Disney Dining. I’m up, so why not?


This morning, it was within my time frame to book my 180-day Disney Dining Reservations. After 3 months of planning, I finally got to book where I’m going to eat in 6 months. While I’m not a fan of this much of an early reservation system (I miss you, my 90 day system!), it’s a necessary evil if you want to book some good places. The booking system online opened at 6:00am, and the phone lines opened at 7:00am. I was on at 6:00am planning most of our reservations, and on at 7:00am with a cast member to book some of the special events (like Bippidy Boppidy Boutique and Hoop de Doo).

So here’s my plan:

Day 1: Arrival day! Breakfast will most likely be Cinnabon in our local airport.

Lunch: Earl of Sandwich at Down Town Disney.

Dinner: 1900 Park Faire at Disney’s Grand Floridian. It’s a character buffet dinner; featuring Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine and the step sisters. This is a tradition for us, as we always have dinner here on arrival.

Day 2:

We’ll be focusing on EPCOT’s Innovations West and East. Due to the construction at the Magic Kingdom, we’ll be spending 2 days at EPCOT.

Breakfast: Akershus Princess Story Book Dining in Norway. One of the best deals on property, it’s a delicious buffet breakfast (try the dill schmear!) with the princesses that includes a portrait package at no extra cost! It’s a must-do and a fantastic photo-op for the family.

After breakfast: AAA Story time in Norway. This event is free and available to AAA members (who booked their Disney trip through AAA) only.

Lunch: Garden Grill is no longer serving lunch (BOOOOOOOO) so I was completely at a loss for where to eat. So I thought, for fun, let’s check Le Cellier (for those of you not in the know, this is one of the most coveted reservations on Disney property. It’s up there with Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Castle.) availability. Surprisingly, it was available, so I jumped on it!

Dinner: Kona Cafe in the Polynesian (our hotel). I did not make reservations, because I wanted to keep the evening open. I feel I’m safe in this instance because every time I’ve been, there have always been a ton of open tables.

Day 3:

Our second day of EPCOT, in the World Showcase!

Breakfast: 1900 Park Faire. A character buffet featuring Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter. We’ve never done this one before, so we’re super excited. I also booked this a little early so we have time to explore before the World Showcase opens at 11:00am.

Lunch: Via Napoli. EPCOT’s new Italian Pizza Restaurant. It’s a first for us, as it had just opened when we went last year and was impossible to get into. My husband is REALLY looking forward to this reservation, as pizza is his favorite and one of his specialties.

Dinner: Chef de France. Probably one of the best places to eat in all of Disney (and yes, I’ve eaten at Victoria and Albert’s). The food is INCREDIBLE, the bread to DIE for and the French Onion soup is out of this WORLD! It’s beautiful at night, and with Remy visiting, is highly entertaining.

Day 4:

We’ll be at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And I’ll be breaking a HUGE rule of mine. For the first time. Ever.

Breakfast: Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary. A character breakfast buffet featuring the Fab 5! This was M’s pick. I’m not a huge fan of this one (very loud and always packed) but she asked for it. And since it’s her birthday trip… I lost out.

Lunch: BREAKING MY RULE. We’ll be doing lunch on the fly, most likely Quick Service. I’d love to try Flame Tree BBQ. We’ll see how the weather is though.

Dinner: Since AK closes early (Disney has discontinued evening extra-magic hours for this park) we’ll be heading to Hoop de Doo. Another favorite of M’s, and for adults. It’s an all-you-can-eat dinner show featuring BBQ and unlimited beer and sangria. It’s located in Pioneer Hall at Ft. Wilderness. It’s a beautiful location. Bring your camera for sure!

Day 5:

Breakfast: O’Hana in the Polynesian. An all you can eat breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch. We’re really looking forward to this one!

Lunch: Totally open again!

Dinner: Mama Melrose Fantasmic package. We’ll be eating early, so we can head right over to get our special assigned seating. It will be M’s first time seeing Fantasmic, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Day 6:

Breakfast: Crystal Palace. Our first time eating here for breakfast (we normally hit the lunch crowd). A character buffet featuring Pooh, Tigger, Eyore and Piglet.

Bippidy Boppidy Boutique is on the list next. We’ve booked the Crown Package (hair, rhinestone crown, Mickey clip, makeup and nails), and buy the dress separately. M isn’t into all the shoes and accessories, so we save money by buying the costume in Down Town Disney (you get 10% off using your AAA card).

Lunch: TBD. Could be a quick service meal. Could be Liberty Tree Tavern. Who knows!?

Dinner: Will be early, due to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (which we’ll be attending). We’ll be dining at Cinderella’s Castle, at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Day 7:

100% totally on the fly. Another rule, totally broken. But this is going to be our last HUGE trip for awhile (I say, but J disagrees with me. We’ll see who wins this one.) so I want to keep things open.

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