How to Find Character Meets at Disney

How to Find Characters at Disney

Chances are if you’ve ever visited a Disney destination, then meeting your favorite Disney characters is a must. Today I’m going to discuss how to find character meets at Disney. Since Disney is always switching things up, this post won’t simply be a list of who and where to find them. This is a how to find character meets at Disney. That’s right, I’m going to share with you how to find the current meets for Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani and more! Let’s get going then!

How to Find Characters at Disney

Walt Disney World

Let’s start with the biggest Disney destination, Walt Disney World. With four major theme parks, two water parks, resorts, and a giant shopping center, Walt Disney World is huge! That means there’s no shortage of character meets there.

Walt Disney World Website

When looking to find Disney character meets at Walt Disney World, the first thing you need to do is check out their website before you travel. Did you know you can even schedule fastpasses for some character meet and greets?That means if you plan to stay as an on-site guest, you’ll want to check out these options before your 60 day FastPass booking date. If you are staying off-site, make sure to book your FastPasses 30 days prior to travel.

How to Find Characters at Disney

To find character experiences available, you can simply head over to Walt Disney World’s website. To start, hover over the Things To Do tab and click on Character Experiences. This will take you to a large list of all the character-based experiences available for that day.

How to Find Characters at Disney

You’ll then need to filter the experiences to only show character experiences for which you can meet and interact with them. You’ll need to update the calendar date so that you’re looking at character experiences available for your travel dates. Once you’ve done that, you can scroll through and explore which characters are available to meet.

If you click on a specific meet experience, you can also view what times they’re available and if they are eligible to be booked as a fastpass experience. You can even click on Show In My Plans located below the available times so that you can add them directly to your itinerary! I do this for all of my clients and it’s a great way to ensure character meets won’t be forgotten once at the theme parks. But what about if you’re already at the park you ask?

My Disney Experience App

If you’re already in a park and want to see what’s available, you can use the My Disney Experience app to find them! Simply open your app and click on the map at the top. You’ll then want to click on the top filter (usually loads with wait times first). Select Characters. This will load character experiences available, but you’re not quite done. Next, you’ll want to click the filter and select the specific park you’re in so that it will load everything near you.

How to Find Characters at Disney

As you can see in my screenshot, my app is currently showing Characters experiences and has 1 filter for the Magic Kingdom. There are so many characters to meet at Magic Kingdom! But what about character dining?

Let’s talk about character dining next!

Character Dining

If you’re looking to dine with characters, then this is how it’s done! Under the Things to Do tab, select All Restaurants under Dining. This will load a list of Walt Disney World restaurants for you. Once this list is loaded, you’ll need to once again use the filter option to select Character Dining and be sure to update the calendar for your travel date. That’s it! So easy and there’s so many options to choose from! The Garden Grill, 1900 Park Fare, Ohana, and Cinderella’s Royal Table are some of our very favorite character dining locations. What’s your favorite character dining location?

How to Find Characters at Disney

But what about Disneyland for our west coast fans? Next, let’s head to Disneyland so I can tell you how to find characters at Disney land too!


Exciting news, as finding character experiences at Disneyland is exactly the same as Walt Disney World! Simply head over to the website, click on Things To Do, and filter by Character Experiences and your travel date. It really is that easy! What’s more, the app works the same too!! But what about international Disney parks you ask?

How to Find Characters at Disneyland

International Parks

This same search and filter method works for all the Disney parks destinations! Simply direct your browser to the Disney park website of your choice and follow the steps I’ve provided above for Walt Disney World to find characters within all the Disney parks around the world! You can find the website for all of the Disney parks here. This search method even works for guests visiting Disney’s Aulani, a resort and spa in Hawaii! Just load the Aulani page and hover over Activities to click on Character Experiences.

How to Find Characters at Disney Parks

But Meredith, you’re forgetting the Disney Cruise Line, you say. Let’s set sail next and discover how to find character meets at Disney aboard the Disney cruise ships!

Disney Cruise Line

Although this same search gameplan works mostly the same for Disney Cruise Line, there are some differences. The first and major difference is once you’re on the Disney Cruise Line website and loaded the Character Experiences page under the Our Ships tab, you’ll want to go ahead and filter the list by the specific ship you’ll be sailing on since some characters are available only on certain ships.

