Top Counter Service Restaurants….By Park

Everyone needs to eat when they are at Disney.  Sometimes, you just don’t have enough time to sit down and have a full table-service meal.  That is where the counter/quick service dining options come in handy.  You can go in…grab a quick bite and then head back into the parks.  But what are the best counter-service restaurants to dine at.  Well, there are lots of them.  I’ll sift through them and bring you, in my opinion, the best counter service restaurant in each park.

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2015 City of Ottawa Bonspiel

It is very rare that I write about something other than Disney. today is one of those times.  During the long upstate NY winters, I spend my free time curling (like the Olympic sport).  It keeps me active while all the golf courses are covered in snow.  Since I began curling in 2002, I’ve got pretty good by club standards and travel to several bonspiels (tournament) a year.  One of the bonspiels, I go to is the City of Ottawa bonspiel which a large event featuring mainly teams from Canada.  This year, there were 112 teams in the open division and only three teams from the United States.  Canada is the world leader in curling so the competition is the best that my team will face all season.

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Wild about Wilderness Lodge

Nestled in the corner of Bay Lake lies one of Walt Disney World best resort properties…Wilderness Lodge.  With it’s Pacific Northwest theme, it is also one of the best resorts to stay at or visit especially during Christmas time.  It is warm, welcoming, and feels very open.

Wilderness Lodge Lobby #3

The ceiling in the lobby is very high and there is plenty of seating for guests to just sit and relax while waiting for the rest of their party.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad…A Review

Most people going to Magic Kingdom focus on one of two mountains…Splash Mountain and Space Mountain.  I’m focusing, today, on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  Tucked away in the back corner of Frontierland, it gains a lot of foot traffic due to its proximity to Splash Mountain.  It doesn’t have the indoor roller coaster allure of Space Mountain in Tomorrowland.  But, it is still worthy of a ride or two during your Disney stay.

Like most “thrill rides” at Walt Disney World, it is tame enough that all members of the family can enjoy the attraction.  My family isn’t one of those families but it is still an attraction that I enjoy with my daughter.

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Disney Dining Plan, Tables in Wonderland, or Out of Pocket

Today, we are going to look at one of the most difficult questions to answer about someone’s Walt Disney World vacation.  Do I get the Disney Dining Plan, purchase a Tables in Wonderland card, or do I just pay out-of-pocket.  The first thing we need to do is give a basic description of what each type of payment is.

Disney Dining Plan

The Disney Dining Plan is basically Disney’s “pre-paid” dining plan.  It allows guests to pay for their food up front as part of their vacation package.  For 2015, the Plus Dining Plan costs $60.04 per adult per night of stay and $19.23 per child (ages 3-9) per night of stay.  This package gives the guest 1 snack credit, 1 quick service credit, and 1 table service credit for each night of their stay.  The plan also gives each guest a refillable mug for use during their vacation.  A meal is considered an entree and non-alcoholic beverage for breakfast.  Lunch/dinner meals are considered an entree, a dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage while buffets offer the full buffet and a non-alcoholic beverage.

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