I will soon be off on a Disney “staycation” for a week. We are all really excited, especially this guy, as it’s his first time visiting Disney World.
I made Mickey ears for Jhonen’s sloth so I can surprise him with it when we get to Disney.
In case you somehow didn’t know or were nervous about the prospect, all of Disney is accessible to everyone, resorts included. You just pull up to the resort security window, show them your ID, let them know you are there to visit and they’ll show you where to park! We plan on doing a week-long Disney vacation without ever stepping foot in the parks.
We will miniature golf, rent little speedboats, eat at fun resort-themed restaurants, sit by a campfire and roast s’mores with Chip and Dale, watch the electric boat parade and fireworks from the Fort Wilderness Campground’s beach, and hang out in the lazy river at Bonnet Creek (This is not actually Disney property, so Bonnet Creek isn’t accessible to anyone, but most other Disney resort pools are…or, at least, you can get away with it at most Disney resorts. I’ve only been turned away once at the Yacht and Beach Club Pool which is probably the nicest one on property).
The hardest part about planning this trip it deciding which restaurants to visit. There are so many good ones to choose from! I was thinking about it, and here are my top ten Disney restaurants (they are all good, depending on your mood and budget):
- Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village – curry and amazing views at lunch
- Le Cellier at EPCOT – cheese soup and pretzel bread
- Kona Cafe at Polynesian Resort – great desserts and coffee
- Starlight Cafe at Magic Kingdom – hamburger topping bar
- Biergarten Restaurant at EPCOT – fun entertainment and all you can eat
- O’Hana at Polynesian Resort – good family style food with entertainment for the kids
- T-Rex Cafe at Downtown Disney – my son adores it
- Victoria and Alberts at Grand Floridian – it’s just the best…and you pay for it.
- Garden Grill at EPCOT – such good, fresh food…too bad it got so expensive
- Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge – a fun place to go with a group
Favorite snack foods deserve a special mention:
- Dole Whip at Magic Kingdom
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Goofy’s Candy Company at Downtown Disney
- Ultimate Frozen Mocha at Ghirardelli’s at Downtown Disney
I want to try the breakfast at O’Hana this time and maybe check out The Wave of American Flavors at the Contemporary Resort.
There’s also a huge chance it might rain all week long, in which case we will cook in the condo kitchen and watch movies and the NBA Finals from inside our comfy suite….and of course go see Brave on opening day at Downtown Disney.
I might post to my blog from Disney but, in case I don’t,
“M-I-C…See you real soon. K-E-Y. Why? Because I like you!”