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Planning Ahead- The Major Keys to Disney Vacation Success Part One

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Hiya there pals! Minion Danielle here to report on all things Magical and Mouse-related in our new EFS Blog, For Mouse Ears Only!
CAN YOU BELIEVE that the photo above was taken a whopping 17 years ago? When I was only 5 years young my parents took me on a birthday pilgrimage to the place I would from then on fondly call home- DisneyWorld. Since then I have had the pleasure of visiting 3 more times in the span of 3 years, and am only 21 days away from my fifth trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. 
Although I have only visited the parks four times, along with the help of EFS boss babe Brandie, I have become a self-proclaimed park expert. Therefore, in anticipation of my trip I will be blogging every week until then with some of my favorite park hacks that I have discovered going through my trips. 
The only thing I love more than food is DISNEY FOOD. One of the best things about the Disney parks is that you are able to bring in your own food (Catch me with a backpack full of granola bars and fruit snacks), however, one of my favorite things about traveling to DisneyWorld is the Disney Dining Plan and how easy it is to make Dining Reservations. 
With this in mind, I bring to you my very first Key to Disney Vacation Success:
Even if you plan nothing else in advance, I highly recommend booking at least one dining reservation prior to your arrival. 
I am a crazy vacation planner. I plan out my entire Disney trip down to my "unscheduled" time where I usually just walk around. I booked my dining reservations for September back in March, before I even booked my actual trip because the knowledge that I'll have a place to eat dinner is more important than knowing I'll have a place to stay (LOL).  Disney makes it so easy to move around reservations (Via phone, the app, or their website) that even when I finally booked my vacations I had no problem rearranging my meal times to what worked best with my other scheduled events such as FastPasses. 
I am such a big fan of Disney food that I would deem eating on property at least once throughout your stay integral to the whole experience. As someone with a hefty list of dietary restrictions I have never vacationed in a place that is more accommodating to my needs. Whether the restaurant has a high or low price tag, everywhere serves you with the great service that everyone expects from Disney. 
Some of my favorite places to eat on property include: Rose and Crown in EPCOT, Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom, Raglan Road in Disney Springs and for a quick bite the resort cafeterias are always a great idea!
I love trying new places and can't wait to review all of the places I will be visiting next month. In the meantime, what's your favorite Disney Dining location? Do you have a snack you can't leave the parks without? Let us know in the comments, and maybe I'll try it out myself in September, or Brandie will try it in October!
Thanks for reading & see you at Food & Wine!
Minion Danielle


1 comment

  • Hi Minion Danielle! I have folowed your advice down to a T, and have not been disappointed! Thanks to your organizational skills and advice, i was able to enjoy my busy visit to Disney and have plenty of time to relax and take pica in between activities.
    People, just listen to her, she knows her stuff!

    Ana Rafaeli on

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