Disney Cruise Line Characters

The second difference is that DCL features several character meets that require tickets to be requested ahead of time. This includes meeting the Princesses, the Frozen sisters, the Star Wars and Marvel characters (for those sailing on these select themed sailings), and the Disney Junior characters. You can secure tickets for these meets once your booking window opens. It’s good to know that you must be paid in full to be able to login and book onboard activities. It’s also good to know that these experiences book fully super fast and you’ll want to be ready to book them as soon as your window opens. If you’re unable to secure tickets for a meet you’d like to experience, don’t worry! You can always head over to guest services once onboard and request tickets and in most cases, they have more available for guests at that time.

How to Find Characters at Disney

Character Dining Onboard

Disney Cruise Line features a very special meet and greet onboard called the Royal Court, Royal Tea. This exclusive tea party is an additional charge and functions more like character dining does at Disney parks. We’ve been fortunate enough to experience this (thanks Mom & Dad!) and enjoyed it very much! Not only do the princesses come out and sing, dance, and interact with guests, but they bring each child a special gift!

Disney Cruise Line also offers a Disney Junior Character Breakfast for sailing of 6 or more nights. Tickets can be obtained for free by clicking on book onboard activities once you’re logged into your account, paid in full, and your booking window is open. This is a special character breakfast that has special breakfast foods located at Animator’s Palette and features favorite Disney Junior Characters. They’ve just recently added Vampirina and Fancy Nancy to the lineup!


Additionally, you can meet exclusive characters during special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Each event has its own exclusive characters and you can find information about these character meets once you’re at the event via the printed times guide available when you enter. In some cases Disney will list exclusive characters on their website, but that’s not always the case. Checking your times guide is the best way to ensure you find all these exclusive characters. We were able to meet Moana this year at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party because she isn’t available during regular operating hours at Walt Disney World.

Now that you know how to find characters at Disney, be sure to check out these other great posts to help you prepare for your trip! You won’t want to miss our Ultimate Disney Packing List! Be sure browse our posts about Walt Disney World and Disneyland too!

Fantasmic Dining Package at Disneyland

I recently saw the newly re-imagined Fantasmic! as a part of my River Belle Terrace dining package. As promised in my last post, I want to give my thoughts on my experience. Read on for what to expect from a Fantasmic dining package at Disneyland.

Fantasmic Disney Package at Disneyland

First, it’s important to note that Disneyland is currently offering two Dinner packages. One package exists for River Belle Terrace and Blue Bayou, and one is an On-The-Go package at Hungry Bear Restaurant. Packages vary from $29.99 to $65.00 for adults and $19.99 to $25.00 for children. Each package includes a special menu and admission to a reserved viewing area for Fantasmic! Because I have never eaten at River Belle Terrace, I decided to choose their dining package. Reservations are encouraged and can be made 60 days in advance!Fantasmic at Disneyland Dining Package

Dining Experience

Dining is an experience unto itself. Each guest receives a 3-course dinner which includes a starter, entrée and dessert. Seating is available inside and outside. For an additional $15, guests can upgrade to premium 8:00 p.m. seating and watch the first performance of Fantasmic! from your seat on the outside patio! For guests who may not want to stand or sit on the ground during the show, this option may be good for you! Pro tip: Make upgrades to a dining reservations by calling ahead or by upgrading at the restaurant. Fantasmic at Disneyland Dining Package

The Food

Next, the River Belle Terrace offers a variety of BBQ inspired entrees. Starters include either a soup or salad. Entrees varied from Fried Chicken Sandwich, BBQ Pork Spareribs, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Beef Brisket Sandwich, and more! I went with the Pork Spareribs which comes with their signature baked beans and a choice of side. Sides include Tangy Coleslaw, Seasoned Tater Bites, Potato Salad, or Seasonal Vegetables!Fantasmic at Disneyland Dining PackageFor dessert, I chose the Maleficent Dragon. It was a Crunchy Milk Chocolate Base and a Spiced Dark Chocolate-Blackberry Ganache Center with Caramel Mousse and Orange-Vanilla Sauce! The other dessert option was fresh Strawberry Shortcake. When the guests are finished, cast members hand out tickets for reserved seating for the show. Overall, I am glad I tried this dining experience. It may not be my favorite restaurant in the park, but the food is definitely worth trying!

