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Six Secret Disney Dining Deals

Everyone’s looking to save money and to wring just a little bit more enjoyment out of their Disney dollars. We’re right there with you!

Six Secret Disney Dining Deals

So today, we’re bringing you the details on some of our favorite Disney Dining Deals!

These little-known tricks and tips could save you big on your next Disney World vacation, so let’s get planning!

Prix-Fixe Menus

One of my favorite ways to save a little dough around Disney World is by taking advantage of Prix-Fixe Meals — specialty multi-course menus that let you choose from a variety of the restaurant’s popular dishes for a discounted price.  While you’ll find them here and there in a number of places, lots of Epcot World Showcase restaurants offer them.

For real savings, check out the prix-fixe offering at Les Chefs de France in the France Pavilion.

This beautiful spot is one of my favorite places to dine in all of Disney World anyway, so saving money is a great perk.

Les Chefs de France in Epcot

Les Chefs de France in Epcot

Prix-Fixe Menu at Les Chefs de France -- Click to Enlarge

Prix-Fixe Menu at Les Chefs de France — Click to Enlarge

When you compare the price with the a la carte prices for each item, you can really see the savings!

Appetizers -- Click to Enlarge

Appetizers — Click to Enlarge

Entrees -- Click to Enlarge

Entrees — Click to Enlarge

With desserts set at $8.99, that’s a $7 savings!

Enjoy fan favorites, like Bisque de Homard and the Croque Monsieur. And you have your pick of dessert! We love the Profiteroles here!

Save Room for the Profiteroles!

We Pick Profiteroles!

The savings are a little slimmer at Nine Dragons in the China Pavilion, but you’ll still save a little dough by opting for the special Lunch and Dinner Sets.

Starters -- Click to Enlarge

Starters — Click to Enlarge

Dinner Box Set and Entrees -- Click to Enlarge

Dinner Box Set and Entrees — Click to Enlarge

We enjoyed the offerings on here the last time we visited.

Canton Pepper Beef

Canton Pepper Beef

It can also simplify the ordering process and get you back into the parks faster! After all — time is money when it comes to Disney World, eh?

Follow Your Favorites on Social Media for Deals, Coupons, and Freebies

When it comes to saving money around the ‘World, it pays to follow your favorites on social media.

In an effort to broaden their reach, some restaurants and bars offer specials when you follow them on sites like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. For instance, follow Epcot’s La Cava del Tequila on Twitter, and you can get a Tequila Shot for a special price!

La Cava del Tequila Bar

La Cava del Tequila Bar

Keeping an eye on Facebook can be valuable as well. For instance, if you follow Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney on Facebook and post a pic of you and your friends enjoying your favorite dish, you can get 10% off of your entire bill (excluding alcoholic beverages).

Lobster Boil at Fulton's Crab House

Posting a Picture of Your Lobster Could Save You a Few Clams :-)

We’re all posting pics of our food anyway…what a great way to save!

Find your favorite dining spots on social media and you may be surprised how many deals they post regularly!

Keep an Eye Out for Hidden Gems and Special Experiences

One way to save money is simply to pay attention to good resources (like DFB! :-D). It’s always a good idea to ask your server if there are any unadvertised specials. And here at Disney Food Blog, we pride ourselves on passing along Hidden Gems that we find on our travels!

Some of our favorites are great deals for wine lovers. Have you had the chance to do the World Showcase Wine Walk at Epcot? Explore the wines of France, Italy, and Germany, with the aid of your Wine Walk Passport.

Epcot Wine Walk Passport Side 1

Epcot Wine Walk Passport

At the cost of 6 pours for around $20, it’s a fun way to compare and contrast the wines of different regions.

Germany's Weinkeller

Germany’s Weinkeller

Another great option for exploring interesting wines are the Wine Tastings held at Jiko on Wednesday afternoons.

This beautiful restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is among our favorite spots for their incredible food, but they also boast the largest collection of African wines outside the African continent!

Jiko Wine Tasting

Jiko Wine Tasting

Having the opportunity to learn about them in a laid back atmosphere is always a fun way to spend the afternoon, and the price here is unbelievable for what you get.

Subscribe to Restaurant Newsletters or Discount Cards

Subscribing to Restaurant Newsletters or obtaining Loyalty Cards can also yield deals and savings.

We love heading to the Earl of Sandwich, whether we’re visiting Downtown Disney in Florida or California. And when you sign up to get their online newsletter, you’ll get something even better — a free sandwich on your birthday!

The Full Montague at Earl of Sandwich

The Full Montague at Earl of Sandwich

Levy Restaurants also has a rewards program, and with three different restaurants to choose from at Downtown Disney Orlando — Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe, Portobello, and Fulton’s Crab House — you have lots of places to choose from as you earn points for rewards.

Pizza

Pizza + Rewards at Puck’s

Finally, some of our favorite restaurants in Disney World — found at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts — offer a loyalty program that allows guests to earn points redeemable for coupons and gift cards.

