HOLIDAY Tips from the DFB Guide: Where to Dine When You Don’t Have a Reservation in Walt Disney World

It’s a pretty common occurrence. You’re in the middle of your Walt Disney World vacation, it’s the holiday season, and you’d love to enjoy a table service meal.

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But there’s only one problem: you don’t have an advance dining reservation (ADR).

Maybe your plans changed, or the weather did. Or it could just be that you planned to grab counter service, but now you’re rethinking that move. Whatever the situation, you might think that all hope is lost. There’s no way you’re getting into any Disney table service restaurant that you didn’t book 180 days out. Right?

You might be surprised to learn that I book a lot of tables just days before I head to Walt Disney World. And it’s not all that rare for me to change things up at the last minute — even during the busiest times of the year!

How do I do it? Flexibility helps a LOT. But if that’s not an option, what you need are some tried and true spots where you can probably score a table with very short notice, or even as a walk up.

Here are our suggestions for Where to Dine When You Don’t Have a Reservation in Walt Disney World. And if you love what you see here, be sure to check out the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for tons of great tips!

The Wave…of American Flavors

One of my favorite resort dining spots is The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Bonus: it’s within walking distance (or monorail ride) of Magic Kingdom!

The Wave offers a hearty start to your day. Enjoy an a la carte breakfast of some of the restaurant’s specialties, like Sweet Potato Pancakes.

Sweet Potato Pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup

Sweet Potato Pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup

And if you can’t make up your mind between sweet and savory, you can opt for the Buffet. [Read more…]

DFB Five Days of Giveaways Day 5: Enter to Win a SURPRISE Disney Parks Souvenir!

It’s Day FIVE of DFB’s Five Days of Giveaways — and today, we have something extra, extra special!

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But what is it?? You’re just gonna have to wait to find out!

Here at Disney Food Blog, we KNOW that we couldn’t continue to bring you ALL the Disney Food, ALL the time, without ALL of YOU! [Read more…]

DFB Five Days of Giveaways Day 4: Win a Disney Goodies Snack Box from Disney Food Blog!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Ready for another fun giveaway??!! I thought you might be!

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Remember the other day when we shared with you the chance to win a Disney Goodies Snack Box? These are the treats that you’ll find throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland. And nothing keeps the magic alive like taking some of this wonderfulness home when it’s time to wrap up my latest visit!
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DFB Five Days of Giveaways Day 3: 40% Off the ENTIRE DFB Store!

It’s Day Three of DFB Five Days of Giveaways — and today, we’re giving you the Entire DFB Store!

We couldn’t let our week full of happy surprises pass by without offering you an extra special discount on the entire line of DFB Guide e-books. These savings are gonna blow your stockings off!

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And we mean ALL OF IT! All of our individual Guide Books, like our 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining! But this special offer also includes all of our Bundles! [Read more…]

DFB Five Days of Giveaways Day 2: Win a $25 Disney Gift Card from Disney Food Blog!

It’s Day Two of the DFB Five Days of Giveaways, and we’re ready to celebrate with another great gift for one lucky reader!

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Here at Disney Food Blog, we KNOW that we couldn’t continue to bring you ALL the Disney Food, ALL the time, without ALL of YOU!

You support us unfailingly, so we want to give back a little something to our readers!

Now — what’s the one thing that we could all use a little more of when we’re at Disney? If you guessed cash, then you’re totally RIGHT.  [Read more…]

DFB Five Days of Giveaways: Win a Disney Goodies Snack Box from Disney Food Blog!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Who’s ready for a giveaway??!! Well…how about FIVE giveaways and offers?!?!!!

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Here at Disney Food Blog, we KNOW that we couldn’t continue to bring you ALL the Disney Food, ALL the time, without ALL of YOU! [Read more…]

DFB Cyber Week SALE: 50% Off the DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

The Holidays are off to a great start! We are making our lists and I know you are, too! And I bet you’re wondering, “What should I get the Disney Food Lover on my list?”

We have the perfect idea: our most popular DFB e-book Bundle — deeply discounted for a VERY limited time!

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For Cyber Week, take  50% off of our DFB Guide + Snack Bundle! Just use promo code CYBER16 for incredible savings on our most popular DFB Bundle. [Read more…]

BIGGEST Sale of the Year: 50% Off Our DFB Everything Bundle!

It’s on! The Holiday Season is Officially Underway!

It’s Black Friday, and so many of my friends are out fighting the crowds to find the best sales available. But you know what? I decided to stay in all comfy cozy, sip hot cocoa, and let the sales come to ME!

How is that possible, you ask? Because DFB is having an amazing Black Friday Sale — and you’re invited. This is our BEST SALE OF THE YEAR!!

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Now’s the time to save 50% off the Everything Bundle with code FRIDAY50 at checkout! This popular bundle includes EVERY SINGLE ONE of our critically-acclaimed DFB Guide Books. [Read more…]

YAY! Announcing the Thanksgiving 50% Off Sale!

Happy Turkey Day, Everyone!

We hope you’re enjoying the day in just the right way! And we’ve got a little something to make it even sweeter. No driving or fighting-of-crowds required.

On this Thanksgiving Day we wanted to offer you something extra to be thankful for!

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For a limited time only, save 50% off of our brand new 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining! Just use promo code THANKSGIVING at DFBStore.com for incredible savings on our most popular DFB e-book.

Over 600 pages of our best tips, suggestions, reviews, and recommendations — and over 500 color photos! There’s something for everyone! Want to see sample pages and more information? Here you go!

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The Holidays are here and it’s truly the Most Wonderful Time of the Year in all of the Disney Parks!

And if you’re serious about finding great deals and saving some dough, then it’s time to sign up for the DFB Newsletter!

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Sign Up for the DFB Newsletter for Exclusive Disney Deals and Discounts This Holiday Season!

We’ve been searching high and low for deals and discounts (including a few that are JUST for YOU!) in and around Walt Disney World, and we’re sharing everything that we find exclusively with our newsletter subscribers. If you’ve never taken the plunge and signed up for the DFB Newsletter, now’s the time.

Why? Well, there is so much to cover when it comes to sharing with you all things Disney + Food. Our newsletters are crafted for guests who enjoy every single detail about eats and treats around the Disney Universe. [Read more…]