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Be Our Guest Opening at teh New Fantasyland Expansion

Be Our Guest Opening at the New Fantasyland Expansion

Be Our Guest Opening at the New Fantasyland Expansion Be Our Guest Restaurant: Counter Service. The BEST counter service venue in Magic Kingdom, quite possibly in all the “World.”

In the new Fantasyland you will find the newest dining venue that is beyond compare. After crossing the bridge and stepping inside you are actually immersed in Beast’s castle rooms as they appeared in the movie. There are three dining rooms: the ballroom (includes snow falling outside the windows), the west wing (including the magic rose and the Prince’s painting that changes to the Beast as the last rose petal falls) and the rose gallery where Belle and the Beast are dancing atop a music box. During lunch this restaurant offers counter service dining (no reservations required) and at dinner is a table service meal (reservations are required and book up 6 months in advance). There are no characters at either meal.

In the new Fantasyland you will find the newest dining venue that is beyond compare. After crossing the bridge and stepping inside you are actually immersed in Beast’s castle rooms as they appeared in the movie. There are three dining rooms: the ballroom (includes snow falling outside the windows), the west wing (including the magic rose and the Prince’s painting that changes to the Beast as the last rose petal falls) and the rose gallery where Belle and the Beast are dancing atop a music box. During lunch this restaurant offers counter service dining (no reservations required) and at dinner is a table service meal (reservations are required and book up 6 months in advance). There are no characters at either meal.

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® Family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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Planning For A Walt Disney World Trip, Stage 2 -Dining And Activities Reservations, by Gil Pohl

Recently I posted the first of three blogs I am writing about planning for a Walt Disney World Trip.  In Stage I of planning for your trip we talked about where to stay, what tickets to purchase, and how to make dining plans.  Hopefully, with the help of Ears of Experience you have now picked the right “on property” resort, know what ticket package is best for you, and have decided if a dining plan is right for you.  Most experienced Walt Disney World travelers would hope to have all of this done at least 6 months from the time of the upcoming trip.  Why six months?  Disney has just changed back to a 180 day advance reservations system for dining and special activities.

With all of the Disney Dining plans now available and the offering of free dining at certain times of the year, if you plan on eating at any of the on-property sit down restaurants, advance reservations are a most.  So if you plan on having Breakfast with Cindy or a fun filled evening at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Review, let Ears of Experience get those reservations made as soon as possible.  The more popular the dining experience, the sooner you must book. 

If you have taken my advice and book a room on-property, then Disney will allow you to book 180 + ten days in advance.  What this means is that by using your room reservation number, meals for your entire stay (up to ten days) can be made at one time up to 180 days in advance. 

EPCOT Dive QuestIn addition to dining reservation, booking of special activities must also be done early.  Disney World offers everything from behind the scene tours of the parks, parasailing over Bay Lake, golfing, spa treatments, and just about anything else you can think of doing.  During my up coming trip in December I am going to EPCOT Segwey TourSCUBA dive
at the Living Seas and take a Segway Tour of EPCOT before it opens. 

Remember, do not over do it, leave time to relax and just enjoy Walt Disney World.  I will soon post the last of my three part blogs on planning a Walt Disney Trip, Planning What to Do When I Get There?

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Planning For A Walt Disney World Trip, by Gil Pohl

It seems that I get phone calls about once a month from a friend of a friend asking me about taking a trip to Walt Disney World.  What surprises me most is when someone calls and tells me that they are going in a month and have not done any planning. 

I think a trip to Walt Disney World is something that requires at least some advance planning.  I break my trip planning into three stages, the first has three parts.  Where to stay, what tickets to purchase, and how am I going to handle dining. 

Walt Disney World ResortsStage 1, Part 1:  The first thing I need to know is where to stay, how many days I will be staying, and how much it will cost.  This is where your first call to Ears of Experience comes in.  For me I love to be involved in Disney 24 hours a day, so I always stay on park.  Rooms for every budget are available, so working with an expert will ensure that you get the right room at the best price. 

