Disney Dining: How To create magical, memorable meals at WDW

Dining can be magically affordable with planning, thought and watching for coupons and deals before you book your travel dates!


DENVER, January 21, 2015 —  A trip to Walt Disney World is one of the most amazing vacations you can experience. In true Disney style, even the dining experiences are magical as Disney spares no expense in creating dining experiences to meet the youngest diners entertainment expectations of fun to the elegant evening out that makes a family vacation special for mom and dad..

Not just a meal, but an experience filled with amazing themes, food, service and the occasional visit from Pluto, Mickey, Minnie or any of the other Disney characters, from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave.

Disney dining has an international flair designed to please you. From American to African cuisine. the chefs of Walt Disney World do it all. There are so many choices that choosing which restaurants you want to eat at can be overwhelming.

Following is a simple list of Disney Dining do’s and don’ts as well as a list of Disney dining favorites:

  • DO: Book your dining reservations as soon as possible. Many restaurants fill up very early and are near impossible to get into without a reservation. Disney allows you to make your reservations 180 days in advance.
  • DO: Take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan. If you have not heard of the dining plans it is a package you can purchase that gives you a number of meal credits per day. The regular Disney Dining Plan allows you one snack, one quick service meal and one table service meal.
    The Deluxe, premium or platinum dining plans offer three table service meals per day plus many more amenities, but are time consuming and may take away from park time.
  • DO: Ask for help! When on the Dining Plan, don’t be afraid to tell your server that you’re new to the dining plan and would like some guidance. They are there to help and not mislead you in any way!
  • DO: Try and book your stay during a time Disney is offering the free dining plan with your package. The dining plan makes the whole trip more magical especially if it’s included in your stay.
  • DO”: Watch social media and coupon sites, as well as sign up for WDW promotional emails, well in advance of booking so that you are aware of the “deals.”  You can also call WDW and ask to speak to a vacation specialist and ask when promotions are forthcoming.  Don’t get a great response, call again tomorrow.
  • DO: Start your day with a hearty, and nutritious “in room” breakfast, that features lots of water, whole juices or fruits and protein bars so that you, and a little ones, have plenty of energy for a day at the park. Then book a late “breakfast” that will carry you through lunch, a late afternoon snack then post park dinner.
  • DO: Book at least one character meal. There are several character meals around the Disney parks and resorts and they are all fantastic. Make sure to check which characters are featured at each restaurant because it may not have the characters you want and you don’t want to disappoint a diner that simple must meet Dora, Winnie or The Chipmunks.
  • DO: Check out the restaurants that are not on the Theme Park properties.  From Downtown Disney to the Boardwalks to restaurants in the resorts around the parks, you can find dining experiences. Some of these destinations can be great for evening, after park dining as there are spaces for children to run and play before and after dinner.
  • DON’T: Pass on the table service meals. The sit down restaurants at Disney are all a part of the magic and you don’t want to miss the.
  • DON’T: Try and cram several table service meals into one day. The food is delicious and there is always a lot of it. The reservation from start to finish always takes a little bit longer too and you don’t want to cut your days in the parks short.
  • DON’T: Forget to tip! The Disney Dining Plan used to cover gratuity however that has recently changed, so don’t forget to tip your server.
  • DON’T: Miss a dinner show. Disney has three dinner shows that count as two table service meals but they are all worth it. Each experience is around three hours long and includes an amazing meal and unbelievable entertainment.
  • DON”T: Load up on sugary drinks and carbohydrates in the park.  Stick to “healthy snacks” and lunches that include fruits, salads and proteins.  No one likes the feeling of a carbohydrate sugar crash!
  • DON’T: Forget at any Disney restaurant, you can ask for a to-go glass of ice-water – even if you have not eaten there.

2015Dining Plans at WDW

Everybody has different tastes but these are all sure to wow you in one way or another. Here are some Disney favorites:

Best character meal: Chef Mickey’s

Best breakfast meal: Kona Café

Best buffest: Crystal Palace

Best Theme: Sci-Fi Dine In Theater

Best Dinner show: Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

Best Fine Dining: Hollywood Brown Derby

Best Lunch: Yak & Yeti

Best Quick Service: Be Our Guest Lunch option

Best Downtown Disney Restaurant: Wolfgang Puck Express

Honorable Mentions: ‘Ohana, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Coral Reef, San Angel Inn, Liberty Tree Tavern, T-rex Café, 50’s Prime Time Café

Walt Disney World is full of exciting experiences and the dining is no different. No matter where you decide to dine, Disney chefs are sure to tantalize your taste buds. The restaurants will delight all your senses from incredible themes to delicious food.

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