ADVICE please on our dining choices

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Towmater Blue, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Towmater Blue

    Towmater Blue Earning My Ears

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    Thank you again for your feedback. I will be considering a number of the options and feedback given in this thread. You ladies and gents have been so helpful.
     
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  3. Towmater Blue

    Towmater Blue Earning My Ears

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    Thanks so much for the reminder. Yes, we are aware of the transfer. On our first MK day we will be returning to MK for Wishes. We hadn't plan to see Fantasmic. Boy is this planning hard. :/
     
  4. 6disneykids

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    I have been with kids of all ages from 6 weeks to 15 years so I understand going to WDW with kids. I would recommend getting (or bringing a stroller, yes even for a 4 year old) They get tired with all the walking and waiting (for rides, busses, monorails....) I would not go with the idea that you will see it all, or even most of the parks. Having a down day in the middle is a good idea, from personal experience it cuts down on "meltdowns" Have a great vacation.

    For what its worth, we will have a stroller for both DD2 and DD4, and I won't be surprised if DS6 asks if he can ride too.
     
  5. Towmater Blue

    Towmater Blue Earning My Ears

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    This was hilarious. Know that I am laughing with you because I fear this. very thing. Sounds exactly like my daughter. What's a mom to do..eh.hmm plan? :) QS meals are looking more and more tempting.
     
  6. Towmater Blue

    Towmater Blue Earning My Ears

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    Thank you for this post. A stroller is high on our list of things to take with us to WDW. It is a must. This is the approach we took when planning this vacation. I agree with everything you have said here. If you can prevent the meltdowns, it keeps the family a tad bit happier. Because if DD ain't Disney happy, ain't noooooobody happy. Lol!
     
  7. clutter

    clutter <font color=FF66FF>Princess's Mom<br><font color=b

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    I know you said you all love to eat, but I generally would not recommend the DxDP to a first time family. Too much time to sit and eat! There is SO much to do there, and you are planning on fairly short days. I think you'll find that if your dd does well in the evenings, you will be doing more of them.

    First, for a little princess, I recommend that your first day be in MK. I LOVE AK. But it just doesn't have the wide-eyed magic feel to it. So I'd switch Mon and Tue. (You don't say when you're going, so unless there is a major crowd reason to do it your way, I'd switch. You can probably re-arrange your dining, lol.)

    Next, your AK day. I haven't done Tusker House, but instead of heading back to the resort, we have always enjoyed dinner at either Boma or Yak &Yeti, then going to play mini-golf at Winter-Summerland. Your dd is a great age for that. Saana is really good, if you like the flavorings, or if you play around and have extra dining credits, xxx supposed to be top notch. (I'm drawing a blank.)

    Epcot looks great. Characters and Le Cellier. Boom. Best! Epcot is a great park for young'uns. Do they still do the kidcot stations in the countries?

    Lunch at SciFi is fun. If your dd does ok with shows, try to catch fantasmic. It can be scary (or you can get wet up front), but at the end the princesses all come out. I think my dd tried to wave her arm off when they showed up!

    Any day in MK with a little princess is a winner! Personally, you might switch out some of the non-character meals for character ones. Le Cellier is an absolute favorite of both my dd and I. (She went first time at 8 years.) The mashed potatoes are to die for (get them with the mushroom filet instead of the very salty risotto, lol.) However.... with a 4year old, I might sacrifice that dinner (or do a second Epcot day) and go to Askerhaus. Their salmon (if it's still on the menu at dinner) was my all time favorite entree in all of Disney.

    Anyway, don't be surprised if your dd finds all kinds of energy to keep going, especially if she has a stroller to hang in on occasion! At that age, I was begging my dd to stop for some CS, as I was starving, but she wanted to go, go, go!
     
  8. DannyDisneyFreak

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    Don't miss Fantasmic! IMO
     
  9. Mom2Elliot

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    Don't forget you can always take taxis to some of the resort restaurants. We did this a few times last week and it was super easy and much better than dealing with multiple buses.
     
  10. Spunky946

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    We just got back from 9 days in the world and did the ddxp and it was too much food and too much time in the restaurants. I loved trying all the new restaurants and I loved the extra snack credits, especially when we wanted a drink. I don't think we will do it again because there were times it was tough to get to ADr's. Or leave the park, or not take a break when needed. I'd go with the regular plan and bring breakfast/snack foods.
     
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    My thoughts are in purple!
     
  12. Towmater Blue

    Towmater Blue Earning My Ears

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    Thank you very much for all the great feedback. I am strongly considering sticking with the DDP and ditching the DxDP. She loves the dinner and a movie type places, so I'm excited about Sci-Fi. I must ban myself from the Food from Disney thread. Looking at all the pictures is making my planning more difficult. Lol!
     
  13. Towmater Blue

    Towmater Blue Earning My Ears

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    This is the plan. Can you tell me what to expect regarding taxis? How much is a typical taxi fare? Where is the pick up? ..main building?
     
  14. Towmater Blue

    Towmater Blue Earning My Ears

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    Yes, this is what I have gathered from all of the gracious feedback. Did you write a review of your trip? I would love to read it.
     
  15. Towmater Blue

    Towmater Blue Earning My Ears

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    Thank you so much for offering such great suggestions. Since the common thread has been the DxDP is too much food, I may be switching to the DDP
     
  16. AmyandMichael

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    oops wrong thread, sorry
     
  17. jennabcassell

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    Mater and Lighting are also at DHS. It a photo opportunity spot and I think they even blink or talk or something, I can't remember. The ones at AoA are cool but maybe not worth the long bus ride/taxi!! I don't think anyone mentioned Coral Reef at Epcot for seafood! I love it. You are sitting facing a HUGE fish tank and eating dinner. I've even seen a Mickey Diver swim by!! Also Raglans is one of my favorites, get the bread pudding for dessert!!
    Crystal Palace and O'Hanas are amazing but a ton of food each. Move them as far apart in the day if you can.

    HAve fun!:banana:
     
  18. Towmater Blue

    Towmater Blue Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for the Mater information and the RR bread pudding reminder. I have to try this place. I will definitely consider resheduling the Ohana and Crystal Palace meals.
     
  19. Towmater Blue

    Towmater Blue Earning My Ears

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    Removed ADRs for Flying Fish, LeCellier, Boatwrights and Crystal Palace. Added lunch at Earl of a Sandwich or Raglan Road on departure date.

    So what do you think about the revised dining plan? Feedback greatly appreciated.
     

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