Specific Restaurants – Listener Questions

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Animal Kingdom

Dawa Bar

1418 24:09 Chris from Washington talks about a new alcoholic beverage at the Animal Kingdom’s Dawa Bar

Tusker House

0570 4’30″: Clarissa from NJ refers to Episode 562 and comments on the Tusker House character breakfast.

LS30 Part 2 – 4’35” James asks about eating at Tusker House before the park opens.

LS25 Part 1, 15’00” Scopa discusses Tusker House.

Yak and Yeti

1115 9:39 Laura asks about Yak and Yeti.

0522 10’50″: Rob is disappointed at the Yak and Yeti menu.

0326
Clark wants to know when ADR’s will be available for the Yak and Yeti.

Boardwalk

Big River Grille

1115 24:08 Tim from Michigan asks about the Big River Grille and Brewery.

0161
Deedee of TX wants to know why Big River Grille at Boardwalk doesn’t take Advanced Dining Reservations.
Len says the number to call for a reservation is 407 560 0253.
Len says they dont take ADR’s because they’re not operated by Disney and don’t want to integrate into Disney’s system.
Matt enjoys eating there and recommends the beer sampler and burgers.

ESPN Club

0558 Katie from Michigan asks about the food at the ESPN Club.

Flying Fish Cafe

1088 20:15 Josh asks for good restaurants for solo-dining. Len recommends the small bar at Jiko (you can watch the chefs cook appetizers) and Flying Fish. Mike Newell recommends the Kona Sushi Bar. Mike Scopa recommends the Tune-in Lounge at Prime Time.

Jellyrolls

0540 16’15″: Colin asks about parking at the Broadwalk in the morning, go to Epcot, and eat at Jellyrolls in the evening.

0161
Deedee also wants to know if there’s a cover charge for Jellyrolls.
Matt says there’s a $8 cover charge, no drink minimum and you have to be 21 and is open from 7pm to 2am.

0098
Chris wants to know the best place to get an adult beverage close to Pop Century as well as at Pleasure Island.
Len also likes Jellyrolls at the Boardwalk and has been seen on a conga line there.

Kouzzina by Cat Cora

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Downtown Disney

Fulton’s Crab House

1234 23:35 Nicholas asks whether Fulton’s Crab House or Narcoossee’s is better for lobster

0149
JT also wants to know thoughts about Fulton Crab House at Downtown Disney.
Len says in the 2007 Unofficial Guide it has a 73% approval rating and the real issue with it is the long wait for dinner that is usually there and has high prices.

Generally

14279:39 Dmitri from North Carolina suggests a restaurant for Disney Springs

0430
Kevin wants advice on where to eat in the Downtown Disney area.

0143
Jonathon wants restaurant recommendations for Downtown Disney on the Dining Plan.
Len says the options are Wolfgang Puck’s Cafe, Planet Hollywood, Cap’n Jack’s and Raglan Road.
Matt is against Planet Hollywood.
Len picks Raglan Road.
Len recommends going after 9pm and also says they should try the desserts.
Matt and Mike also pick Raglan Road.
Mike Newell loves the Sheperds Pie.

House of Blues

1201 15:27 Karen from Kansas asks about the House of Blues Gospel Brunch

0582 2’00″: Karen refers to Episode 571, and asks whether the House of Blues lunch involves a lot of religion.

Planet Hollywood

0143
Jonathon wants restaurant recommendations for Downtown Disney on the Dining Plan.
Matt is against Planet Hollywood.

0048
Steve of Cambridge, MA got a meal and merchandise voucher for Planet Hollywood and wants to know if it’s worthwhile to use.
Len says the meal voucher is good for a burger, fries and a dessert and the merchandise voucher is good for $5 off.
Len doesn’t know he’d go out of his way to redeem it but says if you find yourself in the area, go for it.

Raglan Road

0155
Bill of MA wants to know the best place to have dinner for his 30th birthday.
Len says if Bill wants an outlandish dinner to try Raglan Road.

0143
Jonathon wants restaurant recommendations for Downtown Disney on the Dining Plan.
Len picks Raglan Road.
Len recommends going after 9pm and also says they should try the desserts.
Matt and Mike also pick Raglan Road.
Mike Newell loves the Sheperds Pie.

0137
Kathleen of MA wants suggestions for a birthday.
Len says Raglan Road doesn’t get too fun till about 9pm and Hoop-dee-doo is on the expensive side.

0098
Chris wants to know the best place to get an adult beverage close to Pop Century as well as at Pleasure Island.
Len loves Raglan Road at Pleasure Island and recommends going over after 9pm because of the live entertainment.

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Len says Raglan Road is free to get into.
Len recommends just going to Raglan Road for the entertainment and food.
Mike Newell seconds that.

