Ooh-de-lally! A dining heavy October '13 Trip Report *update 2/23-We're Going Back!*
Pre Trip: Part 1 - Introductions
Welcome to my first ever trip report! I have done dining reports in the past but enjoyed so many TRs on here that I wanted to do one of my own. Now, I knew there was no way that I could keep straight doing a trip report and a dining report (much respect to emmysmommy for being able to do that) so I decides to combine efforts and do a dining heavy trip report.
Wait, you are asking yourself, does that mean that there will be fun and humorous updates likely to include pictures of cute kids meeting princesses along with glorious pictures of food porn?
Yes, yes, that is exactly what it means.
We leave this coming Thursday, October 10th so who knows what we will actually do, but here are some highlights of what we have planned:
I will be your narrator for this journey, so it is my job to tell it like it is, or was, or whatever. And now to introduce the members of our traveling party ...
First, this is myself (Phil) along with my DW (Judi) from a recent trip to Seattle we took (I know, I out-kicked my coverage):
This is my DD (Olivia - 4.5, going on 13) and DS (Peter - 21mo, though definitely already in the terrible twos).
This will be Olivia's 3rd trip to WDW and my sons first - well, second if you count the fact DW was pregnant with him last trip (I don't think he remembers much)
DD is also clearly a Frump in training:
Also coming with us is my FIL (Bob) and MIL (Kathy). Kathy has come with us the past few trips, but this is Bob's first trip with us and first trip there in many, many years:
And family friends Mike and Bridget along with their kids Tara and Owen will also be coming along - we won't be doing everything together but will have a number of meals together. While Bridget has been to The World before, it has been years and Mike, Tara, and Owen have never been. They kept the trip a secret from their kids and my kids didn't know they were coming .... so I expect there to be quite a bit of excitement and screaming when all is revealed.
I will probably have a couple of more planning posts before we leave. I will try to get a post or two done while on vacation, but no promises.
So, everyone on board? Sound like fun? Come'on ... I've got cookies! I mean, I don't know exactly how to get them to you or anything, but I do have them. Moving on ......
Pre Trip: Part 1 - Introductions - post #1
Pre Trip: Part 2 - ADRs - post #11
Pre Trip: Part 2 - Custom T-Shirts - Post #16
Travel: Drive to PA then fly to MCO - post #28
Travel and Day 1:
Day 1 - Part 1: Orlando errands and Downtown Disney (1 of 2) - post #36
Day 1 - Part 1: Orlando errands and Downtown Disney (2 of 2) - post #49
Day 1 - Part 2: Fun at the Polynesian including dinner at Kona Cafe (1 of 2) - post #55
Day 1 - Part 2: Fun at the Polynesian including dinner at Kona Cafe (2 of 2) - post #62
Day 2 - Part 1: EPCOT ... breakfast with Royalty - post #71
Day 2 - Part 2: EPCOT ... meeting Mickey and Friends - post #82
Day 2 - Part 3: EPCOT ... 1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila .... - post #87
Day 2 - Part 4: EPCOT ... Taste, Shake, and Indulge! - Post #98
Day 2 - Part 5: EPCOT ... McNamee Adventures - Kidcot and Off Kilter - Post #104
Day 2 - Part 6: EPCOT ... Imagine your future! - Post #113
Day 2 - Part 7: Magic Kingdom ... Dreaming Along with Mickey! - Post #123
Day 2 - Part 8: Magic Kingdom ... Enchantment Under the Sea - Post #124
Day 2 - Recap - Post #126
Day 3 - Part 1: Art of Animation ... The Food Court Must Be Explored! - Post #133
Day 3 - Part 2: Art of Animation ... Resort Touring - Post #134
Day 3 - Part 3: Victoria & Albert's ... Fancy Pants Anniversary Dinner - Post #147
Day 4 - Part 1: MGM Studios ... Breakfast and Characters Dinner - Post #153
Day 4 - Part 2: MGM Studios ... Is it? Yes it is! *squee!* - Post #162
Day 4 - Part 3: MGM Studios ... Ducks and One Man's Dream - Post #170
Day 4 - Part 4: MGM Studios ... a Beastly Terror! - Post #177
Day 4 - Part 5: MGM Studios ... This will be a day long remembered - I finally get to the Fantasmic! update! - Post #178
Day 5 - Part 1: Winter Summerland ... Let's hit the links! - Post #181
Day 5 - Part 2: TDT ... Lunch at Raglan Road - Post #182
