We were able to call about 10 days ago to make ADR’s for our March 2007 trip. Food is a huge part of our trip, so this is always fun.
A few years ago, we started a system of picking meals. Each of the 4 of us picks one, and then we vote on the rest. This seems to work well for us, and it gets the entire family involved in the planning process.
Cinderella’s Royal Table (Family vote) - Wow… we finally got in for breakfast. I really like the new system of being able to call 6-months out from your check-in date. We had lunch here last year and thought it was wonderful.
Garden Grill (Family vote) - We haven’t eaten here in at least 5 years. To be honest, it’s not one of my favorites…but the characters will be fun.
50’s Prime Time (14-year old daughter’s pick) - We had a so-so visit here in 2003, so I was wondering why my daughter picked it. She reminded us that she was sick when we were there and wanted to re-try it. Hey, at the very least, I’ll get a PB&J shake!
Hollywood & Vine Character Breakfast (6-year old daughter’s pick) - My daughter loves the little Einsteins, so she HAD to do this. This is the first time in 3 years that she hasn’t picked Chef Mickeys.
Chefs de France (my pick) - I struggled with my pick… I like to try new places, but we’re literally running out them. My original choice was Nine Dragons, but after reading the reviews I just couldn’t do it. We’ve canceled PS’s at Chefs twice previously and we needed another Epcot place, so…
Liberty Tree Tavern (family vote) - We’ve never done it and folks seem to like it.
Artist Point (family vote) - It’s a tradition. We’ve eaten here 7 times in the last 5 years, and it’s never been less than excellent.
Coral Reef (family vote) - This was the last one in. We’re big seafood fans and the tank makes for a fun atmosphere. We haven’t eaten here in more than 5 years, and our last experience was average at best. Also, reviews have been down here for a long time. On the other hand… it’s a fantastic Dining Plan value; it’s 1 ticket, but menu prices border on Signature restaurant prices. I figure it’s worth another try.
Jiko (wife’s pick) - My wife stunned me with this pick. I’ve been pushing Jiko for years, but she’s been afraid of the kid’s there (even though they are fine at Artist Point). I’m really looking forward to this one!
Crystal Palace (family vote) - The last few years, we’ve had a tradition of eating here for lunch on our last day. I argued against it this year… our CP experience was very average last year… but I was outvoted! I really wanted to try the Plaza Restaurant. Maybe next year.
I’m pretty pleased with the mix… although it’s heavier on the buffet/all-you-care-to-eat side of things than I’d like. I’m also going to be very curious about how the dining plan will work for us; I’ve crunched the numbers and it seems like a no-brainer.