0059
Marsha of Whitefalls, PA and wants to know if she gets a 3 day base ticket, can she go to Pleasure Island on the same day she goes to a park.
There is no reason she couldn’t but will have to pay a certain fee to get into various clubs.
Len recommends Raglan Road when the live band is there.

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Frank from Connecticut wants to know about the Raglan Road Irish Pub that recently opened at Pleasure Island.
Len notes that the people who run this bar have a similar bar in Las Vegas which is quite fun and busy.
Len also mentions the food is pretty good and seems to be a lot of fun.
Mary says they brought in authentic items from Ireland and the bar itself is over 100 years old.

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Paul also asks wants suggestions for his daughter’s 18th birthday.
Len recommends telling everyone at the hotel and restaurants you eat at that it’s her 18th birthday.
Len thinks Raglan Road would also be fun.

Rainforest Cafe

1289 12:02 Julio from Brazil asks if Rainforest Cafe or T-Rex Cafe is a better dining option at Downtown Disney

0263
if you are going to do the rain forest café in downtown Disney make sure you come early we went twice(at 18.00) and could not get a table for a minimum of 2 hours have an early lunch or a early tea..

T-Rex Café

1289 12:02 Julio from Brazil asks if Rainforest Cafe or T-Rex Cafe is a better dining option at Downtown Disney

0490 27’45″: Doug wants to know what is wrong with the T-Rex Restaurant.

Wolfgang Puck’s Cafe

1145 19:17 Donna from Indiana asks about Wolfgang Puck Cafe

Epcot

Generally

0338
Elizabeth of OK wants a suggestion for dining at Epcot.

LS03 Jay of CA wants to know our best places to eat at Epcot.

Future World

Generally

0329
Kelly of TX wants to know about counter service meals in Future World for breakfast.

Coral Reef

0490 15’20″: Shawn unfortunately ate at the Coral Reef, and nearly fed the fishes.

0454 Rick of MO wants to know how was Coral Reef in May.

0299
Shawn wants to know about eating at Coral Reef and Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.

World Showcase

Generally

1394 7:37 Matt from California suggests new restaurants for Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion

1216 17:34 Valarie from Pennsylvania refers to San Angel Inn and asks for non-adventurous World Showcase restaurants

0382
Zach also wants suggestions for sit down restaurants in World Showcase for a non-adventurous family.
Annette recommends looking at the menus at [1]All Ears.

0173
Richard of TX wants to know what are don’t-miss foods at World Showcase.
Matt likes the frosted pretzels in Norway, the fish & chips in England and the napoleon dessert in the pastry shop in France.
Mike Scopa likes the steak and the cheddar cheese soup at Le Cellier .
Mike Scopa likes the bakery in Norway.
Matt likes the funnel cake in America.

0113
Bernie of MO wants suggestions for places to eat at World Showcase that isn’t Japan or Mexico.
Len and Matt like Bernie’s idea of Biergarten.

0021
Chris “Moose” Moore wants to know about the after 4pm ticket for dining at World Showcase and if it’s still being offered.
Mary confirms it’s being offered still and you go to Guest Services and request it.
However it’s for Florida residents only and runs about $120 for adults and $101 for kids and it’s an annual pass.

Akershus

1272 1:36 Liza from Louisiana asks for good breakfast ADR times for both Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall such as not to negatively impact park touring at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, respectively

0376
Andy mentions Akershus in Norway in Epcot was great.

0185
Monique loves eating at Norway and loves the cold fish.
Len likes Norway, especially it’s bakery and it’s iced pretzel.

Alfredo’s of Rome

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Le Cellier

0764 Ken from Minnesota asks about Le Ceiller dinner being 2 dining credits in 2011.

0737 6’30″: Jessica from NY asks which is better: Yachtsman Steakhouse or Le Ceillier, or any alternatives for steak.

LS42 25’35″: Kathleen from Massachusetts says that the Le Ceiller stake was bad, and that Yachtsman Steakhouse was excellent (but expensive).

0689 28’10″: Abbey from FL asks if she has a chance of getting Le Cellier. The Panel advise Abbey to “:kiss my grits”:.

0662 12’30″: 14-year-old Evan from TX asks whether booking 180 days in advance for Le Cellier is necessary. Len talks about his Le Cellier trip.

0621 15’40″: Matt from UK refers to Episode 541, and asks whether he can get an ADR for Le Cellier.

0615 19’35″: Claire from UK refers to Episode 541, and gives a negative report about Le Ceillier.

LS34 104’10″: Jim asks about going to both Jiko and Le Ceiller.

0570 11’40″: Paul from Washington says that Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater was horrible, but Le Cellier was awesome.

0552 24’40″: Donna refers to Episode 481 and agrees about the poor service of Le Ceillier.

LS25 Part 1, 38’05” Discussion about Le Cellier Dining Plan changes.