Day 5 - Part 3: TDT ... Shopping - Post #183
Day 5 - Part 4: California Grill ... Dinner Part I - Post #189
Day 5 - Part 5: California Grill ... Dinner Part II plus fireworks! - Post #190
Day 6 - Part 1: Magic Kingdom ... Castle picks and puffed French Toast - Post #196
Day 6 - Part 2: Magic Kingdom ... Princesses! - Post #200
Day 6 - Part 3: Magic Kingdom ... The Circus and other Oddities - Post #208
Day 6 - Part 4: Magic Kingdom ... The Ariel Ride and Lunch at Be Our Guest - Post #221
Day 6 - Part 5: Magic Kingdom ... Dreaming with Mickey while sleeping during a parade - Post #130
Day 6 - Part 6: Magic Kingdom ... Best meet & greet ever - and biggest cupcake ever! - Post #138
Day 6 - Part 7: Magic Kingdom ... Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah! - Post #244
Day 6 - Part 8: Magic Kingdom ... Electrical Parades, Projection Shows, and Wishes ... oh my! - Post #245
Day 6 - Part 9: Magic Kingdom ... more rides - and day recap - Post #247
Day 7 - Part 1: Animal Kingdom ... Safari Breakfast as far as the eye can see - Post #256
Day 7 - Part 2: Animal Kingdom ... Curse you Yeti! - Post #269
Day 7 - Part 3: Animal Kingdom ... Safari part 1 - Post #272
Day 7 - Part 4: Animal Kingdom ... Safari part 2 - Post #274
Day 7 - Part 5: McNamees Day off - Post #282
Day 7 - Part 6: EPCOT - Food and Wine Festival ... well, food and wine - Post #287
Day 7 - Part 7: EPCOT - Lasseter Family Winery Deminar. a.k.a that Pixar guy also gets to make great wine - Post #294
Day 7 - Part 8: EPCOT - The last princess is in sight and a camel shows us the way - Post #305
Day 7 - Part 9: EPCOT - More Food & Wine at the appropriately named Festival - Post #313
Day 7 - Part 10: EPCOT - Mexican It's A Small World and more F&WF Fun - Post #325
Day 7 - Part 11: EPCOT - Dessert and Illumnations - Post #334
Final Thoughts & Video - Post #339
Real Life Updates:
Merry Christmas! (December 25, 2013) - Post #215
Life Update - Olivia turns 5! - post #357
Update - We're going back to the World! - Post #363
FIRST! You know I'm on board! Your kids are adorable, I'm so excited to see their character meets. AND SO MUCH DISNEY FOOD!
I understand dining heavy trip reports ;)
Joining in Phil!! See, I can call you Phil now, haha.
I LOVE your trip report title, I'm in!
Sounds like fun! I'm in!
Welcome! Thanks - Robin Hood is my favorite Disney movie so I am sure I will mix in some other references ... actually, there is another quote in the middle of the intro ;)
You had me at ooh-de-lally!!! I LOVE Robin Hood and get cranky when I think about never meeting him. And Prince John. I loooove Prince John.
Pre Trip: Part 2 - ADRs
Pre Trip: Part 2 - ADRs
So in planning for meals for as many as 10 people (not everyone would join every meal) there was only going to be one way to do this ... that's right, spreadsheets.
We knew some of what we definitely wanted to do, but as we were staying off site and thus not on the dining plan we wanted to show some level of cost consciousness. We also wanted to balance doing new things but also including old favorites.
After some back-and-forth on what would work best, we settled on a plan. The one sticking point was that when our 180 window opened, California Grill was going through their refurb, wasn't accepting ADRs, and it wasn't entirely confirmed they would be open in time. So as a back-up we booked Artist Point ... but, then California Grill did open in time and I was able to score an ADR! Also, with having a Chase Disney Visa, I got in one day early to book Food & Wine Festival events!
So, below is the schedule of ADR's we have planned:
Friday, October 11th (arrivale day):
We'll see how things change while we are there, but all-in-all I am pretty happy with what I was able to secure - especially given that many of the meals are for a relatively large party.
Following along! :)
What a great lineup. I'm looking forward to hearing how they all went!
I did the Akershus breakfast years ago...I honestly don't remember the food, but princesses were everywhere so I loved it. Really good choices :thumbsup2 I'm excited to hear about Victoria and Albert's...that one's on the bucket list for sure.
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