OK .. On with the show! Here's a post I started writing about 2 weeks ago:
It's all fuss and excitement and crazy internets clicking here tonight!
If you want to secure your favourite table service Disney dining reservation you have to book 6 months in advance - and that day is
|guess what I'm doing tomorrow evening?? (source: pscalculator )|
We have some underlying rules to follow with our dining arrangements, including:
- We want to try lots of different things
- We can't eat everything (dang!) SO a la carte dining more often to give more control over the amount of food purchased and consumed.
- We are happy to split large dishes, and taste each other's meals - also happy to hoard if it's too good to share!
- Limit buffet attendance. (Usually poor food items and some of us have limited intake.)
- Enjoy meals with others.
- No cheap and nasty park food - hot dogs, burgers and dreaded Disney fries (oh, I shiver just thinking about Pecos Bills - ewwwwww - and where they ask you not to spit. Well not in front of women and children.)
|Please don't make me go here (source:Disney food blog)|
- Let your friend wear stretchy pants
By getting online the moment bookings opened I was able to get everything I wanted - some of which are very coveted bookings! Here are some highlights from our bookings so far: (the links will allow you to see the current menus)
- Breakfasts - Staying in Boardwalk Villas gives easy access to fabulous breakfasts including Greek style Kouzzina (21st); Captain's Grill (22nd) and Kona Cafe (26th) (the home of REAL coffee in WDW). We are also visiting Safari Donald at Tusker House (24th) for Harambe style.
|Kona Cafe's Tonga Toast. My precious ....|
- Good fun themery lunch at 50's Prime Time Cafe (23rd) where you eat your veges and keep your elbows off the table. Biergarten (21st) where it's Oktoberfest every day! Liberty Tree Tavern (22nd) where it is 4th July everyday!
- Le Cellier - the Canadian Steakhouse (21st). This small underground wine cellar serves it's signature dishes: cheddar cheese soup and Filet mignon on truffled mushroom risotto. Oh sigh.
- Chef's Table at Victoria and Albert's Restaurant - this classic is rated one of the USA's 15 most iconic restaurants, and with scores like 29/30 is one of Zagat's most highly rated.
Now the category: "Everyone is arriving in Orlando now. Let's all go out together for a meal"
- The Crabby Shack! Fulton's Crab House will be hosting at least 10 of us on the 25th. Will you join in for more than you can eat seafood?
|lobster tails, crabs, prawns, clams, oysters - served on platters, in towers, in buckets!|
- On the afternoon of the 26th, we shall be raising our pinkies and ensconced at the Grand Floridian Resort's Garden View Tea Room for Afternoon Tea. It's all cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off and scones with jam and cream.
|(source: wdwinfo - read their full review including menu)|
And now here's a booking that will be a highlight of your trip - the all new California Grill! (26th)
Closed for 8 months in 2013 to undergo a complete overhaul, I am so excited to see this new look and new menu. One thing that hasn't changed - location. It is still on the roof of the Contemporary Resort and every meal offers premier viewing of the Magic Kingdom fireworks show!
|Our last evening in WDW will finish on a high note! (source: DisneyFoodBlog - read their full review)|
UPDATE: I have now secured a 2nd California Grill dinner booking for Sunday 29 June - when everyone will be in Orlando.
If you would like to come meet everyone and join in, please contact me ASAP before seating books out! As is the case with Zontians, the more the merrier!
Are you a foodie? What type of cuisine do you want to enjoy in Orlando?