If you’ve purchased (or acquired free!) the Disney Dining Plan for your next Walt Disney World vacation, you’re probably wondering how to maximize the Plan, getting the best and most satisfying food for your DDP dollar. The value of a Quick Service meal includes the cost, of course, but also the quality of the food and other variables like how it can save you credits, cash, time, or stress. We take all of those bits into consideration when we bring you our recommendations for DDP Quick Service values.
We have an update for you… about an update that may assist you in your Disney World dining plans! Last week, several My Disney Experience app users received notifications that they were unable to modify existing Advance Dining Reservations via the app.
However, thanks to the latest iOS update, the ability to modify the date, time, or party size of your reservation has been restored! [Read more…]
Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World is home to so many interesting restaurants serving high-quality food from around the (actual) world that it can be hard to decide which to choose.
And frankly, Nine Dragons in the China Pavilion has been one that we’ve decided to skip much of the time. The setting is lovely and worth exploring, but in the past, the food has been lackluster, no better than most of the Americanized Chinese restaurants found in strip malls around the country.
But we give second chances (and third and fourth and fifth) here at the DFB, so I made a reservation and hoped for something to love in this table service spot. And while I won’t say Nine Dragons has clawed its way up too far in the rankings of table service restaurants at Epcot, I will say that my most recent visit was the best I’ve had here.
While I encourage you to take that with a grain of salt, I also want to acknowledge that plenty of you do enjoy eating here, and I will always cling to optimism that even the least palatable of Walt Disney World dining locations will be in a constant state of flux, striving for better.
But let’s start with what we already love about Nine Dragons: its magical decor and warm atmosphere.
Have you ever wished that with the push of a button you could figure out the PERFECT dining spots for your next Disney vacation?
Well, guess what? We’ve got you covered with the Disney Food Blog Restaurant Search Tool!
We LURVE Dining at Disney World, and we know that you do, too! But – wow! – with SOOOO many choices of where to eat, how in the World (ha!) do you narrow it down and make a decision?
We have taken 18 important Disney Dining search criteria and created a tool that will give you selections for the perfect Disney dining experience. And once you’ve narrowed down your restaurants, you can check out reviews, menus, and expert tips for each of them! Let’s take a look at how it works…
It’s incredibly easy (and actually pretty fun!) to use this tool.
1. Choose Criteria
You have 18 choices, so you can be as specific or as general as you
Disney may be the Happiest Place on Earth, but nothing can wreck the happy faster than poor planning.
This is especially true when it comes to one of the most important parts of your trip — eating!
After decades of Disney dining, we’ve perfected some expert tips and advice to get the most out of your Disney World visit.
Today, we’re sharing our 56 Must-Read Disney Dining Secrets to ensure that you have the magical visit of your dreams!
Top Disney Dining Secrets
Let’s get started!
1. Make dining reservations. Even if you don’t follow any other piece of advice, we can’t say this emphatically enough. To fully appreciate the truly entertaining and delicious array of Disney Dining offerings, you must make Advance Dining Reservations. If you wait until you arrive at Disney to make table service arrangements, you may miss out on many of your top picks because they will be booked.
2. BYOP (Bring Your Own Pepsi). Yep. Those of you who are die-hard Pepsi drinkers will be sad to note that any and all Disney establishments will not carry Pepsi products. It’s a Coke-only zone here! So either bring your own Pepsi, or plan to take a trip to a nearby gas station, convenience store, grocery store, or drug store to pick up your stash. You can also order it and have it delivered directly to your hotel from Garden Grocer.
3. Don’t miss the must-eat items! After years of eating Disney goodies, we here at Disney Food Blog have amassed quite a list of “must-eat” treats in Disney parks and resorts. Cult favorites like Dole Whip Floats, Zebra Domes, School Bread, and Mickey Bars are high priority when you’re visiting the Happiest Place on Earth. To read up on our favorites, head over to our Best Disney World Restaurants Page for some great “Best Of” posts like Best Cookie Snacks in Disney World, favorite Disney ice cold snacks, Disney’s best grilled cheese, and more! And if you’re headed to Disney World for the first time, you must read our Best Disney Restaurants for First-Timers article — very helpful!
4. Make your reservations 180 days prior to your visit whenever possible. Nope — it’s not enough to just make reservations; you need to make them as early as possible. For most restaurants, that’s 180 days prior to the date you’re seeking. If you’re staying in a Disney hotel, you can book all of your reservations for up to 10 days beginning exactly 180 days before the first day of your trip.
5. Don’t pay for food you don’t want. One of my favorite Disney Dining tips is to be a squeaky wheel when you need to be. Disney is very good at customizing meals, and at counter-service restaurants, your customized meal might even save you some money! For example, [Read more…]
My friends, It’s been a loooooong time since we’ve had a sale on our 2012 edition of the Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book. And because my Dad’s so awesome (many of you know him as “AJ’s Dad” of course), we’re doing a big ol’ sale for Dad’s Day!
I also think you’re awesome, and I don’t want you to miss ANYTHING on your next trip to Disney World.
Soooooooo… starting today, for one week only, use code “DAD” to get 20% off this 300-page, fully portable e-Book. (It looks great on your iPad!)
