Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eating Plans

     I really really hate to quote Virginia Wolf, but she said it best with, "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." I have a feeling that if she was a Disney Parks fan (and alive) she might have altered that statement to read, "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, tour well, if one has not dined well"
Where am I??

     We love to set goals when touring the parks and this includes eating. We do this for 3 reasons:

1. Planning our trips is a huge part of the experience and creating a game or challenge expands the planning.
2. We like to miss as little as possible. Making a game around it helps us identify everything we could possible be interested in doing.
3. Checking things off our list really satisfies the Disney OCD in us!

More after the jump....

     Being that we are both long time vegetarians, our choices are more limited and therefore we like to try everything we can. Normally when visiting the World, we don't make a required food list because we've pretty much tried everything we can at least once. However, next up is our first Adult and Disney Nerd trip to Disneyland. We don't plan on visiting more than once every couple of years, so we really felt the pressure to identify and eat everything we possibly can. As a result, a proper list was required. Warning: For experienced guests only. This is Varsity Level trip planning and should not be attempted without supervision.

     We started with Disneyland. Using the wonderful "DL Dining" app, we looked through every menu, identified what we could/wanted to eat and their locations. We usually split everything, so we then noted what restaurants only had one option we wanted and grouped certain items together based on their proximity. For example, Harbor Gallery serves Veggie Chili in a Sour Dough Bread Bowl and Hungry Bear serves a Fried Green Tomato Sandwich. Both restaurants are in Critter Country, so we can get both items and share them for lunch.

     Once the data was collected it was transferred to the nifty table below. We carry a printout with us, and check off items as we try them.

 Disneyland Dining Requirements. Look for my horrendous typo. 

   We then repeated this for DCA.

     Although this level of planning seems a bit insane, we highly recommend it for any guests planning a trip. It adds another level of fun to the months prior to your trip and makes sure you don't miss any potentially wonderful dining experiences!!

P.S. We also made 5 Table Service Dining Reservations as noted on the tables above. They mostly don't include the actual food items because the menus change frequently and also tend to be more vegetarian friendly.  For those who are curious these include Blue Bayou, Cafe Orleans, Storytellers Cafe, Big Thunder Ranch BBQ, and Wine Country Trattoria (which we will likely cancel).

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