LS25 Part 2, 32’55” Mr Voice discusses Le Cellier.

0376
Tara tells us of how she got a last minute ADR at Le Cellier.

0251 [2]Lou thinks the model of Le Cellier should be used everywhere
Mike agrees with Lou.

0248
Karen of MA wants to know if Le Cellier’s rehab could be extended.
Mike Scopa doesn’t think they would extend the rehab to impact Karen’s dates.
Mike Scopa says the rehab is just some sprucing up.
Matt doesn’t think there’s any chance of the rehab being extended either.

LS02 Jay also wants to know what the Scopa Special is at Le Cellier

Mexico

1127 20:15 Joe from Minnesota asks about getting ADRs at La Hacienda de San Angel

1106 4:20 John from New York recommends San Angel Inn as a good restaurant if you like Blue Bayou at Disneyland

0239Andy wants to know why the counter service at Mexico is slow.
Matt and Len don’t think it’s that slow for service.

Monsieur Paul

1275 2:54 Jenny from the UK asks if it’s possible to get a window seat at Monsieur Paul such as to watch Illuminations

1198 24:54 Jenny from the UK asks about coordinating a dinner at Monsieur Paul with Illuminations

Norway

0050 Scott Chapin wants to know if they still have the Rignes beer at the Norway Pavillion. Matt has seen it offered at a cart on the path around World Showcase but can’t say if it’s offered at the restaurants in Norway.

Odyssey

0388
Michael of HI wants to know about the status of the Odyssey restaurant.

Restaurant Marakesh

LS30 Part 2 – 56’00” Justin of Indiana asks about Restaurant Marakesh.

0454 Meredith also comments on Marakesh Restaurant

Rose and Crown

1225 11:05 Amber from Texas asks whether the patio at the Rose and Crown can accommodate a party of nine

1177 25:23 Karen from Kansas asks about obtaining good Illuminations-seating at Rose and Crown

Tangerine Cafe, Morrocco

1183 12:28 Marina comments on the history of sliders, discussed in terms of Tangerine Cafe

Teppan Edo, Japan

0456 Heather of IN wants to know how picky eaters can fare at Teppan Edo in Japan, Epcot.

LS01 Part 3 – 32’45″: Testa comments on the Teppan Edo service.

Trapper Bob’s Beaver Tails

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Tutto Italia

LS30 Part 2 – 43’10” Len and Matt comments on Tutto Italia from Episode 526.

0376
Jeff of GA ate at Tutto Italia the night before the marathon.
Jeff also offers some vegetarian dining options we didn’t mention in [3]Episode 362.

Via Napoli

1301 2:00 Karen from Pennsylvania discusses Via Napoli in relation to Mike Scopa’s mediocre review from Episode 1232 – The Scopa Report

1089 9:34 A listener from Texas asks the panel what they’d chose to east at Via Napoli (lunch)

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

ESPN Wide World of Sports Cafe (formerely All Star Cafe}

0131
Matt and Len think the All Star Cafe is pretty good.

Hollywood Studios

50’s Primetime Café

1088 20:15 Josh asks for good restaurants for solo-dining. Len recommends the small bar at Jiko (you can watch the chefs cook appetizers) and Flying Fish. Mike Newell recommends the Kona Sushi Bar. Mike Scopa recommends the Tune-in Lounge at Prime Time.

0323
Matt [4]talks about how you can get the 50’s Prime Time Cafe menu without eating at the restaurant.

0155
Bill of MA wants to know the best place to have dinner for his 30th birthday.
Matt thinks in the parks Bill might enjoy 50’s Primetime Cafe.

0137
Kathleen of MA wants suggestions for a birthday.
Matt thought maybe 50’s Primetime Cafe or Whispering Canyon.

LS01 Part 1 – 12’20″: Our first caller who got through is Kelly from Ohio, who asks which is better: 50’s Prime Time Cafe or Sci-Fi.

Brown Derby

1409 15:49 Rick says fettuccine Alfredo is served at lunch at the Brown Derby

1246 22:46 Matt asks about scheduling a Brown Derby reservation in conjunction with a Fantasmic show without using the Fantasmic Dinner Package

0418
Mikki of WA wants to know if the Fantasmic! Dining Plan worth it to eat at Brown Derby.

0155
Bill of MA wants to know the best place to have dinner for his 30th birthday.
Matt says if Bill wants something more sedated to try the Hollywood Brown Derby.

Hollywood and Vine

LS01 Part 1 – 28’40″: Mark from NJ asks about the Character breakfast in Hollywood and Vine.

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italian

LS05 John of NC wants to know about the service at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

0143
Stephen comments that Mama Melrose & Boma are his familiy’s favorite restaurants.
Len says an overwhealming majority of readers gave Mama Melrose’s gave it a positive review.
Matt thinks Mama Melrose is a much better value than the Sci-Fi.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

1089 12:35 A listener from Texas asks the panel what they’d choose to eat at Sci-Fi Dine-In (lunch). The guys recommend sticking with simple food.

