By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2018, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

h. Where to Eat at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute

How to Eat    Where to Eat    The Dining Plan    Guide to Disney Dining


Where to Eat at Walt Disney World from yourfirstvisit.netSome of the best family experiences at Walt Disney World are the meals.

But with more than a hundred very different alternatives, the most fun of which sell out months in advance, dining is more complicated at Disney World than you would think.

Moreover, because of the popularity of the dining plan (see How to Eat), reservations for your table service choices are absolutely a must.

This site takes care of dining for you.

It selects all your Walt Disney World and Orlando dining sites and times, and the To-Do List includes all of the dining reservations you need to make, and by when you need to make them; these dining destinations are also listed in your itinerary.

Your dining sites have been selected based on how well-loved they are by families, kid-pleasing menus, how effectively they achieve their show intent, value for money, and convenience.

If you can’t follow the dining instructions in the itineraries, see Dining Alternatives.


  • The dinner show Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue, hokey but loved for generations
  • “Character Meals” (where Disney characters join you for greeting, autograph, and photo sessions) at Cinderella’s Royal Table, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Chef Mickey’s, and the Crystal Palace
  • Other meals in especially interesting and kid-friendly settings, such as the San Angel Inn
  • Fun snack and/or “fast food” locations such as Beaches and Cream, Sunshine Season Food Fair, Pecos Bill’s, Aloha Isle, the Sci-Fi Diner, and the Boulangerie Patisserie.


Magic Kingdom:

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table (Character Meal)
  • Pecos Bill Café
  • Crystal Palace (Character Meal)
  • Dole Whip at Aloha Isle (Snack)

Hollywood Studios:

  • Backlot Express
  • Sci-Fi Diner (Snack)


  • Akershus Banquet (Character Meal)
  • Sunshine Season Food Fair
  • San Angel Inn
  • Boulangerie Patisserie (Snack)

Animal Kingdom:

  • Flame Tree Barbecue


  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (Fort Wilderness, Dinner Show)
  • Chef Mickey’s (Contemporary, Character Meal)
  • Beaches and Cream (Beach Club, Snack)
  • Plus your hotel’s counter service and your hotel room!


Retired from the Basic Itinerary in September 2009 (to save money and simplify days): 1900 Park Fare, Whispering Canyon, 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Liberty Tree Tavern

Retired in 2013 (also to save money) Downtown Disney: House of Blues Gospel Brunch, Rainforest Café



1 Jamie { 07.28.12 at 3:24 pm }

Hi Dave,
I am planning on going to WDW Feb. 9-Feb 16. We are doing the Disney Dinner Plan. I have been looking for something special to do for Valentine’s day but am finding that there isn’t much for Valentine’s day at Disney. We won’t have kids with us on our trip. I see that the California Grill will be closed for renos during that time. (I was so looking forward to doing the California Grill for Valentine’s!) I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a meal as I am already doing the dinner plan (so Victoria and Albert’s is out). What do you suggest?

2 Dave { 07.28.12 at 4:34 pm }
3 Krystal { 09.13.12 at 3:43 pm }

I first off want to say that I love, love, LOVE your site and thank you so much for all of your help!!! So I understand having to make your reservations as soon as that 180 day in advance mark rolls around. My question is do I have to make 1 revservation everyday for the duration of my trip or can I make them all at the same time? For example (not real figures) I am going to Disney July 1-7th, making 180 days in advance January 1-7th. Do I have to make my reservation for July 1st on January 1st, my reservation for July 2nd on January 2nd, my reservation for July 3rd on January 3rd and so on or can I make my reservations for my whole trip on January 1st? I hope you understand what I mean!!!!! Thanks for your help!

4 Dave { 09.13.12 at 6:53 pm }

Krystal, if you don’t have a WDW hotel reservation, then it is day for day just as you note–but an actual 180 days, not 6 months (e.g July 2 is not 180 days after Jan 2). If you book a WDW resort, once day 180 rolls around, you can book on that day out to day 190….so you can do ten days of booking in one day

5 Krystal { 09.13.12 at 7:42 pm }

Thanks so much for the quick response! Sorry for the bad math!! I was just trying to use a quick reference!!!! 🙂

6 Dave { 09.14.12 at 2:52 pm }

Hey Krystal…sorry about the math thing, but I had to be sure you (and anyone else reading this) got it!

7 Danny { 09.30.12 at 11:40 am }

Hi Dave

Akershus and San Angel Inn don’t appeal to me that much. Looking on the 7 day itinerary. Do you have replacement recommendations for those 2 dinners. I was think maybe Tutto Italia might be could? What do you think?

8 Dave { 09.30.12 at 5:57 pm }
9 Danny { 09.30.12 at 11:50 pm }

Thanks Dave. I will go with Tutto Italia then.

10 Diane { 10.28.12 at 9:52 pm }

We have reservations for crystal palace on Wed Nov 22 and Whispering Canyon on Thursday, Nov 23, Ohanas Friday Nov 24 , Chef Mickeys Saturday Nov 25 and Liberty Tree Tavern on Sun. Have recently read so many negative reviews about Whispering Canyon’s new menu. Should we try to change that reservation ? Staying @ Polynensian party of 11. 6 adults 5 children ages 7 -15.

11 Dave { 10.29.12 at 6:43 am }

Hi Diane, the fun of Whispering Canyon is the staff, not the food. While it’s too bad that the menu has changed, the food is still fine and the staff is still fun!

12 Diane { 10.29.12 at 3:45 pm }

Thanks so much Dave. We value your opinion!

13 Geetika { 11.17.12 at 2:11 am }

Hi Dave,
I am planning a 3 night stay at Disney World Dec 9-12. I have not made any reservations so far. After browsing your site it seems that I am super late in my plans, however I still want to try. Where do you recommend I make the dining reservations? I have a 4 yr old son who will probably enjoy a character meal.

14 Dave { 11.17.12 at 7:09 am }

Hi Geetika, I’d try these meals in order but skipping the first two as perhaps too “girly”!

15 Sherri { 11.25.12 at 12:01 am }

Hi Dave,
OK, so I am getting a little overwhelmed, but it’s all good. Thanks for ALL the great info. My question is about whether or not to get the dining plan. We will be 4 daults and one 6yo going 10.19.13 for 7 nights (hopefully staying in AK DVC villa). Looking at the dining plans I just can’t imagine eating all that food. But I don’t really know what food costs if you pay cash. I mean, we certainly don’t need a dessert with every meal, and will likely just eat breakfast in the room. Would it still be a good deal?

16 Dave { 11.25.12 at 7:18 am }

Hi Sherri, you are welcome!! The dining plan I recommend–the regular one, which gives you one table service, one quick service, and one snack per night–saves some money, but only if you would have eaten that many meals anyway… It sounds like you may be looking at one of the more expensive plans that gives three tables service meals a day??

17 Candlelight Dinner { 12.27.12 at 10:58 pm }

I am back! I was looking at the info on the Disney site about Candlelight Dinner- starting the Friday after Thanksgiving. Two questions – where would you recommend we eat for this? Do you watch the events from your table seat? or does it just give you preferred seating? Also, does the Disney dining plan include these events? I am not sure I get the whole idea…but it looks like fun!

