Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Birthdays at the World: Where to Eat?

To the left is a picture of James and I on my last birthday.  We went to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner with some friends, but for my next birthday I hope to be somewhere a bit more exciting: Walt Disney World.  It is possible that James and I will take another trip to WDW in January, and it will hopefully fall over both of our birthdays.  Which leads me to the question of today's blog post...

Where should I have dinner (or breakfast or lunch if that's what you think would be best) on my birthday?  I really have no idea where to begin with this quest for the best birthday restaurant.  So I need your opinions, readers.  This is a short blog post because it is essentially a cry for help (if I were Katie, I'd use the hashtag #helpme).

Where do you think is a good place for a birthday dinner?  Where have you eaten for your birthday celebrations at Walt Disney World?  Let me know in a comment, a tweet (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook.  My birthday dinner is in your hands.

18 comments:

  1. Ooh, I can't wait to see the suggestions! Are you going for something over-the-top Disney themed, or maybe with a quieter atmosphere? I'm sure that anywhere you pick will be amazing!

    Last year, I was in WDW for my 21st birthday and we had dinner at Kona. I know it's not overly Disney or anything, but it's one of my favorites. :)

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  2. I can't wait either! I'm actually really torn between super Disney themed and quieter/more relaxed. That's why I need suggestions lol.

    I've never been to Kona, but a favorite is always great for a birthday.

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  3. For complete fun? Go to Whispering Canyon, and make sure you ask for a cake ;)

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  4. If you want something super nice and extra magical, I'd go for the splurge and have your birthday dinner at the California Grill (just let them know when you book the reservation). We celebrated my sister's birthday there recently, and they decorated our table with Mickey confetti, gave us the most perfect window seat with amazing views of the Magic Kingdom/Wishes, and brought out a special birthday dessert. It was the best birthday ever ... and it wasn't even my birthday! :)

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  5. If you're not looking for overly disney themed, but maybe just a theme, maybe the hoop de doo would be fun. The actors single out people celebrating and make sure they go out of their way to make your experience fun. Not to mention the all you can eat food is delicious, the only negative might be you might be stuck with strawberry shortcake for dessert! although I'm sure they would do cake for you if you requested.

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  6. Todd, ooh what happens if you ask for a cake?!

    Disney Chick, California Grill was one of the restaurants I was thinking of. It sounds like it would be an amazing dinner on a birthday (or any day).

    Kim, ooh, I've never done Hoop De Doo. I'll have to check it out.

    Thanks for the suggestions, guys!

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  7. i don't think you can really go wrong at a wdw restaurant for birthday. make sure you wear your birthday button. you have to decide on your atmosphere. california grill is really nice (never been) and very noisy. jiko at akl i think is a bit quieter and may be more romantic. characters at buffets will make a huge fuss over you.

    i had my birthday last december at chef mickey's, and then my friend kim, whose birthday is 4 days after mine, tried to get something done to me at liberty tree tavern earlier that week but we ended up turning the tables on her and she got her birthday done instead (we were leaving wdw on her birthday, so there would have been no celebration).

    i think it comes down to what do you want to eat that day. do you want on property or off? any place you go on property, they will shower you with attention. the question will be whether that's the atmosphere or the food that you want. make it a place that you want to go to, whether you have been there before or not. the birthday stuff will come along with it.

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  8. I'm definitely excited about getting a birthday button. =) We're trying Jiko in August, so I'll have some firsthand experience with that then.

    As for the characters, we're hopefully going to do Crystal Palace that week, and though it won't be on either of our actual birthdays, we'll wear the buttons.

    And we definitely want on-property since we won't have a car.

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  9. the birthday button is amazing. between all the facebook birthday wishes and all the happy birthdays from cast members, i had never had so many birthday greetings in my life. it's one reason i'm torn between going to reunion or two weeks later during my birthday.

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  10. If your birthday is only 2 weeks away, I say wear the button anyway.

    (My birthday is one of the reasons I'm going in January and not during Reunion also, but don't tell Matt.)

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  11. wear the button but my fav place is 50`s diner!!!! thats a sooo go!

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  12. I've heard so many good things about 50s Prime Time, but I'm not sure if the menu appeals to me.

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  13. We go each year for my birthday. Cali Grill was a great choice.. we love good food and this place has it as well as the view! I also do 'Ohana for breakfast each year on my birthday just because I love Stitch. The food is good and it's a great way to kick off your day. Last year we ate at Artist Point b/c we were staying at the WL. While it was good, it wasn't as good as Cali Grill in my opinion. I think my husband felt the same way. And I totally agree to rock that birthday button!!

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  14. I'm going to say Hoop De Doo Review. Definitely not quiet but a lot of fun particularly if you get picked to participate.

    If you looking for something quiet and romantic I love Narcoossee's. It's a lot quieter than California Grill and still has a great viewing location for Wishes.

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  15. If you're into the whole party and crazy celebration, definitely Chef Mickey's. I could go there, no matter how old I am! As for a more "grown-up" experience, I have no clue, sorry!

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  16. Ahhh, so many good suggestions! I don't know what to choose!

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  17. Hey, first off, I want to say I just found your blog and I love it. I am recently out of college and my boyfriend is still in (as a grad student). I love the tips for saving for Disney trips, and your accounts of the trips. I want to take my boyfriend soon! He has never been to the World, only Disneyland. I can't wait to go with him!
    I spent my 21st birthday in Epcot (my favorite park!) and had lunch in Japan at the table service restaurant there. The sushi was incredible, and they gave me a little piece of cake that I think had a hint of ginger in it. It was delicious! It looked like a regular slice of white cake, with a candle and covered in Mickey sprinkles. Plus they sang me the best version of Happy Birthday ever! Think "fa- ra- ra -ra- ra" from A Christmas story! haha. They definitely made my 21st special.

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  18. Woohoo, I'm glad you like my blog! =) You'll have soooooo much fun taking your boyfriend. I've been quite a few times, but 2009 was my boyfriend's first trip since he was 5. Now I'm slowly getting him addicted! And what an awesome 21st birthday dinner!

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