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12 Disney Dining Tips and Tricks That Even Experienced Disney-goers May Not Know

Jake and The Neverland Pirates

4. If You Are Celebrating, Let Them Know. If you have a birthday, anniversary, retirement, engagement, graduation or any other life event or accomplishment you are celebrating let the restaurant know.  You can leave a note for servers when booking online or you can mention it at the hostess stand to receive celebratory treatment during your meal.  

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12 Disney Dining Tips and Tricks That Even Experienced Disney-goers May Not Know

Disney Cast Member

12. Ask Lots of Questions. If you have questions about restaurant booking, menu options after arrival at your Disney meal or any other aspect of Disney dining feel free to reach out to Disney cast members with questions.  No question is a crazy one; cast members are excited to help you learn more about Disney dining.

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12 Disney Dining Tips and Tricks That Even Experienced Disney-goers May Not Know

5. Character Dining is Smoother with One Camera Man. Character meals are a really fun way to meet characters without waiting in line, while enjoying a delicious meal.  Characters drop by your table to say hello, sign autographs, and take photos with the group.  If you are taking photos of only the kids in the group with the characters, having ...

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12 Disney Dining Tips and Tricks That Even Experienced Disney-goers May Not Know

6. Seat Children in Accessible Seats at Character Dining. Seating children in your group near accessible areas of the table will allow them to be able to hop up to hug characters when they arrive at the table without the need for the family to shift seats.  Strategically placing children at the table will save time and spills.  

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12 Disney Dining Tips and Tricks That Even Experienced Disney-goers May Not Know

Crystal Palace

7. Lunch Buffets are a Great Option for Some Groups. Young children with early bedtimes may be better suited to a lunch buffet instead of dinner.  Bonus points, some buffets are actually cheaper at lunch.  Take a second glance when booking to ensure that the characters meeting guests at lunch are indeed the ones you are hoping to meet.  Oftentimes, ...

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12 Disney Dining Tips and Tricks That Even Experienced Disney-goers May Not Know

Stitch Juice

8. Pricing May Vary. Some Walt Disney World restaurants vary in price based on the season in which you are visiting.  During the “off season” you pay may ten dollars less per person at restaurants that vary pricing than you will during the busiest seasons of the year. 

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12 Disney Dining Tips and Tricks That Even Experienced Disney-goers May Not Know

Drinks

9. Try the Local Drinks. My family dined at Disney buffets for years before we first asked about the juice options included with the meal.  The tropical lemonade at Ohana and fruit juice at Boma are two of our favorite “local” drinks that are included with the price of the meal with free refills. Ask about juices, lemonades, and other ...

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12 Disney Dining Tips and Tricks That Even Experienced Disney-goers May Not Know

Mickey and Walt with Cinderella Castle

11. Snag a Late Reservation If You Are Not Returning to The Parks. Disney restaurants seat guests for hours after what most of us consider dinnertime.  This means that if your family chooses to play in the park later and enjoy a 9:00 pm dinner before heading back to your resort for the evening you can snag a later reservation ...

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12 Disney Dining Tips and Tricks That Even Experienced Disney-goers May Not Know

Via Napoli

Disney dining really makes a great vacation even better.  Disney restaurants surpass guest expectations, keep kids mesmerized, and serve up some delicious food. The Disney website and guest services do a great job of answering guest’s dining questions but it never hurts to hear a few Disney dining tips and tricks from a seasoned Disney fanatic.  

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