Podcast Episode 136: Character Dining Overview

One of the most popular activities you can do at Disney is to have a character meal!  This is a great way to see your favorite characters without standing in line and while having a delicious meal.  Join us as we talk all about the character meals you can find at Walt Disney World!

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Unique Dining Outside of the Parks – Part I

Sometimes when planning dining reservations for a Walt Disney World vacation people focus on restaurants in the parks.   Fortunately, there are many, many choices outside of the parks and if you plan correctly going to a dining reservation outside of the parks doesn’t have to take a lot of time out of your day.  Of if you aren’t planning to visit a park you can still have plenty of fun and even meet some Disney friends!

 Magic Kingdom Resort Area:
Grand Floridian Resort has two very unique character meal options both at the same restaurant, 1900 Park Fare.  For breakfast you can meet Mary Poppins, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh.  For dinner you can meet up with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella.

Also at the Grand Floridian there is Victoria & Albert’s a very upscale restaurant, having an AAA Five Diamond rating since 2000.  There is also the highly coveted Chef’s Table at Victoria & Albert’s which features 13 courses and the chef personally conversing between courses.  This is definitely a bucket list item!

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Citricos Dining with an Imagineer is a very unique option outside of the park.  Who wouldn’t love to pick the brain of a Disney Imagineer?  This is your chance to ask questions and learn about the behind the scenes of Walt Disney World. 

Within the Wilderness Lodge you will find the Whispering Canyon Café, a buffet with some shenanigans.  If you love great food, a neat atmosphere and sassy and fun cast members you will want to make the trip to Wilderness Lodge for this family style bottomless platters!  Just be careful when you ask for ketchup or straws!

 In the Polynesian Village Resort there is a unique character meal featuring Lilo and Stitch as well at Mickey and Pluto in Hawaiian gear.  Lilo is not featured anywhere else so if you have a person who loves Lilo and Stitch this is THE place to go!

 Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is located at the Campsites at Fort Wilderness and boasts an amazing dinner show with great food, fun, vaudeville comedy, singing and dancing.  And of course Strawberry Shortcake!  There are multiple shows each day in different price categories based on your seat.  You can read Tara’s review here.

Epcot Resort Area:
Another great character meal option is at the Beach Club, Cape May Café!  This is a character meal for breakfast only and features Minnie and friends in their beach attire!  So if you are in Epcot or Hollywood Studios or staying at an Epcot are resort this is a fantastic option that isn’t as well-known as other character meals.  You can read a review right here! 

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Beaches and Cream in the Beach Club boasts more than just ice cream.  This old-fashioned soda fountain has a full menu of burgers, salads, sandwiches, and soup.  But most people are coming for The Kitchen Sink.  This creation has scoops of 5 different types of ice creams, every topping imaginable plus a whole can of whipped cream.  You will need the whole family to finish this monster!  But beware when you order it you will cause some heads to turn since the whole restaurant will light up as this treat makes its way to your table.

 Todd English’s bluezoo located in the Dolphin Hotel is a sleeper choice.  It is a pricey dinner, so maybe for a special occasion this is a great choice.  It has won numerous awards and does awesome seafood as well as plenty of beef, chicken and pork dishes to keep everyone happy.  They even feature a pretty great kid’s menu if you are bringing the whole family.  The restaurant itself is beautiful and you will want to get dressed up for this dinner.

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Check back soon for more  dining suggestions on the Animal Kingdom Resort area and Disney Springs!

 

Alternatives to Popular Dining at Disney

Is your favorite restaurant booked up at Walt Disney World? We have all been there! But here I will give you some alternatives to some of the more popular restaurants at Walt Disney World.

Cinderella’s Royal Table instead try Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. You aren’t eating above the Magic Kingdom, but it is still a castle with a chance to meet some princesses!

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Cinderella’s Royal Table instead try 1900 Park Fare for dinner. Here you will have a great dinner plus meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the stepmother and stepsisters. The character interaction is fantastic and fun, plus you are still a short monorail ride away from Magic Kingdom. Here is our review.

Be Our Guest instead try Chefs de France. This is a grown up version of Be Our Guest with fantastic French food and you will be able to get right in. There is no Beast here but the atmosphere is lovely.

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Le Cellier Steakhouse instead try Yachtsman Steakhouse. Located in the Yacht Club you will find a similar menu without entering a park. Check out Jamie’s review.

Chef Mickey’s instead try Garden Grill. Garden Grill has Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale in this slowly rotating restaurant in The Land Pavilion in Epcot. The food is served family style in a much more laid back atmosphere. Read a review here.

Chef Mickey’s instead try Tusker House. Another great character meal with Mickey and friends located in Animal Kingdom. This menu is more adventurous with a neat atmosphere. With it being inside a park it can get your early entrance to be closer to the attractions.

If you have a favorite alternative dining experience share it with us!

 

 

 

Podcast Episode 69: Our Fall Disney Vacations

Join us this week as we talk about our upcoming Disney vacations!  We’ll discuss our resorts, our dining plans, what we’re Fast Passing, and any special events we’re looking forward to!

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Podcast Episode 60: Changes To WDW Vacation Packages For 2016

If you’re planning a Disney vacation for 2016 or even have one planned already, you’re going to want to tune in this week as we talk about all the new additions and changes you’re going to see for next year.  We also talk about 2015 Food & Wine Festival enhancements as well as park refurbishments for the latter half of 2015.

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Podcast Episode 57: The Character Queen

Have you guys seen that guy on Facebook that does those awesome Dubsmash videos with characters at Disney World?  We have and that’s why we asked him to be a special guest on our podcast this week! He is so funny and he has some great insider tips on how to make the most of your character meet and greets at Disney!  Don’t miss it!

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Podcast Episode 52: Disney For Boys

If you’ve got a boy in your life that you want to bring to Disney but you can’t think of anything to do that doesn’t have to do with princesses and fairies, then this is a must-listen for you!  We give you the low down on everything boy-centric at Walt Disney World.  We’ve got ideas for rides, shows, restaurants, and more!  Don’t miss it!

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Podcast Episode 49: Winning Over The Reluctant Disney Fan

Is there someone in your life you’re dying to bring to Disney but they just aren’t as enthusiastic about it as you are?  Our episode this week gives you some great ideas on how you can get them excited about a Disney vacation!  We cover dining, where to stay, what time of year to go, and even special events!

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Podcast Episode 48: Our Perfect Disney Days

Have you ever thought about what would happen on your perfect Disney day?  We have and in this episode we tell you all about them!  Find out where we would stay, what attractions we would see and do, and most importantly, where we would eat!  Listen through to the end where we give you some tips on how to make your own perfect Disney day!

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Podcast Episode 44: Breakfast Dining

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so join us this week as we talk about all things breakfast at Disney!  Find out what we like and where we like to get it, as well as the news about the Be Our Guest breakfast offerings!

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