Disney World/Universal must do/must eat

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Lauren267:  We spent the first part of our honeymoon at DW!  Our favorite restaurants for food were Artist’s Point and Citricos, and California Grill was awesome for the view and the wine list!  We actually weren’t super impressed by Jiko.  It was amazing to wander around Animal Kingdom Lodge though.  

One thing to know is that reservations can be made 6 months and 10 days (maybe a week) in advance from the first day of your trip if you call instead of going online.  This may help in securing a reservation at California Grill and it will definitely help if you want to go to Be Our Guest restaurant.  We weren’t able to go there because even though we woke up at 4am (west coast) to make a reservation 6 months to the day of when we wanted to eat at BOG there were no available reservations.  Had we known about the extra 10 days, we could have tried for reservations much earlier.  The lines for that start at 10:30am (walk in lunch), so we decided it wasn’t worth it for us.

I don’t remember anything awesome at Universal.  Get some Butterbeer of course!  Diagon Alley hadn’t opened yet though, so maybe there were be some delicious-ness there!

I hope you have an amazing trip!  We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter and enjoyed it a lot.  It seemed like the breakfast was better at Riverside though!  

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We went to Disney on our honeymoon and had a blast! Bread Pudding at the Irish restaurant in Downtown Disney (Raglan Road, I think is the name) was SO GOOD and I don’t usually like it. Pizza in Italy (Epcot) was amazing.

One of the rides we had the most fun with was Toy Story Midway Mania at MGM or Hollywood Studios or whatever its called now. The line for that gets massive, so its a good one to get a fast pass for first thing…or if you go early enough, hop right in line in the morning.

Have so much fun!!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Lauren267:  the be our guest resturaunt in magic kingdom is amazing!!!! Most of my favorite places to eat are in epcot at the different countries, you really can’t go wrong with any of those. What are your main goals? Good food, meeting characters, ambiance? That makes a huge difference in what we reccomend lol. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We go to Disney World twice a year and LOVE Disney and I love to give Disney advice! Food at Disney is probably our favorite thing. Here are my top recommendations:

1. Cape May Cafe at th Beach Club (on the Boardwalk). You can walk to here from EPCOT’s International Gateway Entrance. It is kind of out of the way for people who are not staying at a Boardwalk resort, but the food is so good its worth it. If you love seafood (and all you can eat crab legs!) this must be on your list!

2. Teppan Edo at EPCOT. They do Hibachi grill here and the chefs are not only incredible chefs but incredibly entertaining.

3. Sanaa. On our Animal Kingdom days we sometimes take the bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge for a lunch here. The food is incredible – get the naan platter with all the sauces. It’s a really nice break in the middle of a hot day at AK because you are at the resort at a time when most people are out at the parks and so its less crowded. They have views of the savannah so you can see all kinds of animals wandering around while you’re eating lunch.

4. Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios. Such a cool atmosphere and the food is amazing! Look for all the photos on the walls of celebrities and other famous people.

5. Victoria and Alberts. This is a very pricey place but for your honeymoon it would be a very special and memorable meal!

Also I can’t stress enough that you should make dining reservations in advance! You can do this through the Disney website.

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions about Disney in general – with a fiance whose family has been going to Disney every year for the last 30 years, we have a lot of advice to offer 🙂

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Lauren267:  Just to respond to your AK comment – it is totally NOT a glorified zoo, I know that is a concern that many first time visitors have! There are a bunch of different rides there, good food, and definitely stop by and see the Festival of the Lion King show!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Definitely plan! If this is going to be a once in a lifetime trip you want to make sure you take advantage of everything Disney has to offer. Here would be my ride recommendations:

1. EPCOT: They have “Tiered Fastpasses” here, unfortunately. Choose Test Track or Soarin’ for your Tier 1 fastpass. The other rides usually aren’t too hard to get onto, Spaceship Earth might be the one that sometimes has a line buildup so you could fastpass that also. Living With the Land is a classic Disney favorite but don’t bother with a fastpass, the wait is never long! Enjoy your time at EPCOT and “eat and drink around the world”. Try the Grey Goose martinis in France and a margarita in Mexico. Go INSIDE the temple in Mexico for an awesome nighttime experience!

2. Animal Kingdom: Fastpass Kilimanjaro Safari, DINOSAUR, and Kali River Rapids. If you LOVE roller coasters then swap out Kali River Rapids for Everest Expedition. I do not like large roller coasters so I don’t ever do that one. Do Festival of the Lion King. If you don’t want to make a reservation for lunch, eat at Flame Tree BBQ – it’s amazing!

3. Hollywood Studios: This all depends on whether or not you like roller coasters and big drops. I do not, but if you do, fastpass Tower of Terror or Rockin Rollercoaster. If these are not your thing, do Toy Story Midway Mania for sure (my favorite ride there!). Also do the classic Great Movie Ride. Check out the Indiana Jones show and Fantasmic if you can stay there for the evening. Another hidden gem that some people don’t realize is that inside the Animation Studio you can actually take a 30 minute “class” in how to draw your favorite disney character!

4. Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the newest attraction. It is a pretty good ride, although shorter than I’d like. Definitely fastpass it so you don’t have to wait 2 hours in line. Other good fast pass choices would be Peter Pans Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (my favorite roller coaster although the line is usually not too bad), Haunted Mansion. There is a LOT to do at Magic Kingdom so it is almost a 2-day park if you don’t want to rush.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Lauren267:  I’ve got less than 10 Disney Restaurants to try give or take and 100% agree with sedaniel‘s suggestions on Teppan Edo, Sanna, and Brown Derby. I can take or leave Cape May Cafe and because of the expnese Victoria and Alberts is on my if I hit the lottery or someone else pays list lol. 

I tend to love a lot of the Resort resturants; the Wave at the Contemporary and Kona and Ohana at the Polynesian too. By far though the best meal I’ve ever had was at Yachtman’s Steak House at the Yacht Club, also just a short walk from the World Showcase. We used two meal credits and it so did not disappoint. 

When are you coming? One of the best tips I can give if you come during Food and Wine is to save your daily snacks for the country stands as most food items count as snacks 🙂 Even if you’re not coming during foor and wine, if you plan it well you can totall eat snacks for lunch saving a Table Service so that you can eat at a 2 credit Table Service location. 

Hope that helps! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Frozen butterbeer<br />Get your Just Married buttons (just for fun)<br />Rockin’ Rollercoaster

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Lauren267:  Definitely get some Fishy Green Ale in Diagon Alley.  Also pumpkin juice.  Butterbeer is too sweet for me, but you should try it once.  And make sure you catch the shows.  I loved Celestina Warbeck, and the Three Brothers puppet show was fantastic.

Krusty Burger actually ended up being my favorite place to eat in Universal when I went a couple of months ago.  They have a good black bean burger.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Lauren267:  Hi! So we are going to disney world for our honeymoon as well (June 2015) and just to give you a heads up– you should have recieved a magnet after you booked that has all the dates you need on there. Do some major research on the places to eat– especially if you are picky. I have found out that while the name places are suggested by many there is like nothing I would eat there lol.

Download the app to make reservations and fastpasses avaliable at your hand. 

Which dining plan did you get?

As for Universal their fast pass is TOTALLY worth it. I am assuming you are going to Islands of Adventure and not Universal Studios? 

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