Special birthday dinner location? And a few other questions

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Special birthday dinner location? And a few other questions

Hey all! Long time reader, first time poster here!
I'm going to disney world next Monday (cue high pitched squeaked and outrageous dancing) for two weeks with my boyfriend. I am celebrating my 23rd birthday whilst out there and want to go somewhere really special/different/nice for my birthday dinner. It's a Saturday night. Any ideas or recommendations?

Although we have a basic itinary for the fortnight, I still can't decide what to do for my actual birthday day. For sure I want to be at magic kingdom for wishes in the evening - it's so amazing! But can't decide on a favourite for day time activities! We'll have done most of the parks by this point I think!

Second question, last time I visited with my family I remember wearing some hideously ugly water shoes for the waterparks. Are these still advisable? My boyfriends not gonna be able to resist me in those bad boys haha!

Question C Tongue - we're planning on going to MK on the Tuesday but its obviously MBSSHP and unfortunately we don't have tickets, so we're thinking hit the park in the day, then catch the monorail to Epcot, have dinner maybe a ride or two and watch illuminations before getting the monorail back to MK car park. Does that sound fees able?

And finally (thanks for your patience) I'm struggling to find any info on whether there is an evening show at seaworld or US/IOA, is that simply because there are none?

Thank you so much for your thoughts or replies! I know you're a friendly disney obsessed bunch and I look forward to your responses, but more importantly - I look forward to my holiday of a life time in 6 days!!!

Much love
Disneydoll UK

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Awesome upcoming trip!! As far as some of your questions, for your bday at MK, assuming you're wanting a sit-down table service meal, maybe try to get a last minute reservation at Be Our Guest (BOG) or Cinderella's Royal Table (CRT). If not, I'd recommend taking the monorail to Contemporary or Polynesian and trying to get a last minute reservation at 'Ohana or California Grill and then heading back to MK for Wishes. AND then after MK closes, I'd head over to Jellyrolls at the Boardwalk to live it up and celebrate in style!! Smile

You're plan for MNSSHP sounds perfect. You will be "kicked out" of the MK at around 7, so you certainly have time to get to Epcot either by monorail or bus (depending on what line is shorter!!) Another option would be to hope a boat to Poly or Grand Floridian and take the monorail from there, if the lines are really long.

As far as Seaworld, when we were there last May, it closed pretty early (guess the animals have to go to bed!) so there was no "evening" show, after the last Shamu show (which was around 5 or 6 I think?). Can't speak to US/IOA, but I know City Walk is open late into the night, so if there's not something that meets your schedule, maybe you can restaurant hop for some drinks or something.

Welcome to the forum!! Enjoy your trip and happy early Bday!

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Hello Disneydoll and welcome! Glad you came out of the shadows and finally joined. Regarding your birthday dinner, as JMUDukz has mentioned, California Grill, which will be reopening Sept 9 would be an awesome meal, but getting a resi might be a problem, but you can always try a walk in and eat in the lounge area, its walk up only, no resi needed for that if they have room. Also Narccossi's at the Grand Floridian is excellent & Citricos. At the Poly, Kona is great! They have excellent sushi. Then there is Ohana', but that could be rough getting a resi too this close. Any Saturday night is going to busier because the locals come into the parks and resort and restaurant then more.

About leaving the MK and going to Epcot, thats a great plan, I would just make sure you leave early enough that you done hit all the leaving traffic. I know JMUDukz is trying to be helpful, but I don't think you would get to the T&TC any faster by taking a boat, taking it to the Poly or Grand Floridian, get back on the monorail and taking that to the T&TC then you would if you just waited in line and took the express monorail from the MK to the T&TC and switched there to the EPCOT monorail.

I can't help you with Sea World or Universal, haven't been to either one in years.

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welcome This is certainly going to be the trip of a lifetime!
If you are looking for other non park ideas for celebrating your birthday...
you can also rent Bicycles, Kayaks and Boats at some Disney Resorts!
Maybe top your evening off with a chocolate something from Ghiradellis in
downtown disney, then take the short water taxi ride over to Port Orleans
for a romantic carriage ride?
Whatever you decide, enjoy your special trip!
birthday

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Hello DisneyDoll! Welcome to the forums!

You must be so excited to almost be there! I don't have anything to add to the great advice given above, but I did want to say hello! Where will you be staying?

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Hi firstly happy 23rd birthday. Last May (2012) they did have some show of movie clips played onto water but cannot remember which park and it was celebrating 100 years of movies but I have no clue for this year. Have a good trip

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Hey all! Thank you so much for such sweet replies and for the many birthday wishes, you're too kind! Glad to hear my mk to Epcot plans is well received, think I'll stick with that and maybe try and sit upfront on the monorail? Can you still do that or has the health and safety cloud rained on that too?
Ooh I like the idea of the carriage ride! Definitely look into that more!
We're staying in a hotel off international drive, not a disney resort unfortunately! Can we still go for dinner at other resorts and make reservations?
Thanks so much for your advice. The holiday has been booked for like a year so I'm bouncing around like tigger all day informing anyone in ear shot how many days, hours, minutes til we fly, til I get to the rope drop at mk and til my birthday. I actually don't know what I'm going to do after the trip!

(FYI it's 5 days, 10 hours and 42 mins til I get to the airport)

Xxxx

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No sorry Disneydoll, thy stopped allowing guests to ride the front of the monorail in 2009 after the accident.

