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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by lechnerd, Sep 11, 2017.
I got in as well so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A) how did I miss this thread as a pass holder? (Recently expired)
B) this Google doc is insane
Well then everyone else can be jealous while we fly around in the Millennium Falcon anonymous efriend
The fiancé and I have been asked a shit ton of times to help people plan a trip to Disney. so over time, the sheet was made.
Finally made it to Victoria & Albert's.
If you're into blowing your mortgage payment on a meal, it's a pretty phenomenal experience. It was certainly among the best meals I've had, but perhaps the best overall experience. The attention to detail was top notch.
that seems to be how every mid to high end Disney restaurant is described. Too bad I can’t go anymore, you know because I’m a married but childless millennial gen X
You're in luck -- no kids allowed. V&A is Disney's only fine dining on property. Whole place might be 20 tables total.
10 course menu and then they up-sell you on additions (like the wine pairing, or adding miyaziki beef along with the kobe, which was fun to compare/contrast). It was a 4 to 5 hour onslaught of international gluttony.
Based on the responses in this thread - it sounds like this is dramatically better than what we have on this coast (Disney Land).
Club 33 is mediocre, have never been to V&A but it sounds like an upgrade.
I've heard that about the west coast 33. Ours, which just opened this year or late last, doesn't have sit down dining but theres on/off again rumors of doing something at springs. They just have lounges in each park with finger foods. It's all pretty cool but to just pop in and out for a drink is kinda a pain in the ass. The fast pass perks are stellar though (basically unlimited). I've been to all but the animal kingdom one which either just opened or is about to soon.
Here's a decent writeup on V&A. Only thing that jumps out is they no longer offer anything other than the Chef's Menu (10 course or bust) due to demand. It's not Orlando good, it's internationally good.
Been wanting to eat at V&A but I’m not the most flexible eater. Not knowing the menu in advance is a deal breaker. Not paying that kind of price and only eating 50% of what is served.
Yeah, you’re paying more for the experience and adventure of trying new stuff more than anything. It’s all expertly prepared so the only risk is you might not like that particular thing. Portions are small, it’s the quantity of courses and timing of everything that fills you up.
V&A is still Disney though, so.. I doubt the menu is ever like, lamb heart tartare or something wild like that. The craziest it got for us was caviar (which has never been my favorite but this was just ridiculously good)
The cocktails were next level. I had a smoked gin and tonic where they came to the table and took a blow torch to rosemary and an orange peel, then flipped the glass over the smoke. Then made the drink.
Stuff like that is just fun (for us, at least)
club 33 and V&A are nowhere near the same thing
1 is a restaurant anyone can go to, the other is a club that has like a $50k initial fee and a $10k/year fee to stay a member
V&A is more like Carthay Circle or Napa Rose but on the next level above those
Club 33 takes multiple levels of contacts to go to - but alas the food is mid-level. But certainly you have to pay membership fees and run through hoops to get into it.
It’s more of a headache than soho house or h-club.
Pretty sure I missed afb initial point entirely - but I’m sure the subsequent texts made enough sense of it.
East coast is $33k initiation and then 15k yearly (or at least, was - not too far off from Orlando country clubs). West coast is way more expensive and has a super long waiting list, but I think they allow corporate memberships where WDW’s doesn’t?
West coast is dining but I saw someone online degradingly call it a chili’s once. East coast is just a collection of hidden lounges inside the parks.
Where do we eat for lunch and dinner at Universal? Just doing the Harry Potter world areas.
Quick service food in the park and eat somewhere else in Orlando. The food at universal is all Mediocre chain stuff.
me and my wife's favorite sushi place is by millennia called sushi katana (we haven't been to kadence). You're also within reach of sand lake (aka restaurant row) which is loaded with places.
nbc sports is pretty solid
Four of us are going in November and 2 of us are arriving a bit earlier than the others. We will get to our resort around 5pm on a Thursday night. Any suggestions on things we could do that don't include the parks (since the friend I am arriving with doesn't have an AP and doesn't want to spend more money on a park ticket for just a few hours)? I can't do the Grotto as one of our other friends is hell bent on doing that and he would be pretty annoyed if we did it without him. We are staying at the Caribbean Beach resort but can grab the bus and head anywhere.
A good place to eat that I’ve been hooked on lately is Hash house a go go...it’s like 5 mins from Universal. So good, tons of food....I love the banana Forsters French toast thing...damn so good.
disney springs and do the star wars VR experience.
Universal's new park Epic Universe announced today. Sounds like the park will be around sometime in 2023
Cowfish is good for burgers. Toothsome Chocolate emporium is better than I expected too.
Just got back home from Monday Tuesday at Disney World, Wednesday at MLS All Star game and Thursday at Universal. I went to Disney World four year's ago and was kind of miserable. But I really really enjoyed myself this time. The new Pandora ride is absolutely fucking amazing and the Harry Potter bike ride is really fun. Of course enjoyed the rides I enjoyed from last time old faithfuls of 7 Dwarves, Splash Mount, Mine Train and Everest. I've never consider myself a fan of Disney but everything about Disney was better than Universal. Four years ago I said I'd never go to Disney again but now I'm sitting here like this waiting to go back and check out the Star Wars stuff
If eating in the park, Three Broomsticks was ok in Hogsmeade.
afb are you able to see the thread now?
Unignore lech. He’s been banished.
So is it worth it to go to Universal for one day, if we mainly want to do the Harry Potter stuff? We have an extra day at the end of our November trip, and may do Universal, as my wife has been wanting to go for years now. My daughter maybe a little too young still, but she can deal with it.
Worth it as in is it fun? absolutely. Both HP areas are awesome. The question is whether you want to spend the money it costs for a single day. If it is, then do it and enjoy HP land.
Yeah I guess that's more the question, can you do all of HP in one day- can you get into both HP areas with one ticket? or is it multiple parks
multiple parks and will need a park hopper ticket to do it all. If you limited yourself to Just HP and a ride or two in the other areas, you absolutely could get it done in a single day. But universal has two very good parks on their own, if you can find a way to get two days to do both parks right, I'd do it.
Discovery Cove — worth it? What packed level do you recommend for a day?
The more we look into it, the more sold we are. Looks incredible
haven't looked into packages in quite awhile but I think it's like $250 to swim with the dolphins and if you do anything less than that it's not really worth it
imo you either do 2 parks or you don't go
1 park will be done quite quickly if you are rope dropping
Yeah, I think we’re all gonna do it. $260+tax for the dolphin swim, all day access to swim around all over, all you can drink beer and wine, all you can eat breakfast and lunch, wet suits provide — we’re in
Shouldn’t you be able to do all of what you want of Universal in one day? Especially in November? I’d say the Motorbike ride and a butter beer with foam are fantastic and would steer clear of the other ride...
At what point do they make you prove how old your toddler is?
How much are you trying to get away with?
Hes turning 3 soon