WDW Swan and Dolphin Loyalty Program

WDW Swan and Dolphin Loyalty Program

We head to these spots at least once a year, so it’s a great deal for us!

BBQ Swordfish at blue zoo

BBQ Swordfish at blue zoo

There are lots more where these came from, pick up the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining to see them all! :-)

Consider Tables in Wonderland

If you frequently dine in Walt Disney World, and you especially enjoy table service restaurants, you may want to consider a Tables in Wonderland Membership. The card, which is accepted at nearly every restaurant and lounge at Walt Disney World, provides for 20% off of both food and beverage — including alcohol. Some counter service food courts and counter-service locations accept the card as well.

Duo of Red Snapper and Strip Steak at Flying Fish Cafe

Duo of Red Snapper and Strip Steak at Flying Fish Cafe

In addition, cardholders can take advantage of free valet parking or theme park parking when they dine at a restaurant within that location.

Put Orlando Magical Dining Month on Your Calendar

Each September, VisitOrlando sponsors Orlando Magical Dining Month, a program benefitting a different charity each year. For $30 per person, diners can try out many of Orlando’s best and most expensive dining options, and $1 from each meal will be donated to the charity represented. This is a great way to try some of the more expensive spots around property, like Todd English’s bluezoo and Il Mulino.

Dancing Fish Grill

Preparing Dancing Fish at Todd English’s bluezoo

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the details about this fun event. The 9th Annual Orlando Magical Dining will kick off later this year!

There are definitely deals to be had at Disney. You just need to know where to look! And with a little research, you can put your dollars to work for you in the best way possible the next time you visit!

Ready for all of our Tips?

We’ve given you just a small sampling of the information that you can find about Disney Dining Discounts and Deals highlighted in The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 — and the guide is your ticket to further cost-savings on your Disney eats!

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Be sure to check out The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 for our tips on how to get the biggest bang for your buck on your Disney vacation!

Our tips will help your family find the restaurants that maximize your fun, and keep a few bucks in that wallet! Click here to get your copy of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 E-book — and use code 2014 for an extra $4 discount for a limited time!

What’s your favorite Disney Food Deal? Join in the discussion below with your tips and tricks for saving money when you visit!

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14 Comments

  1. Michelle P says:

    Don’t forget the Landry’s club card for T-Rex and Rainforest Cafe! Not only do you earn points that add up to become discounts – you get the front of the line access. Earlier this month at T-Rex, the walk-up line was over 30 minutes just to get to the first check in booth – with my card (and no reservation), we were seated at a table within 15 minutes of walking up! Also, you get either a free appetizer or a percentage off your total tab!

  2. MeLissa says:

    The Landry’s club card works for Yak &Yeti in AK, too.

  3. AJ says:

    Michelle and Melissa — Yep! The Landry’s club card is mentioned in detail in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining!

  4. Kari says:

    I love my Tables in Wonderland card!

  5. Norma says:

    I definitely recommend Tables in Wonderland. We have a toddler and do not do a lot of expensive meals, but we make back the cost of the card within the first three or four months of having it each year.

  6. George says:

    Buy Wolfgang Puck gift cards from Costco.com (or at the stores). $79.99 for two $50 gift cards translates to $20 off whatever you charge – including tip. Combine the 20% TiW discount if you have that, and that’s a HUGE savings at Wolfgang Puck Grand or upstairs in the Dining Room.

    Speaking of the Dining Room, when’s DFB going to do a review of it? I’ve never read any reviews of it online.

  7. AJ says:

    George — I KNOW! It’s been on my list forever but keeps getting bumped for other things. We’ll get there very soon!

  8. Chris says:

    There are certain restaurants that give you a discount for paying with a Disney Visa card.

  9. Mark says:

    Useful blog. The comments about the 20% Tables in Wonderland discount do ignore the fact that they automatically add an 18% gratuity to the bill. Personally I like the parking benefit the most. Flash the card and your ID and it’s, “Welcome Home”.

  10. Sean says:

    Mark said – Useful blog. The comments about the 20% Tables in Wonderland discount do ignore the fact that they automatically add an 18% gratuity to the bill. Personally I like the parking benefit the most. Flash the card and your ID and it’s, “Welcome Home”.

    Does this make a difference? I think it actually saves money bc my standard is 20%, so I am actually saving more than the 20% discount when that apply this…

  11. Rhiannon says:

    If you are an Open Table member don’t forget to check to see if those reservations are accepted. I always use Open Table to make reservations for Raglan Road and it allows me to earn points for dining back at home.

  12. George says:

    OpenTable certificates can be used at any restaurant that participates in OpenTable’s online reservation system. I usually pool my points and then cash in my certificates to take on vacation with me.

    About the TiW discount: I’d rather tip on a discounted total than on the larger amount. So assuming you’re going to tip 18% anyway, you’re still saving 20% off your bill.

  13. Stefanie says:

    I believe you can show your AAA card at Earl of Sandwich for a discount of 15%.

  14. Bill says:

    An annual pass also gets you a discount at many locations.

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