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Old 01-23-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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Our Dining Plans: Thoughts?

Our trip is not until August 2013 but I think I have already driven everyone sufficiently crazy by talking about ADRs, menus, restaurants and more. However, I think I have finally finalized our ADR lineup and would love some thoughts, input or advice. It is time to make our ADRs soon and I am so excited!

Just for reference, we are adults-only and will be doing a split stay- 3 nights at the Beach Club and then 4 nights at the Grand Floridian.

Here we go!

Restaurants in bold are new to us.

Day 1

Arrive MCO @ 12:30
Check in at Beach Club
Lunch: Beaches and Cream
Dinner: 'Ohana @ 7:30

Day 2
Morning- DHS, Afternoon/Evening- World Showcase
Lunch: Sci Fi @ 12:30
Dinner: La Hacienda @ 7:00

Day 3
Morning- Future World, Afternoon- Pool, Evening- Flying Fish/Boardwalk
Lunch: light lunch at Tutto Gusto
Dinner: Flying Fish Cafe @ 7:30

Day 4
Morning- Animal Kingdom, Afternoon/Evening- taxi check in @ GF, MK
Lunch: Sanaa @ 1:00
Dinner: Artist Point @ 8:00

Day 5
Morning- DHS, Afternoon/Evening- World Showcase
Breakfast: Grand Floridian Cafe @ 8:00
Lunch: Via Napoli @ 1:00
Dinner: Yachtsman @ 7:00

Day 6
Morning- MK, Afternoon- Pool, Evening- MK
Breakfast: Kona Cafe @ 8:00
Lunch: Be Our Guest
Dinner: Hoop de Doo Revue @ 6:15

Day 7
Morning- Future World, Afternoon- Pool, Evening- DHS
Lunch: Biergarten @ 1:00
Dinner: Jiko @ 9:00

Day 8
Morning/Afternoon- MK, Flight home @ 8PM
Breakfast: Crystal Palace @ 8:00
Lunch: Kona Cafe @ 2:00

Oh, and we are not doing the DDP so are not concerned about value/OOP costs and will likely share some meals or order a few appetizers on days that are ADR heavy.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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I personally am not a fan of having multiple sit downs in the same day. For me, it takes away too much time from touring the parks (especially since I have kids who want to be on the go.) But, if you're cool with that then it looks like you're going to have fun trying so many restaurants.
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I can't fault any of your choices (maybe Sci-Fi and Beaches and Cream, but I can understand the draw), and I think the strategy of splitting things is very good with that many restaurants, although that won't be possible with the buffets, of course. I was feeling a little full just reading the list. I have trouble with willpower at some of those restaurants.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:58 PM   #4
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I personally am not a fan of having multiple sit downs in the same day. For me, it takes away too much time from touring the parks (especially since I have kids who want to be on the go.) But, if you're cool with that then it looks like you're going to have fun trying so many restaurants.
For us dining is probably one of our favourite parts of a Disney vacation and I find myself looking forward to the food more than attractions... restaurants... pool. I might sound like a glutton but we really love Disney food and eating is a big part of our WDW vacations.

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I can't fault any of your choices (maybe Sci-Fi and Beaches and Cream, but I can understand the draw), and I think the strategy of splitting things is very good with that many restaurants, although that won't be possible with the buffets, of course. I was feeling a little full just reading the list. I have trouble with willpower at some of those restaurants.
I'm sure there will be some willpower failures. But overall we usually end up splitting about half of our meals or ordering 2 appetizers and a drink. But I am not opposed to a Disney food coma or two!
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:44 PM   #5
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The only questionable thing that I see is that after arriving, transport, and check-in, on Day 1, by the time you get to Beaches n Cream it will be mid-afternoon. With Ohana for dinner, this might be too much food. You definitly want to be hungry when you get to Ohana!
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:15 PM   #6
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The only questionable thing that I see is that after arriving, transport, and check-in, on Day 1, by the time you get to Beaches n Cream it will be mid-afternoon. With Ohana for dinner, this might be too much food. You definitly want to be hungry when you get to Ohana!
Hmmmmm that is a good point!

I see Hurricane Hanna's just released a new menu... I don't want to wait until the MK for CS because I think we will be starving by then. Unfortunately the CS options in the BC area seem limited.