Fantasmic! 2.0

Furthermore, if you don’t do a dining package you still have the opportunity to watch Fantasmic! FastPass distributions are located at the FastPass machines along the Rivers of America adjacent to Frontier Landing. FastPass tickets reflect show time, return time, and where to return for show seating. Show times are at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The entire show lasts 27 minutes! Fantasmic! is back at Disneyland, and it's better than ever! Find out why we think you should book at Fantasmic! dining package on your next trip.

What’s New

Fantasmic! is my favorite show at the Disneyland Resort, and I was very eager to see it return with some new enhancements! First of all, the most notable change to the show included new costumes for the dancing monkeys and a Lion King overlay! Rapunzel and Flynn Rider now appear in the Princess sequence. Another important change is to the Columbia. Peter Pan is now Captain Jack Sparrow and a Pirates themed sequence! The new enhancements also included more water projections, more pyrotechnics, and a new soundtrack!Fantasmic at Disneyland Dining PackageI was pleasantly surprised with the new changes. Visitors to the Disneyland resort will definitely want to add this show to their must-see list!

Thanks to Disneyland contributor, Amanda, for this great post and accompanying photos!

Restaurant Review: The Polite Pig

The Polite Pig



I am one of the biggest BBQ fans there is. I mean, I LOVE it! When I heard about this new BBQ joint called The Polite Pig in Disney Springs, I knew I had to try it.The Polite Pig

Where is The Polite Pig?

The Polite Pig is a quick service restaurant located near the Lime Garage at Disney Springs. If the lime garage isn’t available for you or you arrive at a different location at Disney Springs, you can find the Polite Pig near the Welcome Center in Town Center. It was busy when we walked up, with a moderate line, but we didn’t wait very long.


While waiting in line, you’ll be teased with the delicious food to come!  I will say that this restaurant is a meat lover’s dream come true. You can watch them as they chop and weigh the meat for perfect portion sizes.  The Polite PigWe also were greeted in line by a manager who offered us drinks while we waited.This was a fantastic gesture, though we didn’t wait in line long enough to drink our drinks.

Ordering was quick and simple. You place your order and they give you a number to put on your table. Considering how busy they were, there was plenty of seating inside and outside. The Polite PigDrinks


The Polite Pig offers an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. From beers on draft to original cocktails, you are sure to find the perfect concoction to wet your whistle. They have beers available on tap that are brewed especially for, and are only available at this Disney Springs location.  If beer isn’t your thing, let me suggest the Tequila and Grapefruit cocktail that is also on tap. I was intrigued when I saw this and decided this was a must try. It is unique and refreshing. I didn’t know how well tequila and grapefruit would pair, but it was absolutely delicious.  The Polite Pig


Any good southern BBQ must be accompanied by some delicious sweet tea. Considering Walt Disney World is technically located in “the South,” you’d think that most places at Walt Disney World would offer up the southern favorite. Unfortunately that isn’t the case and you can only find this drink in a few locations. (No mango, strawberry, whatever-infusions. You can find those around too. I’m strictly referring to tea brewed with lots of sugar). So for those who can’t go without a little sweet tea while on vacation, the Polite Pig is a great place to try! They’ve also got your standard soda fountain fare also.The Polite PigIf one drink is not enough for you, don’t worry about getting back into line again. The Polite Pig has servers going around to tables taking extra orders. This makes everything about this quick service restaurant even more convenient and customer friendly.

