January is usually my least favorite month. The holidays (and in my case, a lot of vacation days from my day job) are over and January is just blah and cold. The cure for this in 2020 was to schedule a nearly 2-week vacation to Florida to get us through most of the month.
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.
We’re going on vacation… woo hoo! And we never do big vacations in the summer. Life happened and we couldn’t go anywhere far away in the spring, and fall is way too long to wait, so we settled on going on an actual, real summer vacation complete with a 12-hour one way road trip.
Where are we going? I think you know. Florida summertime heat, here we come!
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.
A year ago this week we were vacationing in Disney World. Easter was on April Fool’s Day, and we arrived a few days later. On that trip we stopped by Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club resorts and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to check out the Easter egg displays. So while all the other Disney blogs can show you this year’s Easter egg display, I’m going in the way back machine to last year’s. 😀
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?