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Getting Close To The 180 Day Mark – Time To Plan out Those ADR’s!



Our Walt Disney World Family Christmas Adventure may still be over 7 months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning – especially since our ADR day is only a month away!

First you may wonder – what the heck is an ADR day? It’s that magical day that occurs 180 days before your WDW arrival, where you can either go online and call the fine folks at Disney Dining and make your trip dining selections!

You also might not be entirely sure what an ADR is – it stands for Advance Dining Reservation, and how it works is you select a time to eat at your fave Disney restaurants, and when you arrive at that time, your name will be first called once a table becomes available for your party

Ok, so now that we are all clear on what makes this 180 day mark so special, we can get down to business! For us, a party of 4 adults, we want to make sure we are picking a variety of places – family friendly character meals as well as places that offer new and exciting cuisine, and also places that might be a little more “adult” friendly (aka – have a good wine selection!). Also, since we will be there on Christmas, we want to at least try and have some kind of familiar “holiday” meal, similar to what we would have at home.

So we sat down, talked it out, and utilized some menus to decide what we really wanted to experience when it came to our WDW dining experience

Our Final Choices?

-Via Napoli for Lunch – wood fired pizzas, wine and other Italian treats over in Epcot’s World Showcase

-Raglan Road for Dinner – This has turned into a “must do” – the atmosphere, entertainment, beer selection, and amazing Irish eats have been amazing every time, without fail

-1900 Park Fare for Breakfast – This is a “new” one for us (“new” meaning we haven’t been in about 20 years so none of us remember it!) – we are excited to spend time with the Alice In Wonderland characters and sample some delicious breakfast buffet items over at WDW’s beautiful Grand Floridian Resort

-Liberty Tree Tavern for Christmas Eve Dinner – Turkey and all the fixin’s are a perfect choice for a family holiday meal – and the rustic old American theming of the restaurant located in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square is a great place to feel happy and at home!

-Boma for Dinner – This has also become a “must do” for our family – at first I must admit I was hesitant to bring my family here, unsure of how they would react to the authentic African cuisine – but they LOVED it – and we will definitely be back for more unique salads, hummus, and bobotie (my personal fave – an egg based beef and lamb dish that is to die for!)

-Crystal Palace for Breakfast – This has been a “must do” for over 20 years for my family – the delicious food and amazing characters make it the perfect way to start a day at the Magic Kingdom. Pose with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet as you sample Poohs Breakfast Lasagna, Mickey Waffles, and much much more (bottom line – you won’t leave hungry!)

-Ohana for Dinner – Another “new” addition to our dining agenda, I have been wanting to try this one for a while (pretty much since I heard that they serve warm banana bread pudding for dessert!). This all you care to eat family style restaurant at WDW’s Polynesian Resort serves up Asian inspired meats, veggies, and rice in a relaxed, tropical setting

Now all I need to do is wait a month to make the ADR’s….then just another 6 months until I am back at my favorite place!

What do you think – Do you have any places you have to eat at/want to eat at/want to try while vacationing at WDW?

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T.G.I.F Pic Of The Week – Taking A Dip At WDW

There are tons of amazing things about WDW Resort Hotels, one of them being that they all have pools. And these aren’t just regular boring old pools, they are intricitely themed pools with all the bells and whistles!

Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect when you head over to your WDW Resort Hotel Pool:

TGIF POOL POFQ At Port Orleans French Quarter you can take a slide down a sea serpent’s tongue with King Neptune at the “Doobloon Lagoon” Pool

TGIF POOL POLYAt the Polynesian Resort, this tropical volcano themed pool has underwater music and a water slide

TGIF POOL ARTOFANIMAt Disney’s newest Resort, The Art of Animation, check out “The Big Blue” Pool, themed after Disn’eys Finding Nemo – this pool is huge, and if you listen closely you will hear Dori talking underwater!

TGIF POOL YACHTStormalong Bay is the shared pool area for Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, and it’s basically a mini water park – with a shipwreck waterslide, a lazy river with innner tubes, and the pool even has a sandy bottom!


