Try new restaurants or go back to favorites?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by robinbutterfly, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. robinbutterfly

    robinbutterfly DIS Veteran

    Jun 27, 2008
    We are on our 4th trip to WDW as a family. I am realizing some of our favorite restaurants we have only been to one time because each trip we end up trying different restaurants!
    Do you guys try new restaurants each trip, or go back to your favorites?
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  3. It'sWDW4me

    It'sWDW4me <font color=green>Fairly new... still gets a tag :

    Sep 4, 2009
    We usually pick one or two "favorite" favorites and then we try new ones. We've gotten some new favorites over the years because we do this! :thumbsup2
  4. cmh314

    cmh314 Mouseketeer

    Nov 9, 2009
    We have a couple of favorites that we like to return to and then try new restaurants for the rest of the trip.
  5. Reddog1134

    Reddog1134 DIS Veteran

    Jun 2, 2009
    I was thinking about this the other day. It's tough when you only have so many meals and some of them can be pricey.

    We like to try new places but also like to return to our favorites. This year, our planned meals are slightly in favor of new places.
  6. princessSunshine

    princessSunshine Mouseketeer

    Aug 28, 2009
    there's four of us, so we each pick our favourite, must do restaurant. Then we pick a couple of family favourites and at least one new one each time we go. We like to have a combination of buffet, family style and order-off-the-menu places so it doesn't get "old". We usually go for 10-11 days during free dining, so we have alot of restaurants to choose from/fill in our nights with.:thumbsup2 Soon we may have only our favourites:goodvibes
  7. WSLover

    WSLover Mouseketeer

    Mar 27, 2012
    When we don't have FD we usually stick to a few favorites but on the next trip we are trying some new places. We have FD. It's just me and my nephew and we are both adventurous eaters.

    OLD: Brown Derby, Rose & Crown Pub, Les Chefs de France
    NEW: Boma, 1900 Park Fare, Ohana, Le Cellier
  8. North of Mouse

    North of Mouse DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    We are at the point in visits that we stick to our favorites. Have gotten "burned" a few times with new ones, so now we're perfectly content to stick to our "must do's".
  9. minnie mum

    minnie mum Unapologetic Disney Fan(atic)

    Mar 8, 2011
    We've actually gotten to the point that there are only a few of the signatures that we haven't yet tried. So now we're down to trying just one or two new ones each trip, with the remainder being favourites from previous trips. Still leaves plenty of room for variety- we almost never visit the same places 2 trips in a row.
  10. Pakey

    Pakey <img src=

    Aug 29, 2007
    I've done all but 5 TS at WDW and I've skipped those 5 because I just can't get motivated to try them. During the early years of visiting WDW, we would put one favorite on the list but the rest of the week would be new ones. We've been enough times now that our favorities have been visited a dozen or so times and the others are rotated. I only have 2 that are on my "not going back" list after two back-to-back disappointments.

    I like to mix it up. A former great could now be terrible and a former terrible can now be great.
  11. lilouisianagal

    lilouisianagal Mouseketeer

    Aug 17, 2005
    Depends on the length of our trip. Usually we like to try new things on long trips but if we are only there a few days DH wants "guaranteed" good food, so we stick to the favorites!
  12. musicmantrs

    musicmantrs Mouseketeer

    Mar 29, 2012
    This is the second trip this year and we decided to try only new restaurants. We are going to 5 TS neither of us has ever been to. In March we hit our favorites (50s PT, Ohana). It has been hard to stick to as I've seen Ohana reservations open up but I'm excited to get outside my comfort zone.
  13. JimmyV

    JimmyV Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.

