I've now placed every dining reservation for our January 2011 trip and I'm happy to say that I got every restaurant and time that I was hoping for. I found a glitch in the system that allowed me to get my reservations about a week earlier than I expected to :) In a previous post I went over the first half of the reservations, so now onto the last half!
'Ohana, located at the Polynesian resort, which gives us a chance to check out the resort since next visit i'm considering upgrading to a moderate.
After breakfast we plan to hang out at the hotel and maybe hit the pool before heading to Disney Studios in the evening for Fantasmic! It's an incredible show...don't miss it.
Cinderella's Royal Table which is INSIDE the castle in the center of the park. This reservation also gets us into the park an hour before opening and should get us to the rides just as the park opens at 9am. A lot of people complain at the expense of this meal, but to me it's worth the $125 for 3 people since we've never done it. It includes a family photo with Cinderella which we would have bought anyway, so it's not really that bad cost wise.
Tusker House and then a 7:30pm at Chef Mickey's located at the Contemporary resort. I'm currently planning to cancel the Chef Mickey's reservation on day 3 and the Tusker House on this day so we'll have a meal each day and not double up. But, until I decide for sure, I'm keeping them all :)
Princess Storybook Dining with an 8:00 am reservation to again get us in the park early. I hear this is an even better Princess experience than the Royal Table so we're anxious to go!
Le Cellier where I can get a good steak and the Cheddar Cheese Soup is supposed to be amazing. We should get out of dinner just in time to get a good spot to view Illuminations and I'm considering one of the cruises so we can see it up close.
Since we are planning to get the Disney Dining Plan with our vacation, we will have nine table service credits to use...but we currently have extra reservations. I've already pre-paid for the Royal Table meal so we'll just have to decide at some point if we want to drop reservations to get down to nine or pay for the rest out of pocket.
I need to give a quick shout out to AJ at the Disney Food Blog since I've linked to her awesome site for info on the restaurants.
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