— offers tremendous insight into dining at Walt Disney World, and I’d like to share one more of the valuable Disney Dining Tips found in the DFB Guide!
Dining on Your Arrival and Departure Days in Disney World
Arrival and Departure days at Disney
can be a lot more tiring than you imagine. For many of us, these are half-days that require creative planning.
Annual passholders can easily hop into a park for a half-day, but if you hold a regular Magic Your Way ticket, you probably want to reserve it for a full days of Disney touring!
We recommend using these half-days to explore the wonderful dining opportunities outside the theme parks.
- Disney Springs has some dynamite new restaurants and the chance to stock up on a few souvenirs in stores like World of Disney.
- Visiting the Boardwalk resort is a fun adventure with dining available on the waterfront or at nearby resorts (Yacht and Beach Club; Swan and Dolphin).
- Inexpensive and hearty food can be found at Trail’s End Restaurant at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. The kids won’t be disappointed if you opt to stay for the campfire with Chip and Dale.
- We love visiting the monorail resorts – Disney’s Polynesian Village, Grand Floridian, and Contemporary Resorts. These are fun options for first and last day dining as you get a glimpse of the Magic Kingdom! Before or after your meal, go ahead and ride the monorail for a full circuit trip!
Best of all, each location that we’ve mentioned offers quick-service and table-service restaurants so you can plan a first-night splurge or a last day budget-friendly diversion.
Arriving Late at Night on Your First Day?
Arriving on a late flight? Midnight eats can be found too. There are three counter-service restaurants open 24 hours a day in Disney World, including the Gasparilla Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort!
Want to know more about your options for first and last day dining in Walt Disney World? We’ve also got great info on how to time your reservations according to your airport arrival or departure schedule. None of us want to book an Advance Dining Reservation only to find out that we need to be at the Disney Magical Express pick-up location half-way through the meal…
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