Hi liners! I need some help! My family of 5 (4 Disney adults and 1 child) are going to WDW late August 25th-Sept 1st. We got a great deal with Darcy of MVT for Poly and we’ll be celebrating my daughter’s graduation from high school. We learned from our November celebratory trip that we would rather have time in parks for rides than too much time spent at TS (particularly at MK) but I know my family (and myself) if we don’t sit and eat and rest we (ok mainly my youngest and I) get hangry. Also, now that we’re going in late summer I’m really wanting to take a midday break to avoid scrambling to find a sheltered QS table at lunch and also to get out of probable afternoon rain showers.
I’ve been researching weather forecasts and it looks like pop up thunderstorms occur anytime between 2-6pm. Those that have been there during this time do you think that’s pretty accurate? My first question for those of you with experience during this time- when is the best time for a TS meal in this heat? My thoughts are given the August heat and storms and us paying OOP a late lunch (anywhere between 1:30-3:30pm) would get us a reserved table in AC and out of possible storms for a bit. We would be refreshed and able to score additional afternoon FPPs and continue until closing. I would love some advice!
Secondly, since we are paying OOP these are our dining plans so far based on my touring plan:
8/25 arrival day We are most likely going to arrive from GA between 12-2pm so two possible opts- 'Ohana room service where we share twilight feasts or Trail’s End Buffet ( I figure I can make an ADR but I don’t think this is a really hard one to get since it’s out of the way-thoughts?)
8/26 MK day QS for lunch and dinner (thinking CHH-lunch & Sleepy Hollow or Casey’s for dinner-bc I want to try the waffle sandwich) how hard is it to find seating in the evening?
8/27 Epcot Rose & Crown for late lunch and a QS somewhere in the evening (Les Halles or Sunsine)
8/28 MK (TP shows MNSSHP and not buying tickets) Liberty Tree for 1:30-2:30pm lunch and then 1 QS dinner in park or around one of the monorail resorts
8/29 HS for RD and Epcot last half of day- I don’t know if I should make an ADR at Beaches & Cream (if I can get an ADR) or 50’s (although can I ask them not to “play” bc I dont like to be yelled at while I’m eating but WDW prep said it’s a great value OOP bc you can split meals and the food is good) or should we do Via Napoli in Epcot (I think I’m the only one who semi-liked it out of my family so I feel bad about doing this one again). What restaurant would you guys recommend? Dinner this day would be QS in Epcot.
8/30 AK day Yak & Yeti TS for lunch (I plan on getting a Landry’s card for this) and FTBBQ or Sautuli QS
8/31 MK (assuming MNSSHP we are not buying tickets) CRT for late lunch 1-3pm and QS at resort.
Do you guys see any restaurants that maybe are not a great value or that I should switch around? ADR’s start 6am tomorrow but I can’t seem to leave these alone. It’s so hard without Hard ticket events and hours being posted yet. But I’m thinking none of these but CRT is truly hard to get unless free dining gets released in April. TIA for any advice/tips!