O.K. Free Diners, where are you planning your ADRs?

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by JerseyJanice, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. JerseyJanice

    JerseyJanice RIP, Max!

    Aug 20, 1999
    I could have missed it, but I haven't seen a thread yet talking about where we're planning our ADRs for our upcoming Free Dining trips.

    So I'll start by posting about mine. We are going in August and staying for 9 nights, meaning we get 9 TS meals. I learned the hard way last year to make a few extra ADR's that we can either cancel or pay cash for in case we don't get to all the TS meals we have ADRs for. So here's my list:

    Chefs de France dinner -- We just have to try and see Remy. Also, the desserts at Chef's sound way better than those at San Angel and Teppan Edo.

    Chef Mickey's dinner -- Been here on five trips and have loved it every time.

    Cape May Cafe dinner -- Planning to eat here on our DHS night.

    Ohana dinner -- See above comment about Chef Mickey's dinner. It's another must-do.

    1900 Park Fare breakfast -- We loved it last year.

    Boma's dinner -- DH and I hated this meal in 2002, but I'm going to give it another chance. (DH won't be on this trip.) Other people in my traveling group really want to try it to see the AKL.

    SciFi late lunch or early dinner -- Can't beat the dark, cool atmosphere of this place. The burger and hot fudge sundae I had there last year were outstanding. Depending on whether we've made all of our TS meals by this point, we may pay OOP for this meal.

    Coral Reef dinner -- Have wanted to try for ages.

    Raglan Road dinner -- Loved it last year plus we have an authentic Irishman on this year's trip who wants to check it out.

    Crystal Palace lunch -- This is a back-up ADR. We'll cancel it or pay cash if we've made all our ADRs.

    1900 Park Fare dinner -- Been wanting to do this and meet the evil stepsisters. Love that strawberry soup.

    So what's your Free Dining ADR wish list? :)
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  3. Mrs Grumpy

    Mrs Grumpy Always Planning!

    Jun 21, 2006
    Going Sept. 12 - 22nd

    CRT - Early breakfast hopefully
    Crystal Palace - dinner
    Liberty Tree Tavern - lunch
    Chef Mickeys - dinner
    Tusker House - Early breafast
    Tutto Itallia - dinner
    San Angel - lunch
    50's Primetime - lunch
    Sci-Fi Diner - lunch
  4. dancin Disney style

    dancin Disney style <font color=blue>I found one to share with some fa

    Apr 18, 2005
    So...my DD and I started looking at menus to pick some new places. Plus, she will be an adult this time so I wanted her to find things that appeal to her.

    Here's the list:

    Teppan Edo *new
    O'hana - breakfast --which is our must do every trip
    50's prime time - dinner *new
    Hoop Dee Doo - we always wanted to try this but felt it was too expensive
    Cape May Cafe - breakfast--we loved the dinner so it's breakie this time
    Chef Mickey's - dinner
    Crystal Palace - dinner *new

    maybe: Sci Fi
  5. kimgof

    kimgof DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    We are going the end of August. Our hopeful ADR's are:
    CRT for breakfast(oop)
    Kona for Breakfast(oop)
    Kona for Dinner
    'ohana for Dinner
    'ohana for breakfast
    Coral Reef for dinner
    WCC for dinner
    Tutto Italia for Dinner
    Park Fare for dinner
    and I have one more...undecided...hmmm...
  6. JerseyJanice

    JerseyJanice RIP, Max!

    Aug 20, 1999
    Good luck on getting CRT, Mrs. Grumpy! pixiedust:

    You should book SciFi, Dancing Disney. It's cheap enough that you can pay cash if you make all your other ADRs. Let me tell you--there is so much concrete in DHS. It gets hot as Hades there in August/September. SciFi is such a welcome break from the sun!
  7. JerseyJanice

    JerseyJanice RIP, Max!

    Aug 20, 1999
    Kim, I was tempted to try Tutto myself, but we have such great Italian restaurants in my part of Jersey, I figured we'd go French instead.
  8. UK Princess

    UK Princess Mouseketeer

    Mar 24, 2009
    We are going for 11 nights and as you can see we're planning on a few signature places, hopefully...

