Trip Chronicles

August Dining Reservations

Our adults only trip is now only 20 days away! Jeff mentioned yesterday he can’t believe it’s approaching so fast, I said it has something to do with our lack of Disney vacation countdown. We normal do up a countdown to our Disney vacation but we don’t want to shove our kids faces in the fact that we are going to Disney without them.

If you missed our trip announcement, we are making our way to Walt Disney World for a little baby moon, as we’re expecting our 3rd baby in January. With a baby on board I can’t ride many of the rides we’re opting for a low key vacation with a major focus on dining.

We’re going to be staying at our home resort, Saratoga Springs, and dining on the Deluxe Dining Plan. The Deluxe Dining Plan gives us three meals and 2 snacks a day for each night of our vacation. These meals can be quick-service or table service. For a table service meal you receive an appetizer, entree, dessert and alcoholic beverage. To make the most of our dining plan we’re going to be using all of our meal credits at table service restaurants. So we’re opting to do a signature dining experience each night, which requires 2 meal credits. With no kids in tow we can enjoy these exclusive restaurants. Since we’re only doing one park evening, the Moonlight Magic at Epcot, all of our dining choices have to either be resort table service restaurants or restaurants at Disney Springs. We always love picking out our dining experiences, but this time especially because we were choosing from restaurants we don’t normally consider. As a rule of thumb we try not to dine places we’ve dined at before which makes choosing them normally fairly easy but this time since we’re not going to many parks it was much more difficult. So here are our dining plans for our trip that’s only a few weeks away!!

1st Day

Dinner. Artist Point. Signature Dining Experience. Wilderness Lodge.

We love the Wilderness Lodge. We’ve stayed here a couple of times but it’s always been with kids. So we’ve walked by Artist Point many times, I’m very excited to finally dine here. From everything I’ve read it’s a real hidden gem. What I’m looking forward to though is the view, really hoping we get a table by the window so we can over look Copper Creek.

2nd Day

Breakfast. Olivia’s Cafe. Old Key West.

Old Key West is the only DVC property at Walt Disney World that we have never visited. It’s within walking distance from Saratoga Springs so we’ll walk over to the original DVC resort for our breakfast. Olivia’s is also one that I’ve wanted to go to for a while. We’ve made reservations before but had to change them due to change of resort reservations. It’s a tough one to get to for breakfast unless you’re not staying at Port Orleans or Saratoga Springs. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I love eggs, breakfast sausages, waffles, pancakes. Anything! So I’m optimistic I’m going to enjoy this meal.

Lunch. Sanaa. Animal Kingdom Lodge-Kidani Village.

We stayed here a couple of years ago but didn’t do any of our dining here because of the cuisine. We didn’t think the kids would enjoy it. The views are supposed to be unforgettable and I’ve read rave reviews about the Bread Service appetizer.

Dinner. Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. Polynesian Village.

I have always wanted to go to one of these dinner shows. The other two dinner shows are at Fort Wilderness Lodge, one being Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and both a little more appealing to our kids. So I didn’t want to attend either of those without our littles, so Spirit of Aloha was the obvious choice. After the show we’ll be sure to spend the remainder of our evening at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

Day 3

Lunch. Beaches and Cream. Beach Club Resort.

This is the only restaurant we do not have a reservation for. We booked our trip in May so we missed the advanced reservation window. Our plan is to arrive at opening, 11am and hope for a counter seat. I’ve dined here countless times. My family stayed at the Beach Club many times in the 90s and we would always be sure to grab a lunch at Beaches and Cream. Back then there was no need for a reservation. But Jeff has never gotten to experience a meal here. Yes, we’ve grabbed ice cream here at their To Go counter, but it’s not the same. So hopefully we’ll be able to eat here, otherwise we’ll grab a bite at one of the other many restaurants found around Crescent Lake.

Dinner. Monsieur Paul. Signature Restaurant. Epcot. France Pavilion.

On our 3rd day we’ll be spending the evening at Epcot. The event starts at 9pm but we’re permitted to enter the park at 7pm. So we made a reservation at Monsieur Paul, a signature restaurant that’s located a floor above Chefs de France. The only other Signature Restaurant found at Epcot is Le Cellier Restaurant found in the Canadian Pavilion. We’ve diner here twice, so if we wanted to stick to some place new and a signature restaurant. Monsieur Paul was the obvious choice. I’ve read that you can have a spectacular view of Illuminations from this restaurant so I’m hoping that will be the case for this experience.

Day 4.

Lunch. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. Disney Springs.

This was Jeff’s pick. Originally I wasn’t totally on board but once I saw the multitude of images on Instagram I knew this was a spot not to miss. This pregnancy I’ve been all about the meat, so I think I’ll have an issue with making one choice for my entree.

Dinner. Yachtman’s Steakhouse. Signature Restaurant. Yacht Club Resort.

For our final meal, Yachtman’s Steakhouse. Jeff is not a big seafood fan so we had to finish off the trip with some steaks. The other restaurant we were tossing around was Citrico’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian but their menu didn’t have as many steak choices, so the Steakhouse make the final cut. Walking around Crescent Lake after our delicious three course meal will be a wonderful way to finish off our vacation.

A few tips for picking your own reservations, check out the menus. There are so many dining choices on property, and all of their menus are different. So choose one you’re most likely to love. Even if someone is raving about how amazing California Grill is, if the menu doesn’t appeal to you then try some place different. Spend the time doing the research and you’ll have a much more enjoyable trip. Happy Planning, Friends.