I am what you call a “self-proclaimed picky-eating foodie"... AKA I love food, but am very specific about what food that is. Disney food has always been one of those areas where I am pretty much open to try new things because they are generally safe and yummy. I have my favorite go-to eateries at the parks such as Cafe Orleans (Disneyland), Be Our Guest (Magic Kingdom), and Les Halles Boulangerie & Pâtisserie (Epcot French Pavillion). Since food in the parks tends to be expensive, I have to limit myself on amount of sit down meals and money spent on food. For a very long time now, I have dreamed of the freedom to eat every single thing I want to with no limits. Well, the time has come.
I have lovingly called this dream trip “eating my way through Disney”. When my father informed me he was headed to Orlando for a conference, I saw an opportunity. The hotel was taken care of since it was for work, I had my annual pass, and I paid for my flight with SkyMiles. So quite literally, the only cost would be food. The gears in my head started turning about all the possibilities of delicious new places I could try.
I researched, I read reviews, I scoured menus; after months of planning, I finalized my eatery itinerary. For a majority of the selections, I made sure they were new and something I wouldn’t be doing on a regular trip. Since there were a few additions coming to the parks that summer, I worked around those extras as well. Here was my lineup…
Saturday: Breakfast at Satu’li Canteen
With the opening of Pandora, I knew Animal Kingdom was going to be the most difficult to arrange. I wanted to dedicate enough time to experience the new land, but also accomplish the goal of this trip.
Saturday: Lunch at Tiffins (Rivers of Light Dining Package)
I am a big fan of dining packages within Disney parks, so I figured why not double dip and get a great meal as well as preferred viewing for Rivers of Light?
Saturday: Dinner at Yak & Yeti
I am a sucker for a good pan-Asian influenced restaurant, so Yak & Yeti was a no brainier decision. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
Sunday: Brunch at California Grill
Who doesn't love a great brunch? Throw in a beautiful view of the Magic Kingdom to top it off and I am sold.
Sunday: Dinner at Victoria & Albert’s
There was one specific location I knew I had to jump on, since this would quite literally be a once in a lifetime opportunity. In fact it was the first reservation I made and planned everything else around the trip.
Yes, this is that reservation.
Monday: Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno
A few months before my trip, Disney announced a new character breakfast. As soon as reservations opened, I snagged one.
Monday: Lunch at Tutto Italia Ristorante
Pasta and cheese... my two loves. So of course I had to stop by Italy in Epcot and be filled with a yummy dish from Tutto Italia.
Monday: Dinner at Le Cellier Steakhouse
The classic steak dish but with a side of poutine? You would be crazy to not want to try out this spot.
Tuesday: Breakfast at Trail Ends
Typical Disney buffet? Think again. This spot has a unique buffet and not to mention a cast member discount!
Tuesday: Lunch at Be Our Guest
This was the most difficult day to plan because I have eaten at almost every single sit down and quick service location in Magic Kingdom. So I decided to revisit some of my favorite classics.
Tuesday: Happily Ever After Firework Dessert Party
Remember when I said I'm a big believer in dining packages? Dessert parties are also one of my favorite splurges.
Wednesday: Breakfast at Kona Cafe
As this was my departing day, there was only time for breakfast at Disney. But what a great way to end a fantastic trip.
As I returned home, I couldn’t even believe how incredible this trip was. It was such a relaxing and fun way to take on Disney, especially in the rain. Sprinkled with magical moments and time spent with incredible friends, it was worth the price tag in the end. Now it is time to start dreaming up my next “Dream Disney Trip”, perhaps Tokyo Disneyland? Erica, what do you say?
As I checked this off my bucket list, it made me wonder.. What is your dream Disney trip? Let us know in the comments below!