Disney World Trip Countdown: 20 Days

As I count down the 20 days remaining until my family’s Disney World trip, I am I walking through the agenda step by step.  Once the trip is done, we’ll see how well the plan was executed.  Because there’s no way everything goes according to plan.  It never does. 

When we left off, we bounced back and forth between the headline attractions in Tomorrowland and Adventureland.  By this point, it should be just about time for our afternoon break. 

I will be looking to get an early start on our break today for two reasons.  One this is expected to be one of the bigger crowds we face during our trip.  One of the reasons for taking the break is to avoid the heavy crowds in the afternoon.  Two, we have a very busy evening planned.

When it comes to lunch, we’ll be looking at our counter service options. Honestly, the counter service options in the Magic Kingdom don’t thrill me.  So if we like the Landscape of Flavors food court back at Art of Animation, we may just have lunch back there.  But for the purposes of this article, I’ll assume we’re having lunch in the park.

The one rule we have about counter service in the Magic Kingdom is that we are never to return to Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland.  The place is a madhouse.  We have eaten there twice and getting a table has been a hassle both times.  I appreciate that they have a wide array of offerings, but having to stand in line at multiple “bays” is extremely frustrating.  The entire set-up is a headache, especially with small children.

We’re not big hot dog fans, so Casey’s is out.  In theory, we already ate at Pinocchio Village Haus on our previous MK day.  I would like to try Columbia Harbor House as I have heard good things, but Mindy and the girls dislike sea food which rules out a big portion of their menu.

There’s a chance that the Be Our Guest Restaurant will be open for a counter-service lunch in the new Fantasyland.  If that’s the case, I would be interested to try it out even though I must admit the French menu may be a little ambitious for my picky eaters.  It is the one part of the Fantasyland Expansion that we might skip even if it is open.

(If you are wondering what the picture at the top of the article is, it’s the exterior of the new restaurant.)

That leaves us with Pecos Bills Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Frontierland.  Frontireland is nearby Adventureland, so Pecos Bills should be relatively convenient.  It really comes down to whether or not we’re in the mood for burgers.  Because Pecos Bills has a pretty limited menu.

On the upside, they have a very generous fixin’s bar to doctor up your burger however you like.  And they do offer a few alternatives like a pulled pork sandwich, taco salad and a chicken wrap.  But once again, it comes down to the kids’ menu.  If Josie doesn’t want a burger, odds are we’ll go somewhere else. 

One way or another, we’ll head back to the hotel.  There’s a pretty good likelihood we’ll have lunch back at Art of Animation.  Then we’ll relax and recharge our batteries.  Because when we get back to the Magic Kingdom, we have a jam-packed evening in store for us.

Next up, princess make-overs at the Bippity Boppity Boutique.

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Posted on October 12, 2012, in Magic Kingdom, theme parks, Walt Disney World and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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