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    Hello! I'm taking my first trip to Orlando the first week of February (6-10) and had a few newbie questions:

    1) I've bought the dining option. Should I be making reservations now or will this be 'off season' enough to leave my options open until I arrive? Feel free to tip me off to any amazing places to eat that are a part of the dining plan.

    2) Can you add the 'hopper' option to your tickets? I've already bought non-hopper tickets. Is the option worth it - I have a 5-day pass.

    Much thanks everyone!!
    ><> just call me n8 <><

  • #2
    Re: Quick questions for first visit

    1) I think it is worth it to go ahead with an ADR for any occasion, just to be sure. Besides, if you don't eat there, you can just cancel.

    2) Yes you can add the hopper option if you'd like. I have only ever hopped but I thought it was really nice, especially if one park is closing before the others (mostly AK) and you can visit the AK in the morning till closing and do some more attractions at MK or Epcot when they stay open later

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    • #3
      Re: Quick questions for first visit

      In a word, YES! Make your reservations for your table service credits now.

      You could even go as far as upgrading those tickets to an annual passport, I believe. They will accommodate your upgrades.
      It's actually "Cars Land", not "Carsland".

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      • #4
        Re: Quick questions for first visit

        Upgrading a five day pass to an AP is not worth the money unless you plan on returning for a longer vacation or more vacations within a year of you going. It isn't justifiable unless you spend 12 days (at least I think I heard that was the figure)

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        • #5
          Re: Quick questions for first visit

          Originally posted by CowofDisney View Post
          Upgrading a five day pass to an AP is not worth the money unless you plan on returning for a longer vacation or more vacations within a year of you going. It isn't justifiable unless you spend 12 days (at least I think I heard that was the figure)

          Somthing like that.

          There are other discounts too. So it's a tad bit more complicated. You get discount room rates and sometimes other perks. You really have to do the math on it, there is no simple number of days cut off.

          -dave
          "I'm gonna build my own amusement park. But with gambling and hookers!" - Bender
          "You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity." - Bullet Tooth Tony

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          • #6
            Re: Quick questions for first visit

            make your reservations now!!...You will be surprised how quickly things fill up off season. We will be there for presidents week which is very busy.
            I would definately upgrade to park hoppers....we did and we found that if we didnt' like the crowds in one park, we could switch to the next.
            HEARTS CLUB !!

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            • #7
              Re: Quick questions for first visit

              Hopping is great! Take advantage of the best of all the parks and choose the attractions/shows/fireworks etc you want! With some good planning you can for example see the best shows/fireworks in the different parks on one day. I also very much liked the idea that when you are "tired"of one park, you can easily go to another.

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              • #8
                Re: Quick questions for first visit

                Originally posted by 33 reject View Post
                Hello! I'm taking my first trip to Orlando the first week of February (6-10) and had a few newbie questions:

                1) I've bought the dining option. Should I be making reservations now or will this be 'off season' enough to leave my options open until I arrive? Feel free to tip me off to any amazing places to eat that are a part of the dining plan.

                2) Can you add the 'hopper' option to your tickets? I've already bought non-hopper tickets. Is the option worth it - I have a 5-day pass.

                Much thanks everyone!!
                1. I would call 407-w-disney and look into making reservations... SInce you are a noob, I would suggest making an reservation at Ohana's at the Poly. It is probably the best food in all of disney (well at least I think so...)

                2. I think you can add the hopper... What might happen is if you go to the guest services desk at your hotel, and give them your 5 day pass, they will upgrade it to the hopper and you would pay the difference. Also, you might want to look into adding the no expiration to the ticket as well. I do that everytime I go. I figure if I buy them now, and have some days left on my hopper and I dont go back to WDW for like 10yrs, at least my ticket is still good.

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                • #9
                  Re: Quick questions for first visit

                  Thanks everyone for the great tips! I will definately make reservations this week for the ADR places. Besides Ohana's, does anyone else have some recommendations? I'd like to have at least one sit-down meal in each park.
                  ><> just call me n8 <><

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                  • #10
                    Re: Quick questions for first visit

                    Originally posted by 33 reject View Post
                    Besides Ohana's, does anyone else have some recommendations? I'd like to have at least one sit-down meal in each park.
                    Another reason I like the hopper is that I can spend the morning in one park and then eat in a completely different one that evening. I love the MK, but I love eating at Epcot, so I can do both in one day if I choose.

                    In the MK, I like Liberty Tree Tavern. It's character, but the food has always been very good in my experiences. Plus, I get my picture with Minnie without waiting in line.
                    At MGM, I love the Brown Derby. It's a classic. Get the cobb salad.
                    Epcot has several places I adore, but I don't spend tons of time in the actual park, so I eat in Epcot multiple times on the vacation and use my hopper to visit other places during the day. Any place in the world showcase is fab. If I had to pick a couple, I would recommend Nine Dragons or Le Cellier.
                    I can't comment on AK, as I've never had a sit down meal there.
                    Other locations at Disney hotels that are on my must-eat list: Artist Point at the Wilderness Lodge and Kona Cafe at the Poly. Eat breakfast at Kona Cafe - if you like coffee, their kona coffee is amazing.

                    Have a fabulous time!!!!
                    "All our dreams can come true.....if we have the courage to pursue them."
                    - Walt Disney

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                    • #11
                      Re: Quick questions for first visit

                      Originally posted by 33 reject View Post
                      Thanks everyone for the great tips! I will definately make reservations this week for the ADR places. Besides Ohana's, does anyone else have some recommendations? I'd like to have at least one sit-down meal in each park.

                      Magic Kingdom -

                      The Crystal Palace - has the Pooh characters, I love their pasta.
                      Liberty Tree Tavern - I love the traditional American meal food and you get the Fab 5 in Colonial costumes.

                      Epcot -

                      Le Cellier (Canada) - If you love steak I highly recommend this restaurant, its probably our favorite in World Showcase.

                      El Rio De Tiempo (Mexico) - If you like Mexican food I recommend this location, the view is simply amazing and the ambiance can't be beat! Is kind of hard to see though.

                      MGM -

                      The 50's Diner (Don't think this is the name though) I would recommend, they had good food and the wait staff is hilarious.

                      ABC Commissary - Sit down restaurant kind of tucked away, they have great counter food and it's usually the quietest compared to Pizza Planet, which I would avoid lol

                      Animal Kingdom - They don't have a sit down restaurant but I recommend the BBQ place near Dinoland (forget the name), REALLY GREAT BBQ.


                      Also, if your a breakfast eater, I HIGHLY recommend Boma's for breakfast, the best breakfast in all of the World IMHO, they have an omlette station and the best sausages ever!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Quick questions for first visit

                        Originally posted by SummerInFL View Post
                        Animal Kingdom - They don't have a sit down restaurant but I recommend the BBQ place near Dinoland (forget the name), REALLY GREAT BBQ.

                        It is called the Flame Tree Barbeque.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Quick questions for first visit

                          Originally posted by WDW Monorail View Post
                          It is called the Flame Tree Barbeque.
                          Thanks, I haven't had any caffeine this morning and my brain is not firing like it should be.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Quick questions for first visit

                            Haha, no problem Summer.
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                            Originally posted by Phonedave
                            Well, if your parents can't teach you, maybe you can learn from a taser.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Quick questions for first visit

                              I would definitely go for the park hopper option, especially if there are more restaraunts in one park that you want to try versus another park. You can hop to a park for a meal and go back to wherever if you want and take advantage of late night fireworks or programs in another. We like to hop between parks just for certain restaraunts. If you upgrade to hopper, you can have the freedom to do whatever.
                              May the force be with you, always.

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