Any light lunch suggestions in the area?
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:22 PM   #7
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My family loves hurrican hannas!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #8
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My family loves hurrican hannas!
I am curious to hear reviews of the new menu.

Just wondering, is there anywhere to eat at Hurricane Hanna's with AC? If we are traveling in August I'm wondering if it'll be a little hot to eat there!
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Everything on your list looks decent to very good (in Disney terms, a good time), except not a fan of Yachtsman or Kona. I'm a Chicago Steakhouse guy and Yachtsman to me reminded me more of Outback than Mortons, except Mortons pricing.

Tried Kona a bunch of times, just has not done it for me. I'd flip to GF Cafe instead. Just a thought.

I would go CaliGrill if it's open for you in lieu of Yachtman. Otherwise, for sure Shula's since you're not on DDP.

(I would do multiple Swan Dolphin restaurants if I weren't on DDP (which I never do) . . .and since I'm at it, I'd head up to Doc Philips area Seasons 52)
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:35 PM   #10
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Everything on your list looks decent to very good (in Disney terms, a good time), except not a fan of Yachtsman or Kona. I'm a Chicago Steakhouse guy and Yachtsman to me reminded me more of Outback than Mortons, except Mortons pricing.

Tried Kona a bunch of times, just has not done it for me. I'd flip to GF Cafe instead. Just a thought.

I would go CaliGrill if it's open for you in lieu of Yachtman. Otherwise, for sure Shula's since you're not on DDP.

(I would do multiple Swan Dolphin restaurants if I weren't on DDP (which I never do) . . .and since I'm at it, I'd head up to Doc Philips area Seasons 52)
Oh how I wish the California Grill was open during our trip. It is our favourite WDW restaurant and I am so sad it will be closed, it is an absolute must-do for us.

I have really considered Shula's instead of the Yachtman but my DM is insistently requesting the Yachtsman for the bread service and mac and cheese. I am not sure if she'll budge!

ETA: Hmmm. I have always wanted to try Kona for lunch but we are already having a breakfast there so maybe I will swap it out.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:39 PM   #11
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Any opinions on LTT for a final lunch? I have always wanted to try the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake!
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Looks like you've done a great job of planning your trip!!

It does seem like a LOT of food to me. But every family is different, so if that's your thing, go for it!!

The real reason I commented is that I see Biergarten will be new to you. DH and I have been there 3 times and we have really enjoyed it each time. We have been seated with very nice people all 3 times we've been there and the food is outstanding.

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:28 AM   #13
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First thought...looks like a lot of food for someone as thin as you look!


Arrive MCO @ 12:30
Check in at Beach Club
Lunch: Beaches and Cream: might be hard to get a table- no PS..don't want tot start your trip off like that! While it WILL be hot- sitting under an umbrella by Stormalong bay will be cooler than your time walking around the parks, so a burger at Hurricane Hannas sounds good. You could also stroll over to the BW and grab a bite in the ESPN zone.

Dinner: 'Ohana @ 7:30 - yes..will you be hungry? Also- do you want to hike over to the poly with so many good options around Crescent lake?

Day 2
Morning- DHS, Afternoon/Evening- World Showcase
Lunch: Sci Fi @ 12:30
Dinner: La Hacienda @ 7:00 safe choices. We like to grab a lite lunch at the brown derby. an appetizer and cobb salad makes a great lunch value at a park with sub par options.

Day 3
Morning- Future World, Afternoon- Pool, Evening- Flying Fish/Boardwalk
Lunch: light lunch at Tutto Gusto
Dinner: Flying Fish Cafe @ 7:30 Great day!

Day 4
Morning- Animal Kingdom, Afternoon/Evening- taxi check in @ GF, MK
Lunch: Sanaa @ 1:00..BEWARE- the service here can be slow...NEVER HAD LUNCH, but both dinners here were over 2 hours
Dinner: Artist Point @ 8:00

Day 5
Morning- DHS, Afternoon/Evening- World Showcase
Breakfast: Grand Floridian Cafe @ 8:00
Lunch: Via Napoli @ 1:00
Dinner: Yachtsman @ 7:00 nice day. Great place for bfast and dinner as well- guessing a light lunch!

