Countdown to Disney: 36 weeks



I skipped a few weeks due to the craziness of starting a new job. However, new job means we can definitely afford to go to Disney in January! Woohoo! In celebration, Duffy got a new hoodie. He’s now ready for a day in the Animal Kingdom and riding Dinosaur!


I did manage to make a countdown for Week #38, I just didn’t have time to write a post.

Plan for Dining

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about dining…the next step in creating our general schedule. I’ll need to be ready to make my ADRs (advanced dining reservations) sometime in July, I believe. You can start making dining reservations 180 days before your trip.

I was torn between doing a quick service (Disney language for fast food) option for every meal, or if we wanted to do one table service meal per day. I’ve decided on a compromise: one table service meal per park! This will translate to roughly a table service meal every other day.

We are also going to allow one repeated restaurant (QS or TS) per park.

My primary focus is on table service since those are the ones that require the ADRs. One per park means I have four table service restaurants I need to decide on. We’ve already made some decisions:

  • Epcot- The Coral Reef: This will fill both a table service spot AND the repeat spot. We had a great experience at the Coral Reef last time. Despite my dislike of seafood, this ranked very high on both of our lists. The food was good, but the view, service and atmosphere were amazing. All of our quick service choices will be in the World Showcase.
  • Magic Kingdom- Skipper’s Canteen: Obviously! I’ve knew we were going to eat here since before this restaurant opened. It’s the new restaurant themed around the Jungle Cruise. Definitely a must-do for us. Our repeat at Magic Kingdom will be Be Our Guest.
  • Animal Kingdom- Still deciding!
  • Hollywood Studios- Our table service choice will be the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. Our repeat will be Starring Rolls- the sandwich we got was delicious and the perfect size to share.

New Guidebooks!

I used part of an Amazon gift card to order two Disney guides: The Imagineering Field Guide to Animal Kingdom and The Imagineering Field Guide Hollywood Studios. The guides are old, but they contain a lot of information about the thematic decisions behind a lot of the scenery/decorative choices, and trivia about the fun details.

Binder Updates

Upcoming Master To Do List

  • Try a new recipe
  • Find my unofficial guidebook
  • Start adding to the binder
  • Watch another movie
  • Work on the general schedule

Movie Updates

2 of 6!!


We finally got to watch another movie! We went to the library and they had Big Hero 6 available. We loved it. It didn’t make me cry as much as other Pixar films, but it made me laugh out loud quite a few times. Baymax is adorable.

Resource of the Week

The Disney Food Blog!

WDW Virtual Visit

None- No time! I’ve watched a couple of live Facebook streams by Character Queen.

Question for the Readers

If you had to choose one restaurant per park, what would you pick?


One thought on “Countdown to Disney: 36 weeks

  1. I think I have the Imagineering Guide to Epcot somewhere. I’ll have to look for it. I don’t think I ever got around to reading it, and now I want to =)

    We also enjoyed Big Hero 6.

    Your restaurant question filled our evening conversation. This is what we came up with:

    Magic Kingdom – Lunch at Be Our Guest, for sure. We loved the food, and quick service meant affordable prices, no tips, and not having to interact with a server 😉

    EPCOT – Lunch at the Biergarten. Even though we would have to share a table with strangers, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is great.

    Hollywood Studios – We enjoyed Fairfax Fare. If there’s nothing that sounds particularly good, we usually pick BBQ.

    Animal Kingdom – This park was hard. We didn’t really have a good answer. There was nothing we wanted to eat when we were there last time. I think our most likely choices would be Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes (Yak and Yeti sounds better, but we usually don’t choose table service) or Flame Tree BBQ.

    We decided to expand and thank about Universal as well.

    Universal Studios – We disagreed for this park. I would pick Florean Fortescue’s Ice-cream Parlour. The butterbeer softserve was AMAZING. Tommy would have to check menus, but it would likely be either Louie’s Italian Restaurant or the Burger place in the Simpsons area (I can’t remember if it’s Moe’s Tavern or Duff Brewery).

    Islands of Adventure – Thunder Falls Terrace was nice. Not too crowded, nice view, and BBQ.


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