Making the Most of YOUR Disney Dining Experience {FAVORITE Disney Tip}

Making the most of your Disney dining experience is so important!  The Character Meals, Fine Dining/Signature Meals, and even the counter service and snack opportunities are all part of a magical Disney vacation!  You plan your meal times, locations, and experiences WELL before you arrive in the parks, so you want to make the most of them!  For this week’s {FAVORITE} Disney Tip, I asked my awesome readers on Facebook for some tips when it comes to Disney Dining.  Here is what they said:

Disney Recap-Dinner at Chef Mickey's

1.  Take your time. If you are in a rush to get back to the attractions, you are going to miss a lot. Dining in WDW is an experience. Take time to really look at the theming of the restaurant. If it’s at a resort, arrive early and explore, shop in the gift shops. After dinner, stay and look around, explore the grounds.

2.  Dress it Up.  Part of a character meal is the THEMING!  I mean, if you are going to dine with the Fab Five, why not show your love for them?  Or, dining at Akerhaus with the princesses?  A tiara, magic wand, and a princess dress are a must!  Visit the Disney store, or make your own, character shirts for everyone in your family if you’re dining at Chef Mickey’s.  Make sure your little princess is in her finest-either with a dress from the Disney store, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, or a t-shirt you make on your own.  There are so many awesome possibilities!

3.  Eat at the castle one time…just to eat in Cinderella’s Castle! After that, definitely eat with the princesses at Akershaus! It’s only 1 table credit each and the princesses there are AWESOME!!!!!  Many times Cinderella’s Royal Table fills up fast, or maybe you aren’t planning on visiting EPCOT during your trip.  Keep in mind that dinner at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian is an excellent choice to see Cinderella at dinner.


4.  Make your preferences/needs known.  Disney is very accommodating, so don’t be afraid to ask, if you do have special dietary needs call ahead; and at QS just talk to the CM, if you do TS the chef comes out to discuss your needs, which is often fun to meet the chef!

5.  Timing is everything.  If you schedule a meal at Crystal Palace before the Magic Kingdom even opens, you’ll get some priceless photos on Main Street USA when it’s NOT crowded.  Or, if you choose a time when breakfast is beginning to overlap with lunch, your character interaction can be fabulous.  When dining somewhere like California Grill, you could get an early dinner reservation, then watch Wishes from another MK resort.  This would allow you to experience two resorts, and the fabulous fireworks!

Thanks so much to all the Facebook fans who gave input for this post!  I greatly appreciated it!  I’m blessed with such amazing readers!

What tips can you offer?  I’d love to know!  Disney Dining is always a learning experience!


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  1. This is useful information! I did not think about theming for a character meal. We always feel rushed at character meals. That is not because we are in a hurry but because the characters seem to be.

    1. Oh really? I have not had that experience, thankfully. I think that the characters just need to keep moving, but we have had them linger at our table sometimes, or come back again.

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