Going to DisneyWorld has been a lifelong dream for me. I really, truly, desperately wanted to go as a child but never had the chance. Now, though, I do!!
We’re going to Disney!
We’re heading off in September so already I’ve started booking things. For those of you that don’t know, 180 days before your trip, you can start making dinner reservations. I was told by a few friends that I needed to book some time off work, prepare myself mentally and then book, book, book. If possible get up early and, dear god, don’t do it online because you WILL NOT get that coveted spot. I’ll be honest, I took them seriously but not that seriously. How bad could it be right?
Restaurant bookings at Disneyworld are like trying to get a GP appointment at 8.15am on a Monday morning, and booking the elusive Be Our Guest Restaurant at 12pm is like trying to find unicorn hair. It’s impossible! I really genuinely didn’t think it would be THIS hard.
I tried to book as soon as I received my email to say that booking was open but unfortunately I couldn’t book any further than arrival day, so I thought I’d leave it a week… Noooo. Bad decision. I’ve had to fiddle things around and compromise quite a lot, but it’s not the end of the world.
Here is what I have book so far; we’re on the Disney Dining plan that allows one table service meal, one quick service meal and a snack:
- Our Arrival dinner at the Sci-fi Dine in Theater
- HollyWood and Vine for the Disney Junior experience at lunch time
- La Hasienda before the Epcot illuminations – it’s on the lagoon so easy access!
- Chef Mickey’s Contemporary Breakfast at 7.30am before we head out to Universal for the day.
- Lilo & Stitch breakfast at the Ohana
- The Rainforest Cafe for dinner
- The hawaiian dinner experience at Ohana
- T-REX for lunch
- Be Our Guest for lunch (admittedly leaving it late I could only get a crappy time of 10.45 BUT this is on our home day so it means that we will eat super early and still have 2-3 before we need to head off to the airport!)
- Cinderella’s Royal Table for breakfast at 8.55am before our chill out day.
- AND Fantasmic! Dinner package at Mama Melrose.
With each booking I swear I get more excited and I can’t tell you how over joyed I am that I managed to book Be Our Guest, even though it will be a super early lunch, it has worked perfectly for us because our flight is late afternoon and we always leave loads of time to get to the airport and book in.
At the moment I’ve signed up to a tour plan company to help me plan out my tours of each park. It’s been insanely useful because it’s helped me plan which day I should go to which park (including the days we are taking to visit Universal) and it has given me a crowd checker, which tells me on a scale of 1 to 10 how busy each day will be. This means that I have been able to look at the parks and say, OK, I don’t want to wait long for this so I’ll visit Magic Kingdom on this date but Animal Kingdom on this date.
The site also has pre-made tour plans so you are told when is best to go to which ride, what rides to book your three per day fast passes for and your estimated que time.
Pretty confident in going to need the tour plans as I feel already overwhelmed and under water with the whole experience! It’s just so much!!
Have you ever been to Disney World? What are your top tips for restaurant bookings at disneyworld?