Since we go to Florida often, we like to do side trips from our main destination (which is usually Walt Disney World, of course). While Gary has been to St. Augustine before, I hadn’t. Since we knew someone who offered to let us borrow their vacation home for the night, St. Augustine became our side trip for our summer vacation this year. So…. St. Augustine, here we come!
I have only been going to Walt Disney World since 2010. Gary and I were married on October 8th of that year, and 10/10/10 was the date I first stepped onto Disney property. We checked into Pop Century, went straight to Magic Kingdom (where my first ride was Stitch’s Great Escape!) and had dinner that night at Chef Mickey’s.
And it took us almost 9 years to return! Why? Well we like to try new places (I know, I know, so what’s with always going to Boma and ‘Ohana then?) and Chef Mickey’s is pricey. Since our most recent trip was all about getting a good value because we were on the dining plan, we decided to finally go back to Chef Mickey’s.
Food is a huge deal to Walt Disney World fans. It’s the only vacation spot, really, where you get up at the crack of dawn 6 months before your trip to book your dining reservations. Food choices range from pretzel carts to burgers and fries to buffets where Winnie the Pooh visits your table to $50 steak dinners. Or if you want to get super fancy, head to Victoria and Albert’s inside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for an 8-course meal (with optional wine pairings) that could set you back a few hundred per person.
We haven’t eaten at Victoria and Albert’s yet – we did try to get a chef’s table reservation for our anniversary about 5 years ago to no avail – but we have eaten at some pretty awesome restaurants over the years. Some have become our favorites, some we haven’t gone back to, and some we still want to try.
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 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.
I had been wanting to visit the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal CityWalk since it opened. This past November I scheduled a few hours away from our Walt Disney World vacation to venture to the other major theme park in the area, Universal Orlando, to finally check it out!