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Old 04-15-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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Need recommendations for 23 year olds first time.

DD's boyfriend is coming with us next trip. He has never been to DW. We have been so many times, I am afraid we cannot "see the forest through the trees" In your opinion, which restaurants give a great Disney experience to a first time young adult? I am thinking 'Ohana and either 50's or Sci Fi. If he were younger I would try Chef Mickey's or Crystal Palace but he's a very masculine 23 year old, so they may be too much What do you guys think?
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Does he have favorite characters? Ohana was a hit with my boyfriend(25) but he loved Lilo and stitch.
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Ask him what his "Disney dream" is so to say or what he would really like to do. You may be surprised. His inner 8 yo may come out.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:43 PM   #4
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How about 'Be Our Guest'? Very delicious and pretty darn classy for a fairy-tale themed restaurant. I bet he'd love it!

I also agree with Ohana and 50s PTC. Nice choices! I would probably skip the character meals, but then again, can't hurt to ask!

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My vote is for 'Ohana!
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:44 PM   #6
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My 22 year old boyfriend loves T-Rex! He also likes to think he's a tough guy, but he definitely has a huge soft spot for anything Disney. Last summer was his first time to WDW with me, and he's been absolutely addicted ever since. For our trip in May, we have dinner reservations at BOG, Ohana, Coral Reef, 1900 Park Fare, Mama Melrose's, Yak & Yeti, and T-Rex! Hope this helps! (:
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:47 PM   #7
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Can you ever really be too old for the Fab Five? I would do Chef Mickeys! Or try Tusker House or Garden Grill if you feel those are a little more mature. Garden Grill rotates, maybe that would be more manly!
Ohana is a great choice!
Does he have a favorite type of international food?
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:49 PM   #8
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Beaches & Cream may be a hit. Order a kitchen sink. My adult nephew's favorite restaurant is T-Rex, but he has always been crazy about dinosaurs. My DS is 21 & he prefers signature restaurants. It's hard to guess what any individual will like, if you don't know them well.

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I think for his first trip a character meal would be so cute! I would do 1900PF that way he also get to see the amazing Grand Floridian and see other characters like Mad Hatter, Alice, and more at breakfast and the step sisters, step mother and fairy god mother, Cinderella and prince charming at dinner. The step sis would probably fawn all over him which would be so cute!

Ohana or Kona would be nice as well so he can see the Polynesian Resort

I would do Sci Fi over at HS just b/c its so cool to eat in a car and watch movies

Be Our Guest would be nice for MK

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My boys are in their 30s now but in their 20s Sci Fi was definitely at the top of the list. They also LOVE Biergarten. Raglan Road at DTD is a favorite also.

They hate the antics at WCC and 50s. Well, the oldest did like WCC but the younger two did not. OHana was not a big hit.

Other than these, they prefer the signatures. Bluezoo is the favorite, they love the sushi at Kimonos and Ca Grill.
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Don't Forget Pizza Planet!

DS and DD are same age range and would be sad without: Ohanas, SciFi, Biergarden, San Angel Inn and Tony's. We ate at Whispering Canyon in the Wilderness Lodge at Christmastime and the resort and menu both rated 2 thumbs WAY up from themtoo.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:04 PM   #12
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So many great choices! I agree Ohana is on the list!
WCC BBQ is manly! Love Garden Grill!! If he has a good sense of humor that Pluto, Chip and Dale were really funny when we were there…Chip snuck up behind me and was eyeing my food….so cute!

If this young man is a world traveler he may enjoy Sanaa or Jiko.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:39 PM   #13
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I suggest:
- Biergarten or Rose and Crown at Epcot. Biergarten is more kitschy but they have great beer and lots of guy food. Rose and Crown is a nice pub atmosphere.
- Sci Fi. The food isn't spectacular but the atmosphere is appealing.
- Ohana. All you can eat! And who doesn't love the Poly? Atmosphere is fun and the food is good too.
- I'd ask about favorite characters.
- If he is an adventurous eater, Sanaa at AKV is excellent. The viewing deck is enjoyable and the food is great.

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I'm 22 and my DF is 24. We love Teppan Edo. So much fun!
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:33 PM   #15
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Thanks so much for the suggestions. Didn't even think of Biergarten! Will check out the menu.
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