Monthly Archives: October 2013

Why Plan? Well, it’s a MEMORABLE experience, right?

180 days.

That seems like F.O.R.E.V.E.R.  I know.  (I really know…right now, the countdown on my phone says 397 days until our next Disney vacation…I’d be thrilled if it said 180 days, but still frustrated…because I want to be there NOW.)

Disney is notorious for having all sorts of timelines for everything.  45 days when the final payment is due on your reservation. 2 days prior to make changes without full loss of payment. 60 days to do your on-line check in.  180 days…this one is a pretty important one.

Lots of people say they don’t go to Disney for the food…they go for the fun and the experiences!  But take it from me…a seasoned traveler to the Dis…Dining IS an experience to be had at Disney. I promise.

Our first 3 trips as a family, we didn’t plan dining at all.  We just went on a whim…we “winged” it.  Not a big deal. But I can’t remember much about those times. We just ate and moved on, without a plan.

The last 3 times…well…we have started to challenge ourselves!  We have read so much about the restaurants and seen so many specials on tv about them.  So, we decided to become Disney “foodies” ourselves.

Disney is full of various experiences!  Character dining – the kids LOVE getting a hug from Mickey and his friends, or a princess!  And best yet…you don’t have to stand in line in the heat (or rain) to wait to see them…they come to your table while you are eating!!! 

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Meeting Belle at Storybook Princess Breakfast at Akershus at Epcot.

Or how about the Dinner Shows?  There are 3 “official” ones – we have made it to 2 of them.  Unofficially, though, there is entertainment and MANY of the restaurants…from an awesome piano entertainer, belly dancers, Oktoberfest, and comical waitstaff.  There are also some great “secrets” – such as great restaurants to eat at for a great view of the fireworks at various parks. 

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The pretzel bread at Le Cellier Restaurant! Image

This is the Wisconsin Cheese Soup at Le Cellier Restaurant…mmmmm

The dining options at Disney are becoming more and more widely known…so that’s why it’s so important to PLAN!  Book your trip at least 181 days prior to going – all you need is $200 down (or a percentage if it’s a cruise or adventure).  Then, we can plan and book your dining reservations!  (I get up at 5 am to get this accomplished for you while you sleep snug as a bug in a rug…)

There are obviously MANY more reasons to PLAN…if you are going to spend this much money on a trip, you need to do everything possible to make it a memorable one!  Let me help you!