Disney Dining

More Details on Enchanted Rose – A New Lounge Coming to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Enchanted Rose Lounge coming to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort

Enchanted Rose Lounge coming to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort

Located on the second floor of the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, this re-imagined lounge will be called Enchanted Rose and will celebrate the magic and romance of Disney’s popular live-action movie, Beauty and the Beast.

Featuring four unique spaces inspired by Belle and the Beast, you’ll find charm and elegance around every corner. The lounge includes a chandelier inspired by Belle’s flowing ball gown as well as a formal library that will showcase classical baroque designs and French furnishing. A garden room will take its inspiration from the enchanted forest surrounding the castle, and an outdoor patio will evoke the romance of Beast’s garden terrace. 

Enchanted Rose is expected to open this fall.

By Darren Wittko

Quick Service Dining Card Available on Walt Disney World Packages

Quick Service Dining Card has been added to available Dining options on Walt Disney World Resort packages.

Quick Service Dining Card has been added to available Dining options on Walt Disney World Resort packages.

Today Disney released a new dining option on 2019-2020 Walt Disney World packages. This offer was previously offered to Disney Springs Area resorts, Swan & Dolphin hotels, and Good Neighbor Hotels. Details are still limited but here’s what we know so far:

Enjoy Quick-Service Dining

Add a gift card (for each person in your party ages 3 and older) you can use at participating Quick-Service dining locations at Walt Disney World Resort. These gift cards have a value of $40 per adult (ages 10+) per day and $15 per child (ages 3-9) per day—which is more than the price you pay for the card!

For example, if you have a party of 2 adults, one 12-year old and one 8-year old, and you select the 5-Day Card, you’d get 3 cards with a value of $200 each and one card with a $75 value, for a total value of $675.

You can use the card’s value as you like, and even spend the entire value in one day.

Use of the Disney Quick Service Dine Card is acceptance of the following terms and conditions.

  1. The Disney Quick Service Dine Card is not valid for use until purchased, activated and monetary value added.

  2. At the Walt Disney World® Resort, the Disney Quick Service Dine Card can be redeemed at select Quick Service food and beverage locations, including select kiosks and food carts.

  3. Check with individual locations for program participation before redemption.

  4. The Disney Quick Service Dine Card is not valid for redemption at the Disneyland® Resort.

  5. Except as required by applicable law: the Disney Quick Service Dine Card is not redeemable for cash.

  6. The Disney Quick Service Dine Card cannot be replaced if lost, damaged or stolen without required proof of purchase and complete Quick Service Dine Card number.

  7. The Disney Quick Service Dine Card may not be resold in any manner whatsoever.

  8. The Disney Quick Service Dine Card may not be used towards the purchase of any gift certificates or gift cards.

  9. The Disney Quick Service Dine Card may not be used towards the purchase of a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club Resort.

  10. The maximum purchase, reload, and total balance of any Disney Quick Service Dine Card is $1000.00.

  11. The Disney Quick Service Dine Card is issued by Disney Gift Card Services, Inc. Disney Gift Card Services, Inc. reserves the right to modify, alter, amend or change the terms and conditions of program without advance notice.

  12. Protect your Disney Quick Service Dine Card and treat it as you would cash.

Menu Released for Topolino Terrace at Disney's Riviera Resort


Reservations are now open for Topolino’s Terrace is Disney’s Riviera Resort at the Walt Disney World in Florida.

The first available date to dine is December 16. The Storybook Breakfast Dining Experience will be offered daily 7:30–11:00 a.m. and can count as one table service entitlement for breakfast on the Disney Dining Plan.

Evening dining will be from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will count as two table service entitlements for dinner on the Disney Dining Plan.

Discounts for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members will also be available. There will also be a minimum dress code for evening dining.

Topolino Terrace Menus

Breakfast Menu

Dinner Menu

Foodie Guide to Lion King Treats at Animal Kingdom Park

Disney is introducing new treats this summer with offerings that celebrate characters and moments from Disney’s The Lion King.

All of the items listed below begin on May 24, 2019 and will run through the end of summer. From latte art and ice cream sandwiches to special cones and more, there are enough treats here to have a feast fit for a (lion) king.

My personal favorite - Lion King latte art!

By Darren Wittko

For Walt Disney World special offers, check out the offers page

Mobile Order Coming to Disney Resort Hotels

Soon Disney will expand its popular mobile order food service to additional restaurants at Disney Resort hotels, including: Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Mobile order is expanding to Disney Resort hotels.

Mobile order is expanding to Disney Resort hotels.

