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Old 01-27-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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Need some ideas please

We will be at Disney for one day and one night before getting on a Disney Cruise for a week. We have never been to Disney before so it is a little overwhelming for me to try to plan.

We will be doing either MK or HS for a day. I am looking for recommendations for a nice but not super expensive dinner that day. We will be staying at All Star Music resort. We dont need a character dinner as we will be getting a lot of character meetings on the cruise.

If you could only recommend a couple of choices, what would you suggest? At either park or somewhere not too far away (we will have a car).

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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If you don't want a Disney restaurant, you can't go wrong with the Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, or Golden Corral nearby.

But if you do, just eat at the asm restaurant
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:17 PM   #3
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Hi, In DTD the Wolfgang Puck Express has a nice dinner menu and is priced well. It is counter service order and then the food is brought to your table. Joan
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:19 PM   #4
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I would want to know more about who and how old you are traveling with.

If you have never been to WDW before I would say Magic Kingdom is where you should go first.

As far as a meal plan... We would need to know more about who is traveling.
Some suggestions would be something in one of the resorts on the monorail loop... So that you can ride that.

When are you going ?
What kind of food do you like ?

Try looking at :
Kona at the poly
O'hana at the poly
Crystal palace in MK - it's a character meal but right in the MK...

I used to love the whispering canyon cafe at wilderness lodge but it has been a bit down hill lately ...easy to get to by boat from magic kingdom.

Don't get over whelmed ... We are all here to make sure your trip is magical.

You are going to LOVE the cruise !!!! Nothing better.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:47 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone,

A few more details. It will be me and my DD who will be 8. We will be traveling with my cousin, her hubby and son who is 9. I would say nothing too fancy or expensive as we will be cruising and that food is awesome.

We are still trying to decide which park to do for the one day. It sounds like MK will probably be the most "Disney". If we do that, I guess we will just have to realize we cannot do everything in one day!

I think DTD might be a good choice too. Last year pre-cruise, my DD and I did that for a day and ate at Rainforest Cafe which was really fun. I was thinking about T-rex but cannot decide.

How far would it be by car from MK to DTD?


Thanks for all of the help! I am an expert on the cruise part but totally lost for the park/resort parts
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:19 AM   #6
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With kids that age, I think MK would be a good choice. Even with a car, it takes a very long time to exit and return to a park so it might be best to have dinner at the park. Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square has good food and variety for reasonable prices. Have a great trip!
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:05 AM   #7
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When you say you have one day - what time do you expect to arrive that day? How soon are you going? It will affect what ADR's are still available.
If you are going from All Stars to the MK, I would take the bus. The bus is the easiest way to the MK from all resorts. Otherwise you have to park at the TTC and take the Monorail or Ferry across the lagoon to the MK.
I would recommend the Plaza Restaurant in the MK. It is mainly sandwiches and ice ceam treats, but they are delish and the decor is nice. It is also less expensive than most restaurants.
Another thought would be the Liberty Tree Tavern in the MK. It serves a Thanksgiving like, all you care to eat dinner.
If I only had one day, I would choose to stay in the park to eat, rather than wasting time travelling.
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Since you only have one day I would eat in the park. I, like others, would also recommend the MK and would suggest eating at The Plaza. The food is basic (sandwiches, salads, etc.) but delicious and they offer a wide range of soda fountain items. We have been going to WDW since the year it opened and The Plaza is a must for us on every visit. If you choose to dine there you would want to make a reservation as it is quite popular.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:05 AM   #9
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I would recommend eating at MK. Either LTT or Tony's.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:59 AM   #10
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If you have never been to WDW before I would say Magic Kingdom is where you should go first.
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I agree. Magic Kingdom is a must do. Always feels like the heart of WDW to me
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:54 AM   #11
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I'd say go the Magic Kingdom, eat QS in the park and if you want to leave that park to eat, go to Earl of Sandwich at DTD!
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #12
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I am so glad there are so many experts to help me plan! It makes sense to me to stay in the park and not wasting park time for travel time.

Thanks for the ideas everyone. I cannot make reservations for several months but I love to plan. I will ask my traveling partners which they might prefer from the good ideas you have all provided.

Thanks again!
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:48 PM   #13
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With kids that age, I think MK would be a good choice. Even with a car, it takes a very long time to exit and return to a park so it might be best to have dinner at the park. Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square has good food and variety for reasonable prices. Have a great trip!
I agree!
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:02 PM   #14
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With kids that age, I think MK would be a good choice. Even with a car, it takes a very long time to exit and return to a park so it might be best to have dinner at the park. Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square has good food and variety for reasonable prices. Have a great trip!
Im going to second or third this. Counter service is definitely the way to go with just one day so your not stuck having to be somewhere at a certain time. You can just eat when everyone's hungry! Columbia harbor house has great food but if those options don't appeal to you, cosmic rays in tomorrow land is pretty good too! Save room for a fresh baked cookie ice cream sandwich from sleepy hollow in liberty square or a dole whip from aloha isle in adventureland though!
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