Posted by : Jameson Durall Friday, December 30, 2011


I did a post a few months ago about our upcoming trip to Disney World to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary, but since then I've made some significant changes. These changes came because of great news...a close friend got me a fantastic deal which further lowered our room rate and gets us the Dining Plan for nearly half off!  The only change to our room is that we are now staying at Port Orleans Riverside instead of French Quarter...just a small change in theme.

Our dining plans is what is changing pretty drastically.  Since my last post, we had decided to try Brown Derby, Flying Fish and California Grill (in addition to our fantastic dinner at the Chef's Table at Victoria and Albert's on the night of our anniversary).  The problem is that all three of those restaurants are Signature Dining and would cost two Table Service credits each.  We have 4 credits each and would rather get more bang for the buck, so we've decided to keep the California Grill dinner during the Wishes Fireworks and replace the others.

After a lot of planning and getting suggestions from trusted friends (thanks AJ!) we've decided on the following restaurants.  Keep in mind, we are going without our son for the first time and want to experience things that he won't enjoy for several years...and we want it to be romantic when possible :)

Day 1 (10th Anniversary)

We've decided to have a late breakfast at Kouzzina by Cat Cora and are both really excited to start there.  The Baklava French Toast looks amazing and I've heard really great things about the Coffee.  We will probably pay for this meal out of pocket using our Tables in Wonderland card since it's the cheapest of the bunch and are short one Table Service Credit. Tip: Tables in Wonderland also gives you free Valet Parking at restaurants on Disney property.  We will be using this for both of this day's meals :)  We're going to wander around World Showcase for a few hours before dinner.

Dinner will be the amazing Chef's Table at Victoria and Albert's which consists of around 11 courses that are made specially by the head chef for each person.  It's a four hour experience that includes wine pairings for each course and a custom menu for each person that attends.  We have this table all to our selves :)

Day 2
We're getting up early to be at Disney Studios for park opening...those Toy Story Midway Mania fast passes are a must!  We'll also ride Star Tours about a dozen times, but we're really looking forward to soaking in One Man's Dream and all the little things that we don't normally get to experience with a 7 year old.
In the afternoon we are heading to Epcot where will likely use a Quick Service credit for lunch somewhere in World Showcase.  The highlight of the evening will be dinner at Teppan Edo, a hibachi grill, in the Japan Pavilion.  What's not to love about tempura and meat being grilled right in front of you?  We'll spend the rest of the evening in World Showcase as well as the Boardwalk area.

Day 3
Our final day begins with trying the new breakfast buffet at The Wave in the Contemporary Hotel.  We chose this spot because we can get our free Valet parking here and walk over to the Magic Kingdom for the day.  Don't get me wrong, the buffet looks pretty amazing too...my wife was drooling over Sweet Potato Pancakes.

We have the Keys to the Kingdom tour starting at 9:30am in the Magic Kingdom which includes lunch and gets us done around 1-2pm.   Since you have to be at least age 16 for the tour, this is a rare opportunity for us and we're pretty excited.  We will then spend the rest of the day touring the Magic Kingdom, which will include a mandatory visit to Aloha Isle for a Dole Whip.

Last, but certainly not least, we walk back to California Grill for dinner during the Wishes fireworks show.  They have a balcony for viewing (only accessible to guests with a reservation) and they pipe in the music for the full experience.  Even though this meal takes two credits, after looking over the prices and the food itself...we feel it's worth it.  Also, since we parked at this resort before breakfast...we simply walk down and pick up the car to drive back to the hotel.  Nice!

So, that's our plans for the trip...what do you think?  I've included our 10th anniversary info in each reservation so I'll be sure to report back on what kinds of special magic they throw our way :)  Join the conversation below in the comments section, on Twitter or Facebook .

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