I’m going to Disney World!

Many of you know how much I love Disney World. I adore it. Even the large lady who fell on me at Peter Pan could not deter me from being a fan of Uncle Walt’s creation. It’s one of my happy places.

I’ll be returning in a few weeks with my friends Connie and Stephanie. It’s been a few years since I visited The World, but I feel so much has changed. I need direction. I need advice. I need some of y’all to plan this bad boy for me!

We are going to the Halloween party. Never fear, costumes have been sewn (thank you Stephanie) and hats have been made (thank you Connie) and candy corn has been purchased (you’re welcome Connie and Stephanie.) Other than attending the party back in 1998 when I worked in Magic Kingdom, I’ve never been. Teach me, oh wise Disney people. What should we not miss? Are the rumors true? Do you really get name brand candy in the trick-or-treat lines? And do cast members look down upon grown adults strolling up to partake?

What about the newly expanded Disney Springs. We are going to eat there the first night, but I have a slight problem. THERE ARE SO MANY CHOICES!!! Which restaurant deserves our business?

Speaking of restaurants, talk to me about your favorite Disney World eating establishments. I want counter service, sit down and can’t miss snack recommendations. This includes carts, dessert counters, random corners in the World Showcase at EPCOT, etc. We will be pretty much staying in the parks all day long, so don’t worry about resort recommendations.

I also need someone to fill me in on the whole Star Wars section of Hollywood Studios. What’s the deal? I hear there’s a night show. Where should I stand? Is it the same time as Fantasmic? Can I ask Chewbacca to marry me or is that weird?

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What shows should we make sure to see? Which ones do you think are skippable? Is skippable a word? SOMEONE HELP ME.

Clearly, I need Disney World guidance. Feel free to give it your all in the comments section. I’m counting on y’all! Thank you!

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September 15, 2016 2:43 pm

Yes, the Star Wars fireworks have been around the same time as Fantasmic, so there’s no way to see the both on the same night. Hollywood Studios is just a general mess. 🙂

Epcot Food and Wine festival can’t be missed. Via Napoli is an awesome table service meal.

Never been to the Halloween party (only the Christmas one) but from what I understand, getting candy is not frowned upon as an adult. 🙂

Have a magical trip!! So jealous!

Sharon
Sharon
September 24, 2016 1:59 am
Reply to  Page

We did both in the spring. Second row phantasmic, then made it easily to the fireworks with star wars music. It was fabulous.

Kelli
Kelli
September 15, 2016 2:50 pm

I was just at Disney Springs where the conference I went to had an offsite reception at Splitsville. It was SO much fun–the food was great and of course, there was BOWLING!! I hope you have the best time ever!

Lisa
Lisa
September 15, 2016 2:56 pm

My only word of advice: avoid the margarita vendor in EPCOT, at least if you intend to finish the tour! Don’t think “This is Disney and it’s 9 a.m. They wouldn’t really put liquor in those frosty delights!” #drunkatDisney #Momwalksfunny

Julie
Julie
September 15, 2016 3:11 pm

Dinner with the Princesses at Cinderella’s Castle was really great even if I hadn’t had my 4 year old. They introduce each princess and tell their short story and they make their way by each table for pictures and autographs. I am not sure how they would feel about 3 grown ups dressed as their favorite princess, but I would love to hear if y’all do it!

Catharine
Catharine
September 15, 2016 3:19 pm

First, you do have to go to the Galactic Star Wars fireworks show — if it’s still there — it’s amazing! It looked like they may not keep it past the beginning of October, though. There were apparently complaints about people not having good enough views. I will say, it was kind of hard to get a good viewpoint if you didn’t set up right in front of the taped off area at least an hour before the show. We were not some of those people, but still had a good enough viewpoint to love it. The main part of… Read more »

Shannon
Shannon
September 15, 2016 3:27 pm

Dinner at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingsom is a MUST. The food is just better than average (in my opinion) but you have to eat there just to see inside the castle and experience it. They won’t let you inside without a reservation. The decor is absolutely gorgeous and Beast is in the library posing for photos after your meal. Visit all three rooms for a look around as they are much different in decor and ambiance. And don’t forget to leave room for dessert! Try the grey stuff…it’s delicious

Shari
September 17, 2016 5:15 pm
Reply to  Lincee

Lincee – Keep trying everyday including the days you are Disney. I second that dinner is soooo good there – best French onion soup – I could eat it all night. and the atmosphere is wonderful. Oh now I want to go back to Disney! Please post lots and lots of photos.

