Sunday, January 4, 2015

Quick Service Dining Plan Pro's and Con's

Quick Service Dining Plan Pro's and Con's

Let me start this post off by saying these are merely my opinions and different plans work for different families. Be sure to explore all the plans to see which is a good fit for you!  When we were planning our trip we went back and forth between the Quick Service and Plus Dining Plans.

Ultimately we opted for the Quick Service Dining plan. As much as we LOVE to eat at Table Service restaurants, this trip would be a bit different for us. Between having a 7 month old we weren't sure would sit through an hour long dinner each night and parents that had some dietary needs (Plus dining would have far TOO much food, too often), we thought we'd give this a try! Here are the pro's and con's we discovered throughout the week....also see below to find out if we'd purchase this again.

Quick Service PlanPlus Dining Plan
Quick Service credits21
Table Service Credits01
Snacks11
Refillable Mugxx
Credits are per person, per night. One refillable mug per person. Ages 3+ only


Pro's
-Speed!  For the most part it was fast....it was quick to grab a meal and  table and we never were in a Quick Service restaurant very long

-Cost!  We didn't spend any extra in tips except for the 2 Table Service meals we went to. It was nice to know our costs up front.

-Family friendly....most of the quick service places were fairly loud so if my kids were loud or messy....well we fit right in!

-Flexibility...we didn't have to schedule anything so if we moved around our Fastpass's or in our case, if someone got sick, it wasn't a big deal. We could also eat when we were hungry. Most of the time we did a late lunch and a late dinner  but we could eat whenever we wanted. We also split a lot of meals.


Con's
-Limited kids options...and this won't hold true for every child BUT my children ended up eating uncrustables and macaroni and cheese all week. I have a 3 year old and 7 month old and they don't have sophisticated palettes but some other options would have been nice. My 3 year old ate her weight in grapes this week too!

-Lack of options...true there are a lot of great options BUT there are also a lot of burgers and fries. We often had to go out of our way to find something off the beaten path. We had some AWESOME food that week and it's possible to plan out those options but since we didn't schedule meals, we often just ate near where we ended up, or back at the resort. For a few days that would have been fine but not for 8 days.

-Quality...most of our food was "ok"...we had a few great meals and a few mediocre but I definitely missed the quality of the table service food. There was more than one day were I could have gone for a glass of wine and a nice steak!

Recap
Ultimately this plan is NOT for us. We missed most of our favorite restaurants and ended up with 5 credits left at the end of the trip.  About half way through we started to dread eating another Quick Service option and really wished we had that down time each evening at a nice meal.  It definitely wasn't the right plan for our family, right now but I can see how it would work for other families or for us without the kids. Ultimately we really love the Plus Dining plan and I don't see us purchasing it again in the future.

And just for fun...I wanted to share some of the meals we had last week!

 A burger, kids pizza and steak salad from the Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary Resort

Beef Brisket Burger from the Electric Umbrella

Sausage, peppers and onions from the Electric Umbrella.

Pork Nachos from Captain Cooks at the Polynesian

Quiche with field greens and Champagne Vinegrette from Be Our Guest

Roast Beef Sandwich and green beans from Be Our Guest

Sandwiches and dessert from Starring Rolls at Hollywood Studios

Kids lunch box from Starring Rolls at Hollywood Studios

Bacon Burger, Buffalo Nuggest and kids meal from Backlot Express at Hollywod Studios

Buffalo Chicken Flatbread from Roaring Forks at the Wilderness Lodge

Roast Beef and Bleu from Roaring Forks at Wilderness Lodge

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What is Pinterest and How Does it Work?

Did you know that Disney Foodies on Facebook recently launched their Pinterest account?


http://www.pinterest.com/DisneyFoodiesFB/


Since starting the account we've had a lot of people ask how can they pin stuff to our page.  So we decided to do a little lesson in how Pinterest works :)

What is Pinterest?
Think of Pinterest like a bulletin board.  When you find things you want to save for later...whether it's a recipe, an idea for redecorating, a craft, a photo you'd like to recreate...or your foods you want to try at Disney, you put them on your bulletin board! In this case your bulletin board is virtual and you can put all of your "pins" in different categories!


How do I get started?
Two ways...once you have created an account you can either upload your own photos OR you can visit a site.....like this one and pin our pictures! A lot of blogs and websites nowadays let you pin stuf simply by hovering over a picture (a little P pops up ). You can also head to Pinterest and get a Pin It button for your task bar, allowing you to pin from most sites.


Ok so how do I pin to your boards?
Well you don't....you can look through our boards and pin them onto your own board for saving OR you can pin stuff from our blog onto your boards. You can't pin onto someone else's board unless it's a group board and you've been invited (great idea for things like weddings, or planning parties!).

You can send send us pin's you think we might be interested in. You'll need to start following us (click on the Pinterest "P" above).  Then once you see a pin you like click send, type in our name and VOILA!



Pinterest is simply a way of saving all the goodness that you find online in a more visual and easily accessible ways then saving to your bookmarks.

