We are a family that loves visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando. We are fortunate to be able to vacation there, on average, about once a year. Some years more…some years less. We began our love for Disney before we were married. As children, we each visited during our childhood and when we decided to get married, a Disney honeymoon was a perfect choice for us. Our first trip after we were married was when our oldest son was 2 years old and our second son was about 3 months. So, we’ve seen Disney with infants, toddlers, school aged, high schoolers and now college aged kids. And to be honest, it never gets old.
Our most recent trip was in March when our kids were off for Spring Break. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and followed the signs in the airport which guided us to the Magical Express bus which takes the Disney resort guests to their hotels on the Disney property. This service makes you feel as if you are starting your vacation even before you reach your hotel. Disney even handles your luggage for you. Your bags are retrieved and delivered to your hotel. You simply get off the airplane, get on the Disney bus and begin your wonderful vacation.
We stayed at the Port Orleans-Riverside resort. We love this hotel. It reminds us of our years growing up and living in the suburbs of New Orleans. Plus, the rooms are a bit larger than some of the other rooms on the Disney properties. Many of the rooms at the Port Orleans-Riverside sleep 5 instead of 4. It’s nice to have a little extra room.
We were at Disney for 8 days and believe me, we could have stayed longer. It was a bit crowded during our stay but we didn’t mind because we had 8 days to see everything. It’s also nice to incorporate a little “down time” during your trip. Having a few extra days ensures that you can relax a bit.
The dining options at Walt Disney World have truly improved over the years. There are so many options available to their guests. We haven’t eaten at any restaurant at Disneyworld where we felt we were eating “amusement park food”. And trust me when I say we have eaten at just about every restaurant at every Disney park. Some restaurants and quick counter service spots are better than others but the quality is always there.
Thanks to the Disney Dining Plan which Disney offers to guests at their resorts we are able to enjoy many of the higher end restaurants on the Disney properties. The Disney Dining Plan is a wonderful attachment to the park tickets. When purchased, each guest is entitled to 1 counter service meal, 1 table service meal and 1 snack at just about any restaurant in the Disney parks or hotels. We find that for our family of 7, which now includes an almost 21 year old and 3 teenagers, the Disney Dining Plan is well worth it’s price. Many times, the Dining Plan has been included in our park ticket price as a special offer during the times we have visited.
On the evening of our arrival to Disneyworld, we ate at Teppan Edo in the Japan pavillion. It was a hibachi style dinner and delicious.
Sunday night we ate at the Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge hotel. This is a fun restaurant and perfect for families. The waiters are very funny and joke with the customers. There is an all-you-can- eat bar-b-que plate that my teenage boys love and lots of surprises! Be sure to ask for ketchup…
Monday night we ate at one of our favorite restaurants, Boma’s in the Animal Kingdom lodge. They serve a wonderful buffet with selections of african cuisine, prime rib, a gorgeous selection of salads, soups and fruit and scrumptious desserts. They also serve items that young children will love, such as macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. Be sure to try a delicious glass of South African wine to accompany your meal.
Tuesday night we found ourselves at Downtown Disney and ate at Raglan Road. It’s an Irish pub and restaurant. While we were eating we were treated to some authentic Irish music and a fabulous Irish dancer.
Wednesday we were back at Epcot and ate at Les Chefs de France. The food was delicious.
Thursday we had a sick child so we didn’t eat out but Friday he appeared better so we ate at Kouzzina by Cat Cora at the Boardwalk hotel. This is a wonderful, new restaurant with Greek inspired dishes.
One note about getting sick in Disneyworld…it can happen but your trip doesn’t have to be ruined. We had several of our children sick during this trip but we found a pharmacy that delivered to our hotel for only $5.00 any medication we needed. It was perfect. There are also minor emergency clinics not far from the Disney parks if needed.
Our next trip will be in October for our son’s 21st birthday. He’s a cast member this year at Walt Disney World and having the time of his life! We’ll be there for his birthday as well as the Food and Wine Festival so we’re looking forward to sharing some of the foods and excitement we experience.