Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Making ADRs - Part 2 - Help Me Find Something New!

In yesterday's post, Making ADRs - Part 1, I explained the different ways of making ADRs and a few tips to make sure you have the best opportunity to get the times and places you'd like.  Today I am going to share some of our tentative ADRs for our next trip. 

Where we are going to dine in Walt Disney World is by far my favorite part of planning our trips.  As soon as we start talking about our next vacation, I am already thinking of where we are going to eat.  At this point, we have so many favorites that it is hard to give one up to try something new.  But my goal each trip is to try at least one new dining experience.  Since my brother and sister in law were in town this weekend, and we won't see them again until we are all in Disney, we decided to get all our ideas out there for ADRs.  There will be eleven of us for this upcoming trip, including my parents, my brother, sister in law, 2 nephews and the five of us.  

October 2008 - Cape May Cafe
 First we all gave our ideas on our "must do" dining.  Cape May Cafe's character breakfast and Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue are always the first listed.  We never miss these two experiences.  We also added to our potential list a few we have tried before: 'Ohana, Biergarten, Chef Mickey's, California Grill and Artist Point.

But where I need your help is we have a few we have never tried before and I am deciding which to add to our ADR list.  If you have eaten at one of these, feel free to let me know what you think of it.

1. Boma - We have heard nothing but good things about Boma.  We just haven't made the effort to go to Animal Kingdom Lodge, a resort we haven't even visited yet, but I would love to check out.

2. Yachtsman Steakhouse - My parents will be celebrating their anniversary while we are in Walt Disney World, and though I highly recommended California Grill to them, it isn't really something my parents would enjoy, other than the view.

3. Yak & Yeti - I looked over the menu of Yak and Yeti and it really looks like it has a lot to offer.  I would love to have a sit down meal in Animal Kingdom, besides Rainforest Cafe.

4. Cinderella's Royal Table - My daughters love princesses.  We ate at Akershus in the Norway Pavilion last trip, which they really enjoyed.  I am thinking a meal in the castle would definitely be something they would love.

5. Coral Reef - I haven't read great reviews about this restaurant, though most comments were more about the pricing than the food.  My husband and I did eat here many trips ago, before children, and I remember we enjoyed it.  I am thinking this would be a great place to bring the kids, since my children would love to watch the sea animals.  Last trip, I had to drag them out of the Seas with Nemo and Friends.  I really think they could have spent the entire day there!

If you have eaten at one of these places, I would love to hear about it.  Do you have a favorite I didn't list?  I am always open for suggestions and appreciate any information you share with us!


DisneyBabies said...

Be careful of Cinderella Castle right now - they've got a tarp covering the back windows, completely killing the view.. not sure when that is coming down! I ate there once in college (about 10 years ago) and LOVED it, but it was a completely different place then.. Boma is on my to-do list, too. Can't wait to see what you decide!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

I was thinking about that and the castle. We'll be there in October, so hopefully those tarps will be down by then. This is the one sit down meal we'll be doing just us. My parents and my brother's family aren't going to go. My son even said he didn't want to go. Luckily, he will stay with my parents and it will just be Pierre, the girls and I, which will save us a little money.

As for Boma we have friends who love it and make sure they go every trip. My entire family will be going to that one. As a large group with little ones, buffets always seem to work best! :-) I am hoping to get a few more opinions on it before making it a definite!

Days In The Park said...

Unfortunately, I have nothing to add since I know NOTHING about WDW dining, but the article did make me think I can't wait to get you out here one day so I can make PLENTY of suggestions. :)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Well, Chad, you will definitely be the first person I ask, but maybe this post will give you ideas for when you come to WDW! :-)

Megan Pencinger - megthewonderful said...

My daughter loved Cinderella's Royal Table, but it was the worst food we have ever eaten at WDW. We went for breakfast. I'd be willing to give it another try at lunch though. I'd definitely recommend the Yachtsman Steakhouse. I have nothing bad to say about it at all.

It's always interesting to see everyone's ADRs. Some of our ADRs for our upcoming trip include: Chef Mickey's, Donald's Safari Breakfast, 1900 Park Fare, Via Napoli, Raglan Road and Mickey's Backyard BBQ.