0570 11’40″: Paul from Washington says that Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater was horrible, but Le Cellier was awesome.

0376
Andy also wants to know our problem with the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant at the Studios.
Matt summarizes his thoughts on the Sci-Fi [5]here.

0143
Matt thinks Mama Melrose is a much better value than the Sci-Fi.

LS01 Part 1 – 12’20″: Our first caller who got through is Kelly from Ohio, who asks which is better: 50’s Prime Time Cafe or Sci-Fi.

Part 1 – 19’10″: The Panel talk about the Sci-Fi generally.

Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest Restaurant

1409 13:31 Rick ponders the viability of a test that allowed guests to preorder lunch at the Be Our Guest Restaurant

1409 5:07 Bill from Ohio asks about FastPass rules for Be Our Guest Restaurant lunch

1400 9:39 Marci from New York asks if she can add additional people to her dinner ADR at the Be Our Guest Restaurant

1399 11:21 John from California asks if the Be Our Guest Restaurant is open during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. He also asks about wine at the Magic Kingdom

1310 19:10 Jen from Maryland discusses restroom protocol at Be Our Guest Restaurant, and specific rooms in the restaurant

1310 17:11 Dan from Delaware asks how the lunch experience at Be Our Guest Restaurant compares to the dinner experience

1234 23:49 Ramona from Illinois asks about the logistics of Be Our Guest Restaurant lunch

1216 10:23 Kayla from Ohio asks about wait times for Be Our Guest Restaurant lunch

1127 2:47 Chris from New York asks about reservation accomodations at Be Our Guest Restaurant

Casey’s Corner

1304 15:00 Erica from Indiana comments on Casey’s Corner’s hot dogs

1301 22:59 Michael asks if Cosmic Ray’s hot dogs are the same brand as the ones served at Casey’s Corner

0442
Steve of FL defends Casey’s Corner as the best counter service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom .

0379
Eric wants to know if the hot dogs at Casey’s Corner are kosher.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

1358 28:53 Melissa from Michigan asks if Cinderella’s Royal Table is an “all you care to eat” restaurant

1272 1:36 Liza from Louisiana asks for good breakfast ADR times for both Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall such as not to negatively impact park touring at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, respectively

1192 5:08 Paul comments on getting to Cinderella’s Royal Table for an early ADR

1159 7:40 Crystal from California asks about getting a discount at Cinderella’s Royal Table

0439
Greg comments on the quality of the food at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

0311
Jordan of FL comments on a meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

0284
Mark of NC wants to know how to use the Disney Dining Experience card at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

0190
The family from Montana wants to know how far in advance they should book a reservation for Cinderella’s Royal Table for dinner.
Matt says 180 days out is when you can first make the reservation so the sooner, the better.

0092
Natalie mentions that she was able to get a reservation for Cinderella’s Royal Table without calling right at 7am Eastern.

Columbia Harbor House

0233
Alissa of MN wants to know why we never mention the Columbia Harbor House.
Matt likes the Columbia Harbor House but finds it closed during the hard ticket parties.
Len says the food is good there and has a different selection.
Matt likes the new england clam chowder.
Len recommends sitting upstairs at Columbia Harbor House and shares a tip for monitoring the wait at Haunted Mansion.

Cosmic Ray’s

1301 22:59 Michael asks if Cosmic Ray’s hot dogs are the same brand as the ones served at Casey’s Corner

Crystal Palace

1298 13:09 Heather asks about protocol for experiencing Magic Kingdom after an early ADR at Crystal Palace

LS30 Part 2 – 34’45” The panel discuss Crystal Palace.

0333
Shawn wants to know about the Crystal Palace.

0107
Avery Maher of PA wants to know the best place to dine at Thanksgiving and wants to know if the Crystal Palace is one table service meal on the dining plan.
Mike Scopa says the Crystal Palace is indeed one table service meal on the dining plan.

Generally

1310 5:32 Bob from Kansas ponders restaurants at Magic Kingdom that serve seafood and/or meatless entrees.

1281 26:57 Mary asks about good counter service restaurants for dinner at Magic Kingdom

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Ann of Austin, TX wants to know if the Unofficial Guide recommendation to get an advantage to get into Tomorrowland when the park opens by going into the Plaza Pavilion area (now the Noodle station restaurant) is still a valid strategy.
Last time Len checked, it wasn’t and when he could they’ve delayed the opening of that particular entrance a bit past opening time.

Liberty Tree Tavern

0388
Jamie comments on how she loves the service at Liberty Tree Tavern.

Main Street Bakery

1281 22:42 Tim from New York discusses Starbucks’ presence at the Main Street Bakery

Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station

LS01 Part 3 – 28’25″: Discussion about the Noodle Station.

