1st visit with DS 14, must see dining?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by wdwmoxie, May 31, 2009.

  1. wdwmoxie

    wdwmoxie Mouseketeer

    Mar 15, 2009
    We are 2 adults with our Son 14 visiting for the 1st time.

    5 nights 8/31/09 at Pop Century.

    Free DDP
    Hopper Pass

    We're looking for "must see" restaurants or Counter Service that will appeal to our son 14. We do plan visiting MK, Epcot, and DHS plus maybe the Board walk as well as DTD if there is "must see" stuff there. In fact, I think that the Disney Quest may be a spot for us to visit.

    We "may" consider getting the Deluxe DDP if necessary. We notice that character visits could be costly OOP where having the deluxe plan will cover that cost.

    We enjoy eating, but we don't need to sit in a deluxe restaurant each night of our 1st visit. We like all kinds of food. Our son would be happy with burgers, fries, pizza, etc....

  2. JeffGoldblum

    JeffGoldblum Mouseketeer

    May 15, 2004
    A 14 year old boy can not resist Beaches N Creme. Awesome hotdog with onion rings, then get the no way jose


    I also suggest 50s Prime Time cafe
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  4. dsmom94

    dsmom94 Earning My Ears

    Apr 5, 2009
    My son (also 14!) loves the Sci Fi, and enjoys trying the international foods at Epcot. And if you have never been to a Rainforest Cafe, he would probably like that too. We usually spend lots of time at DisneyQuest - just be prepared to join in the fun!
  5. medicgirl911

    medicgirl911 Free dining here we come!!

    Jan 2, 2007
    I would recommend the Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge, I think that he would like some of the fun antics that can happen there. ;)
    I am not sure as to what you mean about character dining costing out of pocket, but maybe I am misunderstanding your comment. Characrer dinners are included on the DDP. At his age I would maybe just do one character meal, such as Chef Mickeys, where he can get to meet some of the original classic characters. Ok really, so you can take pictures of him with the characters LOL!:rotfl2:
  6. wdwmoxie

    wdwmoxie Mouseketeer

    Mar 15, 2009
    I'm the original poster. Great suggestions so far!!!! keep them coming...

    How about the Deluxe option? Considering our situation would the deluxe ddp be helpful or would it too much for us?

  7. CamColt

    CamColt Moderator Moderator

    Aug 7, 2000
    My DSs are just 9 & 12, but ESPN on the Boardwalk has been a must do for them for years now. :goodvibes
  8. Crystal824

    Crystal824 DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2008
    I've never done the Deluxe dining plan, but for us the regular DP is almost too much food so I'm not sure we would consider the deluxe unless we decided we wanted to eat at alot of 2 credit signature places. Usually, we do all 1 credit TS places except one special meal. Last year we did CRT for my nephew's 4th birthday. Yes, he is a boy but he did enjoy eating dinner at the castle. Dinner isn't really princess centered like breakfast. This year we are dining at Cali Grill for my birthday. Unless you are planning to center the trip around food, I would skip the deluxe DP.

    As for places a 14 year old boy would like . . . Sci-Fi (DHS) is probably a good choice as is just about anyplace at Epcot depending on his tastes. Rainforest Cafe at AK is fun. Perhaps Raglan Road or Planet Hollywood at DTD. MK doesn't have too many good dining choices but the resorts surrounding the MK do. How about O'Hana at Poly or or Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge.
  9. wdwmoxie

    wdwmoxie Mouseketeer

    Mar 15, 2009
    I suppose the type of food isn't so important as much as a really cool atmosphere for the 14 year old boy.

    The Sci-Fi place sounds cool.
    The Planet Hollywood sounds cool.
    Hoop dee doo sounds approprate too.

    The beaches and cream sundae pic looks awesome!

    I read about goofy snacks -- any good?

    Any other little gems hidden away?

  10. VacationKicks

    VacationKicks Mouseketeer

    Aug 9, 2006
    My son was 14 on our last trip, his favorites are:
    Chef Mickey - Breakfast
    Crystal Palace - Breakfast
    Planet Hollywood
    Raglan Rd. (loves fish and chips)

    My son would not like the deluxe dinning plan, what he likes more then eating are the rides. It take a lot of time for a sit down meal. Figure arrive 10 min early sometimes wait on average 15 min past ADR time, the meal take maybe an hour. Now if you have to travel for your ADR add more time. Doing that twice a day? Not something my son would want to do. He is happy with most counter service, give him a cheeseburger or a pizza and he is a happy boy. :)
  11. NOLA_Tink

    NOLA_Tink Second star to the right & straight on til morning

    Jul 3, 2008

    Hoop Dee Doo is really fun. The food is great & wine/beer/gratuity are included Hoop Dee Doo too. Goofy's in DTD is a great place to use your snack credits! Check out their make-your-own treats, fudge, & candy apple. Whispering Canyon (Wilderness Lodge), 'Ohana (Poly), and Biergarten (Epcot) are also great options for a teenage boy. Have a great time!
  12. chloelovesdisney

    chloelovesdisney DIS Veteran

    Jul 19, 2007
    Character visits don't require the deluxe plan. You can eat at Crystal Palace, Chef Mickey's, etc. with your regular Free Dining Plan.
  13. TinkerbellinLouisian

    TinkerbellinLouisian I think I'm going on my 21st visit in 47 years...

    Mar 16, 2009
    Moxie -

    My DS is 17 now...he has been to WDW 10 times! If I ask him the "Favorite thing about visiting WDW" he will tell me "Eating at Teppan Edo".....:thumbsup2

    Please consider Teppan Edo in Japan at Epcot....It's your usual Hibachi....but DS just loves it....maybe it's something to do with playing with knives... :rotfl:

    Don't know if your son is interested in all things Asian like mine is....but DS even enjoys the Drum show (mitso...something) AND even enjoys shopping in Japan...(even bought a BOOK the last time! wow).

    DS also loves DTD....and Disney Quest.....He Enjoyed Planet Hollywood....(although I thought the food was 'whatever')

    He actually enjoys eating at the Castle! (CRT)

    Here are my Counter Service pics: MK/Cosmic Rays. Epcot/Sunshine Seasons in The Land. DHS/Sunset Market. (Near ToT and RnR).

    Have a magical visit!

  14. SPOERLX3

    SPOERLX3 DIS Veteran

    Jun 3, 2007
    Did I read correctly that you were not planning a day at Animal Kingdom?
    That is my 12 year old grandson, my 16 year old grandson and my 19 year old daughters favorit park. They love all of the parks, but Animal Kingdom with Everest, the Safari, dinasour and all of the animals is their favorite. You can do the park in a day, so skip DTD and go to AK.

    Favorite places to eat:
    Sci-Fi~~~burgers, onion rings and shakes along with the BEST atmosphere
    Le Cellier
    Teppan Edo
    Whispering Canyon

    We are trying Beaches & Cream this trip(paying out of pocket) soooooo excited!

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