I'm planning a solo trip and would really, really REALLY like to dine at Ohana for dinner, but have never dined somewhere "family style" when it's just me. Has anyone "flown solo" at Ohana? Your thoughts?
If you were to have somebody walk you through the details of how the meals work step by step, would that be sufficient for you to be able to partake of the meals? I have a general understanding of executive functioning issues due to my 14yo (her dx is actually Asperger Syndrome but that entails certain EF issues which the school is working on with her as part of her goals at school) but I only know what I think would work for her and I know EF is a broad range of issues. For her, knowing step by step what she is expected to do makes a big difference. For day to day tasks she does VERY well with a checklist but for one time things, generally just going over expectations step by step is sufficient. When she was younger I would include even the one-off things in her super detailed checklists but she's needing much less of that kind of thing these days.That sounds terrifying to me!
I've never done it - I go solo pretty much exclusively these days and tend to stick to the restaurants where I know I'll be okay if I'm by myself. I went to 'Ohana with my family a few times as a kid, before it became a character meal, and it was way too overwhelming back then. I can't imagine it as an adult with executive dysfunction that worsens when there's a lot of stimulation. I'd like to hear about how family style works, though - it seems like it'd be an awful lot of food that might go to waste, and there are a few restaurants that do it that I would like to try.
Depending on how the family style works, it might actually be nice to eat alone and observe, but I always hate doing that in places with tons of families and kids when I'm alone. It feels a little bit like I'm taking up space and not really using some of the elements of the meal/experience, you know? So I've avoided Akershus and CRT, as much as I'd love to eat at those places, and even though I've played with the reservation system before my trips several times and would have been able to book a table for 1 or 2... (I will often book for 2 in hopes of my baby brother being able to eat with me before he clocks in, since he can get me the CM food discount ) If you don't feel bothered by that, it's a totally different matter.
I had a wonderful experience at Chefs de France last December when eating on my own. They sat me next to the window overlooking the promenade, possibly because it's harder for Remy to get over there (I couldn't figure out how they'd bring the cart next to my table, at least), so a less popular table for families with children, and I didn't mind not interacting with him. It was a gorgeous view right at sunset and the food was good. It was really fun to have fairly fancy French food by myself.Tomorrow's ressies are Epcot. Still not sure what I'm shooting for there. LOL
Yea, that's it!!I can almost feel a mask physically going over my face when I'm doing it if that makes any sense.
If they're expecting an single-track on-topic discussion, I think they're on the wrong forum completely!I'm sitting here laughing, imagining somebody opening this thread expecting to read about solo dining and coming across this discussion about girls with Asperger Syndrome.
Another chiming in about the mask thing being such an apt description!OK, I get what you're saying. I have learned over the years to somewhat mimic behaviours and personality traits to fit various situations. I wasn't thinking of that as taking on different personas as it's very artificial and I can almost feel a mask physically going over my face when I'm doing it if that makes any sense.
Great link! Tony Attwood is brilliant.
I should add that at this point in your life, I don't know that there's any point in formal diagnosis since you're an extremely well functioning adult (I can't imagine what it could do to benefit me which is why I'm only self-diagnosed) but having an understanding of the dx within myself has been hugely liberating for me as I can now understand and deal with anxieties, difficulties and even understand my strengths better.
Yes, but I've found that it's a fairly common question from other AS women on another forum I'm on! We like to be alone and observe lots of times.I'm sitting here laughing, imagining somebody opening this thread expecting to read about solo dining and coming across this discussion about girls with Asperger Syndrome.
Yes - I mentioned it above, but when I dined alone at Les Chefs, they put me next to the window for a really fantastic seat that was super ideal for just one person. And both there and at Artist Point - the two fancier restaurants where I ate alone - the servers reset the table for one and moved the chairs a bit so that it was more like it was meant for just one, which was really nice. I've also had a lot of help at some of the CS to get to a table with my food, since the trays could be heavy, whenever a CM saw that I was alone and was available to help. Not often, but enough that it sticks positively in my memory for those places (Min & Bill's, ABC Commissary, the one with the bays in Tomorrowland, and the CMs at Sleepy Hollow arranged the waffle to be easier to carry with a coke and shopping bag).because I know of any restaurant anywhere in the universe, Disney will always be the most effortlessly accommodating to anyone.
I was actually considering Camp Minnie Mickey, but getting out there (I'm staying offsite and won't have a car) is more work than I want to go thru. There's always next time, right?I just got back from my first solo trip and I enjoyed dining alone more than I thought I would! I think you should definitely keep 'Ohana, and I might recommend Hoop Dee Doo also. I was aprehensive when I booked it for one (my 1st time seeing it), and I booked the balcony as I thought I would be more comfortable observing instead of participating. It was great. I had the show to keep me busy and the food and server were wonderful. I didn't feel uncomfortable at all!
Unfortunately, they seem to be holding the restaurants that will be part of the Candlelight Processional dining package from the ADR system. *sigh* I did get a dinner booked at Cape May though. I'll continue to watch the lunch offerings for Epcot. Would like to get LeCellier this time, since I couldn't get in there on my last trip AT. ALL. But that's what happens when you go during Food & Wine. LOL Chefs is one I am considering for my CP package.I had a wonderful experience at Chefs de France last December when eating on my own. They sat me next to the window overlooking the promenade, possibly because it's harder for Remy to get over there (I couldn't figure out how they'd bring the cart next to my table, at least), so a less popular table for families with children, and I didn't mind not interacting with him. It was a gorgeous view right at sunset and the food was good. It was really fun to have fairly fancy French food by myself.
If that's something that interests you, I recommend it! I enjoyed it so much that I decided as soon as I paid that I'd be going back to treat myself for my birthday, but with a larger party this time. There aren't many restaurants at WDW that I have such a love for (the Plaza is another, but mostly because the strawberry chicken salad is a perfect filling but not heavy lunch).