Thanks again,


18 Dave { 12.28.12 at 7:29 am }
19 Be Our Guest { 12.30.12 at 2:39 pm }

OK – so the Candlelight event will not work since I got great plane tickets leaving on Friday of Thanksgiving, so on to other meal questions. Should we plan lunch or dinner at Be Our Guest? It looks amazing! We are doing make-overs for the girls at BBB and we think lunch right after at the princess character lunch while the girls are dressed up – but should we do Be Our Guest for dinner that same day or come back to the park another day for lunch there?

You really are a wonder – thanks so much for taking the time to help people plan their dream vacation.


20 Dave { 12.31.12 at 9:58 am }

Thanks Wendy you are so sweet! Be Our Guest should be fun–I’d advise dinner over lunch, and each day seems to book up the first day it becomes available, so sign up for it at 6a online at your 180 day mark!

21 Be Our Guest { 12.31.12 at 6:17 pm }

I have it on my calendar already! Am I correct that I can book 180 days from the day I arrive to stay at AofA? We arrive on Nov 23rd – May 27th, I think, is they day I can book it all. Am I correct? 6AM EST – correct? Worth it to get up at 3AM in CA!

Thanks and happy 2013!

22 Scott { 12.31.12 at 7:02 pm }


My family and I (wife, 18 year son and his fiancee and 6 year old son) were at Disney from December 7 through December 16 and were fortunate to have dinner at Be Our Guest on December 15. We also had quick serve lunches there twice during the week. I recommend both lunch and dinner. The quick serve lunch was well worth the wait, which was approximately 30-45 minutes.

The dinner at Be Our Guest was our favorite, followed by Kona. We also dined at Cinderella’s Royal Table, which I do feel is worth two dining credits.

We also did the Candlelight Processional Dinner package and ate at Le Chef de France. The food and service was just OK and felt the language barrier contributed to this as the waiter spoke broken English. We loved the Candlelight Processional though and it was our favorite activity during our stay.

We stayed at the Art of Animation and loved it. We spent two nights in a Lion King suite and the other nights in a Cars suite.

23 Be Our Guest { 01.01.13 at 6:03 am }

Thanks, Scott! Great info – thanks for taking the time to write…

I will make a dinner res and plan on a lunch there, too.

Happy 2013,


24 Dave { 01.01.13 at 8:08 am }

Yes you can Wendy. However, something–given that whole 3a thing–that’s worth doing is to call Disney dining reservations a couple of days before your 180 to make sure that they are counting the same way you are! The number is here at the end of “C”:

25 Dave { 01.01.13 at 8:11 am }

Hi Scott and thanks for checking in! I need to add BOG to the dining stuff I have…how did your kids like its menu?

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26 Scott { 01.01.13 at 12:23 pm }

No problem Wendy. I hope the information proves helpful. Happy 2013 to you also. problem at all.

My six year had the steak for dinner and liked it a lot. With regards to the lunch we ordered the quick serve lunches from the adult menu for him. He had the turkey sandwich and the steak sandwich. The latter being the better of the two.

Overall I rate Be Our Guest very high. The food was very good and well worth the dining credits for both the quick serve lunch and the table service for dinner.

Already looking forward to our next visit to Disney. Although I am not sure when that will be.

27 Gretchen { 01.13.13 at 10:06 pm }

Hi Dave,
I have two dining questions for you. First, have you eaten at Be Our Guest yet and what are your feelings about it for kids who are “not that adventurous.” Second, my oldest son is 9 but will likely be 10 or 11 when we go back to Disney. My husband and I would like to try Sanaa. On the Children’s menu, pizza and cheeseburgers are listed and that would be good for our younger sons. Would it be a problem if our older son ordered one of the items off the children’s menu? We would likely not be doing the Dining Plan so it wouldn’t be an issue of what type of credit to use. I just didn’t know how “strict” Disney restaurants tended to be about the age on the Children’s menu.Thank you!

28 Dave { 01.14.13 at 8:09 am }

Gretchen, I haven’t eaten at BOG yet–I haven’t’ been able to get a dinner reservation, and my family has not been willing to wait 30 minutes plus for lunch…though I am hoping for a meal in late January when I’ll be there solo and won’t have to deal with the whining!

I share your concern about options for young unadventurous picky eaters there, and think of it as more an adult restaurant that kids can love, rather than a kid restaurant that adults can love.

Re Sanaa and the kids menu–you’ll be fine. The heavy hand only comes down for younger kids on the dining plan trying to order off the adult menu–cash customers, or older kids ordering from the child menu, is not a problem.

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29 brian { 01.14.13 at 11:28 pm }

going to be at animal kingdom on mothers day this year. 2 adults and 3 kids age 10, 5, and 8. Would you recommend ‘ohana or boma for 1st timers and a mothers day out

30 Dave { 01.15.13 at 7:18 am }

Umm, Brian…neither of those restaurants is in the Animal Kingdom…are you looking for a Mother’s Day choice in the Animal Kingdom, anywhere in WDW or, between those two–one of which is at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the other at the Polynesian?

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31 Sheila { 01.15.13 at 1:58 pm }

Hi Dave! nice to talk to you again! I was wondering, do I have to be a guest on the Hotel to make a reservation at Chef Mickey? Beacuse I´m staying outside Disney.

Best regards from El Salvador

32 Dave { 01.15.13 at 3:46 pm }

Hi Sheila, nice to hear from you again! You do not need to be a hotel guest to reserve any Disney hotel restaurants, so go for it!

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33 Andy { 01.22.13 at 10:26 pm }

We will be heading to WDW a week from tomorrow and my 3 year old daughter is absolutely in love with the princesses. Is Akershush Royal banquet good for a 3 year old? Is every meal there a princess dining experience? Is it something we would have to make reservations for before we leave?



34 Dave { 01.23.13 at 8:08 am }

Andy yes it will be fun for her! But it may be already booked up, so make a reservation ASAP here or by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

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35 Trisha { 01.28.13 at 3:55 pm }

Love this website! We are looking for somewhere to have dinner in Downtown Disney. Your website suggests Rainforest Cafe, but we have one here in MI and we are not big fans. Where else would you suggest? We are arriving on Sat May 4, 2013 and we are planning on being downtown that night. I have followed your 7 day itinerary and have made all of my dinner reservations for the week we are there..Thank You for all of the great planning ideas! My daughters are 9 and 11. We would love any suggestions you could give us. If I need to make a reservation, I would like to do that before we arrive. THANK YOU!!

36 Dave { 01.29.13 at 6:34 am }

Thanks, Trisha! The next best family choice is T-Rex.

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37 KE { 02.24.13 at 10:49 am }


We are headed there in December with 4 adults and 3 kids (2 yr old girl, 2 yr old boy, 6 yr old girl). We will be there for a short trip that we do not foresee as being our last visit. We will have 4 nights with 3 days actually in the parks (AK and MK only w/no hopper option). We’re planning on doing the MVMCP one of the evenings we are there and I’m looking into the Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party.

Our party is pretty adventurous when it comes to eating but we do have a peanut allergy (toddler). We are okay with buffets since those are the character meals, but would like one or two other experiences to round out this short trip.

