Thursday, April 28, 2011

Just 5 Days Until I Can Make Dining Reservations!

Chef Mickey's for Dinner, 2008
With only five days left until I can make my advanced dining reservations (ADRs) for our October trip to Walt Disney World, we have made our finalized list of ADRs.  I base where we will dine on which park we would be in each day to try to reduce the travel times from resort or theme park to dining spot.  As you know, I am a huge fan of Touring Plans Crowd Calendar.  I have used their park recommendations for the last several trips and it has been 100% accurate.  I set up my Excel sheet yesterday listing our dates and crowd levels. 

For our first morning, we will trying out Chef Mickey's for breakfast.  We have only enjoyed dinner here and look forward to starting the day off with Mickey and friends.  We plan to take the bus to Magic Kingdom and then walk to the Contemporary (it is only about a 10 minute walk from the bus stop).  This way, as soon as we finish breakfast, we can walk (or take the monorail) back to the Magic Kingdom. 

On Tuesday, my parents will be celebrating their anniversary, so they will be enjoying a nice dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse.  I tried to convince them to try out California Grill or Artist Point, but I was obviously, unsuccessful!  While my parents are enjoying a quiet meal, we will be taking the kids to Coral Reef.  Now I know this is one of the places that does not have the best reviews.  But we decided that it would be great place for the kids, who love The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion, to have a great view of the aquarium, while we enjoy a nice meal. 

Princess Storybook Dining ~ Akershus Royal
Banquest Hall 2010

On Wednesday, we actually have two sit down meals.  We'll be spending the day at the Magic Kingdom, so what better place to have lunch than Cinderella's Castle?  We have never experienced Cinderella's Royal Table and are looking forward to seeing our two princesses meet Cinderella and all her friends.  Our friends and their daughter will also be joining us, while my son has lunch with my parents. 

Wednesday night, my parents are taking all three children, and our friends' parents are taking their two children, and the four of us are having a night out in Disney!  Our plan is to have a late dinner at LeCellier and then see Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.  If we can't be seated at a time that will work for this, we may head over to Yachtsman Steakhouse.  Then after dinner we can just walk back into Epcot and enjoy the show.

Thursday, we will be eating at 'Ohana.  We have enjoyed our meals here, though I find the service more inconsistent here than at any other Disney restaurant.  I love that this meal is served family style.  As a mom of three, not having to keep going up to the buffet is always a plus for me!  Plus, on this night, the Main Street Electrical Parade is tentatively scheduled for 8:00.  When we are done our dinner, we can hop aboard the monorail and make our way over to the Magic Kingdom for the nighttime parade and Wishes.

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, 2010
Friday is the day we are trying something completely new - Boma.  I have read nothing but great reviews.  Besides, I have never been to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and look forward to seeing it in person.  We'll be spending the afternoon at Disney's Animal Kingdom, so it will be just a bus ride from the theme park to the resort. 

Saturday is our last day in Disney.  You may recall from my previous post that we have a tradition for our last night in Disney - Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue.  We have been many, many times over the last 25 years and always look forward to returning. 

Let me know what you think.  The only ADR I am questioning is Coral Reef, but I wanted to find something that would keep the kids' interest that they haven't tried before.


Melissa aka The Wife Icon said...

I've been to Coral Reef and I enjoyed it. It wasn't the best ever, but the food was good and the view of the aquarium is fantastic. It'll definitely keep the kids entertained!

You will love, love Boma and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. It is my favorite resort by far and the food at Boma is just fantastic. I can't wait to go again in November!

Bird said...

I'm dining at Coral Reef on my anniversary next month. I'm not a big seafood person, so it wasn't my pick... Someone in our group wanted to go, and you're right, it'll be great for the kids! I'll let you know! We're also doing Hoop Dee Doo the night before we leave (and did the same on our last trip). Sounds like a great tradition to me! I hope all of your plans work out!

Jackie said...

You have some great picks going on! I have not tried to Coral Reef either. A friend of mine is going this month so Ill let you know what she says. My favorite meal at WDW is Ohanas for dinner. Try to get reservations around 8 so you can see the show from your window table! They turn the music on and everything. By far the best meal and so much for kids to do!

Diane said...

You are going to love Boma, we stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge last year and were a little unsure of Boma with the kids and all but as usual the food was great, selection was big & taste too, etc. and the Cast members were so sweet to all of us (16), The whole family was there.

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Boma is one I am really looking forward to! As for Coral Reef, my husband and I ate there before kids and remember enjoying it, but of course, that was in 2003! :-)

Kathy said...

Sending pixie dust, hoping you get all your ADR requests!

Stephanie said...

We LOVE Boma!!!!! My kids did enjoy Corral Reef when we went there in 09 and we have plans to go again. Hoping we get a spot closer to the tank though. we were way in the back so they couldn't see all that well.

I have a couple weeks til my ADR day...same as you, I plan according to Touring Plans...eagerly awaiting the release of the November calender on Disney's site too!

Good luck!!

Wendy said...

Oh, I envy you the meal at CRT. I know that the restaurant doesn't get good reviews, but it's dear to my heart. My experience there was truly lovely, and I hope you have a wonderful time there. The food doesn't compare to some of your other reservations, but the experience...there's nothing like it.

And I know you'll love Boma - and the lodge. Be sure to schedule in some extra time just to explore the resort. It's like a mini-trip to animal kingdom - there are so many things to see and do (don't miss the little overlook beyond the pool or the cool artifacts & overlook in the lounge past the concierge!)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

We tried Akershus last trip and my girls were in all their glory with all the princesses (shameless plug - I have a review of it here on my site!). They will be 3.5 and 5 this trip and are so into the princesses. We never experienced CRT yet, but it is something I have always wanted to do and now am so excited to have my own two princesses to experience it with!

Crystal and Bryan - said...

Good picks Beth!! Didn't know you've never done CRT before. Eating in the castle is a lot of fun - the meal itself is so-so, but the atmosphere is worth experiencing at least once. We've done Coral Reef twice, and enjoyed it both times (although we've had steak, not seafood). Hopefully you'll get seated by the tank, as a party of 2 we never get to sit close by there. Boma we tried for the first time last trip, it was OK although the selection isn't great if you're a picky eater as we are. Good luck booking the ADRs - no free dining means that it shouldn't be too tough!

Kris said...

Your first trip to Boma will not be your last. Best breakfast buffet in the world too. Enjoy!

DebºoºS said...

Everything sounds wonderful.Boma was one of our favorite dinners last time. There was a nice variety to please everyones tastes. I think the kids would love Coral Reef, mine always did if they were close to the tank. Never did CRT. Looking forward to your thoughts:) This is exciting, getting closer!

:DISTherapy said...

Hi Beth-
Little princesses simply MUST do CRT! (Food be darned :D) The Coral Reef is a sentimental favorite of ours, as they always offered my son's Mickey-shaped pasta fix, and a wine list that his mama loves...! Their food may have slipped a bit over the years, but the venue is still a tranquil spot that we all look forward to.