From updated menus to holiday sale items and Guest Experience kiosks to new merchandise, Magic Kingdom has it all! Let’s take a walk through the park, shall we?
2019 is going to be a big year for Disney parks. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, plus an all-new Skyliner transportation system will begin operating at Walt Disney World! But that’s not all…
You’ll get to enjoy lots of new and exciting restaurants on both coasts! (That’s why we’re all here, right!?) Read on to learn more about what what’s opening and where, plus when you can expect to be able to visit each spot!
Here at the DFB, we’re all about taking advantage of money-saving opportunities whenever possible, but we also love snacks, soooo… We’ve combined these two loves into one super tip that’s straight from the 2019 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining!
That’s right: Snacks that are filling enough to be meals — which means saving some money or Disney Dining Plan credits! A Walt Disney World vacation budget often revolves around food: How much do we want to spend on meals each day? What’s the most we want to spend on snacks? Are we going to buy souvenir goodies to bring home?
If you’re on the DDP, you still have planning to do and questions to ask: If we want to try a Signature meal, how do we conserve entitlements to be sure we can cover it? If we’re on a Quick Service DDP, how can we stretch those credits to cover more meals?
If you’re planning a Walt Disney World vacation in 2019 and will be using the Disney Dining Plan, you’re likely already thinking about where you’ll eat and how you’ll maximize those credits.
Lucky for you, we have tons of resources to help you with all of that! Whether you’re trying to make the most of quick service credits or trying to maximize your table service credits, there’s a DFB post for you. 😉
In the pantheon of inspired restaurants at Walt Disney World, Jiko — The Cooking Place has been at the top and at the bottom for me over the past few years. I’ve had excellent meals there, and I’ve had ho-hum meals there. So let’s see how this one turns out!
This Signature table service spot is located on the lower level of Animal Kingdom Lodge, across from Boma, the resort’s popular African- and Indian-inspired buffet. (Incidentally, if you’re looking for AKL’s quick service restaurant, The Mara, you’ll also access that through the lower level, too.)
Jiko has been a guest favorite for years. The menu is a celebration of the many and varied food traditions of the African continent, employing high-end ingredients and traditional African components to create a unique (in Disney World anyway) dining experience for guests.
And while Jiko’s menu features a selection of meat dishes (you’ll see several examples below), vegan and vegetarian diners may be offered a variety of choices on a separate menu, so be sure to ask.
Sebastian’s Bistro opened at Walt Disney World’s Caribbean Beach Resort in October — just in time to get in on the holiday action that’s taking over the World!
Sebastian’s will be serving up Thanksgiving lunch and dinner this year! Life is the bubbles — and the turkey, evidently!
With so many great new eats and treats coming to Disneyland this holiday season, it can be challenging to choose! We’re here to help with some recommendations on what you should pick and what you can skip of the new menu items at Hungry Bear Restaurant.
We get a ton of questions about allergens here at the DFB, and we know lots of you will be thrilled with the latest news from the online menus on DisneyWorld.com and Disneyland.com.
Guests can now view allergy-specific menus for some of Disney World’s and Disneyland’s restaurants online — and that means you can get a better idea of what’s safe to eat before you even arrive for your vacation!
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.