Making the Perfect Blend of Reservations at Walt Disney World


I only wish I could cook like this!
La Hacienda de la San Angel – Arrachera

We are having a mini-family reunion at Walt Disney World later this winter.  So, I am planning meals and fast passes for my father (75, mostly wheelchair bound and unable to walk more than 2-3 steps), my mother (72 and just coming off a knee replacement and a second that needs to be done), my brother (48 and only eats chicken, mashed potatoes and bland foods), my sister-in-laws (50ish who hates crowds) and my little family of foodies ages 11 to 50 and adventure seekers.

In trying to take everyone into account we have worked out that we will one main meal together each day and maybe one or two rides.  Beyond that everyone can come and go as they please so everyone gets to do what they want and not have to force anyone to follow along.

So, for dinners I had to try and appease many appetites.  We like buffets but during cold and flu season we tend to avoid them.  But, for this trip I had to make an exception.  They allow for everyone to find something they are willing to eat.  For my father we can make plates and bring them to the table for him.

We are on the dining plan to make it easier for all of us to plan.  So, right now our plans are:

Sunday – arrive – counter service dinner

Monday – Biergarten (my family is VERY German and love this restaurant)

Tuesday – Crystal Palace (a nice generic buffet and the Pooh characters are a bonus)

Wednesday – Mama Melrose (pasta and steak.  Even the pickiest eaters should find something here)

Thursday – 1900 Park Fare Breakfast Buffet

O’Hana (We have never had a meal here so this is a big question mark for us and the one I am most worried about.)

Friday – Restaurant Marakesh (another iffy choice but we have always wanted to try this restaurant.)

Saturday – Narcoose’s (steak and seafood should satisfy most)

Sunday – Liberty Tree Tavern (We have never been here for lunch but are excited to try it.)

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party (a special event for the family that is a surprise)

Monday – Hollywood & Vine (generic breakfast buffet and the characters sound like fun.)

Tuesday – Depart

So, I think I have hit the perfect blend for everyone.  I am sure between now and when we leave this will be tweaked a bit but overall I am pretty happy with the plan.

Do you have a must do restaurant for your Walt Disney World trips?

7 Comments Add yours

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It is my parents favorite too. Since we are celebrating their 50th with reunion I figure we need to go. I could just eat the potato leek soup and pretzel rolls all day!


  1. voulaah says:

    thank you for this post

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. so many special dining experiences! Do you need advance reservations for Biergarten?

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Depending on the rime of year you go, maybe. It tends to be one of the last ones to fill up but if you really want to eat at a certain restaurant I always recommend trying to make an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) the day of if you don’t want to do it ahead of time.


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