The Polite Pig also offers an extensive Bourbon Bar. With something around 50 different types of Bourbon. A connoisseur is sure to be in Bourbon heaven. Main Course

Pulled Pork

After ordering and finding a table, we were told about the Sauce Bar. This is an awesome idea, catering to people with different BBQ Sauce tastes. Choose from Thomas’s Southern Gold, Spiced Vinegar, Lil John’s Signature Black Pepper, Layla’s Sweet Sauce, and BBQ Ranch. The Polite Pig has a sauce for everyone.The Polite PigThe Southern Pig is a beautifully crafted pulled pork sandwich topped with apple slaw, mustard and mayo. I can attest that this is one of the best pulled pork sandwiches I have ever had. It was tender and very messy. While I wasn’t able to finish the whole sandwich, I really wanted to. The Polite Pig

More Than Just Pulled Pork

Our group can also attest to the delicious Brisket sandwich, the Chicken Salad sandwich, and the Kid’s Chicken Tenders. I will give forewarning though. If your children love Ranch with their Tenders, the only Ranch available here is the BBQ Ranch, which the kiddos weren’t a big fan of.The Polite PigIf you’re not a big fan of pork or chicken, The Polite Pig also offers Salmon in a salad or in a sandwich. I think anyone in a group could find something to suit their lifestyle in this varying menu. The Polite Pig

Market Sides

While the star of this show should be the meat, I must say that the Market Sides won me over big time. Our group had the Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Smoked Corn, and the Sweet Potato Tots.The Polite PigEach and everyone of them had our tastes buds dancing in pleasure, but my favorite were the Sweet Potato Tots. These were so crispy and packed with flavor, I had someone stealing them off of my plate! I don’t fault her though; I wouldn’t have been able to help myself either.The Polite Pig

Next Time

I plan to return to The Polite Pig in September and am looking forward to trying other things on their menu. They offer some delicious sounding salads and appetizers. From the BBQ Cracklins with Spiced Vinegar, to the Hop Shop Pretzels with Beer Cheese Fondue and IPA Mustard, my taste buds are already watering with anticipation.  And just maybe, next time I’ll save room for the intriguing Orange Blossom Honey Cake… Though I may just have to get that one to go!The Polite PigThanks for reading and be sure to check out all our posts from Disney Springs here! And thanks to Noelle for this fantastic review of the Polite Pig at Disney Springs. 

Blue Bayou Disneyland Restaurant Review

One of my all-time favorite restaurants at the Disneyland Resort is the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square! There’s so much to love about this restaurant! Blue Bayou is a Table Service restaurant with Cajun/Creole-inspired food. Both lunch and dinner are offered and reservations, which can be made 60 days in advance, are highly recommended. On occasion, walk ins are accepted, but I would not rely on that.

Blue Bayou Disneyland Restaurant Review

I have tried both the lunch and dinner menus and personally enjoy the dinner menu more! The lunch menu is a little cheaper and does include their well-known Monte Cristo sandwich! For my Blue Bayou Disneyland restaurant review, I’m going to speak specifically to the dinner menu.Wondering where to eat in Disneyland? Give Blue Bayou a try. Read our restaurant review to know what to expect and what to eat. We make great recommendations, but the fun you have is all up to you!


First of all, where is the Blue Bayou? For those of you who may not know, it is located within the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction! The location of the restaurant is a big appeal to those who dine there. When you check in for your reservation, you can request a table by the water. You’ll be provided with an additional wait time to be seated at those tables, usually 15-30 minutes depending on how busy the restaurant is that day. The water side tables allow you to watch riders go by on their boats and have a closer look at the attraction. The restaurant gives its guests the feel of an evening in New Orleans with colorful lanterns strewn overhead and candle lights at each table! After you’ve taken in the beautiful decorations around you, it’s time to decide what to eat!Disneyland Restaurant Review Blue Bayou


Whether you’re in the mood for steak, chicken, seafood or a vegetarian option, Blue Bayou has it all for you! Before you begin eating, you’re provided with a complimentary basket of bread and butter. Each entree comes with a choice of Blue Bayou House Salad with your choice of Ranch or Sherry vinaigrette, or a cup of their signature New Orleans Gumbo. For an additional charge, you can upgrade to their Louisiana-spiced Shrimp. I would highly recommend the Gumbo! You don’t have to eat at the Blue Bayou to try it. Visit the Royal Street Veranda, a Quick Service location, to try the Gumbo in a delicious sourdough bread bowl!

