Tips from the DFB Guide: Disney Character Meal Pros and Cons

We are back with some of our very best kept Disney Dining Secrets. And we want to share them with you!

2017 DFB Guide to WDW Dining Cover March 6 Planning what you’re going to eat and drink at Walt Disney World is no small undertaking. To begin, there are tons of choices. But what if you could make your meal a real multitasker? Say, you could enjoy some terrific eats, and get that shiny new autograph book filled with the names of all of your Disney favorites? Yep, we’re talking Character Meals.

You may think that the character meal experience isn’t for you. But we invite you to take a closer look at these special meals and see for yourself if a Character meal could be right for you.

And if you like what you see here, be sure to check out the brand new, just released 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, Second Edition, where we talk character meals and LOTS more! And for a limited time, you can get it for 20% off with code SAVE2017 at checkout! Here we go!

Are Character Meals One-Size-Fits-All? Why Should I Book One?

You may think that if you’re an adult, single, or have older kids, there’s really no reason to engage in that Disney Rite of Passage, the Character Meal. But we think there’s a place for everyone at the character table, and here’s why.

Eating a big breakfast will fill you up -- and cost less than dining big later in the day!

Safari Mickey

It’s Cool In There, People. I’m not talking, like, rad. I mean literally, it’s cool. Like, air-conditioned. And in our opinion, waiting for characters with the a/c cranked up while noshing on delicious food WAY beats standing out in the hot sun any day. [Read more…]

DFB Video: Must-Try Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo in Disney World!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! Are you planning to indulge in some serious queso-guac-margarita goodness today?!

As for us, we know where we’re heading to celebrate: La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion! And you’re welcome to come along in our latest DFB Video: Cinco Margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

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It’s Margarita Time!

La Cava del Tequila, with its stellar selection of tequila and mezcal (and even sotol!), is one of the best places anywhere ever to go for margaritas, or even flights. We’ve enjoyed our fair share of their handcrafted drinks.

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Avoid Making These Five BIG Disney Dining Mistakes

The World of Disney Food is BIG. Planning a Disney vacation is serious business, and a big part of that is where, when, and what you’re going to eat. And there are a few Disney dining mistakes you should take care to avoid.

Homecomin' Fried Chicken

Homecomin’ Fried Chicken

Making assumptions, or failing to properly plan for your meals and snacks when you visit Walt Disney World, can make for a less than magical experience. But there’s good news! We know a thing or two about dining in Disney ;-) and we are ready to share what NOT to do!

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Book

If you only take one piece of advice from this list, make it this one. Do not wait until you get to Walt Disney World to plan your dining. In fact, make those advance dining reservations just as soon as you can — at the 180 day mark! This is especially true if you want to experience a super popular Disney restaurant, like dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Grilled Strip Steak at Be Our Guest

Grilled Strip Steak at Be Our Guest

By booking your restaurants ahead of time, you get to choose from the largest selection of options (the closer you get to your trip, the fewer restaurants will be available), but you’re not locked in. For most Disney World restaurants, you can always cancel reservations or re-arrange your dining up until the day before your ADR.
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New DFB Video: The Best Ice Cream in Disneyland

Today we’re coming to you from Disneyland for another delicious DFB Video! And it’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite frosty treat — ice cream.

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There’s no shortage of frozen treats in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. And while we would happily snack on Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars all day everyday, there’s more to explore beyond the iconic treat when it comes to ice cream in the ‘Land.

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Disney World “Just the New Stuff” Snack Crawl — Epcot Edition!

What? You’ve recovered from the DFB Grilled Cheese Crawl, and you’re ready for another one? We are right there with ya!

2017-2nd Edition DFB Guide + Snacks Covers

So today, we’re heading to the Mecca of Diverse Disney food options, Epcot!

There are literally hundreds of delicious dishes and tempting snacks to be savored throughout the park. And that makes sense, since World Showcase immerses you into the cultures of eleven different countries.

