Disney Dining

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..

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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.

Related:

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

Holiday Dessert Parties at Walt Disney World

Tickets are now available for holiday party nights at Walt Disney World Resort! Special add-on dessert parties are available on select nights for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this fall and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this winter. 

Dessert parties are now available at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. 

Dessert parties are now available at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. 

 

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Dessert Party 

At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Dessert Party, you can indulge in Halloween-themed eats, including chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, cupcakes, ice cream, seasonal fruits, cheeses and other ghoulish goodies created daily by Disney's master pastry chef. Specialty drinks, signature lemonades, coffee, tea and hot chocolate will also be served. 

This Magic Kingdom dessert party offers prime views of the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular over Cinderella Castle. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Dessert Party takes place select nights Aug. 29 – Nov. 1, 2017.

 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Before the holiday fireworks, you'll discover a host of holiday-themed cupcakes and desserts prepared by Disney's master pastry chef, along with a buffet of sweet treats – like chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, ice cream, cheeses and fresh, seasonal fruits. And raise a cup of good cheer with sparkling cider, signature lemonades, specialty Christmas drinks, hot chocolate, coffee or tea, and then marvel as the sky above explodes with color, music and lights!

Both parties will be held at the Tomorrowland Terrace. The cost is $79 plus tax for adults; $47 plus tax for children ages 3-9. Magic Kingdom Theme Park admission is required. 

 

By Darren Wittko

A New Way to Order Food at Walt Disney World

 Satu’li Canteen at Walt Disney World to feature Mobile Order

 Satu’li Canteen at Walt Disney World to feature Mobile Order

Mobile Order will be available at Satu’li Canteen restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park on opening day – May 27 – and then expanding to Pizzafari, Flame Tree Barbecue and Restaurantosaurus during the summer. And better yet, more Mobile Order fast casual and quick service locations across Walt Disney World Resort are on the way.

Mobile Order, which can be found in the My Disney Experience app, offers the added convenience of being able to place orders and purchase meals on-the-go. You can select menu items, customize orders and pre-pay for meals during park visits – all within the app. 

It’s easy to do. After you place your order, pre-pay in the app and arrive at Satu’li Canteen, you'll tap the “I’m here” button. That will notify the kitchen to prepare your meal. When ready, you will be alerted through the app to pick up your meal at the designated window with the Mobile Order pick-up sign.

Please note during the initial launch period of Mobile Order, the only form of payment accepted will be by credit card. Anyone with special dietary restrictions, or those who want to use discounts or redeem dining plan entitlements must place their order with a cashier. 

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

Adult Beverage ID Requirements Enforced at Walt Disney World

Disney is reminding all guest to bring the proper identification they’ll need during their stay.  Please note the following ID requirements required to purchase alcoholic beverages at any establishment throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

Alcohol will not be served to anyone who does not present valid identification upon request.

Visitors from outside the United States are required to present both a valid passport and another form of government-issued photo identification from their country of origin. Foreign driver’s licenses or ID cards are not acceptable by themselves.

The following forms of ID will be accepted as proof of age:

U.S. state driver’s license (includes U.S. territories – Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa)
U.S. state ID (includes U.S. territories)
U.S. military ID
Original passport
Copy of passport (either on paper or captured on a mobile device), along with a government photo ID that verifies the person and birth date show on the copy
NEXUS card issued by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Canadian Guests only)

 

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

First Look: Geyser Point Bar and Grill at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Geyser Point Bar & Grill at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

Geyser Point Bar and Grill is a new but unremarkable restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort situated on the shores of Bay Lake. The lounge itself is a big improvement over the existing pool bar and will likely attract an evening crowd. The open air pavilion is reminiscent of a structure you’d find at a public park or a summer camp but with more comfortable furniture and a bar! There are plenty of servers are on hand but most didn't have anything to do. Disney's Wilderness Lodge isn’t fully operational at this time due to an extensive, down-to-the-studs refurbishment so crowds should pick up once construction is complete.

The nearby quick service restaurant feels like an afterthought being tucked away in the corner. It's an attempt at rustic, Pacific-Northwest cuisine offering a bison burger and a smoked salmon BLT. Neither will impress you but overall they're acceptable. There’s absolutely nothing special about the bacon cheeseburger, it’s the same frozen beef patty you can get anywhere at Walt Disney World: overcooked beyond recognition and dry. In fact, it was so dry, it wasn't edible. If Wendy’s and McDonald's can make a decent burger, why can’t Disney? The oversized waffle-fries are fresh, crispy and will certainly be a signature item here.

Service is painfully slow at Geyser Point Bar and Grill. I was the only customer at the restaurant, shortly after 12 noon. After 15 minutes I approached the counter again to ask if they forgot about me. Nope. But a Cast Member was indeed working feverishly in the kitchen. It took 22 minutes for the order to arrive at my table but the place is still new so I can understand that some things might need to be worked out. 
 
The open air design is only as good as the weather outside. Visit on a breezy winter day and you’ll fight to keep your plate and cup from blowing away. You can also expect cold food. It will be interesting to see if insects become a problem here - being that the pavilion has no screens. Disney has a great pest management system in place so it shouldn't be an issue. 

Prices are reasonable, entrees range between $10 and $14. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. The lounge offers typical beverages found throughout Walt Disney World and even a few regional beers from the Pacific-Northwest.

If you’re staying at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Geyser Point is a good place for breakfast or an evening beverage after the theme parks, but overall it's just average for Walt Disney World. 

By Darren Wittko
 

New Princess Character Meal at Disney's Boardwalk

Recently, I shared that an all-new character dining experience will be coming to Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk at Walt Disney World Resort. The Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, you'll have the opportunity to meet beloved Disney characters including Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel and Prince Eric.

 

Adult Offerings

Breakfast is your choice of a mixed berry parfait or fresh fruit salad and a frying pan of pastries featuring braided breakfast bread and clam shell pastries. Menu items “Shipwreck al Forno” - Calzone with scrambled Eggs, Soppressata, Bacon, Sausage, Blend of Cheeses and Sunday Gravy; “Tangled Eggs” Tomato & Basil Scrambled Eggs, Fresh Mozzarella, Sunday Gravy and Roasted Potatoes; “Tower of Pancakes” Seasonal Buttermilk Pancakes with Bacon or Sausage and more!

 

For the Kiddos

Choice of a Mickey Pancake, Mickey Waffle or a “Little Royal Breakfast,” which features an egg, bacon and toast.

Breakfast will also include a choice of non-alcoholic beverage such as coffee, tea juice, milk and soft drinks. Mimosas, a Peach Bellini, cappuccino, press pot coffee and more will be available as an additional charge.

This character breakfast will cost $34 for adults, $20 for children. Please note Disney Characters join Guests for breakfast only. Character appearances are subject to change.

Reservations are now open for dates beginning April 2, 2017 and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Parks and Resorts