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Old 11-30-2012, 06:20 AM   #1
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Fitting in the character meals when DH wants dinners

DH will only happily agree to another disney trip if we get a dining plan again and he gets to eat like we did on our first trip....TS meals every dinner.

I'm trying to fit in character meals and work out the schedule. Right now we are looking at Chef Mickey's for dinner (DH's pick), Ohana's one day for breakfast (my choice) and I want to fit Tusker house in for the kids on our AK day, most likely lunch/brunch.

I'm worried since that is three of our six meal plan points used on buffets rather than sit down DH won't be as impressed. I'm also worried because Ohana's and Tusker's have to be lunch or breakfast to get characters...and we are not a morning group to rush for ADRs, and we are light snack lunch people.

So although I'm open and flexible to whatever ends up happening...I want everyone to enjoy themselves.

So do I skip a character to add a sit down to keep DH happy...or is the food good enough at the two to be similar...he did love Chef Mickey's.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:11 AM   #2
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How about switching Ohana to dinner? No characters, but better food and they still have activities for the kids that will keep them entertained.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:55 AM   #3
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Ohana to dinner? No characters, but better food
Better Food? Only if you like dry mystery meat.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:59 AM   #4
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Personally, we're good with only one or two character meals. I'd probably skip one of the breakfasts and do a dinner instead. I like the idea of moving Ohanas to dinner. We love the food and the kids get to dance and race coconuts. :-)
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:00 AM   #5
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We did a character dinner over at the Garden Grille in Epcot last week, I wasn't really looking forward to it but we were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it. Its family style and not buffet.
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If he likes the food at Chef Mickey's I don't see him having problems with the food at the other buffets. The lunch at Tusker House won't be a problem, I don't think there's much if any difference between lunch and dinner there.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:30 AM   #7
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Yes, i agree. Everyone is different, but i personally found the meat to be very dry at ohana. I didnt like the food there.
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True, the lunch & dinner at tusker is VERY similiar. For dinner they just add a couple of extra dishes. A late lunch is a good compromise. I still like breakfast way better than the lunch....but the lunch is good too. I'd drop ohana breakfast (even thou i like it) and i'd book a dinner somewhere else. I wouldnt pick ohana. Probably Via Napoli or Tutto Italia. SO DELISH. Love Via Napoli.
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If he likes the food at Chef Mickey's I don't see him having problems with the food at the other buffets. The lunch at Tusker House won't be a problem, I don't think there's much if any difference between lunch and dinner there.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:11 AM   #8
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If he likes the food at Chef Mickey's I don't see him having problems with the food at the other buffets. The lunch at Tusker House won't be a problem, I don't think there's much if any difference between lunch and dinner there.
If he liked the food at CM he will like the food any where!
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:31 AM   #9
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DH will only happily agree to another disney trip if we get a dining plan again and he gets to eat like we did on our first trip....TS meals every dinner.

I'm trying to fit in character meals and work out the schedule. Right now we are looking at Chef Mickey's for dinner (DH's pick), Ohana's one day for breakfast (my choice) and I want to fit Tusker house in for the kids on our AK day, most likely lunch/brunch.

I'm worried since that is three of our six meal plan points used on buffets rather than sit down DH won't be as impressed. I'm also worried because Ohana's and Tusker's have to be lunch or breakfast to get characters...and we are not a morning group to rush for ADRs, and we are light snack lunch people.

So although I'm open and flexible to whatever ends up happening...I want everyone to enjoy themselves.

So do I skip a character to add a sit down to keep DH happy...or is the food good enough at the two to be similar...he did love Chef Mickey's.
I think you answered your own question with the highlighted line....if you want to make/keep everyone happy on your trip, rushing to ADR's isn't one way, plus if hubby wants more sit-down dinners that buffet, I'd vote to x 'Ohana for breakfast. We like 'Ohana at supper - it's family style, but still interaction for the kids so hubby doesn't have to get up and go to buffet lines and kids have something to amuse themselves.
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If you want to be served dinner and still want characters, there's the Garden Grill.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:52 AM   #11
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Do you need 3 character meals with basically the same characters?

If DH likes Chef Mickey and that takes care of all the Fab 5 then I would just make that enough and do some yummy dinners for other things. Or maybe go OOP on the Ohana breakfast.

You can also have entertaining non-character dinners: Ohana dinner, T-Rex, Rainforest, Sci Fi, Biergarten, Raglan Road, etc.
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Why not do the Deluxe Dining Plan? That's what my clients who have trouble agreeing on meals always do. It is a great way to have more freedom and get more table service meals.
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1. Do the Deluxe DP
2. Tusker House has charecters at Breakfast and it is the best breakfast in WDW IMHO
3. 1900 PF Buffet but decent
4. CRT is a sit down non buffet for all 3 meals
5. Akershus in Norway is an option
6. you can try BOG even though there are no charecters i think you can take a picture with the Beast

Thats about it
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If he likes the food at Chef Mickey's I don't see him having problems with the food at the other buffets. The lunch at Tusker House won't be a problem, I don't think there's much if any difference between lunch and dinner there.
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I agree with the Garden Grill suggestion for a dinner. It's a very quiet for a character meal and the interaction with the characters is on a whole other level than the other character meals (in a good way). The food is family style, so no having to get up for the buffet and the quality is good.
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