(Closed) Disney World/Universal must do/must eat

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2022 - City, State

Lauren267:  three broomstick at Hogsmede is very good.  We also like Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom,  but only for lunch,  not a fan of the dinner offerings. A lot of people rave about Le Celine at Epcot.  I’ve never been there myself,  but my fiance used to go often when he was the Dreamfinder.  Universal food overall is mediocre at best,  but Three Broomstick is excellent. 

Post # 18
360 posts
Helper bee

Lauren267:  my Fiance had never even read or watched Harry potter and when we went to Universal studios our most favorite and memorable was Harry Potter… Simply amazing!  We loved it so much that we decided to watch all the movies once we returned home.  We still talk about how much we loved harry potter at universal.  Must try the Butter Beer while you’re there also.  :)) 

Post # 19
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Lauren267:  Oh ok well get on your disney website and connect your reservations that way you can access all of the things to help you plan. There is also a calculator that will show you when you can make your DDP reservations.

Also keep in mind– when using your credits get the most expensive item in order to get the most $ out of your plan. 

We are staying at the same hotel and I am not sure if your travel agent told you but the Riverside doesn’t have King beds in preferred rooms which I was really shocked by BUT if you get the other rooms you are miles away from the main area. 

Post # 20
577 posts
Busy bee

Butterbear disappointed me when I found out it was just cream soda with ice cream on top. I mean I can make that at home, lol. 

We didn’t really do a huge food tour of Disney, since Disney ended up not really being our thing and we were too lazy for reservations. The Brown Derby had some truffle mashed potatoes that were like heaven though. 

Service wise, I’d tell you to eat at Emeril’s at Universal’s city walk. The food was good, but honestly the service made the experience. The most intuitive and flawless service I ever experienced. Walked in no reservation, they gave us a table facing the water with a panoramic view of the nightly fireworks, without us asking. Made perfect recommendations from the menu and always kept the table at a perfect pace. Five star service for sure. 

Post # 21
28 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015

I used to work at Disney and would highly recommend getting yourself the just married button at the hotel check-in. Since you have park hopper passes, one day you could do AK or Hollywood Studios,neither is really considered an all day park, early and return to your resort for rnr and then catch some fireworks at Magic Kingdom or Epcot.

Post # 22
43 posts


I just came back from Disneyworld Oct. 15th and had a blast! I would recommend space mountain – my favorite, went on twice, big Thunder mountain, splash Mountain, toy story midway mania, rock n roller coaster, soarin, kali river rapids, peter pan ride, spaceship earth…..

For restaurants I loved Marakesh, the wave of contempory flavors, mama melrose (fish with gnocchi was amazing), Tuskers, and the Fantasmic dinner package.

Definitely book fastpasses ad restaurant reservation ASAP as they fill up fast and get an early start every day to beat the lines.

Have fun!!

Post # 23
137 posts
Blushing bee

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of my favourite thing to do there! The food at the three broomsticks is really good! If your a chocolate fan  like me buy the peppermint toads from honeydukes they are my favourite thing there!

before you get into universal studios you walk down the broadwalk and it is full of restaurants! Bubba Gumps is there (if you are Forest Gump fans?) the food is really good though! We always go!

Post # 24
137 posts
Blushing bee

Oh and if your going to try Butterbeer, there are two kinds, the normal one (room temperature ish?) and then a frozen one which is more the consistency of a slushy. The frozen one is for sure the way to go! Ive had both of them but only buy the frozen one now! Have fun!!!

Post # 25
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Lauren267:  We went to Disney with my family and I wish we had planned a little better and had these tips, there were a few days we wanted to have lunch and had NO idea that some places had to have reservations! I’m a Disney freak….I underestimated how excited I’d be to see a character – the best photos I have are of me freaking out over meeting Alice because she treated me no different than the kids!!! LOL

I’m going to second a PP – if you get a chance to hit Downtown Disney, definitely go to Raglan Road. All of the food was amazing, and the entertainment is top notch. For a quick bite with no reservations required in Epcot, I recommend the fish & chips stand in England. When drinking around the world, I loved the Grand Marnier slush, which tasted like a creamsicle. 

Try to schedule your meals at off-hours. It’ll be easier to get a dinner reservation closer to 8pm than 6pm, lunch at 3 rather than noon. 

Like I said, we definitely did not plan very well but approached our 5 days there with no real agenda….so although I don’t have many tips – it was still one of the best vacations I’ve ever been on!

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 1 month ago by  AprilinTX.
Post # 27
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Port Orleans hotel? Last time I checked they had a nasty bed bug issue. :/ All of the Disney hotels do though, which is sad. 

Animal Kingdom and MGM (yes, still using the old school name!) are parks you can do in one day. Magic Kingdom has so many amazing rides and sites, and just FEELS like Disney that you’ll want to have an an extra day or two. 

Epcot is a park you NEED multiple days for. There’s so much to see and do there. That, and with the booze, you’ll want to have a day where you’re clear cut drinking, and another where it’s just for rides. Take your time with Epcot. 

I honestly would not recomend eating ANYWHERE at Disney. That’s where your money is going to go. The food is  honestly just so-so to bad. Tastes like school food. Epcot you would think would have the best food with the world showcase, but Epcot honestly has the worst food! Eat offsite! 

Post # 28
997 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My Darling Husband proposed in Disney and then we also went there as a part of our honeymoon. If you really want a fantastic dining experience, you may want to save up for Victoria and Albert’s. We went there right before he proposed and it was amazing. The food was definitely worth the price. I also liked 1600 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian. We did their character breakfast and had a blast. I  loved meeting the characters. The food was really good too.

Get your Fast Passes! Download the Disney app. When we were there it let us change our Fast Passes throughout the day so we weren’t stuck with a Fast Pass for a ride with no line. My favorite roller coaster there is Thunder Mountain. It has less of a line than the others and is really fun. We were on that roller coaster during the fireworks on one of the days and it was magical – I recommend doing that!

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