Walt Disney World Dining
by Keleigh May on February 10th, 2016

The May's are back from a magical week at Disney World. But let's get down too it, what were the best dining experiences we had? I'll break it all down for you all...
On our first day we visited Disney Springs (Formerly Downtown Disney) and ate lunch at T-Rex. Thanks to MouseSaver we had bought a $100 gift card for only $80 saving $20! How was the food? Most expensive meal at the parks...and average at best. Atmosphere? Loud and crowded. Unless you have an absolute Dinosaur enthusiast, I'd skip this one and save the money. Just my 2 cents.  
Monday was spent at Animal Kingdom. Lunch was kabobs in Africa (very impressed with the healthy options Disney offers in kid's meals) then for dessert my first ever Dole Whip. This dessert has its own cult following, and for good reason. Pineapple and vanilla soft serve come together to form the perfect treat in my humble opinion. You can pick up the Dole Whip at both Animal and Magic Kingdoms, although I preferred the one from Animal Kingdom - it was a bit more sorbet textured- where as the Magic Kingdom version was a a bit creamier. Next time you visit one of the Disney Kingdom's make sure to pick up a Dole Whip....and thank me later.
The best dinner spot we found was tucked inside Disney's flagship hotel The Grand Floridian (you know the hotel the Tanner's stayed at). At Gasparilla Island Grill you will find an excellent quick service menu (the Gatsby Burger was Joe's favorite meal of the whole week) and the view of the Magic Kingdom's fireworks are unbeatable.  
Tuesday was Hollywood Studios day. Lunch was at the iconic Brown Derby, home of the Cobb Salad (everything here, although very tasty was about $10 over priced per entree in my opinion). My sister Rachel researched the best treat, and the overwhelming response was the carrot cake cookie sandwich located at the Writer's Cafe near the back of the park (Note:This charming cafe is set to close in the next couple of months but this delicious cookie is located at other locations throughout the park). This monster was a fantastic deal (under $5) and delicious, again the hype was well deserved!  
Wednesday we hit the Magic Kingdom- and I must say I was very underwhelmed by the food offerings here. I will say we saved money by letting Tucker eat 2 sides for lunch (he got Mac and Cheese and Broccoli for under $5). At the Sleepy Hollow Tavern mom and Tuck got a Nutella and fruit waffle- which was the hit of the day!
Thursday was Epcot. Oh, Epcot, you are wonderful. Forget theme park food, this is high end dining at this wonderful park- and we ate our way through it! The hands down favorite was Boulangerie Patisserie des Halles in France. Just look at the desserts....
...and the sandwiches! A grilled cheese with goat cheese at a theme park...HEAVEN!!!! We ate here twice and between 4 of us, we ate 10 desserts....no shame. This is a quick service restaurant and the lowest prices of any meal at Disney. If I could only offer you one dining trip, it would be to eat here!
Friday we visited the Magical Kingdom once again. For lunch, a Disney miracle occurred allowing us to eat lunch at the much hyped Be Our Guest restaurant (normally reservations are booked 6 months in advance). I will say this is the best restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. If you eat here for lunch you will save $$$. Surprisingly Tucker said this was his favorite restaurant (it was very beautiful inside and it looks to be snowing out the windows, so cool).  
Ah, "The Grey Stuff" it was delicious (and I highly suspect some type of vanilla cool whip). We showed up at 10 and were able to get in to lunch at 10:30 (which we were fine with) so if you don't have reservations, there might still be hope!

Big Money Saving Tip!

A HUGE tip for saving major $$$ at Disney is eating breakfast in your room. I brought almond milk, plenty of Garden of Life protein shakes, Kind Bars, Nature's Bakery Bars and Peter Rabbit applesauce pouches. By eating in the room we saved precious time in the morning enabling us to ride more rides! 
So there you have it! All of my favorite meals and deals from the most Magical place of earth!   Planning a trip to visit the happiest place on earth?  Why not make it happy for your tummy and your wallet, because where there's a meal, there's a way!

And P.S. in 5 days we walked around 57 miles, so bring comfy shoes!



Posted in Healthful Hints, Just for Kids!, Travel Tips    Tagged with disney world, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, T-Rex, Disney Springs, Disney Food, Disney Dining, travel, Disney Kid's Meals, Disney Food


2 Comments

Kim - February 10th, 2016 at 8:21 PM
Great tips!!!!
Keleigh May - February 11th, 2016 at 10:49 AM
Thank you! Can't wait to go back for more research ;)
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