Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Our Dining and Fastpass plans for Walt Disney World 2018

Our Walt Disney World countdown is rapidly creeping up to that 50 day mark and I still can't believe that our next trip is so soon! I am so ridiculously excited for everything that we have planned for our trip and today I thought that it might be fun to share the advance dining reservations that we made at the 180 mark and the Fastpass+ reservations that we made at the 60 day mark. 

Planning is one of my favourite aspects of taking a Disney holiday. There is always so much to research and get excited about that I don't feel I could ever get bored of doing it! I always keep hold of my game plans from previous trips and I like to look back on them and see how much they actually changed whilst on holiday (because let's admit it, you've gotta also go with the flow especially when you're travelling with a young child!). 

I wanted to start documenting these bookings on my blog too because I don't know about you but I love reading about other peoples trip plans when it comes to Disney! Everybody plans their holidays so differently and it just proves that Disney could never get boring, no matter how many times to visit!

Here's what we have planned for table service dining in 2018!

Boatwright's Dining Hall
Location: Port Orleans Riverside

Our first reservation of the trip and somewhere we haven't tried before. Boatwright's Dining Hall is at Port Orleans Riverside which is the resort we are staying at and despite reading mixed reviews about this place we thought that we couldn't miss it out! Described as casual Louisiana-style dining, I am looking forward to trying out some new-to-me dishes on our first full day at Walt Disney World in 2018.

Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

We are returning to Boma in 2018 because as you might remember, we absolutely loved eating here (repeatedly!) when we stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge last year. I have been dreaming about those Zebra Domes ever since and I can't wait to wander around that gorgeous resort lobby once again. Jambo House is stunning, this whole resort is stunning. We can't wait to be back! 

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno
Location: Disney's Boardwalk

This is a first for us and it is definitely the character meal that I am most excited about for this trip. I have heard amazing things about this breakfast and the food looks incredible too! The characters you encounter here are Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider and as we have never met either Prince Eric or Flynn Rider before I am so looking forwards to seeing how Miss E interacts with them. She absolutely loves Tangled, especially 'punzie and Flynn! 

A buffet with character at The Crystal Palace
Location: Magic Kingdom

We always do breakfast at the Crystal Palace so having dinner here is going to be another new experience for us. Fingers crossed that dinner is as good as breakfast because we absolutely love it here! The evening meal looks set to be a selection of mouth-watering favourites such as carved meats, freshly prepared pastas and more and I can't wait to try it out before popping outside to catch Happily Ever After afterwards.

Rainforest Cafe Dinner
Location: Disney Springs

This one is kiddo's request and one that we were more than happy to book! The food at Rainforest Cafe might not be the absolute best but it is such good fun and a great dining experience. We love the decor inside the restaurant and they cater really, really well for children which is always a priority for us!  

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
Location: Disney Springs

Another new one but I only had to see the bread & butter pudding on the menu and instantly went to book a reservation. If you know me then you'll know that I am obsessed with bread & butter pudding. Literally obsessed! Combining this with live music and award winning Irish dancers, I think we are pretty much guaranteed to have a great meal here! 

Yak & Yeti
Location: Animal Kingdom

We love Yak & Yeti. It has become a 'must do' for each of our Disney holidays and I honestly think it is such a wonderful place to eat. I love everything about it from the decor to the food. I can't wait to be back at this beautiful Nepalese-style restaurant.... Gimme those fried wontons with fresh vanilla ice cream already!

Minnie's Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine
Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios

Another return visit for us! This time we have booked this reservation with the Fantasmic package which I didn't know was only 1 table service credit on the dining plan. Such a nice surprise! On our last visit here all the characters were decked out in their Christmas finest so I am super excited to see how different it is now spring is here!

California Grill 
Location: Disney's Contemporary Resort

Our only signature dining experience for 2018 but one that I am so excited for! Over the past few years we have hesitated over booking a reservation here mostly because I will readily admit that the menu doesn't really excite me but this year we have bitten the bullet and made a booking. It really is a 'must do' at Walt Disney World and I want to try it at least once! 

Chip 'n' Dale's Harvest Feast Breakfast at Garden Grill
Location: Epcot

I'm not really a breakfast person until it comes to Disney breakfasts. Anyone else like that?! I don't usually get to eat sticky buns, Mickey waffles and tropical juice for breakfast though so maybe that is the reason for my Disney breakfast excitement! I am really looking forwards to this character meal but mostly because Chip and Dale are two of kiddo's favourites! 

Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' Dinner
Location: Disney Springs

I think we saw Homecomin' on a Tim Tracker vlog last year and instantly knew it was somewhere we wanted to eat on this trip. The menu which showcases fresh flavours from Florida in good old comfort food style looks right up our street! It all looks delicious! 

Via Napoli Ristorante
Location: Epcot

As a family of pizza lovers, we love Via Napoli. The pizza here is ridiculously good and kiddo has mentioned on more than a few occasions how much she loved eating at this restaurant! Not gonna lie, I have been craving that picante pizza with spicy sausage since November and I am counting down the days until I can eat it again! 

Location: Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

This one was a bit of a last minute booking and I am so glad we finally got a reservation for the last evening of our 2018 holiday! We have only done the character breakfast at 'Ohana and I have wanted to eat here for dinner for such a long time so this meal is going to be really quite special for me. Again, the dinner includes bread pudding topped with caramel sauce and bananas which I think is all you really need to know. I am bread pudding obsessed.....have I already mentioned that?!

Be Our Guest
Location: Magic Kingdom

Finally, Be Our Guest. This one is a QSR for lunch time and not an evening reservation (which we have already cancelled). We are currently undecided on whether or not we should cancel this booking too because our meal there in November last year was the biggest letdown, honestly I could cry it was so bad! The food, the experience, the service, the lack of actual Beast.... argh! I really want to give it one more go so we're currently hanging onto this lunch reservation in the hopes that I can claw back some good vibes about this restaurant. Fingers crossed, eh?! 

So those are our 14 dining reservations for our Spring 2018 trip! Here are the Fastpasses I have booked in around the dining....

Animal Kingdom

Meet favourite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
Na'vi River Journey x 2
Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo - The Musical
Kilimanjaro Safaris


Spaceship Earth
Frozen Ever After
Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot
Journey into Imagination with Figment x 2
Living with the Land
Turtle Talk with Crush
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Soarin' Around the World

Hollywood Studios

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Singalong
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Disney Junior - Live on Stage!
Muppet Vision 3D
Beauty & the Beast - Live on Stage
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Magic Kingdom

Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
Peter Pan's Flight
The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
Meets Cinderella and Princess Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Tomorrowland Speedway
Meet Tinkerbell at Town Square Theatre
Jungle Cruise
Pirates of the Caribbean

Our plan of attack for the fastpasses is basically doing all the attractions that kiddo loves! As you can see, there are absolutely no rollercoasters this year because she's all of a sudden quite adamant that she doesn't want to ride them (despite having loved them for the past three years!). Yep, not even the Barnstormer.... which has been her favourite for the past few years! We've left it quite chilled too, not filling every day with maximum Fastpass bookings because we want a good few days away from the parks this year and exploring Disney Springs, the Boardwalk, our resort, etc more. We also want to spend some quality time in Epcot as the International Flower & Garden festival will be still on when we visit! 

I am so excited for this trip.... I can't wait to be back at the most magical place on earth!

So those are our table service dining reservations and Fastpass+ bookings for spring 2018! Have you eaten at any of our choices before? Which is your favourite? And what are your *must do* attractions in Walt Disney World? I'd love to know so please let me know in a comment below! 

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