Some additional thoughts on Fall Free Dining 2013

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***UPDATE – new rumor here.***

Still no official word yet on when (or if) Disney will release a free dining promotion for 2013.

Many people think free dining is dead and won’t resurface in 2013.  This idea mostly comes from the newly opened Fantasyland which has given Disney cause to raise prices and reduce discounts AND Disney has become, over the past 2 years, more exclusive on the dates they offer free dining.

I still think Disney will release the free dining for, at the very least, parts of Sept & Oct.  But I think 2013 will be the last year we see free dining for awhile, due to the new, upcoming attractions Disney has scheduled for 2013 & 2014.

Where does this leave YOU – the guest?

If you are waiting for Disney to release that free dining discount before booking a fall vacation, don’t wait because you may be too late!  I’m already seeing popular resorts and room categories booked solid through the end of the year – even during non-holiday times. Go ahead and book your preferred resort package, and let me take care of watching for discount releases. As soon as a free dining discount becomes available, I’ll call in and get you rebooked under the discount code – you’ll just get an email telling you how much money you’ve saved!

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Disney Park Favorite Sit Down Restaurants:

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Animal Kingdom Restaurants

 

  1. Yak and Yeti – an Asian restaurant with yummy Chinese foods (egg rolls, pot stickers, stir fry, tempura, etc..).  I love this place!  The kids menu is more American foods (mini burger, chicken tenders, lo mien, etc..).  (1 credit)
  1. Rainforest Cafe – This is a chain restaurant, but the food is good and the atmosphere is a lot of fun, for both kids and adults.  (1 credit)
  1. Tusker House – This is a character buffet at breakfast & lunch (featuring Donald Duck, Daisy, Goofy & Minnie) and just a buffet with no character at dinner.  The cuisine is American and Asian.  (1 credit)

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Hollywood Studios Restaurants

  1. Sci Fi Dine In – This restaurant fare is typical drive in food (shakes, burgers, onion rings, etc) but the atmosphere is amazing!  You sit at tables fashioned to look like cars, there’s actual movies playing, and you feel you’re actually at a drive in theater.  I love this place – but the lighting is very low, just so you know.  (1 credit)
  1. 50’s Prime Time Cafe – the atmosphere is themed to make you feel like you are eating at your mom’s and you are just one of the family.  The food, meatloaf, fried chicken, pot roast, spaghetti & meatballs, etc…, are classics and the servers are known for teasing you to get your elbows off the table or finish your veggies.  (1 credit)
  1. Mama Melrose’s – a classic Italian spot with yummy Italian food and good service.  (1 credit)
  1. Hollywood Brown Derby – A very nice meal, with some guest favorites, including cobb salad, grapefruit cake, and American Bison.  (2 credits)

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Epcot Restaurants

  1. Coral Reef – a mostly seafood restaurant, although their NY strip steak is good!  You eat your meal with aquariums surrounding you, which is really cool.  It makes you feel like you are under water.  There’s just something about watching fish swim by while you eat a fish 🙂  (1 credit)
  1. Garden Grill – The food here is served family-style, or they bring you platters of food and put it on the table and you can order more of whatever you want.  Food includes steak, chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls, etc..  This is a character dinner where you can usually meet chip & dale, mickey, & pluto.  The restaurant itself actually (very slowly) rotates so you can watch the scenery go by.  (1 credit)
  1. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – A character buffet with princesses.  This buffet is located in the Norway section of Epcot, so some of the food is a little more unusual but there are also American food offerings.  This is a great alternative to Cinderella’s Castle if you don’t want to use 2 credits to see Princesses, or you can’t get a reservation at the Castle.  (1 credit)
  1. Le Cellier Steakhouse – located in Canada, this steakhouse is a personal favorite of mine.  All the steaks here are amazing!  This is a more expensive place as it is considered a signature dinner.  (2 credits)
  1. Rose and Crown Pub – located in United Kingdom, a pub that serves English food favorites like bangers and mash, scotch eggs, fish and chips, Sunday roast, and cottage pie.  (1 credit)
  1. Via Napoli – located in Italy, this wood fire Italian place is really yummy!  The pizza is thin crust and the pastas are good.  (1 credit)

