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Old 04-11-2013, 12:01 PM   #16
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Garden Grill. We went this past NYE and it was very good. We go every trip.

btw I think the food at Chef Mickey's is yucky.
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:26 PM   #17
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I have not eaten at Chef Mickeys, but did Garden Grill with my husband, kids & in-laws on our last trip. The food was incredible. Maybe I just happened to be really hungry that day, but everything that I tried was better than the thing before it. I was in food heaven. Characters were great. Chip and Dale interacted with my father-in-law in a really cute way. Got us all belly-laughing.

The only thing my husband didn't like was that (since it was a group of 8 of us) we were at a long table and it was hard to have a conversation since we were all essentially facing the same direction. This shouldn't be a problem with just a couple. The other thing he didn't like was that people were gawking and taking photos from outside the restaurant during the portion of the meal where the restaurant faced the rest of the Land Pavilion. Since the restaurant rotates so slowly, it felt like a long time. He felt like a zoo animal in a cage. I didn't even notice or care about that, though. I thought it was the best meal of our trip!
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:00 PM   #18
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Garden grill hands down. The food was better and the character interaction was awesome. The last time my son told Pluto that he was supposed to be on his hands and knees and Pluto got down and started crawling. My son still mentions that place 6 months later.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:10 PM   #19
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I vote Chef Mickey. We went for dinner years ago (2003) and loved it. We just went to Garden Grill in January and it was blah...food was ok (we did Liberty Tree Tavern the night before...virtually the same food), dessert was ick and service was slow. The place was chaotic with the 2 levels/rims being such a small walk area and guests coming and going and servers coming and going and the characters coming and going and kids being allowed to run and play on the rim. CM is chaotic but it's a larger, easier to navigate space and there's a variety of food for all tastes. For those going with kids, the kids buffet is neat for them to get their favorite things themselves.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:15 PM   #20
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Garden Grill 1000x over Chef Mickey's.

CM isn't a fraction what it used to be. For whatever reason, Disney's let it really go downhill. Really subpar food, marginal service, and aside from swinging the towels and waving at Mickey, Donald et al, it just doesn't rate its extremely hefty price tag IMHO. First time we went in '01 was good enough to justify the cost, but downhill since.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:43 AM   #21
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GG is my pick. We have only been there once but the character interaction was the best we ever had. The food was pretty good, and definitely better than CM. I am looking forward to returning to GG when we get back next trip.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:50 PM   #22
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We love CM's food so it would be our choice and recommendation. a firm family favorite.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:43 PM   #23
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We like Garden Grill, mostly because we like to just be able to sit down and enjoy our meal. The food is served to us, we don't have to keep getting up and waiting in line to get more. Want more? Just ask, they bring it to you at GG. It really is a lot more relaxing. Plus the character interaction has always been great there. Usually see every character at least twice before we are finished .
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:45 PM   #24
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:57 PM   #25
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Garden Grill.

Since GG is served to your table, you can sit and enjoy your meal while waiting for characters to visit your table. At CM, you will find yourself trying to time dashing to the buffet bar between character visits. If you have children, this becomes even more problematic. Much nicer to be relaxed, with camera ready, at GG IMHO.

DH is not a big fan of CM because of the volume. It is a very, very loud restaurant.
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