Planning vacations is almost as fun for me as the vacations themselves. I've literally been spending 2-3 hours a night on blogs and message boards planning this trip. I've locked down my dates (12/2-12/9 2014) and we're going to do 5-day hoppers with one free day for hotel hopping, shopping and slugging around in the Disney Bubble. I've decided on VWL and David's vacation club rentals has assured me that I should get a 1bdrm for my dates. So the next logical step is deciding on dining destinations. I have a good 5 months before I hit the 180 day mark so I have some time to decide. Looks like the firework and parade schedules go up about 6 months in advance, how accurate is it 180 days in out?
We'll have the kitchen in the villa so we'll likely save on bfast by keeping some stuff in the room, and maybe even some lunches. I'm traveling with a 1 year old and a 3.5 year old so if any of these options are inappropriate to take one or both of the kiddos please let me know, we will have people there with us to stay with the kid or kids a couple of nights, but it's a family vacation so we want most meals to be with the whole fam.
1. California Grill for dinner during fireworks (likely only with our older son).
2. Victoria and Alberts for a Mamma and Dada only dinner.
3. Be our guest for an early dinner with both kids.
4. Le Cellier (both kids?)
5. Chef Mickeys (probably late Bfast or lunch). Mostly for an easy way to get some cute pics of the boys with Mickey!
6. My wife has fond memories of eating at whispering canyon in her childhood trips to WDW. Is it worth a visit? We'll probably end up here regardless of what people say ;-)
7. Ohana during fireworks.
Are Jiko or Boma worth a visit? Would also give us a reason to check out the holiday display at AKL.
Should we do a Candlelight Processional dinner package? I think my wife and I would love it, but I'm wondering if my boys will sit through it? If yes, which restaurant? Maybe Hacienda San Miguel or biergarten?
Should we do more than one character meal? Seems unnecessary, but the kids could really love it. What have been other people's experiences?
Do I really need to be on the phone at 7am 180 days before our check-in date?
Any other restos that we should consider for either great food or a memorable experience...or both?
Thanks in advance. This board has been lots of help already!