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Old 03-05-2013, 07:51 AM   #3091
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I am traveling there in August with 2, 2 1/2 yr olds, is there any other resorts anyone recommends with kids that little??? And maybe this should be in a different thread but we made reservations for dinner 1 night at chef mickeys, someone just told me it was gross for dinner and to go there for breakfast??? Please help a confused parent who wants to make the Tripp perfect for everyone!!!
We eat at Chef Mickey every trip for dinner as a tradition. It is a standard buffet meal with buffet style food. My only suggestion may be to try & schedule your meal at the beginning of the switch from breakfast to lunch/dinner - so the food is fresh.
We don't find the food any worse than Crystal Palace or any of the other buffets on site.
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I am traveling there in August with 2, 2 1/2 yr olds, is there any other resorts anyone recommends with kids that little??? And maybe this should be in a different thread but we made reservations for dinner 1 night at chef mickeys, someone just told me it was gross for dinner and to go there for breakfast??? Please help a confused parent who wants to make the Tripp perfect for everyone!!!
Only you know how picky you and your family members are. Just keep in mind some people here on the DIS fancy themselves to be professional food critics. It's nothing to write home about, but I have never considered it "gross". As the PP said, it is typical buffet food. Fish, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, salad, etc. Kids will have items like pizza, chicken nuggets etc but can choose anything on the buffet they like. No, it's not a gourmet dining experience, but it's not gross.

Chef Mickey is fun and a great family tradition for us.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:06 AM   #3093
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I am traveling there in August with 2, 2 1/2 yr olds, is there any other resorts anyone recommends with kids that little??? And maybe this should be in a different thread but we made reservations for dinner 1 night at chef mickeys, someone just told me it was gross for dinner and to go there for breakfast??? Please help a confused parent who wants to make the Tripp perfect for everyone!!!
As far as the resort goes... I think it depends on what your children like. My kids are much older now, but my DD loves Ariel and my son loves Toy Story. That makes AoA and All-star Movies a good fit for us... however, they have enjoyed every place we have stayed. Each Disney resort has something for everyone to like in my opinion.

As far as Chef Mickey's goes, we have only been once and it was for Breakfast, so I can't speak to dinner. However, as PPs have said, breakfast was your typical buffet breakfast, but we were there mainly for the atmosphere... We would do it again in a heartbeat. We would do dinner as well. The character interaction is pretty good, and that is what really counts... because there are certainly cheaper places to eat near disney.
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You know what I would love? A video. Someone start our at the furthest Cars and walk to the buses , them the furthest LM and to the buses , and just let the tape roll. I have mapquested and google mapped it several times and unless someone is walking tiptoe and stopping at every flower, icon and climber, I just can not see how it us 15 minutes from LM to the bus stop. I did the same for the walk from ASSports football rooms to the food court (a room I have stayed in before) and it is still longer than the LM room.
I don't think it took 15 minutes - it did take about 5-7 tops.
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37 more days for us!! My kids are going to be *thrilled* with AoA, I'm sure. They don't even know we're going yet.
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Has anyone had the opportunity to do the drawing lessons offered in the lobby? Is only for little kids? I will be traveling with my daughter, niece & nephew. I think they would like this! 4 more days!!!!!!
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:28 PM   #3097
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66 more days for us. I really hope they're doing the animation lessons when we go and that they're not just aimed at the littles because I have a 14 year old daughter who actually wants to be an animator so I know she'd love it!

Time can go fast enough right now. Wish I could zoom ahead and then just slow that WDW week down.
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My DD is 13 and I am hoping the lessons have older and younger kids!! SO won't want to do it if it is only young kids.
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Cribs or pack n' plays?

Hello! I will be staying at AOA next month with my 1 year old (and 3 yr old)and was wondering if anyone knows if they have rollaway cribs or pack n' plays?
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Hello! I will be staying at AOA next month with my 1 year old (and 3 yr old)and was wondering if anyone knows if they have rollaway cribs or pack n' plays?
Yes, you can request one. I believe it's a pack and play.
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Hi all! I do not have a trip planned at this time. But I am unofficially planning a December trip. I have no idea where we are staying yet. I am waiting to see what the 'special offers' are. It's just DH and I so we would want a LM room. Do those EVER go on sale? When/if they offer general public free dining is LM included? Was it last year?

Just curious. I would love to add AOA to my maybe list but its going to be so much more than an All Star (or even a mod if we get free dining) if LM never goes on sale.

Sorry if this has been asked already. i tried going through the entire thread, but decided I should reply anyway so I can start following the thread.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:31 PM   #3102
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37 more days for us!! My kids are going to be *thrilled* with AoA, I'm sure. They don't even know we're going yet.
We're at 40 days and mine don't know yet either. We've been many times but this is the first surprise trip (if I can keep my mouth shut for 40 more days)!

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Hi all! I do not have a trip planned at this time. But I am unofficially planning a December trip. I have no idea where we are staying yet. I am waiting to see what the 'special offers' are. It's just DH and I so we would want a LM room. Do those EVER go on sale? When/if they offer general public free dining is LM included? Was it last year?

Just curious. I would love to add AOA to my maybe list but its going to be so much more than an All Star (or even a mod if we get free dining) if LM never goes on sale.

Sorry if this has been asked already. i tried going through the entire thread, but decided I should reply anyway so I can start following the thread.
This subject has been lamented at length and to answer the question "Do those (LM rooms) ever go on sale?" The answer is yes. We were able to book the LM rooms with free dining when LM first opened in Sept 2012. No bounceback offer was made. However they were not included in subsequent Dining promotions. Promotions are only necessary to fill rooms. Keep watching as new promotions are announced, it is possible that a discount of some kind may once again be associated with LM. Perhaps as interest wains in this newest resort.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:54 PM   #3104
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The only discount I have seen in the almost 1 year of tracking AoA and LM since last fall is through AAA.
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I am traveling there in August with 2, 2 1/2 yr olds, is there any other resorts anyone recommends with kids that little??? And maybe this should be in a different thread but we made reservations for dinner 1 night at chef mickeys, someone just told me it was gross for dinner and to go there for breakfast??? Please help a confused parent who wants to make the Tripp perfect for everyone!!!
We do Chef Mickey's for dinner and do fine. It's good for adults and kids. Nothing fancy, but it has carving stations, a fish, a pasta choice, nice salad bar with shrimp cocktail, a dessert bar, and kids' choices - nuggets, pizza, mac & cheese. We go as close to the 5:00 opening time as possible, just because that's when we eat at home. It's far from gross, though, based on my multiple experiences and my opinion.
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