Day 6
Morning- MK, Afternoon- Pool, Evening- MK
Breakfast: Kona Cafe @ 8:00
Lunch: Be Our Guest
Dinner: Hoop de Doo Revue @ 6:15 Solid choices..I am not a personal fan of the hoop de do, but understand it's attraction. Not sure on the crowds at BOG w/o a ps

Day 7
Morning- Future World, Afternoon- Pool, Evening- DHS
Lunch: Biergarten @ 1:00
Dinner: Jiko @ 9:00 You are grabbing a cab for this right- that time of day the busses will be impossible

Day 8
Morning/Afternoon- MK, Flight home @ 8PM
Breakfast: Crystal Palace @ 8:00
Lunch: Kona Cafe @ 2:00 no issues...


Only other thought-I'd try to get bfast at Kouzinna at the BW while you are at the BC.- our favorite onsite.

Oh, and we are not doing the DDP so are not concerned about value/OOP costs and will likely share some meals or order a few appetizers on days that are ADR heavy.[/QUOTE]
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Just a personal thing here.... I would not do via Napoli lunch and then dinner at Yachtsman's only 4 or 5 hrs later. Why?!?! They are too amazing. The pizza and salad at via are to die for and Yachtsman's meal is divine. I would probably try to push the dinner ADR back to 8 or 830 and/ or do an earlier lunch. Again it's just my preference. I wouldn't want to be full for that dinner!
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My thoughts . . .

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Our trip is not until August 2013 but I think I have already driven everyone sufficiently crazy by talking about ADRs, menus, restaurants and more. However, I think I have finally finalized our ADR lineup and would love some thoughts, input or advice. It is time to make our ADRs soon and I am so excited!

Just for reference, we are adults-only and will be doing a split stay- 3 nights at the Beach Club and then 4 nights at the Grand Floridian.

Here we go!

Restaurants in bold are new to us.

Day 1

Arrive MCO @ 12:30
Check in at Beach Club
Lunch: Beaches and Cream
Dinner: 'Ohana @ 7:30

I'd keep the Beaches and Cream lunch light so as to have a nice appetite for 'Ohana

Day 2
Morning- DHS, Afternoon/Evening- World Showcase
Lunch: Sci Fi @ 12:30
Dinner: La Hacienda @ 7:00

Never eaten at either so can't comment.


Day 3
Morning- Future World, Afternoon- Pool, Evening- Flying Fish/Boardwalk
Lunch: light lunch at Tutto Gusto
Dinner: Flying Fish Cafe @ 7:30

Looks great (Flying Fish is excellent).

Day 4
Morning- Animal Kingdom, Afternoon/Evening- taxi check in @ GF, MK
Lunch: Sanaa @ 1:00
Dinner: Artist Point @ 8:00

Awesome choices (best overall food day of the trip IMO).

Day 5
Morning- DHS, Afternoon/Evening- World Showcase
Breakfast: Grand Floridian Cafe @ 8:00
Lunch: Via Napoli @ 1:00
Dinner: Yachtsman @ 7:00

These are all great places, but I question whether you'll get maximum enjoyment out of them because it's a lot of food in a 12 hour span (maybe just share a pizza at Via Napoli).

Day 6
Morning- MK, Afternoon- Pool, Evening- MK
Breakfast: Kona Cafe @ 8:00
Lunch: Be Our Guest
Dinner: Hoop de Doo Revue @ 6:15

Same comments as previous day (I'd keep lunch light).

Day 7
Morning- Future World, Afternoon- Pool, Evening- DHS
Lunch: Biergarten @ 1:00
Dinner: Jiko @ 9:00

I'd move Biergarten up because even though you have Jiko 8 hours later, you almost can't have too much time between Biergarten and your next meal (many people who have lunch there aren't hungry again until the next day).

Day 8
Morning/Afternoon- MK, Flight home @ 8PM
Breakfast: Crystal Palace @ 8:00
Lunch: Kona Cafe @ 2:00

Looks good.

Oh, and we are not doing the DDP so are not concerned about value/OOP costs and will likely share some meals or order a few appetizers on days that are ADR heavy.
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