Decisions, Decisions: One Dinner in Disney World

Disney Dining (Mouse on the Mind)

I’ll admit it–I thought I was a Disney planning pro.  Given a half hour, I can book and plan an entire week-long Disney World vacation for myself (or for anyone else, given a bit of information).  But today I was given a task I just can not seem to complete:

I was told to pick one WDW restaurant I’d like to try on my next trip.

Yes–you read that correctly.  Just one restaurant.  The reason for this is simple–we will only be visiting for three full days.  Thus, we will need dinner reservations for three evenings.  I’m traveling with my mother, so she picked one night (Ohana, because I told her they had really good wings), I picked the second without even thinking (Be Our Guest–to me, ‘new’ equals ‘exciting’), and she offered me the third night as my choice.

At first it seemed super simple–of course I’d pick somewhere in Epcot because that’s my favorite park in which to eat.  But then I thought about all of the other variables and considerations, of which there are many.  For example: 

-We will be staying at Bay Lake Tower.  I’ve never stayed at a monorail resort before, and I feel that this opens up–and limits–some dining options.

-We will be dining in or near the Magic Kingdom on the other two nights.

-We will want to watch Illuminations one night and enjoy Wishes from the Top of the World Lounge on yet another.

-Did I mention we only have three nights?

-As much as I love many WDW restaurants I’ve already enjoyed, I’d prefer to check out somewhere I’ve never been.  This leaves out the following restaurants:

Liberty Tree Tavern, the Plaza, Chefs de France, San Angel Inn, Via Napoli, Rainforest Cafe, Yak and Yeti, Hollywood Brown Derby, Boma, Jiko, Saana, Big River Grill, Flying Fish, Kouzzina, California Grill, Grand Floridian Cafe, Kona Cafe, Ohana, Artist Point, Captains Grill, The Yachtsman, Fultons Crab House, and Raglan Road.  And those are just the table service locations!

Given all of the above, I feel there are two ways I could approach this oddly daunting task.

Option 1:  Embrace the Monorail

Monorail Teal (Mouse on the Mind)

I’ve never stayed at any of the monorail resorts before; in fact, Bay Lake Tower  was on my Disney Bucket List (hooray for my mom’s DVC membership).  Because of this, I’ve not really explored many monorail resort restaurants.  I’ve been to Kona Cafe and Ohana, but that’s it.  This leaves a rather large number of monorail-accessible options available to me.  It seems like this trip is a perfect example to stick close to ‘home’ and explore that area.  I’ve had all of the Grand Floridian restaurants–Narcoossee’s, Citricos, and Victoria and Albert–on my list for a long time now.   

Option 2:  Mix it Up

Hollywood Studios (Mouse on the Mind)

As we will be dining in the Magic Kingdom one night and at a monorail resort on yet another, it would make sense to get away from our immediate resort area on the third night.  This means that we could dine anywhere in Hollywood Studios–I’ve always wanted to try one of the ‘fun’ DHS options like Sci-Fi Drive in or The 50’s Prime Time Cafe.  Or  we could select a restaurant in any of the non-monorail resorts, somewhere in Epcot, or even somewhere  in Downtown Disney.  So really, anywhere.  Gee–that sure makes this task easier!

Mouse on the Mind readers–what do you think?  Where should I spend my one Disney dinner?  Am I over-thinking this?  Should I give up my ‘no repeats’ rule?  Let me know what you think in the comments section below.  Together, we can figure this out! 



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