Top Meals Under $20 in Disneyland

We can all use a few tips when it comes to planning vacations at Disney. And of course, we think the food is just about the most important part of the trip!

Budgeting for all of the special meals that you’d like to enjoy is a big concern. And it may seem impossible to cut corners and save a little here and there while still enjoying yourself. But with a little creative planning, you can find some wonderful meals at some of the coolest places, all for less than you might think.

Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle

Previously, we shared our Top Picks at Walt Disney World for Meals Under $20. Today, we’re back to celebrate some fantastic meals that you can enjoy at Disneyland for around $20 or less. This is by no means exhaustive — there are lots more where these came from. But for now, come with us and check out some of the great options we have to share! [Read more…]

News: Fulton’s Crab House in Disney Springs Now Offering Brunch Selections on Sundays

Planning a Sunday outing to Disney Springs?

Then you may want to check out the new Brunch selections available at Fulton’s Crab House.

Brunch continues to be all the rage around Disney World, with new dining options such as the Waterfront Brunch at the Grand Floridian’s Narcoossee’s and Brunch at the Top at the Contemporary’s California Grill, which will make its debut on February 7th.

The new Brunch menu at Fulton’s just launched on January 17th, and will continue to be an option each Sunday from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, in keeping with the standard lunch menu availability.

Fultons Crab House

Inside Fulton’s Crab House

Choices include Crab & Asparagus Benedict, a Monte Cristo Sandwich, Corned Beef Hash, New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, and a Kobe Breakfast Burger. [Read more…]

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?

Lilo at 'Ohana

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.

Mickey Waffles

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: Low-Cal Menu Items Now Available at Earl of Sandwich

Many guests visiting the Disney Springs Marketplace in Disney World or Downtown Disney in Disneyland often end up at Earl of Sandwich for a quick bite.

Thanks to reasonable prices, tasty food, and a fairly large variety of options, it’s a popular spot on both coasts. It’s typically fairly easy for just about everyone in a group to find something they’d enjoy from the menu of sandwiches, salads, and soups.

Though it may be hard to stray from favorites like the Holiday Sandwich, guests may be interested to learn that those options have expanded even further with some selections on Earl’s new Low-Cal Menu, also dubbed the “Skinny Earl” menu, featuring dishes that are under 400 calories.

Choices include the BBQ Chicken Flatbread featuring grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar, red onions and BBQ sauce on a lavash flatbread (360 calories), and the Quinoa Chicken Salad which serves up field greens and arugula topped with grilled chicken, feta, quinoa, red onions, fresh strawberries, Mandarin oranges, olive oil and Balsamic vinaigrette (290 Calories). Finally, the Turkey Wrap includes turkey, cheddar, romaine, Roma tomato, and light mayo in a whole wheat wrap (370 Calories).

Earl of Sandwich in Disneyland's Downtown Disney

Earl of Sandwich in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

Great news for folks looking to lighten things up a bit while still enjoying all the flavors at Earl’s! [Read more…]

Best Disney World Character Meal Recommendations By Age

Character Meals. It’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all kinda world. You might think you’ll enjoy dinner at Chef Mickey’s with just your significant other.

Chef Mickey!

Chef Mickey!

After all, you’re kids at heart! But are you really thinking through the reality of it — complete with twirling napkins, blaring music, and loads and loads (and loads!) of kiddos everywhere?

Today, I thought we could break down some of the groups of guests who might want to take special care in deciding which character meal is best for them. Because when it comes to dining with your favorite Disney characters, no one should be left out! [Read more…]

News: Light-Up Lotus Popcorn Bucket Coming to Animal Kingdom and Updated Anniversary Buckets in Disneyland

Like many of you, we here at the DFB are pretty big fans of the souvenir popcorn buckets that pop up all around Disney World and Disneyland, often commemorating classic or even new attractions (like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train bucket) or promoting the latest Disney film (such as the Cinderella Coach bucket which made an appearance when the live-action Cinderella film was released).

Disney just provided a glimpse of a new souvenir popcorn bucket on the way “later this year” to Disney’s Animal Kingdom: the Light-Up Lotus Popcorn Bucket. This unique bucket will light up, turning it into a luminary.

Lotus Popcorn Bucket coming to Animal Kingdom

Lotus Popcorn Bucket coming to Animal Kingdom

Though no release date was given for the new bucket, it certainly seems as though it is made to complement the upcoming Rivers of Light evening spectacular, slated to debut this spring. After all, we know that lanterns will play a huge part in the show, and some of the concept art for the spectacular features lotus blossoms as a major centerpiece element. [Read more…]

Our Favorite Disney’s Hollywood Studios Restaurants

Don’t you love Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Where else can you go for a dose of Old Hollywood glamour, a Star Wars fix, and a live action stunt show all in one place?

But in addition to all kinds of movie-inspired fun, the park hosts some great food as well. Today, we’re taking a closer look at our Favorite DHS Restaurants. See if you agree with us!

50s Prime Time Cafe

One of my favorite spots to dine at DHS — or in all of Walt Disney World really — is 50s Prime Time Cafe.

This spot has it all. It’s super-themed, so when you step into the front door one of two things will come to mind:

  • I am caught in a time warp, and my grandmother is going to bop into the room wearing a poodle skirt any minute.
  • I’ve succeeded in stepping right into the Dick Van Dyke Show.
One of the 50s Prime Time Cafe Dining Rooms

One of the 50s Prime Time Cafe Dining Rooms

And truly, the themeing is so utterly awesome here, it’s enough to keep me coming back again and again. But then, the food! It’s just like your mom made! Or grandmother. Or Aunt Gladys. Whatever. My point is, it’s really good and comforting and, well, swell. You know? The bee’s knees. [Read more…]

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.

Open-Face Bacon and Egg Sandwich

Is Breakfast at Be Our Guest on YOUR List?

Here are the details: [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Mickey-Shaped Rice Krispy Treats

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!

 

Here’s an iconic Disney snack that you can put #OnTheList whether you’re in Disney World OR Disneyland. And no matter which coast you’re on, you’ll find them practically everywhere… and that’s a VERY good thing when we’re talking about Mickey Rice Krispy Treats!

#OnTheList: Mickey Rice Krispy Treat!

In places like The Confectionery, Seashore Sweets, and Sweet Spells in Disney World, you’ll likely spot several different versions up for grabs… [Read more…]

News: World of Coca-Cola Coming to Disney Springs

According to wdwmagic.com, construction of the new World of Coca-Cola experience at Disney Springs is coming along nicely!

Springs Bottling Co. sign

Springs Bottling Co. sign

Finding its home in the Town Center area of Disney Springs (currently under construction), the World of Coca-Cola will be located near Planet Hollywood, which is currently undergoing a major refurbishment of its own as it transforms into the Planet Hollywood Observatory. [Read more…]