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Old 08-26-2009, 06:41 PM   #1
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VERY, VERY Dining Confused!

We are new to Disneyworld, never been and pretty much know nothing about it. Quite honestly, these boards are very overwhelming with information (which is good but yet mind boggling). This trip is just my DH (45) and me (45). We did not take the free dining option, in case this information is of value to my question.
So here goes, we really just want to eat. We don't much care about characters or the such. Should we be planning this now Our idea of a vacation is to just go with the flow, eat and sleep when we feel like it. Do you have any suggestions on where is nice for two adults to have meals. We're talking moderate priced meals, not expensive romantic stuff. Is there any meal activity that shouldn't be missed (and that would appeal to two adults).
P.S. I don't really like kids much and yes, I am aware I've chosen to go to Disneyworld but I wanted to see it too so I'm prepared for all the over-hyped youngsters. ANy help on more appropriate for adults or can't miss dining is greatly appreciated. Sorry to ramble on!
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:51 PM   #2
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There are plenty of times just hubby and myself have gone to Disney and it can be mind boggling.....I do think you should look over the dining restaurants on the dining page which is at the top of this page .....and look at what the restaurants have to offer....and here is a link to our adults and solo doing disney.......hope this helps..

http://disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=54

and here is the dining reservation on line and you can look at the choices in each park.
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:08 PM   #3
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Where are you staying? Which parks are you visiting? We always try to plan our itinerary, figure out what parks we'll be at on which days, THEN figure out where we're going to eat. You may or may not be willing to go out of your way for a restaurant...there may be something totally exceptable right where you are!

Some restaurants that aren't soooo popular with families with kids are Restaurant Marakesh (Morocco pavilion in Epcot), Yachtsman's Steakhouse (Yacht Club resort). Maybe The Wave (in Contemporary Resort) or Hollywood Brown Derby (Hollywood Studios)? We enjoyed a really nice meal at Artist Point in Wilderness Lodge in 2008...I wouldn't personally call most of these "moderately priced."

Check out allears.net for descriptions and menus including prices. Happy planning!
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:28 PM   #4
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Thanks for the allears.net link, that really cleared up some of my confusion. Very good information on there. So here is my next question, we would be more interested in resturants like some of these in downtown disney:
Planet Hollywood
Portobello
Wolfgang Puck
House of Blues
Surely we can walk up, put our name down and eventually eat? Keep in mind, DH and I usually eat while on vacation at 7 to 8 pm or later. It would be later on the nights where there is a parade or fireworks. We would just have a snack and then eat later. Do we still need to plan all this ahead?
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:41 PM   #5
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Thanks for the allears.net link, that really cleared up some of my confusion. Very good information on there. So here is my next question, we would be more interested in resturants like some of these in downtown disney:
Planet Hollywood
Portobello
Wolfgang Puck
House of Blues
Surely we can walk up, put our name down and eventually eat? Keep in mind, DH and I usually eat while on vacation at 7 to 8 pm or later. It would be later on the nights where there is a parade or fireworks. We would just have a snack and then eat later. Do we still need to plan all this ahead?
The places you've listed are not the high demand restaurants that fill up within minutes of booking opening. HOWEVER, if you are going during free dining, having an ADR is still a must. Most of the restaurants IN the parks will not be taking walk-ups at all, regardless of how long you are willing to wait. This will probably shift more traffic to these DTD locations. Bottom line: If you want to eat, have an ADR. And since your booking window has been open for several weeks, it needs to be sooner rather than later.....
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:41 PM   #6
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given the popularity

of dining plans, I would never go without reservations if you want to eat at a sitdown restaurant. Now that is not to say that you COULDN'T get seated for a late dinner especially at the DTD locations as a walkup but its also VERY possible that you get turned away.

I would suggest making at least a few reservations so that you aren't totally shut out. If you change your mind later, you can always cancel. I'd rather have them & not use them than need them & not have them.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:13 PM   #7
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If you don't mind eating late, since it's just the two of you, you should be able to decide where you want to eat a couple weeks beforehand, as long as you're willing to be flexible (i.e. don't necessarily expect to be able to eat anywhere you want, but a good few places should be available). You might even be able to call that morning and see what's available, if you're really willing to go anywhere.
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:14 PM   #8
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My DH and I have found that if you want a more "kid-less" dining experience you need to eat late at night and aim for some of the signature restaurants or DTD places like the House of Blues. I have also personally found that if you are willing to eat at some of the less popular or well know establishments you can get reservations a few weeks out. I just made an ADR for Flying Fish on 10/13 today.
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:28 AM   #9
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Your choices look good other than Planet Hollywood,, personaly we found it loud (extremely) and service rushed,, the food was good but just general atmosphere was not plesent, but then we were on an upper balcony, we did do a walk up and wait about 20 mins in the bar area but was very busy,, middle of June so i did expect it, i like to make my own impressions of an establishment even if it has had bad reviews as we dont enter with any high expectations but this place was not great

Saying that we very rarely have bad experiances on property but i would always try and get an ADR if i could, i know it does not always work though as you may change plans for were you will be day to day, but i plan down to the hour for each of the 14 days im there, we come so far i want to get as much seen and done as possible.

You going on a cruise too?
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:24 AM   #10
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Me and my 3yr old son went to WDW for the first time last year and I tell you what, these boards will have you with so much knowledge that I was armed with information as if I was a Disney vet!, and in your situation you really don’t need that much help since your Disney experience is a little different than many, so I will give you some suggestions first no matter what you do

1. Call the Disney Dining line and make your reservations as soon as possible this will insure you will have somewhere to eat with minimal wait

2. If you want to avoid the children aspect of dining than you’re on the right
Track for eating later but if you’re going to WDW during free dining it will
Be hard to avoid many children even in the later evening

3. Here goes my suggestions if you can get ressies at the places that do not
accept the Disney Dining Plan that will help out, or those
Signature restaurants they will be your best option

4. My restaurant picks would be The Wave,
Grand Floridian Cafe
House of Blues
Narcooses
Fresh

5. If you have a car consider eating off property it will save you a bunch of
Money!


P.S. check out the reviews on where you want to eat at allears dot net website this is a huge help!
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:34 AM   #11
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Coral Reef gets a bad wrap, but I wouldn’t leave Disney without eating at Coral Reef or Lecelliar! Coral Reef is a good suggestion if they could get one of the early lunches it is nice and quiet well it was last September during free dining we were leaving when the crowd was building up! I think our ressie was at 11am or 11:30am cant remember
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Coral Reef gets a bad wrap, but I wouldn’t leave Disney without eating at Coral Reef or Lecelliar! Coral Reef is a good suggestion if they could get one of the early lunches it is nice and quiet well it was last September during free dining we were leaving when the crowd was building up! I think our ressie was at 11am or 11:30am cant remember
Last Sept. DH and I took his parents to Coral Reef for lunch...and it was a mad house. We had a table by the tank, though we did not request it, and I had young children climbing all over my chair to get up close to the aquarium. I would pass on CR and maybe try for an ADR for Raglan Road in DTD for a more adult adventure, with a moderate price range.
DH and I have never tried House of Blues, but think it might also be a good adult choice.
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Do not miss Wolfgang Puck Express in DTD. Great prices for great food.

Stay away from Character meals. Check out dining options on the Boardwalk. I didn't see to many little ones at the resturants that do not take ADR's.

Eat later.
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You also mentioned eating late after fireworks. Usually the parks close after the fireworks so I don't think you will be able to do that.
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