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Old 02-19-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Please help me finalize our ADR'S

Tomorrow is our 180 day mark and I'm excited to book our ADR's because up till yesterday we were going to cancel the whole trip and go on a Disney cruise instead. (After looking at 2014 cruise prices, we went back to the original plan - a WDW trip.)

This will be our 4th WDW trip and are staying at POR.
I'm sure about some of our ADR's but there's others I'm not so sure about.

Let me know what you all think. (***Note: our party consists of DH and I and our 2 boys 11 and 5***)

Aug 19 - Epcot - Teppan Edo (this is the only one we are repeating, we loved it on our last trip)

Aug 20 - MK - BOG (I'm hoping to find an ADR as this is DS's actual B-day)

Aug 21 - EP - Chefs De France OR Coral Reef

Aug 22 - rest day and then DTD - TREX or Sanaa (TREX might be more fun for the kids but we've tried it before. Sanaa might be a bit of a hassle to get to.)

Aug 23 - HS - Mama Melrose F! Package OR Kouzzina

Aug 24 - MK - Kona (??? not sure about this one but can't think of other options - we already ate at CRT and CP and we don't like Ohana.)

Aug 25 - AK - Tusker House lunch (we've done bkfst at TH before but would like to try their lunch - also it's one of the few character meals we're doing.)

Aug 26 - MK - a character bkfst: Chef Mickey, 1900 Park Fare or Ohana (we've tried CM before and the kids are not big fans of Stitch so what do you think of 1900?)

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Old 02-19-2013, 01:36 PM   #2
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I can also switch our AK and HS days as to not have the 2 character meals back to back.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:27 PM   #3
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Aug 21 - EP - Chefs De France OR Coral Reef
I really like the food at Chefs, but there might be more for kids to see at Coral Reef.

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Aug 22 - rest day and then DTD - TREX or Sanaa (TREX might be more fun for the kids but we've tried it before. Sanaa might be a bit of a hassle to get to.)
Do you have a car? If you do, then getting to AKL isn't that bad. However, if you have to use Disney transportation, I would consider taking a taxi. It'll be faster. Otherwise you need to go to a theme park or DTD from your resort and then transfer to a AKL bus.

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Aug 23 - HS - Mama Melrose F! Package OR Kouzzina
Depending on the crowds, the Fantasmic! package is stress free way of getting to see Fantasmic! That being said, I wouldn't go to Mama Melrose (or any of the F! dining package places) just to get the tickets.

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Aug 24 - MK - Kona (??? not sure about this one but can't think of other options - we already ate at CRT and CP and we don't like Ohana.)
For breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:02 PM   #4
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Do you have a car? If you do, then getting to AKL isn't that bad. However, if you have to use Disney transportation, I would consider taking a taxi. It'll be faster. Otherwise you need to go to a theme park or DTD from your resort and then transfer to a AKL bus.
We won't have a car.


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Depending on the crowds, the Fantasmic! package is stress free way of getting to see Fantasmic! That being said, I wouldn't go to Mama Melrose (or any of the F! dining package places) just to get the tickets.
We saw F! last November but there really aren't that many options at HS. We ate at Scifi last time so I was hoping to try something new.


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For breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
Dinner
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:13 PM   #5
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We saw F! last November but there really aren't that many options at HS. We ate at Scifi last time so I was hoping to try something new.
If you have the budget, I would give Hollywood Brown Derby a try. I think it's one of the best spots at DHS. It is a Signature (so 2 credits on the DDP), but the food is really good. There is also a F!package for HBD.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:48 PM   #6
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I would go with Sanaa over T-Rex. Your family should enjoy watching the animals while eating. Go early and while it is light out for dinner so you can see the animals. The closer you go to 5PM (when it opens for dinner) the greater the chance of getting a window table.

I would go to Chefs de France over Coral Reef. Much better food in my opinion at Chefs de France.

Kona is the best breakfast in DW in my opinion. My second favorite breakfast is Crystal Palace. Kona is also very good for dinner.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:00 PM   #7
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Tomorrow is our 180 day mark and I'm excited to book our ADR's because up till yesterday we were going to cancel the whole trip and go on a Disney cruise instead. (After looking at 2014 cruise prices, we went back to the original plan - a WDW trip.)

This will be our 4th WDW trip and are staying at POR.
I'm sure about some of our ADR's but there's others I'm not so sure about.

Let me know what you all think. (***Note: our party consists of DH and I and our 2 boys 11 and 5***)

Aug 19 - Epcot - Teppan Edo (this is the only one we are repeating, we loved it on our last trip)

Aug 20 - MK - BOG (I'm hoping to find an ADR as this is DS's actual B-day)

Aug 21 - EP - Chefs De France OR Coral Reef

Personally like the atmosphere of Coral Reef. Food at two is different from one another, but comparable in quality.


Aug 22 - rest day and then DTD - TREX or Sanaa (TREX might be more fun for the kids but we've tried it before. Sanaa might be a bit of a hassle to get to.)