First here is our MUST for this trip:
1900 Park Fare (Cinderella Dinner)

The rest of the 3 table service meals are pretty open, though they have to be at MK, AK or a resort close to either of the two since these are the only parks we are visiting.

Here are some of the restaurants I’m looking at:
Tusker House (lunch w/characters)
Crystal Palace (breakfast w/characters)
Ohana (breakfast w/characters or dinner)
Be Our Guest (can’t decide if a QS or TS is better for this one)
Yak & Yeti
Chef Mickey’s (breakfast or dinner w/ characters)

Would love to take advantage of as many character options as possible, but would also like to have meals that are much more than standard buffet offerings and at least one adult option without characters.

Not sure about breakfasts…Are they really worth it? I hate the thought of “wasting” a better dining option to go with a breakfast when we could easily eat in the room or grab a small snack when we arrive at the park each day. Also do not want to miss opening because those are some of the BEST moments!

Any suggestions or thoughts are welcome…

38 Dave { 02.24.13 at 4:25 pm }

Hi KE! I’m assuming you are using the dining plan from some of your comments. I’m not keen on breakfasts as a use of dining plan credits–value for money–and they also get in the way of being at the parks when they open, whihc is the best time to best the crowds.

All the choices you’ve listed are great except Tonys, which is unexceptional, and Tusker House, which is good but not great. I’d add ot your list of possibilities Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness (see ) and Whispering Canyon at the Wilderness Lodge. Each is just a short boat ride from MK.

For help in sorting thru all these options, see this:

Hope this helps!!

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39 Katie { 03.03.13 at 6:13 am }

Hi Dave…..we are going to Disney this fall. However I have been trying to “practice” making a reservation for dinner at Be Our Guest. There are 3 of us….my husband, son and I. When I put 3 in it will give me an incredibly late dining reservation…..when I put 2 or 4 members in for the party size it gives me times over the dinner hour(i.e. from 4-6pm). I am doing this right at 6 am when you can start making reservations. What’s going on, do they not have many tables for 3?

40 Dave { 03.03.13 at 4:02 pm }

Hi Katie, I dunno, but am guessing you are right. In your shoes I’d just book for 4…

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41 Shana { 03.11.13 at 2:01 pm }

Dave, I’m in the process of planning our Disney trip for this October. Our daughter will be 5 when we go. I checked out the Be Our Guest Restaurant online and it looks very nice from an abiance perspective, but she’s 5….I don’t think she’s going to touch any of the food they have on the menu! Is it worth it? Or should we stick to Cinderella’s Royal Table and maybe Akershus? Also, we would like to do Bibbity Bobbity Boutique with her and since she’ll be all dressed up, I thought we could maybe do a fancy dinner or lunch that day. Based on where that is (the Boutique), which restaurant do you recommend we do afterwards? Thanks!

42 Dave { 03.12.13 at 8:10 am }

Hi Shana, I agree that BOG doesn’t have much on the menu for a typical 5 year old. See this:

There’s two BBB locations, one in Downtown Disney and one in the Magic Kingdom. You should go to the one in the Magic Kingdom, and then do Cinderella’s Royal Table after!

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43 Anonymous { 03.23.13 at 9:41 am }

Hi Dave, This is my first time in Disney staying Polynesian resort on August18-25 With 4 girls ages7-11 Staying 7night 8days with magic your way plus dining, 4 day magic ticket with water park. First Sunday ecopt @6;15 Akershua ,Monday M.K Cinderalla 12:10 noon lunch, Tuesday water park, Wednesday Wednesday water park @6;15 Citico , Thursday A.K , Friday Hoolywood Studio @5pm Hollywood vine show 8:30 ,Saturday water park @6:45 Mickey’s Chef , Sunday getting ready to leave plane leave 2:15 pm. Please need your help because with this i made the reservation with AAA but your site help me Sooooo much . I still can cancel reservation please help . Maria

44 Dave { 03.23.13 at 2:33 pm }

Hi I’m not sure what help you are looking for–??

45 maria { 03.23.13 at 3:27 pm }

Hi I didn’t expected a respone so quickly thanks. I wasn’t sure about the dining part especially Citico . I cancel Citico and added Ohana @8:30pm on Tuesday and Boma on Thursday 4:30pm . I would like your feed back in anything you think that can work better on my vacation.Thanks Maria

46 Lorrie { 03.23.13 at 8:20 pm }

Hi Dave this is my first time visiting and there is only two adults. At the resorts when dinning is included what meals or what is all included

47 Dave { 03.24.13 at 1:43 pm }

Hi Maria–yes, I think you made a good call to replace Citricos with Ohana. Citricos has great food, but is not much fun for the kids. You also strike me as having too many water park days and not enough days in the theme parks. You could easily spend six days in the theme parks–see this:

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48 Dave { 03.24.13 at 1:50 pm }

Hi Lorrie, none of the Disney resorts have dining included. You can buy something called the “Dining Plan” –there are several different versions–which give you varying amounts of meal credits. See this:

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49 Sarah { 03.25.13 at 11:47 am }

Hi Dave,
Well I just booked my Disney Vacation today. Tomorrow will be 180 days out. as of now it won’t give me the option to practice booking for tomorrow. my concern is….when tomorrow hits…will it allow me to book the rest of the week…even though the calender stops at each day?

50 Dave { 03.25.13 at 12:52 pm }

Hi Sarah! Assuming you are in a WDW hotel–and I know that was your intention–yes, you can book your arrival day and nine days more on your 180 day mark.

PS you can practice booking today, by using the day before your arrival date as the date you are trying to book…

51 Sarah { 03.25.13 at 3:16 pm }

Thanks Dave! And yes we are staying at a WDW resort! I appreciate all your help! Thanks for everything.

52 Dave { 03.25.13 at 4:23 pm }

Good luck, Sarah!

53 Sarah { 03.26.13 at 1:38 pm }

Well Dave,
Today was supposed to be my 180th day out to reserve all my dining experiences and Disney’s damn server is not working for booking reserverations right now! What are the odds! Woke up early and everything! LOL

54 Dave { 03.26.13 at 5:12 pm }

Sarah, what a pain! Were the telephone reservationists at 404-WDW-DINE off the system too?

55 Sarah { 03.26.13 at 9:06 pm }

Yes they were for awhile. I tried back around 5pm tonight and I was able to make a few more reservations. I was still not able to make Hollywood and Vine. She said that resturant and Ohana were still having issues! I guess I’ll try again tomorrow! Crazy huh!

56 Dave { 03.27.13 at 7:51 am }

Good luck today, Sarah!!!

57 Deb Wright { 03.27.13 at 1:55 pm }

First, I want to say even though I’ve been to WDW about 10 times I find your site very helpful in reminding me of things I’ve forgotten. You also update me on the new adventures available. Question – I love the tagliata di manzo @ Tutto Italia, is it still on the menu? Thank you for all your hard work!
All the Best,
Deb Wright

58 Dave { 03.27.13 at 5:20 pm }

Hi Deb, and thanks!! Here’s a link to the Tutto menu–my scan did not show the tagliato…

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59 Anonymous { 04.01.13 at 7:19 pm }

Hi Dave , This is Maria i follow your advice and cancel the water park and added 6 park tickets and if i decide to buy water ticket for 1 day then i will buy them there. Thanks so much for your hard work. I used your site for my vacation plan. I am so happy i did. Polynesian resort, parks, dining or i added photo plus. Please feel free to jump in and give me advice. Thank you soo much

60 Dave { 04.02.13 at 7:01 am }

Hi Maria, that’s great! Get back to me with any more questions you have…Dave

61 Michael H { 04.02.13 at 10:49 am }

Hi Dave/others,

My 180 days out will be next month, but I am having a blast planning this trip. All I have for a honeymoon restaurant thus far is Califrnia Grill… any other suggestions? I have 5 nights there so 5 tabe meals and 5 counter service.

