It’s time to re-visit our Top 5 Quick-Service 2012 Disney Dining Plan* Values! Last year, our choices were great bargains because they offered good portions and quality food — and they were less attractive when paying out-of-pocket!
Since then, prices and options have changed, so it’s time to re-evaluate for 2012!
Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney
Here are some other smart choices:
Spaghetti & Meatballs with tomato-basil-garlic sauce and fresh herbs $16; Oven Roasted Salmon served with fennel, tomatoes, arugula, roasted potatoes and horseradish cream $18; or the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf accompanied by mashed potatoes, port wine sauce and crispy onion rings $15.
Quality and quantity make WPE the place at Downtown Disney to get the best value with your DDP credit!
We’re assuming that Katsura Grill, which opens TODAY at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot, is on the Dining Plan as a counter-service location. If we’re right, it will be a great value for a counter-service credit. (By the way, since it’s replacing the Yakitori House, we’re guessing that it will be on the Dining Plan; but we don’t know yet for sure!)
On the new menu the Sushi Combos, including the California Roll and the Spicy Tuna Roll, top out at $12.99, as does the Tonosama combo, with comes with teriyaki beef, chicken, and salmon. The Teriyaki Salmon is $11.99, while the Curry Chicken Cutlet and the Shogun combo (with teriyaki chicken and beef) both go for $10.99.
I’ll be dining here this weekend, so stay tuned for a full review! In the meantime, our good friend Mike S. ate here during a soft opening this week! Check out this yummy meal!
This cafe in Epcot’s Morocco is always a guest favorite — the food is high-quality, the seating areas are interesting (head out to the front patio and watch the “World” go by!), and we love the variation of Tangierine Cafe!
Here, the great deals include the Shawarma Platters, which are served with Hummus, Tabouleh, a Tangierine Couscous Salad, and fresh bread. The Chicken and Lamb combo is $13.99, chicken alone is $11.99, and lamb alone is $12.99.
The Mediterranean Sliders Combo, which includes lamb, chicken, and falafel pita pockets served with lentils, hummus, and Tabouleh will cost you $14.99 out of pocket!
Fairfax Fare and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Fairfax Fare has a delicious meal of Chicken and Spareribs with baked beans and coleslaw at $14.19. A similar meal can be had at Magic Kingdom’s Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe for the same price (here, you’ll get mashed potatoes and a seasonal veggie on the side)!
Stretch your credits by sharing this meal!
At Cosmic Ray’s and in the mood for a burger? Get the 1/3 lb. Deluxe Angus Pizza Burger for $10.19 and then head to the complimentary toppings bar!
Pepper Market at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
The Pepper Market is a “love it or hate it” type of place, but it really does offer a lot of value for your money when it comes to the Disney Dining Plan.
Over the next month, a buffet meal will be tested during breakfast and lunch hours, making this pick even more interesting.
At dinner, you can still get some great items for one counter-service credit including Steak Ranchero with rice, beans and seasonal vegetables for $13.75, Beef Tips Stroganoff for $13.50, Burrito for $10.50 and Pasta with Sausage at $14.99.
Now, that’s a hearty use of a DDP credit!
Honorable Mention: Flame Tree Barbecue
Outdoor dining, a fantastic view, and the aroma of flame-cooked barbecue! For a great use of your counter-service credit at Flame Tree BBQ, order the 1/2 Slab of St. Louis Ribs served with baked beans and corn muffin for $10.49.
Take your meal down by the water and take advantage of one of the most beautiful seating areas in Walt Disney World!
And don’t forget, also in Animal Kingdom, the Anandapur Local Food Cafes offer an Orange Beef dish for $10.99. We like the Flame Tree seating better, but if Orange Beef is your pick over Barbecue, it’s actually a better dining plan deal price-wise.
Honorable Mention: La Cantina de San Angel
Here at this lago-side Cantina, you’ll pay dearly out-of-pocket for tacos! The Tacos de Carne served with Pico de Gallo and tortilla chips will set you back $11.95. Tacos de Pollo will cost $10.95. And the Empanadas de Queso and tortilla chips is $10.50.
So those are our top choices to get your bang for your Disney Dining Plan counter-service buck in 2012!! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and suggestions!
Now it’s your turn! Where does your family get the best use of your quick-service Disney Dining Plan credits?
*Note that not all restaurants have been finalized for the 2012 Disney Dining Plan — the final list will be released in 2012. However, based on past years, we are relatively sure that all locations mentioned will be available for a counter-service credit next year.