Entrees and Desserts

My usual choice is the Surf & Turf, which my friend ordered, so I decided to go with the Pan-seared Salmon. The Surf & Turf includes a petite Lobster Tail and Broiled Filet Mignon served with Blue Bayou Au Gratin Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Béarnaise sauce. The Pan-seared Salmon is served with Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Arugula, crispy Onions, Sautéed Spinach, and Blood Orange Beurre Blanc.Blue Bayou Disneyland Restaurant ReviewAdditionally, other entrees include Bone-In Rib-Eye, Citrus-marinated Chicken Breast, Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya, and Portobello Mushroom and Louisiana Popcorn Rice. There are also options for kids, so don’t think this restaurant is limited to just adults! Hopefully after your meal you’ve saved room for dessert! We decided to try the Crème Brulee which was to die for! Overall, the Blue Bayou has yet to disappoint. The wait staff is amazing and friendly, the experience is as unforgettable as the food!

Dining Packages

Finally, with the reopening of “Fantasmic!” this summer, the Disneyland Resort brought back its dining packages to both the Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace. As mentioned in a previous post, The Main Street Electrical Parade offered a dining package through the Blue Bayou. The same package is being offered for Fantasmic! The package includes a 3-course meal for a flat price of $65.00 per adult and $25.00 per child (ages 3-9) and admission to a reserved viewing area for one of the two Fantasmic! shows that evening. I plan on trying to dining package at the River Belle Terrace later in the summer. Come back to hear how my Fantasmic! dining package experience was!

Artist Point Restaurant Review

Dining at Artist Point

Because I wanted to make the best of my last Walt Disney World trip by eating at the best restaurants I could find, I studied all of the menus I could find! I got super excited when I found an apparent hidden treasure called Artist Point. This gem of a restaurant is located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge resort. So, I booked my advanced dining reservation for my solo day and began dreaming about the cheese plate listed on the menu!Artist Point Restaurant Review


I had a dinner reservation schedule for 7:45 p.m., so I got to the Wilderness Lodge a few minutes early so that I could take a look around. This Disney resort is a huge beautiful log cabin in the woods, with a big waterfall in the back courtyard that is sure to take anyone from the city to the forest in a short walk. The website touts the “rustic elegance” of the dining room and I can attest that the space is comfortable and elegant while maintaining the cabin feel. Unfortunately for me, I visited at night and during a rainy day. I was unable to enjoy the waterfront views, but the ambiance was relaxing and perfect for enjoying a fine meal. Dining at Artist Point


I started my meal off with a delicious amber beer called Magic Hat and their house made 9 Grain Sourdough Bread with Smoked Sea Salt Butter.  Let me just say that this was by far the best bread and butter I have EVER had. Let me repeat this…. EVER HAD. I fought with myself many times trying to not eat it all. I would push the plate to the other side of the table, only find my hand reaching for it a few minutes later. Needless to say, I finished it off by the end of my meal. Dining at Artist Point

Special Extras

During this scrumptious course of the meal, my server brought me a “gift” of Strawberry Kimchi from the chef.  I have not been able to locate this on the menu, so I assume this is not a usual menu item. The Strawberry Kimchi was beautifully plated and looked delicious, but tasted like black licorice (which I am not a fan of).  It was by far the most disappointing thing I ate my whole week. And I’m very happy that I did not have to pay for this one. Though I do hate to disappoint a chef. Thankfully, happiness on a plate arrived shortly thereafter!Dining at Artist Point

The Cheese!

The Artisanal Cheeses plate was everything and more than I had been dreaming of.  The cheese plate is variety of five cheeses served with handcrafted breads and seasonal accompaniments. This dish made me do a crazy, happy dance in my seat.  All of these beautiful cheeses are made in the U.S.A. and are a delight to the taste buds. The accompanying breads, jelly, and fruits pair wonderfully with these cheeses and make a well rounded cheese plate. I expect I will continue to dream of these cheeses. Continuing on with my meal, I ordered an Aged Buffalo Strip Loin.Dining at Artist Point

The Main Course

The Aged Buffalo Strip Loin is served medium rare with Farro Risotto, Root Spinach, Favas, and Radish. Having never experienced eating buffalo before, I didn’t know the melt in your mouth, deliciousness that was to come.  The buffalo was cooked perfectly and elegantly plated. The risotto and veggies were creamy, adding just the right textures. It was truly a flavor explosion with every bite. I can say that I will definitely have buffalo again.  Now for the last course of my amazing Disney World trip, dessert!Dining at Artist Point


The Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee was just heaven. Served with cherries, gooseberries, and topped with a crisp honey crunch, this creme brulee was baked to perfection. The custard was smooth and creamy. The honey crust on top gave it the best sweetness and crunch. The cherries and gooseberries gave just the right tartness to a sweet dessert. I don’t believe that I could have ended a trip with a better meal. Dining at Artist PointThe Artist Point is by far one of my favorite restaurants I’ve eaten at anywhere. I HIGHLY recommend this hidden treasure to anyone visiting the parks.  

