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Old 08-22-2013, 08:15 AM   #16
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I think this is really all about personal preference. One isn't really better than the other bc there is a million different experiences. Personally, I feel like its the cruise hands down, but that's due in part bc there's so many options easily available and more personal service. I also find it more consistent. But again, it all depends on personal choice and tastes. It's kinda like comparing cheesecake and soufflι: both are awesome, it just depends what you're into.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:24 AM   #17
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I tend to agree, but don't get me wrong, we enjoy eating in the MDRs.
But when dining at WDW, at restaurants like the; Flying Fish, Shula's, The Yachtsman, Bluezoo & Victoria & Albert's, the MDRs just don't compare. You'll need to jump up to Palo & Remy to be on the same level. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:33 AM   #18
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My personal opinion... I think DLC food is better than "regular" park food (ie Counter Service, 1 TS restaurants)...I don't think it's better than "Signature" restaurants though. I love the MDRs though and they are a huge part of my cruising experience.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:40 AM   #19
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Cruise food is banquet cooking, that is, cooking for hundreds of people at one time, hence the very limited menus. Unless you are talking palo, table service at WDW in general is better.
Yep. That about sums it up quite nicely.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:52 AM   #20
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I would love to know what Olive Garden you people eat at that is "just under" Palo. All the ones I've eaten at (back when I lived in suburbia and we didn't have good options) are gag-worthy while Palo was delicious!
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:09 AM   #21
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I think in terms of variety the parks win out simply because there are more places to choose from. The ship food gets a big point from me though because you never once have to worry about something being in your budget. You can eat ice cream ten times a day without ever thinking "Ouch! That adds up!" I think that's a nice vacation perk. As to quality? Meh. I had hits and misses on the Magic and I've had hits and misses in the parks. Overall I enjoy them both pretty equally.
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I think this is really all about personal preference. One isn't really better than the other bc there is a million different experiences. Personally, I feel like its the cruise hands down, but that's due in part bc there's so many options easily available and more personal service. I also find it more consistent. But again, it all depends on personal choice and tastes. It's kinda like comparing cheesecake and soufflι: both are awesome, it just depends what you're into.
Couldn't have said it better!
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:12 AM   #23
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We're doing a land/sea trip in May. We have always done the Deluxe Dining Plan, so now I'm nervous that after eating at all of the great signatures, were gonna be a little disappointed in the food once we get on the ship.
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I tend to agree, but don't get me wrong, we enjoy eating in the MDRs.
But when dining at WDW, at restaurants like the; Flying Fish, Shula's, The Yachtsman, Bluezoo & Victoria & Albert's, the MDRs just don't compare. You'll need to jump up to Palo & Remy to be on the same level. Just my 2 cents worth.
So do I, I just make sure to set my expectations appropriately. This won't be "the best steak ever" - it won't even make the list of great steaks I've had - but it will be enjoyable, the service will be good, the atmosphere fun. I think cruises are great "practice meals" for kids and fine dining.

But if I want a fine dining vacation, I'm going to San Francisco or NYC or somewhere else with GREAT restaurants. I'm not getting on a cruise ship - or going to Disney. I'm a "foodie" but I'm not a food snob.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:06 PM   #25
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I agree that the DCL food is comparable to the buffets and 1 TS credit restaurants in the World, but not as good as the signature restaurants.

That being said, I still enjoyed dining in the MDRs on the ship more than dining in the parks on the dining plan. I appreciated being able to have appetizers and soup/salad with dinner in the MDR. I found many of the appetizers more flavourful than the entrees. Dining on the ship is less stressful than using the dining plan, which increased my overall enjoyment.
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I agree that the DCL food is comparable to the buffets and 1 TS credit restaurants in the World, but not as good as the signature restaurants.

That being said, I still enjoyed dining in the MDRs on the ship more than dining in the parks on the dining plan. I appreciated being able to have appetizers and soup/salad with dinner in the MDR. I found many of the appetizers more flavourful than the entrees. Dining on the ship is less stressful than using the dining plan, which increased my overall enjoyment.
I think there's a lot of 1 credit restaurants in WDW that hands down beat the MDR on the ships.

My mom's lamb at Kona was outstanding (the ships was good but didn't come close to the Kona version); at GF Cafe, I had shrimp and grits which were far better than any seafood (non-fish) meals I had on board. At WDW, we avoid the over-hyped, kid centric restaurants and have had many innovative and interesting meals.

And a sit down breakfast at just about any WDW restaurant is 10x better than what I've experienced for breakfast at the sit down restaurant on the ship (on the ship, I found the buffet or a cold, continental breakfast from room service to be the better choices).
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:44 PM   #27
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I prefer the food at Disney World. The table-service meals that I've had at Disney World are 100 times better than the food that I just had on the Dream. I got off of the Dream last Thursday and I was very disappointed in the food.
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I prefer the food on the ship. True, its not the best food I've ever had but that's okay. I've found plenty of things that are delicious. If I get something not up to par I can just get something else and it doesn't cost me more. I don't have to fight the urge to throw up the food I just ate when presented with a crazy high check to pay for food that wasn't worth the price. By a long shot.

Cruise food isn't going to be home cooking. I don't vacation to eat anyway.

I'll take the cruise food any day over WDW food on location alone.

I've eaten at 1 signature WDW restaurant twice: once on my dime and once on theirs. Think about that. One. There's a reason for that.
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Yes I though Palo on the Wonder was pretty weak. Better than Olive Garden, but not by much.
Yes, Olive Garden, Maggiano's, Macaroni Grill. That's what it tasted like. We tried it twice thinking the first time was a fluke.

It wasn't until we had Palo on the Magic did we finally understand what the fuss was about. The Palo food on the Magic was really excellent. Miles above the Palo experiences/food we had on the Wonder.

It might have helped that we were in Italy already, and our server said that the ship just got stock resupplied (the antipasti stuff). I guess all Palos get shipments from Italy but maybe by the time it gets there it's not that great.

Beyond the antipasti, the main entrees on the Wonder Palo were disappointing as well.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:41 PM   #30
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Food taste better on the cruise because it's free unlike when I visit WDW.
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