First up is our lunch at Garden Grill Restaurant. It's located in The Land building towards the front of the park. This is what the lobby of the building looks like, when you first enter. (Click on any pic for a larger view) Garden Grill is on the main level (2nd floor) straight ahead.
Here's a closer view of the front of the restaurant:
You really need a reservation for any of the table service or character meals at Walt Disney World. I made our reservations back in June for this trip! We saw many disappointed people during our trip who tried to walk up and get in at restaurants. So make sure to plan your trip well in advance, then you can start making dining reservations 180 days from your trip date.
We checked in a few minutes early, and were given a pager. This lovely Christmas tree was in the waiting area and was so pretty to look at!
We were on the free dining plan, so we paid nothing for lunch, except for our tip. But this is what it would have cost if we'd had to pay out of pocket.
If you can book a trip and get the free dining plan- DO it!! We had 6 table service meals, 6 quick service meals, and 6 snacks each - for free. Totally worth it!! All you will pay is your tips! Actually, now that I think about it, we did pay a little for our plan, because we switched from the Coronado resort to Pop Century, and just upgraded the dining plan. It was a very nominal fee, though.
My travel agent was Jo Vagos with The Magic For Less. We paid a $200 deposit back in April, and paid a little on our trip each month. The balance for our trip was due one month before travel. I really suggest going this route and being able to save for your vacation throughout the year. Please be sure to tell Jo that Aimee Ransom referred you if you use her!
Jo Vagos ~ Travel Specialist