Friday, February 8, 2013

Cute guys and Disney Dining

My Sailor riding the Matterhorn for the first time

 My husband is cute.

Very cute.

He's definately the more impulsive side of our relationship, which is good for me - the consumate planner.

So when I mentioned last night that we have the Military Dining Plan hooked up for our upcoming (last minute) vacation, he didn't really understand what that ment and how that's changed our planning a bit.

Me and Sistah' Girl, my first Tequila
EPCOT - No reservations required

Like I said - he's cute.

Now, anyone who knows me, or has been to Disney World with me knows that I ideally take my entire year to plan a trip. I actually thrive off the planning process. Now, that said, the best things ARE NOT planned, but some form of outline seems to keep the trip moving more than "What do you wanna do now?" Standing around staring blankly at a map really isn't my speed.

Coral Reef in EPCOT w/ Sistah' Girl.
Reservations Required.
Dining in Disney World is certainly a highlight. Unfortunately, many of the best places require reservations 1-2 years in advance. Walking in and getting a seat isn't as easy as walking into a cafe in our tiny hometown. If you don't want to wait for hours or be turned away, making those ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations, for those of you who don't speak Disney) is an esssential part of planning that gets me excited. Our last trip had decidedly few dining reservations, so we ended up spending a good chunk of time doing the "What do you want to do?" "I don't know, what do you feel like eating?" "I don't know; where can we get in?"

Carrot Cake Cookie to share
$6 cash. Snack Credit doesn't apply.
So with all that in mind, and knowing that he's just cute enough to not care where we go, I'm looking at how to make our dining credits count at places were there are LOTS of healthy options.

What are dining credits?Well, the Military Dining Plan includes 1 table service meal (entree, non alcoholic drink, and dessert), 1 counter service meal (for example, a combo meal), 1 snack credit (ex. popcorn, fruit, churros, and yes, Dole Whips) per person per day for $60/person/day. Since most entrees alone are nearly $30, this will allow us to do some no-brainer dining where we don't have to check our wallets to ensure we're covered.  BUT it does mean that we have to make sure we make the reservations, so we can get the most out of our goodies.

 For my Disney Fans reading this - what are some of your favorite last minute places to dine in Disney World?

Breakfast at Tusker House - 1 Table Service credit.


  1. We always eat at Teppan Edo in Japan. Even if you can't get a reservation, they can usually fit in a walk up because of the seating. Not the healthiest but I love hibachi and we eat there at least once every trip. Captain's Grill at the Yacht Club is another one we have always been able to walk up and sit down. Yummy food and its never crowded.

  2. Thanks Brandy! We do have a sushi stop in Japan on the menu! :)