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  • On May 7, 2020
    Jade from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! I'm planning my first Disney vacation with my fiancé and I'd like to know which restaurants do you recommend for a young couple travelling on a budget. Thanks!

    Hi Jade!

    You're going to love Disney dining! There are so many options that picking a few restaurants to try is going to be difficult! Since my young adult daughter often travels to Walt Disney World with friends, I'm quite versed in how to get the best dining options for your money!

    Before we jump into restaurant recommendations, one additional factor to consider is the timing of your meals. In general, you'll find that breakfast is more economical than lunch, and lunch is more economical than dinner. This means, if you're creative with your dining times, you can save a bit of money just by smart scheduling. For example, booking the latest lunch you can find may serve as an early dinner. As a bonus, you may even have room for a late dessert or snack if you get a little hungry later!

    As for restaurants, I find that I try to always keep a mix of quick-service restaurants and table service restaurants. This helps maximize our dining dollars while also keeping hunger at bay! At Disney's Animal Kingdom, we love to grab our lunch at Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe. This gives us some great options that are similar to the pricer table service available at Yak & Yeti Restaurant. Later that day, we may head to Disney Springs for our dinner. I often find that the restaurants at Disney Springs offer better value for our dining dollars. At Disney Springs, our surprise winner for dinner was at Splitsville Dining Room. I can't get enough of their Asian inspired bowls!

    Of course, each of the other theme parks has a number of great restaurants to try too. Here is a mix of quick-service and table service options for you to consider. Browse their menus and see what you think! At Magic Kingdom, check out Columbia Harbour House and The Plaza Restaurant. At EPCOT, you can't go wrong by dining at all of the countries around the World Showcase. Simply graze as you wander through the World! And at Disney's Hollywood Studios, we never miss a chance to grab a sandwich at the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater Restaurant. You'll get dinner and a show!

    Last, but never least, if you have flexibility in your trip timing, you can't go wrong by choosing to visit Walt Disney World during either the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival or the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival. Both festivals offer amazing Outdoor Kitchens located throughout World Showcase. Dining at these booths is a culinary delight! There are limitless combinations for great meals. You can even split your snacks so you can try more variety!

    While you're planning, check out the Disney Parks Blog's Foodie Guides. I drool over these often!

    Have a great time planning, and be sure to let the Disney Parks Moms Panel know if we can help with any other delicious ideas!

    Kathie
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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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