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Magical Dining!! Disney Dinners for $35

Published July 10, 2017 by Disneyways.com

Originally posted July 10, 2017

Can you believe you can get a THREE COURSE meal on Disney property for $35??? Is this even possible? Why yes – it is!! Read on out find out how!

This year, an unprecedented number of Disney restaurants are participating in Magical Dining…several of them Disney owned and operated!!! Among them are The Turf Club, Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Grand Floridian Cafe, Jiko, Olivia’s Cafe, and The Wave… of American Flavors. We have the full list for you below!

Available to anyone no matter where you live –  Magical Dining Month begins August 25th during a special preview week, and continues through October 1st.  Over 100 Orlando area restaurants will offer prix fixe dinners for just $35. What do you get for your $35?

A three-course dinner includes the choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert from the restaurant’s Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month menu. Tax and gratuity is not included.

One dollar from each meal will benefit Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Here is how you do it!! To participate in Magical Dining – just go to the Restaurants & Menus page to select your favorite restaurant, then click on the restaurant’s online reservations button. While most restaurants offer online reservations, if they do not, then call the restaurant directly. Advance reservations are encouraged as some will fill up quickly! You can also arrive at the restaurant as a walk-in guest or with advance reservations. Then –  simply ask your server for the Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month menu. No vouchers, coupons or flyers are needed.

This program is available Every night, from August 25 – October 1, 2017, during the restaurant’s normal dinner hours. Call the restaurants directly for days and hours of operation.

Check out the FULL Disney LIST including menus and more for the Disney and Lake Buena Vista area restaurants HERE

Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Grand Floridian Cafe, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Il Mulino at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs
Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Paddlefish at Disney Springs
Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando
STK at Disney Springs
The Turf Club at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Todd English’s bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Dolphin

Frequently asked questions and answers can be found HERE.

Skipper Canteen Photo Tour Including Menus!

Published December 14, 2015 by Disneyways.com

The Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen is now in soft openings!! Located in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, right across from the Pirates attraction, guests are now being seated in one of three rooms. The official opening is set for Wednesday December 16, 2015! No word yet on if advance dining reservations will be accepted. Our thanks to Erin at Mad Hatter Adventures for these photos so we could bring you this first look!

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There is no alcohol on the menu at this time!

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There is also a kid’s menu available! You can check out a photo of that over at Disney Food Blog!

Match The Species – Poop Treats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom by Guest Authors Amber and Jacquie Montes de Oca

Published June 19, 2015 by jpmdo

**UPDATE: Disney discontinued these treats and they are no longer available.**

What do Disney, sweet treats and poop have in common? Our favorite topics of conversation!

When we heard there were new treats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and they look like animal poop, of course we had to find out more about them and better yet… taste them!

So we started our journey by arriving at Disney’s Animal Kingdom then made our way to Africa.

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We then found the location… Zuri’s Sweets Shop right across from the new Harambe Market.

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And there, among the other sweets… Match the Species Treats (animal poop)!

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Of course we had to try all four. And this is what we thought:

Elephant Poop: Chocolate peanut butter fudge with sweet rolled oats and yellow coconut flakes.

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J: I could tell right away it tasted like peanut butter, then the oats and coconut made their appearance. It’s dense and cakey. Yummy

A: To me it tastes like peanut butter and coconut. It’s a bit hard to bite into.

Hippo Poop: Chocolate fudge caramel brownie with peanut butter and rolled oats.

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J: Very similar taste as the Elephant Poop, except for the coconut. Also dense and cakey. Feels a bit heavy when you pick it up.

A: Same thought, very similar to the Elephant Poop.

Cotton Top Tamarin Poop: Pretzel pearls coated in chocolate peanut butter fudge with sweet rolled oat flakes.

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J: Again, similar taste to both the Elephant and Hippo Poop, however this one is harder to bite into.

A: Also similar taste as the two above, however this one has that extra pretzel taste. Watch your teeth… hard to bite into.

Giraffe Poop: Rolled chocolate fudgy brownie and freshly made caramel.

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J: This one was my favorite. Soft brownie texture and more of a chocolate taste.

A: I liked this one the best as well. Soft and rich.

In conclusion, although it’s a bit disappointing that three of the four tasted almost the same, this is definitely a fun thing to get if anything for the topic of conversation and it definitely will be fun for both kids and adults!

About the authors:

Jacquie is an annual passholder and Disney fan who visits the parks often with her oldest daughter Amber. She is a freelance social media strategist, consultant, advisor, and content creator for Living the Dream Podcast.

 Amber Montes de Oca is a huge Disney fan. She’s an annual pass holder and loves to visit the Disney parks often. Her hobbies are singing, acting, and drawing. She has a BA from the University of Central Florida.

Limited Offer! Save 40 Percent on the Disney Food Blog Everything Bundle Plus a FREE Gift!

