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My Tips for Advanced Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World

 

Part of the fun of my Walt Disney World trips is looking forward to the food that I am going to get to eat.  Just as much as the rides and attractions, I look forward to the dining experiences that Disney World has to offer.  With four parks and the entire Disney Springs Area there are so many options to choice from when selecting a place to dine.

 

 

If you are a Disney Resort Hotels guest, you can start booking your dining reservations 180 days in advance of your trip and can make reservations for the entire length of your Resort stay – up to 10 days.  If you are staying off Disney property, you can still make reservations 180 days in advance of that first day of your trip and continue to make reservations as each 180 day mark arrives.

 

 

I think advance dining is great!  It guarantees that you will have your most important reservations that you want to experience.  This 180 day mark is extremely important not to miss if you have your heart set on reservations like Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant.  There are also some very popular restaurants like the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill and The Polynesians Resort’s Ohana.  These are restaurants that if you would like a reservation there I would suggest booking as soon as possible.

 

 

Now with all of that being said, I do not want to overwhelm you by thinking that you need to schedule every meal this far in advance.  Remember that this is your vacation and I do not know about you but the last thing I want to do is stress out while planning or enjoying vacation.  As I said before there are so many restaurants at Walt Disney World that even during your trip you will be able to find really good Table service dining reservations available.  When you schedule yourself out for every meal, you really lock yourself into being at a certain place at a certain time, which can add a lot of stress.  You never know what may change your plans such as the weather could be bad and you change where you want to be that day.  The last thing you want is to feel stressed because you now cannot change because you are locked into a dining reservation.  Disney does charge usually a $10 per person for no shows or reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance.

 

 

My suggestion is to schedule your must have reservations and then leave some of your vacation days wide open to do whatever you wish.  There are also so many really good Quick Service Dining options at Disney that are not just your traditional burgers and fries.  In an upcoming blog, I will give you a list of some of my favorite Quick Service locations at each park.  In addition, you will want to keep in mind the time of year you are visiting because EPCOT has so many festivals involving good food offerings that if this is something you enjoy you will want to have some of the meals while eating around the World Showcase.

 

 

If hope this helps you with planning dining on your next Walt Disney World trip and if you are thinking of planning your next trip your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner will be happy to assist.

Everything You Need To Know About The Disney Dining Plan!

 

 

So you’re planning for your Walt Disney World vacation and trying to make a budget for how much money you will spend in while in Disney World.  One of the biggest expenses you will have is food for your family.  One way to make sure that your food is budgeted in before you even leave is to add on the Disney Dining Plan.  This plan is available for resort guests who book a Resort Hotel Package.

 

 

The Disney Dining Plan will purchase you a certain number of meals for each day of your vacation.  Each person on your reservation will receive an allotment of quick service meals, which are like your fast food meals, table service or sit down meals, and snacks.  The number of meals you get will depend on the Dining Plan that you choose.  There are three plans to choose from, The Quick Service Dining Plan, The Regular Dining Plan and the Deluxe Dining Plan.  Let us take a look at what each plan offers and the price currently for 2019 so you can determine if one of these plans works best for your family and how you usually like to eat.

 

Quick Service Dining Plan

-2 quick service meals

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

Cost is $52.50 per night for Adults 10 year and older and $23.78 for children 3-9 years of age

 

Regular Dining Plan

-1 table-service meal

-1 quick-service meal

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

Cost is $75.49 per night for Adults 10 years and older and $27.98 for children 3-9 years of age

 

Deluxe Dining Plan

-3 meals which can be any combination of table-service and quick-service

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

Cost is $116.25 per night for Adults 10 years and older and $43.49 for children 3-9 years of age

 

If you purchase the dining plan it will be very easy to use.  Your MagicBand or card that Disney gives you when you book your trip will have all your credits loaded on it and will electronically monitor what you use during your vacation.  At the end of each meal your receipt you receive will show you the number of meals remaining for each room on your booking.  This will help you keep track of you balance.  You can redeem your meals and snacks in any order during your trip until your balance is zero or until midnight of the night you check out.

 

 

At certain times of the year, Disney will run a promotion that includes a Free Disney Dining Package with your resort stay.  If this interests you then you will want to be in contact with your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner so that when this offer becomes available they can let you know as soon as possible because the number of these packages are limited when released.

 

 

I hope that this gives you a better understanding of the Disney Dining Package and can help you make a decision if the package works for you and can help you budget your next Walt Disney World trip.

 

As always, our Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planners are here to help you plan and pick a Disney package that suite you best!  Contact us today for a quote!

 

 

Diamond Horseshoe Dining Review – Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World

 

On my most recent visit to Magic Kingdom this week I enjoyed a brand new dining experience that I had never previously done! I ate at the Diamond Horseshoe inside the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World! I had a wonderful experience here at this restaurant! Everything was incredible from the delicious food to the charming western atmosphere!

 

Diamond Horseshoe is located back in Frontierland inside the Magic Kingdom Park. For some time this dining location was only open seasonally and for special events so it was always a challenge to try to experience this restaurant. For a while when this location would be open it was a quick service dining location. Now Diamond Horseshoe is one of Magic Kingdom’s newest table service locations! You can either order off the menu or choose to enjoy the buffet!

 

 

The restaurant menu has a wide mix of American-style flavors. They are known for their barbecue! The cuisine is definitely comfort food. I was dining here with my friends who are vegan and they were so excited to check out the vegan stuffed peppers! I am not vegan myself but I do love stuffed peppers and I was interested in what the vegan version would taste like so I also ordered this dish!

