After booking our Disney trip, our travel agent wanted to work with us right away on booking our Table-Service meals. Disney opens up reservations 180 days before the date that you would actually dine at the restaurant. Since we are about 180 days out it was perfect time to book our meals and we could really select any time or day that we wanted.
Since we did not get park hopper passes, we had to book the restaurant at the park we would be at for that day. The only restaurant that we really want a reservation at and cannot get one is for Be Our Guest at the new Beast Castle in the new Fantasyland. Our travel agent is checking every day to try to secure us this special reservation.
We had a hard time deciding which restaurants to do because some of them counted as TWO Table-Service dining credits... one of them being Cinderella's Royal Table (CRT) which is in Cinderella's Castle. One reason I really wanted to eat here is because its the #1 hot spot to eat at in Disney, there is character dining AND I want to take Autumn to get her hair/nails done at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (BBB) before eating at CRT. Both CRT and BBB are inside the castle so it is really convenient. Since there really isn't anything for the 'boys' to do while we are at the BBB, we had our agent book a time for Nathan to do the Pirate's League at the same time Autumn gets her hair/nails done. So, we'll have a beautiful princess and a handsome pirate at lunch with us at CRT.
Our other reservations for the other days are much simpler...
Boma Buffet - this is one of the many restaurants at the Animal Kingdom Resort, where we are staying... we will probably spend a half day at Animal Kingdom then spend the rest of the day enjoying the animals and pool on the resort and trying out their popular buffet. Its ranked #24 on Trip Advisor for restaurants in Orlando and some of the food is supposed to have an African flair to it. I've seen photos of their dessert spread and it looks pretty amazing, too!
Hollywood & Vine, Fantasmic Package - Our day we are at Universal Studios, we are doing the Fantasmic dinner and show option. Amazingly, its only 1 Table Service credit! What you get is dinner and free reserved tickets to see the Fantasmic nighttime extravaganza--cloned from the original Disneyland version. The show consists of live action, pyrotechnics and water effects as we watch Sorcerer Mickey battle Disney Villains. Our travel agent told us this package sells out really, really fast. so we are so happy we booked it early!
These are the only reservations we will secure since we are there 4 nights and CRT takes 2 credits. If we get a reservation for Be Our Guest at the Beast Castle, we'll pay out of pocket for it. When Brian and I went to Disney last November we did just quick service meals (no reservations) because we booked 1 month ahead and didn't get the dining plan. All the restaurants we checked were booked so we enjoyed the quick service places and they weren't bad.