(Kinda) new member!

Login to post comments
35 posts / 0 new
Mrs. Minnie's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/13/2013
Posts: 76
(Kinda) new member!

Hello everyone! I am so happy I found this forum; I have very much enjoyed reading about everyone's love of all things Disney. Truth be told, I didn't become a die-hard Disney fan until later in life. I never traveled to Disney as a child but always appreciated the company's mission, vision, and values. When I think Disney, I think Walt. I am so happy that his dreams have lived on through the imaginations of others.

My first trip to WDW was just last year when my husband and I spent two days exploring MK and Epcot (we did not stay on property). Ever since then, I've been hooked! We are travel nuts and after returning from Ireland in October, decided that another trip to the house of mouse was in order. I booked our next adventure for May 2013 when we will really do it up right...staying on property (ASMovies), visiting all the parks and spending some time on the golf course (our true love).

So to sum up, I just want to say hello to you all!

__________________

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language" - W.Disney

Offline
Joined: 09/12/2010
Posts: 4703

Well Hello Mrs. Minnie, and welcome! We were late bloomers to our Love of Disney as well.

Your May trip sounds fantastic - any food stuffs you are particularly looking forward to trying?

Vettelover's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/28/2009
Posts: 4653

Hello Mrs. Minnie and welcome to our forum, We are so glad that you decided to join us and contribute to our happy Disney group.

__________________

mimi's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/27/2012
Posts: 234

welcome Nice to meet you! This forum is packed with awesome ideas and suggestions! I'm taking my husband on his first trip in April, hoping to "hook" him in too! Can't wait to hear more about the details of your trip.

Kris1971's picture
Offline
Joined: 08/10/2011
Posts: 2350

Welcome aboard! Tell us some of your WDW favorites. Do you have a favorite ride or meal you remember from your last trip?

__________________

JoAnn C's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/20/2011
Posts: 6583

welcome

__________________

DIStickers.com Ticker

DIStickers.com Ticker

DIStickers.com Ticker

MrHub's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/29/2009
Posts: 9413

Welcome Mrs. Minnie , welcome. We're glad you found us also.

twilightsparrow's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/16/2012
Posts: 337

Hello Mrs. Minnie and Welcome!!...so glad you have decided to join our group!

stars

__________________

AKV-Kidani 8/2013 ~ PORS 11/2012 ~ CBR 11/2010 ~ CBR 5/2010

OUR DVC HOME: SSR

Kat's picture
Kat
Offline
Joined: 05/05/2012
Posts: 395

Welcome Mrs. Minnie! What a cute username! I'm so glad you found our little community and hope you love it here as much as we do! clapping

__________________

Fall 2015: Master's Degree Graduation Trip, Details TBD! Can't wait to be back in the World!
Nov. 2014: Baby's First 1/2 Day at the Magic Kingdom; our date day at Hollywood studios
Jan. 2014: Our princess was born!
May 2013: Our POR & DCL honeymoon (& my husband's first Disney trip of hopefully many!)
May 2013: Our Disney-themed wedding

Mrs. Minnie's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/13/2013
Posts: 76

Thank you everyone for the warm welcome! It's so refreshing to find a forum that is genuinely upbeat and pleasant; some can be filled with negativity. I'm not one for chatting on boards but you all seemed so nice and respect each other so much, I just had to join in the conversation!

The hubs and I are definite foodies (although I have to admit that when in Epcot we prefer drinking around the world to eating). Because we have yet to stay on property, we haven't visited many of the restaurants. However, that will change come May! We have ADR's at San Angel Inn (Epcot), The Hollywood Brown Derby (DHS) and Chef Mickey's (may change this one after reading some of your reviews) just to name a few.

We have yet to settle on a golf course. Have any of you golfed while in the World and if so, which course do you prefer?

I don't know if I could ever pick out my favorite thing about Disney World. Food and rides aside, I think I just truly enjoy being in such a happy place. While I'm not really one for the merchandising aspect of WDW, I really appreciate the creative development process and Disney's dedication to preserving the art of imagination!

__________________

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language" - W.Disney

JoAnn C's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/20/2011
Posts: 6583

Are you on the dining plan? The Hollywood Brown Derby is one of my favorites. I recommend the cobb salad and the grapefruit cake.

__________________

DIStickers.com Ticker

DIStickers.com Ticker

DIStickers.com Ticker

Jess's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/04/2011
Posts: 3280

Welcome to the best Disney board around Smile

__________________

Mrs. Minnie's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/13/2013
Posts: 76

No, not on the DDP this time. It's just the hubs and I this trip and because we're driving down and will have our own vehicle, I think we'll bring some food and drinks. Perhaps when we have kids it will be a better buy. wink

__________________

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language" - W.Disney

J's picture
J
Offline
Joined: 02/06/2012
Posts: 484

welcome welcome and welcome Certainly looks like you will have some unique perspectives. Looking forward to hearing them.

Offline
Joined: 08/01/2012
Posts: 2037

welcome Mrs. Minnie to the best blog for all things Disney. You have found the best place for your love of Disney as we all have the same affliction! mickey

Nancy D's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/29/2012
Posts: 754

Welcome, Mrs. Minnie! We're so glad you found us!

My two cents for getting to try a good restaurant without so much pain on the wallet is to get a good table service restaurant at breakfast time...you get to experience the ambiance and the good food without the lunch or dinner price tag! Smile

We've loved O'hana and Crystal Palace for those very reasons! Smile

Welcome to the board, and we can't wait to hear more of your travel plans!