Oh…and as an added bonus, most of them have a bar close by


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WDW – A Sushi Lover’s Heaven

When I was a kid, Walt Disney World food was nothing special – typical burgers, chicken fingers, and soft drinks you would find at any other theme park across the US. But over the last 10 years, they have really been stepping up their game in the culinary arena – there are truly delicious restaurants that serve ALL kinds of food


For those of you who love sushi, you don’t have to worry about going without it while vacationing at WDW – there are plenty of places where you can get your fill!


Some form of packaged sushi is available at almost all counter service eateries at the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, usually just some vegetable rolls and cooked shrimp options, nothing too spectacular but its always fresh and easy to grab on your way to/from the Parks. Or, in the case of Disney’s Polynesian Resort, a whole sushi bar (and sake!) awaits you!


Head over to Japan in Epcot’s World showcase for some amazing sushi options, available at their sit down and counter service eateries, and they’re authentic, fresh, and delicious!

If you’re in the mood for a sit down meal, I recommend the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort – which comes with a great view of the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks show, or the Flying Fish Cafe over at the Boardwalk Resort – which is the perfect place to take a sunset stroll

And those are just a few of the options available to those sushi lovers out there – check out the Disney Restaurant Menus on Just don’t do it when you’re hungry – it may cause actual drooling!

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Quick Pros and Cons – Value Vs. Deluxe Resorts

I have started planning our next trip to Walt Disney World (yay!) for next September 2013. Yeah, it may be a year and a half away, but it gives us time to save up, and really think about how we can make this our best WDW vacation yet!

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

One question that came up immediately was where should we stay? It can be tough to figure out the WDW Resorts (if you need help deciding what level of resort would work best for you, check out my post on the WDW Resort Categories!), and after some intense deliberation, my husband and I narrowed it down to Disney’s classic Polynesian Resort, and Disney’s newest resort, the Art of Animation Resort

The Art of Animation Resort (What it WILL look like!)

Each resort had its pros and cons. The Polynesian Resort is on the monorail line which means the Disney Magic is just a short ride away, and it’s a beautiful tropical paradise where Hawaiian music plays and a fireworks viewing from their beach is an amazing end to any evening. Its main drawbacks for us were that they didn’t offer any regular rooms with king beds (just 2 queens), and the biggest negative about the resort is its cost – the per night room fee was nearly triple that of the Value level resorts, which meant that this paradise would cost us almost $2000 more for a week’s stay than the cheaper Resort options

The Art of Animation Resort is brand new (in fact it hasn’t even opened as of yet, the first rooms open later this month!) which means everything from the beds to the toilets will be new too! It is rumored to have a very different menu than the other Value Resorts, plus the bottom line is, it would make our vacation a LOT cheaper. The cons? The only transportation from this resort will be by Disney Bus, which can take a while and you can end up standing on a crowded bus for 20 minutes or more. Also, the rooms are small and aren’t exactly “romantic”, and are designed more for families than for couples like us. Also, with it being brand new, there are really no reviews to go by, so who knows how nice it will be?

The Extremely Kid Friendly Art of Animation Rooms

After weighing all the pros and cons, we have decided to go with the Art of Animation Resort. Between the $2000 savings and the promising food court choices, we are looking forward to experiencing this brand new addition to the Walt Disney World family of resorts. Yes, it will be crowded and loud, and yes we will have to wait for buses every time we want to go somewhere, but in the end, we think it will all be worth it

A typical room at the Polynesian (complete with balcony!)

As for the Polynesian, it really just didn’t make sense to spend THAT much more for a room that we will basically only be sleeping in. It is a beautiful resort, and we hope to someday be able to stay there, and I know there are tons of people out there who won’t stay anywhere else, but for now? We will keep visiting and hoping for our big lottery win, so that someday we can experience all the beauty and amenities a Deluxe Resort like the Polynesian has to offer

Most of all, we are just excited to be going to the Happiest Place On Earth!

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