Other

Dixie Crossroads

0522 10’15″: Rob talks about the Dixie Crossroads restaurant.

McDonalds

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Recommendations/Opinions

Generally

1192 6:33 Jeremy from Romania asks about the best Disney restaurants

0594 17’40″: Brett refers to Episode 536, ranks the restaurants, and says that several restaurants are overpriced.

LS30 Part 1 – 26’15” Amy from Kentucky comments on her resort restaurant reservations.

0528 17’15″: Mike from Indiana comments on various restaurants.

LS28 Part 1 – 55’35” 9-year-old Sidney asks about the best restaurant on property.

0436
Nicole also wants to know what we think of the restaurants she is dining at.

0433
Jamie of NY wants to know what we think of his new strategy for dining.

0382
Megan of PA wants to know if there are any other restaurants she should book besides Le Cellier.

0370
Steve and Gina of WI want our opinions of the restaurants they booked Advanced Dining Reservations for.

0284

[6]Luke wants to know the cheapest sit down meal with good meat options

0140
Ron also wants to know recommendations for steak and prime rib.
Mike Scopa says regarding steak, it can vary between the different cuts but he likes the Terriyaki steak tips at Kona Cafe, the Concourse Steak House at the Contemporary and the Scopa Special at Le Cellier at Canada in Epcot.
Len likes Shula’s at the Dolphin Resort and Yachtsman Steak house.
Len likes the Concourse Steak house as well for it’s moderate prices but it isn’t on the level of Shulas.

0119
Norman is looking for good restaurants that have great views and food quality.
Mike Newell recomends Ohana(Polynesian) for it’s view.
Mike Scopa likes the Garden Grill at the Land pavillion (Epcot).
Mike Scopa says some of the tables at Artist Point have some nice views but isn’t terribly proud of the food there.
Mike Scopa would also recommend Boma for the food and not so much of the view.
Matt likes Crystal Palace for its view and the Grand Floridian Cafe has a decent view of the resort.

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cgs878 @ [7]WDWToday.com wants to know the best dining experiences for those who are staying off-site and have a rental car and are easy to get to by car and are good for young children.
Len and Matt like Whispering Canyon at the Wilderness Lodge.
Mike Scopa also recommends the Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom.
Matt doesn’t like it because there are locations all around the country.
Len also likes Boma, not so much for the restaurant but for the ammenities at the Animal Kingdom Lodge after the meal.
Len also recommends Ohana although the food isn’t that great now but you could go after dinner and see Wishes from the beach of the Polynesian Resort.
Mike Scopa also likes Teppanyaki restaurant at Japan in Epcot.
Mike Scopa warns against Ohanas for dinner.

0083
Susan of Fayetteville, AR wants to know places to avoid or be careful of when it comes to food poisoning.
Mike Scopa recommends to be careful of the buffets and would avoid anything that has cream or mayo because that tends to go bad quickly.
Len recommends being extra careful at the water parks.
Len says on the [8]State of Florida Health Inspection monitors problems at restaurants and he hasn’t seen many problems with Walt Disney World restaurants.

0059
Mike Glynn would like suggestions for the best, most fun restaurants at Walt Disney World.
Mike likes Primetime Cafe and Whispering Canyon.
Len doesn’t like Whispering Canyon.
Len likes O’Hana, especially the character breakfast.
The Biergarten in Germany can be alot of fun.
Matt found Teppanyaki to be entertaining.
Matt recommends Garden Grill.
Mike enjoys Beaches n Cream for when watching peopel try to eat the Kitchen Sink.

0056
Scott from Daytona Beach, FL wants to know which restaurant is best for his anniversary: Citricos, Artist Point or California Grill.
Len likes the Banana Cheesecake at Citricos.
Len says Citricos is a little noisy but likes it better than California Grill.
Matt and Mike picks Artist Point and Len likes it because there’s more places to make out at Wilderness Lodge.

Family

0320
Shawn wants to know what the best non-character meal , kid-friendly restaurants are.

0251
Rachel of TX wants to know a good sit down restaurant for her kids and family.
Matt thought perhaps a character meal would be good if the 11 year old still enjoys the character.
Matt thinks for Epcot, he would recommend Teppinyaki (Japan).

Resorts

Artist’s Palette

LSE1 1h11’20″: Rod from UK asks about Old Key West and Saratoga Springs food halls (Olivia’s and Artist’s Palette).
0460 Sue comments on her own experience at Artist’s Point.

Beaches ‘n Cream

1289 3:52 Tom from New Jersey asks if he can access the Epcot parking lot through the park proper after closing. His party wants to eat at the Beach Club’s Beaches and Cream restaurant and would rather walk through International Gateway. Mike Newell mentions Beaches and Cream’s new ADR policy.

