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One table service ...MK or HS

#21
Hollywood & Vine has a pretty decent buffet, but its pricey. In HS we really loved Sci-Fi. The food was really good, and you get to sit at tables shaped like cars! The homemade candy bar for dessert was awesome, and I dont even like dessert usually. At MK for buffet/character dining we really liked Crystal Palace. She food was always hot and the buffet was always full. I also love the feeling of the restaurant, feels like you are in a greenhouse almost. Plus, Pooh and friends are always fun to see! I prefer BOG for lunch if you can get it. The roast beef sandwich is REALLY good!
 

ELG13

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#22
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Hollywood & Vine has a pretty decent buffet, but its pricey. In HS we really loved Sci-Fi. The food was really good, and you get to sit at tables shaped like cars! The homemade candy bar for dessert was awesome, and I dont even like dessert usually. At MK for buffet/character dining we really liked Crystal Palace. She food was always hot and the buffet was always full. I also love the feeling of the restaurant, feels like you are in a greenhouse almost. Plus, Pooh and friends are always fun to see! I prefer BOG for lunch if you can get it. The roast beef sandwich is REALLY good!
Most of the buffets I've looked at are just too pricey. We don't eat that much. Surprisingly my mom and husband both said they would rather go to Wilderness Lodge for whispering canyon! They love it when we went last year so we may just hop on the bus from HS to there for dinner!
 

HouCuseChickie

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#23
If you want inside one of the parks, I'd go for Skipper Canteen in MK or Brown Derby in HS. Alternately, you could look to restaurants in the neighboring resorts. The buffets and AYCTE places often suffer from quality issues since they are turning out mass amounts of food and that process also often leads to a more inflated price tag. I know some people veer away from the signatures due to costs, but many also find that the appetizers can make nice entrees which puts them in similar price points to non-signature spots if you take that approach. I know my mom often goes to Cali Grill and just gets a flatbread.
 

ELG13

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#24
I think skipper canteen is gonna be our go to in MK. Everyone has recommended it and I've been wanting to go our last 2 trips.
 
#25
Great to hear!! I'm gonna pull the menu for BOG up..I would love to do it but need to make sure it fits in the budget and that the food is worth it for us. I'm leaving towards skipper just bc I've looked at it for 2 separate trips and I've always heard great things.
What about the sci-fi drive in at HS? I thought the kids might enjoy it??
I've not done Sci-Fi yet - we're going to try that this September at the kid's request. Apparently it has good burgers, and the pricing is not horrible - a better out of pocket choice than on Dining Plan.

If you've been thinking about Skippers, it's still my #1 pick - good menu, the staff is fun, and the bread and honey at the start are great and a unique treat in the parks.
 
#26
Most of the buffets I've looked at are just too pricey. We don't eat that much. Surprisingly my mom and husband both said they would rather go to Wilderness Lodge for whispering canyon! They love it when we went last year so we may just hop on the bus from HS to there for dinner!
If you hit Wilderness lodge for dinner, you can take a boat to Magic Kingdom after - one of the best rides in the park:)
 

ELG13

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#27
If you hit Wilderness lodge for dinner, you can take a boat to Magic Kingdom after - one of the best rides in the park:)
We stayed at ft.wilderness cabins last year and the boat ride was the kids favorite. When we came back from chef Mickey's we watched the fireworks in the boat!!
 

Disney4family

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#31
Our kids have always enjoyed the Sci-Fi in HS. They treasure their "driver's licenses" to this day. The food may not be considered as good as in the '50s Prime Time Cafe, but at Disney a dining experience is usually more than just the food.
Our daughter was traumatized one year when she was @7 years old in the '50s Prime Time Cafe. The waitress told her she couldn't have dessert because she didn't finish her vegetables. I understood as an adult that she was just "in character". My innocent daughter did not understand. She cried uncontrollably.

Our kids also do not eat enough for a buffet meal such as The Crystal Palace, but to this day, they will never give up on the experience of dining with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore & Piglet - and I can't blame them.
 

ELG13

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#32
Our kids have always enjoyed the Sci-Fi in HS. They treasure their "driver's licenses" to this day. The food may not be considered as good as in the '50s Prime Time Cafe, but at Disney a dining experience is usually more than just the food.
Our daughter was traumatized one year when she was @7 years old in the '50s Prime Time Cafe. The waitress told her she couldn't have dessert because she didn't finish her vegetables. I understood as an adult that she was just "in character". My innocent daughter did not understand. She cried uncontrollably.

Our kids also do not eat enough for a buffet meal such as The Crystal Palace, but to this day, they will never give up on the experience of dining with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore & Piglet - and I can't blame them.
So our wilderness Lodge ADR fell through bc we had to add a person so we got one at sci fi....also the prices were impressive considering it's a Disney restaurant...hopefully the food is decent. Although we need to be mindful of what we get for lunch ...I don't think I'd like burgers twice in a row. I'm sure the kids wouldn't though lol!!
 

Disney4family

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#33
Here's the menu with reviews from this site -
https://www.wdwmagic.com/dining/sci-fi-dine-in-theater-restaurant/menus/lunch/jan2018.htm

And from another site -
http://allears.net/dining/menu/sci-fi-dine-in-theater/child-lunch-dinner
http://allears.net/dining/menu/sci-fi-dine-in-theater/lunch-dinner
http://land.allears.net/reviewpost/showproduct.php?product=118

It's not just burgers. Have the kids sit in the front seat so they can "drive". Ask the waiter/waitress to take a picture of you in the car. It's a neat shot.
 
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