With two holidays to Walt Disney World taking advantage of the Quick Service Disney Dining Plan, we have learned that for us upgrading our plan to the Disney Dining Plan will save us money. During our first visit to Walt Disney World, we booked lunch at Cinderella’s Royal table.
On our second visit, we booked Tusker House, Garden Grill and Be Our Guest for dinner. All of these we paid outside of our dining plan for, and as such we worked out that we would have gotten much better value for money if we had been on the regular dining plan which involves one quick service, one table service and two snacks per day.
Obviously the Disney dining plans aren’t for everyone, and a lot of people prefer to eat outside of the parks. For us, we really enjoy the Disney bubble that we integrate ourselves in for the time of our holiday and as such find ourselves eating on Disney property the whole time. Have questions on the Disney Dining Plan? I have answered questions in a separate post.
There are so many different restaurants to choose from and there is no way we will ever be able to experience them all, but I think I may have narrowed down my choices for a typical ten night stay at Walt Disney World.
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My choices have reflected circumstances such as booking for a family environment, and also casual attire. Most of Disney property the restaurants are very relaxed, but there are a few signature dining options that I haven’t considered whilst Miss A is still young. As the Disney Dining Plan allows one table service restaurant credit per night of your stay, I have chosen the following to fill a ten night holiday.
Ohana is located in the Polynesian resort. The restaurant provides a character meal for breakfast with Lilo and Stitch, but I would choose the dinner option. There are no characters, however the food is served family style and you can request more of anything you are served.
The meal begins with coconut bread and green salad, followed by pork dumplings and honey chicken wings. The main course is skewers of sweet and sour chicken, steak and shrimp served with noodles and fresh vegetables. Dessert if it can be fitted in is bread pudding with bananas and caramel sauce.
I know as a family, we will all enjoy the food here. The only part for me that I don’t like is the dessert, however I’m not too bothered and can skip this part. We really enjoyed our dinner at Ohana, read about it here.
Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom is a character restaurant I have always thought about trying. Meeting Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore will be great fun. Couple this with a buffet full of salads, meats, pasta and breads, I think enjoying lunch here will be a great break from the Florida heat. We loved our meal at Crystal Palace, read about it here.
Hoop de Doo Revue
Hoop de Doo Revue is located at Fort Wilderness Resort and Camp Grounds. Dinner and a show will cost you two dining credits on the Disney Dining plan, with all you can eat chicken, ribs, salad, and shortcake for dessert. This has sounded great fun each time I read about it, and is very high on my list of places to try.
Be Our Guest
We have eaten at Be Our Guest before, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure I would pick a restaurant to re visit as there are so many choices out there to try, however we all enjoyed it so much that it’s on the list. The steak was amazing, and of course I had to try the grey stuff for dessert.
Coral Reef is located in Epcot near The Land pavilion. The restaurant is primarily a fish restaurant with other options. I want to go for the experience as you can see the tanks of fish whilst you eat which I think will be such a fun thing to do.
Trails End restaurant
Trails End is a buffet restaurant located again at Fort Wilderness Resort and Camp Grounds. This is one restaurant that I keep hearing about with great food and very good value for money so I can’t wait to try it out. Our review of Trails End can be read here.
We have determined that Trails End restaurant is on the lower price scale so perhaps it’s lesser value on the Disney Dining plan.
1900 Park Fair
Located in the Grand Floridian, this character buffet restaurant hosts Alice, The Mad Hatter for breakfast, and Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine and the Ugly Sisters for dinner. I would opt for dinner as you don’t get the chance to see Prince Charming in the parks so this would be a great experience.
Hollywood And Vine
I have chosen Hollywood and Vine located in Hollywood Studios as it’s part of the Fantasmic restaurant packages. If you book a meal at select restaurants in Hollywood Studios under the package then you get a ticket which allows priority seating for that evenings show of Fantasmic.
Hollywood And Vine is a buffet restaurant and in the past it showcased characters aimed towards the younger guests such as Doc McStuffins and Jake and The Neverland Pirates. This option isn’t for us, however new Minnie’s seasonal dine has been introduced which will suit us very well.
Hopefully we’ll get a decent time slot even if it does mean we’re eating our lunch at 3pm. It’ll be a good excuse for a lay in that morning and a late breakfast, late lunch and then a snack whilst we’re watching Fantasmic. You can read about our Hollywood & Vine experience here.
An African themed buffet restaurant located in Animal Kingdom lodge. This sounds very different and the fact that it’s a buffet will hopefully mean we can try different foods and it doesn’t matter too much if we don’t like them.
What do you think of my Disney Dining plan choices? I have chosen the restaurant based on the menus and experiences. Also I am pleased that the choices would encourage us to visit other resorts as well as the parks. This could only mean that we would want to stay somewhere different to our beloved Caribbean Beach resort though.