116214:02 Nick comments on Beaches and Cream

0317
Dave of NJ notes that the Beaches ‘n Cream take-out menu has changed recently.

0215
Mike Scopa likes the burgers at Beaches and Cream.

Boatwright’s Dining Hall

1100 28:00 Karen from Kansas asks about good Andouille sausage on property. The panel says the only option is Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Port Orleans.

Boma, Flavors of Africa

1352 19:11 Paul from New Jersey asks about the scheduling of dinner menu items at Boma

0161
Jill of CA wants to know if she should eat at Boma or O’Hana.
Len says the food quality is about the same according to the Unofficial Guide to alt Disney World survey.
Len says Unofficial Guide readers gave Boma a 92% approval rating and O’Hana 90% approval rating.
Mike Scopa says Boma has very interesting food to offer.
Len says you could tour the Animal Kingdom Lodge before dinner and then use the night vision goggles after dinner to watch the Savanah.
Len says the special thing to do at O’Hana is to see Wishes.

0143
Stephen comments that Mama Melrose & Boma are his familiy’s favorite restaurants.
Len says an overwhealming majority of readers gave Mama Melrose’s gave it a positive review.

LS01 Part 1 – 16’30″: Asked for dining recommendations in the Studios, Len talks about Boma and watching the animals at night.

California Grill

1358 14:00 Patrick from Tennessee asks if he can go to the California Grill for only dessert

1301 14:30 Sue from New York discusses the changes to California Grill

1174 5:20 Frank offers a trip report, including California Grill

0594 3’35″: Tony suggests going to the California Grill, and proposing outside.

LS033 75’55″: Brett says that the California Grill at the Chef’s Counter usually has last minute availability before the fireworks.

0463 Chris of FL wants to know if he can go to California Grill and go to the bar and then see the fireworks.

0358
Bob of Ottawa, CA wants to know if California Grill is a good option for a romantic dinner.

0179
Mike Scopa doesn’t think California Grill is worth 2 table service credits.

LS03 Christine of CA wants to know if the view of Wishes is better from Narcooses or at California Grill

Cape May Café

0370
Sue comments on how she enjoys eating at Cape May Cafe.

Chef Mickeys

1355 24:13 Kevin asks if he has to pay for himself at Chef Mickey’s if he is not actually eating anything there

1186 14:57 Cheryl from Maine asks about the pace of meals at WDW, specifically Chef Mickey’s

1097 26:25 Jay from Massachusetts asks about getting kicked out of Chef Mickey’s

0570 5’15″: Clarissa from NJ comments on celebrating in Chef Mickeys.

0463 Sarah wants to know if we would do Chef Mickeys followed by Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom.

Chip and Dale’s Cookie Cabin

0284
Jeremy of OH wants to know why Chip & Dale’s Cookie Cabin doesn’t have cookies.

Citricos

1121 27:00 Steve from Connecticuit asks whether Citricos or Narcoosee’s is better for foodies

LS25 Part 1, 19’55” Sarah from New York also wants a nice dinner for her birthday. Len recommends Narcosses, Citricos or Yachtsman Steakhouse.

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Len advises to try Citricos (at Grand Floridian) which is more moderately priced first, see if you like it and then opt to go for Victoria & Alberts.

Garden Grill

0131
Dianna of PA got motion sick at the Garden Grill and warns other listeners.
Len is amazed Dianna got motion sickness.

Garden Grove

0582 4’05″: Mag from TX refers to Episode 562, and says that as a former Cast Member there are sufficient characters in the Garden Grove restaurant (Swan hotel).

Generally

0442
Susan of NJ wants to know if we buy the refillable mugs from the resorts .

0245
Chris of MI wants to know where we would eat our meals outside of the parks.
Matt says for breakfast he would eat Boatrwights at Port Orleans Riverside.
Mike Scopa would have lunch at Portobello Yacht Club.
Matt would eat at Trails End for lunch for the great value.
Matt would eat at Whispering Canyon for dinner.

0179
Lisa of CO wants to know if there are restaurants in the Downtown Disney hotels worth going to.
Len says the Benihana in the Hilton is probably the best.
Len isn’t impressed by Japanese food at Walt Disney World.
Len says there is an Outback at Wyndham Palace but it’s only a 2 star rating.
Len says if you can go further to Downtown Disney, some better options are available.

0143
Jonathon wants restaurant recommendations for Downtown Disney on the Dining Plan.
Len says the options are Wolfgang Puck’s Cafe, Planet Hollywood, Cap’n Jack’s and Raglan Road.
Matt is against Planet Hollywood.
Len picks Raglan Road.
Len recommends going after 9pm and also says they should try the desserts.
Matt and Mike also pick Raglan Road.
Mike Newell loves the Sheperds Pie.

