Help!!! need advice for upcoming trip and AAA discounts

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  1. andychris14

    andychris14 DIS Veteran

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    Hi, this will be our first time staying at universal on property. We have gone to universal once before but many years ago. Our children are 16 and 18. We need recommendations on where to eat lunches and dinners and which restaurants/counter service restaurants accept aaa. We will be renting a car also and do not mind leaving property for a few evening to go for dinner. We were thinking about going to downtown Disney for an evening as well. How long would that car ride take us?
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
     
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  3. rschaen

    rschaen Earning My Ears

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    About a 15 minute, easy drive to DTD from UO area. Right up I-4. We didn't find anything wonderful as far as counter service, but the Mexican place@US was ok and dd9 liked 3 Broomsticks. We also liked Gump's and Bob Marley's. The Kitchen and Mythos were also just ok for us but prices@Kitchen were insane! If you have a car you will find zillions of choices on International Dr. as well.
     
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    Texaschick1104 Earning My Ears

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    I'm not too much older an your children and some volcano nachos at Margaritaville along with the 9pm live music is always super fun! We make sure to go a few times each visit for the nighttime atmosphere (food plays a major part too!)
     
  6. andychris14

    andychris14 DIS Veteran

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    thank you for your help-

    yes margaritaville is going to be a must

    what is the name of the Mexican place in us- my kids do like moes also so maybe we will have to go there as well
     
  7. rschaen

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    I am drawing a blank, but it is to the right of lagoon as you are going towards Springfield/ET area. It's kinda like Chipotle (which i don't really like) but my rice and bean bowl with guacamole was delicious.
     
  8. andychris14

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    thank you-
    I will look for it
    thanks again
     
  9. coastgirl

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    No help on the restaurants, your title asked about AAA discount? There was a thread a while ago that indicated that the AAA discount was only going to be available on totals of $50 or more. I'm not sure if that has "held", it was a bit confusing to track down. In our experience last time the AAA discount was widely available in park (just not at the cash kiosks), but this time it may be different. So, worth it to all huddle together at the check out to try to get your total to qualify, rather than buying a bunch of small purchases.
     
  10. TheAviator

    TheAviator <font color=blue>I don't always live dangerously,

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    There are a ton of great restaurants onsite, including the hotel restaurants. My favorites are Mythos (In IOA) this is a do not miss. Tchoup Choup in Royal Pacific, Jakes American (for good casual dining also in RP). Lombards inside the main Universal park (if you are into seafood). Sorry do not know the extent of the triple A thing
     
  11. macraven

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    Emerils is having a July special.
    the 3 course dinner for $30.

     
  12. coastgirl

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    Ooh, for dinner too? We were planning on the lunch prix fixe special, but it's not much more for dinner. Thanks for the tip, macraven!
     
  13. Tink-n-MrIncredible

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    Where and what is Margaritaville?
     
  14. macraven

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    www.citywalk.com


    click on the orlando site
     
  15. Tink-n-MrIncredible

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    Thank you for the link.
     
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    My son is 19, and a few of our favorite places for dinner are: Emeril's in Citywalk, Emerils Tchop Chop, Hard Rock Café, and Mythos.....Lombards Landing is not bad if you like blackened salmon. For lunch, we like Three Broomsticks and Mels Diner. Of course there are fun places in CityWalk, too......Marguerita Ville, etc.....The Simpsons food area wasn't open when we were there, so I can't comment.
     
  18. Metro West

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    The only restaurant I can think of inside the Studios is Cafe La Bamba...but its not really a Mexican place...its more Southwestern style.
     

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