Character Dining with Donald Duck; Tusker House Restaurant; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Feb 15, 2024
    David from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have the Dining Plan. I've made dining reservations, but thought I'd get opinions to be better prepared. 1. Would it make sense to use the quick service for breakfast at my hotel? 2. What are some of your favorite full-service restaurants?

    Welcome back to planDisney, David! 

    We are thrilled you are back with another question about one of my favorite topics: Disney Dining! Just today my family was trying to decide on dinner and my son exclaimed that he was craving a slice of pizza from Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria and a Mickey pretzel with cheese. I have certainly created the next generation of Disney foodies!

    It's wonderful that the dining plans have returned. I love planning what to eat before my trip and not having to watch a food budget while we are vacationing. It sounds like you might have the Disney Dining Plan. With it, each Guest 3 and over receives:

    -1 Quick-Service Meal (per night of stay)
    -1 Table-Service Meal (per night of stay)
    -1 Snack/Nonalcoholic Drink (per night of stay)
    -1 Resort-Refillable Drink Mug

    It is a great idea to use your Quick-Service meals for breakfast or when you arrive at the park because as they say it's the most important meal of the day and who doesn't love Mickey Waffles!? Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom Park offers delicious waffles and waffle sandwiches for breakfast, but you can also visit the Main Street Bakery for a STARBUCKS® coffee and a breakfast sandwich to get the morning started.  We aren't big breakfast eaters in my family, so we tend to choose a snack in the morning and save our Quick-Service meal for a heartier lunch or a light dinner, but choose what works best for your family.

    As far as Table-Service meals, it's tough to choose because there are so many delicious options. I will try to pick a favorite (or two) in each park, but my suggestion is to look through the menus ahead and see what looks good to you!

    In Magic Kingdom Park, I would choose either Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, for the more adventurous eaters, or Liberty Tree Tavern for some good ol' comfort food. The Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake is amazing!

    At Disney's Hollywood Studios, I recommend either Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant or the 50's Prime Time Café as both offer a fun and unique dining experience. 

    For Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, we adore dining with our favorite Disney pals at Tusker House Restaurant or the delicious dishes at Yak & Yeti™ Restaurant.

    Last, but certainly not least, EPCOT is the hardest to choose a favorite in as there are so many tasty Table-Service options. If I had to pick, I would choose the before-mentioned Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria and The Garden Grill Restaurant for the fresh food and Disney friends.

    Phew! That is all the space I have for recommendations this time, David, but please come back if you need any others or have any more questions about your upcoming Disney vacation.

    Magical Wishes, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Colorado

Hi-ya, Pals! I'm Lauren, a wife and mother of three who's enjoyed many special occasions at Walt Disney World Resort with my family and friends. From graduations to birthdays, and even our Fairy Tale Honeymoon we’ve loved celebrating at the most Magical Place on Earth. I now have pre-teens who check wait times in the My Disney Experience App just for fun, so I look for any excuse to return "home" often and would love to help you plan a little extra Pixie Dust for your next magical adventure. Learn More About Lauren

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