Disney Dining for the First Timers

Hi fellow Disney fans,

I never was a big foodie fan until I listened to podcasts and realized its more than burgers and fries, Lou Mongello springs to mind!

My last trip to the world was the first with ADRs! I have been going since 1995 so this may be a shock to some people.

So once we had a trip booked and I had wrote a few restaurants down that I wanted to try, I checked where we would be on the day if it was convenient (were not a family to shuttle back and forth for just one meal) and if there was any reservations free.

These were made online on the Disney website, it’s very easy to navigate and check days/ times available for a first timer like myself. You can also look at the menus for each offering – eg breakfast and dinner, this also includes prices.

My party was a family of 4, so there were a few options for availability. My mum has a food allergy, so there is boxes you can tick, or places to make notes. Once you book, you receive an email immediately with a confirmation number. My dad and I made a note of this in our iPhone along with the date, time and restaurant.

Once you get to the restaurant, check in with the lead booking name, and then follow the cast member’s instructions, it’s as easy as that! Once we were seated a chef came to the table to talk to my mum, he advised what she could and could not eat, or offered a meal with no sauce.

We had no problems using this service, and I would recommend it to a first timer, (especially if you want a nice meal at a table service restaurant). If you don’t want to book online, you can also ring and speak to a cast member.

My first two ADRs were Breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table (this was more for seeing an empty main street, and actually being in the castle rather than for the food!), and lunch at Coral Reef in Epcot.

Empty Main Street approx 8.10am
Empty Main Street approx 8.10am
Cream cheese filled french toast at Cinderella's Royal Table
Cream cheese filled french toast at Cinderella’s Royal Table
Inside Coral Reef, overlooking the fish tank
Inside Coral Reef, overlooking the fish tank

This was a few years ago, and as Disney is – things change! This year the Magic Bands have come along, so for my upcoming holiday, I again booked the restaurants online and received the email. Then linked my restaurant reservation to the holiday booking, now everything is connected – and hopefully on my band!

My reservations for my 2014 trip are lunch at Le Cellier, dinner at Ohana and dinner at Cape May Café.

I look forward to reporting back to you all!




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