Also, I heard that it is better to cash in your snacks (from the dining plan) in the theme parks, as the variety is better… does this sound right?

Mike H

62 Dave { 04.02.13 at 12:51 pm }

Hey Michael, see the stuff on the lower right of the image on this page:

And I think it’s true in general that there’s more snack variety at the parks, but it depends a bit on the resort…

63 Carrie { 04.02.13 at 7:15 pm }

I love your site as I really am planning our first visit to disney with our 2 and 4 yr olds. We are going next week and staying at Art of Animation. I did make some dinner reservations for your recommended places. We are doing Crystal Palace one morning, but the other mornings I had planned on eating a quick breakfast at Main st bakery in the park and getting some coffee in the morning. I see now that it is closed! Do you recommend any other places for a quick easy breakfast (like an egg sandwich or something)? We can eat something small in our room, but this will not be enough to get us through lunch. We do have the dining plan. We will probably head straight to Fantasyland when the park opens. Any good breakfast places in that area (with good coffee too)? Thanks very much!

64 Dave { 04.03.13 at 7:40 am }

Hi Carrie, and thanks!! Your best bet is the AofA food court, which will open at (if memory serves) 6a–double check in case it’s 7a. Your early time in the park is much better served by going on rides before the lines build than to a breakfast in the parks (at least befroe 10.30)…

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65 Scott { 04.06.13 at 11:39 pm }

Hi Dave,

Is it possible to make dining reservations without yet having room reservations? As an example, if we plan to go in early December but are not 100% sure of the exact dates other than narrowed down to a 7-10 span could we make reservations on the 180 day of each date of that 7-10 day span? I hope this makes sense and is not too convoluted.



66 Dave { 04.07.13 at 7:31 am }

Scott, anyone can make reservations so long as they are 180 days or less away. You do not need to have room ressies to do so!

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67 Scott { 04.07.13 at 4:56 pm }

Thanks Dave. I figured that was the case but was looking for confirmation.

68 Lora Switalski { 04.26.13 at 1:30 am }

Hi Dave,
I have learned so much from your website! We will be going to Disney June 5 thru June 10th. We are first timers and my daughters are 18 and 21. This is for their graduation, one from high school, one from college. I am looking for one restaurant that will be a “wow”! Something 4 adults would like. We are staying at the swan and this is a surprise for my girls. Thank you for your time.

69 Dave { 04.26.13 at 1:11 pm }

Hi Lora, and thanks!!

If by wow you mean fine dining, see the options in the lower right box of this:

All are WOW restaurants!

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70 Michael H { 05.08.13 at 1:47 pm }

Hi Dave! I don’t know where the schedule is to find out the evening I should book California Grill to see the fireworks(?) show. And if I have the schedule, what am I looking for on it? Thanks. Mike.

71 Dave { 05.09.13 at 8:21 am }

Hi Michael, I’m not sure what you are asking!

72 Michael H { 05.09.13 at 1:27 pm }

I can’t find the fireworks show schedule for viewing from California Grill.

73 Dave { 05.10.13 at 1:25 pm }

Michael, what dates are you targeting? California Grill is closed for rehab right now. I’ll let you know the Wishes fireworks sked once you tell me your date…

Or you can work with this: There’s a tiny calendar icon on the right side just below “Friday May 10” You can use that to check a specific date.

And just in case you don’t alreayd know this, Wishes is much better from within the Magic Kingdom, facing the castle from the Main Street side, than from the California Grill. The CG is a great option once you’ve ssen Wishes the right way once, but isn’t a subsitute for that…

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74 Michelle { 05.13.13 at 3:37 pm }

I’m planning a September trip, with two sit down dinners at Magic Kingdom. (Dining plan). Be Our Guest is totally booked, and for one of our dinners, we’ve decided on Liberty Tree. What would you suggest for our second table credit? (We’re not really into buffets!)


75 Scott { 05.13.13 at 8:26 pm }


Since you cannot get a reservation at Be Our Guest I would recommend Kona, which is in the Polynesian. You can take the monorail from the Magic Kingdom to the Polynesian.


76 Michelle { 05.13.13 at 10:04 pm }

Kona looks FABULOUS! Thanks for the recommendation; I never would have even considered going anywhere beside MK (I was so not looking forward to Tony’s). The park closes at 7, dinner is at 7:45, then, it looks like the floating electrical parade will be at 9. Sounds like the perfect ending of our trip.

77 Dave { 05.14.13 at 7:49 am }

Scott, thanks for helping Michelle out!!

78 Scott { 05.14.13 at 6:47 pm }


I think you will enjoy Kona very much. We dined there (on the Dining Plan) in December and it was well worth the dining credit. The lamb chops were great.


My pleasure. Glad I was able to help.


79 Brandy { 05.20.13 at 2:50 am }

I LOVE this site. I just returned from my trip 4/27-5/5. Had a wonderfully WET time. It was my 4th trip, but first trip for some of my family. I wish I had found your site before going, and I can’t wait to share it with other board members from other sites (if that is allowed). I did not know I was taking my trip until about 60 days prior, we did not stay onsite, and found reservations tricky. I wanted to remind those that are going to keep trying for reservations. I was able to get Crystal Palace for 4 at 8:05 (early park entry and PERFECT castle pictures) just 2 days before we needed them. I also scored Tommorowland Terrace desert party the day of. It seems the closer to the date you need reservations, the more likely they will be available (I’m sure it has to do with the cancellation policy)
My question is about T-Rex. My entire party LOVED this place. The food was above average, but my 6 year old is still raving about the dinos. We are planning our return for Jan 25- Feb 8, 2014. You recomend Rainforest Cafe, will this atmosphere disapoint compared to T-Rex? I hope we are able to do both, but I really don’t want to spend 2 days at DTD. Is the Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom comparable to DTD?

80 Dave { 05.20.13 at 9:07 am }

Hi Brandy, and thanks! And please do share away on your boards!

RF is very similar to T-Rex–not as scary, but just as detailed. See this: And the AK version is just great! I send people to the DTD one only because they are in DTD that night anyway if they are following one of my itineraries!

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81 Matt { 05.26.13 at 9:45 pm }

We are going the week after Thanksgiving (Nov30-Dec7) and are going to have a party of 10 for all meals. I know it says to make reservations for the Character meals but should I also make reservation for all our other meals as well? Both Quick Service and Table meals? One or the other? Do meal times (Bkfst,Lunch,Dinner) make a difference? Thanks for all the information on this site. It has made my planning much easier!