Published September 14, 2014 by Disneyways.com

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The Best Table Service restaurants at Walt Disney World for solo travelers ~ By Guest Author Katie Miller

Published July 25, 2014 by Disneyways.com
Some might balk at enjoying a Table Service restaurant solo, but just because you’re traveling alone doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy a nice meal.  There are lots of great Quick Service options at Disney but there’s something to be said for taking the time to savor a meal at one of the unique restaurants at Walt Disney World.
So what are the best Table Service restaurants at Walt Disney World for solo travelers? 
* Sanaa, Animal Kingdom Lodge 
The menu at Sanaa is not to be missed; the bread service alone is worth going there!  The vibe at Sanaa, although a touch upscale, is very comfortable for solo diners.  Asked to be seated a table near the window and see the animals roaming the savannah at the resort, or relax at the very comfortable bar area.  You can’t miss with Sanaa – even if you’re not staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, it’s worth a trip to eat there!
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* Rose and Crown Pub, Epcot’s World Showcase
What’s better than kicking back with a pint, watching the world go by at Epcot?  Not much, that’s for sure!  Not only does the Rose and Crown Pub (located at the UK pavilion on the World Showcase) have awesome food and great drinks, if you eat there in the evening you can request a table that faces the water and watch Illuminations, Epcot’s nighttime fireworks show. A perfect ending to your Disney day!

* Kona Cafe, The Polynesian
If you’re looking for a great breakfast option, look no further than Kona Cafe, located at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  There are some incredible options to choose from, including the famous Tonga Toast, the most decadent french toast. YUM!  In addition to delicious entrees they also have the famous Kona coffee; be sure to get it in the french press – there’s no better way to start your day! (and pssst: They have awesome lunch and dinner, too!)

* Artist Point, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Where should you go if you’re looking for an upscale dining experience?  Take time for an evening meal at Artist Point, located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  The setting is simply gorgeous and incredibly relaxing, and the service is top-notch. Every solo traveler should take time to treat themselves to a special meal, and Artist Point definitely fits the bill.

* Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
If you like diners, amazing desserts and a “retro” vibe, be sure and schedule a meal at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The atmosphere of Beaches and Cream is super laid-back and fun, and hearkens to diners of yesteryear. Sit at a table, booth or better yet right at the counter, and transport yourself right back to the 1950s. The burgers and fries are great, but be sure to save some room for the ice cream!  The picture here is the No Way Jose – peanut butter, chocolate sauce AND ice cream?! Sign me up!
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Where are your favorite places to solo dine at Walt Disney World?
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*Katie Miller runs The Most Delightful Place, a blog where she shares her love of Disney theme parks and the Disney Cruise Line.  As a solo traveler, she has a unique perspective on traveling Disney on your own and is highly qualified to share her ideas for the best Restaurants at Walt Disney World for Solo Travelers. Katie is also an agent with Mouse World Travel, and would love to help you plan magical trips to the Most Delightful Places on Earth!  Check out her facebook page HERE.  If you would like to be a guest author for Disneyways please click HERE  for full details.

 

 

Do you work for Disney? No, but I used to.

Published September 12, 2012 by Disneyways.com

My Disney Story

I grew up and have never lived any where but in Orlando. Walt Disney World has literally been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember. My parents would take me there as a small child, and I would cry every time we left because I just didn’t know how soon I would be allowed to go back. The parents of my childhood best friend both worked at Disney World, so I can remember going to the cast member parties at a pretty young age. Back in 1993 Disney used to have Grad Nite and I remember that magical evening at the Parks as being one of the highlights of my senior year in high school.

I think it was 2007 when I spent 3 months or so actually working at Disney. I don’t know what came over me. My siblings all worked there when they were young, but I was a very busy adult with a husband and 2 children by this time. Even though I was gainfully employed as a dental assistant in Winter Park Florida 4-5 days a week, apparently I wasn’t busy enough. So, I threw in buying a house for good measure, you know, since we had nothing else to do.

Even though I had 13 years of customer service experience, (5 years of  that customer service experience with a little company called AT&T) and absolutely no food service experience…at all…ever…the Disney casting center thought I’d be a good fit as a hostess at the Garden Grill over in Epcot. I really didn’t understand it – but I didn’t care! I just put on my little farmer’s outfit,  my Disney required non-skid shoes, and my tiny little fake diamond stud earrings. Then I made my long journey to work at the happiest place on earth. It was a long way from sucking spit at the dental office all week, and I loved it.

Little did I know that just a few short years later I would own my own company – and begin taking calls for Disney dining from home!

“Thank you for calling Disney dining, my name is Krista. How can I help you celebrate today?”

It was something I am pretty sure I said in my sleep. The calls were constant and there was no time to breathe in between. It was all the fun of working with Disney and it’s guests on a global scale – without ever leaving my little home office. Many times I was still wearing my PJ’s! I just did it, and I loved every minute.

In fact, Disney dining was a big part of my life for 3 years, so that little stint at the Garden Grill gave me some invaluable inside knowledge about how Disney dining works. I took a month long class about booking resort stays too. In spite of never working as a travel agent, I am a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge. These are just some of the skills and experiences that I get to draw from as I spend time with my Disney friends all over the world via social media and my online radio shows. I am on an awesome journey – building a financially sound company and career out my love of the Disney Parks. I feel so very privileged and blessed to be able to share my lifetime of living near the Disney magic with you.

Thanks for reading my blog, facebook posts, and tweets! I hope you have a magical day – and I’ll see YOU in the Parks!

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