14 Days of Dining during F&W... no Meal Plan.. please critique!

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  1. smile4stamps

    smile4stamps DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2009

    I have finally convinced my husband to return to WDW. We are going for 2 weeks in October! This trip will be a lot about eating with some park touring thrown in! The Food & Wine events I am basing off of last years schedule.

    We are foodies and my husband is a Pastry chef so I am looking for THE BEST meals and Desserts possible! My husband is allergic to seafood except for some fresh water fish. All Crustaceans are out, clams, mussels, etc!

    Here is my thoughts so far!

    Friday, October 12 - Arrival Day
    Food & Wine Classic at Swan/Dolphin

    Saturday, October 13, No Park Day
    Lunch at Raglan Road
    Dinner at Food & Wine Classic at Swan/Dolphin

    Sunday, October 14 - Magic Kingdom Day
    Breakfast at Crystal Palace (as early as possible)
    Lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern (2:00 ish ADR)
    Dinner at Hoop Dee Doo Review (9:30 show, if not closed! Need replacement options!)

    Monday, October 15 - Epcot Day

    Breakfast at Kona when they open
    Lunch is snacking around the world at the F&W booths
    Dinner at Bistro de Paris 8:00pm or so (also planning French Regional Lunch, should we do both or skip this one?)

    Tuesday, October 16 - Hollywood Studios
    Breakfast - something quick at resort, Starring Rolls or Writers Stop
    Lunch - 50's Prime Time Cafe (noonish)
    Dinner - Flying Fish (haven't decided on Fantasmic so planning this late)

    Wednesday, October 17 - Animal Kingdom

    Before opening ADR at Tusker House
    Lunch at Yak & Yeti (1:00pm)
    planning La Nouba for 6pm
    California Grill (8:30ish)

    Thursday, October 18 - Rest/MNSSHP day

    Early lunch at Raglan Road
    Early dinner (5pm) at The Wave
    Proceed to MK for MNSSHP

    Friday, October 19 - Epcot

    Planning to sleep in
    Lunch - French Regional Lunch F&W event
    Dinner - Snack around the world and 3D Dessert Party (Wondering if I should schedule something real to eat before the Dessert Party?)

    Saturday, October 20 - DHS EM/Epcot

    planning to head to DHS for EM hours and then move to Epcot
    Lunch - Italy F&W pairing (2-4pm)
    Dinner - Party for the Senses

    Sunday, October 21 - Epcot/Magic Kingdom

    Hoping a good Pastry Chef is there for Sweet Sundays (10am-12)
    snacks or lunch ???
    Dinner at Artist Point (8pm)

    Monday, October 22 - Magic Kingdom/Epcot

    Planning Magic Behind the Steam Trains Tour then hopping over to Epcot
    Lunch: Biergarten (1pm)
    Dinner: Yachtsman Steakhouse (7pm)

    Tuesday, October 23 - Magic Kingdom
    Grand Floridian Cafe (7am)
    Lunch ??
    Dinner at Citricos (7pm)

    Wednesday, October 24 - Animal Kingdom/Magic Kingdom

    Something quick for Breakfast
    Lunch at Tusker House (noonish)
    Dinner at 'Ohana (6pm ish)
    Nighttime at MK for Wishes

    Thursday, October 25 - no parks

    Breakfast 1900 Park Fare (10am)
    Dinner - Victoria & Alberts (6pm)

    Friday, October 26 - Departure Day
  2. scottashackleton

    scottashackleton Disney Couple for Life!

    Mar 8, 2011
    If you are looking for a good lunch spot around Epcot on the 21st, head over to the Boardwalk and grab a table at either Beaches & Cream or Big River Grille. Both have great burgers and fun atmospheres. Also, there's bound to be some football on TV and ESPN zone is right there... best nachos around BY FAR.
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  4. smile4stamps

    smile4stamps DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2009
    Thanks! I am actually planning on heading away from the Epcot area when we are done with the Sweet Sundays and since we will have had brunch there an Epcot area restaurant doesn't really work!