Disney TicketsOnce you have to a place to stay, then you can move on to the second decision, what type of tickets to buy.  There are just so many types of tickets that again asking for help is a great idea.  In general, the more days you stay, the lower the cost per day .  Where the help is needed is in the options that you can add to a ticket.  Park Hopping, Water Park Fun & More, and No Expiration are some of the options that can be added to the “base ticket”.  For which options are right for you, talk with Ears of Experience and they can tailor a ticket package for you.

Disney DiningThe final step in the Stage 1 of the planning is do I want a “Dining Plan”.  With the dining plan, all meals will be paid in advance.  The dining plan is flexible enough so that you should be able to eat when and what you want.  If you decide that the dining plan is right for you, it should be booked at the same time you book your room and reserve your tickets.  Package deals do save money. 

I will be writing again soon about Stage II of the planning process; advance dining reservation and other activities.

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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Epcot’s Teppan Edo in the World Showcase, by Kid Expert Nattie, Age 10

Teppan Edo

EPCOT® Japan

Teppan Edo is a Japanese restaurant in Epcot®. My favorite thing is that the cooks cook your food right in front of you. It really gets you into the feel that you are in a Japan! The waiters are very polite and the food is the best I have ever eaten. First, we had our waiter make some things out of zucchini and onions. She made Mickey Mouse ears, and Pluto!

          When we started to eat I was amazed how good it was. I eat at Japanese steak houses a lot and this one is really good. The meat was full of tender juiciness, and the rice was nice and sticky. It was so good, that out of our whole table I was finished first. Everyone was surprised and I couldn’t eat anything for the rest of the day! I suggest Teppan Edo because it is a very good Japanese restaurant. 

 You can find Teppan Edo in the Epcot®World Showcase in Japan. Japan is easy to see from across the lagoon and the drummers that play on the tall building in the front of the village are a do not miss. They draw large crowds.

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Written by our Kid Expert, Nattie. Check out more of what she has to say as well as more tips and tricks at her Kid’s Only Page.

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The Many Benefits of Character Dining

To feed off last week’s blog on Crystal Palace and why I am such a fan of Character dining, I thought I would explain in more detail. I am a big fan of time management; using my time the most efficiently yet still having an incredibly good time and still being flexible. I find by being a time manager, I am able to be more flexible, if that makes sense.

My kids have always beenvery big into the Characters when traveling to Disney destinations. Next to being on a Disney Cruise Line® ship, there is only one other way to have a unique meeting experience with the characters. That is through character dining, where the characters take the time to interact with members of your dining party.  You won’t feel rushed in getting the photo and autograph and it is all done in a good atmosphere. You’re not out in the hot sun, you’re not hungry, and you’re not at the end of a seemingly endless line of people.

The time management part of me is two-fold. We have to eat, but we we would also like to see the characters. Why not do them together so we can quickly get back to the parks, rides, shows, and attractions?  While they are eating, the kids are able to see, interact, and get photos and autographs of their favorite characters. This can be a nice break during the day or a magical beginning to a day at the parks.

Everyone wants to see the Fab 5 (Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto). A great place to do this is at Chef Mickey for breakfast or dinner. You will typically see all these guys there (characters are always subject to change) and it’s right off the monorail, either on your way to or back from the Magic Kingdom® Park. As I mentioned before, a favorite spot of mine is the Crystal Palace restaurant in the Magic Kingdom® Park, which is where you will find all of the Pooh Characters. If you can, make an early reservation so you will be able to enter the park ahead of the regular crowd. This will also let you experience the Main Street, USA® Area virtually to yourself as you walk to an early breakfast before the park opens.

There are many options when it comes to character dining. The hottest ticket is Cinderella’s Royal Table, which takes place in Cinderella’s castle.  Here, you dine with princesses in a magical setting, creating an unforgettable event for any young child. Can’t get in? No worries, there are plenty of other options to meet the princesses.  I have been twice to Norway’s Akershus restaurant located in the Epcot® World Showcase. The breakfast there is wonderful and the experience with the Princesses is a little more interactive. Their breakfast and lunch menus both have traditional Nordic food, but for those with finicky children, the breakfast menu did include some American fare food.

In summary, there are many benefits to character dining, such as time management, personal interaction, and unforgettable memories. And remember, if you are on the dining plan, these meals will only count as one table service (subject to change).

So sit back, put the camera and autograph books on the table, and let the kids have a blast while you grab that extra cup of coffee.

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