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Magic Kingdom Restaurants

  1. Cinderella’s Royal Table – the best Princesses character meal around, since you get to eat in the castle!  I still love going here as an adult.  All parties will get their picture taken with Cinderella and complimentary photo packages will be delivered to you during your meal.  (2 credits)
  1. Crystal Palace – This is a buffet meal located on Main Street of Magic Kingdom.  Any meal here is good, although breakfast is the best, in my opinion.  This is another character meal – you can meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.  I really like this character meal.  (1 credit)
  1. Be Our Guest Restaurant – This is the newest restaurant in Disney World, themed like the ballroom of Beauty and the Beast.  It’s beautiful!  You can eat here at lunch without reservations and it’s more informal, or you need reservations for dinner with more formality.  At dinner, you sometimes get to meet the Beast and get your picture taken with him.  This restaurant is part of the new Fantasyland that Disney has been advertising.  (1 credit)
  1. Liberty Tree Tavern – Lunch is my favorite meal here – the pot roast is wonderful, the fried cheese app is very good, and the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake dessert is really not to be missed.  If you eat here for dinner, you meal is served family style, or you get platters of Thanksgiving-type foods, with a cobbler for dessert.  (1 credit)
  1. Tony’s Town Square – This restaurant serves typical Italian foods with a Lady and the Tramp theme and decor.  It’s right off Main Street, too, with a nice view of all comings and goings.  (1 credit)
  1. Plaza Restaurant – This small ice cream parlor (on Main Street) is a great lunch place!  The sandwiches are great, the milkshakes are classic, and the atmosphere is wonderful.  A fun place for a meal.

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Favorite Quick Service (Fast Food) Disney World Restaurants:

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Hollywood Studios:

  1. Toy Story Pizza Planet – Remember the pizza place in toy story?  This restaurant is modeled to look like that – food is pizza, of course!  There’s an arcade.  It’s brightly colored and lit and themed.  It’s a fun place to eat.
  1. Starring Rolls Café – My absolute favorite quick service meal in Disney World.  The sandwiches remind me of east coast subs, and the cupcakes here are to-die-for.  If all else fails, stop here for a cupcake.  You won’t be sorry.
  1.  ABC CommissaryA good place for lots of food options, lots of seating, and nice cool air conditioning in the hot summer months.

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Animal Kingdom:

  1. Flame Tree BBQA very popular place to grab lunch at Animal Kingdom.  The BBQ meats here are wonderful and the view of the lake is idyllic.
  1. Pizzafari – A very nice themed eatery with very normal pizza options for lunch.
  1. Restaurantosaurus – Burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets – something for everyone!
  1. Yak & Yeti – this quick service counter offers yummy Chinese foods like sweet & sour chicken and beef lo mein.

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Epcot:

  1. Sunshine Seasons – located in THE LAND, this quick service eatery is the best in Epcot’s Future World.  Breakfast is served here, and for lunch you have grill options, panani/sandwiches, and one awesome strawberry shortcake!
  1. 2.     Kringla Bakeri og Café – (located in Norway), this is a great stop for a sandwich and yummy dessert.  The ham & apple sandwich and school bread are particularly good.
  1. 3.     Boulangerie Patisserie – (located in France), a great stop for sandwiches (on French bread), quiches, and even a cheese plate!  The desserts here are wonderful, including a very yummy éclair.
  1. 4.     Katsura Grill – (located in Japan), if it’s Teriyaki or Sushi that you’re craving, this is the place for you!
  1. 5.     Tangierine Café – (located in Morocco) – this eatery has very unique offerings including shawarma, hummus, Falafel wraps, and lamb pita pockets.  If you are up to trying something new, these platters are a great value and really yummy!