    Looking for someplace in/around Magic Kingdom.
  5. BriarRosie

    BriarRosie <font color=blue>Creator of Tag Fairy Haiku:<br>Cl

    Mar 7, 2002
    California Cafe? What's that? Do you mean California Grill at the Contemporary? I'm not sure you'd be able to get there from La Nouba in a half hour by car. Absolutely no way if you don't have a car. And be sure to arrive for La Nouba 30 minutes prior to showtime. There's a pre-show that happens while the crowds are getting seated, and you don't want to miss that.
  6. Sweet Melissa

    Sweet Melissa DIS Veteran

    Nov 13, 2009
    Sounds like a good way to start the trip! Where are you staying?

    I'd plan to make that lunch on the earlier side.

    I think your timing sounds good. If Hoop Dee Doo Revue is still closed, maybe replace it with Artist Point.

    We don't find sit-down breakfasts necessary on our Epcot F&W days. We just sleep in, arrive when the World Showcase opens and use the Festival Marketplace booths for "brunch."

    I love the Flying Fish. I'm not crazy about the meal offerings inside Hollywood Studios. I think grabbing something quick for breakfast at the resort is probably a good idea.

    Your meals inside Animal Kingdom sound like a good plan to me. I don't know what the California Café is. Do you mean Wolfgang Puck's café in Downtown Disney, the California Grill at the Contemporary, or is the California Café something offsite?

    You may want to have dinner at the Wave's lounge instead of in their dining room. Not only is the lounge atmosphere better, but you'll probably be able to get in and out more quickly. It will get you to the Halloween party earlier.

    I would not schedule a dinner before the dessert party. I don't think your schedule has really given you enough time to experience all that the Festival Marketplace booths have to offer as it is.

    It's going to be a busy day in Epcot! It's probably a good thing that you've scheduled both lunch and dinner rather than having to fight the crowds at the Marketplace booths. How much time do you have between the lunch and the Party for the Senses, though? Might want to just graze on those lunch pairings.

    Ah, here's your Artist Point dinner. I retract my earlier statement about using AP as a backup for the Hoop Dee Doo Revue.

    I would probably skip Biergarten in favor of the Festival Marketplace booths, but that's just me.

    The Plaza might be a good place for a light lunch. There's also a few decent quick service places in the Magic Kingdom. You might get lucky and find some of the seasonal places open this week. They were at this time last year.

    Sounds like a solid plan.

    Nice! Seems like a great way to spend your last night in the World.
  7. smile4stamps

    smile4stamps DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2009
    Yes I meant California Grill! Sorry... California Cafe is a local restaurant! :lmao:

    I thought La Nouba started at 6pm with pre-show at 5:30pm and was 1.5hours. That means we would be done around 7:30 so an hour to get to California Grill?

    I'm excited! Now I just need to find my hubby a suit coat to wear!
  8. Sweet Melissa

    Sweet Melissa DIS Veteran

    Nov 13, 2009
    Have you ever been to Spirit of Aloha? It's another dinner show in the same general area. It might work.
  9. smile4stamps

    smile4stamps DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2009
    We've been to Luau's in Hawaii and the one thing we would go for is Kalua Pig but they don't serve that at the WDW Luau (unless the menu has changed since the last time I looked!)

    If HDDR does turn out being out of the picture I may switch Citrico's to that night and then La Nouba to the night I originally had Citrico's and pick something else than for either before or after La Nouba

    Are there any must do restaurants I am missing?

    Some of the ones I had on the list but couldn't fit in are:
    The Wave breakfast
    Kouzzina Breakfast
    Chefs de France
    Via Nappoli
    Hollywood Brown Derby
    Bluezoo (although am leery of this due to my husband's allergies!)
  10. Sweet Melissa

    Sweet Melissa DIS Veteran

    Nov 13, 2009
    I think Kouzzina's breakfast is the best on property. Their dinner is very good too. I also love Jiko and Sanaa.
  11. smile4stamps

    smile4stamps DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2009
    Thanks for your opinions.

    Unfortunately we had a BAD experience with Jiko in '09 and my husband refuses to go back. Also transportation to AKL was a headache so I'm planning to stay away this trip...
  12. smile4stamps

    smile4stamps DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2009
    Any other ideas/suggestions!??!

    I book ADR's in 5 days!!

    I've pretty much decided against the WAVE on MNSSHP day and will instead just grab something CS inside MK when we get hungry.

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