Mrs. Minnie's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/13/2013
Posts: 76

Thank you J, Pirategirl, and Nancy D!

Nancy-that's a great idea about the breakfast ADR's. We have never experienced a character breakfast and were really looking forward to that this trip. We had an ADR at Chef Mickeys but I recently changed that to the Tusker House.

Question for everyone: which would you prefer - Chef Mickeys or the Tusker House?

__________________

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language" - W.Disney

Offline
Joined: 08/01/2012
Posts: 2037

I've been to Chef Mickey's and i wasn't impressed. I would go with Tusker House because I love AK.

JoAnn C's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/20/2011
Posts: 6583

I prefer Tusker House.

__________________

DIStickers.com Ticker

DIStickers.com Ticker

DIStickers.com Ticker

Mrs. Minnie's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/13/2013
Posts: 76

Great! Glad I changed it. My DH is a HUGE Donald Duck fan so I think he'll prefer Tusker House.

__________________

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language" - W.Disney

RobynPrincess's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/14/2010
Posts: 2859

Hi and welcome! We are hoping to be there in May so we may lap over in trip dates Smile where in Ireland did you visit? We go there often as my nan still lives there, my dad is Irish too but left for the army at 16 so hasn't lived there since. Smile

My all time favourite restaurant onsite at Disney is Teppan Edo in EPCOT, so if you're stuck for places to try I highly recommend it Smile

Xxxxxxx

__________________

Our Very Merry 24 nighter Nov/Dec 15
Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
TR Sept - Oct 2010 big family trip in an offsite villa

RobynPrincess's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/14/2010
Posts: 2859

Just read you changed to Tusker House, I've never eaten there before but I did try Chef Mickey and vowed never again Wink so a good idea if you ask me Smile xx

__________________

Our Very Merry 24 nighter Nov/Dec 15
Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
TR Sept - Oct 2010 big family trip in an offsite villa

Mrs. Minnie's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/13/2013
Posts: 76

Hi RobynPrincess! My husband and I visited Ireland last October and absolutely loved it! We have both traveled pretty extensively in Europe (DH lived and worked in Northfield, Birmingham for a year) but had never been to Ireland. We started in Dublin, rented a car and drove south through Cork, Kilarney and Dingle. We hope to go back soon!

__________________

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language" - W.Disney

MrHub's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/29/2009
Posts: 9413

Tusker House hands down !

Allie's picture
Offline
Joined: 06/26/2012
Posts: 5443

Hi and welcome! I've never tried Tusker House but have heard nothing but good things and I did not particularly enjoy Chef Mickey's when we were there (though several years ago) so I think you made a good choice on the switch!

Florence's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/27/2013
Posts: 63

Hi Mrs. Minnie and welcome

I, too, just recently joined this site and love it here. I am sure you will too.

Your restaurant choices sound great! Can't wait to hear what you think of Tusker House. I will be dining there for the first time in August.

__________________

"If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day,
so I never have to live without you." - Winnie the Pooh

senseicj's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/29/2010
Posts: 807

welcome welcome welcome

__________________

"You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway."
--Walt Disney--

[url='http://www.mickeypath.com/']

[/url]

Mrs. Minnie's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/13/2013
Posts: 76

Thanks everyone for your input! I think we're going to enjoy the Tusker House. biggrin

__________________

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language" - W.Disney

Kristen K.'s picture
Offline
Joined: 09/01/2011
Posts: 22307

Mrs. Minnie wrote:

Question for everyone: which would you prefer - Chef Mickeys or the Tusker House?

I haven't been to Tusker House to eat, but I really dislike Chef Mickeys so I would go with Tucker House!

Nancy D's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/29/2012
Posts: 754

I've never dined at either, either (ha!), but am looking forward to Tusker House on our next trip.

Ironically, I've never eaten at Chef Mickey's because I can never GET an ADR there...why is the place always so booked if it's not that fantastic? Are people making reservations with the HOPES that it's going to be all that...and then find out that it's not?

I'm thinking you made the right choice with Tusker House, Mrs. Minnie!!

Kristen K.'s picture
Offline
Joined: 09/01/2011
Posts: 22307

Nancy D wrote:
why is the place always so booked if it's not that fantastic? Are people making reservations with the HOPES that it's going to be all that...and then find out that it's not?

I think it's because different families are looking for different things in a restaurant.

Chef Mickey's is great for young kids and big families. The location makes it ideal for both those staying on property and off property, and it's the only Character Breakfast that you are sure to see Mickey at. The location is also one of the original spots to get a Character meal, so for people who haven't been there for a very long time, it could be the only one that they remember. It's a great, large, basic buffet, and if you've got picky eaters you can be sure that there won't be too many surprises. In addition, they move you in and out fast there, so if you want to eat and get right out to hit the Park, it's a good choice. It's one of the few places that I would tell families with kids that don't have great table manners that they should go. Kids rule at Chef Mickeys, sometimes (sadly) in a free-range manner.

For my family however, all those things mean that we avoid it like the plague. The youngest member of my family is 13, we're all foodies and want big flavor in a meal, we enjoy a leisurely pace to eat at, several of us deal with anxiety issues and don't like loud & crowded, plus other people's children can sometimes annoy us.

It's not that Chef Mickey's is "bad", it's not. It's just not a place that my family really enjoys.