Eating In Disney World

Here is some information to take into consideration when you visit Disney World, and dining is about to come into play.  These are all things that we practice when vacationing with the mouse.

When planning your vacation make sure to book any desired meals well in advance.  Most restaurants book up quickly, and during PEAK times the dining is sometimes even harder to work with.  Check out the Disney dining system by CLICKING HERE.

If you are going into the parks for a day take some small food with you so that you can snack and not have to purchase as much while in the parks.  We go out to the Super WalMart when we get to Florida and we purchase some food that our diet supplements out like candies, and ready made lunches.  We take them into the parks, and eat them as necessary to save some cash.

Weigh out the cost of eating individual meals without a dining plan.  Calculate one of the cheaper locations in WDW, and then calculate what the dining plan would cost instead.  9 times out of 10 the dining plan will work out more feasible.

If you are in a DVC room, or any room that has refrigerator, microwave, etc., then leave the park at peak hours, and go back to your room to eat.

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Downtown Disney T-Rex Review

While in Orlando, Florida we were offered to visit the T-Rex restaurant in Downtown Disney.  When staying on Disney grounds it is a very convenient place to eat because you can take Disney transportation there.  Even when staying off grounds it is easily accessible by going to Downtown Disney.  When the restaurant first opened we ate there, but from what I have observed in life service always changes from the opening experience.  We were seated in the Ice Cave Room.  The room looks like a ice cave, and at different times during the show that goes on throughout the restaurant the ice turns red.  There are very life-sized animatronics of dinosaurs throughout the restaurant.  The restaurant does have a lot of noises that go on while you are there.

I got the Giganto-Saurus Burger.  Wife, brother, and his girlfriend got the Guac-A-Saurus Burger.  Our little one got the Pork-A-Saurus Panini.  From the time our order was taken our meals were out to us in @18 minutes.  Our little one got a Discovery Blast which is a drink in a light-up cup, and she got the upgrade to make it a smoothie for $2 additional.  The server, Taryn, was very polite, knowledgable, and hospitable.  When we ordered we didn’t know that fries or mushrooms cost additional.  We found this out when the check came.  At the end of dinner we had the chocolate extinction.  Manager Max checked in on us throughout the meal, as the managers do at most restaurants.

Here is a PDF copy of the menu from the Orlando location.  CLICK HERE

Gigantosaurus Burger – A true carnivore’s delight. A second 100% beef patty added to the Bronto Burger with your choice of cheese. $16.99

Guac-asaurus Burger – A 100% beef patty with guacomole, a fried onion ring, pickles, lettuce, tomato, Pepper Jack cheese, and crispy bacon $14.49

Pork-asaurus Panini – smoke pulled pork simmered in BBQ sauce, served on a toasted bun with an onion ring and cole slaw $14.99

Discovery Blast – a non-alcoholic frozen blend of fruit layers in a bone-chilling glass that’s yours to keep $4.99

The Ultimate Prehistoric Smoothie – create your ultimate smoothie, blended with nonfat yogurt and topped with whipped cream. With two treats: $5.99 With three treats: $6.99
Select your treats: Butterfinger, M&M’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Fresh Bananas, Strawberries, Chocolate Syrup, and Oreo cookies

Chocolate Extinction – A gigantic portion of chocolate fudge cake served with ice cream, fresh whipped cream drizzled with fudge and caramel sauces and sprinkled with Butterfinger crumbs. Enough for two or more. $14.99

Also located in the building is a Build A Dino by Build A Bear.  There is no other way to complete a dinosaur experience except by the kids enjoying making their own dinosaur the same way they build bears at Build A Bear.

The food tasted good, and the service was prompt.  We would definitelly eat there again based on this experience.

For additional savings you can become a member of the Safari Club.  There are 2 locations for T-Rex one in Orlando, and the other being Kansas City.

I would definitelly recommend this experience to anyone that has children, or likes dining with atmosphere.

We were given the opportunity to review the staff, food, and the facility.  In no way was this review effected by this opportunity.

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Missing Disney Dining

For I don’t know how many years my family has been taking advantage of the Disney Dining Plan.  Next week when we go to Disney we aren’t going to be able to get the dining plan because we aren’t staying on grounds.  That is one thing that is a requirement in order to get the dining plan.  I haven’t figured out why Disney doesn’t do things similar to the other big parks that offer a meal plan for the day at the parks.  I can only imagine the money that they could be making.

Being that we aren’t eating in Disney I will not be as happy as usual because I enjoy good food, and Disney food is not something to be taken lightly.  We eat at 1900 Park Fare, Pepper Market, Coral Reef, and many other restaurants that only a good fat burner could help at.  We are going to be going to quite a few dinner shows, and I don’t believe they serve large portions of food, but I can’t say for sure until we get there.

When you eat in Disney do you enjoy the food, and do you feel that the portions of food are sizable enough?

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Disney Dream Dining

Being that we are going away in April 2011 on the Disney Dream we have been discussing with my brother about our dining plans.  We are both discussing when we want to do the Adult Only restaurants.  During none of our past cruises have we dined in the Adult Only restaurants.  Money, and also the fact that we don’t like to dress up played a key part in that.  Reading about the upcoming food makes me wonder if I can find appetite suppressants that work.

One of the biggest things that has changed with the dining system on the Disney Dream is that there are 2 dining times.  Based on the dining time that you have you are given a specific time to see the shows.  The main dining seating is at 5:45pm, and the second is at 8:15pm.  If you are on the 5:45pm time for dining, then you will be on the 9:00pm showtime.  If you are on the 8:15pm dining, then you will be on the 7:00pm showtime.  Either dining times can request to be on the 5:00pm showtime.

If you are traveling with others be sure to have your reservations linked so that you can be seated together.  The dining rotation will be through Enchanted Garden, Royal Palace, and Animators Palate.  When you get onboard the Dream your Key To The World card will show your dining rotation.  There is now an additional Adult Only dining in comparison to the other cruise ships of Disneys.  There is the original Palo,and then there is Remy.  Either one has a $15 per person charge.  Cabanas is another restaurant that serves breakfast, or lunch.  At dinner the restaurant transforms into a table service dining experience.

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Disney World Dining From Your Cell Phone

Making dining reservations in Disney World has just gotten a bit easier.  There is no download of an app necessary.  All you have to do is navigate to http://disneyworld.com/dining from your internet based smartphone, and you will get a very easy to use dining planner.  If you have a Droid, or an IPhone, then you can currently use this feature.  Blackberry users will have to wait a bit, as that part isn’t finished yet.

There are many different ways you can search with this tool.  Give it a try and see how easy it is.

For those of you still in the “Stone Phone Age” just call 407-WDW-DINE to make your reservations.

I tried it from my Droid, and it is very easy to use.

Here is a screenshot from the IPhone version.

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