In one day, you can enjoy pastries from France, sushi from Japan, a jumbo pretzel from Germany, schoolbread from Norway — and so much more!

But then, there’s Future World, too. Home to great little kiosks featuring flavored popcorns as well as one of our favorite counter service spots, Sunshine Seasons, there’s plenty to enjoy there as well.

We all have our favorites, but it’s also fun to check out the NEW stuff! And so today, that’s what we’re doing. Let’s head into Epcot and arrange the day around trying brand new (or in some cases, returning items) in our DFB “Just the New Stuff” Crawl, Epcot Edition!

And if you love this crawl, be sure to check out our DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle, which you can enjoy for an unbelievable 30% off the already discounted price with code BUNDLE17 at DFBStore.com!

I hope you came hungry. Let’s go!

Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding, Sunshine Seasons

To kick our day off right, we should start with a good breakfast. Sure, you could grab a bowl of cereal at the resort or head to Starbucks for a muffin, but I say let’s check out Sunshine Seasons in The Land Pavilion for their Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding.

Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding at Sunshine Seasons

Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding at Sunshine Seasons

Is it breakfast, or is it dessert? Who cares? Because this is vacation, and you NEED to have this rich, delicious dish to jump start your day. (Oh, and to answer the question, clearly, this is breakfast. I mean, who eats bacon with dessert? ;-)  ) [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Best and Worst Character Meals in Walt Disney World

It’s time for another DFB Video!

Ah, Character Meals. Do you love ‘em or hate ‘em? We’re big fans of the experience, actually! They’re a great way to see lots of characters, and enjoy some pretty decent food without too much running around.

Ewok Chip and Dale

But we get that not every character meal is the best fit for everyone. So in today’s DFB Video, we’re exploring the Best — and Worst — Character Meals in Walt Disney World.

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News: Quick Service Dine Gift Card Offer Now Available

Earlier this week we shared the news that Disney had announced the 2017 Free Dining Offer for Disney World resorts, and now we have confirmation about a Quick Service Dine Gift Card offer for select “good neighbor” hotels.

Are Swan and Dolphin guests getting a free Quick Service Dining offer? Maybe.

Are Swan and Dolphin guests getting a free Quick Service Dining offer? Maybe.

Guests who book a Walt Disney World vacation package that includes a stay at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Springs area hotels, or select good neighbor hotels with a minimum 3-day theme park ticket will receive a pre-paid, discounted Quick Service Dining card. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Join Us For the Monorail Crawl!

We have another fun adventure today, coming to you via our DFB YouTube Video series!

Have you ever completed it? I’m talking about the most famous Disney Crawl of Them All — the Monorail Crawl!

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It’s super easy — and fun! Because who doesn’t love a trip anywhere via Monorail? [Read more…]

How to Plan a Disney Trip Your Kids Will Love

It’s well known that Walt Disney came up with the concept for Disneyland — and, subsequently, Disney World — because he thought there should be a place that parents and kids could enjoy together.

Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

And we’re so glad he did!  Every Disney World vacation has its moments when it comes to traveling with little ones. And most of those moments are COMPLETELY. AWESOME.

But, let’s face it. Not all of them are exactly the kind of memories we want to share on our Facebook page… know what I’m sayin’? So we’ve devised a list of tips and tricks — some food related, some not-so-much — to help you plan a Disney trip your kids will LOVE!

Here we go! [Read more…]

Last DAY! Save BIG and Start Planning Your Next Disney Trip with the DFB Guides!

Tax Day 2017 has come and gone, my friends. But around here, we’re still celebrating that it’s OVER —  with our DFB Tax Day 2017 Super Sale!

And we think there’s no better way to celebrate than to plan your next Disney Trip!

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We’re taking 50% off of the DFB Guide Everything Bundle ($100 value for under $30!) and 30% off of the book that started it all — the 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Second Edition e-Book! [Read more…]