eat counter service at home We do character breakfasts (Crystal Palace is GREAT as well as Lilo and Stitch at Ohana Breakfast) then sometimes we do TS lunch (Sci-Fi, 50's Prime Time, Liberty Tree Tavern) and then Dinner. It works for us try it and see what you think. Also some of the ADR's you have that dont require CC you can just not show up and its ok. If you decide you want to skip something once you are there. Hope you have a fabulous vacation !
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