Mobile order service is already being offered at Centertown Market and Spyglass Grill at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and over 20 other quick-service locations throughout the four theme parks and Disney Springs area.

I use mobile order all the time and it’s a great time saver. There is usually a little wait involved but it’s a nice feature especially during peak times.

And don’t forget,you can now redeem your meal entitlements from the Disney dining plan for meals and snacks through the service. I also notice that Disney recently introduced a new look that makes the ordering experience a lot easier.


Disney Dining Plan

Quick Service Dining Plan

A New Way to Order Food at Walt Disney World

By Darren Wittko

Reminder! Important ADR Change on Magic Kingdom Party Nights

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Has this ever happened to you? You’re searching for a parking spot at the mall hoping for something close to the entrance. Then there it is, the best spot in the entire complex, no one will be parked closer to the mall than you! Everyone else somehow overlooked it! But then as you get closer you notice there’s a compact car parked in it.

A similar experience can occur when trying to find availability at Magic Kingdom restaurants in the fall - Late August through December. Be Our Guest Restaurant, for example, is the most challenging ADR to get at Walt Disney World. You must be online at 6 am, 180 days in advance and even then you have only 2 minutes book it before it sells out.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

But sometimes you’ll notice a flood of availability appear for dinner reservations at Be Our Guest, Crystal Palace and Liberty Tree Tavern, the 3 most most popular. Especially after 7 pm. How can this be? Is this the parking space syndrome, somehow everyone else overlooked it? Maybe. But chances are the Magic Kingdom is closing early for a party.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party usually begin at 7 pm. Magic Kingdom will close to day guests and only those who have purchased a party ticket can remain inside the park after 7 pm.

Guests who pay for the party have so many activities to explore, many don’t want to spend their time sitting down at a restaurant, thus wide-open availability at places like Be Our Guest Restaurant and Crystal Palace. They will sell out for sure, just not as fast..


Unfortunately if you’re not a party guest, you cannot stay in the park later than 7 pm even if you have an ADR for a Magic Kingdom restaurant. This can be a moment of frustration for some people and Disney’s website doesn’t make this abundantly clear. For non-party goers the last ADR for Magic Kingdom dining is 5:55 pm.

If you’re already inside the restaurant when the park closes, of course you can stay. But when it’s time to leave, a cast member will escort you to the park’s exit. “You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here” kind of thing.

In the fall, it’s critical for you to know when Magic Kingdom will be hosting evening parties. There are more now than ever before. If you’re thinking of attending one, go for it! They are tons of fun. But don’t waste time at a restaurant - there’s too much to see and do.


Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party dates

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates

From Disney: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Dining

by Darren Wittko

New Restaurant Coming to Epcot Summer 2019

Takumi-Tei opens summer 2019 inside Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort

Takumi-Tei opens summer 2019 inside Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort

The Japan pavilion at Epcot has anew restaurant coming this summer. Takumi-Tei, which means house of the artisan will have a design that celebrates the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world, while the food is inspired by a collaboration between nature and takumi, the artisan.

Takumi-Tei opens summer 2019 at Epcot

Takumi-Tei opens summer 2019 at Epcot

The upscale dinner menu will feature wagyu beef in a sublime setting, and Guests interested in the ultimate experience will be able to indulge in a multi-course tasting menu featuring traditional tea service. Signature cocktails and premium sake will be available along with a wine and craft beer menu.

Takumi-Tei will open in the Japan pavilion at Epcot this summer and will be operated by Mitsukoshi USA

Explore summer 2019 exclusive discounts for Walt Disney World Resort

Lion King Dining Event - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Limited-Time Lion King Dining Experience Coming to Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Limited-Time Lion King Dining Experience Coming to Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Starting June 30,  2019, an exclusive three-course menu, crafted as a one-of-a-kind culinary celebration of Simba’s story, will be available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort. As the dinner progresses, wildly talented musicians will join in on the fun with vibrant African melodies as well as live performances of the award-winning movie soundtrack.

The menu will feature dishes inspired by The Circle of Life: Nants’ Ingonyama, a story celebrating Simba’s journey through life. Each dish follows the lion prince as he grows up, highlighting each stage of his life through unique flavors and spices.

This limited-time prix fixe menu will be available during the dinner period at Jiko – The Cooking Place starting June 30, 2019 in addition to Jiko’s regular menu.

The cost is $65 per person, tax and gratuity not included, with the option to add a choice of two levels of wine pairings at an additional cost. To book reservations, please call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463) or visit the Walt Disney World Resort website.

