Need help with ADR's


#1

Starting to think about where to eat next vacation. We’re going sometime in January 6 nights.
Teppan Edo, Grand Floridian Cafe, Coral Reef and hopefully the new Beauty and the Beast Restaurant for sure. I know some people aren’t crazy about Coral Reef but I really love their Pan Seared Seasonal Catch. The Celery Root Nage is really good.
So I have 2 more. I’m thinking of
Crystal Palace
Akershus
Big River Grill
Whispering Canyon
We are 2 adults so no kids to worry about but we both like the characters. Like to go to somewhere that we can get a different experience than just any restaurant at home but still decent food.
Thoughts?


#2

I am a huge fan of Crystal Palace’s breakfast. My daughter (now 18) and I go every year and will continue to do so. Disney is for the kids at heart as well at the kids, so book all the character meals you want to!

Whispering Canyon is another good one. Those are the two I would add to your line-up.:mickey:


#3

Crystal Palace is a breakfast must as well as the GF Cafe.

Have you ever been to Raglan Road? you might enjoy that. It’s a fun, hopping place.


#4

-----Oh we have no qualms about going to character anything—as adults!!! We wait in line with the rest of the crowds for pictures with the Princesses, Mickey and other characters.etc. That’s part of Disney!! Besides, my DD25, will always be a “princess” in my eyes!! (No more autographs though—she’s filled her book up longgggg ago.) :laugh:

I have found all the “characters” speaking or otherwise to be very kind with adults as well as children.

We don’t do ADR’s but we have walked into Crystal Palace a couple of times, and the characters there float around to your table well. Liberty Tree is another character meal we have walked into many times, however I hear that they no longer have a character meal. :frowning: Not sure where we will try this next visit.


#5

[QUOTE=disneykidathart;1114470]Starting to think about where to eat next vacation. We’re going sometime in January 6 nights.
Teppan Edo, Grand Floridian Cafe, Coral Reef and hopefully the new Beauty and the Beast Restaurant for sure. I know some people aren’t crazy about Coral Reef but I really love their Pan Seared Seasonal Catch. The Celery Root Nage is really good.
So I have 2 more. I’m thinking of
Crystal Palace
Akershus
Big River Grill
Whispering Canyon
We are 2 adults so no kids to worry about but we both like the characters. Like to go to somewhere that we can get a different experience than just any restaurant at home but still decent food.
Thoughts?[/QUOTE]

No kids here, but we’re big fans of Crystal Palace at any meal, but especially breakfast. We also like to play (interact) with the characters.
Whispering Canyon is comfort food (we’re eating breakfast there next month).
Big River I think is more for fans of micro brewed beer. The food’s good, but nothing really out of the ordinary.
We’re doing Akershus as well, but it’s mostly so my niece can get princesses without my having to deal with CRT in the castle.

If you enjoy something on Coral Reef’s menu, then go. My own complaint has always been that since the MYW dining plans were introduced in 2005, they’ve slashed the number of dishes on the menu and what’s left isn’t much different than any other place in WDW.

If you want interesting, look at the menus for all of the signature restaurants, especially Citrico’s, Jiko, Flying Fish, and California Grill. If you’re craving buffalo, Artist Point at the Wilderness Lodge is for you.


#6

I have only eaten there once and it was years ago, but I am not a huge fan of Big River Brewing Company. We had so-so service and just okay food. We were inside so we didn’t even have the Boardwalk atmosphere to make it feel more special. Really, it just felt like we were eating at a mediocre restaurant we could go to anywhere.

I’d second the earlier suggestion for Raglan Road. We always enjoy our meals there.


#7

Interesting there is always one of us has had that meal that is out of character in one location or another. BRBC has always been great. And we usually just walk up and can get a table within 30 minutes. It is not pushing the higher end like Citrico’s(GF) or Artist Point (WL), but we have never had a bad meal. Or micro brew. And Raglan ROad has never disapointed.


#8

Add more votes for Whispering Canyon and Crystal Palace! We love CP for any meal!


