Published: January 11, 2008 at 9:59 AM
My comment concerns only WDW dining:
Even with so many dining choices available, if you want to be sure you'll eat at your dream spot at your dream time, you need to make a reservation way in advance. So months before we head down to WDW we decide where we'll eat if we want a sit down meal.
Once our dining choices are made it pretty much controls our WDW itinerary. We're not going to be at Epcot if we've made reservations for Boma at AK that night.
But...first us control freaks consult the WDW "Book of all information" to see what the best day is for that park first. So if let's say Monday is reported to be a slow day for Epcot (we try to avoid any park with extra magic hours - check the online calendar) we may make reservations there and so it continues for the rest of the week.
It has actually helped us to know in advance where we'll be headed on which day, as we now avoid the "walk about in a tight circle with hand on forehead wondering where to go & what to do next" dance. (anyone else been to that one?)
Our kids are young teen sons so all they care about is portion size. We're going this March-April & I've made reservations for Boma, San Angel & Liberty Tree Tavern. We haven't been to the 1st two yet & Liberty is just a family fav with the grandparents.
Tip: Lunch can be far less costly than dinner at some of the finer restaurants. Eat a big breakfast, make a lunch reservation for one of the latest time slots available (generally much less crowded then traditional lunch times) and then grab some light snacks during the fireworks or parade.