I hope you find this helpful...now go start pinning!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

New Standby Policy for Be Our Guest

You've heard it before...guests waiting in extremely long lines just to have lunch at Disney's newest restaurant, Be Our Guest, located in the new Fantasyland at Disney's Magic Kingdom.  Disney has implemented a new procedure hoping to reduce that wait time.  If you do NOT have a FastPass+ for this restaurant, the new procedure affects you (see below for FastPass+)

Old Info
Once the restaurant opens for the day they will begin issuing cards. These cards will have a specific return time on them. Once they run out of cards, the standby line will be close and only those with FastPass+ reservations will be allowed in.  There is no information on whether this is permanent or not but if you are staying offsite this could greatly impact your plans!

Update
Standby Guests are allowed in line most days starting at 10 a.m. Once the line is "full"...usually about 11 a.m. Disney closes the Standby Line and allows FastPass+ only!! 

FastPass+
While the option to have lunch here using a FastPass+ experiences is still in test mode, you can try to snag a reservation without receiving the email invite.  While it doesn't work for everyone, click here to try it out.

You'll be asked for a 2-digit numeric confirmation number. This is NOT your alphanumeric package confirmation.  Here are a few numbers you can try.You'll need to log-in to your My Disney Experience account.

  • Magic Band ID numbers (can be found by going into your My Disney Experience Account and clicking Magic Bands).


  • Try going to https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/trip/my-vacation/ and hover over the “check in online” link but DON’T click it. The last 12 digits should be your confirmation number. You need to be within 60 days of your trip to try this
  • On Magical Express luggage tags that are mailed to you
  • As part of your Memory Maker package info
Be aware that if you do snag a reservation it will not show in your my Disney Experience account. Be sure to print this page (or take a screen shot).  People who have the best luck will get a reservation with a month of their arrival date.  If you don't snag a reservation, you may still get an invite and this often happens once you arrive.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

'Ohana Character Breakfast

To be honest, hubby and I have never really done Character meals before. It's always just been the two of us so if we wanted to meet characters, we just do so in the parks, not for a whole meal. I was very excited about taking my little girl to one of these meals. She did great meeting Mickey and Pooh back in November when she was just 5 months old, and did great meeting the Easter Bunny so I thought she'd be the perfect age.

When I was contemplating what meal to do, I asked around for suggestions. My first though was to just stick to Cape May Cafe and not really leave our resort. But my little one is ALL over the place and a buffet didn't sound like a great idea. I didn't want to take a ton of time and head into a park. So after much consideration, I settled on Ohana at Disney's Polynesian.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Processional packages went on sale today!! Want to know more...keep reading!




What is Candlelight Processional?
This is a yearly event at Christmas where a celebrity narrator, 50 piece orchestra and choir tell the story of Christmas.

When and where is it held?
Each year the Candlelight Processional takes place in EPCOT at the American Garden Theatre. It begins mid-November and runs through December. There are 3 nightly shows 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.

Do I need to book a package to view the show?
No you do not HOWEVER you won't be guaranteed a seat. You'll also need to arrive very early to even try and get seats. I would recommend at least 45 minutes to an hour.

What's included if I book the package?
You'll get lunch or dinner at select EPCOT restaurants plus guaranteed seating to the show! If you have the dining plan it will be TWO table service credits to book this package. Click here to view participating restaurants.

You'll get:
• Appetizer
• Entree
• Dessert
• Non-alcoholic beverage
(OR one full buffet where applicable)

Who are the celebrity narrators this year?

11/28 – 11/29: Jodi Benson
12/05 – 12/06: Whoopi Goldberg
12/15 – 12/17: Sharon Stone
12/18 – 12/20: Ana Gasteyer
12/21 – 12/23: Marlee Matlin
12/28 – 12/30: Steven Curtis Chapman

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Croque Glace from L'Artisan des Glaces in the France Pavilion at Epcot

This was originally posted to my Ken-ventures to Disney blog back in October 2013....

When I was on my last trip to WDW during the first week of October 2013, I got asked by the Disney Foodies Facebook Group to try the Croque Glace from L'Artisan des Glaces in the France pavilion of the World Showcase in Epcot.  Luckily, when I got this request, I was on bus from Port Orleans French Quarter to Epcot.  L'Artisan des Glaces was the location of the old french bakery quick service that moved to an area near the exit of the movie theater.  I really like this new quick service place.  It serves ice cream.  One thing that they featured was the Croque Glace, which is ice cream with either chocolate or caramel sauce in a panini-pressed brioche roll.  I ordered it with pistachio ice cream with chocolate sauce.  I was wondering if the ice cream would remain frozen after being pressed in a sandwich iron.  As soon as I got the Croque Glace, I set it on a table, cut it in half and took a picture.

Croque Glace from L'Artisan des Glaces
I was surprised that the ice cream did not melt after being pressed into the brioche roll. I took a bite.  The taste was amazing!  The pistachio ice cream was cold and not too sweet.  The chocolate sauce blended well with the roll and the ice cream.  The roll was warm and tasty, and matched well with the pistachio ice cream.  Overall, I really liked this dessert and would definitely order it again.