Grand Floridian Cafe

LS033 85’15″: Dena from TX asks she should do afternoon tea at the Grand Floridan.
0454 Meredith of Canada comments on the tea room at the Grand Floridian

Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue

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Jiko

1091 16:50 Melinda from Tennessee praises Port Orleans, Electrical WaterPagent, Jiko, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, YeeHaw Bob, the Lines Ap, and MouseFan Travel

1088 20:15 Josh asks for good restaurants for solo-dining. Len recommends the small bar at Jiko (you can watch the chefs cook appetizers) and Flying Fish. Mike Newell recommends the Kona Sushi Bar. Mike Scopa recommends the Tune-in Lounge at Prime Time.

LS34 104’10″: Jim asks about going to both Jiko and Le Ceiller.

0358
Mike of NY comments on the changing chef at Jikos.

0155
Bill of MA wants to know the best place to have dinner for his 30th birthday.
Len also thinks Jiko and to sit at the bar.

0065
Becky Specht of Rockford, IL asks if there is a recipe for Pineapple, Pineapple, Pineapple desert at Jiko’s in Animal Kingdom Lodge .
Len recommends just asking the restaurant and to call about an hour before they officially open for the day.

Kidani Village

0525 21’25″: Paul from England asks about his complementary standard Dining Plan. Paul also asks about Disney’s Kerdoni village restaurants.

Kona Café

1089 13:02 A listener from Texas asks they panel what they’d order at Kona Café (breakfast). Len emphasizes a “sleeper” option.

1088 20:15 Josh asks for good restaurants for solo-dining. Len recommends the small bar at Jiko (you can watch the chefs cook appetizers) and Flying Fish. Mike Newell recommends the Kona Sushi Bar where you can order off the Kona menu. Mike Scopa recommends the Tune-in Lounge at Prime Time.

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Kelly of TX wants to go to Kona Cafe but wants to know if she goes there for breakfast, should she still stick with the Unofficial Guide touring plan or ditch it if they arrive late to the Magic Kingdom.
Len says there’s a late arrival touring plan for those arriving at 11 that might be an option.
Len says if you arrive an hour late, you could combine a FASTPASS strategy and then ride larger capacity attractions.
Matt says Kelly could arrive early enough for Kona Cafe so she could be at Magic Kingdom for opening.
Len says alternatively you could go to the Magic Kingdom from 9-10:30 and then have the last breakfast at Kona cafe and call it an early lunch.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

1322 11:09 Andrew from New York asks about the Mickey’s Backyard Barbecue dinner show

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Brian of OR wants to know which dinner show is better, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (Fort Wilderness) or Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.
Len likes Mickey’s Backyard BBQ better.
Len warns Brian to bring bug spray because it’s outside.

Narcoossee’s

1234 23:35 Nicholas asks whether Fulton’s Crab House or Narcoossee’s is better for lobster

1121 27:00 Steve from Connecticuit asks whether Citricos or Narcoosee’s is better for foodies

LS25 Part 1, 19’55” Sarah from New York also wants a nice dinner for her birthday. Len recommends Narcosses, Citricos or Yachtsman Steakhouse.

LS03 Christine of CA wants to know if the view of Wishes is better from Narcooses or at California Grill

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Brian writes in to comment that he has always had a good time at Narcoossee’s.
Len says Narcoossee’s got a 3.5 star rating in the book.

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Jeff wants to know how formal Narcoosees is.
Mike Scopa says it’s not as formal as Victoria & Albert’s but maybe a step below.
Len says it will be a bit more formal than Citricos but not as much as Victoria & Albert’s.

‘Ohana

1418 17:42 Aaron from Minnesota discusses his experience at ‘Ohana during Polynesian construction. He also asks if guests can go to ‘Ohana for only appetizers and dessert, skipping the meat for a lower price

1400 14:20 Paul from New York discusses his dinner at ‘Ohana

1367 6:09 Mike from New York asks about synchronizing an Ohana dinner with Wishes

1358 22:01 Riley asks if he can see Wishes from Ohana

1254 10:33 Danielle from Pennsylvania asks about entertainment at Ohana

LS34 38’25″: Aziz asks if he can go to ‘Ohana for breakfast and leave the car there for the remainder of the day.

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Dan of DE wants to know how much has changed at Ohana in the Polynesian resort.

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Jill of CA wants to know if she should eat at Boma or O’Hana.
Len says the food quality is about the same according to the Unofficial Guide to alt Disney World survey.
Len says Unofficial Guide readers gave Boma a 92% approval rating and O’Hana 90% approval rating.
Mike Scopa says Boma has very interesting food to offer.
Len says you could tour the Animal Kingdom Lodge before dinner and then use the night vision goggles after dinner to watch the Savanah.
Len says the special thing to do at O’Hana is to see Wishes.