We can't live without going to Sanaa. It is one of the most unique dining experiences for us, and we love the food, too.


Aug 23 - HS - Mama Melrose F! Package OR Kouzzina


Eaten at both. Kouzzina has better, high-quality food, but we like Mama Melrose. It's simple, and the whole family can get behind having some pizza or pasta. My husband loves the calamari there, and it's the best option at DHS for put family. The Brown Derby is cool--we didn't enjoy it as much, given the price.

Aug 24 - MK - Kona (??? not sure about this one but can't think of other options - we already ate at CRT and CP and we don't like Ohana.)

Kona is a must lunch for us, but we also like Ohana, so out tastes may differ. Have you thought about the Wave at the Contemporary? Fabulous lunch and/or dinner.

Aug 25 - AK - Tusker House lunch (we've done bkfst at TH before but would like to try their lunch - also it's one of the few character meals we're doing.)

Aug 26 - MK - a character bkfst: Chef Mickey, 1900 Park Fare or Ohana (we've tried CM before and the kids are not big fans of Stitch so what do you think of 1900?)


My two cents on the ones I have thoughts. Have fun choosing!
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:09 PM   #8
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I vote Coral Reef over Chefs. And CM on the last day.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:09 PM   #9
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Tomorrow is our 180 day mark and I'm excited to book our ADR's because up till yesterday we were going to cancel the whole trip and go on a Disney cruise instead. (After looking at 2014 cruise prices, we went back to the original plan - a WDW trip.)

This will be our 4th WDW trip and are staying at POR.
I'm sure about some of our ADR's but there's others I'm not so sure about.

Let me know what you all think. (***Note: our party consists of DH and I and our 2 boys 11 and 5***)

Aug 19 - Epcot - Teppan Edo (this is the only one we are repeating, we loved it on our last trip)

Aug 20 - MK - BOG (I'm hoping to find an ADR as this is DS's actual B-day)

Aug 21 - EP - Chefs De France OR Coral Reef
Haven't been to Chefs. Coral Reef is average food, loud... but the view can't be beat.

Aug 22 - rest day and then DTD - TREX or Sanaa (TREX might be more fun for the kids but we've tried it before. Sanaa might be a bit of a hassle to get to.)
Since you're staying at POR you can take a boat to DTD then hop a bus to AKL

Aug 23 - HS - Mama Melrose F! Package OR Kouzzina
Love MM. If you go get the steak = dynamite!

Aug 24 - MK - Kona (??? not sure about this one but can't think of other options - we already ate at CRT and CP and we don't like Ohana.)
Chef Mickey's? California Grill? Artists Point? Hoop De Do? There are plenty of decent places just a boat ride or monorail hop from MK.

Aug 25 - AK - Tusker House lunch (we've done bkfst at TH before but would like to try their lunch - also it's one of the few character meals we're doing.)

Aug 26 - MK - a character bkfst: Chef Mickey, 1900 Park Fare or Ohana (we've tried CM before and the kids are not big fans of Stitch so what do you think of 1900?)
We ate at 1900 before and weren't impressed, but that was dinner. Breakfast could be better.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:49 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the feedback.

After showing older DS some of the menus and reading all the comments, I think I've decided on Sanaa for our break day. The kids love the idea of watching the animals and younger DS said he doesn't like the dinosaurs at TREX.

For our last day, we picked Chef Mickey for bfst.

So here's our updated list for now:

Teppan Edo
BOG
Chefs De France
Sanaa
Tusker House
Kona
Mama Melrose F!
Chef Mickey bfst

I need to be up by 7am tomorrow to book all these. I hope I don't run into any problems. I am worried most about getting a BOG ADR.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:06 AM   #11
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We are going to be there the same time as you, doing a couple days at Universal before we get to Disney the evening of the 19th (but leaving to go home before you). We are going to Teppan Edo on 8/19 for dinner and BOG for 8/20 dinner. Wouldn't it be funny if we were at the restaurants at the same time?
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We are going to be there the same time as you, doing a couple days at Universal before we get to Disney the evening of the 19th (but leaving to go home before you). We are going to Teppan Edo on 8/19 for dinner and BOG for 8/20 dinner. Wouldn't it be funny if we were at the restaurants at the same time?
We might be....our Teppan Edo ADR is 6:10pm and BOG is 7:10pm. The BOG ADR is a little later than I would like but nothing else was available so I took it.
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We might be....our Teppan Edo ADR is 6:10pm and BOG is 7:10pm. The BOG ADR is a little later than I would like but nothing else was available so I took it.
We'll be at Teppan Edo at 6:50pm and BOG at 7:50pm
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So here's our updated list for now:

Teppan Edo
BOG
Chefs De France
Sanaa
Tusker House
Kona
Mama Melrose F!
Chef Mickey bfst
Coral Seas is a good restaurant, but Chefs de France is one of my kids (dd9 and ds6) favorites if for no other reason than the "EWWWWWWWW" factor when Mom and Dad eat snails.....
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