Sunday, February 23, 2014

Table Service Dining at Disney

                                           Walt Disney World Dining    
Ø Items in RED are Character Dining Locations
Ø There is a No-Show fee on most restaurants now. When booking we have to secure it with your credit card info.  Nothing will be charged unless you do NOT show up, then it is $10/person.


Magic Kingdom
Sit Down Meals
·        Crystal Palace: Pooh & friends located in the Magic Kingdom, characters for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All you care to eat buffet for all three meals.


·        Cinderella’s Royal Table: Cinderella and other princessess meet you inside the castle in the Magic Kingdo. This requires two dining reservations and takes quite a while to eat. This must be booked six months in advanced and paid for by dining plan or credit card in full at booking.  You will receive
  • One Professional Photo Package, for groups of up to 4 Guests
  • 2 Professional Photo Packages, for groups of 5 to 8 Guests
  • 3 Professional Photo Packages, for groups of 9 to 12 Guests
Each Photo Package includes:
  • One 6" x 8" and four 4" x 6" prints
  • One 6" x 8" print of Cinderella Castle
  • A Cinderella-themed photo holder

·        Be Our Guest: This is the newest restaurant on property in the new Fantasyland in the Beast’s Castle.  The castle itself is a must see and the steak and lamb chops at dinner were outstanding. Keep in mind Belle will not be making an appearance at this meal but you can meet up with the Beast after the meal. While a reservation is required (and very difficult to get) for dinner, breakfast and lunch are a quick service and offer excellent food. If you don't get a reservation for dinner here stop in for breakfast or lunch instead.


·        Tony’s Town Square: Italian food-we were unimpressed but the location is convenient and many previous clients love it.

Quick Service and Snack Notes
  • ·        Pecos Bills in Frontierland is an air conditioned location with cheeseburger and fries as well as a ‘fixins bar’, two can share on the dining plan. One great option is the bacon cheeseburger.
  • ·        Casey’s Corner: hot dogs and corn dogs.  Corn dog nuggets adult meal is big and plenty to share, there is limited seating here but if you cross mainstreet and head up to Tomorrow land Terrace there is always tons of shaded seating areas.
  • ·        Cosmic Rays-same as Pecos for the most part, fixins bar. At this location you need to look at all menus before ordering because the line you get in has DIFFERENT menus. Including cheeseburgers, chicken, BBQ…this is one of my kids favorites (teen and tween) for liquid cheese on the fixins bar!
  • ·        Use a quick service to eat breakfast at Main Street Bakery featuring Starbucks coffee –if you have saved on meals by sharing to this point you could have breakfast. Ask how to use a counter service credit; I believe you get a coffee, juice, and two pastries.
  • ·        Be Our Guest: Lunch is a counter service, so if you weren’t able to get a dining reservation for dinner this is a great opportunity to see the castle. Free serve yourself drink refills.
  • ·        Aloha Isle: Pineapple Whip is one snack credit- I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pineapple floats.  This is located at the entrance to Adventureland off the main hub to the left as you look at the castle.
  • ·        Sleepy Hollow: Funnel Cake as a snack credit-also to the left of the castle and immediately on your right.
Epcot
Sit Down Meals
·        Coral Reef: Full wall aquarium includes scuba divers, seafood fare


  • ·        Le Cellier: Steak in Canada: all meals are 2 services lunch and dinner
  • ·        Via Napoli: in Italy…WOW great Italian and brick oven pizza.  Ideal for large groups.  We like their Candele (white sauce chicken, noodle meal) and Coppa dii Brutti Ma Buon (amerana cherries with vanilla gelato) that was excellent. We had a group of 9 including children 7-13 and everyone was happy with their food.


  • ·        Teppan Edo: Japanese food made on an open grill at your table, we went here without kids but school age kids would have liked watching them cook.
  • ·        Garden Grill: Chip n Dale and Mickey Epcot-fresh vegetables from the gardens below.  This is a slowly rotating restaurant that is family style dining with unlimited food. While eating you will be above the ‘Living with the Land’ ride and you will see it as you eat.
  • ·        Akershus Royal Banquet Hall: Princesses at Epcot in the Norway Pavilion five princesses at one time. Breakfast, lunch or dinner

Quick Service and Snack Options
·        All the separate countries do have quick service meal options; you could share as a family eating your way around the world.
·        Towards the end of your trip, use your snack credits to buy candy from around the world at the stores, you can buy candy bars inside merchandise stores as a snack credit and then enjoy them once you get home. Rice krispy style mickey heads and the such are also great for travel.
·        Karamell-Küche in Germany: there is a confectionary that has tons of CARAMEL SWEETS! Many are ‘snacks’ on the dining plan.

