If you have been following my Twitter or Instagram (you should be!), you will know that I have two trips to Disney World booked for next year. This was absolutely not how I planned on doing my trip announcement, so bear with me. Disney have previously announced this magical date of September 26th which is when all the current COVID related changes were planning on ending. This was until last week when I got an email from them.
The Rose and Crown Dining Room is a Table Service restaurant in the UK Pavilion in Epcot. The restaurant is themed to a traditional British pub and has both indoor and outdoor seating and fantastic viewing locations for the fireworks. Rose and Crown serves traditional British food and also has a separate bar area.
Walt Disney World has two Rainforest Cafe locations; one at Animal Kingdom and one at Disney Springs. My favourite location is by far the Animal Kingdom location. It fits in perfectly with the theming of Animal Kingdom, and it also has its own secret entrance into the park!
Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort is an Epcot area Disney moderate resort. The resort is themed to be a Southern town along the Mississippi river, with mansion houses and the bayou. Riverside also boasts Princess themed rooms with Disney easter eggs throughout from the genie lamp taps to the footstool from Beauty and the Beast.
Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano is, you guessed it, an Italian restaurant in Hollywood Studios. It is located in the Grand Avenue section of the park around the back of Muppet Vision 3D. It serves lunch and dinner and prices range from $15-$34 per person plus sales tax. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, Mama Melrose is one table service credit.
In September 2017 I visited Walt Disney World and stayed at Caribbean Beach. The day I flew out I got the update that Hurricane Irma was looking to pass directly over Walt Disney World.
I have been in multiple hurricanes in Orlando, so brushed it off as nothing to worry about. I knew what precautions I needed to take in the instance that we would be on lockdown and I knew what would be the limit.
Flying out was a little bumpy, but wasn't anything to worry about. When I arrived for check in, they did inform us again that the hurricane path was still directed towards Disney World. I was told that currently there were no precautions to take and everything was still operating as normal.
It is worth noting that as this point, Caribbean Beach was undergoing severe refurbishments and the quick service dining location was currently in a marquee.
When I got to the room, there was a package on the table.
Going to Disney for the first time can be daunting, so I asked a friend who has never been to Disney World to ask me their top 10 questions to help make some lives easier!
California Grill is a signature dining restaurant at Disney's Contemporary Resort. The Contemporary can be accessed by a resort bus to Magic Kingdom then taking the resort monorail or the walkway to the right-hand side of bag check. Alternatively, a similar route can be taken from the Ticket and Transportation Centre.
Check in for California Grill is located on the middle floor of the Contemporary, one level down from the monorail. You will see the above sign behind a desk where you can check in.
California Grill serves brunch and dinner and prices range from $35 per person for brunch and over $60 for dinner. This is not inclusive of any sales tax or gratuity. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, California Grill is 2 table service credits.
Be Our Guest is both a quick service and table service restaurant located in New Fantastyland at Magic Kingdom. Be Our Guest is a quick service location for breakfast and lunch and a table service location for dinner. Unlike other quick service locations, you do require an Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) to eat here for all meals. They do accept walk ins but it is so popular that there is a very high chance you will be turned away or face an extremely long wait time.
TIP: when booking an ADR for breakfast, check the time the park opens and try to book your breakfast for an hour or so before park opening. That way, you get to walk around Fantasyland with no one else around and it makes for some amazing photos. You also will just be finishing your breakfast just as the park opens so you don't take any time out of your day!
1900 Park Fare is a character buffet table service restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. For those of you on the Disney Dining Plan, 1900 Park Fare is one Table Service credit; if you aren't on the dining plan expect to fork out up to $60 per person depending on the time of day of your reservation.
1900 Park Fare sticks with the intricate Victorian theming of the Grand Floridian with hints of Mary Poppins and an English tea room (sort of).
You have a variety of options for getting to the restaurant, dependent on where you are coming from. My top route is taking the boat from Magic Kingdom directly to the dock at the Grand Floridian and taking a casual walk through the resort and into the back of the main lobby where the restaurant is situated. You can also take the resort monorail, drive directly to the Grand Floridian and park in the car park, or walk over from the Polynesian.