Friday, June 28, 2013

Magical Disney Dining Is Just a Few Simple Dos and Don'ts Away

Trying to figure out the ins and outs of Disney dining can be just as overwhelming as planning your actual Disney vacation.  By following these few simple Dos and Don’ts I can help you take the stress and worry out of planning your Disney dining! 
Do a Character Meal
It does not matter if you are two or twenty-two, everyone has a favorite Disney character, and where else but at Disney can you enjoy a meal with your favorite characters! Whether you are visiting Disney with your kids, your friends, or your significant other, you should attend at least one character meal while you are there. Some younger children may be scared of the characters and this is a great way to get them used to seeing the characters all over the parks. The characters come around often enough that the younger kids really start to relax around them. The character meals also grant you access to a group of characters that you would otherwise have to scramble from one end of the park to another just to see them all! Not to mention you do not have to stand in long lines to pose with the characters when you see them during a meal. If you happen to be childless while at Disney, you should still partake in a character meal! They are fun and get you into the Disney spirit!  Who doesn't want to feel like a kid again when Mickey finally approaches your table and you have his undivided attention for those few moments? 

Don't Forget About the Resort Restaurants
Most Disney guests are so preoccupied with eating in the parks that they forget about the restaurants at the different resorts.  I've found some of the best restaurants at the various Disney resorts. The Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge offers its famous bottomless skillets, chuck wagon favorites and sassy cast members that make it an all time favorite of mine that I return to every vacation. The Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian is my favorite place for a hearty breakfast before I hit the Magic Kingdom! Want to experience the best seafood buffet you’ve ever had?  Try the Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. These are just a handful of the amazing restaurants that are waiting for you outside of the Disney Word parks.
Here's a review of what we've covered already:
  • Do Make Advanced Dining Reservations
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new
  • Do get a Disney Dining Plan
  • Don’t forget to leave enough travel time to get to your dining destination.
Be sure to check back next week to see what my next Disney Dining Do and Don’t will be!
Written by Meghan Blair, the "Disney Foodie" -- As a Florida Resident, Meghan combines her love of Disney and her love of food! She will give you the best restaurant and dining tips and suggestions to make your meals, just as magical as the rest of your vacation! Book your next vacation with Meghan by clicking this link.


  1. Great tips Meghan! Character meals are among the tops things we like to do on our vacations so we can avoid the character lines at the parks and have the characters come to us! We also love the resort restaurants! If you don't frequent some of them on your trips to WDW, you are really missing out!

    1. Thanks Tricia! I'm happy to recommend some of my favorite resort restaurants any time!

  2. Very cool series!! I missed the first 2 weeks somehow! I'll have to go back! We love character meals and we make sure we do at least one each trip!! And yes, there are so many great resort restaurants and even great counter service options that are not to be overlooked. They are a great way to start your day before hitting the parks, or to take a break from the parks in the afternoon, or even use as a transition while you are park-hopping!

  3. Great Tips Meghan! I am learning so much from you about how to take on WDW on mhy next visit!

    1. Thanks Gayle! I'm happy to help any way I can! :)

  4. Here's the links to Meghan's previous articles James! They all have great advice in them to make your stay a magical one!