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Old 07-22-2012, 04:31 AM   #136
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DizNee Luver,

Thank you so much for this information! I've only read through your initial posts so far, but this has been very helpful!

I'm trying to talk DH into one of the Pixar cruises and arriving a day early and visit DL and do one of the character meals.

Also, I think you're making a big mistake by dropping Garden Grill. It is hands down the best character interaction at a meal in WDW, hands down. I know it's only four characters (and I'm trying to get them to add Donald--I mention it every time we go), but Chip and Dale are worth it and it's the only restaurant they appear at in all of WDW. Go. Please.

Finally, which nine character meals are you doing at WDW?
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:30 AM   #137
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DizNee Luver,

Thank you so much for this information! I've only read through your initial posts so far, but this has been very helpful!

I'm trying to talk DH into one of the Pixar cruises and arriving a day early and visit DL and do one of the character meals.

Also, I think you're making a big mistake by dropping Garden Grill. It is hands down the best character interaction at a meal in WDW, hands down. I know it's only four characters (and I'm trying to get them to add Donald--I mention it every time we go), but Chip and Dale are worth it and it's the only restaurant they appear at in all of WDW. Go. Please.

Finally, which nine character meals are you doing at WDW?
You're very welcome!! How fun, the Pixar Cruise!!!! I hope you're able to come in early & enjoy a day at Disneyland & a meal!

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We get to see Chip & Dale a lot at Disneyland. We wanted to do this meal....but we're only doing 2 days in Epcot (and not doing park hoppers).....so we're a little limited on how many meals we can do. I just need more days!!!

Ok, lets see, the character meals at WDW we have ADR's for:
Cinderella's Royal Table~dinner, Crystal Palace~breakfast, Tusker House~breakfast & lunch, Akershus~breakfast, Cape May~breakfast, Ohana~breakfast, Chef Mickey~breakfast, 1900 Park Fare~breakfast & dinner. So 10 meals, 8 different restaurants.

If we add another day, I'll make sure to add in Garden Grill!!!
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:15 PM   #138
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Just starting planning DD's first trip to DL (WDW vets) and this is SO helpful! Is there a similar thread for non-character dining?
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:01 PM   #139
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Just starting planning DD's first trip to DL (WDW vets) and this is SO helpful! Is there a similar thread for non-character dining?
I'm glad this could help!!! Unfortunately, as far as I know...there's isn't another dining thread (for table or counter service).

Looking at menus & then coming on and asking for opinions of places that sound good to you will probably be the best advice I can give you.

We have a few favorites: Cafe Orleans~New Orleans inspired cuisine with indoor & patio seating. Blue Bayou~Located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, dark, expensive but fun to do at least once!! Carnation Cafe for breakfast....delicious!! Jolly Holiday Bakery & Cafe.....new place that has some delicious treats & sandwiches!! PCH Grill (dinners only at the Paradise Pier Hotel)~~California cuisine in a laid back setting.

Everyone will have differing opinions......so knowing what the restaurants offer will help you narrow it down.
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I tried to look at the menus on Allears last night but there was an error.
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I'm glad this could help!!! Unfortunately, as far as I know...there's isn't another dining thread (for table or counter service).

Looking at menus & then coming on and asking for opinions of places that sound good to you will probably be the best advice I can give you.

We have a few favorites: Cafe Orleans~New Orleans inspired cuisine with indoor & patio seating. Blue Bayou~Located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, dark, expensive but fun to do at least once!! Carnation Cafe for breakfast....delicious!! Jolly Holiday Bakery & Cafe.....new place that has some delicious treats & sandwiches!! PCH Grill (dinners only at the Paradise Pier Hotel)~~California cuisine in a laid back setting.