Thanks to our contributor Noelle for this restaurant review!

Disney Food and Technology

Can I just start off my very first on this site by saying that I am so incredibly excited and amazed at how this blog is evolving and growing! I can’t thank Sarah and Amy enough for the work that they’ve done to help make this a reality. And while I’m on the subject of thanking, I’d like to give a special shout-out to Sarah’s DH (Disney Husband. It’s Disney Code, and don’t worry if you don’t recognize it. You’ll learn it soon enough! ^_^ ) for creating and managing our new blog’s home! I’m loving the ease of commenting now, and we hope you all are too. And last, but certainly not least, to you all as readers and Disney fans. Thank YOU for following, commenting, and enjoying our posts. This has been an exciting venture for me and I hope that you all continue to enjoy and feel compelled to share your Disney stories too!!


Sooo, here we go!! Since we’re changing our format up just a bit, I’ll go ahead and let you know that I’ll be taking over Fridays and sharing all things Disney tech! Let me tell you, the Imagineers have been hard at work creating some amazing things. From apps and games to the incredible innovations they’ve made with park attractions, I’m gonna share it all with you! And while I can’t say I’ll ALWAYS stick with my fellow Moms’ weekly theme, I’ll try my best to make it fit in somehow 🙂


This week, since Sarah and Amy covered breakfasts in the world this week, and I’m going to show you how to book your own ADR’s for your next trip! Now let me be clear, this post isn’t to say that you shouldn’t use a TA, this post is to simply let you know how to make your ADR’s should you want to. If you want the easy way, definitely book with a TA and enjoy! They’re almost always amazing and help plus your trip, but with the innovations that Disney is making, it’s easier than ever to book on your own . And it’s information worth sharing. Best yet? It’s super simple!! And let’s be honest, I live for the incessant planning anyway ^_^

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Screenshot of Disney’s Dining website


To start our reservations, we’re going to assume you already have your date and resort reservations taken care of. Start by going to WDW Dining or Disneyland Dining and exploring the options they have online. As you can see from the screenshot above you can search for specifics OR use the checkboxes to narrow down your results based on what you’re looking for. Let’s search for a Crystal Palace reservation and we’ll make it 180+10 days out from our vacation date. (Tip: You can make ADR’s up to 180 days in advance of your first day there, which means you can technically make ADR’s 180+however many days you’ll be there!) For today, we’ll say we’re going to make an ADR for me and my family (DH and 2DD) for the Crystal Palace breakfast that looked so yummy and fun. Just select your date, meal time, and party size and it’ll show you what’s available. Now, this isn’t ALWAYS going to work. In fact, it’s just a bit of software after all, so let’s not assume it’s going to do us any favors and squeeze us in to that special character meal we’ve all been dying for. Still with me? So, what happens then if their new online reservation system doesn’t work? You gotta go old school tech on them! That’s right, more times than not I’ve ALWAYS been able to find exactly what I wanted simply by calling (407) 939-1947. In years past, it’s always been 407-WDW-Dine, but I’m not sure that’s the case anymore as a recent search for it only brought me to a page with contact numbers and this being the only one for US dining reservations. I called to check and it is INDEED a valid and working number for Disney Dining.


Once you’re speaking with your CM, they’ll take all your trip info and help you find your favorites. Before you call however, be sure to have some info written down for yourself and a pen ready to jot down those confirmation numbers. The info you need ready will be what types of dining experiences you want or price ranges to stay within. If you’re a crazy planner like me, you can use Disney’s website or MyExperience app to browse and check out all the wonderful restaurants and experiences they have to offer.

