Disney World, a magical land than that stimulates the senses and empties the wallet simultaneously has become a dining mecca. Websites like Disney Food Blog and books like Zagat devote themselves entirely to the gastronomical delights there. Food plays a leading role at Disney World. As much as I love to eat in Disney restaurants (some more than others), I am astonished by the number of people who plan their vacations around their Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs). Does Space Mountain play second fiddle to 6:00 p.m. reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table?
A fabulous vacation entails a sizeable time investment prior to leaving home. You are obviously a planner if you’re visiting TouringPlans.com. I’d even venture to guess that you own a copy of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. Disney World with its four main parks offers more to do than most families can see in an average Disney World vacation. The cost of tickets will knock your socks off. So my question to you is: what’s your Disney World vacation priority? What makes a fabulous vacation for you? Do you plan your day around your ADRs?
- Make your ADRs as far in advance as you can. If you’re one of the lucky ones & have your trip planned 180 days out, make your reservations then. You will be able to get a table at LeCellier.
- If you travel more like me and your trip isn’t planned 180 or even 60 days out, be flexible on your dining times. If you’re willing to eat dinner at 4:30 p.m. you may well get in at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
- If you aren’t using Magic Your Way Park Hoppers, dine outside of the parks in the resort hotels. This way you can plan your day around touring the park and not your dinner reservation. Some of the best restaurants are hidden away in the resorts. One of the favorites among Touringplans.com writers is Kona Café. See Kristen’s Kona post. Kona is one of my all time favorite restaurants on property. I have eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner there. On my last trip I ate 90% of my meals at Kona. Flying Fish on the BoardWalk is a real treat too.
- Check out DisneyFoodBlog.com. Disney Food Blog.com provides information on everything Disney food in a fun and entertaining style. Disney Food Blog’s newsletter delivers Disney food news to your inbox. I love this site. If I need a little Disney pick me up, I go here.
Please share your thoughts. How important is dining at Disney to you? Does your dining dictate your day? Mistakes you’ve made? Things you’ve done that you’d definitely do again? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Disney Dining – where does it fit in a Disney vacation?
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