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Old 01-15-2013, 10:42 PM   #16
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Crystal Palace is a delicious choice for the first ts. if you start at the Magic Kingdom. Mgm, 50's Prime Time is a fun start.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:23 AM   #17
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Plus, spending some time at the Poly to start your Disney vacation is just so magical (while some of the other deluxe resorts, e.g., GF, WL, and AKL, have a more spectacular lobby area, IMO, the Poly exudes that magical Disney feel more than any resort on property - in that regard, there's nothing that tells my brain, "you're at Disney", more than the vibe - and smell - inside the GCH).
This is EXACTLY how I feel! Another vote here for starting at 'Ohana
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:29 AM   #18
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I thought the food at Ohana is lousy. Poor quality. I just wasnt impressed.

Chef Mickeys is a nice way to start off a trip, with the fab 5. cute. I love that idea.

I agree with the person who said to go to Chef Mickeys, then take the monorail over to the poly for wishes fireworks.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:59 AM   #19
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I think I would do Chef Mickey for the characters for a first trip but Ohana is great and loads of fun too.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:14 AM   #20
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Ohana is a good choice. We are doing Cape May arrival day and we are staying at BCV...so it's perfect. We will still hop over to Epcot that night as it's open EM late hours until 11pm.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:24 AM   #21
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I think this depends on if you are using Disney transportation or if you have your own car?

I really wont want to go to a park then to Poly, then after meal bus to park then to all star. But if you had a car or would pay for a taxi then I think ohana (although we hated the food and wont go back).

For me I would do DTD...getting in a little shopping and hit up one of the places down there.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:57 AM   #22
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We love 'Ohana!!! I think it's a great choice for your first night's meal! Plus, lots of activities for your DD to take part in! Coconut race!!
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:12 PM   #23
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I've been stalking the dining website for a Chef Mickey's cancellation and just got one for our arrival night at the perfect time!!! I'm so excited. Now DD can show Minnie her own Minnie dress!
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:23 PM   #24
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If you are not going to a park. I think DTD would be a good choice. Easy to get to and from your resort. Lots of choices for dinner. Trex or RFC if your child is not frightened by noises. It can get loud at both. But we enjoy them both!
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:09 AM   #25
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We love to do a character meal to kick off the holiday. Chef Mickey is great, or Ohana but that isn't a character meal for dinner.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:56 AM   #26
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Ohana is wonderful, but with a 5 year old and your first trip to WDW, I would do the character meal at Chef Mickey's and then head over to the fireworks on the beach at Poly. Chef Mickey's is a really lively character meal - lots of singing and dancing - it won't disappoint your DD!

Another idea is Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney. The DDP is accepted there. Plus there is alot to do at Downtown Disney before/after you eat. Goofey's Candy Company, Gharidelli, Lego Store, carousel ride, etc.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:37 AM   #27
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We did Trails End buffet for our first night dinner. The food is really good and reasonably priced. Then we watched fireworks and the electical water parade from the beach.
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We are traveling down Monday and our first night will be at Sanaa. We have never eaten there before, and love Indian food so we are very excited to try it. I hear they have large windows and you can view the animals. You just have to make the ADR early enough to be able to view the animals.
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