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My Upcoming Trip: A Preview of Eating Our Way Through the World

I’m so excited… one week from today I’ll be in the Magic Kingdom!!!  To help you get the most from the reviews I’ll be posting, here’s a basic overview of our trip:

September 16-23

2 adults, no children staying at the Caribbean Beach

On the Deluxe Dining Plan “DDP”
(3 table service meals and 2 snacks per day)

  • Each breakfast includes: Entree & non-alcoholic beverage OR full buffet
  • Each lunch/dinner includes: Appetizer, Entree, Dessert, non-alcoholic beverage OR full buffet
  • Signature Dining and Dinner Shows counts as 2 meals
  • Seem like a lot of food?  It is.  I’d only recommend the DDP if you’re foodies and big eaters (which we are) and you get a great deal (it’s expensive).

Table Service Restaurants: We booked Advanced Dining Reservations for  all of our sit down meals 180 days before our trip to get the restaurants and times we wanted.  If you do nothing else to plan your trip and food is important to you, do this.  I will  be posting about the following restaurants:

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table (Dinner, Character Meal, Signature Dining)
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Breakfast, Character Meal)
  • Coral Reef (Lunch)
  • Tokyo Dining (Dinner)
  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe (Lunch)
  • Hollywood Brown Derby (Dinner, Signature Dining)
  • Chef Mickey’s (Breakfast, Character Meal)
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (Dinner Show)
  • San Angel Inn (Lunch)
  • Artist’s Point (Dinner, Signature Dining)
  • Yak and Yeti (Lunch)
  • Ragland Road (Dinner)
  • Crystal Palace (Breakfast, Character Meal)
  • Liberty Tavern (Lunch)
  • California Grill (Dinner, Signature Dining)
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place (Dinner, Signature Dining)

Quick Serve and Snacks:  We will be eating 3 quick serve or unplanned sit down lunches and 4 quick serve or unplanned sit down breakfasts.  We get 2 snack credits per day, some of which will probably go towards breakfasts, etc.

That’s it!  I’ll try to post a photo and review of each meal, plus any special tips for vegans at each restaurant.   Bon Appetit!




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Planning Your Trip: Recomended Apps

Yes, dear reader, that’s apps (plural).  In the age of the iPhone, you can plan your Disney vacation in line at the grocery store, at the coffee shop, or on your commute to work (assuming you take public transit, I’m not encouraging using a smartphone and driving).  Before you head off to the land of The Mouse, take the time to download these free apps to help you plan your journey and enjoy your time at the parks.  On August 1, 2012, Disney rolled out free wifi at the Magic Kingdom and the other parks are rumored to be following soon.  As 3G networks are notoriously spotty, the free wifi will let you take advantage of real-time line updates, maps, and dining reviews all on your iPhone.

My Disney Experience

My Disney Experience is the official Walt Disney World app and a great improvement over its predecessor, Mobile Magic.  The app includes maps of all of the parks and resorts in The World (sortable by attractions, dining, shopping, etc.), as well as detailed information on restaurants, attractions, park hours, times guides, etc.  The Here & Now feature activates while in the parks to help you find whatever you need near your current location.  Download it from the iTunes Store here.

Touring Plans

To really use the Touring Plans Line app, you will need a paid membership to, which, in my humble opinion, is worth every penny of the $11.95 fee for an entire year of access.  The same amazing folks who brought you The Unofficial Guide teamed up to create this handy little app.  The app includes access to their detailed reviews of everything Disney, their indispensable touring plans (both personalized and standard), and the very useful crowd calculator.
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