Thursday, May 5, 2011

Disney and it's Dining!

With my trip less than 3 weeks away I am starting to get very excited to be heading to the “world”!  One of the things that I love to do the most at Disney World is trying out the new restaurants.  With 66 table service restaurants within Walt Disney World on the Disney Dining Plan, I have only eaten at 15 and will make it to 18 by the end of the month.  Wow, I thought I was doing well but now it looks like I have only eaten at 23% of what they have to offer!
When I am making our plans for Disney World I always include new restaurants into our trip and rarely am I ever disappointed.  I do also allow time for our favorite character meals which is now a toss up between Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo and Stich and the ever so popular Chef Mickey’s.  On this trip I have finally talked my family into having lunch with the Princesses in Norway at the Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.  I am claiming it is for research not that I have the overwhelming urge to meet Belle!

When it comes to choosing restaurant one place that needs to be considered is EPCOT! EPCOT has 15 table service restaurants that will give you a wide variety of choices from restaurants around the world.  So far my favorite is Teppan Edo which is a Hybatchi style restaurant that brings Japan to you.  EPCOT is known for bringing in cast members from the specific countries to make sure you are experiencing the culture and food with accuracy.  This has to be the easiest way to travel around the world in 80 minutes and not 80 days!  If you don’t want to settle in to a sit down restaurant most countries also offer a quick service restaurant that you can grab a quick bite and move on to the next.
This is only a quick glance at the dining Disney has to offer and I hope to one day sample it all!  If you have ever wanted to sample it all the best way to do it is with the Disney Dining Plan or the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan.  For less than $48 a day for adults and $13 for children between 9 and 3 you can have 1 quick service meal, 1 table service meal, and one snack per person, per night of your package stay for everyone in the party age 3 and over.  This is for the Disney Dining Plan.
The Disney Deluxe Dining Plan includes 3 Meals and 2 snacks per person, per night of your package stay for everyone in the party age 3 and over.   The plan also includes1 resort refillable drink mug per person over 3 that can be used at your hotel’s quick service restaurant as many times as you would like during your trip.  The cost of this dining plan is less than $79 a day for adults and $22 for children between 9 and 3.  Just to let you know gratuities are not included in either plan.  Just to do the math for a 7 night stay you could try 21 of the restaurant in one trip!  How cool would that be?
Now here is some good news…there is a way to get the Dining Plan FREE! 
Now through Aug. 27, 2011, book the new Memories Vacation Package for 5 nights and 6 days at select Disney Moderate, Disney Deluxe or Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts at the Walt Disney World® Resort for arrivals most nights Aug. 28 – Sept. 24 and get the Disney Dining Plan** FREE!**
Offer Details:
The New Memories Vacation Package Includes:
  • Accommodations
  • Magic Your Way Base Ticket for each member of the traveling party
  • One 20-page Disney's PhotoPass® Photo Book***
Great fares may be available on AirTran Airways when you include air in this Memories Vacation Package Plus Free Dine for travel on select dates.
Booking Window:
May 2 – Aug. 27, 2011
Travel Window:
Aug. 28 – Sept. 24, 2011
Sample Pricing:
Book 5 Nights and 6 Days with FREE Disney Dining Plan for $86* per person, per day, for a family of 4, at a Select Disney Moderate Resort in a Standard Room (valid for stays most nights Aug. 28 – Sept. 24, 2011). That’s a total package price of $2,047.
Ask about packages in other resort categories and for other lengths of stay.
*Price based on 2 Adults, 1 Junior and 1 Child. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required.
**Excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages Children ages 3–9 must order from children's menu if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.
***Online registration required. There is no charge to use Disney's PhotoPass Service to capture, view or share your photos. Prints and other products are available for purchase. Photos must be claimed within 30 days of being taken. Once claimed, they will be available for 30 days from claim date. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Promotion code is a one-time use only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Promotion code will be provided as a voucher in your travel documents and will expire on 1/31/2012. Promotion code is not redeemable for cash in whole or in part. Promotion code holds no cash value. Promotion code is a one-time use code which will remove the cost of one (1) Disney's PhotoPass Photo Book with 20 pages. Standard domestic or International shipping charges will also be removed from your order. Offer does not include duties or value-added taxes, which may be assessed and are the responsibility of the package recipient. If additional pages are added to the Disney's PhotoPass Photo Book, additional products are added to this order, or Express shipping options selected, additional charges will apply upon final check out from
If you would like any information about this great deal please feel free to e-mail me at or call me at 618-920-8671 and we can plan a great trip for you and your family!  
And don’t forget to tell me about your favorite Walt Disney World Resort Restaurants in the comments!