The service was wonderful, the chef came to our table to talking about the vegan options on the menu and answered everyones dietary questions. The cast members were all very knowledgeable about the menu! I really enjoy the meal I had! The vegan stuffed peppers were so fresh! The meat substitute was from Impossible Foods and was seasoned to perfection! It tasted very similar to real meat.

 

 

The atmosphere is very fun and charming! You feel like you have stepped into a western saloon! There is even a stage with a player piano that sets the tone for this incredibly themed restaurant. My friends and I really enjoyed our experience at Diamond Horseshoe! Be sure to check this restaurant out on your next visit to Magic Kingdom! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the most magical place on Earth!

NEW “Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night” Progressive Dinner Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park – Walt Disney World

 

This July Disney’s Animal Kingdom will introduce a brand-new, family-friendly progressive dinner. This meal will be a one-of-a-kind dining experience and is sure to be the perfect enchantment to your day at Animal Kingdom! The new dinner will be called, ‘Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night.’ This meal takes inspiration from African cultures and will celebrate The Lion King! The dinner will also honor some of the most majestic and endangered African animals.

 

This progressive dinner will begin at the Wildlife Express Train Station where you will enjoy a welcome reception! Part of your war-welcome will include a ride on the Wildlife Express Train over to the train station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch!

 

 

The reception party will feature light hors d’oeuvres, snacks, and beverages. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be included. During this welcome reception, you will enjoy some wonderful acoustic musical stylings. Once you step off the train and arrive at Rafiki’s Planet Watch you will discover even more light bites and drinks! Here at Rafiki’s Planet Watch you will find Timon and Rafiki! These two lovable character from Disney’s Lion King will be available for character meet and greets and photos!

 

 

Your dinner will then continue over at Harambe Market! Here you will be greeted by a selection of both sweet and savory dishes, all paired with unique beverages. There will also be a celebration of The Lion King and the Big Five game animals: the African elephant, the rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, and our host animal the lion here.

 

 

During your evening you will have the incredible opportunity to learn more about the importance of the Big Five and the challenges they face around the world. You will also get to learn how Disney is working to protect them! Such an amazing cause to be a part of!

The ‘Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night’ dinner will begin on July 24, 2019, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Pricing is $125 plus tax for adults and $99 plus tax for children ages 3-9. Separate park admission is required. Reservations are now available for this amazing new dining experience!

Call your Kingdom Magic vacations Travel Planner today to learn more and to plan your amazing summer vacation at Walt Disney World!

NEW IllumiNations Dining Package Coming to Epcot’s Rose & Crown! Walt Disney World

 

2019 is going to be a very big year for Walt Disney World! There are many new and exciting attractions and experiences coming to the park THIS YEAR! One of the new changes that we can look forward to seeing later this year is the brand-new Epcot night-time spectacular! I personally am so excited to see what this new show will bring to Epcot. However, the bitter-sweet part about this is that the well-loved current Epcot show, IllumiNation: Reflection of Earth will be ending later this year to make way for the new replacement show. I will be sad to see IllumiNations leave, I have many memories watching this show and singing along to it’s amazing soundtrack after a fun-filled day in Epcot!

 

 

I am definitely going to be sure to catch IllumiNations as often as I can in these next few months before it is gone. IllumiNation: Reflection of Earth will be ending its run before the end of this summer of 2019 to make way for Epcot’s new night-time spectacular. If you also want to catch IllumiNations before it leaves the park later this year then you are in luck because Disney has announced a great new dining package that will give you the chance to enjoy a great meal and take in the show from an incredible vantage point!

 

 

This new dining package is offered at The Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room located in Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion. The package will include a meal with seating on The Rose & Crown Pub’s patio! From the patio of this restaurant you will enjoy a fantastic view of IllumiNations! The perspective of the show that you get from this location is breathtaking! You are so close to the lagoon and can feel like you are immersed in the show! Another pro to getting this special reserved seating is not having to wait hours to get a perfect view anywhere else in the park. IllumiNations is a very popular show and crowds are sure to be even larger these next few month as it is the last few presentation of the show. Many guests will plan to get an up-close spot hours before the show begins. Due to this you may have a hard time finding an unobstructed viewing area to watch the show. You can choose to wait far in advance for that perfect fireworks spot but everyone knows your time on vacation is so valuable that’s why a package like this is a wonderful option to help you make the most of your time in the park!

 

 

This dining package includes a prix fixe menu which features Rose & Crown favorites AND unlimited alcoholic beverages (for guests 21 and over) as well as a wide selection of non-alcoholic beverages! The meal offerings for the IllumiNations Dining Package features your choice of a Scotch Egg or the United Kingdom Cheese Platter as your starter.

 

 

For your entrée, your choices include Rose & Crown’s signature Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Pan-roasted Scottish Salmon, or Bangers and Mash. For dessert, you will enjoy a Pudding Platter Trio featuring Sticky Toffee Pudding, English Trifle, and Chocolate Nougat Bar.

 

 

As always Disney has thought of everyone in the party! Kids can get their own prix fixe package. This kid’s meal will offer soup or salad with their choice of Cheese and Turkey Flatbread, Turkey Meatball Pasta, Cheesy Pasta, or Fish and Chips as well as either Fruit Salad or Trifle for dessert.

 

 

Bookings will open on January 17th for reservations starting on January 18th. The price is $85 for adults and $35 for children (tax and gratuity included). I am so excited about this new offering and definitely want to check this experience out for myself! As I mentioned before this is a great way to guarantee you will get an incredible view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth so that you can see it to its fullest before the replacement show comes later this year.

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort or to any destination you are dreaming of traveling next!

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