Last week, we went on vacation to Disney World.  Let me just say, if it’s been awhile since you’ve been there, you should make the trip.  It’s a whole new place now.  One of the major changes that I’ve noticed is that if you don’t have a reservation for a table service restaurant, you’re not getting seated.  So here are 5 reservations that you might want to make when planning your trip.

  1. Be Our Guest – This one is in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. It’s modeled after Beast’s castle from the movie “Beauty and the Beast” so the setting alone is incredible.  Breakfast and lunch are quick service and you can choose your seat after you make your order.  We were able to sit right by the window where you can watch snow falling…even on an 80 degree day.
  2. Whispering Canyon Café – Find it in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  This one cracked me up.  Picture the perfect staff working at Disney’s parks.  They’re kind, courteous, and often make little ones feel like princesses and princes.
    We joked that the staff at Whispering Canyon Café are all the other people that didn’t quite fit that mold.  They’re a little snarky.  Our waiter named Rob came to the table, threw a bunch of straws and napkins at us and explained to my wife that my “all I care to drink” milkshake was all that I cared to drink and that he better not catch her drinking mine.  He was sorry for her “poor life choices.”
    It was fun and loud and the food was amazing.  I suggest you try the skillet.
    Hint:  Ask for some ketchup.  Trust me...it's worth it.
  3. Cinderella’s Royal Table – You can guess where you’d find this one. Yup…it’s in Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom.  This one is quite a bit more expensive, but even if you only do this one once, it’s kind of cool to say you ate there.  Plus, if your little one wants to meet the princesses, many of them come out to sign autograph books and take pictures.  This will save you time standing in line to meet them all individually.
  4. Hollywood & Vine – Stop over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for this one. I liked this one for two reasons.  The first is that it’s a buffet.  It’s always nice to be able to choose what you want to eat and then be able to eat as much of it as you’d like.  The second reason I liked this one is that it’s another opportunity to meet characters without having to wait in line.  Believe it or not, Mickey Mouse doesn’t walk around the park like he did when we were kids.  If you’d like to meet him, you need to either do one of these character meals, or wait in line.  I’d rather be eating while I’m waiting.
  5. Coral Reef Restaurant – This one was probably the coolest just because of the ambiance. I’m a huge fan of the ocean, so to be immersed in ocean life while I ate was a huge bonus.  In Future World at Epcot, you’ll find this one over by “The Seas”.  The food was delicious.  I totally recommend you save room for the Baileys and Jack Daniel’s mousse. 
    Hint:  Get there early. 
    While there are no guarantees, if you ask, you might have a better chance to sit right next to the aquarium.  That is, if you don’t mind sharks, stingrays and sea turtles staring at you while you eat.

No matter where you choose, I'm sure it will be amazing.  The food was incredible at every restaurant.