The best part is (well, no, the best part is all of the detailed info and incredible food photos — if I do say so myself — but this next part is pretty cool too…) that the book is guaranteed to give you your money’s worth or we’ll give you your money back! No questions asked! (Well, I’ll have silent questions about why you didn’t like it, but I won’t actually ask them. That’s between you and you.) 😉
SO, snap up the book and DON’T MISS ANYTHING on your next Disney World trip! Especially not the sweet money-saving tips…those things are awesome…
- Code “DAD” at check-out
- 20% off the purchase price ($14.95 instead of $18.95!)
- Don’t Miss Anything in Disney World
(I feel like the guy at the beginning of Soarin’…) [Read more…]
Great news as we start up this Memorial Day Weekend! If you need a Disney World food fix, are planning a trip to Disney World, or are wondering about the best places to eat in the World, we’ve got the perfect weekend activity for you.
If you don’t have your Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book yet, this is the time to buy! We’re having a SALE!
The Disney Food Blog’s Guide to dining in Walt Disney World features 250 full-color pages of information, planning suggestions, tips, and details about eating in Disney World.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, “This comprehensive e-book is a valuable tool for both first-time visitors and Disney World veterans.”
This weekend, you can get your Guide for 20% off the regular purchase price using code: Memorial on the check-out page! The best news: it’s risk-free with a 30-day money-back guarantee! If you’re unsatisfied with the book for any reason, you can receive a refund, no questions asked. This discount will last for a limited time, so get your copy today 🙂
To see more testimonials and recommendations, sample pages, and details on BONUS items when you purchase, visit http://DFBGuide.com!
As you know, I think that anything cinnamon roll related in Disney parks and resorts is a breakfast of champions. So when I was headed to the Magic Kingdom to meet a friend at the Main Street Bakery for breakfast recently, I decided I’d get a cinnamon roll.
When I arrived a bit early, I took my time scoping out the goodies available, which included these beauties:
…and realized that I haven’t really done a review of the Bakery, per say. It was part of the bakery throw down (speaking of, head over to that post to see lots of pics of atmosphere at the Bakery), of course, but as for really digging into the food options there, it’s been a while! So I took advantage of the situation.
I suppose it should have been a warning when the cast member at the check-out counter started pulling out the take-out containers, but when I got over to my table, I had this:
I got some pretty weird looks from folks, but I’m pretty used to that by now. 😉 And don’t worry, I took the food I didn’t eat back to the hotel room. And I subsequently found out that a cinnamon roll from the Bakery tastes surprisingly good even [Read more…]
Hi guys! We’re working on another brand new Disney Food Blog project, but we need your input and thoughts to make it happen.
So Here’s The Plan
Remember when we asked what you’d like to see in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining? One of the responses we heard quite a bit went a little something like this…:
“I…tend to plan where I’m eating based on where I am going to be, or vice versa, so I’d love something like “if you are at Animal Kingdom, eat dinner at …”
We got several responses similar to this one, and since we often plan our dining to be close and convenient to where we’ll be that day, too, we thought it was a great idea. So we included in the DFB Guide several one-day dining strategies for specific circumstances (see a sample dining strategy below for guests staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge).
The Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide Series
We knew we had many more of our one-day strategies to share, and we wanted to add week-long strategies including some of our favorite restaurants, but the large size of the DFB Guide meant we had to cut it off somewhere!
So since we know there’s still a lot of in-depth info to cover in that area — and other areas — we’ve decided to produce Mini-Guides dedicated to specific aspects of Disney dining! Several of these mini-guides will focus completely on turn-key one-day, one-week, and two-week dining strategies for your vacation. We’ll give you our favorite suggestions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND snacks based on where you’re staying, what park you’re visiting each day, and even what special dining criteria you have to manage.
And we’ll take the guesswork out of travel/transportation planning for you! Our strategies will focus on making getting from “here” to “there” easy, quick, and convenient.
We Need Your Suggestions
To make sure we’re putting out the right Mini-Guides for you, tell us in the comments below what you want to know more about. Here are a few examples to get your brainwaves going:
- Are you staying in a Magic Kingdom resort for a week and want to know the best places to eat and how to get to them?
- Will you be spending several days in Epcot and need to ensure you get some variety?
- Are you (or is someone in your party) eating vegetarian or gluten-free on your trip?
- Do you want to be able to walk to your dinner restaurant from wherever you are that day?
- Do you have three kids, two grandparents, a sister-in-law, and four cousins who all have a different wish-list when it comes to food…and refuse to take the bus?
Share with us what kinds of dining strategies would make your vacation planning 110% easier!
Other Disney Dining Topics You’d Like to See Covered in More Detail?
And let us know if there are other in-depth Disney dining topics you’d like to hear more about. The Mini-Guide series is slated to include a volume about planning for the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, one focused on the ins and outs of the Disney Dining Plan, a guide dedicated to dining with Special Diets in Disney World, and more! And don’t worry…we’re already working on a new Disney Food Blog project all about snacks!
I can’t wait to hear what YOU want to know!
The Plaza Restaurant
I love the Plaza. Here’s why:
- It’s less expensive than many other table-service restaurants
- It’s good quality
- It’s easy
What more could you want in a restaurant when you’re fighting Magic Kingdom crowds, dying to use your Splash Mountain fastpass before the parade, and coping with your tired and hungry troops?
The Plaza is a tiny little restaurant located between Tomorrowland and Main Street USA in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.