Saturday, May 14, 2011

We're Going (back) To Disney World!

We normally only get to Disney World about every 18 months and I spend the 6 months prior doing heavy duty planning and then have several months before thinking about it again. January 2011 was our latest trip, so I wasn't expecting to be back in the World until May of 2012 for my son's next birthday.  But, we found a good deal on a 7 day vacation with flights included...so we've decided to head back in August!
That means I have only 3 months to get everything planned, luckily I was able to get the truly important bits done very quickly.  I logged into my touringplans.com account and used the Crowd Calendar to decide which days we would spend at each park.  With six full days in the parks, this gives us a day at each and then a 2nd day at both The Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
With that decided, we could work on the most important part...Disney Dining Reservations!  We got to experience a lot of restaurants on our last trip for the first time and we wanted to hit a few of them again.  As I've mentioned in the past, the first hour of park opening is crucial for getting a through some key attractions.  So, you don't want to have a breakfast eat into that time.  I was able to get Character Breakfast reservations for Crystal Palace, Princess Storybook Dining and Hollywood & Vine for an hour before the parks open.  This is huge because we can be finishing our meal around the time the park opens and jump strait into the fun.
Our Disney Dining Plan gives us 4 more table service meals during our trip, so we wanted to use these on some restaurants we hadn't been able to visit yet:  Biergarten, Coral Reef and Tusker House.  We've had the Tusker House breakfast before, but really wanted to try the highly touted dinner.
The last dining credit will be used for the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian Resort.  Kian loves Alice and the Mad Hatter (ok, i do too) and this gives us a chance to check out another Disney Resort that we haven't visited yet.

If you want more info on these dining locations, you should really check out the new Disney Food Blog Dining E-Book.  Why haven't you purchased it yet?  Do it now!

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