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Old 02-22-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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Eating offsite- do you? Where?

Thinking of planning some offsite meals, besides make/take our own, in order to afford longer stay. We always stayed onsite for dining.

Is eating off site really as much of a time loss and bother as some say? I'm not worried about losing ' magic' as much as 'is it worth it', time wise?

If you do eat offsite, what meal? And where? Any favorites for ease or nearness to the parks? The Fort?

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Old 02-22-2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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Yes it is worth it. Both $$$ and time. We like to go to Sweet Tomatoes its a 55 foot salad plus they serve pizza, pasta, baked potatoes and desserts. Sign up on their site for the coupons and they always have BOGO and 4 people can dine for $20 plus drinks.

It is located close to DTD.

In that same plaza as Sweet Tomatoes there is a Fudruckers, BW3, Chevy's - which is mexican, taco bell, TGIF, Perkins.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:31 PM   #3
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Thinking of planning some offsite meals, besides make/take our own, in order to afford longer stay. We always stayed onsite for dining.

Is eating off site really as much of a time loss and bother as some say? I'm not worried about losing ' magic' as much as 'is it worth it', time wise?

If you do eat offsite, what meal? And where? Any favorites for ease or nearness to the parks? The Fort?

Thanks for your thoughts!
We prefer to eat onsite, but $$ wise you can save eating offsite.

Time wise, it would be a loser for me, depending on how far you go. Anywhere, you would get in traffic, and it could take considerable time depending on where you went. If you have several days, and don't go in the parks every day, then I could see why you would want to go.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:08 PM   #4
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We call the Giordano's Pizza in Lake Buena Vista and have them deliver to the resort. The pizza is great and the price is very reasonable.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:57 PM   #5
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We jsut got home from 7 weeks at the Fort and we often ate of site, we like to to to other resorts and try the food. We like Olivias at Key West the best, for off site I would also second Sweet Tomatoes we really liked it. Bahama Breeze is also just down the street from ST and we probably ate there 10 times we liked everything we tried there. Like the places listed above there are many more that are within 20 minutes of the Fort that are also nice. Good luck and have a great time.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:55 PM   #6
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We do both, but when we do eat offsite we like Longhorn Steakhouse. It is really not that far from DTD.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:28 PM   #7
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For brunch 8AM to 1PM Houlihan's on Irlo Bronson for $6.99, delicious.

Miller's Ale House for lunch or dinner, check out their daily specials.

Sweet Tomatoes is really good too.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:17 PM   #8
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We prefer to eat onsite, but $$ wise you can save eating offsite.

Time wise, it would be a loser for me, depending on how far you go. Anywhere, you would get in traffic, and it could take considerable time depending on where you went. If you have several days, and don't go in the parks every day, then I could see why you would want to go.
This is what I'm wondering. I haven't driven, or eaten out of the World before. Or gone under such a strict self imposed budget, or brought so many big mouths! So continued thanks for your thoughts.

This trip we will be doing parks from Go to Drop two days, then Fort two days, off and on for about 2 weeks. A bunch of my kids are coming for thier first Disney visit ever.

So we will be cramming time, but I know me, foodie at heart. I hate trading kings gold for something I can cook as easily, and better, for half a peanut.

I know, I know. I budgeted for CS in park, but I know I will be standing in front of Columbia House, thinking hmmm. $140.00 dollars for clam chowder, fish n chips.....or Sweet Tomatoes for 8 for $40.00.

The next day it will be Pecos Bill, and $ 99.00 for hamburgers (I mean, of course, for the fixings bar)......."but hey, there's supposed to be a McDonalds less than half a mile from here, how about that .99 cent menu for 24 hamburgers....."(talking teenage bulk, here).

And so I will be wondering again and again, "How much time away from the park would that really take?" and "Is it worth it....when, and for what trade off/ price point?"

What do you think about drive time to fast food offsite, despite what Google says, on ONsite days?
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Personally, if its a park day, we don't head offsite to eat. Just too much time and hassle. We don't drive to the parks, we use disney transportation since there is usually a big group of us. So we'd have to go back to FW to get in our cars to head off, and if we're headed back to the fort, why not just eat there? Our park days are: breakfast in camper, lunch CS in park, and either TS onsite somewhere near where we are spending the evening or cook something at the camper. If we needed to save money, we'd just be sure to dinner at the camper. We take an afternoon break around 1ish anyhow, so we'd just eat before heading back out. Lunch is always in the parks on our park days because we find we get hungry early and it cuts into our touring to leave then.

