Grand Launch Sale! DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2016 e-Book is HERE!

We’re celebrating the grand launch of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2016 e-Book! This valuable resource is fully updated for 2016 Disney vacations, and is now available for purchase and download to help you make the most of your dining plans while in Disney World.2016 book cover dfb guide

The fully updated DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2016 e-Book is an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 530 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our favorite subjects — food and dining in Walt Disney World.

It’s guaranteed to help you navigate your way to delicious dining on your next trip! And if you’re ready to get yours now, head on over to DFBStore.com to pick it up!!

For our Grand Launch Sale, use code: HAPPYPLACE to get a $4 discount for a limited time!

We know that when it comes to your Disney trips, planning ahead is practically essential these days. And if you can save time and money in the process — even better!

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DFB Reader Questions Answered: Do Babies Count When It Comes to Automatic Gratuity?

Edited: Friday, January 22, 2016

We are back with another great question from the DFB Inbox! And we figured if one of you asked, then many of you probably wonder the same thing. :-)

Today, our reader asks:

My family and I are planning to dine at many Disney table service restaurants on our next visit. We are a party of six, but there’s an infant who won’t be eating in our group. Will gratuity be automatically added to our bill?

As many of you know, Disney automatically adds a gratuity of 18% for parties of 6 or more when you dine at a table service location. (This also includes buffet-style restaurants.) But what happens if you have an infant or toddler who won’t be eating?

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Dining with a Toddler at ‘Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast? Know Before You Go!

According to several calls to WDW-DINE, the headcount of “six or more” technically refers to guests who are over the age of three; but based on the comments we received below, we called a few more times. We were told that the policy states “six or more” and that it is left up the restaurant’s discretion whether or not they will charge. We were told that restaurants will rarely charge the gratuity if the sixth person is under the age of 3, but as you can see from the comments, it DOES happen. Thanks to our commenters for sharing their experiences!

Not counting toward the total number for gratuity is consistent with other areas at Disney. For instance, infants and toddlers are admitted to the Parks when they’re under the age of three for free. And the under-three set can share off of your plate at buffets and all-you-care-to-enjoy restaurants for free as well.

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Share Some Mickey Waffles with the Little One You Love

Keep in mind, however, that if you’re using the Tables in Wonderland discount card, gratuity is automatically added to the bill, regardless of the size of your party. Also, if you are in a situation where the gratuity is added automatically, you can always increase the amount if you’d like.

Now we’d love to hear from you! Do you agree with the automatic gratuity assessment? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

News! Get a FREE Meal Each Day With This New Disney World Offer

Today, we’re hearing news of a brand new offer available when you book a stay at Walt Disney Value Resorts. Called the 2016 Disney Summer Quick Service Meal Plan, this new plan is an abbreviated version of the Quick Service Disney Dining Plan. It entitles each guest of your party to one FREE quick service meal per day of stay.

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Is Breakfast at Be Our Guest on YOUR List?

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Guest Review: Allergy Friendly Dining at Walt Disney World

Join us in welcoming guest author Jennifer Harris with an informative review of allergy friendly dining at Walt Disney World. Are you on a special diet? Read on!

Oh Disney, how I love your allergen-friendly ways. Dining at Disney is half the fun for those with food intolerance/allergy while visiting its theme parks. From the very first meal, it is apparent their talented team of chefs has got your back and then some. With table and quick service, buffet, and fine dining options, the attention paid to preparing allergen-free cuisine is exemplary. The sky is the limit at Disney because serving their guests is top priority.

Preparation tables are sanitized, gloves are changed, and one chef handles the order from start to finish to ensure there is no cross contact. Disney can currently prepare meals for those allergic/intolerant to: wheat, gluten, peanuts and tree nuts, soy, eggs, corn, dairy and lactose, shellfish, and fish.

Gluten Free Mickey Waffles

Gluten Free Mickey Waffles

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Disney Dining Tip: Look Before You Buy

Sometimes, friends, it’s best to look before you buy…

Case in point: I’ve always enjoyed spying this charming snack cart hosted by Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion whenever it comes out (sometimes it’s tucked away in less busy seasons). It’s affectionately known as the “Donkey Cart,” ‘cuz… well, DONKEY!

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Stand in Epcot’s Italy

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Guest Review: Disneyland’s Pasta in the Park for Avengers Half Marathon Weekend

Welcome DFB Reader Megan Figuly today with a guest review of Pasta in the Park at Disneyland!

On Friday, Nov. 13 I attended the Pasta in the Park Party for the Avengers Half Marathon weekend. The event was held at Big Thunder Ranch in the Disneyland Park.

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Big Thunder Ranch

Atmosphere

Beginning at 7 p.m., guests with pre-purchased tickets were allowed in. The area was tented and had long rows of tables set
up. A DJ played music and asked Avengers trivia questions. In the back were two lines for character meet and greets: in one line was Hawkeye and Black Widow; in the other — Thor and Captain America.

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Last Minute Sale: Save 35% on Gifts for your Favorite Disney Fan

We are winding down prep time. Christmas is just a few short days away! And if you still have shopping to do, we want to help you finish up that list — especially when it comes to friends and family who love Disney + Food!

Today, we are offering not one, but TWO special sales designed just for you Last Minute Shoppers! (Don’t worry…I’m right there with ya!) Take a look at these — you’re not gonna wanna miss them!

Take 35% Off of ALL DFB Gift Certificates!

Today, we’ve got the perfect last minute stocking stuffer — 35% off of ALL of our DFB Guide Gift Certificates! Just use code LASTMINUTE at check out!

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With the purchase of a gift certificate, your friend or loved one will receive special codes to easily redeem all of the included DFB Guide e-Books — and they can start their Disney World trip planning immediately! (And no one will know that you saved money while doing it. ;-D ) [Read more…]

DFB 12 Days of Christmas: 35% Off of EVERYTHING in the DFB Store!

Christmas is almost here! And today, we’re offering you one last great DFB Store deal, as we wrap up our celebration of the DFB 12 Days of Christmas!

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It’s the final push to Christmas, and we are still working on getting everything done. I bet you are too! So we are here to help you take care of that last minute shopping list — without killing yourself at overcrowded stores. If you have a Disney Fan to buy for, or you’re just looking for a great deal, then check out today’s offer as we wrap up this special celebration of savings! [Read more…]

DFB 12 Days of Christmas: Day 10 — 30% Off DFB Guide Certificates!

It’s time for another great deal to celebrate the tenth day in our DFB 12 Days of Christmas! And today, it’s all about making your gift giving and stocking stuffing super easy!

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We know that you have a long to-do list, with shopping to do and activities to attend. So why not knock out some of your shopping the easiest way imaginable? Yep, we’re talking gift certificates! [Read more…]

DFB 12 Days of Christmas: Day 8 — Get Every DFB Guidebook for 50% Off Cover Prices!

We are inching closer to the big day as we continue to celebrate our DFB 12 Days of DFB Christmas!

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As we continue our preparations here, I have a confession to make: I’m dreaming of a visit to Disney. :-) So it’s time to announce our next DFB Guide deal in honor of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

…and offer you extra savings on one of our most popular Bundles! [Read more…]