(Closed) Disney dining plan recommendations

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m assuming this is Disney World… if so, you HAVE to go to Jiko, which is in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Seriously, some of the best food ever. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Boma (Animal Kingdom Lodge) for breakfast one day. 

California Grill on top of Contemporary – schedule it so you can see Magic Kingdom’s fireworks while you eat. 

Artist’s Pointe over in Wilderness Lodge Resort – worth the trip over there, this is FI’s absolute favorite.

Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot’s Canada – you’ll need reservations early, they book up fast! 

Teppan Edo in Epcot’s Japan – I love the group-style dining. 

Les Chefs de France in Epcot’s France (or Bistro if you want something more casual) 

Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater in Hollywood Studios – This is one of my favorite lunch places– you sit in big fake old cars and eat lunch while watching old cartoons on a drive-in screen. 

Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios – Also a fun place if you’re into this sort of thing! The grapefruit cake is worth the hype.

For more of the experience – you can eat in Cinderella’s Royal Table in the castle in Magic Kingdom. 

 

If you have questions about specifics, let me know. Fiance and I are HUGE Disney people. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Also you’re right to make reservations now– you should reserve all your meals way before you go.  If you get there and change your mind, you can cancel, but Disney-people always have to giggle when some dad walks up to Le Cellier and gets shocked/angry when they tell him they can’t let him in. 

And you’re right to get the dining plan– you’ll save a ton of money!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have lots of recommendations!!! My Fiance and I were there for 2 weeks last May and we also had the premium plan. We ate lots of different places, not just signature restaurants. Here are our favorite places: Signature- Jike and Le Cellar Steakhouse.  Table Service- Boma, ‘Ohana, Via Napoli. Quick- Cosmic Ray’s, Yak & Yeti Local, Cookes of Dublin. At Epcot inside the pyramid in the Mexico Pavillion there’s this little tequila bar. It’s kind of hidden and very romantic. I recommend stopping in for an authentic margarita not those overly sweet things sold at one of the carts. Have fun! I love WDW and can’t wait to go back!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@soinlove22:  oh man that tequila bar in the Mexican Pavillion is one of my favorite places in all of Disney.  we like to drink our way across Epcot and the tequila flight is the highlight of my day.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@bookworm88:  Les Chefs de France in Epcot’s France

Agreed! And reserve early..we had about an hour wait on a weekday.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I can second the comment above about making reservations now…we waited until like, July or August to make reservations for our October wedding and actually had trouble getting reservations for some places.

You have to be a little hillbilly at heart to LOVE it, but my husband and I did the Hoop De Doo Review dinner show, and I had the BEST time ever!  They sat us at a special little table for two in the front (PS – basically wear it on your FOREHEAD that you’re on your honeymoon…awesome things come out of the woodwork!) and we laughed so hard we were basically crying all night.

Kouzzina by Cat Cora (Boardwalk Resort) had AMAZING food.

On a random night, we decided to cancel a reservation at a restaurant in epcot because it was POURING, and ended up going to Shutters at the Caribbean Beach Resort.  By far, the best thing I had the entire trip was the Caribbean pork ribs at Shutters.

Narcoossee’s (Grand Floridian Resort) was absolutely gorgeous, and super yummy!  We ate here on our last night and it was great!

My husband also says that the Tonga Toast at the Kona Cafe (Polynesian Resort) might have been the best breakfast that he ever had haha.  🙂

Awwww now I just want to go back!!!!!!!!  Have a great time!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

from what I understand, it’s the extra stuff.  the meals are the same but with the bigger one you get all this mess:

 

The Magic Your Way Premium Package also includes:

  • Preferred Fireworks Viewing – Access to preferred viewing areas for “Wishes” at the Magic Kingdom and “Illuminations” at Epcot – One viewing per theme park. Voucher required with advance reservations which can be made up to 90 days in advance. Subject to availability. Certain block-out dates apply.

 

  • Unlimited Use of Select Recreation including mini-golf, watersports, horseback riding, bike rental, golf (no tee time restrictions), guided fishing excursions, boat rental

 

  • Admission to Cirque du Soleil® show, La Nouba™ (one admission per person, Category 2)

 

  • Unlimited access to Disney Children’s Activities Centers at a selected Disney Resort (ages 4-12)

 

  • Simply Segway Tour at Epcot (ages 16 and up)

  • Gardens of the World (ages 16 and up)

 

I’m not sure if I’d spring for it myself.  The Cirque show is very good, and if you’re interested in any of the recreation stuff, it may be worth it?  I’ve never had enough time to do any of that sort of thing– I’d rather spend those hours in the parks!

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

 @AJester2:  I’m confused, too…because I just read over them, and it says that the deluxe is “3 meals and 2 snacks” per night, and the premium is “breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks” per night.  It’s weird that they both don’t specify how many are counter service vs table service, because that does matter…the type of meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) really doesn’t matter as much.

In all honesty, we just did the basic plan (1 table service, 1 counter service and 1 snack) per person and it was a TON of food.  Half of the times, we just grabbed a bagel or something for breakfast so it was cheap anyway.  If I figure anything else out I’ll let you know!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ohana’s at the Polynesian resort is one of my favorite restaurants at Destination Wedding 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee

we’ve decided on a Disney World honeymoon and I’ve gone crazy organised – the people who enjoy disney the most are the planners!

we’re getting the standard Dining Plan, so one counter, one table and one snack per day.

i think it’s worth planning where you’re eating based on where you’ll be one day, as if you’re using the disney transport it can sometimes take up to an hour to get from one resort to another.

i’m looking at Crystal Palace on our first morning for breakfast (you get to enter the park really early and get pics on an empty Main St if you have an 08.05 reservation), California Grill, Le Cellier, 50s Prime Time, Ohana, Flying Fish Cafe, Boma, Jiko and going to the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. Some of the table service restaurants use two credits, but we’re not eating at one every day (we’re going to Universal some days).

Also – i’ve noticed you’re wedding is in October? the Food & Drink festival is on at Epcot – i would totally recommend spending one day in Epcot eating and drinking your way around the world showcase if you have time. we’re not having lunch or dinner that day – just a snack at each place. a lot of these places also use a snack credit and are the best way to get more ‘bang for your buck’.

Here’s a pic of my spreadsheet so far (can you read it properly?) – it’s still a work in progress. Not sure if I want to go to Kouzzina or not… still thinking about it.

Oh and green is Table Service, purple is Quick Service and red is out of pocket. We’re doing the Keys to the Kingdom tour on our first day and lunch is included!

 

Oooh and we’re spending our one week anniversairy at Victoria & Alberts!! Omg it’s so expensive ($135 pp for food and an extra $65 pp for wine tasting) but the reviews i’ve seen say it’s outstanding. we’re going to treat ourselves to a couples massage and then a posh dinner – swish!

 

Can you tell I’m excited? Very much so!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@treacle:  oh the Food and Wine festival is better than Christmas! 

if you go, save up ALL your snacks and then you can eat your way around the world on the dining plan. we try to drink our way around the world but fail miserably about halfway.  

Also just saw your spreadsheet– I’d really give yourself more than one day at the festival.  It’s crowded and there is so much food, you will never get to try it all (or even a portion!) in just one day.  We go for 3 days and still don’t feel like we’ve done enough!

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