If we are going to eat offsite, it's on our fort days. But to be honest, it's very rare for us. It's just too much hassle, I'd prefer to grill (even though I hate cooking...).
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:06 PM   #10
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Readerbug! With alot of kids you may want to think about taking everyone in a sandwich. chips,grapes, apples, or whatever they like to eat. I read somewhere that a family took in a soft cooler (has to be soft sided)with their lunch and rented a locker to put their lunch in for the day. I don't know how much a locker is but I thought that was a good idea! That may at least get you through the day and not have to run out of the park untill the end of the day. Then you could have a nice dinner. I saw alot of families have their lunch in their back pack and several eating lunch on a bench or why we were watching a show. Just an idea!
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If we are going to eat offsite, it's on our fort days. But to be honest, it's very rare for us. It's just too much hassle, I'd prefer to grill (even though I hate cooking...).[/QUOTE]

Amylevan, I like the days we grill too! My husband does it! LOL!
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:36 PM   #12
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We'll usually eat off property each trip--most of the time, it's Steak and Shake or Chili's on Apopka-Vineland.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:02 PM   #13
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Thank you, everyone...many of Your suggestions will show up in my trip report! Yeah!!(there ought to be a smiley with a camera, snapping our silly smileys off!)

And, sigh. You are exactly right, Southern Belle! Packing lunch is exactly what we are going to end up doing.....I can tell. I'm just not in love with peanut butter and jelly, and can't think of anything else cooler safe, maybe ham and cream cheese roll ups. I will search the boards for more sack lunch ideas. And build up resistance to the sight and smells of food I'd rather be eating.....BUT.

Trade offs for everything. I'm trading a stiff food budget for 16 packed vacation days that a bunch of camping-loving kids will never forget, and am pretty sure I'm also budgeting enough for a return trip within this same year just for two. That's blessed.

I 'll keep reading for more offsite suggestions...doesn't have to be great, just something that works good to fit in eating with park days, or fort days. Appreciate it so, food specifics are right where I am in the planning...that, and still checking out pop-ups.
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I read somewhere that a family took in a soft cooler (has to be soft sided)with their lunch and rented a locker to put their lunch in for the day. I don't know how much a locker is but I thought that was a good idea!
That could have been us. I post often that we do that. We freeze/chill the blue gel pack to keep our picnic lunch cool. So our process is to eat breakfast at the camper, pack the lunch to the park (sometimes we eat it for dinner), and eat the third meal using counter service or table service.

For example, last trip we spent two days in the parks (MK and HS). For MK we ate lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern (got the pot roast) and stashed the picnic in the locker (I think a locker now is $7 or $8 netting the key deposit). At HS we ate lunch at Prime Time Cafe (got the Leftovers) and stashed the picnic in a locker. (got locker #1 )

Soft sided containers squeeze best into the lockers. Don't bring in any glass (except baby food jars), no alchohol. Sandwiches and fruit went in the container with the blue gel; a bag of chips, cookies, small plastic bottles of water, and paper towels in a second bag. You do have to take it through the bag inspection.

I also love Columbia Harbour House and Cosmic Ray's in the MK for counter service meals.

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Old 02-27-2013, 03:15 PM   #15
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Pasting this from another board thread so I'll know where to find it.
About how long a drive w/ typical traffic do you think it is from the fort to, say, Sweet Tomatoes ?

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Just wondering to eat offsite do you have to get back on I-4. I hate going into the busy traffic down in the Orlando area.
Nope. Just exit property through Hotel Blvd by Downtown Disney.

If you go to the Left you will find. IHOP, Denny's, Olive Garden, Steak n Shake, Joe's Crab Shack, Chilis, Sizzlers, Pizza Hut, Cicis Pizza, Burger King.

If you go straight into Crossroads plaza you will find: Mcdonalds, Taco Bell, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chevy's, TGI Fridays, Sweet Tomatoes, Red Lobster.

If you go right you can find Chick-fil-A, Wendy's, Golden Corral, Landry's Steakhouse, Applebees, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Cicis.


All of these are less than 1 1/2 miles from the exit of Disney property. - See more at: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.....wNLj6r3B.dpuf
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