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Old 01-02-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
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Tell me about Tokyo Dining & Illuminations

Everyone raves about Illuminations. It doesn't do much for me, but perhaps that is because I usually only see people's elbows. I am a very short adult. This trip we are going to stay at WL Concierge for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I asked my itinerary planner about having dinner reservations and watching illuminations. One of the suggestions, was Tokyo Dining. Do they cook the food in front of you? I know it is supposed to be a wonderful thing, but I just can't stand to see raw meat and then eat it later-guess I am strange. Do you order from a menu or do they just bring you food like at 'Ohana's? I guess the idea is that if you aren't seated by the window, you can walk out on the balcony. Has anyone ever done that? The suggestion for a time was 7:45 PM, any comments on that?
Other suggestions were La Hacienda and Rose & Crown Pub. What do you think? Would any of these be better to celebrate our anniversary? Or could we pick another night to celebrate even if it isn't the right date? We are also doing 'Ohana's and the Luau, and going to 'Be Our Guest' in Fantasyland.
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Tokyo Dining is a standard restaurant, where you order off the menu and the food is then brought to you. Nothing is cooked in front of you.
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Only the tables at the front windows will have a view and there aren't many of them. It is a nice restaurant.
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The food is brought to your table cooked. there a a very limited number of tables with a view of Illuminations. Rose and Crown has the very best seats for the show, but again there are only a few of them on the patio behind the restaurant. We once had the corner table on the patio, and the show from there was just incredible
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We're going to Rose and Crown for our 25th Anniversary dinner this January. We've done this before and we had a great view from their terrace. Our table was inside, but when Illuminations started, they let us go outside on the terrace and watch. It was a great view. Tokyo Dining is a regular table service restaurant. You can check the menu online at allearsnet.com.
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Thank you everyone for the ideas and advice. Happy Anniversary Joanne S. Let me know how your celebration goes. Did you let them know you were celebrating when you made the reservations? I forgot to do that when I made mine. It sounds like Rose & Crown one can get up from one's table and walk to a place to see the show. I thought I had read there was a balcony at Tokyo Dining where one could do that as well? Thanks again. Passporter People are the best!
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Don't know if this will bother you, but when we ate at Tokyo Dining, it was really crowded and VERY loud. We had to lean across the table to talk while eating--that loud. We had 6:00 ADR, so maybe it's not as mobbed later in the evening.

I don't recall anything much for a balcony.

I'd go with Rose & Crown personally. Their cheese platter is a fantastic appetizer if it's on the dinner menu. The onion jam on it is killer with the Stilton cheese. We only have eaten lunch there.
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My husband and I spent our wedding anniversary at WDW this past September. Since my husband loves sushi, I made reservations for Tokyo Dining (lunch). We showed up early and they gave us a window seat. It was wonderful! They also gave each of us origami rings with little hearts. I did let them know we were celebrating an anniversary when I made reservations. I believe you can edit reservations, as long as you have your confirmation number, and then add your anniversary at that point.

Basically, both Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo (this is the one where they cook in front of you) share the upstairs of the building. You have to ascend a lot of stairs to get up there and, yes, there is a wrap around porch/deck/balcony that you can stand on with amazing view--I do think some of the shrubbery or trees were getting a bit tall, however. I'd have to go back and check my pictures. The torii (the red gate-like structure in Japan) is straight ahead and may block some of the view, not sure. I've never been there for Illuminations.
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We have eaten at Tokyo Dining twice. Once we were in the sushi area (I don't really know what it is called). It was very loud and not enjoyable. The second time we went, we got to sit in the larger dining area--window seat! It was a very enjoyable meal. We will be returning there in a few weeks with an 8:00pm reservation. I don't necessarily want to eat while Illuminations is going on, but thought we would just be finishing when Illuminations begins. We will see!
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Don't know if this will bother you, but when we ate at Tokyo Dining, it was really crowded and VERY loud. We had to lean across the table to talk while eating--that loud. We had 6:00 ADR, so maybe it's not as mobbed later in the evening.

I don't recall anything much for a balcony.

I'd go with Rose & Crown personally. Their cheese platter is a fantastic appetizer if it's on the dinner menu. The onion jam on it is killer with the Stilton cheese. We only have eaten lunch there.
Thanks so much. I can't stand acoustically aggressive places. There wasn't anything for the date and time we liked for Rose & Crown, so we ended up getting La Hacienda at 7:45 PM. I would have liked later, but the itinerary planner said this would work so I am trusting. He also said they built it out into the water more than it was before. Here's hoping!
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