And it all started with a...
Trip to Liberty Tree Tavern. (I bet you thought I would say mouse, didn't you.) Way back in June of 2009, Joe and I took a trip with friends to the Happiest Place on Earth. It was Joe's very first Disney trip and my third. On a day when everyone else choose to go to Universal Studios, we hung out and Disney-ed - just the two of us. We had enjoyed the typical theme park food, turkey legs and the such, on previous days, but we were really hungry and wanted to sit down. As we wandered past the stockades, a cute little colonial restaurant stuck out, so we stopped in to see if we could get a table. Little did we know, we wandered into an amazing all you can eat Thanksgiving style restaurant that would change everything we once thought we knew about Disney. A whole new world opened up to us when we realized that there was a treasure trove of great food options at Disney World.
Some things were very different with a toddler (at the time he was a year and a half), but some memories were even more special. Don't get me wrong, we love having Disney date nights, but we also love showing friends and family all the fun food options available. We even learned that at some of the "all you care to eat" places, like Ohana and Liberty Tree; we could ask for toddler friendly food!
When we moved to the Orlando area a few months ago, we knew we wanted to enjoy Disney as much as we could. Since it was a mere 15 to 20 minutes away, depending on the park, we became Annual Passholders. It quickly became clear that food would once again become a big part of Disney for us. So here we are, challenging ourselves to eatDisney by eating at every Disney World restaurant. It will probably take a while... but we know that this will be a marathon - not a sprint. We will also share our tips and favorites of living in the land of the Mouse. Thanks for joining us on this adventure! See ya Real Soon!
The following year, we had to go back! Joe, being the research minded person he is, found the perfect time of year, October/ November, which also happened to be around our anniversary. We loved all the rides, but now, we were all about the FOOD! We used the Dining Plan for the first time and made a point to go to some of the best reviewed restaurants, like Ohana and Artist Point. We even splurged on an amazing evening at Victoria and Alberts in the Queen Victoria's Room for our anniversary meal, and by splurge, I mean by far the most expensive meal we have ever eaten! We went to our first up-charge event, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and experienced our first festival, International Food and Wine. In a lot of ways, we realized Disney World was a fantastic spot for foodies, which is exactly what we were becoming.
We have learned a lot since our first couple of trips around the wonderful world of Disney. The most important is that it never hurts to ask. We ask about stickers, about other kid friendly options (because we have a super picky eater), and even just asking a CM about "the weather" by making small talk. We love asking questions!
It was a couple years before we could make another trip, but when we did we were able to bring along Little Rocket Man and the Grands! It was so fun to share our favorite meals with our favorite people.