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Magic Kingdom:

  1. Be Our Guest Restaurant (lunch only) – located in New Fantasyland, this is by far the most impressive quick service meal you can have on Disney property!  You will enjoy yummy food inside the new Beast’s castle – visit the ballroom, West Wing, and rose gallery.  The line to get in for lunch will be long (probably a 30 minute wait) but if you have the time, it’s worth the wait!
  1. Casey’s Corner – located on Main Street, this is a hot dog & French fry joint; I love eating here for 2 reasons: the corn dog nuggets and the cheese sauce (for dipping everything in!)
  1. Columbia Harbor House – located in Liberty Square (near Haunted Mansion) this counter service is a popular place to eat lunch; the lobster roll is good, as well as the apple crisp.
  1. Cosmic Ray’s Café – located in Tomorrowland, this eatery has 3 ordering bays, featuring burgers, chicken, and sandwiches.  The toppings bar here is amazing!
  1. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn – located in Frontierland, you can get a burger here and use the toppings bar, or you can get a pretty good taco salad, too!

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These are a few of my favorite (Disney) things….

Sometimes I miss Disney things more than other times….today it was on my mind alot as I worked through a few vacation quotes for clients.  Here are a few of my favorite things I’m looking forward to.

The Winnie Pooh ride in Fantasyland:

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The newly renovated Dumbo ride with the beautiful fountains:

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The twilight zone – Tower of Terror!

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Rock N’ Roller Coaster:

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Plastic cheese dipping sauce with a Casey’s Corner dinner:

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A cream cheese pretzel (yum!):

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Carmel corn from Karamell Kuche in Epcot:

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A corn dog from Disneyland:

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The newest (and best in my opinion) fantasyland ride:

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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Starring Rolls Cafe – the BEST Hollywood Studios restaurant!

My absolute favorite place to eat while touring Hollywood Studios is Starring Rolls Cafe.  Not only are the cupcakes to-die-for-good, but the deli sandwiches remind me of east coast sub sandwiches.  Yum!  There’s sushi, too, if you want.  And did I mention the cupcakes?

A sampling of the goodies you can order at Starring Rolls:

Turkey Sandwich – with chips or fresh fruit $9.99

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Vegetable Roll $8.99

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcake – peanut butter and chocolate $3.99

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Butterfinger Cupcake – $3.99

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Seasonal Holiday Gingerbread Cupcake – $3.99

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I highly recommend going to Starring Rolls Cafe while you are in Hollywood Studios for lunch.  It’s well worth it, especially if you are on the dining plan.

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Be Our Guest Restaurant – a review

The most anticipated lunch of my trip back in December was by far the one I would wait almost an hour in line for – Be Our Guest Restaurant.  It officially opened the same time as the new Fantasyland, on Dec 6th.  I ate there on Dec 11th.

The atmosphere was simply breathtaking.  It’s worth every minute in line to see the ballroom, the west wing, the enchanted rose, the talking suit of armor, etc…  It feels like you are in the classic movie, Beauty & the Beast.

Some pictures of the outside of the restaurant:

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The talking suits of armor:

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The ballroom:

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The west wing:

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The Rose Gallery:

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Even if the food hadn’t been good, it would have been worth it to see all the beautiful things in the restaurant.  But as it turns out, the food was excellent!  The desserts were just ok, but the entree – yum!

My grown-up ham and cheese sandwich was very tasty.  The fries were just ok – I needed some plastic cheese from Casey’s Corner to make them more than ok 🙂

Croque Monsieur – Grilled sandwich of carved ham, Gruyere cheese, and bechamel with Pommes Frites. $10.99

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My mom love her meal – she scraped the plate clean!

Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin style) – eight-hour slow-cooked pork with mushrooms, onions, carrots and bacon served with mashed potatoes and green beens jardiniere $11.99

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And for dessert we had 2 kinds of cupcakes.  These don’t hold a candle to Starring Rolls Cafe (in Hollywood Studios) cupcakes.  Not a candle.  Plus these were hard to unwrap.  But we were on the dining plan, and sweetness after a meal is always welcome.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake – vanilla sponge cake, strawberry mousse filling, and cream cheese icinng $2.99

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Lemon Meringue Cupcake – Vanilla sponge cake, lemon custard filling, flamed merinque icing and crunch $2.99

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As you leave, you see a few decorations….

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All in all – a wonderful meal!  I’ve got a dinner reservation for June and am looking forward to it!

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