Posted by : Jameson Durall Saturday, December 18, 2010
Since Disney World now opens up Advance Dining Reservations 6 months in advance now, I did most of the initial planning for our January trip back in July. I did two posts (ADRs Part 1 and ADRs Part 2) that talked about what we had planned and why we wanted to visit each location, but things changed a bit from then to now. We plan to do a lot of character meals this trip for the first time...only Garden Grill will be a repeat for us. All of our big reservations stayed in place, but we made a few small changes so here is the final plan!
Day 1 - Downtown Disney
Dinner - Raglan Road
We fly into Orlando International Airport in the early afternoon and then plan to check in to the hotel and head to Downtown Disney for shopping and dinner at Raglan Road. My wife is Irish so she's especially excited to eat here. Our buddy Nick is meeting up with us to enjoy dinner as well!
Day 2 - Magic Kingdom
Breakfast - Crystal Palace
Dinner - Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
We start off the day at Crystal Palace for the character meal including Winnie the Pooh characters. TIP: I got an 8am reservation which is 1 hour before the park even opens, that way we will be done and ready to play at 9am! Lunch will likely be at Pecos Bills before heading out for a 5pm reservation at Hoop-Dee-Doo!
Day 3 - Epcot
Dinner - Via Napoli
Lunch on this day will likely be at Sunshine Seasons since it fits into our touring plans. I've taken AJ's advice here with dinner at Via Napoli and will likely try the 4-Cheese pizza that she raves about :)
Day 4 - Disney Studios
Dinner - 50's Prime Time Cafe
I'm pretty sure we'll have to take Kian to Pizza Planet for lunch, but then we're all excited to visit 50's Prime Time Cafe for dinner. I'm looking forward to the waitress telling Kian to keep his elbows off the table. TIP: I got a reservation right at park closing time so we don't lose any precious time riding attractions.
Day 5 - Epcot
Dinner - Garden Grill
This is one of the character meals we did last trip and really enjoyed it. Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale all come around to the table and usually twice each before you are done eating. Besides, it's pretty neat to be in a restaurant that rotates.
Day 6 - Day of Rest
Brunch - Ohana - Best Friends Breakfast
On this day we are taking it easy with a 10:15am reservation with Lilo and Stitch (one if Kian's favorites). I'm really anxious to see the Polynesian resort since we want to stay there next trip. We plan to chill the rest of the day at the hotel before heading back to Disney Studios in the afternoon for Fantasmic!
Day 7 - Magic Kingdom
Breakfast - Cinderella's Royal Table
This breakfast is going to be epic...Kian is always in awe of the castle and has no idea there's even a way to go inside. We are not going to even tell him about it until we go to the park and are heading to the reservation. We were again able to get an 8am reservation so we can be in the park at opening time.
Day 8 - Animal Kingdom
Breakfast - Tusker House - Donald's Safari Breakfast
Dinner - Chef Mickey's
We start the day with Donald's Safari Breakfast an hour before the park opens. Then we are really excited about Chef Mickey's not only because of Mickey but we get to see the Contemporary Hotel for the first time! It's really cool that the Monorail goes right inside of the hotel. TIP: AK closes at 5pm which allowed us to get a dinner reservation at Chef Mickey's with plenty of time to get there by 7pm.
Day 9 - Epcot
Breakfast - Princess Storybook Dining
Dinner - Le Cellier
Kian loves to see any Princess he can, so getting several of them during breakfast is going to be a special treat for him. Again, we have an early reservation so we can be in the park at opening. Since this is the day before my Birthday, we are celebrating at Le Cellier that night for me :)
So there you have it...tons of awesome dining that we are really excited for. The best part is that most of this will be free since our vacation package includes Free Dining!