Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Countdown to Florida - Month 6

We're almost at the 180 day mark which means we have been thinking about where we want to eat whilst on holiday. It's also been about planning what days to go where as we found out which parks were open when during our stay.

Husband and I sat at our kitchen table last weekend and put our plans to paper. We used the Disney World app on my phone and the website to help us decide when to go where and have a rough idea of where we wanted to eat. We discussed character meals, events and fireworks.

It may seem like a crazy idea to plan which park you'll be in and where you are going to eat 6 months in advance but with Disney being so popular, if you want to have certain character meal experiences or eat at one of the very best restaurants, you need to book at the 180 day mark.

As we are staying at the Art of Animation hotel, we can book the first 10 days of our holiday meals. If you are staying off-site then you can book your meals from 180 days too however you can only book per day. So at 179 days you'd be able to book day 2 and so on.

We've decided to be fairly flexible in terms of most of our meals however there are definitely a few character experiences that we'd like to book:

  1. The Crystal Palace - A buffet breakfast in Magic Kingdom with Winnie the Pooh and friends. We met Tigger in Disneyland Paris so I think we'd really enjoy meeting the rest of the Hundred Acre Woods.
  2. Be Our Guest - We'd like to go here for dinner as this is the only opportunity to have a meet and greet with the Beast. The actual building where the restaurant is looks amazing too with various rooms decorated with scenes from the film. This restaurant is in the Magic Kingdom.
  3. Akershus - One of the perfect places to meet a few Disney Princesses whilst enjoying a buffet breakfast. Miss C loved meeting Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Ariel in Disneyland Paris with pretty short queues but Disney World queues are going to be much bigger so this is a great way to meet all of her favourites in one room. This restaurant is in Epcot.
  4. Cinderella's Royal Table - This is high on my list of places to eat. When the boys go to Universal Studios, I'm hoping Miss C and I can enjoy lunch or dinner together. When Life of Spicers went there for their lunch, we were so excited to see the trio of ice cream pudding that we knew we wanted to go there. Also to meet Cinderella and some more Princesses.
  5. Chef Mickey - We really enjoyed our trip to Cafe Mickey in Paris so I'd really like to go back with Miss C, again when the boys are at Universal. It's located in the Contemporary Resort area so it will be nice to visit somewhere outside the theme park area.
  6. 'Ohana - Another buffet breakfast located in Polynesian Village Resort. Characters there included Miss C's favourite Lilo and Stitch. 
Our 180 day mark is on Monday and I'm excited to start booking places to eat. Whether we'll get a reservation or not is another matter. These places book up quickly because they are so popular and a really great way to meet your favourite Disney characters.

Another experience that I'm excited to book is Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It's a magical makeover for girls aged 3 to 12 years and there are various packages for girls to choose from. Prices start from around $60 right up to $200 for the Castle Package. This is another experience that books up quickly but conveniently there are 2 Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques; Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney. Of course, the one at Magic Kingdom is highly sought after because it is inside Cinderella's Castle and I'd like to take Miss C there to choose a dress and get Princesses-fied before we have a meal at Cinderella's Royal Table. 

Are there any places you'd recommend eating in at the parks or at Downtown Disney? 

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