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.
Homecomin' is a Table Service restaurant located in Disney Springs. You can get to Disney Springs by taking a Disney bus from any park or Disney resort. If you are staying at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside, Saratoga Springs or Disney's Old Key West you can access Disney Springs by taking the Sassagoula River Boat from your resort dock. The boats won't run in inclement weather so be sure to always have a backup transport option. Disney Springs also has multiple multi-storey parking lots if you are travelling by car.
Homecomin' is located in The Landing section of Disney Springs opposite Morimoto Asia and STK Orlando. They serve brunch, lunch and dinner and is around $15-40 per person plus sales tax. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, Homecomin' is one Table Service credit.
Garden Grill is a table service character dining restaurant located at the Land pavilion in Epcot. Epcot can be accessed by a Disney Transportation bus from your resort hotel or other Disney park, by the monorail from the Magic Kingdom Resorts on the monorail loop or from Magic Kingdom where you have to change at the Transportation and Ticket Centre, or by car.
To get to the Land pavilion, head past Spaceship Earth into the central plaza of Epcot and head to the right. Signs for the Land are posted to help guide you. Enter in to the land and stay on the higher level of the building; Garden Grill is directly opposite you as you enter!
Garden Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner family style and is around the $35-$60 per person plus sales tax and gratuity. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, Garden Grill is 1 table service credit.
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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.
50s Prime Time Cafe is a table service restaurant located in Hollywood Studios. For those of you who have the Disney Dining Plan, 50s Prime Time Cafe is one table service credit; if you don't have the dining plan, you will be looking at around $35 per person.
It is a 50s themed (as if you couldn't tell) restaurant with immersive decorations, fantastically strict staff and equally as amazing food. 50s Prime Time is one of my favourite places to eat in the whole of Walt Disney World.
It is located towards the entrance of Hollywood Studios and the main entrance to the restaurant is directly next to Hollywood and Vine.