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Apr 28, 2007 09:15 AM

Disney Dining Plan Recs

I've done some searchs and read the posts that are here but I wondered if I can get some feedback on specific choices that I've made:
Le Cellier
Chefs de France
Jika (we're staying at the Animal Kingdom Lounge)
Concourse Steakhouse

I'm worried about two things -- too much steak (is there such a thing!) and maybe too much Epcot? I'm going with my fiance who hasn't been to Disney World since...well for a very long time. The last time he was there there wasn't even an Epcot! Epcot is my favorite park but I'm sure there are other places to eat. Specifically I'm thinking of other resorts. I've eaten at BlueZoo and enjoyed it immensely but it's not on the dining plan. I'm not that interested in California whatever in the Contemporary...I just don't feel like New American food. We also don't want to use two table service meals to get any Signature Dining experiences unless they are truly amazing -- we'll likely pay for Jika out of pocket. So with that in mind - any experiences the Chowpeople can share?


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  1. We've had very good meals at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney, but I don't know if they're on the plan.

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    1. I would check to see if Concourse Steakhouse is still opened, I've heard that they are moving to another area in the Contemporary so at some time there will be renovation work going on. I don't know how you feel about Alfredo's (I really like it, especially the Fettucini, sorry, I know it's another Epcot) and they will be closing in August for good, so you may want to try it before it closes it's doors. From what I've read about O'hana (I've never eaten there) you either love it or hate it (it's a very limited choice and it's all on skewers). I like Spoodles over at the Boardwalk, if you time it right you can go to Jellyrolls after dinner for some drinks and dueling pianos. I know you said you didn't want to go to the California Grill but it really is a great place to view the fireworks and it's a nice seasonal menu. Whispering Canyon in the Wilderness Lodge is a fun place with some good basic meals.Lastly, I would say to look at Wolfgang Pucks menu in Downtown Disney. I agree with cavandre and go to allearsnet and look under dining and you can see all the menus of every restaurant in WDW. It looks like you have a great lineup, just check the menus to be sure.

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      1. re: GIOny

        Alfredo's is closing, to be replaced by another Italian place, see here:

        I did O'Hana for breakfast, it was very basic family style but lots of characters. I really enjoyed the Yacht Club Galley, fine food (I think I had asparagus risotto) without the double-hit on your dining plan of the Yachtsman Steakhouse. Also, you can stroll outside and see Epcot's fireworks from the Yacht/Beach Club.

      2. Do you have children? If no children, I'd swap Ohana and say go to Kona Cafe for dinner instead.

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        1. re: cherylp3

          No kids Cherylp3. Is Kona Cafe more "adult"? I thought I'd read on allearsnet or some other Disney World tips/tricks site that if you were in Ohana during the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom you could see them. Of course I can't find that information now - did I completely make that up?

          1. re: redgypsy

            Yes, Kona Cafe is more adult than O'hana - O'hana is like Brazilian churrascaria - lots of meat coming around on skewers - but they break for kids games and songs periodically. Whispering Canyon is like that too - very loud, lots of kids.

            Have you thought about (yes, this is in Epcot too, but it's my favorite park as well) Morocco for dinner? They have a really great Vegetable Couscous and that would be good with all of your steak. In regards to Jiko - don't miss it! Yes, the best dish is the filet with the macaroni and cheese but there are also great fish dishes as well - the halibut is very good and I've had it several times.

            1. re: redgypsy

              Kona is definitely more adult. Ohana does pump in the music and you can see the fireworks, you could also go see them from the beach at the Poly.

              Also if you like the Zebra domes from boma, the quick service at AKL sells them.

              1. re: cherylp3

                I've never been to Kona for dinner but I've been there for breakfast and it was great. I had the tonga toast and it was delish!! They also have 100% Kona coffee, which most coffee junkies love.

                1. re: GIOny

                  I have been talking about our Disney trip alot lately. I have listed our current adrs on my blog. All the disney ones are under the Travel section.

                  I have heard some not great things about Jiko. I do not remember exactly. We are staying at the Wilderness Lodge, so we are eating one night at Artist Point.


          2. If you can afford it, my favorite is California Grill. But it would be a bit of a splurge, perfect view of the castle and fireworks at night. But its the food that is the main attraction!

            1. I reluctantly went to epcot a few years ago. Dinner at the Moroccan restaurant was unbelievable. Subsequently saw a program on the food channel showing that the King of Morocco sent his executive chef to design and supervise the restaurant.
              DO NOT MISS IT!