Updated 11/23/18. There are so many dining options to consider when planing a vacation to Walt Disney World. Our guide is here to help show you the way when planning your foodie experience at the Most Magical Place on Earth.
Our guide covers the basics of the Walt Disney World dining experience, full overview on the dining plans offered, dining packages with reserved viewing for shows, character dining, and complete restaurant guides for each theme park.
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Walt Disney World offers the option to prepay for your dining experiences in ranging levels of tiers based on the type of restaurant and varying in price.
Our extensive guide to Walt Disney World dining plans covers everything you need to know about each plan and how to decide if they’re a good fit for your family. For some families, they make a lot of sense to save some extra money. But for other groups, you may be better off paying as you go!
Dining packages are meals that include a ticket for reserved viewing to popular entertainment options around the parks.
One of the best benefits of utilizing a dining package is that you don’t have to worry about scrambling to find a space to watch shows and your seat has essentially been saved for you!
Our guide to Walt Disney World dining packages provides an overview of all the current dining packages offered (they tend to change with seasonal offerings) to help you decide if choosing one is the right fit for your group.
If you’re looking to spend some one on one time with the Disney characters then a character dining experience may be a good choice for you!
When you chose a character dining experience, you enjoy a meal at one of the Walt Disney World restaurants with a selection of Disney characters! The characters offered at that meal will walk around during the meal talking to guests, signing autographs, and taking photos.
A character dining experience is a great way to meet characters without having to wait in line at the parks. Our guide provides a review of every current character dining experience offered at Walt Disney World.
Magic Kingdom is the flagship park of Walt Disney World and is also one of the best popular parks for guests to visit.
Our complete restaurant guide to Magic Kingdom lists every possible dining option within the park providing an overview of which restaurants you may want to experience.
Epcot is known for its international tastes in the dining experiences offered which makes it a wonderful place to enjoy a meal.
Our complete restaurant guide to Epcot lists every possible dining option within the park providing an overview of which restaurants you may want to experience.
Animal Kingdom offers a variety of dining options around the park that is sure to please everyone in your group.
Our complete restaurant guide to Animal Kingdom lists every possible dining option within the park providing an overview of which restaurants you may want to experience.
Hollywood Studios has many great options for dining for guests including fine dining and casual affairs.
Our complete restaurant guide to Hollywood Studios lists every possible dining option within the park providing an overview of which restaurants you may want to experience.
Reserving Dining at Walt Disney World
Guests of Disney Resort Hotels (including Disney Vacation Club Guests) can enjoy an extended window for making dining reservations. Starting 180 days in advance of your arrival date, you can book dining for the entire length of your Resort stay—up to 10 days.
For guests not staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, will need to book each day at the 180 day mark.
You can make dining reservations online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
Healthy food options can be found around the parks in select areas- we recommend using our restaurant guides for each park to help you find those options in advance so you’re prepared! We have also put together a guide to eating healthy and handling dietary constraints at Disney World.
If you’re looking to save money at the parks, cutting down on food costs is one of the best ways to do it. The cost of food during a Walt Disney World vacation adds up quickly! Our cheap food guide to Walt Disney World is a great place to start to finding cheap and delicious food!
Here are some tips to help you cut down on cost during your dining experiences:
- Eat mainly at quick-service restaurants- these will be more affordable than table service restaurants and you don’t have to worry about gratuity.
- Pack snacks and/or a lunch. You are allowed to bring in food into the Walt Disney World parks so take advantage and pack as much as you can! Even packing one meal can save a family of four more than $50.
- Eat breakfast before you come at your hotel. Every meal eaten outside of the parks saves money for when you’re there!
- Order menu options a la carte if you don’t think your family will eat the sides that come with it.
- Consider sharing larger portions between two people before ordering individually- depending on the quick-service option these portions can be pretty big!
- Only consider a dining plan if you’ve done the math and think you will save money in the long run. It’s far too common to see people on the last evening of their stay trying to use up all their food vouchers.
Epcot Food & Wine Festival is billed as, “A Spectacular Celebration of Global Cuisines, Music, & More”. Epcot Food & Wine Festival is also one of the most well-attended events of the year.
If you plan on visiting during this amazing festival, make sure to read our full guide so you know what to expect and how to plan.
Plan Your Visit To Walt Disney World
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You can discover more about planning your trip from these links:
- Walt Disney World Cheap Food Guide
- Discount Walt Disney World Tickets
- Walt Disney World Character Guide
- Guide to Epcot Food and Wine Festival
- Guide to Walt Disney World Transportation