Best Restaurants for First Timers?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by HairyChest, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. HairyChest

    HairyChest Mouseketeer

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    Going on my first disneyworld trip this december with family (free dining!)

    No park hoppers so this is what ive reserved (7 night stay at WL)

    Boma
    Ohana
    Crystal palace
    Be our guest
    California grill
    Sci fi
    Le chefs de france

    There are 3 others i want to try but cant due to location/time/dining credits:
    Jiko
    Narcoosees
    Via napoli


    Suggestions?
     
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  3. BNukem

    BNukem Love the Mouse

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    I'm not big on SciFi but the kids will like it. The rest sound good
     
  4. nebdisneyfan

    nebdisneyfan Earning My Ears

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    Love Boma. Crystal Palace is ok... It's nice to see Pooh and gang but can get very crowded. I haven't tried the others you've listed. We really enjoy '50s Primetime Cafe at HS. My kids think the servers are a hoot!

    Congratulations on your first trip! You'll have a blast!

    -M
     
  5. Hopefully

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    I would drop Boma, not a buffet I would go to. Plus it is out of the way.
    For a first time family trip I would recommend Hoop Dee Doo Review. It is great fun, good food and pure Disney magic.
     
  6. bookgirl2632

    bookgirl2632 DIS Veteran

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    I would go with 50s Primetime Cafe instead of Scifi. Otherwise, it looks great. I love California Grill. And Chefs de France is good as well. I've always wanted to try Boma, but some in my family are not so "adventurous".
     
  7. Luvamouse

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    Agree with Crystal Palace for experience! Great opportunity to see Pooh, Tigger, Piglet. Food pretty good, busy when we went at Thanksgiving, but still saw everyone. Hoop-De-Doo is wonderful fun, great for first trip! Sci-Fi was OK, but just too dark. Cool idea, but lots of money for the experience. 50's Primetime would be nice alternative. Haven't done Ohana, although I've cancelled many a reservation there due to park time intruding...Imagine that. Agree with others that Boma's menu or location might make it not a favorite choice by the end of the trip. Just considered booking Be Our Guest for January- only 2 times available during our week! Then I looked at the menu. Apparently I would be the only one eating dinner in my family. Suggesting you read the menus well for all your choices :) Be sure to plan according to your daily plans. Surprisingly some don't.


    They all sound good though, and I hope you really enjoy!!
     
  8. HairyChest

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    I added boma because we have 2 people whom dont eat meat so i had read it has a good variety
     
  9. meggiebeth

    meggiebeth Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow

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    I highly recommend breakfast at Chef Mickey's. It is the quintessential Disney experience and the atmosphere is fantastic. A must for first timers. We go every trip :)

    Also as a previous poster suggested, the HDDR is such good fun. We find it a lot more worthy of the two TS credits than California Grill. It is much better viewing the fireworks inside MK and the food isn't great.

    HDDR is the one restaurant in the evening my six year old brother stayed awake for. He spent the whole evening laughing! One of our favourite meals at WDW!
     
  10. CajunMomof3

    CajunMomof3 DIS Veteran

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    If you plan on eating in the AK, I would suggest Yak & Yeti. We all enjoy it, and the kids like getting something different than typical kids' meals. DH raves about the Kobe Burger and the cheese wontons are great as well.
     
  11. meggiebeth

    meggiebeth Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow

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    Are you planning to pay for One of your meals? Because California Grill takes two credits and if I am right, you only have 7 credits total. I personally would drop CG.:)

    I agree with all of this. BOMA isn't that good IMHO for a first timer- there are better experiences. It is out of the way too. HDDR is a funfilled evening and well worth the 2TS credits.:)

    I agree with Prime Time Cafe rather than Sci Fi. Sci Fi's food is quite bad and PTC is such good fun, with good food too!
     
  12. Mackie Mouse

    Mackie Mouse Even my dog loves Disney

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    I agree with suggestions that you might like Prime Time Cafe at DHS better than Sci Fi. Other than that,I do think you made some great choices. As you can see, everyone has their favorites!

    One switch I might also consider making is another Epcot restaurant besides Chefs de France. Are you going there for lunch/early dinner to see Remy, or for a later meal? I went last summer explicitly to see Remy, which made the whole meal worth it for me. Otherwise...I found it to be pretty overpriced and blah for an Epcot restaurant. You could also tell the servers were a bit nonplussed about its relatively inauthentic "French"-ness. For the overpriced-ness of most of the Epcot restaurants, Le Cellier, San Angel Inn in Mexico, and Restaurant Marrakesh would be my picks.

    That said...it's all DISNEY! You are going to love every moment, no matter where you eat. Have a blast!
     

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