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Old 07-17-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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We'll be staying at POR with regular dining plan - 2 families of 5, kids range from age 4-9.

Animal Kingdom - Lunch=Flametree BBQ, Dinner = Chef Mickeys

Hollywood Studios - Hollywood & Vine late breakfast
Dinner=sit down Mama Melrose including Fantasmic package

Epcot - Late Akershus princess breakfast
Dinner - Garden Grill


Magic Kingdom Day 1 - Lunch at Cosmic Rays, Dinner at Crystal Palace

Magic Kingdom Day 2 - BOG Lunch, Pinocchio Haus Dinner

Downtown Disney Day - Lunch at Wolfgang Express, Dinner at TREX

Resort day - Ohana Breakfast, Lunch at the quick service at our resort, Quick service Dinner at our resort (POR)

And then QS breakfast at our resort on our last day.

How am I doing?
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:06 PM   #2
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You're choices look good I've been to most of them, Chef Mickey's would have to be least favorite the food is not that great but for young kids its nice because of the characters. I love wolf gang pucks that's a great choice also T-Rex is really a fun experience. I hope you have a great time
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:22 PM   #3
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I would ditch Pinocchio haus. It gets awful reviews and in my opinion it smells like a dirty diaper. Peco's Bill or CHH are the two best quick service in MK in my opinion.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:27 PM   #4
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I think it looks pretty good! I kind of agree that if there's one thing I'd change, it's probably the Chef Mickey dinner reservation, especially since you have other character meals. I would suggest considering Ohana for dinner instead. Great for families, fun at dinnertime and then afterwards you can go to the beach, relax and let the kids play on the beach while you all watch Wishes together... Nights like this are among the fondest Disney memories our kids have (and we the parents have!) over our several trips in the past few years.

Also for that age range, you might consider Sci-Fi at Hollywood Studios instead of Mama Melrose. Possibly a step-down in food quality and you might not be able to all sit together as easily, but I suspect everyone -- especially the kiddos -- will remember the Sci-Fi atmosphere way more than Mama Melrose. (I know this messes with your Fantasmic dinner package plans, but we aren't big fans of the package and like to separate the two).

Hope this helps -- good luck and have a great trip!!
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:42 AM   #5
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Your comments are so helpful!
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:27 AM   #6
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We'll be staying at POR with regular dining plan - 2 families of 5, kids range from age 4-9.

Animal Kingdom - Lunch=Flametree BBQ, Dinner = Chef Mickeys

Hollywood Studios - Hollywood & Vine late breakfast
Dinner=sit down Mama Melrose including Fantasmic package

Epcot - Late Akershus princess breakfast
Dinner - Garden Grill


Magic Kingdom Day 1 - Lunch at Cosmic Rays, Dinner at Crystal Palace

Magic Kingdom Day 2 - BOG Lunch, Pinocchio Haus Dinner

Downtown Disney Day - Lunch at Wolfgang Express, Dinner at TREX

Resort day - Ohana Breakfast, Lunch at the quick service at our resort, Quick service Dinner at our resort (POR)

And then QS breakfast at our resort on our last day.

How am I doing?
I hear great things on Flametree & it is on my to do list next trip. I love Chef Mickey's but prefer the bfast to the dinner. My CM review for dinner:

http://yohoyohobloggerslifeforme.blo...ys-review.html

I would advise against Pinochio's. Columbia Harbor house has great healthy & good tasting options. We went here twice last trip. my review:

http://yohoyohobloggerslifeforme.blo...se-review.html

I've heard great things on WGP express that is on my to do list as well. T-Rex was a surpisingly good meal! My review & pics:

http://yohoyohobloggerslifeforme.blo...ey-review.html

I've never been to O'hana bfast but always hear good things of it. You sound like you're on a good track! I would suggest Biergarten for Epcot meal if you can. fun time & great food!

http://yohoyohobloggerslifeforme.blo...ot-review.html
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:35 AM   #7
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I think your choices look great!
I actually love CM's for dinner. I agree with maybe switching Pinocchio Village Haus with Columbia Harbour House or Pecos though.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:46 AM   #8
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We'll be staying at POR with regular dining plan - 2 families of 5, kids range from age 4-9.

Animal Kingdom - Lunch=Flametree BBQ, Dinner = Chef Mickeys

Hollywood Studios - Hollywood & Vine late breakfast
Dinner=sit down Mama Melrose including Fantasmic package

Epcot - Late Akershus princess breakfast
Dinner - Garden Grill

Magic Kingdom Day 1 - Lunch at Cosmic Rays, Dinner at Crystal Palace

Magic Kingdom Day 2 - BOG Lunch, Pinocchio Haus Dinner

Downtown Disney Day - Lunch at Wolfgang Express, Dinner at TREX

Resort day - Ohana Breakfast, Lunch at the quick service at our resort, Quick service Dinner at our resort (POR)

And then QS breakfast at our resort on our last day.

