Welcome 2019! It’s a good year to head to Walt Disney World, especially if you want to take advantage of offers Disney has released for the beginning of the year. This is to encourage people to plan their vacations before the late fall opening of Star War’s Galaxy’s Edge – which is going to break records for attendance and you may not want to be in the middle of the madness.
There are so many great places to dine on Walt Disney World property that it’s hard to narrow down the list to our absolute favorites – but we did. We’ve dine at these table service restaurants the most over the years of vacationing at Walt Disney World. What do they have in common? Well they both are all-you-care-to-eat options (can’t go wrong with that) and they are both located in Disney resorts, so no park ticket required. So, what is our favorite places to chow down, you ask?
It’s (almost) time for another vacation! We feel like we deserve one after the summer we’ve had.
This time the focus isn’t really Walt Disney World. Well, there really is no focus to this trip because we’re doing a little bit of everything!
This trip’s agenda includes:
- 4 nights at Walt Disney World, staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- 5 night cruise sailing out of Tampa on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas to Cozumel and Grand Cayman
- 2 nights at Universal to attend Halloween Horror Nights, staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
We recently spent three nights at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World. It was our first stay at this resort, and in a nutshell, we loved it!
The promotion that most Disney fans go gaga over is Free Dining – and it’s here! It’s changed a lot over the years, so this is the 2018 version:
- You must purchase a 5-night/6-day non-discounted Magic Your Way package that includes the Park Hopper option.
- Dates are August 20th – September 29th, November 24th -November 27th, and December 7th-December 23rd. NO dates in October this year, but if you check in before September 29th you can apply this promotion to your trip even if it extends into October.
- Select value and moderate resorts stays will receive a free quick service dining plan. This will include 2 quick service meals and 2 snack options for each night of your trip. This year alcoholic drinks are included in the plan.
- Select deluxe resort stays will receive a free standard dining plan. This will include 1 table service meal, 1 quick service meal, and 2 snack options for each night of your trip. This year alcoholic drinks are included in the plan.
- You can pay to upgrade your meal plan. For example, if you want to stay at a moderate resort but prefer the standard dining plan, you can pay around $23 more for adults and $4 for kids to upgrade your dining plan.
- There are many resort exclusions, and within the included resorts there are room category restrictions.
- Inventory is always limited.
Sometimes it’s better to purchase a discounted package and add the dining plan. Remember, when you book the free dining promotion you are paying full price for the room.
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It’s official: our year as Walt Disney World annual passholders is officially over. In total we spent 30 days on property over our 3 trips in April 2017, November 2017, and April 2018. We had many new experiences including running in our first ever runDisney races. We spent Thanksgiving day at Walt Disney World. We did the fantastic Marceline to Magic Kingdom tour. I was pulled onstage at the Spirit of Aloha dinner show. We went to our first Candlelight Processional. We saw Exposè, Smashmouth, and Survivor concerts at Epcot. We stayed at new resorts including Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, and the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. We ate at many new restaurants. And we ate a lot of Disney popcorn thanks to the refillable buckets. 😀
2017 was our year of races – we ran two of the Star Wars Dark Side races at Walt Disney World in April, participated in a 5K “Goat Gallop” in a tiny town in West Virginia in June (yep, we hung out with goats after), got to high-five Mario freakin’ Lemieux at the Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K and Family Walk in October, and finally in November we ran a really fun race at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort called the “Beignet Dash.” (more…)
It’s our last hurrah before our Walt Disney World annual passes expire – so for 10 nights in early April we’re going to have as much fun as we can. (That shouldn’t be too hard!)
This trip will conclude our year of being annual pass holders, and in total we will have spent 30 nights on property. (Yes staying at the Swan counts!) For this trip we’ll spend a week at Disney’s All Star Music Resort (we’ve stayed at each of the All Star resorts, but Music has always been my favorite) before switching over to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa for our last three nights. Saratoga Springs is a new resort for us and we’re excited to be so close to Disney Springs.
So what is on our agenda? Old favorites, and a lot of new experiences.