Everyone will have differing opinions......so knowing what the restaurants offer will help you narrow it down.
Thanks! Blue Bayou is a must! Probably will stick with meals in parks of GC and not venture to other hotels. I started a separate thread with a lot of my planning questions so I'm sure we'll get to meals soon (especially with all the new options).
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Thanks! Blue Bayou is a must! Probably will stick with meals in parks of GC and not venture to other hotels. I started a separate thread with a lot of my planning questions so I'm sure we'll get to meals soon (especially with all the new options).
White Water Snacks (GCH) is a great place for a quick service. They have cold stuff and cook to order hot foods. Nacho's are a big hit here!! Storyteller's for lunch & dinner (non character) gets good reviews. Napa Rose is a very fancy dining experience....loved by many, but with fancy comes the higher priced meal.

Carthay Circle just opened at Disney's California Adventure park, the same head chef from Napa Rose is heading up this restaurant as well.
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Are there any discounts for character meals? Particularly Ariel's Grotto. Also, how long would the meal take? Is the food good? I have heard mixed reviews, and I want to be sure it is 100% worth it if we are spending forty bucks a head.
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I think Ariel's gives a AAA discount. It is one of our favorites. The food quality is good- DH and DD both love the Tri Tip. And the princesses do make sure they see everyone and they don't make you feel rushed. WE doo all of the character meals and eel they are all a value for what you get. But I know that is all relative
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Are there any discounts for character meals? Particularly Ariel's Grotto. Also, how long would the meal take? Is the food good? I have heard mixed reviews, and I want to be sure it is 100% worth it if we are spending forty bucks a head.
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I think Ariel's gives a AAA discount. It is one of our favorites. The food quality is good- DH and DD both love the Tri Tip. And the princesses do make sure they see everyone and they don't make you feel rushed. WE doo all of the character meals and eel they are all a value for what you get. But I know that is all relative
Thank you for answering on the AAA discount (I wasn't aware of that one). I have listed a few of the discounts available in the 2nd post of the thread (about the middle in red).

We've always enjoyed our meals at Ariel's, but everyone's tastes and expectations differ. When you're looking at the price of a character meal, you're not only paying for the food but for the character experience. That's why the menu prices at Storyteller's for breakfast, if not doing the buffet, seem a bit high for breakfast fare. It's because you're paying for the character element as well as the food.

The entire meal (to see all the princesses) is probably about 45 mins. You see Ariel when you go down the stairs, take a picture & then are seated. They will bring our your 3-tiered apps/starters soon after being seated. Once the first princess comes out, the 2nd will be out about 5-10 mins after, and continuing until the 4th one comes out. About 15 mins after the starters, your hot plate (if breakfast) will be brought out to share. If doing lunch or dinner, the entrees should arrive within 15-20 mins. They allot 90 mins for each meal, but you could safely allot an hour & it should be close to that amount of time.
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Page 4!! We'll that's not good!!

Please feel free to post pictures & reviews from your character meals to share with others!!

Questions will be answered to the best of our knowledge......so ask away!!
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Does anyone know if Goofy's Kitchen has chicken nuggets on the buffet? My husband and little monsters are ungodly picky! I know nuggets are all over WDW buffets!

I think that we are going to have a breakfast at Ariel's Grotto it kind of reminds me of the Princess Storybook Breakfast in Epcot and that has always been DH FAVORITE place! He would seriously eat there every morning for breakfast!
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Does anyone know if Goofy's Kitchen has chicken nuggets on the buffet? My husband and little monsters are ungodly picky! I know nuggets are all over WDW buffets!

I think that we are going to have a breakfast at Ariel's Grotto it kind of reminds me of the Princess Storybook Breakfast in Epcot and that has always been DH FAVORITE place! He would seriously eat there every morning for breakfast!
The last I checked......Goofy's Kitchen did indeed have chicken nuggets on both buffets (brunch/dinner). If this is no longer true, someone correct me!!

We loved the breakfast at Ariel's......and are looking forward to checking out Akershus for breakfast in December!!
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Do any character meals still offer World of Color priority seating?
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