Welcome to my refuge :)

Disney has become a daily retreat for me. We may only spend 10 days there a year (more if I'm truly blessed), but I have found that making Mickey a part of my daily life makes me feel much better. So I'm running with it! Luckily I have a patient husband and a laptop computer that allows me to do endless searching and planning. This blog is developing out of that. You are welcome to come along for the ride and offer your advice. I don't claim to be an expert, just a lover of the experience!

Right now whenever a post says "Update" that means it is a 2011 trip update and if you click on the tab with that date on it you can read that update.

Friday, December 31, 2010

After All The Hype...

I'm glad that's over!

My body has gotten used to sleep.Three restless hours was not enough. I did not dare take my usual medicines for fear I would sleep too late, so instead I barely slept at all. The cat and I made it until 4 am and then we gave up pretending. One hour to go. I was beside myself. All for dinner reservations mind you!

Finally at 4:45 I went upstairs searching for Jim, who was suppose to be waking me up. He was on his way down but I was impatient.

We both got logged on and I tracked down my credit card. I knew I had taken any of the reservations that might require a credit card to hold them. Jim found a few minutes to tend his farm and check his mafia :) I reminded him that he really couldn't do that once he started making reservations. He told me he loved me :)

I sat on my air bed with my laptop, my stack of cards with the reservations I wanted on them, my credit card, a pen, and my Mickey stocking cap. The last few minutes before 5:00, I gave Jim a countdown which I think he appreciated greatly.

Finally, 5:00 hit and we both hit "Search for a Table." We both got error messages. I remembered reset happens at 5:00 and we needed to try at 5:01. Success!!!

Jim got Le Cellier and I got ... Cinderella's Royal Table! This was a biggie I needed to do first and it required a credit card. They don't actually charge your card unless you are a no-show. Making reservations and not showing up is VERY common in Disney but certain places like CRT require a hold to limit this from happening. I think more should. Why is CRT special? This is a character meal but more important than that it is one of the only ways to get inside Cinderellas Castle at Disney World. I'm not even sure how much I'll eat here but I have to go!

After that kind of start I felt confident. I ran into only two bumps along the way. Both were things that I think are not in the computer system yet so I'm hopeful. Overall I think we have 22 of our 26 reservations made. That's not bad!

For anyone who cares, here's what all my insanity has lead to(bold need reservations yet):

  • 6/29- 2:00p.m. House of Blues(no reservation needed)
  • 6/29- 8:40p.m. Artist Point
  • 6/30- 8:00a.m. Tusker House
  • 6/30- 8:30p.m. Yachtsman Steakhouse
  • 7/1- 8:10a.m. Akershus Princess Storybook Dining
  • 7/1- 1:50p.m. LeCellier
  • 7/1- 7:00p.m. Restaurant Marrakesh
  • 7/2- 7:30a.m. Cape May Cafe
  • 7/2- 7:00p.m. Jiko
  • 7/3- 8:05a.m. Crystal Palace
  • 7/3- 5:15p.m. The Plaza
  • 7/3- 9:00p.m. Wishes Dessert Party
  • 7/4- 11:30a.m. Hollywood Brown Derby Dine with an Imagineer
  • 7/4- 5:30 Hollywood &Vine Fantasmic
  • 7/5- 7:30a.m. Ohana's 
  • 7/5- 7:05p.m. Narcoossee's
  • 7/6- 7:30a.m. Boma
  • 7/6- 12:00p.m. Teppan Edo
  • 7/6- 8:30p.m. Via Napoli
  • 7/7- 8:05a.m. Cinderella's Royal Table
  • 7/7- 1:00p.m. Kona Cafe
  • 7/7- 7:50p.m. California Grill
  • 7/8- 7:00a.m.Chef Mickey
  • 7/8- 1:30p.m. LeCellier
  • 7/9- 7:30a.m. Boma
  • 7/9- 11:30a.m. House of Blues(no reservation needed)

If you'd like to see what we might be having to eat at any of these wonderful restaurants, I have links to all of the menu below. Just click on the restaurant name.

I'm sure there is a next step. I am far too tired to know what it is. I'll  be in touch :)


  1. Thanks for giving the links!!!

    What a full schedule, and I am sure this is like the tip of the iceberg!

  2. The links make it easier for me too!(but you are welcome!)
    It will be busy but we relax between ressies. We know what we want to do but we've done it enough to know how to get it done.
    They do look like long days right now though!