Interpreting Dining Reviews

I watched the following video from DISUnplugged and I really enjoyed their commentary and banter with each other.  Go ahead – take a moment to watch…

Top 5 Worst Restaurants at Disney World | DIS Unplugged Minisode

Now, I am not here to agree or disagree with their selections, though, I do agree with the majority of what they said.  At the same time, once you watch the video, read some of the comments below the video.

Now, how many people mentioned how bad they disliked a place that you loved.
How many people really liked a place that you hated?

Thus, begins a huge dilemma.

Dining at Disney is a huge, diverse universe and one that can really make or break a vacation experience.  Guests that resign to the idea that the only thing available are burgers and hot dogs are plain out doing it wrong.  At the same time, you do not have to spend hundreds of dollars per day to really enjoy the dining experience at Disney.

Like any place on this great Earth of ours, Walt Disney World, as well as Disneyland for that matter, has some awesome eateries.  They also have some places where I just will not eat again after multiple tries.  And that is one thing I will agree with from the video – you can’t necessarily base your opinion of a restaurant solely on one dining experience.  Every place has an off day.

When asking around about eateries, you should consider a few helpful tips when it comes to forming your questions:

  • Instead of asking “What is the best place to eat at <insert location here>…?”  ask something like this: “I am going to be at the MK for lunch and was wondering which place had the best chicken dishes?”  In this example, you are not only narrowing something down by when you will be eating, but by location, and by a type of food that you like.  Asking any sort of question about “the best” is going to give you an overwhelming list of opinions which you then need to sort through.
  • If asking about an opinion about a certain eatery, be prepared to see both good and bad experiences.  You need to possibly skip over responses that simply say that someone likes it or hates it.  Look for the responses that say why they like it or hate it.  Such responses will help you so much more so you can process that information accordingly.
  • Avoid asking a question like “Is dining at <location> worth it?”  Such a question opens a barrage of vague responses that will not help.  The thing is, value is very much a personal perception.  I mean, I think that taking my family to eat at the California Grill is very much worth the price I pay.  However, someone who is not into that sort of thing will not find the same value.

I think every parent has told their kids at one time or another “how do you know you don’t like it if you never even tried it?”  Sometimes, you just have to throw caution to the wind and give something a try.  (Sci-Fi Dine In Theater is an example of that for me.)  You may really like a place that is something of a hidden gem!  At the same time, I have been underwhelmed at times by places where the hype was much bigger than the quality of the food.  The problem is that if you bad-mouth someone else’s favorite eatery, all of a sudden you don’t know what you are talking about.

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