A big part of the build up to a Walt Disney World holiday is being able to plan as I go along. I am already thinking about my Disney World dining plan choices and noting down ideas in my bullet journal. Thinking about which restaurants we may want to eat in next year. I know may sound a little alien to some, I like to research the restaurants, read reviews and decide what our dining plan choices will be.
We have the middle dining plan which will include one table service meal, one quick service meal, two snacks per day with a refillable resort mug. I have written in great detail about the Disney dining plans if you’d like to read more and compare the plans.
New for 2018, and something we haven’t experienced yet is the inclusion of an alcoholic drink with our meals. I do like a glass of wine with my dinner so this will be lovely, and I expect I’ll use the opportunity to try some cocktails as well.
Our 2017 trip was the first time we had upgraded our dining plan from the quick service to the middle dining plan. This worked well for us as a family, and I had a great time choosing our dining choices for this trip.
We will be staying for 10 nights in a Disney resort. We also stayed for 10 nights in 2017 and created an action packed 10 day itinerary that incorporated our meal choices really well. This time around our itinerary is going to be a little more relaxed as we are experiencing a multi generation trip.
For our ten night stay we will have ten table service meal credits per person to use, ten quick service meal credits per person to use and twenty snack credits per person to use. My ten night stay dining plan choices are looking a little like this.
Table Service Meals
Hoop De Doo
We loved Hoop De Doo so much last time that we are definitely booking again. We will use 2 table service credits for category 2 seating on the 6.15pm show. Hoop De Doo is at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds.
Whispering Canyon Cafe is located at the Wilderness Lodge. I love the look of the all you care to enjoy skillet which contains ribs, chicken, mashed potato, beans and more. The restaurant is also known to play fun games with you if you ask for tomato ketchup.
50’s Prime Time Cafe
In Hollywood Studios 50’s Prime Time Cafe is a restaurant with a difference. As you walk in, you are expected to keep your elbows off the table. You have to eat your vegetables and the children lay the table. Misbehave and you’ll be told off by your server. It sounds like a lot of fun and the pictures of the restaurant I have seen look amazing.
Rose and Crown Public House
The Rose and Crown is the English pub located in the UK pavilion in Epcot World Showcase. We have always walked past but never ventured inside. I would really like to change that on our next visit.
Coral Reef was on our list for our 2017 trip, but it got bumped for a different choice in the end. Located in Epcot, you dine in a restaurant with a huge aquarium on one side. Looks like great fun.
The Wave restaurant is located inside the Contemporary Resort next to Magic Kingdom. We’ve only ever visited the Contemporary a couple of times before when we set off for our Speciality fireworks cruise, and when we went on a Monorail tour of the resorts.
The Wave restaurant looks like a great way to watch the Happily Ever After fireworks at the end of the night.
Ale & Compass
The Ale & Compass is located at the Yacht Club Resort. I would love to stay here one day but for now the Ale & Compass is high on my list of restaurants to try. I have watched many a Youtube video of people eating here and it looks inviting.
The Diamond Horseshoe
The Diamond Horseshoe is in Magic Kingdom, a restaurant we have walked past plenty of times but never really considered eating in. I have been looking at their menu and it’s very appealing so may well make our list.
We took advantage of booking Hollywood and Vine restaurant last year as part of the Fantasmic dining package. For one table service credit we enjoyed our meal and then received a Fastpass ticket for that evening’s show of Fantasmic. We will definitely do this again, but this time we’ll opt for Mama Melrose’s I think, which is one of the other participating restaurants.
It’s very difficult to narrow choices down to ten credits, but I am trying to experience restaurants we haven’t been to before. I am not sure if we’ll book Be Our Guest again next time, but with the menu changes happening in July 2018, the restaurant will become a two table service credit, so I may have to re adjust the list above.
Our table service meals will be booked 180 days before we travel, which again may seem so far in advance for some people ti comprehend. The more popular restaurants do book up quickly so if you want a reservation then you have to book early.
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I don’t mind it as it helps with my planning. The reservations we will make determine which parks we will visit on what days, and in turn this helps me plan our Fastpasses which become available to us 60 days before we travel as we’re staying in a Disney resort.
We have experienced some amazing restaurants at Walt Disney World over our past visits, some are worthy of a second visit. In no particular order of popularity or favouritism we have eaten at Cinderella’s Royal Table, Tusker House, Be Our Guest, Crystal Palace, Hoop De Doo, Trails End, Hollywood & Vine, Via Napoli, Yak & Yeti, Rainforest Cafe, Garden Grill and Ohana.
What would your Disney World dining plan choices be?