Celebrate Mother’s Day at Disney World and Disneyland!

Happy Mother’s Day!! How about a day at Disneyland or Disney World just for mom?

A sweet treat just for Mom! ©Disney

A sweet treat just for Mom! ©Disney

If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day, check out these special dining options at Disney World and Disneyland! [Read more…]

First Look AND Video: Disney’s New Happily Ever After Fireworks Show at Magic Kingdom

“Each of us has a dream…All we have to do is look inside our hearts and unlock the magic.”

WOW! Were you there? Did you see it?

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Happily Ever After at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

We’re talking about Happily Ever After, which debuted last night. The brand new night time show at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom combines fireworks, lighting effects, lasers, castle projections, and music into one truly spectacular show.

Truth be told, we are a little sad to say goodbye to its predecessor, Wishes. I mean, we all practically grew up with it, right? But this show is fantastic, and you’ve gotta see it!

Not at Magic Kingdom? Well, you’re in luck. We’re bringing you the highlights and our secrets for seeing the show in our latest DFB Video!!

We were there early in the evening as the park began to fill up.

The Crowds Gather Early

The Crowds Gather Early

It was an absolutely gorgeous night at Magic Kingdom! [Read more…]

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…]

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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News! 2017 Disney World Free Dining Offer Now Available!

Editor’s Note: The 2017 Disney World Free Dining Offer was originally released in April 2017. Because of the popularity of the Free Dining promotion, the offer sells out very quickly. 

IT’S ON. The Walt Disney World’s Free Dining Offer is officially coming back and will be offered to guests for select dates in late August, September, November, and December 2017 (NOTE: There are no October dates this year, but if your check-in date is in late September, you can obviously take your stay into October).

Disney World Free Dining 2017 Travel Dates

Free Dining is being offered to guests ARRIVING during the dates listed below. free-dining

August 21* – September 30, 2017
November 14 – November 20, 2017
November 25 – November 27, 2017
December 8 – December 23, 2017

You must book by July 7th to get the offer.

*Disney Visa Cardholders may book dates starting August 13th. We’ll be updating the post throughout the day with details as we get them.

(Please note that the offer excludes: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows as per Disney World’s website. Some sources are reporting more exclusions. Your mileage may vary. ) 

Disney Resorts

If you stay at a Value or Moderate Resort, you’ll receive the Quick Service Dining plan for FREE. (Note that you can upgrade to the standard or deluxe dining plans by paying the difference in cost per night.) Note that the Caribbean Beach Resort is undergoing massive refurbishment this year. It’s still available to book for the offer, but we just wanted to give you the heads’ up.

If you reserve a Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort, you will receive the standard Dining plan for FREE. (You can upgrade to the deluxe dining plan by paying the difference in cost per night).

Minimum/Maximum Days

You must book a minimum stay of 3 nights/maximum stay of 14 nights at a Disney-owned resort. (This is based on our calculations making trial reservations, though Disney does not specify a minimum stay this year.) You also need to purchase AT LEAST a 2-day Magic Your Way Disney World ticket with a Park Hopper AND/OR the Park Hopper Plus Option.

Use this link to book!

Will Free Dining Save You Money?

DFB Guide 2017 Second Edition CoverSince Disney World’s Free Dining offer generally can’t be combined with other discounts, it’s often difficult to determine whether or not your family will save more money with a Disney World hotel room discount or with the free dining offer.

We break down and compare the costs and options for several Disney World discounts, including the Free Dining offer, in our fully updated DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2017 Second Edition e-Book to help you save the most money possible. 

Along with over 650 pages of great Disney World dining advice, full color photos, and details, this book is a great deal.

Get your DFB Guide to WDW Dining here, and speaking of saving money — use code “SAVE2017” to get 20% off today! With a full, money-back guarantee, there’s nothing to lose! 

Are you excited for Free Dining? Please let us know with a comment!

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: April 24, 2017

Wow… we’re gearing up for a LOT of new experiences coming to Walt Disney World in the coming weeks. Next month, the new “Happily Ever After” nighttime spectacular will make its debut in Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom will unveil an entire new LAND with Pandora — The World of AVATAR!

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“Happily Ever After” Concept Art ©Disney

But, as always, there is plenty taking place in the here and now in Disney World, too. So, let’s take a look around the parks and resorts to find out What’s New!

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Check out the half-adorable, half-creepy new Panda Caramel Apple in Zuri’s Sweets Shop! (That thing really needs pupils.) [Read more…]

News and Review: Goofy’s Powdered Candy is Back in Disney World

If you have fond memories of strolling through your favorite Disney World Park as a youngster (or as a not-so-youngster!), clutching a plastic tube full of flavored sweet and/or sour sugar, you might be a Goofy’s Powdered Candy fan.

Goofy's Powdered Candy

Goofy’s Powdered Candy

While powdered candy is by no means new to Disney World (we first chatted about this sugary indulgence years ago), the current incarnation of the treat is somewhat updated. You see, around a year ago, Goofy’s Powdered Candy suddenly vanished from merchandise spots where it had been a staple for ages: place like the Main Street Confectionery, Epcot’s Mouse Gear, and the like.

And then — just as suddenly — it came back on the scene to several of its previous locations (though not all… yet). Goofy’s Powdered Candy even showed up in places it hadn’t been seen before, like Zuri’s Sweets Shop in Animal Kingdom. BOOM! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Magic Kingdom Table Service Restaurants You Have To Try!

It’s time for another info-packed Disney Video! And this time, we’re talking about the Magic Kingdom in Disney World!

Magic Kingdom Main Street Before Parade

If you’re planning a trip to the Magic Kingdom, this is a must-see. I’m sharing my top table-service restaurants (and the ones you maaaaaybe don’t need to bother with)!

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Easter Treats Around Walt Disney World — Including the 2017 Grand Floridian Chocolate Easter Eggs

Greetings from the Grand Floridian Resort!

Grand Floridian Easter Egg Display

Grand Floridian Easter Egg Display

Easter is always an especially festive time here, thanks to the tradition of the chocolate Easter Egg Display, presented by the Grand Floridian Bakery Team. [Read more…]

Walt Disney World Club 33 Lounges May Be Opening Soon

Club 33 is the stuff of legend — not only to Disneyland visitors, but to Disney fans EVERYWHERE.

Club 33 Seating

Club 33 Seating

This members-only restaurant, located in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, was originally designed by Walt Disney and used as a space to entertain friends and VIPs. These days, access is gained via a hefty initial membership fee in addition to annual dues. Though the location itself has seen changes over the years, a dining experience at Club 33 remains elusive to most Disneyland guests. [Read more…]