    Jun 4, 2008
    I've eaten at almost every TS that I intend to, which is all but a handful. (Still need to try Boma and need to get over to Bull and Bear). There are other places that I have not been to and can't see myself ever going to (such as the current version of the luau; Whispering Canyon and 1900 Park Fare). We have pretty solid memories and opinions about most places at WDW, so we stick to the same rotation of about 15 or so restaurants, and mix and match 5 or 6 of those each time we go. If something truly new opens up, we will give it a try, as long as it isn't so gimmicky as to drive us away. For example, I am really on the fence about Be Our Guest. I'll probably try it next time we go, unless the reviews are horrid.
  14. Brook1099

    Brook1099 DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2007
    This is our 9th trip, and we do have our favorites so we all pick old fav, and I add the new ones, hoping they will become new favorites, we are in Orlando for 2 weeks and still cant get all we like in. We are using TIW for the first time, my kids are now adults and find the DDP not useful anymore.The F&W is taking the spot of a few of our meals.

    New ones that I am so excited to try..
    Liberty Tree Lunch
    Ragland Road
    Via Napoli

    Old favorites
    Tusker House breakfast ( we all agree to this one)
    Sci Fi, wasnt thinking we would go back but we actually all enjoyed our meal and desserts, and not big fans of DHS dining options
    Trex my kids must do, I wouldnt pick it if up to me.
    Fultons my DH last night meal choice.

    and may try to get some last minute ressies on select nights we have nothing. Or CS.
  15. rentayenta

    rentayenta <img src=

    Feb 28, 2007

    This will be our third trip and I am determined to try new places. We are doing one favorite, Boma, as we'll be at AKV and my kids love it. For the first time we'll be trying Kona Cafe, Via Napoli, Saana, the Turf Club, 50's Primetime, and Rose and Crown. I'll also be meeting my friend for breakfast on the Boardwalk at Kouzzina I believe. I'm excited to try lots of new places. :thumbsup2
  16. no capes darling

    no capes darling I never look back, it distracts from the now

    Apr 29, 2011
    I try to split it up with a repeat of last trip two favorites; skipped a few years; and never tried before.
  17. Masonmj84

    Masonmj84 DIS Veteran

    Jul 28, 2011
    For our upcoming trip:

    'Ohana dinner
    Tusker House breakfast
    Crystal Palace breakfast
    Cape May breakfast
    CRT breakfast (mostly for the experience - taking parents who've never eaten in the castle)
    50's PT lunch
    Artist Point dinner
    Jiko dinner
    Flying Fish dinner
    Citricos dinner
    California Grill dinner

    Hollywood Brown Derby (Fantasmic meal package)
    Yachtsman dinner
    Via Napoli lunch
    Chefs de France lunch
    Kona breakfast
  18. Narawen

    Narawen Mouseketeer

    Mar 16, 2011
    Our 9th trip is coming up. Usually we do a couple favorites, then try new places too. This trip we have 4 ADRs and 3 of them are new for us, as well as F&W and a few CS places we're hoping to try that will be new to us.

    The past few trips were shorter than I would have liked and we were more skewed toward the "favorites" than new places. I know I'll be missing a couple restaurants this time, but we're not even going to the park where the most-missed restaurant will be (my mom and I both LOVE the Hollywood Brown Derby).
  19. AlohaAnnie

    AlohaAnnie DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2006
    We have our favorites we return to every trip & we have 1 or 2 new places we try every trip. It makes everyone happy. I get to try new things & they get to stay in their element!

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  20. HomeiswhereMickeyis

    HomeiswhereMickeyis When can I go back?

    May 17, 2012
    I used to stick to a few favorites and then one or two new things but then after getting married DH and I decided to try to eat at each restaurant once and made a rule we could only go to one repeat restaurant per trip... I see a lot of Disney trips in our future! :thumbsup2 I have found that I have a lot of new favorites now! :goodvibes
  21. Dizzytime

    Dizzytime DIS Veteran

    Apr 6, 2008
    It's only halfway intentional, but we hope to, and seem to try a new restaurant every time. We plan some of the stuff, leave some time intentionally open, and try and let the path of DW lead us to new food and restaurants. Granted I'm not talking about walking up to Le Cellier at the spur of the moment, but we plan with ADR's and also with the thought of doing something new.


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