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Old 07-07-2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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Would you leave the park for dinner and miss out on valuable park time?

We'll be down in January of 2015. We've never tried Ohana and are looking forward to this reservation. However, the day our ADR is for is on our MK day. The park is open 9-11. Our ADR is at 5. Taking into account travel and eating time, we're going to be missing out on a few hours of park time. Our other option would be to make an ADR in the park, perhaps at Crystal Palace or Tony's to gain back a little bit of that lost time. What would you do?
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:21 PM   #2
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We'll be down in January of 2015. We've never tried Ohana and are looking forward to this reservation. However, the day our ADR is for is on our MK day. The park is open 9-11. Our ADR is at 5. Taking into account travel and eating time, we're going to be missing out on a few hours of park time. Our other option would be to make an ADR in the park, perhaps at Crystal Palace or Tony's to gain back a little bit of that lost time. What would you do?
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It's going to vary a lot from family-to-family. For my family, we have several resort based meals throughout our vacation. So, for me, I wouldn't feel like I'm missing out on anything by going to 'Ohana (in fact, I've done that a couple of times on my MK day).

That being said, I would ask, is this your only MK day? Have you ever been to MK before? How long is your trip? If you have only a very limited amount of time (like it's your only MK day), then I would probably forgo a TS meal entirely and just get a quick QS meal.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:38 PM   #3
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We'll be down in January of 2015. We've never tried Ohana and are looking forward to this reservation. However, the day our ADR is for is on our MK day. The park is open 9-11. Our ADR is at 5. Taking into account travel and eating time, we're going to be missing out on a few hours of park time. Our other option would be to make an ADR in the park, perhaps at Crystal Palace or Tony's to gain back a little bit of that lost time. What would you do?
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You're going to lose a bit of park time to dine anyway even if it's at CP or Tony's. The travel time to/from the Poly to dine at 'Ohana isn't exceptionally long. You have a choice of boat or monorail (or bus if the monorail isn't running). If you really are looking forward to 'Ohana, then I would say to go for it.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:49 PM   #4
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I would say head to 'Ohana. With an earlier ADR, you'll still be able to get back to the park before it closes. We like a break from the parks, and the resorts are so lovely to explore. I'd say totally worth it!
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:51 PM   #5
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We have the same plan for our September trip. Our ohana ADR is at 5pm, we plan to ride the monorail over have a nice dinner and hop the monorail back at 6 or 7 in time to catch wishes oh, and it's our arrival day so I think it will be the perfect start to a great trip!!!
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:59 PM   #6
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We'll be down in January of 2015. We've never tried Ohana and are looking forward to this reservation. However, the day our ADR is for is on our MK day. The park is open 9-11. Our ADR is at 5. Taking into account travel and eating time, we're going to be missing out on a few hours of park time. Our other option would be to make an ADR in the park, perhaps at Crystal Palace or Tony's to gain back a little bit of that lost time. What would you do?
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Based on your signature, it doesn't look like this is your first trip to the Magic Kingdom, and I'm guessing it won't be your last. Depending on the day in January, you may be able to ride everything you want to before 5:00 p.m. that day. If you're looking forward to 'Ohana, I wouldn't think twice about what I'd "miss" by leaving the park.
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:04 PM   #7
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My family views the monorail as a "must do" ride. If we were to leave the park, monorail over to the Poly, have dinner, and then monorail back over to MK, they wouldn't even consider this an interruption to their day!
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:40 PM   #8
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Thank you ALL so much! I feel much better about leaving the park for dinner now
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:54 PM   #9
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To answer the op's question, yes of course - why not? One of the major purposes of my vacations in Disney is to eat at the restaurants - and I know I'm not the only one. I get the deluxe dining plan exclusively for this purpose. I eat at TS 3 times a day 'cause why not - it's what I love to do and I usually stay for around 2 weeks and I have plenty of time to see everything and the 3 breaks in the day to eat help sustain me from park opening to park closing.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:30 PM   #10
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By dinner time you'll be ready for a break. We never do parks from open to close. Its just too exhausting and makes getting up and out the next day much harder.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:46 PM   #11
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I also agree that you should go for it. It really isn't that long to get to the Polynesian, and the monorail really is an attraction in and of itself, so you won't really be missing anything more than you would if you ate in the park.
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:29 PM   #12
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For me this would be a resounding "yes!". I can't handle being in the parks all day long, and I know I'll be back, so hitting everything every single time isn't an issue. I'd much rather explore all that WDW has to offer, and that very much includes resorts and resort dining.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:19 PM   #13
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We are "front loaders" - in other words, we always hit the parks at rope drop. So by dinner time, we are all ready to take a break. Sometimes we will take a break at a TS restaurant in a park, but we'll often go to a nearby resort for dinner. Our last trip, we headed from AK to Boma and were very happy for the break. We did the same thing for the Luau. I think you'll find it doesn't take a large chunk out of your day to have dinner at 'Ohana, especially if your day is being spent in the MK.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:57 PM   #14
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Every one is different.
We leave all the time.....to eat, to go back to the resort for a rest.
But then our trips are usually 14 days and we don't have to tire ourselves out seeing everything in one day.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:51 PM   #15
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Sounds good to me. Are you planning on going at 9am? If so, that would be a fully day if staying late. This will give you a 'break' and a chance to put your feet up. And Ohana is supposed to be great. And as others have said, the monorail in itself will be like a ride. Plus a 5pm ADR will get you back in time for the Electrical Parade and fireworks. For us too, the TS is part of the vacation and if Ohana is on your wish list, then go for it.
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