I’m just starting to plan for our next trip for early 2019. We’re travelling as a party of 8: 4 adults, 4 kids (11,11,10, 8). We will probably spend one day in each park, and are looking for 1 or 2 sit-down restaurants a day (in or out of parks). Our kids are capable of behaving in nicer restaurants - but there is a range in how adventurous the kids’ palates are. I’m looking for some new dining experiences and am open to all suggestions. Please tell me about your favorites!
Some restaurants I’m thinking about for this trip are: Chef Mickeys, California Grill, Via Napoli, Liberty Tree Tavern, maybe Sanaa. Thoughts?
Here is where we’ve been in the past. Maybe if I give our perspective on these, it will tell something about us - and for those making their own dining plans, tell you something about these restaurants.
Akershus - late breakfast (B+) - Tons of food. 5 yo girl loved the princesses, but she’s now sort of over them. My then 7 yo son says this is one of his favorites, but he really likes smoked salmon. A different kid may not be so in love.
Garden Grill - pre park open breakfast (A+) - Good classic breakfast; fun characters; Loved getting into Epcot early and key for getting to Soarin early!
Teppan Edo - dinner - (B) - Perfect for a party of 8 b/c we got the whole table. Fun interaction with the table chef. Cocktails were fun and Illuminations was starting just as we left, so great view. Food was ok.
BOG - pre park open breakfast and lunch - (B+) - Good and quick, but feels like a cafeteria to me. If you compare to quick service, then I guess it seems better, but when you compare to table service, it feels lacking. We actually missed the pre-park time so didn’t manage to get the jump on 7DMT we were hoping for. (I made a rookie mistake and tried to Uber to MK. We were stuck having to monorail in after that and we were very late.)
Crystal Palace - dinner - (B+) - Pooh characters were fun. Food was ok.
CRT - dinner - (B) - A Disney must do, but the food was meh and princess experience felt out of place with the formal feel of the restaurant. My son said he liked it, but I think he just likes formal dinner experiences. The castle is beautiful and being in it was fun. I don’t regret going, but now that youngest is over princess meet and greets, I don’t think we’ll go back.
Hollywood & Vine - pre-park opening breakfast - (B) - We did it for Jedi Training signup and it worked like a charm. Food, though, was meh. Now that we’ve done Jedi Training, I don’t think I’d go back.
'50s Prime Time - lunch - © - Food was ok. . . but I didn’t love the obnoxious waiter experience. It felt sort of stressful even though I knew it was supposed to be fun.
Hollywood Brown Derby - dinner - (A+) - Great food - I loved the signature salad. I also liked that it had a fun/lively atmosphere that was good for kids. We all loved it and I would definitely consider going back.
Tiffins - dinner - (B) - Food is great, but a little too sedate for after a full park day. Kids did a good job with the formal atmosphere, but it felt really quiet. My child who likes formal dining experiences, took advantage of his deluxe dining plan meal and loved the food experience - but my friend’s child who is a less adventurous eater, hated everything about the menu.
Tusker House - late breakfast - (B+) - I liked this a lot. Characters very fun and food great. Did the Liner recommendation to crossover to lunch - and enjoyed the variety. That said, when I asked my kids about it - this wasn’t a particularly memorable meal for them.
O’hana - dinner - (A) - This was a surprising favorite. We have some less adventurous eaters and I thought they’d balk at this restaurant, but everyone enjoyed the food. They do bring you a ton of food.
Hoop De Doo Review - (A+) - Super fun and everyone liked the food. Kids loved the show, and one of us was picked to be a part of the show. Priceless experience and pictures. Everyone enjoyed it. I’m not sure if it makes sense to go back given we’ve seen it before - but I’m sure all would go back in a heartbeat if I suggested it!
Thanks in advance to anyone who stuck with me on this post - and willing to provide some suggestions!