We’re back again with another article on one of our absolute favorite topics…… FOOD!!! If you’ve been to Disney many times before or this is your first time, we’ve got some tips that will help you make the most of your experience and your budget while eating around Walt Disney World. So, keep reading to find out our top five tips for dining at Walt Disney World.
My husband is originally from Mississippi and his grandmother would come over to Alabama to visit us all every Christmas. Her favorite thing to do during the holidays was…… wait for it….. load up in the car and get stuck in Christmas shopping traffic! She loved all the cars and the lights. So, unless you have a love for never ending lines and traffic like our beloved grandmother (God rest her soul) you should absolutely take advantage of Walt Disney World’s Mobile Order Service.
Currently, there are 20 different restaurants throughout Walt Disney World that offer Mobile Order. All you have to do is take out your phone and open up your My Disney Experience App and click on the “+” sign and select the “Order Food” option. You can select, customize, and pay for your order all from the convenience of your phone. For those on the Disney Dining Plan you can pay with your dining plan credits or also with a debit or credit card.
When you arrive at the restaurant just click “I’m here, Prepare My Order” and look around for the perfect people watching seat while your food is being made. When your food is finished, you’ll get a notification on the app and you can head to the “Mobile Order Pick Up” line to retrieve your order.
Adult Quick Service Meals for Kiddos and Vice Versa
This next tip primarily applies to Quick-service meals at Walt Disney World. Throughout the parks and resorts many menus will have adult meals and kids’ meals. If you’ve ever been on the Disney Dining Plan, you’ve noticed in the literature for you plan it states that children must order kids meals when dining. While this could change at any time, in all our years of going to Walt Disney World we’ve never seen the rule enforced. If you have a kid who’s a big eater, then go ahead and get them an adult sized meal.
Another bonus is the variety is always greater in adult meals if you have adventurous eaters. While this definitely won’t give you the most bang for your buck if you’re on the Dining Plan, you can also do the reverse! If you’re not too hungry and would like a smaller portion size, then absolutely go ahead and order a kid’s meal for yourself! This will save you money too if you’re paying out of pocket!
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As we mentioned above, the portion sizes at Walt Disney World can be humungous! Many times, we’ve ordered an adult sized meal for our kids to split due to the huge portion sizes. It’s also often cheaper ordering one adult meal for them to split instead of two kids’ meals of their own. Splitting meals isn’t just for Quick Service meals either! Table Service meals can also be split! Some restaurants do charge for splitting so be sure to check with the restaurant before you go and of course buffets do not allow splitting.
Meal Sized Snacks
Did we mention that portion sizes at Walt Disney World are ginormous yet??? Well, they are! If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, then our next tip is definitely for you. Even if you aren’t on the Dining Plan this is a great way to save money when you’re paying out of pocket. At many of the Quick Service locations you’ll see many menu items are considered a snack credit. Some of these “snacks” are big enough to go for a meal! Especially if you’ve had breakfast already or have dinner coming in the near future. Here are just a few of our favorite meal sized snacks around the parks:
- Side of Chili at Casey’s Corner
- Caesar Salad Side or Tomato Basil Soup at Pinocchio’s Haus
- Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls at Lotus Blossom Café
- Ham and Cheese Croissant at Les Halles Boulangerie
- Sushi at Kabuki Café
- Baked Macaroni with Cheese Custard at Sommerfest
- Clam Chowder at Liberty Inn
- Chicken Corn Chowder, Maryland Style Crab Soup, Beef Chili at Sunshine Seasons
- Too many options at the Festival Booths to name
- Chicken Fried Rice at Yak and Yeti kiosk
- French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese at Flame Tree BBQ
- Buffalo Chicken Wings at Terra Treats
- Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork or with Shrimp and Sweet Chili Sauce at Eight Spoons Café
-Hollywood Studios (Not many options here)
- Carrot Cake Cookie at Trolley Car Café
- PB Crunch Cupcake at Trolley Car Café
*Also don’t forget about all the wonderful snacking options at the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. One of my absolute favorites is the Gumbo from Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney Por Orleans Resort- French Quarter!!!
Switch over times at buffets
Variety is the spice of life, right? The same is true when it comes to food for me. I love variety! Give me multiple choices of cuisine and I’m a happy girl. My hubby and I may be known as the couple who always goes halfsies on our entrees so we can taste two things instead of just one. Here’s a trick for all you other variety lovers out there: book your buffet meals between breakfast and lunch so you can try both cuisines. You still pay the same price but will get to try sooooo many more dishes. To double check the time call the restaurant to see when they normal start switching over. Most buffets keep about the same items between lunch and dinner, so this tip works better for the breakfast/lunch change out.
One of our favorite tips… don’t sleep on the dining options offered at the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. The hotel resort Quick Service dining halls are a great way to save not only money but also time. Try going to grab lunch at one of the theme parks at noon and the next day try stopping by a resort hotel instead. Your jaw will hit the floor! Since the majority of folks are at the parks, the resorts are wide open! Most of the time we will go to the parks for rope drop, then party like rock stars until lunch and head to grab some lunch at one of the resorts. The variety and quality of many of the resort Quick Service dining halls beats out the offerings in the parks! And no line, no waiting is my type of Quick Service.
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget if you’re at the Magic Kingdom or Epcot you can also hop on the monorail to grab lunch at the Polynesian, the Contemporary, and the Grand Floridian Resorts and then hop back on to come right back to the parks! Now that the Skyliner Gondola’s are open that opens up even more resort lunch possibilities!
So there you have it folks, our top five Walt Disney World dining tips! Try some out on your next trip and let us know how they go for you. Do you have an awesome Disney dining tip? Let’s us hear about it in the comments below.
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