Shannon
Shannon
September 19, 2016 12:26 pm
Reply to  Lincee

Yes…people cancel all the time…even the day of. Breakfast and lunch are other options, it is counter service for these meals. No reservation required. But at least you can get inside!

cheri
September 20, 2016 10:11 am
Reply to  Lincee

We are going in October and didn’t have reservations for Be Our Guest. I just logged in and tried every day – and one day – viola’ – they had some! Do keep trying, the atmosphere alone is worth it!

Brie
Brie
September 15, 2016 3:32 pm

Our favorite meal of our trip was at Epcot-Teppan Edo in Japan. It’s Hibachi style and the chefs are fantastic!

Shannon
Shannon
September 15, 2016 3:48 pm

The Halloween party is my favorite Disney event! Don’t miss Hallowishes at the castle and if you can go to the second Boo to Yoo parade. It’s usually less crowded. But get to your spot as early as possible…at least 45 minutes before the start time. The headless horseman rides the parade route right before it starts and you do not want to miss that! Have your camera ready! The published hours of the party are from 7pm-12am but they will let you in at 4pm. Have your costume on and don’t be hesitant to trick-or-treat! It’s so fun! They… Read more »

Laura
Laura
September 15, 2016 3:50 pm

Definitely Be our Guest for lunch. Its quick service so its affordable but you still need a reservation! The food is good and the inside is very cool. Walk through all the rooms! I also really like Pecos Bill in Frontierland. You pick the base (tacos) then they have a toppings bar for them. We saw the Star Wars fireworks shortly after they started, before they added all the imagery on the Chines Theater. They were fantastic – I think I liked them better than MK. I know you said you will be in the parks all day, but a… Read more »

SC Girl
September 15, 2016 7:47 pm

I am a Disney Travel Agent and was there over Labor Day–first and foremost–you have not made your advanced dining reservations?! You might be out of luck for table service! But Hands down my favorite at Disney Springs for an easy meal is Wolfgang Puck Express…but it’s not themed or anything. We LOVE ,O’hana and this trip we ate at Mama Melrose at HS for the first time and loved it. We did Sci Fi there too- will skip that one next time and we like 50’s Prime Time. What about 1900 Park Fare at GF? Cinderellas step sisters will… Read more »

SC Girl
September 15, 2016 7:50 pm
Reply to  SC Girl

And we love Be Our Guest! We had reservations for dinner one day and a counter service lunch another day. So good!

Shannon
Shannon
September 19, 2016 12:37 pm
Reply to  Lincee

We adore 50’s Prime Time. It’s a must-do every trip. The servers are SO fun and really get into character. “Momma” is in the kitchen making the food and you are all “cousins.” Keep your elbows off the table and you better not have your phone out at dinner or it WILL be confiscated! (We know this firsthand.) And if you don’t eat all your green beans you have to go stand in the corner!!!

And yes, they have PB&J milkshakes. Not sure about buying them at the counter though.

Linda Ann S
Linda Ann S
September 15, 2016 8:11 pm

My adult daughter and I go to WDW every summer. Our “must-do” dinner whenever we go is Sanaa at AKL. The food is amazing, the resort is beautiful and don’t miss the wine flights! We also love Raglan Road in Disney Springs. Great food and entertainment.
Don’t miss AK at night. We loved all the action at night with different music and dance going on all over the park. It was so much fun!

Matt
Matt
September 15, 2016 8:18 pm

It’s a small world… Always have to see that, and under the sea

Katie
Katie
September 15, 2016 8:29 pm

Ok download the My Disney Experience app now if you haven’t. It’s great for maps, ride wait times, fast passes, and restaurant reservations. I loved Les Halle’s Boulangerie – Patisserie. Amazing desserts!!!!!

Katie
Katie
September 20, 2016 8:59 pm
Reply to  Lincee

Yes! Hidden in the bank corner. Best dessert I had the entire trip.

Cynthia Balusek
Cynthia Balusek
September 15, 2016 11:16 pm

There is a jungle cruise themed restaurant now at magic kingdom. Obviously, you must eat there. It’s called Jungle Skipper Canteen. Food is adventurous. Order the kids volcano dessert. 🙂

Amy
Amy
September 16, 2016 12:15 pm

Sounds like a fun trip! Boma in the AK Lodge is really great. Of course, there’s always 50’s Prime Time and Brown Derby, which I love. And the next time I go, I’m definitely trying Via Napoli in Epcot. That sounds terrific!

Have a blast! 🙂

Barb
September 16, 2016 12:40 pm
Reply to  Amy

I was just going to suggest Boma too! It’s a buffet so you can choose a little of everything. Don’t miss out on the carrot ginger soup because somebody told me not to miss it. I got a tiny bit just to taste because I didn’t think it would be good (carrots and ginger, ew?) but went back for a full bowl. In the end had to refrain from licking the bowl clean!

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