Friday, May 18, 2012

Planning for the Happiest Honeymoon on Earth, Part 3

Previously, on Our Geeky Adventure:

-We're kind of crazy, apparently, because we're going to Disney for our honeymoon
-But we're not that crazy, because we're using a travel service
-But really we are crazy, because we're driving the whole way

After consulting The Unofficial Guide, asking friends and coworkers, and weighing our priorities, we decided we wanted to go ahead and get the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan.  [That link takes you to the official Disney website which explains what's included in this plan and how it works.]  I'll save you the gory details of this particular decision-making process...we have heard that this dining plan gives you way more than enough food, but we figure it's better to have too much food than not enough, and we'd rather have one less thing to need cash for while we're there.

So where will we be spending those dining credits?

Once again, The Unofficial Guide proved invaluable in deciding on Disney restaurants.  They rated the food and ambiance at each restaurant, and even gave recommendations for what to order.  Since Mr. Geek and I had been to Disney before, we'd already eaten at a few places, and decided we wanted to try something new.  The Unofficial Guide also gave recommendations for which places need reservations in order to get a good table at a decent hour, so we made a list of all the places we definitely want to eat at and when, and gave that list to Kim from Dreams Unlimited so she can make our reservations for us.

Sunday: Dinner

Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom // via InteractiveWDW
 We'll be arriving in Orlando on Sunday, checking in to the resort, and basically taking it easy all afternoon.  We'll probably grab lunch at the on-site restaurant at the resort, then head to the Magic Kingdom for the rest of the day to meet some characters and do a little shopping and maybe take a spin on the Teacups.  Sunday will be the most easy-going day of the honeymoon, and I want us to dress a little nicer than shorts and t-shirts, because we're going to have dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table!  The "Character Dining Experience" means we'll be dining with the princesses, and the package includes professional photos!  Cinderella's Royal Table was definitely the top of our list for must-visit restaurants, so the first night seems like the perfect time to eat there!

Monday: Lunch

Yak & Yeti // screen capture taken from Disney's website
 We plan to spend the first half of day 2 at Animal Kingdom, ending with lunch at Yak & Yeti.  The menu is Asian-inspired American food and, as with everything Disney, every little detail is perfect.

Monday: Dinner

Hollywood Brown Derby // via
 We'll spend the second half of day 2 at Hollywood Studios, capped off with a late dinner at the Hollywood Brown Derby, a replica of the real celebrity hangout, down to the caricatures that cover the walls.  Can't wait to try the original Cobb salad!

Tuesday: Lunch

Biergarten Restaurant // via
 Tuesday we plan to spend most of the day at Epcot, so of course we have to eat lunch here!  Mr. Geek has actually eaten at the Biergarten Restaurant in Germany but he loved it so much and it comes so highly praised that we just can't pass it up!  A nice big buffet lunch of German favorites will give us the energy we need to finish the day in Hollywood Studios.

Tuesday: Dinner

Yachtsman Steakhouse // screen capture taken from Disney's website
After squeezing in a few more roller coasters, we're going to head back to the resort to change into something a little nicer than whatever we spent the day romping around in, then zip over to the Yacht Club Resort for a nice dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse.  I probably don't have to tell you that the big draw on this menu is the steak :D

Wednesday: Dinner

The Crystal Palace // via
 Wednesday will be spent at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter :) and whatever time is left in the day will be spent back at Magic Kingdom.  We plan on popping in for a late dinner at The Crystal Palace featuring a "Character Dining Experience" that we're very excited about!

Thursday: Breakfast

Trail's End Restaurant // via
 We're going to start Thursday early with a breakfast buffet at Trail's End Restaurant inside Fort Wilderness Resort before heading back to Magic Kingdom for the entire day, to make sure we get to ride absolutely all of our favorite rides.

Thursday: Dinner
Disney's Contemporary Resort // photo via
 We'll relax after a long day at the Magic Kingdom with a nice dinner at California Grill inside the Contemporary Resort.  I'm really looking forward to the California-inspired menu featuring seasonal, local produce.

Friday: Lunch

Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano // via
 Friday we'll be back at Hollywood Studios in the morning with some fun, Disney-fied Italian food for lunch.  I've heard the pizza here is really good!

Friday: Dinner

Les Chefs de France // screen capture from Disney's website
 Finally, our last Disney dining experience will be at Les Chefs de France in the France pavilion of Epcot.  Hopefully, Remy, the little mouse from Ratatouille, will make a visit to our table while we're there!

Phew!  That's a lot of food!  Where are your favorite places to eat in Disney World?  Have you ever used a Disney Dining Plan?

Much love,
The Geeks

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