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  • #115877

    AVITWeb
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    Ok folks…I am starting the journey again!
    It has been 13 years since my wife and I last visited Walt Disney World (You’ve probably heard me mention it before :D .
    I am looking at planning a trip for this time next year and need to know where the best, can’t miss, eateries are.
    I plan on getting the dining plan (I like to have almost everything paid for before I get there) so quick and table recommendations are greatly appreciated! :)

    Thanks all in advance!

    #115881

    Julia
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    how exciting!! planning where to eat is always my favorite part about a trip LOL

    i would say definitely do be our guest – either breakfast or lunch though. idk if i would waste two credits on it for dinner. i like breakfast better than lunch, and it’s such a great atmosphere!! you gotta do it at least once :beast:

    my favorite quick services are casey’s corner (corn dog nuggets!) flame tree bbq and columbia harbor house

    my favorite sit downs – crystal palace for breakfast, 50s prime time, biergarten, cape may cafe for dinner, via nappoli (sooooo good!!!)

    other sit-downs i’m dying to try and have heard great things about – sanaa, ohana (dinner), chef art smith’s homecomin’, and wine bar george

    but if there’s one on this list i think you should try no matter what, it’s via nappoli! it’s soooooooooo delicious!!! my favorite restaurant on property. and it was also rated as the number 1 theme park restaurant by USA Today!

    #115884

    AVITWeb
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    It’s funny because the first and only time we ate at the restaurant in Italy (not sure if it was Via Napoli back then) it wasn’t very good…..mind you this was back in the 80s LOL.
    Thanks for recommendations!

    #115885

    85glht
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    Sit down dinners…. Ohana’s, Citricos, 50’s prime time, The Yachtsman, The Brown Derby for lunch… (get their chicken sandwich) The Edison at DS (get their Edison burger)👍

    Quick service…. Cosmic Rays, Columbia Harbor House, Flame Tree Barbecue, Earl Of Sandwich at DS (this place has great sandwiches and good prices too… if the line is long, don’t worry, they know how to handle the crowds)

    Quite frankly, we have better luck at the restaurants at Disney Springs or the resorts…. the restaurants in the parks have disappointed us lately…. case in point, Rose and Crown at the UK pavilion in EPCOT, we ordered our meal and it came within 5 minutes…. it wasn’t good and it was preprepped, in other words, I think they use microwave ovens in their kitchens instead of real stoves :angry:

    I’ll add more as I think of any others worth mentioning

    #115886

    Julia
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    oooh wait, i’m gonna contradict @85glht and say that rose and crown is a must LOL i had the best burger i’ve ever had at disney there, maybe even the best burger i’ve ever ate in general! i’m sure you’re not gonna want to go there and get a burger when you can get that anywhere, but it was such a good burger haha

    EDITED TO ADD: they’re right though, the restaurants in the parks aren’t that great (aside from Epcot though.) I would stick to Disney springs and resorts for dining, but those can be a pain in the :darn: to get to

    #115895

    85glht
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    oooh wait, i’m gonna contradict @85glht and say that rose and crown is a must LOL i had the best burger i’ve ever had at disney there, maybe even the best burger i’ve ever ate in general! i’m sure you’re not gonna want to go there and get a burger when you can get that anywhere, but it was such a good burger haha

    EDITED TO ADD: they’re right though, the restaurants in the parks aren’t that great (aside from Epcot though.) I would stick to Disney springs and resorts for dining, but those can be a pain in the :darn: to get to

    The location of Rose and Crown is awesome but we just had a bad experience with the food….. maybe if we ate later in the day it would have been better…

    I will add Le Celier(sp) is decent but I think it will cost you 2 table service credits which I don’t think may be worth it.


    #115902

    AVITWeb
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    This is all extremely helpful!!! Thank you all!

    #115923

    starbee
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    I’m trying a bunch of new places next month, as well as returning to some old favorites. I’ll see what my experiences are like and get back to you :)

    #115925

    AVITWeb
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    I’m trying a bunch of new places next month, as well as returning to some old favorites. I’ll see what my experiences are like and get back to you :)

    AWESOME!! Thank you!!!
    I am looking at getting things rolling this week. (more than a year away…. :D )

    #115926

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    Some of my favorites, and many of them may be new to you since it’s been quite a long time:
    Animal Kingdom: Satuli Canteen and Flame Tree for counter, Tusker House for table/buffet.
    Epcot: Mexico La Cantina de San Angel for nachos, United Kingdom Yorkshire County Fish Shoppe for fish and chips, Sunshine Seasons for just about anything, Via Napoli pizza window all for counter, Garden Grill, Le Cellier (special treat $$$$), Via Napoli all for table.
    Magic Kingdom: Columbia Harbour House, Pecos Bills for counter, Be Our Guest, Liberty Tree Tavern, Crystal Palace all for table/buffet.
    Studios: Backlot Express, Fairfax Fare (7-layer rice bowl specifically) for counter, 50’s Prime Time, Sci-Fi for table.
    Resort mention: Wilderness Lodge – Artist Point (Storybook Dining), Whispering Canyon Cafe, Fort Wilderness – Trail’s End, Animal Kingdom Lodge – Boma all for table. Art of Animation – Landscape of Flavors, Port Orleans French Quarter – Sassagoula Floatworks, for counter.
    Disney Springs has more restaurants than you’ll ever be able to think about trying, or probably even scratching the surface of. We’ve only been to a handful and feel like we haven’t been there at all.

