A while back, we polled Disney Food Blog readers — Disney fans who have been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt — on their top Disney Dining Tips.
Not surprisingly, the top tip mentioned was the advice to make Disney Dining Reservations, since you don’t want to be shut out of your favorites or from the most popular restaurants. So this time around we thought it would be fun to ask about their SECOND best Disney Dining Tips!
Read on to see what our Disney Food Blog twitter followers shared as their second best Disney dining tips, and be sure to share in the comments whether you agree or disagree! Share YOUR tips to help your fellow Disney lovers!
Enjoy Some Disney Snacks
We LURVE our Disney snacks around here! And so do our readers! Many of the tips we received were about the favorite classic pre- and post-meal goodies we all love to tuck into in the Parks.
Eat at “Off Hours”
Disney vacationers cannot live on snacks alone, though—there are too many great Disney restaurants!
Several of our twitter friends recommended taking advantage of “off” meal times by enjoying a late breakfast/early lunch, or a late lunch/early dinner! This is when the restaurants are less likely to be packed with families sticking to the traditional meal times.
Paul B. tweets, “Off hours eating leads to taking advantage of shorter attraction lines during the normal meal times.” So while everyone else is waiting in the lunch line, you’re able to hop onto Splash Mountain with a much shorter wait.
And when you are ready to enjoy your late lunch, not only will you have a quieter, more intimate meal, but you’re more likely to get a coveted window seat or other special seating area (like a car-booth at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater). Dining bonus!
Visit the Resorts for Meals
If you’re not able to take advantage of less-busy meal times, you should consider resort dining during peak meal times for the same effect. While everyone else is in the Parks, you’ll be enjoying calm, quiet, air-conditioned comfort. (We’re feeling more relaxed just thinking about it…)
Reader Mandy B. was especially in favor of this strategy when you’re touring the Magic Kingdom: “Except for snacks, don’t eat at the MK. Take a boat or monorail to one of the hotels for a low key, seated meal.”
If you’re willing to step out of the Parks for a meal, we enjoy Trail’s End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness Resort (which is temporarily closed as of 2021), The Wave at the Contemporary Resort and Grand Floridian Café at the Grand Floridian Resort for delicious, less crowded dining.
Disney Dining Plan
NOTE: As of October 2022, the Disney Dining Plan remains suspended.
Not surprisingly, Disney Food Blog readers on Twitter mentioned the Disney Dining Plan frequently, but their advice was divided.
“Don’t waste your money on the Disney Dining Plan,” tweeted Carrie H. Several others, including Amy Beth C., chimed in their agreement, arguing that the price is too high and the benefits too slim.
Some readers were more positive on the subject, like Dominique B., who replied with a resounding: “Noooo! Definitely get the dining plan. It makes life sooooo much easier!” It’s hard to argue with the idea that the all-inclusive nature of the dining plan makes things easier both as you’re budgeting for vacation and in the Parks.
But is the dining plan worth it for you? Our best suggestion is to crunch the numbers. There is a full chapter in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book, complete with sample budgets and in-depth analyses that will help you figure out the bottom line for your family.
Thanks to everyone who shared their awesome tips!! We know every family has their own secrets and tricks for making the most of dining at Disney World — why not share your secrets and help your fellow Disney fans on their trips?
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So, it’s time for YOU to chime in! What’s your second best Disney Dining tip? Let us know in the comments below!