New Character Experience - Disney's Beach Club Resort

Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew Now Open at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew Now Open at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew is now accepting new recruits at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This all-new immersive group experience invites young adventurers into the world of pirate feasting and treasure seeking.

Receiving official pirate names and learning pirate skills, recruits ages 4-12 will join Captain Hook’s crew on a quest for hidden treasure. They’ll also solve puzzles and gather clues on land before setting sail on a pontoon boat around Crescent Lake.

Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew is priced at $55 (plus tax) per child. The experience is offered nightly from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Seaside Retreat in Disney’s Beach Club Resort. For more information or to book a reservation, call 407-824-KIDS.

For Special Offers on Disney’s Beach Club Resort, check out the Offers Page!

Free Meal Offer Now Available - Walt Disney World

Today a summer dining offer was released for Walt Disney World Resort. Guests who book a room and ticket package will receive 1 free quick service meal, per package night, per person. Travel dates are May 28 through August 21, 2019.

It does not appear that the Quick Service Dining Plan is required for this offer, just a room and ticket package.

At this time, this offer is pricing out to be more expensive than the Sun and Fun Family offer.

woody's lunch box -Disney

Each quick-service meal includes one entrée and one non-alcoholic beverage (or, if age 21 or over, one beer, wine or cocktail). Excluded from this offer are Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort and The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort.

Book By 
June 30, 2019

Want to get a quote on this offer today?

Package Includes:

>> View all offers for Walt Disney World on the Offers Page

Package includes:

  • Room

  • Theme park ticket(s)

  • One quick-service meal per person (ages 3 and up), per night

The Fine Print:

  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.

  • Everyone in the same room must be on the same package.

  • Advance reservations are required.

  • Theme park tickets valid for admission beginning on date of check-in and must be used within a limited number of days, depending on length of stay and ticket.

  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.

  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children's menu, if available.

  • Most beer, wine and cocktails included. Some exceptions apply. Must present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. May only be redeemed with the quick-service meal.

  • Gratuities are not included.

Make Reservations for ABC Commissary at Disney's Hollywood Studios


Starting today, it’s possible to make advanced dining reservations for ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for dinner.

Currently, starting at 4 p.m. daily, a fast-casual dinner experience will begin. Place an order at one of the cash registers, take a pager, and find a comfortable place to sit. Then, when the order is ready, a server will bring the food right to your table.

In short, this is similar to quick service dining but with guaranteed seating. Reservations are available starting today, with bookings beginning on June 2, 2019.

By Darren Wittko

Details on Topolino’s Terrace Coming to Walt Disney World

Topolino’s Terrace coming to Disney’s Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World.

Topolino’s Terrace coming to Disney’s Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World.

Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera, will be a new signature rooftop restaurant at Disney’s Riviera Resort offering 2 special experiences: a character breakfast and views of evening fireworks.

Topolino’s Terrace will be a Disney signature restaurant where you can dine indoors and then step out onto the terrace for a view of the resort down below and if you can time it right, view the fireworks of the nearby nighttime spectaculars at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Guests can start their morning off with an exclusive Disney character dining experience inspired by the Riviera.

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting opportunity!

By Darren Wittko

Disney Dining Plans Offer Value and Convenience

Is the Disney Dining Plan worth the cost? The truth is, it depends! In my article, Can You Save Money with the Disney Dining Plan? I show readers how to maximize their entitlements and recommend some of the more expensive restaurants at Walt Disney World. But aside from the actual cost, there’s also great value in the convenience it offers. One of the most attractive features is the ability to pay off all your major expenses before you even get to Walt Disney World.

Adding a dining plan to your Disney Resort Hotel package also gives you a convenient way plan out your dining experiences well in advance without stressing about costs adding up.

With three different plans to choose from, there is something for everyone. Plus, you can even use your dining plan to place an order on the go with mobile ordering – now available on the My Disney Experience app.

And today, you’ll notice that the Dining Plan Add-On page has a refreshed look, designed to highlight the benefits of each plan.

New Look for the Disney Dining Plan page | Walt Disney World

New Look for the Disney Dining Plan page | Walt Disney World

New Character Dinner Coming to Disney's Wilderness Lodge


Storybook Dining at Artist Point inside Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort will invite guests to venture into an Enchanted Forest-like setting inspired by Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” There, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal of fantastic fare with visits from Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy. Delightful music and activities will help bring the classic fairytale to life, and they’ll even have an opportunity for an encounter with The Queen.