    Narcoossee's - Dinner
    Teppan Edo - Dinner
    Raglan Road - Dinner
    1900 Park Fare - Breakfast
    CRT - Dinner
    Hollywood BD - Fantasmic
    California Grill - Dinner

    I know I am probably setting myself a difficult (or impossible!?) task but I have got lots of flexibility in days and times. Even accounting for not being able to go to CRT during the MNSSHP, I am also worried about getting the Fantasmic package but as the number of shows has been cut I think we have to try for the package.

    We've chosen places that need 2 credits to allow us some days with no time restrictions - it is our honeymoon after all!!! :love:
  9. JerseyJanice

    JerseyJanice RIP, Max!

    Aug 20, 1999
    If you can't get the package and don't have small children, UK Princess, I think you should consider trying to see Fantasmic during a second showing. I believe they usually schedule two shows on Monday's PM EMH. In the past, that second show was always a lot easier to get into than the first showing.
  10. DisneyMomma81

    DisneyMomma81 DIS Veteran

    Aug 18, 2007
    We'll have 9 TS credits each.

    Maybe Chef Mickey's on our arrival day for dinner (or maybe a breakfast our departure day), if not we'll eat at T-Rex Cafe (I'm aware it's not on the DP) or maybe we'll just use a CS for Wolfgang Puck Express.

    AK ~ Donald's Safari (late) breakfast

    MK ~ Crystal Palace & The Plaza

    DHS ~ Sci-Fi Dine In, maybe Mama Melrose (Fantasmic Dinner Package) ~ I'm not sure if we'll spend more than 1 day at DHS.

    Epcot ~ Akershus (Princess Storybook), perhaps Gma & DS will dine someplace else (Rose & Crown) while DD & I dine with the princesses. Le Cellier &/or Coral Reef.

    I can call on 7/3 (DD's 6th B~day) for our ADR's ~ good thing I have that day off work, I'll be calling @ 5am my time!
  11. MinnieTink

    MinnieTink DIS Veteran

    Mar 29, 2007
    We will be there at the end of Aug....

    Hoping for...
    Teppan Edo...new to us, but many Hibatchi experiences at home.. want to see if there is a Disney version;)
    Tony's Town Square... avoided on several trips, but went last time and really enjoyed it
    Coral Reef... have been here before. Ok food, GREAT atmosphere
    Sci-Fi....for lunch.. my kids absolutely love this place:dance3:
    Kona.....last time we were here was '05 and we thought the food was great. And I love the Poly!
    Le Cellier... new to us... have tried and failed to get ADRs on my last 2 trips
    Ohana Breakfast... again, love the Poly and had some of our best and funniest character interactions, plus not a buffet, which my DH requests...

    Good luck everyone!
  12. JerseyJanice

    JerseyJanice RIP, Max!

    Aug 20, 1999
    You need to add more ADRs to that list, DisneyMomma.

    After last year's trip, I will always book a couple of extra ADRs when on the dining plan (free or paid for). Things can happen that keep you from making all of them, and you can always cancel or pay cash for the cheaper meals late in your trip.
  13. JerseyJanice

    JerseyJanice RIP, Max!

    Aug 20, 1999
    If you don't get LeCellier, MinnieTink, don't feel bad about it. I didn't find the atmosphere anything to get excited about--it literally is a cellar--and our service was really bad. Food was very good, though.
  14. DisneyMomma81

    DisneyMomma81 DIS Veteran

    Aug 18, 2007
    Yes I'm aware I should come up with back ups ~ those are just what I want, top choices.
  15. candielips

    candielips DIS Veteran

    Dec 14, 2006
    We are arriving Labour Day wknd & staying for 9 nights. Although this isn't our def list, these are some of our top choices. We also will be paying for some meals OOP. We had thought about upgrading to the DXDP but realized that it was cheaper to pay OOP for a few extras that we wanted. Also this is our DD's 1st trip & she will only be 2, so we are trying to keep it as fun as possible for her.
    Chef Mickeys-dinner
    Tusker House - breakfast
    50's prime time - lunch
    1900 Park Fare-dinner
    Cape May -breakfast
    Le Cellier -dinner
    Coral Reef-Dinner
    Teppan Edo-dinner (this is the only one that we have been to before & we loved it)
    Crystal Palace-dinner
    We might also see about a signature like Yachtsman.
  16. JerseyJanice

    JerseyJanice RIP, Max!