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°o° A Good Tip for browsing Disney’s online website is to be sure and right-click on the restaurant you’d like to see more information for and select “Open Link in New Tab.” This will allow the window that you’ve already got open with all those special search criteria to be saved and you can simply close the restaurant tab out once you’re done without having to click the back button to find your search selections messed up or gone. Yeah, that’s happened to me too. It should save it, but I wouldn’t bank on it 🙂 °o°


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(screenshot of MyDisney Experience app for ios)


You can always ask us too either here on our blog, or over on our fb page! We’ve even set up a few pinterest boards with our favorite restaurants and have them mapped out for you too! Here’s the Character Dining board, our Must-Do’s, Favorite buffets, and Parks Favs. And all of our pins are mapped using pinterest’s new mapping system. It’s paired with foursquare and you can actually follow our boards for instant and easy access to not only which restaurants are great, but where you can find them too! All from your handy-dandy pinterest app. And be sure to follow them as we’ll surely be adding to them!!

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Screenshot of our Pinterest Board with the new map feature so you can not only pick browse the restaurants, but know where they’re located too!


I usually plan out my whole week using TP, so I always know which park we’ll be at on which day and time. Knowing that I’ve already narrowed it down to a few for each park, I”ll already have the next choice ready and never have to worry about fumbling to find something else. The CM can always suggest similar dining options as well. , Another added benefit of talking to a real human being, is being able to tell them specific things like any special allergies you or your family members might have or if you require special accommodations for a disabled family  member. For me and my family, this is THE reason I almost always call. Because even though they have the little checkbox for allergies and disabled concerns, it’s not always noticed when you get to the restaurant. By calling in, the CM I’m making my ADR’s with will make a special note on the reservation specifically for that concern and will note what the allergy is or the type of disabled chair, etc will need to be accommodated. My grandmother has gone with us on 3 Disney vacations now and has taken 2 types of power chairs since she can no longer walk. It’s nice to know that when arriving for the meal, the CM’s will have already taken care of this for us! And best yet, they can tell you the best restaurants for gluten-free and other dietary needs.  They’ll also know off-hand which restaurants will work better for you and your family’s needs and can sometimes help squeeze you in, even if the online system says there’s no availability. No seriously! This has happened to me before and I’m so thankful for it!!


So there it is! My first post on our new site. Love it!! If you do too, please let us know! And feel free to share and pin away!!


But before I go, I’d just like to add that while I’ve covered the ADR’s for restaurants, there’s a new way to reserve mealtimes using the fastpass+ systems. And while I’d LOVE to cover that for you all (No seriously, anyone wanna send me just for research purposes??) I just haven’t had any experience with that yet. We got to use the magic bands on our most recent trip but restaurants weren’t using the fastpass+ system then. So, I’m opening it up to you all. Have any of you been recently and used this new system to reserve a meal? If so, what did you think about it and would you recommend this to others or not?

Thanks for hanging with me and make sure to be watching our fb page this weekend! ~M °o°


Calories don’t count in WDW

Hey howdy hey partners! It’s Meredith and I’m so excited about today’s post. I originally planned to talk exclusively about our amazing first time at this year’s Food and Wine Festival, but realized I really didn’t take many photos then. We were having so much fun and the foods were so delicious that I just couldn’t stop and photograph all the dishes before we devoured them. So, for this post, I’m going to share a bit about our F&W experience and then move on to our other amazing food experiences while at WDW.

First off, let me say that I’ve been to WDW many times but this time specifically going during F&W was amazing!! If you haven’t been and/or don’t know, basically it works like this. The festival lasts from roughly the end of September til the first part of November and consists of extra kiosks all around the World Showcase that feature specific countries’ foods that aren’t normally represented within the showcase. Check out the Food and Wine blog to see more about how it works and what it’s all about. What I’ll say here is that, it’s not to be missed! Seriously, the foods are all small portions and priced between $3-8, so you can quite literally eat your way around the world. And honestly, I can’t think of anything that I didn’t like. But, my favorites were most definitely Germany (the schinken nudel und bratwurst), Japan, the singular Cheese kiosk (amazing!), and France. But honestly, the best thing I put in my mouth that whole night was the grilled beef skewers with chimichurri and boniato purée from Argentina. I seriously could’ve eaten it all night and been happy. And they know what they’re doing in regards to wine pairings. I really don’t drink, but decided to give it a go by selecting the lobster with butter sauce and was surprised to find how buttery the paired wine was! Very good indeed. All in all, the festival is an amazing experience and makes Epcot’s World Showcase a favorite place for everyone in your group. Yum!!

