We are heading to Disney in a few weeks (cue all those magical feels). We didn’t get to do a big family vacation over the summer and Bryan brought up the idea of going to Disney in October. Seriously, who would turn this down? I, of course, jumped headfirst into planning. I started working on an itinerary, covering the basics, but still flexible (we are travelling with a 5 year old and 1 year old, after all). We are only spending 2 days in the Parks so we have to make the most of them. I’ve been to Disney (in fact this will be Davyn’s 3rd trip) and I know all of my favorites and must-sees, but I want to let the kids (and Bryan) enjoy Disney without all of my previous biases. But, it’s Disney so pretty much everything is sprinkled with pixie dust, right?
We narrowed it down to 2 weekends based on Bryan’s work schedule and I went to searching for the best possible dates. Thanks to the crowd calendar at Undercover Tourist I narrowed those dates from 2 to 1. YES! We are going to Disney!
We purchased the Disney Dining Plan so I knew our dining plans had to work within those parameters. Because we are staying 3 nights, we will each have 3 quick service meals including dessert, 3 snacks, and 3 full service meals. Please note that there is a change in this setup for the 2017 dining plan – 1 quick service meal, not including dessert, 2 snacks, and 1 full service meal per day. We will be utilizing a quick service meal at our Resort the night we arrive and then for lunch in the parks the next 2 days. We will be using our table service credits for meals at 1900 Park Fare on Friday night, Tony’s in Magic Kingdom on Saturday night, and lunch at Disney Springs on our last day before heading out. Any dining plan credits that you have leftover can be used to purchase snack type gifts on your way out so if you have any unused credit, make sure to stop by your resort’s gift shop! You can also substitute one quick service credit for 3 snack credits, but they all have to be purchased at one time, still pretty cool especially if you have any leftover credits.
I knew that we were also inside of the 180 day dinner reservations window so I would be limited to what reservations we could make, but I got 2 that would fit into our schedule and would offer unique experiences for the girls and still offer options for my picky carnivorous husband. 1900 Park Fare is a character buffet. At dinner, you will see appearances by Cinderella, possibly Prince Charming, her step-mother (Lady Tremaine), her step sisters, and sometimes the Fairy Godmother. It is a good alternative for those who can’t dine in Cinderella’s castle. We can’t wait to see how the girls like it. We also have dinner reservations at Tony’s. It is supposed to be a play on Lady and the Tramp, which is one of my favorite Disney movies so I am really looking forward to this dinner. We will let you know how that goes!
We will continue sharing more about Disney as our trip gets closer and after we return!
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