Monthly Archives: December 2014

Dining Well at Disney

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Beauty and the Beast:

It was 8:30 p.m., and we had hopped two monorails to get to Epcot after arriving just a few hours earlier at The Contemporary Hotel in the Magic Kingdom. We were late for our reservation at the Biergarten in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion, and people were packing themselves in like beached sardines around the edge of the World Showcase Lagoon to get a good spot for IllumiNations, a jaw-dropping extravaganza of lights and fireworks that takes place on the lagoon most evenings at 9:00.

Our situation that evening epitomized the yin and yang of visiting WDW: the phenomenal beauty and spectacle of what Disney has to offer, contrasted with the beastliness of grappling with the incredible logistics coordination while all the while maintaining boatloads of patience and unlimited reserves of energy in order to make the trip work.

So, to ensure that our family did not spend four and a half days existing primarily on burgers, cold chicken wraps and mouse-shaped ice cream on a stick, several weeks before our trip, I reserved three “sit-down” meals through the Dining page of the official Walt Disney World website.

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