Tell me what you think of these restuarants

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Forensicmom, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Forensicmom

    Forensicmom Mouseketeer

    Jul 16, 2011
    We've NEVER been to Disney and just booked our first trip trip for this November with the free dining. We have planned our trip and I finished making the ADR's last night. A bunch of the places we wanted are not available the entire week so we had to go with others. A few people told me to pick restaurants inside the park so we don't have to leave and come back.

    These decisions were based on the menus, location and some reviews. Please tell me your experience. These are ALL for dinner.

    Sci-Fi in MK
    The Wave @ The Contemporary
    Sanaa @ Animal Kingdom Villas
    Akershus Royal Banquet @ Epcot
    Whispering Canyon @ Wilderness Lodge (our hotel)

    One breakfast at O'Hana @ The Polynesian
  2. partypa

    partypa Mouseketeer

    Feb 1, 2009
    Looks good
    Just a note, the Sci-Fi is at Disney's Hollywood Studios not the Magic Kingdom
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  4. Forensicmom

    Forensicmom Mouseketeer

    Jul 16, 2011
    Thanks. My mistake. After hours and hours of looking at these places, they all ran together.
  5. mickeysbestfriend

    mickeysbestfriend DIS Veteran

    Dec 3, 2005
    is okay....if you order the right items.....but the last two times we ate there the food was cold when it got to the car.

    Whispering Canyons used to be good but they changed their menu and have done away with almost all the fun interaction with the guests. It can be very noisy too.

    Keep in mind that you can call back weekly or check on line to see if something else you wants opens up. People cancel all the time :)

    We love Chefs de France, Biergarten and Nine Dragons at Epcot so you might try them!
  6. SmallWorld71

    SmallWorld71 DIS Veteran

    Feb 10, 2007
    :thumbsup2 There is nothing wrong with your list, but if there are places that you have your heart set on, keep trying! Just keep the ones you have until you get a replacement. Also, it doesn't hurt to check with concierge when you get there if you've been unsuccessful thus far.
  7. crabbygal902

    crabbygal902 after a lapu lapu, I'm not so crabby anymore

    Feb 17, 2007
    We have been to Sci-Fi twice. The food is just okay, but the atmosphere is fantastic. It is a unique experience and my family really likes it because of the 'fun' factor. We really enjoy being seated in the cars to eat rather than at the picnic tables. If you stick to burgers, fries, and shakes you'll be fine. I remember that when we went, burgers weren't on the dinner menu. Our request was accommodated with no problem.

    We LOVE The Wave!! It is on our WDW Top 5 list. The food and atmosphere are a bit upscale, but not so much that we felt uncomfortable bringing the kids . The waitstaff could not have been nicer. The food and drinks were delicious, especially the crab cake appetizer, agave margarita, and the coconut panna cotta.

    The other place I've been to on your list is the 'Ohana breakfast at the Poly. Now, I hope you didn't try to get Chef Mickey's and are upset that you are 'settling' for 'Ohana. I have been to both (Chef Mickey's many times) and I prefer 'Ohana. It has a much calmer atmosphere, the food was delicious and is served family-style so that you don't have to jump up and down out of your seat to fill your plate, the character interaction was good, and the waitstaff was way nicer than we've dealt with at CM's.

    Great choices! Have a wonderful vacation!
  8. mamaboogie

    mamaboogie DIS Veteran

    Jun 13, 2008
    You have some great choices!:thumbsup2

    The thing to remember is, everybody has different experiences and expectations when it comes to dining - so one person might totally adore one restaurant and another might not particularly enjoy it!

    The experience you have also depends on other factors - which server you get, what time you eat and how you and your group are feeling at that time.

    In general - there are no bad dining experiences in Disney - so enjoy!:banana:

    That said, here are my opinions on the places you have booked:

    Sci-Fi in HS - A must do for us every trip. As other people have said, the food isn't anything outstanding but the theming and atmosphere is awesome! We always find it a lovely sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the park outside - the film clips are hilarious! And we did enjoy the food too.

    The Wave @ The Contemporary - We haven't eaten here yet but we've seen so many glowing reviews that we would try it if we went back.

    Sanaa @ Animal Kingdom Villas - My absolute favourite TS meal of our last trip. Beautiful restaurant, fantastic service and wonderful food. Brilliant place.

    Akershus Royal Banquet @ Epcot - Haven't been here but it always looks like a lot of fun for children (and adults) who like Princesses.

    Whispering Canyon @ Wilderness Lodge (our hotel) - Great fun! Solid, satisfying food. Can be noisy but just get stuck in!

    One breakfast at O'Hana @ The Polynesian - We have really enjoyed this breakfast - O'Hana is a lovely restaurant and the all you can eat breakfast (family style) is very tasty. The coffee and the juice are a great pick me up in the morning.

    I'm sure you will enjoy all your dining experiences! Can't wait to hear about it!
  9. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2007
    Comments in red above. We have not done Ohanas for a couple of reasons: I don't like family style, especially when it is food I don't care for (eggs); we are not Stitch fans. But the place gets rave reviews from those that have gone.
  10. Dizneydaz

    Dizneydaz DIS Veteran

    Jul 12, 2005
    As PP have said, if there are locations you really have your heart set on, keep trying. When we do TS I will usually book one ADR per day but since our schedule is pretty fluid we will typically change 25-50% of our ADRs while there. Which means when I cancel an ADR it may make some lucky family's day.

    Of the ones you have booked, we've only done 2-
    'Ohana-breakfast. We have done this 3 years in a row on our last day. The meal is very good and the character interaction is pretty good. We book towards the end of the meal so it's not as busy as it can be at earlier times. The POG juice is really good!

    Princesses at EPCOT. We have done all 3 meals here in the past. While we did like lunch and dinner better before the princesses were added in, it's still a good choice for food and characters. Though it was much better when you could order as many entrees as you wanted. ;)
  11. hughman

    hughman Earning My Ears

    Aug 24, 2011
    I agree that the Sci-Fi is a must - we went in July 2010 - Didn't go to the others on your list, except for the Whispering Canyon. While we loved staying at the WL (a great choice!), the WC wasn't our favorite restaurant...not that it was terrible or anything, it just didn't have the same cool atmosphere as so many other choices did...lots of food though - we barely put a dint in it. Love that WL though - enjoy the pool!
  12. youcansmellit

    youcansmellit Mouseketeer

    Sep 21, 2009
    I would swap Akershus and Ohana's

    breakfast is breakfast, there is only so much you can do with it.
    We like Ohana for dinner much better then Akershus. If you want to see the princesses at Akershurs you can make an adr before they open world showcase. The breakfast is nothing special but dinner is not good at all.
  13. bunkkinsmom

    bunkkinsmom <font color=magenta>No 9, so it's all good<br><fon

    Mar 9, 2008
    Sounds like you have some great picks! Enjoy! (Oh, and as a PP mentioned, Sci Fi is in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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