82 Dave { 05.27.13 at 5:39 pm }

Hi Matt, and thanks! You should reserve all of your table service meals–whihc would include all character meals. You can’t reserve quick service meals…

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83 Matt { 05.27.13 at 8:11 pm }

Thanks! Is there anywhere it will tell me the max table size for the variuos Disney Restaurants? For example, Sci-Fi Dner looks like a max of maybe 4-5. Will I have to make 2 reservations for 5 each or 1 for 10 and they will give us multiple tables? Thanks again for all your help!

84 Dave { 05.28.13 at 7:40 am }

Matt, to answer your specific question, not that I know of, but the drop down menu under party size for e.g. Sci-Fi went up to 30 people before I stopped looking…

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85 Matt { 05.28.13 at 9:32 am }

Thanks for all your help.

86 Dave { 05.29.13 at 6:38 am }

You bet, Matt!

87 Kevin { 05.29.13 at 11:57 pm }

We are going to Disney in June with a child that has an extreme food allergy called FPIES. She only has 27 ingredients she can eat. I have to say that Disney has been GREAT. Every restaurant we booked has gotten in touch with us to inquire specifically about what she can and cant have. Each chef has come up with a special meal just for her and they are all purchasing the special ingredients from stores in Orlando that carry them just for her. I couldn’t believe how accommodating they have been! I wanted to share that before asking my question. Now, with our dining plan we have a certain number of snacks per day per person. We are going to be eating two nice sit down meals a day, so we most likely wont be snaking too much. I’ve been told you can use all of the left over snack credits on your last day to load up on snacks for the trip back. I was just curious if there is any kind of list anywhere of what items can be purchase with snack credits. Thanks for all of the great info!

88 Dave { 05.30.13 at 7:29 am }

Kevin, first, thanks for word on how helpful Disney has been. There’s plenty of parents in similar–though perhaps not often so complex–shoes, and your story will reassure them. Come back here after your visit and do a report on how the FPIES dining wnet, will you?

Second, I’m not aware of any list of what’s available as a snack. It really runs the gamut and my guess is that there’s more than a thousand different items if you added everything up everywhere…though the majority will be cookies/baked goods/ice cream bars/fruits/etc

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89 Kevin { 05.30.13 at 8:10 pm }

Dave, Thanks for all the great info. I will definitely come back and post after my trip to give an update on how the trip went.

90 Dave { 05.31.13 at 7:53 am }

Thanks, Kevin! Have a great trip…

91 Jennifer M { 06.04.13 at 5:52 pm }

Hello Dave! We just put our deposit down on the Disney Vacation from Feb 28/14 to Mar 9/14. We can’t book a package yet, but I was just curious on your thoughts on the disney Dining Plan. I’m on the fence on it being any cheaper. I’ve checked out a spreadsheet that I found on the touring plans website, and it is telling me that it would be cheaper to not get the dining plan. I would only get it for convenience. My first question is do you think there is any chance of a free dining plan at that time? Also, would it really be any more convenient to just have the dining plan? Out of those 10 days, 2 are travel, and two are not going to be spent in Disney. I am also wanting to go to either Cinderella’s table or Askershus and Hoop De Doo. So those require 2 credits each. what would your thoughts be? any suggestions?

92 Dave { 06.05.13 at 7:12 am }

Hi Jennifer!

The dining plan used to be a great deal, has come a lot closer over the last 5 years to being not much of a saver, but rather simply a budgeting tool, and my guess is that the 2013-2014 prices, which should come out any minute, will make that even more true. All things considered, if you don’t care about its value as a budgeting tool, it’s simpler to use cash. And no, I don’t think there will be free dining then…

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93 Jennifer M { 06.07.13 at 3:30 pm }

Hi Dave! I don’t know if anyone has asked this, but Now that the hotel and flights are booked, I’m trying to decide on dinner reservations. I’ve read reviews of both Askershus and Cinderella’s Table. I don’t think everyone else in the party will want two princess dinners, so which would you suggest? And are there any other must do restaurants that you suggest?

94 Dave { 06.09.13 at 7:30 am }

Jennifer, if your plans already include Epcot–whihc they should, unless your kids are all or mostly under 8–then Akershus is almost as much fun, but much less expensive, than Cindy.

My other must-dos are all at the bottom of the page in the section that starts “COMPLETE LIST…” You can also use this to sort and filter:

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95 Regina-Agent with Destinations in Florida { 07.01.13 at 8:48 pm }

Hello, I recently visited the Magic Kingdom over Memorial Day weekend for training and had dinner at Tony’s Town Square–if you haven’t been there, it is a must! Quaint little restaurant based off Disney’s Lady & the Tramp. Food was delicious, waitress was fun & engaging and the ambiance was delightful! There was a couple at a table across from us celebrating their anniversary–dinner was complete with the famous candle in a wine bottle! Bella Noche!

96 Dave { 07.02.13 at 8:43 am }

Thanks, Regina!!

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97 Kelly { 07.09.13 at 9:41 am }

Hi Dave! Thanks so much for this site, it’s really incredible all the work and love you’ve shared here! We are planning our 3rd trip to WDW for our 10th anniversary this next Feb. (I know, not a fave time, but we love the cost difference and we honeymooned at Disneyland, so feel it only right to spend this celebration at WDW.) We have 3 girls, who will be 7, 6, and 4 at that time. I was starting to lean towards The Spirit of Aloha dinner show, which we’ve never done, for a big Valentine Anniversary dinner, but I’m seeing mixed reviews on this. What is your opinion and if SOA is out, what would you suggest? We’re doing very few dining experiences to cut costs this trip, so any suggestions will be so helpful. We have been to Cinerella’s Royal Table 2x’s already and were wanting something a little different this time. Not necessarily fancy and romantic, just an all around great family experience to celebrate our anniversary. Thanks so much!!

98 Dave { 07.10.13 at 8:37 am }

Hi Kelly and thanks!

I think that Spirit of Aloha delivers the lowest value for money of anything at WDW.

I’d strongly suggest Hoop Dee Doo–see If that looks to corny, or you’ve already seen it, then Akershus–a fun lower key and less expensive princess meal at Epcot–woudl also be a great choice.

If you’ve done both, or want more options, then take a look at this:

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99 Kelly { 07.10.13 at 9:10 am }

Thank you so much, Dave! We haven’t done either of those and I am sooo glad I asked you about Spirit of Aloha before spending that amount for a less than amazing experience! I will definitely be choosing one of those other options, thanks so much!

100 Dave { 07.11.13 at 8:08 am }

You are welcome, Kelly! 🙂

101 Mike { 07.11.13 at 2:28 pm }

Hello Dave, If we are staying in a WDW resort ( the GF ) and we have a early morning breakfast at another WDW resort ( Cape May ), how do we get to the resort. GF to DTD then a bus to CM or is there something else?

102 Dave { 07.12.13 at 8:37 am }

Mike there’s no easy way to do this without taking a cab–there’s cab stands outside both hotels. Other options waste a lot of time…

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103 Samantha { 07.29.13 at 10:45 pm }

I just found this site and I love it! So helpful! I wanted to know your suggestions on places to eat with a 5 year old boy. We have reservations for breakfast at chef Mickey and Hollywood vine and dine. Dinner at ohanas and T. rex. I looked at others and didn’t see things on the menu a 5 year old would eat… Help please! 🙂

104 Dave { 07.30.13 at 8:03 am }

Samantha, I focus on older kids, so don’t really have a ton to add beyond the lists and charts already here. See this, for example, if you haven’t already:

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105 Maria { 08.03.13 at 11:38 am }

Going in February and trying to decided where to eat. I have booked a dining plan and was wondering if I can use this at any restaurant of my choice or if it just applies to some?

