My biggest Disney Regrets of 2019
The new year always brings us to reflect on the past and make plans for the coming year. Do you ever make great plans only to realize they were not that great? Or found yourself underwhelmed by your plans? Whelp. Me too. Here is the list of my biggest Disney regrets of 2019. Maybe my mistakes may help you avoid one of your own in 2020.
- Akerhus -Royal Banquet Hall
This restaurant is character dining. Princess character dining. Mistake number one, research your dining options. As a reminder, I have two sons. My two sons were furious that they were subjected to eating in a princess dining hall. ( enjoy the attached gallery of me with every princess in the restaurant) The menu had no prices. Mistake number 2. Dinner consisted of an appetizer buffet and an individual dinner. The buffet was just ok, however, my dinner was delicious. It also came with a variety of desserts to try at the end of your meal. It was so expensive my husband left the receipt on the table” so he would never have to look at it again”. My son’s Mac and Cheese was $36. Thirty-Six Dollars.
2. Tusker House
OK, unpopular opinion time. This is a wildly popular buffet, character dining in the Animal Kingdom ( see what I did there). Here you will meet Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy in their super cute safari gear. We ate here for lunch. I just never feel like we get our money worth from a buffet. We also waited a LONG time to meet all the characters and actually had to ask them to come to our table. We had somehow missed a few characters. Pro tip: don’t be afraid to alert the wait staff if you haven’t seen a character. The Character dining is expensive and what you are paying for is character time. Just remember to be nice! However, others love this spot so read Nicole’s post on what they love this restaurant.
3. Not Renewing our Tables in Wonderland Card Sooner
Tables in Wonderland is a card that can be purchased at any customer service location, or over the phone. For around $125-150 it provides you with 20% off at most sit down restaurants around Disney property including alcohol. Having this card would have made the price at regret #1 slightly more bearable.
4. Not being brand loyal
Hear me out here. Yes, I am loyal to Disney in a way, but there is no incentive for being so. We are in the throws of planning a trip to Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii. Traveling with a family of four is not cheap. So we have been kicking ourselves for not sticking with a brand sooner. We have used Hotels.com in the past. Now we are trying to rack up all the Southwest and Hilton points possible for our big summer adventure. I wish we would have been more focused on our efforts even if we don’t travel enough to make elite status.
Do you have any travel planning or Disney regrets? Check out what I am planning to do right in 2020?
$36 for a Mac and Cheese, I mean wow…
I was a little shocked… live and learn!
Don’t regret the $36 Mac and Cheese – it probably wasn’t too bad plus you learned an (expensive) lesson, which may save you money in the long run.
Yes! I love the positive thinking here!
Thanks for sharing this! I for one would have loved to see the Disney Princesses…lol 🙂 I rarely go to Disney Resorts. the last time I went to Disneyland was in 2000, the first and only time I went to Disney World was in 2003. Time to go back!
If princesses are what you are after it might be the spot for you!
So true. As we live and travel more, we keep learning. Each experience is a lesson. Thanks for sharing. Would keep in mind when we visit.
I think it is important to share the good and the bad!
Ntensibe Edgar Michael
36 dollars for Mac and cheese???? That’s extortion!!!!! Somebody better call the FBI….thanks for warning me about this whole thing of having menus that don’t have prices on them. Nobody should be kept in that suspense.
Ha ha ! File that under we should have known better 🤷🏻♀️
Thanks for this. We head back in September and I have decided not to do princess dining again. My biggest regret from last year was missing out on trying The grey stuff so that’s first on the list this year.
The grey stuff is delicious… don’t believe me….
I love your honesty! It’s hard to find people that say how they really feel when it comes to these types of experiences. This will help me when we plan our next trip!
Thanks for reading! Glad it helped!
We went to Disney with the kids for the first time this year and I regret not going to the Toy Story section. Our kids would’ve loved the experience, but my husband and I just wanted to get home already.
Hopefully you will be able to go back and you will have something new to look forward to!
Joy Della Vita
Every day I learn so many new things about Disney thanks to you, you are my favorite Disney blogger! <3 Thanks for all your work, highly appreciated!
Thank you so much!!! Thanks for reading and your support!
You are saving so many headaches!! I for one will make sure to reserve that princess dining hall for me and my daughters! So cute!
It is a great place to see them all!
well there is always next year! looks like you had a lot of fun though 🙂
Thanks for sharing and the tips! I had no idea of the Tables in Wonderland Card, looks like a great deal!
Eileen M Loya
Thanks for sharing your experience (regrets). I will keep these in mind so as not to make similar mistakes in the future. I can’t believe ordering Mac and Cheese would cost that much!
Please don’t do what I did!!!
Wow thanks for your honest insight on dining at Disney. I am sure it is uber expensive so glad you said to speak up if you didnt see a character. I think there would be no way I could pay $36 for Mac and Cheese.
Lesson learned… check the prices before
Woah… $36?! Even if it was the greatest Mac and cheese ever,,, don’t think I’d spend that much!
It was unfortunate for sure.
Hi! Great article and I couldn’t agree more with you about Tusker House! When we dined there a cpl years ago, it was terrible; service was subpar for Disney, character interactions were harried and some missed us completely! We were so disappointed! This year we were able to score free dining in September and upgraded to DDP. We are very much looking forward to Akershus (maybe my mom and I more so than my husband and son lol) and especially avoiding that $36 Mac n cheese since we have the dining plan!
Thanks for your great articles!
Yes!!! Free dining will make Akerhus a good choice!!!
The meals at Akershus are a set price, no matter what you order- that Mac and cheese was just the price of a child’s dinner. It’s also all you care to enjoy, so you could order more than one dish if you really wanted to. The breakfast buffet is definitely a better bargain though.
Good points. $36 is a lot for a child’s meal in my opinion.