Disney has some of the best restaurant selection in the world and we plan to take advantage of that fact. This year we'll try something new – Disney's Boathouse at the new Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) — and a couple of traditional locales, such as Chef Mickey's and Be Our Guest! We've provided access to each restaurant's menu within their listings below to help you better prepare for our culinary adventures!
DECEMBER 27 • 6:55pm
The Wave restaurant is located inside Disney's Contemporary Resort just next door to the Magic Kingdom. It is also part of the resort Bay Lake Tower is associated with - thus it's right in our own back yard. For many Disney fans and aficionados, the Contemporary Hotel holds a special place of honor in our love of all things Disney. It was one of the original hotels which debuted with the resort’s opening in 1971. Featuring American cusine, The Wave is elegant, fun and tasty without a heavy theme or unrecognizable fare. The perfect comfort location to start a much anticipated vacation.
DECEMBER 28 • 8:35pm
This reservation is only for two - it's a date-night. Tim and Colleen will be enjoying a quiet dinner at Le Cellier, a restaurant which they've yet to experience together. Everyone else will have their choice of food selections at Hollywood Studio or EPCOT as we will be attempting to view the Osborne Spectical of Lights display before heading off to dinner.
DECEMBER 29 • 6:00pm
Set sail for upscale waterfront dining at Disney Springs—complete with retro dream boats, from vintage American Amphicars to romantic Italian Water Taxis. Savor the best of land and sea with fresh seafood, a raw bar, premium steaks, chops and a kids’ menu. Serving day-boat, line-caught seafood and USDA-Certified Gibsons Blue Star Heritage Angus Beef, the Boathouse also features a more casual outdoor menu. Brand new to the Disney Springs area, this will be a first-time adventure for us all!
BE OUR GUEST
DECEMBER 31 • 2:25pm
Although unable to obtain a dinner reservation for New Year's Eve, we decided lunch would be just as good. Stay light on your feet with a fresh tuna Niçoise salad, or indulge in a tempting béchamel-smothered croque-monsieur sandwich served with pommes frites. Other favorites include the turkey baguette, vegetable quiche and the chef’s favorite—our “singing,” 8-hour braised pork! Your princesses and mini-beasts, meanwhile, can enjoy popular kids’ menu choices like Mickey meatloaf and whole-grain macaroni.
JANUARY 1 • 10:45am
Enjoy a lively, all-you-care-to-eat buffet with Disney Friends in a bright, happy space. As the monorail whizzes by, Disney Characters mingle with Guests for photos and autographs and periodically lead diners in song and dance. Celebrate your family and fortune in 2016 with a traditional New Year’s Day Brunch featuring carved smoked pork butt, collard greens, ham hock and black eye peas, corn bread and seasonal fruit cobbler—plus all of our regular buffet items!
JANUARY 2 • 8:35am
Join Winnie the Pooh and a few of his Pals for a willy, nilly, silly good time! Inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the late 1800s, The Crystal Palace brims with light, topiaries and tropical palms—and is an enchanting spot to meet some favorite Disney Friends! Bountiful buffets feature American favorites prepared before you in the onstage kitchen. Start your day with puffed French toast, made-to-order omelets, freshly baked pastries, fruit and more.
BE OUR GUEST
JANUARY 3 • 6:35pm
Sorry Chris and Kim, but we had to get back to Be Our Guest for dinner and the only reservation available was when you were on your way home. We'll raise a glass – or a bite of steak – in your absence. Now about that steak…