Seems borderline insane to book meals you won't be having until 6 months away, but believe me when I say, if you want that coveted dinnertime meal at Cinderella's Royal Table (AKA: The Castle in Magic Kingdom), or at Be Our Guest, or even the fancy pants places like Victoria and Albert's, you best make those reservations ASAP. You can count on them being booked up by the time you arrive and if it's a holiday or peak season, about the only way to get a reservation is too get on that booking train early.
This year we are dining at several places we haven't before and going back to two of our favorites. We debated and read reviews and reread reviews and asked other people and read menus and read more reviews. Honestly we put more thought into dining at Disney for 1 week than we do our entire existence outside of Disney.
We added the Disney Dining Plan like we always do, which includes 1 snack, 1 Quick service (QS), and 1 table service (TS) meal per person, per night of your stay. That gave us an allotment of 7 of each per person to spend at our leisure.
We chose the following dining experiences:
Cost: 1 tS per person
Be Our Guest Lunch
Cost: 1 QS per person
Liberty Tree Tavern Dinner
Cost: 1 TS Per Person
50's Primetime Cafe Dinner
Cost: 1 TS
Cape May Cafe Dinner
Cost: 1 TS
Cinderella's Royal Table Dinner
Cost: 2 TS Per Person
*Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party* Not included in dining plan, pay in advance. ($49 for adults, and $29 for children, (407) WDW-DINE)
Crystal Palace Breakfast
Cost: 1 TS
Liberty Tree Tavern is one of our all time favorites. No characters, no frills, just delicious home-cooking type food. Can't wait to go back. The Crystal Palace is also one we are returning to because the food is good, but also it is a great way to get into the park before it opens by having an early morning reservation.
I am most looking forward to O'Hanna for dinner. I've heard great things and can't wait to try it out. Cape May dinner also had great reviews for it's seafood buffet. Wednesday night is said to have crab legs and we love us some crab!!
The Castle dinner is a meal that has been elusive to us as we never seemed to get it together to book on time. Not this year! We got our reservation on the 180 day mark.
We also are trying Be Our Guest quick service lunch. We've eaten dinner here, and I HIGHLY recommend doing so. The food was great and the setting is beautiful. This time we wanted to try the lunch menu and it appears to be one of the best quick service menus that I've come across, plus the added benefit of being able to reserve it AND order online before arrival so your food is ready for you.
50's Primetime was a suggestion by our daughter. Usually we do Hollywood and Vine at Hollywood Studios, but she's grown out of the Disney Jr. character meal and wanted to try a place with "manners". She liked the idea of a waitstaff that interacts with the tables and treats you like a 1950's family.
Plenty of pictures and reviews to follow. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.