106 Dave { 08.03.13 at 12:08 pm }

Maria, it’s available for use at most, but not all, restaurants. Disney has a brochure that indicates which places accept credits, and how many. The current draft of the 2014 version is here:

More restaurants will eventually be in than are currently listed. Some restaurants at Disney World are owned by third parties, and negotiations between some of them and Disney tend to go down to the end of December…

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107 Zara { 08.03.13 at 1:01 pm }

Thanks Dave,
Your info is really useful.
What buffet restaurants would you recommend for our trip in March?

108 Dave { 08.04.13 at 8:49 am }

Hi Zara and thanks!

I don’t really think in terms of buffets when I recommend restaurants–rather, I focus on the quality of experiences.

Of my recommended restaurants that show up on pretty much all my itineraries, Chef Mickey’s and The Crystal Palace are buffets, and there’s probably others.

There’s a extensive section in The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2014 on buffets if you need it!

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109 Jennifer M { 08.12.13 at 10:45 am }

Hi Dave! Someone has probably asked this but I can’t find it. Where is a good place to eat to meet Goofy, Mickey, Donald, etc. (Just the original Disney characters)? Also, a good character meal for my 6 year old boy? We will be doing a princess dinner for my almost 9 year old daughter, but I would like my son to enjoy something. He is into pretty much all usual boy stuff, nothing out of the ordinary. Maybe somewhere in Downtown Disney? or Hollywood studios? It will be their first time and probably their last time till they are much older (like young adults).

110 Tom { 08.12.13 at 10:51 am }

Jen, the best place would be to have dinner at “Chef Mickey’s”; otherwise you’ll have to wander a bit around the park to meet&greet them all. Mickey is now at the hall by the main entrance at MK, Pluto can be found (not always) by the flagpole nearby and Daisy as well, Goofy used to be near Splash Mountain and Donald near Liberty Tree Tavern. Minnie is sometimes at the same spot that Mickey, I have found her seldom not always.

So, if you ask me, the best place to meet all the regular characters is Chef Mickey’s

111 Jennifer M { 08.12.13 at 3:50 pm }

Thanks Tom! I was also wondering about a 6 year old boy? Is there any character meals that maybe the toy story crew or something geared towards a young boy?

112 Dave { 08.13.13 at 6:43 am }

Jennifer, besides Tom’s great point about Chef Mickey, also think about as a “boy meal” the Hoop Dee Doo Revue—see

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113 Jennifer M { 08.13.13 at 10:34 am }

Thanks Dave! We are planning on going there. It sounds like a lot of fun. I was looking at T-Rex in Downtown Disney. What is it like there? Would you reccomend it?

114 Dave { 08.14.13 at 6:44 am }

T-Rex is a hoot, and very fun. Loud, active and colorful…and loaded with ginormous dinosaurs! One of my weaker photos is of it–it’s here:

115 Katherine { 08.24.13 at 4:53 pm }

We are staying at the GF in October. We are trying to decide between restaurants with a view of wishes. Do you recommend narcooses or CA grill? Leaning towards narcooses for convenience, but wanted your opinion. Thanks!!!

116 Dave { 08.25.13 at 8:35 am }

Hi Katherine! Frankly, I recommend being on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. If you have already seen Wishes from there, then the California Grill is by far the best restaurant choice for watching Wishes again, and since it’s just a monorail ride away from GF, it’s not that inconvenient.

117 Maria { 09.05.13 at 10:51 am }

Hi Dave, Thank you, Thank you what can I not say about you and your excellent work. This was our first time to world Disney and we stood @ the Polynesian Resort @ Tahiti building it was fabulous all the transportation was near we follow your instruction I took snacks and small boxes of cereal in the luggage it was the best idea I was up by 5am then girls we was out by 7:30am . We didn’t had to wait on line for any rides I couldn’t believe it we went on every single on none we had to wait I didn’t had to take fast pass it but we did just in case but it wasn’t necessary . the only things I didn’t enjoyed was the food @ akershus food it was terrible . Cinderella’s Royal Table the food was excellent .Ohana it was fabulous . we didn’t go Garden view tea room because my two oldest grandkids 10 and 11 years wasn’t cooperating so I cancel . I really wanted to go. Boma was a nice African buffets is not inside animal kingdom . chef Mickey’s was really nice but I felt pressure by the waitress to leave . Hollywood &Vine it was okay but Fantasmic !!!! was out of this world . Polynesia experience was beautiful I felt that I was on vacation especially the way you have it program. we went back to the resort and da kids had a blast in da pool, sand ,@ night movie @ da sand , @ night fire of Disney it was all beautiful. making plan for next august 2014 . it wasn’t full @ all it was just right. I thought that after Disney I was going to need a mini vacation and I book a four days to Puerto rico I wish I had stayed in da Polynesian instead but I did had a wonderful time in Puerto Rico no regrets. Do you have or do you know any site for Disney curise or to Africa. I want to say to you you are da man. thank you sooo much

118 Dave { 09.06.13 at 6:32 am }

Maria, thanks so much for your kind words and I’m so glad the site helped! Thanks for the detailed report too.. This is all I have–nothing on the Cruise Line–but it’s pretty well covered in books like The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2014.

119 Wendy { 10.15.13 at 10:06 pm }

Hope your week is going well – I have yet another question…

As of now, I have reservations for a Fantasmic meal at Brown Derby for our group AND I got Fastpass+ for the same show. Will those Fastpass+ seats be as good as the ones for the meal? We love the BD, but it would be nice to save the money if they are close to as good. In addition, do we get to arrive at the same time for both?



120 Dave { 10.16.13 at 7:18 am }

Wendy, the Fantasmic meal seating, which used to be lousy, is now great–and the FP+ seats are right next to it! So either way these are good seats. My FP+ had a return window that ended 15 minutes before Fantasmic showtime. I went in at the 20 minute mark and still found great seats…

121 Wendy { 10.16.13 at 3:17 pm }

Thanks! At a busy time (Thanksgiving week,) would you suggest more like 45 minutes?

122 Dave { 10.17.13 at 10:22 am }

No Wendy, there’s the same amount of dedicated seats and available FP+ either way. It can’t hurt to get there earlier, but I don’t think you don’t have too!

Also, did you see this:

123 Wendy { 10.17.13 at 9:16 pm }

Good to know about the number of passes – that makes sense. I did see that about the extra hours! I just do not know if I can get the crew there at 7:00 (4:00AM for us) – but I will try. The late hours shock me, too. 1-3AM – I wonder if that might be better than getting up so early?


