Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Day 180: Disneyphiles know what I'm talking about!

To keep my Disney dreaming alive, I pour over blogs, Facebook/Twitter posts and I read the annual editions of various books before I make dining reservations.  But day 180, the first day dining reservations can be made at WDW, is a big deal for those of us who really want the coveted time slots at fan favorite restaurants.  Since I've never booked a Disney vacation this far out, I've been actually planning for day 180.  This trip I might get inside le Cellier and eat something!

I'm working with a travel agent, something else I've never done before, and I warned her I was getting my notes together, breaking out the calendar and planning for day 180.  She told me to bring it on.  So I did.

You know, watching Disney movies, drinking out of Disney mugs, making meals from the Disney recipe books and reading blogs only goes so far to keep one Living Disneyfied.  Today's email to the travel agent with my reservation plans for December; yes, I said December, makes the trip feel more real than ever.  Six months until we go Home.

Looking at our list of restaurants, I notice that we're going back to our favorites like the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness, Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios and Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge. 

I learned that the lunch in the Magic Kingdom at Be Our Guest is a quick serve thanks to our agent which means no reservation needed.  This was a lunch I was sweating over, since the restaurant in the new Fantasyland expansion is extremely popular.

Other new to us restaurants where we're hoping to score reservations are le Cellier, Rose and Crown, and the breakfasts at 'Ohana and Chef Mickey's.  Keep your fingers crossed!  Our trip dates do not fall in the recently announced free dining plan window, so we're paying as we go instead of buying into a dining plan.  This works better for us anyway.  I can't eat a full meal off the plan.  I'm good with an entrĂ©e or soup and dessert.  I can't eat all three.  If food was free, well I'd just have to suck it up, right?

It would take a lifetime, or an annual pass that I used regularly, to eat my way through WDW.  I'm willing to try.