Disney Dining Tips: What to Expect on Peak Booking Days

Are you ready? The countdown is on, and early booking will open for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival in just a few hours!

That means that you and (and several thousand other people) will be calling Disney, trying to get into the Low-Cost Events,  Culinary Demos, Beverage Seminars, and Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops of your choice!

What else does that mean? Well, this is a great example of a Peak Booking Day for a Disney event.

You may be wondering: What’s a peak booking day? It’s anytime that you can expect a high volume of guests calling at the same time to book events. This goes for early booking days for certain groups, regular booking days, days for booking where a new restaurant or experience is announced, and days that offers of Free Dining for the Disney Dining Plan are announced. And experience has taught us that all the things are probably not going to go smoothly.

Free Dining Offer?!? Be Prepared for a Wait

Free Dining Offer?!? Be Prepared for a Wait

With that in mind — and the fact that forewarned is forearmed — we want to share with you just what you can expect when it comes to peak booking days with Walt Disney World as well as some suggestions that may just help you to be successful (and keep your blood pressure down). [Read more…]

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Happy Fourth of July, Everyone!

We know that you’re busy — hopefully having a totally chill day. ;-D But we know you’re all dreaming of being at Disney today! And you know what? “If you can dream it, you can do it!!!” And what better way to “start doing” than by getting a leg up on planning your next Disney trip?

So come on and take advantage of a special July 4th deal on everything at DFBStore.com!

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Our team of Walt Disney World food experts have put together the most comprehensive guides to Walt Disney World food and dining available. With more than 25 years of experience eating and drinking our way through the Parks and Resorts, we’ve learned a thing or two — and we love sharing our secrets with you!

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Tips from the DFB Guide: Budgeting Your Time During the Holidays

It’s here — we are officially 186 days out from Christmas!! Woohoo! Have you started your shopping yet?

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Ha — me neither. But I do know that if I have any hope of scoring advance dining reservations for the uber busy holiday season at Walt Disney World, I need to be ready to book as soon as those phone lines open up next week.

But how do I fit everything in that I want to do? By planning ahead, of course. And we want to help you do the same.

And that’s why we write the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays. Because I want your holiday visit to the ‘World to be nothing less than spectacular.

And when you pre-order the 2016 DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays right now, you’ll receive the 2015 edition immediately, for free.

Don’t forget — you have three ways to save on the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays Guide. Check our our 180 Days ‘Til Christmas Sale to learn more!

Don’t wait, though — our 180 Days sale ends soon!

Now that we’re thinking about the holidays, let’s explore one of my favorite Tips from the Holiday Guide — How to budget your TIME during the busy Holiday Season at Walt Disney World!

Plan, Plan, Plan

It may seem kinda like a no brainer. But if ever there is a time to plan you play and play your plan, it’s the holidays at WDW.

Christmas at Epcot

Christmas at Epcot

Leave no stone unturned. But how can you find out just what’s happening? In the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays, we offer a list of events and activities so that you can get a good idea of what to expect before you hit the ground running. The list is invaluable as you plan each daily adventure. [Read more…]

Save BIG With Our Father’s Week Sale!

Happy Dad’s WEEK to all of you special guys out there!

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We love the guys in our lives — including uncles, grandfathers, big brothers, stepparents, and godfathers.

So to honor all of you who go above and beyond we’ve got a special DFB deal to share today.

Save 30% on The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2016

We have fully updated the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2016 e-Book for your 2016-2017 adventures! The instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 530 full-color pages of photographs, offers ALL the info on our favorite subject — Disney foooood!

The bottom line? You save time and money as you enjoy planning one of the most important parts of your trip!

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And in honor of Daylight Savings Time, Summertime, and Dad, we are offering extra savings on our most popular DFB Guide today.

Just enter promo code DADSDAY at checkout and you’ll save 30% off of our cover price of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2016 e-Book!

Want even more great information, pictures, and tips?

Then the DFB Everything Bundle may be just the right fit for you!

And to get you ready for that next big trip, we are taking 30% off the already low price! It’s like getting an entire book for free. Just enter promo code DADSDAY at checkout to take advantage of this offer. [Read more…]

Celebrate Daylight Savings with…MORE Savings!

Coming up on Sunday we’ll be celebrating Daylight Savings and Springing Forward — and you know what that means: one less hour of sleep.

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but let me also be the bearer of GOOD news: we at DFB have decided to add a silver lining to your weekend and offer some GREAT savings at DFBStore.com in honor of Daylight Savings time! [Read more…]

LEAP Into Savings Today at DFBStore.com!

How are you marking Leap Day? Whether or not you’re doing something truly out of the ordinary, we thought we’d throw in an opportunity to save a little green!

Today, we are offering you a discount on all DFB store products!

Save 20% Off of Everything at DFBStore.com!

We are celebrating our extra day with a little something for everyone — 20% off of EVERYTHING in the DFB Store! Just use code LEAP16 at check out!

We have a wide range of individual Guides and Bundles to meet your every Walt Disney World food planning need. Let’s take a closer look!

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I set out to write the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for one reason: I wanted to help other Disney guests find the restaurants that would be the best fit for their individual needs. [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Dining with a Picky Eater

For many of us, there’s nothing better than planning a trip to Disney. I mean, sure…attractions and cool resorts and stuff. But best of all is the FOOD!

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What happens if you have a super uber picky kiddo (or other member of your party) among your ranks though? It can really rock your trip. But it doesn’t have to!

And that’s why I dedicate a lot of attention to making plans with picky eaters in the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining. This is a great time to pick up your copy of this handy guide because it’s just been completely updated for your 2016 travel plans!! Don’t forget to use code HAPPYPLACE for $4 off the price!

Today, I want to share some of the tips that I’ve scattered through the book on how to deal with the pickiest eaters when you’re in Disney World. Need some help with this subject? Read on! [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?

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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.

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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! 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.

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Last Minute Sale: Save 35% on Gifts for your Favorite Disney Fan

We are winding down prep time. Christmas is just a few short days away! And if you still have shopping to do, we want to help you finish up that list — especially when it comes to friends and family who love Disney + Food!

Today, we are offering not one, but TWO special sales designed just for you Last Minute Shoppers! (Don’t worry…I’m right there with ya!) Take a look at these — you’re not gonna wanna miss them!

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Today, we’ve got the perfect last minute stocking stuffer — 35% off of ALL of our DFB Guide Gift Certificates! Just use code LASTMINUTE at check out!

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With the purchase of a gift certificate, your friend or loved one will receive special codes to easily redeem all of the included DFB Guide e-Books — and they can start their Disney World trip planning immediately! (And no one will know that you saved money while doing it. ;-D ) [Read more…]