124 Dave { 10.18.13 at 7:16 am }

OMG Wendy…4a on your body clock will not be fun. However…with FP+ sharply targeted at the rides that you otherwise should get on first thing, you could try skipping rope least on the first couple of days, while you adjust to the time change…

125 Wendy { 10.18.13 at 11:33 am }

That is what I am thinking – but we will see. When I was in college and visiting Rome, my dad sent me 10 pages on legal paper of all the things I need to do in my 3 days stay…and at the end he said, “You know, you do not need to sleep when in Rome.” That is exactly how my dad approaches all glorious thing in life…maybe that will work at WDW, too! Though, I must admit, I did sleep in Rome…just a bit. Of course, when we return, right back to school I go…cannot fall asleep while teaching thesis statements! Maybe sleep on the plane? It is a long flight…

126 Dave { 10.19.13 at 8:25 am }

I love your dad’s attitude!! Just take afternoon breaks for naps…I used to teach thesis statements too, as a freshman comp instructor at the University of Virginia! This site would be much better if I rewrote each page so I lead with the question addressed on it and its answer!

127 Wendy { 10.19.13 at 1:06 pm }

My husband taught the same at University of Nebraska…funny.

Your writing is why people come to the site – you give them info in a way they can understand and your writing considers audience and purpose….makes an English teacher (I teach middle school) happy.

Until the next question…


128 Dave { 10.20.13 at 6:47 am }

OK, Wendy, I admit, that in the core content of the site, you are right 🙂

129 Nickey { 10.29.13 at 10:50 pm }

Dave, I am confused what is the difference between San Angel and La Hacienda and which do you prefer for dinner?


130 Dave { 10.30.13 at 2:40 pm }

Nickey I get myself mixed up over this…

San Angel Inn is the restaurant I recommend. It is inside the Mexico pavilion, and imitates evening dining in an outdoor cafe in a Mexican city square. See

La Hacienda de San Angel is outside the pavilion, on the water. See this:

131 Meghan { 11.04.13 at 7:19 am }

Hi Dave –
We’re following the A-W-S itinerary for a 5/3/14 trip. I’d like to plan a dinner out for my husband and me on Thursday; while the kids stay with their Uncle. What do you recommend for a restaurant? I’d prefer a resort based restaurant, since we won’t be using a park ticket that day. Here’s the last tricky one….would love to have a Brown Derby Cobb (had one at Floridian Cafe about 11 years ago) but am having trouble finding it on menus! Obviously paying cash.

132 Dave { 11.04.13 at 7:26 am }

Meghan I dunno about the Cobb! Might be worth checking in with AJ at

On my general thoughts on adult dining, anything in the right column on this page would work: Locations are ID’s so you cna toss the theme park options…

For a stunning, and stunningly pricey, dining option, see this:

133 Lauren { 12.01.13 at 9:30 pm }

We are headed to MK for one day the first week of January, after visiting family in South Florida. I’ll be toting a one year old and 3.5 yr old girls. I know, I know, I was the one who said I would never change a diaper in Disney:). My 3.5 year old will be delighted, and life is short, so we are booked. Having said that, I want to keep the day flexible considering their ages. Anyway, I decided on a few character events-here it goes. Arrive Sunday, enjoy the hotel and pool. Sunday night take my 3.5 daughter and myself to Chef Mickey’s for dinner at 7pm. I could only get reservations for 2, which is fine, so my husband can hang out either back at the hotel with the wait for us with the baby at the Contemporary. Then I thought we could watch the fireworks from the 4th floor or take the monorail to the beach at they Polynesian. Any preference?

Monday-MK. I have a 7:30 am reservation at O’Hana Polynesian, with the idea that we’d then take the monorail to the park by 8:30ish. My instinct tells me that this may be too tight of a schedule in the morning and that I should head straight to the park to see the characters and head to Fantasyland/Dumbo rides. It’s doable because my children are up before the sun comes up, but what do you think? I could switch Lilo & Stitch to Tuesday morning, which is our travel day at 1pm flight. If so, what time would you recommend for breakfast? First thing to avoid lines?

Or, I can just hold out on Lilo & Stitch (and the princesses meals)until next time. This trip is just a dabble at Disney:) I do plan on Ariel’s grotto and I will try to meet as many of the princesses I can during the day at the Magic Kingdom.

Finally, do you think it’s a must to see the fireworks again at the MK Monday night if we already saw them on Sunday? They both will be tired. I did see that you can meet Cinderella at 10pm at MK, but I thought that was when the park closes that night. Confusing!

PS Do you babysit? Thanks!

134 Dave { 12.02.13 at 6:58 am }

Lauren, on the important question…no I don’t babysit!

I would move Ohana to Tuesday for sure, and considering your flight times I’d aim for 8a. The restaurant doesn’t really hop til then. Monday, if I were you, I’d get to MK early and head straight for Enchanted Tales with Belle.

Wishes from within the park is profoundly different–and much better–than seeing it from the Contemporary or the Poly beach. And between the two, I’d do the 4th floor Sunday night–not worth the extra logistics of getting to the Poly. So yes, if you can stay awake for it, do see it Monday night!

135 Lori { 01.05.14 at 9:16 am }

Can you recommend a couple of choices for table service meal with teenagers? We will be going in August, and we have a 15 year old boy, 14 year old girl, and 7 year old boy. I am not too worried about keeping the 7 year old happy because he is an easygoing kid who will enjoy wherever he is. But my teenage daughter especially will resist any place she perceives as being too “kid-oriented” or uncool.

The whole family are pretty adventerous eaters. We parents would like to have really good food, so we don’t want to sacrifice on the food for the sake of the experience but do want a place that the kids will remember as being special/fun.

What do you suggest?

Also, I’m thinking of reserving @ the T-Rex restaurant for me and the 7yo. Should I take just him, or would the teens be likely to enjoy it, too?

Thanks for all your help! Your site has been a godsend in planning our trip, even though we are ignoring your advice and going in August 😉

136 Kristi { 02.24.14 at 7:29 pm }

Hi again Dave!
Quick Q: We need to decide between Chefs de France or Garden Grill for dinner at Epcot. (We have two days at Epcot and the second day is at Akershus.) Just as an FYI we also have Chef Mickey’s and Grand Floridian Cafe when at MK so kids aren’t missing out on Character dining! So while I know they’re two different experiences your thoughts on CdF vs GG are greatly appreciated!

137 Dave { 02.25.14 at 7:14 am }

Kristi, I don’t have a strong feeling on this, as they are so different. Garden Grill has more kid appeal, Chefs better food…

138 Kristi { 02.27.14 at 8:55 pm }

Thanks, Dave… just the validation that Chef’s has better food works for me – the kids have enough character meals and I’d like a good meal/unique dining experience, so the choice is made; Chef’s it is. 🙂

139 Dave { 02.28.14 at 7:17 am }

Ok Kristi, let me know what you though of Chefs when you get back!

140 Lisa { 04.02.14 at 10:24 pm }

Hey there,
We are going to Epcot and dining at Coral Reef. This is our second time and we have reservations. Is there a way that you are aware of we can get a seat next to the tank. Is there a method to the madness or just a luck of the draw even with a reservation?

141 Dave { 04.03.14 at 7:25 am }

Hi Lisa, since almost everyone wants those seats, there’s no real certain way to get them–show up early, request them, and note that you are willing to wait…if you are celebrating anything, wear a button…be perky and cute, even if you have to borrow someone else’s kids to do so…

142 Lisa { 04.03.14 at 1:42 pm }

Hmmmm my 8 year old will come in handy for that!! LOL We are celebrating her birthday so maybe that will do the trick! Thanks again!!