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Thanks for commenting, Meg! When are you going to WDW?

We actually had considered 1900 Park Fare but my girls love Cinderella and really dislike the stepsisters. So I am afraid they will spend the whole time telling the stepsisters they are fresh and "not my best friends" Emily's new phrase (which I have suddenly been the recipient of lately!). But I would love to try it out since I hear the food is great. Via Napoli is another one I want to try. I look forward to hearing what you think about it!

Crystal Young Photography said...

We've eaten at a few of your potential choices:

Boma - Ate there because we stayed at AKL and because we'd heard so many glowing reviews. We weren't that impressed though - limited selection (especially if you've got picky eaters in the group). We'd likely eat there again only if we were staying at AKL.
Cinderella's Royal Table - If you've NEVER eaten there, it's very much worth it to dine in the castle. That being said, this was our 2nd meal at CRT this past trip and it was disappointing. The novelty of eating in the castle wasn't there the 2nd time, the menu is poor, service painfully slow, and the meal itself not worth 2 DDP credits.
Coral Reef - Didn't eat at Coral Reef this past visit, although we've eaten there twice before. It's a good meal, we've never been seated by the aquarium though because we're just a party of 2. Kind of like CRT - the novelty of eating there is nice for a visit, but unlike CRT the meal is decent on its own. It's no Le Cellier, but it's better than some of your other options at EPCOT.

Mickey said...

Hey Beth, I heard that the coverings for Cinderella's Castle are scheduled to come down by June 30th, so I think you will be good there. However, for food, I really really like Akershus much more than CRT.

We are trying Boma in June, I'll let you know how it was! Haven't eaten at Coral Reef or Yachtsman before, but I did eat at Captains Grille over at Beach (or is it Yacht) Club, and we really enjoyed that. Have fun!

Belle's Butterfly said...

I have only been to Cinderella's Royal Table on your list. We have been there twice and love it. Although the last time we went was in 2008. It is one place you have to try at least once. You are eating in the castel.

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Mickey - thanks for the date on the tarp removal! If we are going to experience it, we might as well do it when we can see outside! :-)

Well, CRT is now a definite. I showed the girls some pictures and they saw the wands you get. Now that is all they talk about that - the wands. We only have about 50 of those in all colors and sizes! :-) I am very excited to experience this.

Beth said...

Yak & Yeti is one of our favorites!! We had wonderful service and delicious food when we were down in 08.

Cinderella's Royal Table was also a lot of fun and the food at dinner was very good in 06. I was a little disappointed in the interaction with the characters. They didn't come to our table to mingle with us. They came out every 30 minutes or so and did a song/ dance around the room. We did have a chance to meet Cindy before we went upstairs for the meal and have a photo made.

The last time we ate at Coral Reef was in 96. We had a horrible experience with the food and service, so we vowed we would never go back. That's really all I remember. Maybe one day I'll give it another shot!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

I am so happy to read about Yak and Yeti's. Being a large group, I liked that the menu had a large selection of items. It looks like there is something for everyone.

Reading about Coral Reef, even though I think the kids would love the view, I don't think it is going to be worth it. It doesn't seem to be getting many good reviews! :-(

Katie said...

I've eaten at Coral Reef, and while I remember LOVING it, I was also around 8 years old :) I've read some uncomplimentary reviews too, which makes me hesitant.

For my September trip (couple in our early 20s), we're going to Le Cellier, Biergarten, Chefs de France, San Angel Inn, 50s Prime Time, Mama Melrose, and 'Ohana! I'm so excited! I love reading about other people's ADRs too :)

I did notice you didn't list any DHS restaurants as your favorites. Are you not a Sci-Fi or Prime Time fan? This will be my first time at Prime Time, but when I was a kid, I loved Sci-Fi!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Katie - You will have such a great time! My husband and I took several trips just the two of us before kids and it was so fun to experience all the great things Disney has to offer couples.

For DHS, we are rarely there long enough to eat dinner. We usually try to get there first thing in the morning and then one night go to Fantasmic. It just hasn't worked out that we have eaten at one of those restaurants. But that is only because my kids are little and trying to explain to them we can't stand in line for 90minutes for Toy Story Mania and there are no fast passes left is a difficult task! :-)