HOLIDAY Tips from the DFB Guide: Where to Dine When You Don’t Have a Reservation in Walt Disney World

It’s a pretty common occurrence. You’re in the middle of your Walt Disney World vacation, it’s the holiday season, and you’d love to enjoy a table service meal.

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But there’s only one problem: you don’t have an advance dining reservation (ADR).

Maybe your plans changed, or the weather did. Or it could just be that you planned to grab counter service, but now you’re rethinking that move. Whatever the situation, you might think that all hope is lost. There’s no way you’re getting into any Disney table service restaurant that you didn’t book 180 days out. Right?

You might be surprised to learn that I book a lot of tables just days before I head to Walt Disney World. And it’s not all that rare for me to change things up at the last minute — even during the busiest times of the year!

How do I do it? Flexibility helps a LOT. But if that’s not an option, what you need are some tried and true spots where you can probably score a table with very short notice, or even as a walk up.

Here are our suggestions for Where to Dine When You Don’t Have a Reservation in Walt Disney World. And if you love what you see here, be sure to check out the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for tons of great tips!

The Wave…of American Flavors

One of my favorite resort dining spots is The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Bonus: it’s within walking distance (or monorail ride) of Magic Kingdom!

The Wave offers a hearty start to your day. Enjoy an a la carte breakfast of some of the restaurant’s specialties, like Sweet Potato Pancakes.

Sweet Potato Pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup

Sweet Potato Pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup

And if you can’t make up your mind between sweet and savory, you can opt for the Buffet. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Jungle Juice Slushy at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Looking for a seriously refreshing drink in Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Look no further than the Jungle Juice Slushy at Mahindi! It’s the next delicious stop on the DFB YouTube Channel train!

Frozen Jungle Juice at Animal Kingdom's Harambe Popcorn

Frozen Jungle Juice at Animal Kingdom’s Mahindi Kiosk

Jungle Juice (aka Lilikoi Juice at the Polynesian, aka POG Juice at other spots) has long been a breakfast favorite of mine. And I was over-the-moon excited when I first found it in slushy form a while back at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s the perfect refreshing treat as you’re taking in the exotic sights, sounds, and flavors of this special park.
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New DFB Video: Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom

We’re so excited to share with you a trip to Main Street Confectionery in Magic Kingdom! It’s our next adventure that we’re bringing to you, via our new DFB YouTube Channel!

Main Street Confectionery

Main Street Confectionery

Main Street Confectionery is your one stop shopping spot for all things sweetly Disney when you’re in Walt Disney World! And with its location right on Main Street, it couldn’t be more convenient when the craving for a Caramel Apple or Cotton Candy Strikes!
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NEWS! Alcohol Will Be Served at Four More Magic Kingdom Restaurants Starting Next Week

According to the Orlando Sentinel, four more Magic Kingdom restaurants will begin serving wine and beer starting December 23, 2016.

Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

Starting next week, guests dining at Tony’s Town Square, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Skipper Canteen, and Liberty Tree Tavern will be able to indulge while dining. [Read more…]

2016 Disney World Resort Gingerbread Displays

A wonderful holiday tradition has returned to select Disney World Resorts. It’s time to feast your eyes on the larger-than-life Gingerbread Displays. Let’s take a tour, it’s Gingerbread time!!

Beach Club

Every year, I look forward to seeing the Gingerbread Carousel found at the Beach Club Resort right next to Disney World’s Epcot. Stop by to see the new horses making their way around the Merry-Go-Round!

Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club

Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club

The horses this year were crafted in dark chocolate. [Read more…]

DFB Video Review: Plaza Ice Cream Parlor in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Who’s ready for some ICE CREAM???!!

Here at DFB, we live in a perpetual state of ice cream readiness. And nothing beats a visit to one of our favorite spots — Plaza Ice Cream Parlor in Magic Kingdom. In fact, we’re heading there today in our latest DFB Video!

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

While we enjoy all of the variety when it comes to ice cream in Walt Disney World, there are a few treats that we especially crave every time we’re at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. Who can resist a Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich drizzled with toppings!?! And their hand-scooped sundaes are classic.

We just love bringing you along on our DFB food travels as we explore all the culinary magic that Disney has to offer! And if you think that sounds like a good time too, please be sure to subscribe to our new DFB YouTube Channel!

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Now, I wanna hear from you! What’s your favorite treat at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor? Leave a comment and let us know in comments!

Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving and Christmas in Walt Disney World

Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas in Walt Disney World?

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Lucky you! What a fun way to spend the holiday season — with so much to be thankful for in such a cool place!

As you can imagine, the crowds tend to swell at Disney during holiday weeks like Thanksgiving and Christmas as lots of Disney fans choose to celebrate their holiday there. And Disney answers the call with tons of Thanksgiving spirit throughout many of their restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional meal, a gourmet twist on familiar favorites, or something that’s a complete departure from established customs, you’ll find lots of options for celebrating these special food days. Let’s check out a few of our favorites.

The Traditional: Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom

We all know it’s true. When you’re craving Thanksgiving dinner at Disney, there’s one spot you can always count on to deliver: Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

And we’re not just talking about on Thanksgiving Day, or merely around Thanksgiving. You’ll find the traditional feast on the lunch and dinner menu, every day of the year. [Read more…]

New DFB Video Review: Ample Hills Creamery in Disney World

Let’s head over to Ample Hills Creamery on the Disney World Boardwalk for our next DFB Video!

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This new location on the Boardwalk offers house-made ice cream, sundaes, unique cones, ice cream flights, floats, and more! You can see our original Ample Hills review here!

But if you want to see the place in action, check out our latest DFB video review. Check out one of our favorite concoctions: an Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Sundae!

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Spotted: Musical Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookie Tin That’s Awesome

So, we showed you a little something special during our most recent tour around Disney World

Musical Tree Tin with Shortbread Rounds

Musical Tree Tin with Shortbread Rounds

…and it’s taken the DFB team by storm!! Two of our team members have made it a priority to purchase this one!

Our Disneyland Correspondent, Heather Sievers, spotted it…and totally bought it…in Disneyland, recently! I know it LOOKS like it’s a simple tree tin featuring pictures of the new Storybook Plush Character Ornaments that can be found at Disney merchandise spots at the moment. BUT! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

Hello from Walt Disney World!

Today, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite restaurants around the World, as we share with you our suggestions for the Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers. It’s the latest Disney Food Blog video that you’ll find on our brand new DFB YouTube Video Channel!

Best Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

Are you headed to Walt Disney World for the very first time, or are you a veteran of the Parks and Resorts? Tune in to see if you agree with our picks for First Timers. [Read more…]