143 Dave { 04.04.14 at 2:01 pm }

Make sure she’s wearing the button, Lisa! And also see the second half of this:

144 Joy { 05.30.14 at 11:12 am }

Hi again Dave! I will be at DW Nov 28 – Dec 7. I purchased the dining plan. According to your calendar, I can book dining reservations June 1st. Will it let me book the entire week’s dining? Will I need to call or will it all be available online?

145 Ed { 11.12.14 at 10:19 pm }

We are checking into SoG on the 29th. I am looking for a good place to watch my Broncos play Sunday Night Football with my wife while the kids stay with their grandma at the resort. I hear that ESPN zone on the boardwalk is overly crowded. What do you suggest? We are looking for good food and adult beverages while being able to enjoy the game on a big screen. Thanks in advance!

146 Steve From - Military Moderator { 11.13.14 at 6:22 pm }

Hi there Ed,

ESPN can be very busy, sometimes with a queue you’ll have to wait in just to get in.

Evergreen’s Sports Pub is located at Shades of Green. The food is pretty good but they don’t have “Big” screens, more like medium screens.

Here is a little more info on my site:

147 Dave { 11.13.14 at 6:57 pm }

Thanks Steve–Ed, Steve is this site’s military expert!!

148 Mike { 05.12.15 at 9:54 am }

Just want to thank you for your advice on which days to visit each park. Today was our 180 day till WDW and we used your charts to plan our meals and we got everything we wanted at the right time. We were on line at 6am and was done by 615 am. Before we used my way and it was a real hit and miss and almost scheduled anger manners class. Now we wait for our fast passes. Thanks again Dave.

149 Dave { 05.14.15 at 7:46 am }

Great, Mike!

150 Jane { 05.18.15 at 5:55 pm }

Hi Dave, if we don’t get BOG or Cindy we might do Liberty Tree. However, it is closed for its big refurbishment until a day before our vacation starts. I know things like this sometimes take longer than expected. Will they be letting us book it for later that week? If they do, what happens if it’s not available? I guess they couldn’t really offer us something else b/c it would all be booked…

151 Dave { 05.18.15 at 6:07 pm }

Jane they won’t let you book until they are sure it’s gonna open. What about Crystal Palace??

152 Jane { 05.18.15 at 6:53 pm }

Hi Dave, we are already going to do Crystal Palace. We are planning one full day and one half day in MK, with the first part of the day at AK. Our ideal is to have everyone eat at CP and BOG, and then split up for just my daughter and I to go to Cindy and the others to go to Liberty Tree. I guess I’ll book them into the Plaza as an alternative. We haven’t been to Liberty Tree or Plaza, but we liked the long history of Liberty Tree. I know we could do counter service but we had such an easy time with no lines last Thanksgiving week, and it was largely due to having reservations for both lunch and dinner. We are aiming for the most relaxation we can get!

153 Dave { 05.19.15 at 1:12 pm }

Jane, I meant no dis on Liberty Tree, just that I’d forgotten you were already doing CP!! Liberty Tree is a fine choice, Plaza is cheaper.

154 Kylie { 06.08.15 at 1:20 pm }

We are staying on property with another family. They arrive one day before we do. We have our reservations linked. Can I make our reservations for both families on their 180 mark or do I have to wait the extra day to our 180 mark to make them?

155 Dave { 06.09.15 at 7:54 am }

Kylie, they can make reservations that include you, but you can’t make reservations that include them til your own 180 day hits.

156 Tammy { 07.17.15 at 10:59 pm }

Hi Dave!
In your experienc with ADR’s in November week before Thanksgiving, have you waited to get into restaurants for lunch and dinner during prime meal times even with an ADR? If so, which restaurants do I need to be planning to wait to get into? I read in either yours or Josh’s review that BOG lunch definitely has wait times even with an ADR but as for the others recommended, I can’t seem to find anything on. Thank you so much in advance for all your help. Couldn’t have planned this without you!

157 Dave { 07.18.15 at 3:51 pm }

Tammy, I’ve waited even with an ADR a million times at all different times of the year, including a week that I ranked as crowd level “lowest” where I waited 30 minutes for one ADR and 40 for another. Check in 10-15 minutes befroe your ADR starts.

158 Tammy { 07.28.15 at 4:23 pm }

Again, I come back for your advice! What would we do without you!???
This time my question is about SciFi. You have it as a snack in the itinerary. I saw the comment you left near the top here that it is intended for a late arrival walkin. Should we be looking for an ADR to ensure entry or is that not allowed? We really want to experience SciFi but have an ADR with 50’s prime time for dinner.

159 Dave { 07.30.15 at 8:48 am }

Hi Tammy!!

Frankly, the only way to guarantee entry is via an ADR. What you then order is up to you!

160 Wendy { 07.30.15 at 10:34 am }

Hope your summer has gone well – mine has left a great amount of time to plan our Nov trip to HP and WDW.

I am thinking of our Epcot days – and I see that the bakery in France is open at 9:00 – but the World Showcase is not open until 11:00. How does one get in to eat there at 9:00?



161 Dave { 07.31.15 at 7:23 am }

Hi Wendy and welcome back! There’s several dining options in World Showcase that open before 11a–Princess breakfasts at Norway, and, as you note, the Boulangerie in France. You just walk to them…

162 Wendy { 07.31.15 at 5:25 pm }

That seemed too easy – thanks!

163 Kelly B - Agent with Destinations in Florida { 08.01.15 at 9:27 am }

Hi Wendy,

I’m not sure what your travel dates are, but just this week, Disney opened up reservations for a character Breakfast (and lunch) at Garden Grill (in The Land Pavilion in Future World in Epcot) for reservations starting November 8th.

164 Wendy { 08.01.15 at 6:43 pm }

Thanks – I did see that on-line last week, but my kids are not interested in character meals…sniff, sniff.

165 Jeanne { 11.24.15 at 8:18 am }

Hi, Dave. My 7 year old granddaughter lives Peru and doesn’t get over to see us very often. When I found out she could stay for a longer than usual visit I decided to plan a WDW trip for her as I don’t know if and when we will ever get another opportunity. The dates we have to go however, are not ideal, nor is the fact that we’re only a little over 30 days from our trip. Needless to say I’m doubtful that we will be able to get reservations for any character meals at this late date, since every thing is booked.
So in light of the fact reservations are doubtful, should I just not get a Dining plan? Also, both a standard view room and a club level standard view room are available at the Polynesian with the club. I am trying to figure out if the extra $1000 is worth the club food and the concierge help that comes with that price tag. Our party of four includes me, my 18 year old son, my 33 year old son and my 7 year old granddaughter and we will be at WDW from the 3rd -9th. It seems like the convenience factor of eating our breakfast and snacks there might be worth it, or worth at least half of the extra charge if I’m calculating correctly. What do you think?

166 Dave { 11.25.15 at 7:34 am }

Jeanne, absolutely skip the dining plan. The concierge service is of little value–you need to book your FastPass+ NOW— but the food and drinks can replace some meals and alcohol purchases. First timers aren’t usually in their rooms enough to get a lot of benefit from this, though…

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