#9

I think you’ve convinced me for Crystal Palace. I did have a ressie there several years ago but there was a long line even with the reservation that we went somewhere else. I’ve passed by other times and seen a line outside. Do you find there is a long wait even with a reservation?


#10

Almost all the “guide” books say that Crystal Palace is one of the hardest to get into, but we have walked up to it and with a 10 min or so wait, been given a table. Perhaps it’s because there are only 2 of us—don’t know. I do usually see a long line when I pass by. We just have been lucky I guess. We rarely make any dining reservations and just walk into lots of places. :slight_smile:


#11

There are always many people standing around the Crystal palace. But remember there are usually 4 people in a group so it looks worse than it is. We have always had ADR’s there and waited maybe 10 minutes. don’t let the crowd discourage you.

We are 2 adults and absolutely love the Crystal Palace. Go!


#12

It is on the list of places that we consider “just okay.” It could have just been an off day for them. We’ll likely give it another chance someday but anytime it comes up, everyone just kind of says “Eh. What are our other options?”


#13

I would do whispering canyon we loved it for dinner.


#14

Here is my suggestion. My favorite character is dinner at Chef Mickeys! Food is delicious and the characters (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Chip and Dale) come to each and every table to say hello and take pictures! It is in the Contemporary hotel.

But I recently discovered 1900 Park Fare. My eldest daughter did a Disney intership at Disney in FL from Jan 2011 thru May 2011. Her friend was the hostess at a restaurant in the Grand Floridian (the most beautiful hotel on Disney property) she told us the secret!

Make a dinner reservation for 1900 Park Fare, make sure to ask for the time when the restaurant opens. For example if dinner begins at 5pm make your reservation for 5pm.
OK, now arrive at the restaurant about 4:15ish (I know its early but is worth it) You will be greeted by employee who will take your picture and then you wait for five. When my family of four did this my daughter ( 6 years old) was picked to say the magic words for the restaurant doors to open. She said the magical words of the fairy godmother from Cinderella. When the doors opened there Cinderella herself and Prince Charming were there to greet my daughter and personally escort her to our dining table! It was wonderful! The best experience ever!


#15

Being only 6.6 /6.3 yrs olds we have been going to CP for the past 22 yrs now. The first morning breakfast is a must at CP. We are going to Whispering Canyon for the first time this Oct we always want to try the place but never had a chance to do it with the kids along. Now that it just us two this year for the first time in many years (can’t get rid of the kids if they know you are going to WDW and they are all in their 30’s and 40’s now).


#16

does this mean I am 5.6 years old? I like that.


#17

We liked the character breakfast at 'Ohana. It’s served family-style and we thought the food was good. Gotta love Lilo and Stitch.

Turf Club at Saratoga Springs is a terrific “sleeper” restaurant. Even nicer if you sit on the veranda and watch the ferries go up and down the river.

Not terribly fancy, but Kona Cafe has very good food (breakfast is outstanding). A really nice, relaxed, friendly restaurant.

Narcoosee’s is always a good choice. Casual but elegant setting.

Sanaa at Kidani Village is an interesting choice if you’re looking to be a little more adventurous. Many people say Boma at AKL is the best buffet at WDW.


#18

[QUOTE=kpolo;1114640]Here is my suggestion. My favorite character is dinner at Chef Mickeys! Food is delicious and the characters (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Chip and Dale) come to each and every table to say hello and take pictures! It is in the Contemporary hotel.
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Donald replaced Chip and Dale at both Chef Mickey’s and the Goofy breakfast at Cape May Cafe years ago now.
The only place for Chip and Dale now is Garden Grill in The Land.

CM currently has Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy.


#19

…considering that the original Chef Mickey’s in DTD only had Mickey … Any other characters are a bonus! I don’t know how he managed to get around the room to everyone…with only one character…but it was a whole different atmosphere…and I liked it much better there…:mickey:


#20

So did we! I still have a couple of those red plastic Mickey mugs they used to give the kids.