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Unfortunately you cannot sit up front on the monorail anymore Sad its a safety thing. Know what you mean ours has been booked for 11 months and I am counting the days.

Where are you in the UK there are quite a few of us Brits on this site! I prefer it to the UK sites, the people on here are really friendly and I haven't read any bitchy fights or nastiness which I know has happened on some UK sites.

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Universal has Cinematic Spectacular-100 Years of Movie Memories. Here's the link to it: https://www.universalorlando.com/Shows/Universal-Studios-Florida/Cinematic-Spectacular.aspx

You can't go wrong with where you have your birthday dinner. I would see what's available at MK and then if there is nothing available or you don't see something you like, then look at the resorts nearby. I recommend the California Grill but reservations might be hard to find. It just depends on your preferences and how much money you are willing to spend on the dinner as well.

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Sally-Ann I'm from the northwest Smile and how can there be bitchiness/nastiness with disney in the world? Haha! Yeah I've been browsing a few sites and this is the best for info and friendliness!
Ah shame about the monorail thing, glad I did it when I was a little kid in that case. Will have to let the Boyf down gently with that haha, distract him with a jet ski or something.

I'm very excited to fly with virgin too MCO too! Hopefully they're as good as they appear to be!

What's the best place to grab a quick bite for lunch at MK There's too much choice! I need like a months holiday to try all the restaurants I want!!!

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Disneydoll wrote:
What's the best place to grab a quick bite for lunch at MK There's too much choice! I need like a months holiday to try all the restaurants I want!!!

I like Casey's Corner (they have hotdogs and other ballpark fare), Pecos Bills (they have taco salad, burgers and stuff like that) and Cosmic Rays (they have burgers, chicken sandwiches and salads). Cosmic Rays offers the most variety of foods.

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Happy almost Birthday !! I love everyone's ideas...you could also check out any of the Deluxe Hotel Restaurants for dinner.....www.allears.net has all of the menus for all of the Disney restaurants....this may give you an idea of what they have and also the cost. Have
an amazing trip !! Happy Happy !! clapping

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welcome Disneydoll and I know the excitement you feel. I will be in Disney in 26 days. I don't have as far to travel as you do though. I hope you have a wonderful birthday in the world. Let us know all about your trip.

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Have a wonderful trip and Birthday! I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday in the World this year and it was awesome!!

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welcome and birthday

what a great place to celebrate your birthday

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Happy Birthday. Welcome to the boards. Make sure you get your birthday badge and wear it. These are available at your disney resort or guest services in the parks. I don't think your going to find a bad place to have your birthday meal. You will be in Disney with a man you love, thats all that will mater. We seem to fall in love with a new restraunt every trip. Check out the Disney site for your day and time and you can get a few fun options that you can pick from just to make sure you can have one guarantee.

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You've already gotten tons of great answers to your questions and I have nothing to add but wanted to say hi, welcome and birthday

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Happy birthday! It is a bit pricey (ok, a little more than a bit) but the Luau at Polynesian Resort would be really special and fun! Plus you would get to go on stage and hula, and that's a pretty cute photo op Smile I doubt you could get reservations for the Be Our Guest resort for the evening, but I would highly suggest going for lunch! The restaurant is new and it is really stunning! I had the pot roast for lunch and loved it. You will likely wait in line to get in, but it is DEFINITELY worth it.

I have never worn shoes to the water parks and have not had a problem. In certain areas the cement floor is really hot but other than that, I don't think the shoes are necessary if you don't want to bother with them. I would almost prefer to go barefoot because my feet always feel cold and permanently wet in the mesh water shoes while I am waiting to get on a ride.

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Tell your boyfriend that he'll just have to take you to Disneyland next for an up front monorail ride! *hehehe*

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Kristen K. wrote:
Tell your boyfriend that he'll just have to take you to Disneyland next for an up front monorail ride! *hehehe*

Are they still allowing that out there, I would have thought they stopped that everywhere.

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mrhub wrote:
Kristen K. wrote:
Tell your boyfriend that he'll just have to take you to Disneyland next for an up front monorail ride! *hehehe*

Are they still allowing that out there, I would have thought they stopped that everywhere.

When we were there May 2012 (post WDW accident) we were still able to ride up front and in the very back.

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Unfortunately you cannot sit up front on the monorail anymore Sad its a safety thing. Know what you mean ours has been booked for 11 months and I am counting the days.

Where are you in the UK there are quite a few of us Brits on this site! I prefer it to the UK sites, the people on here are really friendly and I haven't read any bitchy fights or nastiness which I know has happened on some UK sites.

* cough * the d.i.b.b. * cough * Wink

Welcome disneydoll! Where abouts in the northwest are you? My hubby is from up that way though we live in Hampshire Smile

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Thanks everyone! I will endeavour to take as much of your wonderful advice as I can! So excited to leave tomorrow!!! I will report back when I get home!!! Thank you also for the birthday wishes!!! Xxx

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Safe travels! We are headed home today and although it's been hot and humid, the crowds have been low and we've had a great time! Have a fabulous birthday here at Disney World.

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clapping yay clapping yay clapping

Have a Blast~!!

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The monorail in WDW is considered transportation and riding up front is not allowed but in DL it is a attraction and therefore they can get away with it.