This immersive character dinner takes place amidst the rustic elegance and exceptional dining that Artist Point is known for. You'll enjoy a uniquely themed prix fixe menu, including shared starters, a choice of individual plated entrees and ‘sweet spells’ to finish the meal.

I'll have more information to share soon, including menu offerings, an opening date and when you can book reservations as well as where Guests might be able to find select fan-favorite Artist Point menu items in the future.

Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White is slated to begin this winter.

Darren W. specializes in Walt Disney World Resort travel.

New Dessert Party Coming to Walt Disney World

VIP Dessert Party at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

VIP Dessert Party at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

Starting August 6, 2018, you can book a new Rivers of Light Dessert Party over at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

The party will include a buffet of Disney’s Animal Kingdom-themed desserts, snacks, and drinks followed by VIP viewing of “Rivers of Light.”

Guests start by checking in 60 minutes prior to the main show (8:15 p.m. for a 9:15 p.m. show) at the Rivers of Light Asia Viewing Area Terrace located across from Expedition Everest.

Starting today you can book your reservation by visiting Disneyworld.com, by calling 407 WDW-DINE, or your Disney Travel Agent.  

The price is $79 for adults and $47 for children (tax inclusive) and must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

Rivers of Light | Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

Rivers of Light | Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

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Darren specializes in Walt Disney World Resort

Important Change to Disney Dining Reservations

Recently I discovered that the website used to make dining reservations at Walt Disney World opens at approximately 5:45 AM, not 6:00 AM as it had before. 

The Dining Reservations website now opens at approximately 5:45 AM.  

The Dining Reservations website now opens at approximately 5:45 AM.  

I first discovered this while trying to make a dining reservation for Be Our Guest Restaurant 180 days in advance. I was online, logged in, and ready to go at 6:00 AM Eastern Time. But in less than a minute, Be Our Guest was already booked to capacity. While Be Our Guest is popular, it didn't seem right to me that it could have sold out so quickly. I later called Disney to ask if there was an error on the website. The booking agent explained to me that the site had opened to guests at 5:45 AM. So, basically I was 15 minutes late to the party. 

I confirmed this on the Walt Disney World website as well. In the FAQ section, Disney explains that the website could open prior to 6 AM: 

Reservation availability for select Walt Disney World restaurants typically begins each day at approximately 5:45 AM.
— https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/dining-reservations/resort-restaurants-reservations/

When making hard-to-get dining reservations, log into your My Disney Experience account a few minutes prior to 5:45 AM. I recommend testing your username and password the night before just to make sure you are able to log in. You don't want to discover that you forgot your password when it's game time. If you have trouble with your account, you can call 407-WDW-HELP and select option 3 for Disney Internet Help. 

I also recommend using the website over the mobile app, but have both ready to go just in case. The website tends to be more stable and will operate a little faster than the app.

Darren specializes in Walt Disney World Resort. 

My Disney Experience Gets 2 New Features Today

My Disney Experience Mobile App Update

Today Disney pushed out an update to the My Disney Experience mobile app

Guests with Disney dining plans can redeem meals and snacks in Mobile Order, providing them with more free time to enjoy all of the attractions and entertainment experiences throughout Walt Disney World Resort. I have personally used this service in beta testing and it's terrific. It makes things so much easier, overall a welcome addition to the app! 

To access Mobile Order, tap the “Order Food” button under “My Plans” in the app. Watch the video below to see the convenience of using Mobile Order with a Disney dining plan

Watch the video below to see how it works! 


Also, you can now get attraction wait time information in real-time. The app now shows standby wait time information exactly as they appear in the park. I still recommend the Lines App from TouringPlans.com. This service has proven to be more reliable and accurate. 

Other updates include improvements to features like room charge viewing, Online Check-In Service and wayfinding, that are helping to improve the overall vacation experience for our guests. 

New Restaurant at Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Ale and Compass Restaurant | Walt Disney World

Ale & Compass Restaurant (formerly Captain’s Grille) has been completely transformed into a New England gastropub. The on-stage “hearth” oven area, where a select few diners can grab a seat, is the focal point of this warm and inviting space that is reminiscent of an off-shore lighthouse with rich, salvaged materials that are the decorative finishes.

Check out all the menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the lounge.

Space Themed Restaurant Coming to Epcot

Disney unveiled plans to create a new restaurant at Epcot that’ll offer amazing meals with spectacular views high above Earth – from space!

The restaurant, which will be located adjacent to the park’s Mission: SPACE attraction, will invite guests to travel into space for amazing dining experiences in the stars.

By Darren Wittko