As far as the rest of the trip goes, we were blessed to be able to dine at some of WDW’s best. I was amazed and shocked when I was able to snag us some last minute (like less than 2 weeks out!) reservations to the newly renovated California Grill. The price is steep, but the food was delicious and the experience is something that you just can’t get anywhere else. What do you mean, you ask? Well, this exclusive restaurant located atop the Contemporary resort allows its guests the opportunity to view the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks (they even pump in the music so that the show is just like it would be if you were standing on Main Street) on their own exclusive viewing platforms. We were able to dine there our very first night and watched Happy HalloWishes from a vantage point like no other. And the view from our table just couldn’t be beat! Seriously though, the daytime photos below were taken from my seat while I was waiting on our food. If you get a chance, definitely try it out! You’ll feel like royalty. We were also able to dine there on our last night as well, and witnessed a proposal at the end of the Wishes fireworks show. Just an incredible experience!

And as you can see, I was so excited to dine here for the first time that I even painted one of my Disney nails like their menu! (I know, I know. I’m nuts and I’m cool with it). My Boo loved trying “sushi” for the first time too! And who wouldn’t love sushi that’s made with rice krispy treats, fruit roll-ups, and swedish fish complete with a chocolate “soy sauce” dip and homemade marshmallow ginger?! Yeah, you know you wanna go try making that now, right?! ^_^
Other favorites of ours include a fantastically fun time at Splitsville at Downtown Disney. They have amazing sushi and, if you choose to, you can even dine while you and your party bowls! The sushi was delicious and the bowling was so much fun. This is a great pick for a day that you might not be spending in the parks, but still wanna get out and do something fun as well as grab some yummy grub!
And be sure to check out the brand new (well, brand new to me as they’re about to celebrate their first birthday) Be Our Guest restaurant located in the MK’s New Fantasyland. We weren’t able to get ADR’s as they’re almost impossible to get. However, they should be applauded because during lunch it acts as a walk-up and they do a great job of getting people in and out. I didn’t actually try the grey stuff, (yes, they actually serve the delicious grey stuff!) but the braised pork was perfectly portioned and a welcomed reprieve from the old stand-by of chicken nuggets and fries. And if you don’t dine there, you’ll be missing out on the incredible theming within. We dined directly under the chandelier (you know the one that the camera sweeps around during the dance sequence in B&TB?) in the vast ballroom. Diners also have the option to choose either the library or the forbidden west wing where you can actually see the enchanted rose on display.
The steak at the top left of the above collage is from the famous Le Cellier Steakhouse located in the Canada pavilion at Epcot. It too, is more expensive but well worth it. My hubby and I split the whopping 22oz. dry-aged bone-in ribeye and were both about to pop. But I must say that their shining star is the Canadian cheddar cheese soup. Man, I could sure go for some right about now!! It’s easily the best soup in all of WDW.
And one walk-up that’s always a favorite with everyone in our group is Casey’s Corner on Main Street. You just can’t beat the al fresco atmosphere paired with the piano player and the magnificent view of the hub and castle. We love it!
We were also lucky enough to dine at the Polynesian’s Kona Cafe and the AK Lodge’s Boma. I’d highly recommend them as they not only have great food, but afford you the opportunity to check out their respective resorts. We had one full day of nothing but resort hopping and loved every minute of it! And lastly, don’t forget to hit up those famous “oh so Disney” snacks like the Mickey ice cream bars and their delicious pineapple dole whips! Because everyone knows that calories don’t count at Walt Disney World. Now, if you’ll excuse me while I go make this chocolate disappear ~M ºoº

Did I miss anything? What are you favorites from the parks, resorts, and the delicious Food & Wine Festival? Please comment below or drop us a line on our fb fanpage!

So, until next time just remember to “just keep swimming”