    Aug 20, 1999
    Good luck on getting all the ones you want, Disneymomma! :tinker:

    Candie, I'm glad to see you have the Crystal Palace on your list. When my son was 2 1/2, he loved it there! Those characters are so sweet with little kids.

    Tigger sat down and colored with him, then the two stood up and practiced their bouncing together. :tigger: Pooh and Piglet hugged him to pieces. It was great, and I hope your family enjoys it as much. :sunny:
  17. Colleen27

    Colleen27 DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2007
    We're going Sept 25 to Oct 4 (9 nts) with the DxDDP upgrade.

    • Chef Mickey - We've done dinner but never breakfast. I'm actually hoping they'll open it up for lunch again since this will be on our free/sleep in day and we'd rather have lunch foods
    • Princess Storybook Breakfast at Akershus
    • Grand Floridian Cafe

    • Teppan Edo - A favorite of both kids, so a must do every trip.
    • Yak & Yeti
    • Brown Derby
    • Liberty Tree Tavern
    • Raglan Road or The Wave - On departure day, depending on flight times.

    • Artist Point
    • California Grill
    • Narcoosees
    • Jiko
    • Flying Fish
    • Le Cellier
    • Marrakesh
    • Kona Cafe - DS11's favorite
    • Spirit of Aloha

    That's 24 of 27 credits planned. We'll use the rest for lunches on our waterpark days or to share CS here and there between ADRs.
  18. 61292cna

    61292cna DIS Veteran

    Dec 10, 2008
    We are going 8/16 to 8/23 & have DxDDP, so up to 21Ts meals. this far we are thinking of:

    Park fare
    Tusker house
    Chef Mickey
    Cape May

    Crystal Palace
    Sassagoula Floatworks(CS/oop)
    50's Prime Time
    Tusker House
    Cosmic Rays(CS)
    Chefs De France
    Sci-Fi Diner

    Garden Grill
    Trails End
    Park Fare
    Spirit of Aloha
    Hollywood & Vine(Fantasmic)
    Liberty Tree(if characters return)

    Arrival day 1 more oop/CS, then on to Disney Quest & maybe a late ADR at Planet Hollywood for desserts? Still working on backups.
  19. cindycastle30

    cindycastle30 Mouseketeer

    Aug 18, 2008
    Our dates are Aug 21-30

    We decided to exchange some of our ts to cs if possible when we get there. Our TS will be

    1900 Park Fair (dinner) never been here
    Chefs de France (dinner)
    Crystal Palace (not sure which meal)
    Hoop de do Review (dinner)

    I might book a couple of extra adr's just in case. We really want to try to enjoy the parks more this vacation and not be running to a meal, and since it's free we don't need to get as much value out of it.
  20. JerseyJanice

    JerseyJanice RIP, Max!

    Aug 20, 1999
    Good luck to getting what you want, Colleen and CNA. If I were upgrading to the Deluxe plan, I'd be booking a bunch of signature meals.

    CindyCastle, last year, there were signs in the Magic Kingdom stating that their TS restaurants were sold out so you could exchange a TS for a CS and an extra snack or a mesh tote bag. It was offered at all the big CS locations there--Pecos Bill, Pinnochio and Cosmic Ray's.
  21. kimgof

    kimgof DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    LOL I know, how you feel. This will be my first attempt at Italian in Disney. Jersey has some great Italian restaurants(I'm over by Philly) but me and my husband are both NY originals. We were both a liitle leery about trying Italian in Disney but I figured we give it a whirl. My husband refuses to eat in France. LOL He thinks it's "fru fru food" :lmao: I would love to eat there.

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