How am I doing?
I have only been to a few of your choices. I would say go in with realistic expectations and you won't be disappointed. We have eaten at Crystal Place and liked it in every way. Chef Mickey's, on the other hand, was a lot of fun but the food wasn't good. But the chance to see all of the characters without standing in lines in the parks was well worth it. My kids are past the age of wanting to do characters meals so we don't have any scheduled for our August trip. That's fine really, but a tiny bit of me is sad that they are done with it.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:00 AM   #9
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Chef mickey's is not the best for dinner, but my kids really enjoy the experience so we keep going back. It's not the worst thing I have eaten at Disney. But I agree, maybe pick so,etching different than Pinocchio Haus. Columbia Harbour House is one of our favorite QS.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:06 AM   #10
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I had a quick bite at Pinocchio's last fall and it was fine. It was some kind of tomato soup, and my DH had a flatbread pizza. I felt it was pretty much like any other non-Epcot CS: decent but nothing to write home about.

I have never eaten at Columbia Harbor House because you are assailed with a smell of fish fry when you walk in the door (at least we were the two times we went in) and that was enough to turn my husband off. If I am going to get fried fish, I'll get it at the UK at Epcot or Cookes in DTD, and I do not like fried shrimp and am picky about tuna sammies.
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We'll be staying at POR with regular dining plan - 2 families of 5, kids range from age 4-9.

Animal Kingdom - Lunch=Flametree BBQ - we enjoy the ribs and pulled pork sandwich, not a must-do for us though because of the birds that harass you while you try to eat , Dinner = Chef Mickeys - a must-do for us only for the characters, the food is terrible for supper, we usually do breakfast

Hollywood Studios - Hollywood & Vine late breakfast - we've always enjoyed it, the character interaction has been the best we've ever experience and the food is fine, no worse than any other buffet on site in our opinion.
Dinner=sit down Mama Melrose including Fantasmic package - never tried it
Epcot - Late Akershus princess breakfast - we eat here every Epcot day, a must-do for us. Food is fine and the princesses are great
Dinner - Garden Grill - a must-do for us, we enjoy the family style meal instead for buffet and we love chip n-dale


Magic Kingdom Day 1 - Lunch at Cosmic Rays - hate it, we will never go again, the food was nasty when we tried it , Dinner at Crystal Palace - another breakfast must-do for us, we love the character but don't enjoy the supper buffet
Magic Kingdom Day 2 - BOG Lunch - haven't had a chance to try yet, hoping the crown has died down a bit on our next trip, Pinocchio Haus Dinner - never tried it, we don't eat a lot of CS

Downtown Disney Day - Lunch at Wolfgang Express - never tried it , Dinner at TREX - food was fine but it was soooo loud, we prefer Rainforest Café in AK. we won't rush to go back though DD got a stuffed dino at the gift shop with lots of outfits so she is fan of the location for shopping

Resort day - Ohana Breakfast - we've done a couple of times and enjoyed the food and characters, Lunch at the quick service at our resort, Quick service Dinner at our resort (POR)

And then QS breakfast at our resort on our last day.

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Sounds like a terrific line up
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:52 AM   #12
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I would ditch Pinocchio haus. It gets awful reviews and in my opinion it smells like a dirty diaper. Peco's Bill or CHH are the two best quick service in MK in my opinion.
We actually really liked Pinocchio Village Haus, we have eating there a couple times and never smelled dirty diapers. We also really liked T-Rex, both my boys enjoyed it and we thought the food was good.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:30 AM   #13
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Another thumbs up for Peco's but for us no visit to WDW is complete without at least one trip to the Earl! ( Earl of Sandwich Downtown Disney ) try the holiday sandwich now available all year round. Omg it's heaven. That and LeFou brew in Fantasy Land.

You could get the boat from POR :-)
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:43 AM   #14
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We love flametree bbq for lunch. food is great and the seating by the water is so relaxing. we also very much enjoyed all of the quick service choices at POR. sounds like you have made some great choices and you should post your reviews when you get back.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:50 PM   #15
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Just a suggestion. When visiting Disney World with my own family we try to have a really good breakfast, and skip the lunch and replace with a fun snacks instead. then go for quick service dinner and dessert.
1. Its saves on time and money
2. your really not that hungry in the florida heat.

Just a suggession!
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