Thursday, November 24, 2011

ONE DAY 'TIL DISNEY - All About Eating

It's official! We leave TOMORROW for Walt Disney World! I couldn't be any more excited, especially since today is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I love to eat - and this is no secret to anyone.

So today I thought it would be fitting to talk about food! Some people head down to Disney and eat at quick service restaurants for their entire trip. That is not how my family operates! In a future post I will tackle the Disney Dining Plan. However, we are not using the dining plan on this trip because my brother and his girlfriend are not staying for the same amount of days as us. It gets confusing so we're paying our own way.

For the most part, we will be eating breakfast in our villa - just something simple like yogurt, a banana or cereal. I do not like a big heavy breakfast in Disney because I feel like it slows me down and it wastes precious park time. Also, on most days we plan on grabbing something quick in the park for lunch. However, for dinner, we definitely are hitting up some signature restaurants.

Roe's Top Tip: You can book your advance dining reservations (ADRs) 180 days before your trip. However, if you are staying at Walt Disney World Resort, you have an advantage. You can book your dining reservations for the entire length of your stay at the 180 day mark. For example, our first day at Walt Disney World is November 25. So at 180 days out, we were able to make our reservations for the entire week we will be there.

On our arrival day, Friday, a.k.a. tomorrow:
We will be eating at Via Napoli. Via Napoli is a new restaurant in the Italy pavilion at EPCOT. It has received fantastic reviews and I am giving up on my refusal to eat Florida pizza just for this one meal! We will be eating as a part of the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package. For those of you who do not know, the Candlelight Processional is a special holiday event at EPCOT. There is a celebrity host who reads the Christmas story and a beautiful choir sings by candlelight. It's absolutely breathtaking. People line up for hours. Since we are a part of the dinner package, however, we are given priority seating at the Processional.

We will be spending the day, for the most part, in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Because of this, we will be having a rare sit down lunch. Every time we go to WDW, we eat at the 50's Prime Time Cafe. My family loves the Prime Time Cafe! It features "comfort foods" and your waiter treats you like family... they will even yell at you to eat your green beans and scold you for putting your elbows on the table. Doesn't sound like fun, does it? It is! I usually get a stomach ache from laughing so hard! And the food is surprisingly good. Later that evening, we will be enjoying one of my favorite Disney restaurants - The Yachtsman. The Yachtsman is my favorite steakhouse on property and I enjoy the atmosphere.

Sunday morning we are taking our parents to the Keys to the Kingdom tour at the Magic Kingdom. (More about this later) Lunch is included as a part of the tour. Since we are expecting for the crowds to be insane this day, we are heading away from the Magic Kingdom for dinner. We are heading over to my favorite, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for dinner at Narcoosee's. Narcoosee's is a beautiful restaurant right on the water at the Floridian. It's a perfect, romantic spot and you can see the Magic Kingdom fireworks. It also gives us the opportunity to see the beautiful decorations, including the life size gingerbread house, at the Grand Floridian.

Monday we will be at Universal Studios. I am pretty sure there will be a meal at Three Broomsticks on this day, but we did not make any reservations.

On Tuesday, we will be spending the day at Disney's Animal Kingdom. However, that night we are going to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom! Therefore, we have planned an early dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. Liberty Tree Tavern is a family-style restaurant with Thanksgiving-style food. We are also very much looking forward to the milk and cookies at the party!

Wednesday is another day in EPCOT and another new restaurant for us. Unfortunately, my brother and his girlfriend are going home this evening. The four remaining will be eating at La Hacienda, a new restaurant in the Mexican pavilion. This restaurant looks really nice and is right on the water. It also gives me a second opportunity to see Illuminations with the special holiday ending! 
Thursday and Friday:
Thursday and Friday are our days to do see what we haven't seen yet. I am very much looking forward to Thursday night's meal, our last ADR on this trip. We will be eating at our hotel, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at Jiko: The Cooking Place. Jiko is an African-inspired restaurant and I cannot say enough about how delicious the food is.

May you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, happiness and family. I will speak to you all TOMORROW from Walt Disney World. Have a terrific day!


Kimberly said...

I remember you not eating your green beans when we ate at 50s prime time. lol maybe get a plate with carrots next time ;)

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