With Disney discount offers shrinking in size, I decided to branch out and explore other options, such as renting DVC points or booking through a travel agent. I've learned that you can find deals out there if you are persistent and flexible with your vacation dates. For our 2016 trip, I found an offer valid on deluxe resorts and narrowed it down to two: Contemporary and Yacht Club. I always mention the Contemporary as my ideal resort because of its location next to Magic Kingdom and the fact that you can walk to the park. We really enjoyed our stay at Beach Club several years ago, especially how it gave us the ability to walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and it has what is basically a small waterpark. So while the Contemporary was at the top of my list, Yacht Club was right behind it. And then I came up with the genius idea of a split stay. So that's what we're doing. Three nights at the Contemporary followed by three nights at the Yacht Club. Why Yacht Club over its sister resort, Beach Club? Well, we like trying out new resorts and supposedly fewer kids stay on the Yacht Club side so maybe it will be quieter.
It's still too early for me to make dining reservations but I have some ideas and thoughts. I asked the girls and all I heard was "I want Mickey waffles!" When we travel to Disney, we like to have one table service (sit down) meal a day. Unless we are eating at a buffet-type restaurant that charges per person, we normally don't order six meals because we are light eaters. There's a lot of sharing going on.
Chef Mickey's - I feel like people either love this restaurant or absolutely hate it. We've never eaten here as I've never been able to secure a decent reservation but it's in the Contemporary and because we'll be staying at the Contemporary, I'd like to try it out. Plus, the girls really enjoy character meals. Breakfast seems to be rated better and you know how I love breakfast so that's what I'll be going for when reservation day rolls around.
The Wave - This table service restaurant is located in the Contemporary. We've eaten dinner here twice and everyone was in agreement that the food was very tasty. Not sure if we'll eat here this time around but it's good to know that a great restaurant is located at our resort.
Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue - I've only heard good things about this dinner but we've never been able to fit it into our vacation. Maybe this will be the year.
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria - On Epcot day, our table service restaurant of choice is usually Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. I'm thinking of mixing things up this year and trying out a new restaurant and who doesn't love Italian and pizza?
Beaches & Cream - Ice cream. Do I need to say more?
Cape May Café - This is a great option for a character breakfast. Unfortunately, when we dined here the first time, Allie was in the midst of an allergic reaction to Advil and was drugged up on an antihistamine. I think we need a redo.
So while we plan to be at Disney for six full days, which includes the day we check into the Contemporary, I've only booked five days of park tickets. We'll visit each park once, with two days for Magic Kingdom. That one non-park day will be a pool day at the Yacht Club. Let's hope the hurricanes stay away. I haven't even looked to try to determine which parks we'll visit on which days, except that it will coincide with our resort stays.
Speaking of Disney, still, about once a week, someone lands here searching "best lens for Disney." In my opinion, it's the lens you have.