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Chris of MN wants to know why we recommended avoiding O’Hanas.
Len admits he was wrong about avoiding O’Hanas and it ended up doing fairly well in the Unofficial Guide.

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Jeff from Deltona, FL wants to know if the menu changes at Ohanas means it’s not worth going to anymore.
Mike Scopa says if you’ve been to Ohanas before the menu change, you’ll likely be dissapointed.
Len doesn’t understand the addition of au gratin potatoes because it makes no sense to a Polynesian themed restaurant.
Len mentions prior to the menu change, he heard totally good reviews of the restuarant but now it’s more mixed results.

Olivia’s Café

LSE1 1h11’20″: Rod from UK asks about Old Key West and Saratoga Springs food halls (Olivia’s and Artist’s Palette).

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Mike Newell says Olivia’s Cafe (Old Key West) is great for single travelers.

Pepper Market

0549 9’10″: Lori from Georgia refers to Episode 477 and likes the Pepper Market.

Sanaa

1367 21:02 Bill from Georgia liked Sanaa and Sea World

1331 30:21 Andrea from Ohio asks why Disney chose “Sanaa” as a restaurant name

1310 24:03 Howie from Maryland asks if it’s possible for his 16-person party to make it to the Magic Kingdom by 8:00 PM if they have a 5:15 reservation at Sanaa

1145 23:20 Elizabeth comments on Sanaa

Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

1355 26:42 Wendy from Delaware asks about the Spirit of Aloha dinner show

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Shawn wants to know about eating at Coral Reef and Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.

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Brian of OH wants to know about the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.

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Trails End

0597 21’20″: John from UK asks about eating two meals in one at Trails End.

0457 Jamie also wants to know thoughts on Trails End as well as other offerings at Fort Wilderness.

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William of VA thanks Mike Scopa’s recommendation of Trails End.

Victoria and Albert’s

1251 13:07 Ian from Scotland asks about Victoria and Albert’s Chef Table for picky eaters

1213 23:33 Clay from New York discusses Victoria and Alberts’ accolades

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Davin wants to know if Victoria and Alberts is worth it.

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Bill of MA wants to know the best place to have dinner for his 30th birthday.
Len says if Bill wants something a little more quiet and want to splurge, Victoria & Alberts.

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Jeff & Francesca from Deltona Florida want to know if Victoria & Albert’s (at the Grand Floridian Hotel) worth the money?.
Len says it depends what “worth it” means to you.
Menu prices are considerably higher than other top-tier Disney restaurants.
Without wine, you’re looking to spend about $95 per person or $145 with wine.
And if you want to sit at the chef’s table (which Len says you want to do), it will run you $125 per person without wine and $185 per person with wine (minus gratuity & tax).
Meal can easily set you back $400, which is quite a lot.
Len advises to try Citricos (at Grand Floridian) which is more moderately priced first, see if you like it and then opt to go for Victoria & Alberts.
Matt says a lot of folks like to go on vacation and are willing to spend lots of money because they’re on vacation and don’t mind splurging.
Len mentions that Victoria & Alberts is a AAA 5 Diamond award winner and the only one in Central Florida and is the premier dining destination in Disney World and if there’s a place worth dropping $400, it’s Victoria & Alberts. But be sure to go for the chef’s table.
There is a dress code at Victoria & Alberts, which requires jacket and tie for the men.
Len mentions that in the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, readers give Victoria & Alberts a 92% approval rating (out of 100) and is usually either the first or second rated restaurant in the guide.

The Wave

LS32 6’15″: Lyndsey, 8-year-old, calls to talk about her day at the Magic Kingdom, including eating at The Wave.

Whispering Canyon

0591 28’40″: Steve from Massachusetts asks about asking for ketchup at Whispering Canyon.

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Kathleen of MA wants suggestions for a birthday.
Matt thought maybe 50’s Primetime Cafe or Whispering Canyon.
Len likes Whispering Canyon.

Yachtsman Steakhouse

1424 8:42 Rick from Missouri shares a trip report, including Space Mountain, Yachtsman Steakhouse, using FastPass Plus for Wishes, and ADR tips

LS34 51’35″: Henry was disappointed with the Yachtsman Stakehouse, and asks whether the service when on the Dining Plan is poorer than when paying in cash.

LS25 Part 1, 19’55” Sarah from New York also wants a nice dinner for her birthday. Len recommends Narcosses, Citricos or Yachtsman Steakhouse.

LS25 Part 2, 11’40” Amy from Kentucky wants a basic house salad or a basic baked potato. Len suggests Peek-a-Boo. Part 2, 19’35” Len refers Amy from Kentucky to the Yachtsman Steakhouse.

Unofficial WDW Today Wiki – by Phillip Burton and Andrew Carrieri

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