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Last December I went to Animal Kingdom and was surprised by my experience enough to commit to a full proper trip this February. I've been assisted with much appreciation to Zach and Nicole, but I wanted to open up to the forums and see what others might suggest.

My trip is going to be seven days at the four parks with two days each at each park besides one day at DHS and no water parks. I'll be staying the Carribean Beach resort and I plan on getting reservations for the dinners and quick service for lunch.

The dinner spots I've decided on are

-TREX
-Skippers
-DHS Drive in Theater
-Spice Road
-Via Napoli
-Sanaa
-Yak and Yeti

I also plan at breakfast reservations for Be Our Guest and Garden Grill for rope dropping attractions.

Other places/dining I'm considering is Trader Sam's Grogg Grotto and the Star Wars Dessert Party.

So I ask you all, is there anything you recommend I do or change? Any experiences (aside from food poisoning) that you've had about the places I've listed? Any input is appreciated.
 
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The only thing I noticed is when I went to HS for one day I felt like I didn't get to experience it to its fullest, whereas I got tired of AK on the second day.

Really it doesn't matter how those two parks are divided up I guess since Epcot and MK are the ones with true Disney history.

Are you doing park hopper? Or the park a day where you get to impulsively pick a park?
 
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I'm doing a park a day. The reason I'm only doing DHS for one day is there still isn't a lot and I want to go back next winter for when Star Wars opens up. When I went in December, I was able to get through all the rides in a few hours.
 

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Okay yeah that makes sense. I think you have a great trip planned, much better planning than I ever did there.

I more so enjoy WDW for the Disney history than the rides, so I found myself wandering aimlessly through HS and that is probably why I wished I had more time.
 
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As I told PK, Disney requires at least 7 months of advanced planning, or you are unlikely to experience everything you want to see. The third party sites with planning tools are critical to maximizing your time and minimizing your waits.
Every time we go we use a third party service authorized by WDW. They're great at letting you know of sales, discounts, etc on places to stay and if any renovations are going on.
 
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I wasn't actually referring to a travel agent. I do all of my own booking and planning.

I meant on-line tools provided by places like Touring Plans and the DVC rental sites.
 
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Via Napoli was ammmaaazziinnnggg imo. Get the little cheesepuff ball things for your appetizer (or one of your appetizers). I can't remember what they're called but they were absolutely delicious.
EXACTLY what he said. If you have to cut places out due to time, etc., do not cut Via Napoli.
 
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I haven’t been to Disney since 2012 so I have no idea if my childhood taste buds were as good as they are now but I always liked the barbecue flatbread at the Pinocchio restaurant in Magic Kingdom
 
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The dinner spots I've decided on are

-TREX
-Skippers
-DHS Drive in Theater
-Spice Road
-Via Napoli
-Sanaa
-Yak and Yeti

I also plan at breakfast reservations for Be Our Guest and Garden Grill for rope dropping attractions.

Other places/dining I'm considering is Trader Sam's Grogg Grotto and the Star Wars Dessert Party.

So I ask you all, is there anything you recommend I do or change? Any experiences (aside from food poisoning) that you've had about the places I've listed? Any input is appreciated.

• TREX - pretty good but there are far better places to dine at in Disney Springs. Jaleo will be open by then so you should look into that.

• Sci-Fi Dine-In - pretty good and love the atmosphere. Had the Beef and Blue Burger and the House-made Sci-Fi Candy Bar is a must for dessert.

• Spice Road - really good but I prefer the food and atmosphere at Restaurant Marrakesh, as they have a belly dancer perform. Spice Road is great if you get a table right on the water for Illuminations.

• Via Napoli - Pizza is a MUST! Best in Orlando!

• Sanaa - Don't bother eating here if you have no intention of getting the bread service with all the sauces. For dinner, try to go early and request a table next to the window so you can see the animals on the savannah there. This is one of my favorite places to dine at on the WDW property.

• Yak and Yeti - Really good. The Crispy Honey Chicken is great as are the Fried Dessert Wontons.
 
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I'm sticking with TREX. I know the food isn't going to be that great, but I'm a dinosaur nerd.

I was looking at Marrakesh and I still might change to it. Spice Road just seemed to have more of what I might like.
 

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I personally prefer Spice Road. But that might be because I think the Moroccan places in Alexandria and DC are better than Marrakesh.

And I liked everything I had at Sanaa. Plus it has a good view.
 
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Book Trex early. It is oddly difficult to get a reservation there.


Nothing odd really. T-REX always stays busy open to close. It's a hit with a kids and there always seems to be a mob outside waiting to dine there. And with it being adjacent to the new shopping district and the Marketplace and easy access from the Lime Garage, this restaurant will always be difficult to book.
 
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