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

(Dining Alternatives)

By Dave Shute


If you can’t or won’t follow the meals recommended in this site’s itineraries, use one of three tools.

First, note the discussion of the best-loved family and date night meals on this page.

Second, the image above rates the Walt Disney World table service options by both appeal to kids and appeal to adults. (Click it to enlarge it.) Restaurants with the highest kid appeal are at the top, and those with the highest adult appeal are at the right.

Third, the Disney World guide book I co-author has reviews of all the DIsney World table service venues.

Above is an example of a review from the book.

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1 Mel { 09.15.12 at 3:48 pm }

Do you have any quick service rankings? Or did I miss them…? Thanks!

2 Dave { 09.16.12 at 10:05 am }

Mel, I don’t!

3 anna schrul { 09.21.12 at 8:34 am }

we have already signed up for the quick service dining plan. we missed the free by going oct 5th. I am very nervous about knowing how to use it so I really wish you had included the quick service resturants that are included. Otherwise I just stumbled on this site and love it THANKS

4 Dave { 09.21.12 at 1:07 pm }

Hi Anna, thanks for the thought. You’ll be fine!

5 Shana { 08.27.13 at 6:31 am }

Dave, what are your thoughts on the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party? I just saw it online. Is the view from there to see Wishes that great or would we be better off trying to enjoy Wishes closer to Cinderella’s castle? Thanks!

6 Dave { 08.27.13 at 8:08 am }

Shana, frankly I think it a waste. The best viewing spot for Wishes is on the Main Street axis view of the Castle, and the party is a bit–not a lot but a bit–off axis.

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7 Claire { 09.08.14 at 1:38 pm }

My family will be eating several buffets . However, I don’t do buffets. Is it possible for me to order a small appetizer for myself while the rest of the family ( we are 9 people) eats at the buffet table? We will be eating buffets at Boma, Chef Mickey and Ohana. Thank you. Claire

8 Dave { 09.09.14 at 6:37 am }

Hi Claire, I’m not sure what you are asking, so I’ll try two responses: 1. There is no separate appetizer menu from which you can order. 2. At a buffet, everyone at the table 3 or older pays, regardless of how much or how little they eat

9 Ziporah { 10.14.15 at 12:33 pm }

Do you have any reviews for Be our Guest?
Also could I substitute it for another place on the itinerary and if so which would you recommend swapping out? Thanks in advance!

10 Dave { 10.14.15 at 5:05 pm }

Ziporah I have a review of lunch there here. It’s outdated, as you now can-and should–reserve lunch there. Yes, you can swap lunch or dinner for any other Magic Kingdom meals!!

11 Mike { 10.03.17 at 11:09 pm }

Hi Dave Love the Site! My question is you can start making dinner reservations 6 months out. We are planning on going April 8th, on what day/time will I be able to start my reservation process. I just want to make sure I am able to secure Be our guest, which we love, and was thinking on trying the rivers of light dinner, any suggestions on that one. Thanks!

12 Dave { 10.04.17 at 7:18 am }

Hi Mike and thanks! You can make them (EST) 6a online, 7a over the phone, 180 days before your first dining date. If you are staying in a WDW hotel, on that day you’ll also be able to make dining reservations for your entire trip.

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