    These are just tops off my head, there are SO many good ones that I couldn’t mention here, but hopefully that will give you some ideas. If you would like more information or why some might have made my list let me know! Good luck and good eatin’!

    #115927

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    AWESOME!! Thank you!!!
    I am looking at getting things rolling this week. (more than a year away…. :D )

    My favorites have always been:

    Quick Service
    -Sunshine Seasons (Epcot)
    -Kringla Bakeri og Kafe (Epcot)
    -Pecos Bill (Magic Kingdom)
    -Columbia Harbor House (Magic Kingdom)
    -ABC Commissary (Hollywood Studios)

    Table Service
    -Restaurant Marrakesh (Epcot)
    -Coral Reef (Epcot)
    -50’s Prime Time (Hollywood Studios)
    -Sci Fi Dine In Theater (Hollywood Studios)
    -Hollywood Brown Derby (Hollywood Studios)
    -Jungle Skipper Canteen (Magic Kingdom)
    -Liberty Tree Tavern (Magic Kingdom)

    Character Dining
    -Garden Grill (Epcot)
    -Tusker House (Animal Kingdom)

    Resorts
    -Cape May Cafe (Yacht & Beach Club)
    -Olivia’s Cafe (Old Key West)

    We typically avoid eating at Disney Springs (with the exception of T-Rex because it’s unique) for the reason that the bulk of eateries are chains, some of which are available to us at home. We choose where we eat based on 1) food we can’t get at home e.g. seafood, Norwegian, etc. and 2) unique environments e.g. Sci-Fi, Garden Grill, etc.

    #115928

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    Oh how fun!! There will be so many places for you to try that you haven’t been to before! Dining is one of my absolute favorite parts of a WDW trip!! Here are some of my favorites (we tend to eat mostly at resorts and Disney Springs because we’ve found the food tends to be much better):

    Table Service:
    Cape May Café (Beach Club Resort)
    Kona Café (Polynesian)
    Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming (Disney Springs)
    Maria and Enzo’s (DS)
    Whispering Canyon Café (Wilderness Lodge)
    The Wave (Contemporary)
    Tratoria Al Forno (Boardwalk)
    Chefs de France (Epcot)
    Yak and Yeti (Animal Kingdom)
    Coral Reef (Epcot)

    Quick Service:
    Wolfgang Puck Express (DS)
    Polite Pig (DS)
    Artist Palette (Saratoga Springs)
    Contempo Café (Contemporary)
    Captain Cooks (Polynesian)
    The Mara (Animal Kingdom Lodge)
    Gasparilla Grill (Grand Floridian)
    Flame Tree BBQ (Animal Kingdom)
    La Cantina de San Angel (Epcot – Mexico)
    Columbia Harbour House (Magic Kingdom)

    Ok, now I’m hungry!! LOL

    #115932

    85glht
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    I forgot about Sunshine Seasons that a few previous posters have mentioned… that’s pretty good.

    We typically avoid eating at Disney Springs (with the exception of T-Rex because it’s unique) for the reason that the bulk of eateries are chains, some of which are available to us at home. We choose where we eat based on 1) food we can’t get at home e.g. seafood, Norwegian, etc. and 2) unique environments e.g. Sci-Fi, Garden Grill, etc.

    Restaurant theme is nice but if the food sucks, I cannot for the life of me pay for crappy food just to be immersed in a specific theme… as of late, most of the restaurants IN the parks have been disappointing, unfortunately :D

    #115934

    AVITWeb
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    WOW!!!
    Awesome guys!! Thanks a ton!! This definitely gets me started!

    #115941

    jamiedawn27
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    Quick Service
    -Sunshine Seasons (Epcot)
    -Pecos Bills (MK)
    -ABC Commissary (Hollywood Studios)
    -Flame Tree BBQ & Satu’li (AK)
    -AoA has a great food court
    -Capt Cooks (Poly)

    Table Service
    -Sci Fi Dine In Theater & Mama Melrose (Hollywood Studios)
    -Teppan Edo (Epcot)
    -Morimoto Asia (Disney Springs)

    Character Dining
    -Garden Grill (Epcot)
    -O’hana (Poly)
    -Hoop Dee Doo (Fort Wilderness)

    Snacks – if you are into coffee…skip the Starbucks and get a Joffreys (the best ones are outside Toy Story Mania and Space Mountain)


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