·        Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie in France is a great Counter Service in the back inside of a gift shop.
Hollywood Studios
Sit Down Meals

  • ·        Sci-Fi Dine in Theater: this restaurant is modeled off an old drive in.  You sit in giant plastic convertible cars and eat your meal while watching a wall sized projection of black and white 1050’s no so ‘scary movies’.  They are giant bugs eating the planet kind of movies not true violence. Food is good including burgers and milk shakes, shrimp, pasta or steak.
Holcroft's

  • ·        Hollywood and Vine: Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Handy Manny, Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins and Playhouse Disney friends at Hollywood studios.  This restaurant is open all day but only has characters at some meals; generally breakfast and lunch have characters.
Quick Service and Snack Options
·        Starring Rolls: for pastry breakfast and big cupcakes
·        Fairfax Fare: BBQ, hot dogs and cheeseburgers and fries

Animal Kingdom
Sit Down Meals
  • ·        Rainforest Café at Animal Kingdom: This is an animatronic restaurant that ‘comes alive’ every 20-30 minutes as the sounds of the rainforest roll throughout the restaurant.  Gorillas, monkeys, birds and other animals move and make noise from trees as the sound of a rain storm begins. Keep in mind young children’s temperament if they are afraid of noises this might not be a good idea.
  • ·        Tusker House Breakfast and Lunch: Donald, Daisy, Mickey and Goofy located in Animal Kingdom
Quick Service and Snack Options
·       Flame Tree BBQ
Resort Restaurants
Sit Down Meals
·        Chef Mickey’s: Mickey and Friends located at Contemporary Resort (on monorail to Magic Kingdom and a short walk from Magic Kingdom.)  This meal is available breakfast or dinner only.

·        1900 Park Fare: Cinderella, Prince Charming, Step Mother and step sisters at Grand Floridian Resort (on monorail to Magic Kingdom)

·        Cape May Café: Goofy and friends Disney’s Beach Club Resort (a 1/3 mile walk to EPCOT’s back entrance and a boat ride to Hollywood Studios)
·        O’Hana: Breakfast with Mickey, Stitch and Lilo at Polynesian Resort (on the monorail to Magic Kingdom)



·        California Grill: Excellent adult meal and teens, I would not take young children, it takes a while and is very nice. This is on a top floor of Contemporary and you can come back to watch fireworks from there. This is a several course meal that is intended to be an event of its own. This requires two meal credits! At the Contemporary Resort.
·        The Wave: excellent filet mignon, adult, tween and teen dining. 
·        ‘OHana: Dinner is not a character meal but is a fire pit of all you care to eat Hawaiian inspired skewered meats, delicious pineapple dessert.  Hawaiian hula dancer takes kids on a dance around the room.  This restaurant books early and often only available times are after 8p.m. unless you plan in advance. A manly favorite!


·        Boma at the Animal Kingdom Lodge: African Buffet, unusual food for the adventurous diner. I do not like wild food options but I never leave here hungry, there is enough for those that don’t like unusual food, too. An adventurous eater’s delight!
·        Whispering Canyon Café at the Wilderness Lodge (a boat ride from the Magic Kingdom):  Fun, wild dining, great for elementary kids and teens.  BBQ skillet with all you can eat, but the atmosphere is wild and fun as waiters dance and yell with kids. I have received excellent reviews from clients with kids from 3-23!
Dillon's and Stidham's

·        Grand Floridian Café: This restaurant is inside the Grand Floridian resort and has a great grilled steak.
·        Cape May Café: All you care to eat seafood at the Beach Club Resort which is a bus from any park or a walkway/boat from EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.
Downtown Disney Area
Quick Service and Snack Options

  • ·        Wolfgang Pucks Express at Downtown Disney (this is NOT the same as Wolfgang Puck’s on Disney’s West side that is very expensive)You order at  counter then sit down to eat. This is a high quality meal and is part of quick service on dining plan. Best counter service on the meal plan by far. Excellent sharable pizzas and a rotisserie chicken meal that could easily be shared.

  • ·       Earl of Sandwich: Great fresh sandwiches inexpensive and available at Downtown Disney, during crowded times of the year it is hard to find a table. This is an excellent idea if you are not on the dining plan as it is very affordable.

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