In a previous post, I showed you the dining options we chose for our last trip. A few choices changed, due to change of plans. For example, we canceled our before the park open breakfast at Crystal Palace when we decided to do the Extra Morning Magic pay event. That left us with an extra table service meal on our Dining Plan, so we added Tusker House late lunch to our Animal Kingdom day. Tusker House is now doing character dining all day. We had no real expectations for this experience and were pleasantly surprised by how much we liked it. The food was good and the meet and greet with characters dressed in safari outfits was really cute. Donald was our favorite.
So let's get to my thoughts on our dinning experiences during this trip. I will only discuss the actual experience, not what I ate.
- Ohana dinner: Food was good. It VERY was crowded. Wait to be seated was longer than I cared for. Our services was eh at best. Our server seemed very busy and there were times he was nowhere to be found. I expected to love the experience, but really just thought it was ok. The hula lesson and entertainment was good and my daughter enjoyed it, but it was SO crowded and loud that it was hard for me to completely enjoy. You won't go hungry here, but we found that with our server being so busy, food was slow to come out and getting seconds of what we actually wanted seconds of, was hard to come by. Would we go back? Maybe for breakfast, but if we did dinner again, I'd try to book it during a less busy time if possible.
- Be Our Guest quick service lunch: To me, this was the most delicious meal of our trip, and it was a quick service!! We pre-ordered our lunch before our trip. When we arrived, we were sat fairly quickly and got our own drinks. We had a button that allowed them to find us and deliver our food. We sat ourselves in the dining room with the rose. I loved it. This is definitely a must-do dining experience and is hands down the BEST quick service in all the parks.
- Liberty Tree Tavern: I was so glad to return to LTT this trip. Again, the wait to be seated is longer than I care for. I have to say, our first trip here we were seated further into the restaurant and away from the entrance, this trip, however, we were pretty much right up the steps when you come in on the left side. I did not much care for that. Again, it's a noise and crowd issue. I just don't care for everyone that comes in to walk by me while I'm eating, or to have to hear them calling for guests to be seated the entire time. Anyway, the food didn't seem as good to me for some reason, but in fairness, I was still kind of stuffed from our quick service at Be Our Guest. It was a good filling meal and we will return, but next time I will request to be seated further away from the front.
- 50's Primetime Cafe: The atmosphere of this place is just so darn cute. The food was fine, nothing to rave about. Our server was VERY friendly and attentive, but was not over the top. We liked her, but had a lot more fun and laughs with the server next to us. I wish I remembered his name. He was obnoxious and funny and exactly what you expect from the reviews of this place. He had a nickname for every person he served, and some were less than politically correct, but 100% hilarious. Will we go back? Maybe. Sid LOVED her milkshake. I think we will try the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater during our next trip. I'm glad we went and I think it's worth a visit.
- Cape May Cafe: If you like seafood, this place is a good spot to get your fix. We went on a Wed. evening specifically for the crab legs on the buffet. There was plenty to eat and our server constantly removed plates and refilled our drinks. I was full way before my husband. He must have eaten 3-4 plates of crab legs. We plan on staying at the Beach Club Resort our next stay, so we will definitely dine here again. Because we stayed at the Yacht Club, this place was convenient as it is right next to our resort at the sister resort, The Beach Club. It was very good and a place we would likely return to. AND, because we were so close, we swung by Beaches and Cream Soda Shop to get some most delicious ice-cream for our bonus dessert. Do this, but be prepared to wait. We sat outside and enjoyed people watching. Great way to spend the evening, then we followed it up with a stroll around the Boardwalk. We had never even been to this part of Disney prior to this trip. What a wonderful area this place is. Although, not food related, I HIGHLY recommend staying around and/or visiting the Boardwalk.
- Cinderella's Royal Table aka The Castle: We have been waiting so long to eat here. Our table was in a great location, near the huge stained glass windows. Our server was fun and knowledgable and the meal was pretty good. You are definitely there for the experience and the characters. Lots of girls dressed as princesses and even a few princes. Our daughter is almost getting too old for the princess thing, but she still loves a meet and greet. She and I dressed 'Disney Bound', (previous blog discussing outfits) as Snow White and Snow took notice of Sidney's outfit. Jasmine and Ariel were the most chatty and Sidney seemed to like them best. Is this something we'd do again? Probably not, but we are glad we did it. It is one of those Disney things that you should do and little girls in love with princesses will LOVE it.
And again, I tried NOT to take as many photos as I normally do, so I do not have photos of all our dining experiences. This trip, I tried my hardest to just enjoy the experiences.