Tips from the DFB Guide AND New DFB Video: Is the Disney Dining Plan Worth It?

We are back with some of our very best kept Disney Dining Secrets, courtesy of the 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, Second Edition. And we want to share them with you! And today’s topic is so big that we’re not just writing about it…we’re sharing a DFB Video about it too!

So what’s this all about? Read on…

The Disney Dining Plan and Other Discounts: Do the Math

It’s a question that we get over and over again: Does the Disney Dining Plan really save me money?

The answer depends heavily on the person asking it, and the people using the benefits. Let’s break it down.

The Disney Dining Plan. Will the Disney Dining Plan save me money? Well, the answer is…maybe. It all depends on how you get it, and how savvy you are as you use it.

Eight Spoon Cafe Menu

Eight Spoon Cafe Menu With Lots of Disney Dining Plan Snack Options

Disney Restaurants, for the most part, operate within very specific ranges of cost per meal. So when you use those Disney Dining Credits, they’ve already pretty much figured out how much, on average, your meal would cost without them. [Read more…]

The 8 Must-Eat Disney World Snacks You Can Get WITHOUT a Park Ticket

There are so many amazing snacks to enjoy within the parks of Walt Disney World! We can all rattle them off — school bread in Epcot, killer mac and cheese in Animal Kingdom, cupcakes everywhere — and so on, and so on.

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But what happens if you want to get some crazy good Disney treats — but you don’t have a park ticket? Maybe you’ve gotten to town late, and you don’t want to burn a park day. Or maybe you’re between renewal dates for your pass. Or maybe you’re just wondering about some great treats you haven’t tried yet.

We’re here to help! Because some of our all-time, must-have, super-crave-worthy treats can be found outside of the parks. How amazing is that? And if you love the great suggestions we’re sharing here, be sure to check out the 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World  Dining, Second Edition for even more great snacking tips!

Join us as we check out this latest installment of our favorite Walt Disney World Treats You Can Enjoy — No Park Ticket Needed!

Dole Whip (Outside of Magic Kingdom!)

Who doesn’t love Dole Whip? That’s right. Nobody. So we start with the Quintessential Disney Treat — and tell you where to get it outside of Magic Kingdom (and the other parks at which it’s lately started to appear).

Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl Dole Whip in Souvenir Tiki Bowl at Pineapple Lanai

Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl Dole Whip in Souvenir Tiki Bowl at Pineapple Lanai

Of course, one of your options is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. [Read more…]

News: Kona Cafe Menu Updates at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Disney World

Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village often flies under the radar when it comes to dining at Disney World, but it’s one of our favorite spots.

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We recently discovered that the menus at Kona Cafe have been updated for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some fan favorite items are no longer on the menu but others — like Tonga Toast — remain. [Read more…]

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…]

Start Your Disney Trip Planning With The DFB Guide Mother’s Day Sale!

Mom is the BEST. She does all the things. Cooking and cleaning. Running and waiting. Kissing away ouchies and cheering you on at that soccer game. And you totally forgot to get her something for Mother’s Day, didn’t you? ;-D

For all the hats she wears and for the hundreds of ways everyday that she makes life better, we’re honoring all the moms this weekend with the DFB Mother’s Day Sale!

 

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So this weekend, get 40% off when you purchase any DFB Guide E-Book Bundle, then forward the books on to Mom so she can start planning her super fun Disney vacation! Use code MICKEYMOM for the discount!

Want to know a little more about our DFB Guide E-Book Bundles? Read on for all of the details!

The DFB Everything Bundle — For An Additional 40% OFF the Already Low Bundled Price!

Once again, as a big THANKS to our loyal readers and their awesome MOMS, we’re offering a special deal for Mother’s Day. And since everyone wants EVERYTHING…that’s what we’re giving you!

2017 Everything Bundle

Today, you can purchase the DFB Everything Bundle for 40% off the already low bundle price! It’s a $100 value for just $36! Enter code MICKEYMOM at check-out for the deal. [Read more…]

News and Photo Tour: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Dining Options During Construction

Editor’s Note: We’ve confirmed that all options — grab and go, the buffet, and the food truck options, are all considered to be quick service credits on the Disney Dining Plan.

Thanks to the huge brouhaha that it caused, most of us know that Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World is undergoing a massive renovation starting — well, now.

Contruction at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Contruction is Underway at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

While the resort undergoes what is from all accounts going to be a gigantic, transformative makeover, dining options are obviously going to be impacted. In fact, Caribbean Beach Resort’s only bar, Banana Cabana, and its only sit-down restaurant, Shutters, are closing to make way for the overhaul.

Shutters Entrance

Shutters Entrance Last Week

Obviously, people still need to eat, though. So we’ve been monitoring the situation closely. As part of that, we’ve visited the resort a couple of times over the last two weeks to bring you descriptions and photos of everything, as the transitional plans shape up. [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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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.

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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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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…]