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Your Guide to Disney Dining

Your Guide to Disney Dining

Your Guide to Disney Dining

There are so many restaurants on Disney property, yet getting the reservation of your dreams can be tricky! Read on for a step-by-step guide to booking dining reservations before your upcoming vacation! 

 

Here Are Some Things to Know Before Booking Your Reservations

 There are three ways to  book a Disney dining reservation:  

  •  Online at 6:00 AM EST
  • By phone: (407) 939-752 or (407) WDW-DINE at 7:00 AM
  • Disney Vacation Club Members: (800) 800-9800 

Disney hold times can be outrageously long, so we suggest giving the online route a try first. Another great option is to book non-Disney-owned restaurants that are within Disney World Property via OpenTable.  

In-Park Dining

For all table-service restaurants located within Disney’s theme parks, Guests will need valid park admission and a reservation for park entry through the Disney Park Pass system—as well as a dining reservation. Dining reservations do not guarantee admission to the park. If you plan on park hopping to a second park for the evening, you will not need a park reservation at the second park. 

Quick Note: Many character meals and dinner shows are still on pause or modified, but hopefully, they’ll be returning very soon! To stay updated, keep an eye out on Disney’s official website. 

Disney Resort guests can make reservations for their stay up to 60 days in advance of their check-in date. That window is expanded by the length of your stay.  What does this mean? Well,  if you’re staying on-property, you’ll be able to make all of your dining reservations in one session, and improve your chances of securing some of the more popular reservations. 

On-Property Example:  A Guest checking into a Disney report on January 1st and checking out on January 8th, can make all of their dining reservations for their entire stay at 6:00 AM on November 2nd. 

Off-Property Example: A Guest staying at a resort that is not affiliated with Disney (off-property), checking in on January 1st, cannot make reservations until 6:00 AM 60 days before they are visiting the theme park, and will have to book dining reservations on a day by day basis. If they were planning on visiting Magic Kingdom on January 4th, they would not be able to make reservations until November 5th.

ProTip: Use this calculator to confirm your dining date(s) Dining Date Calculator.

Also, play around in the app and make and cancel dining reservations, so that you are already experienced prior to your dining date. There is no cancellation fee for dining that is canceled more than 24hours before a reservation.

 

Go to Disney’s Website: www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

Once you’re on Disney’s main homepage, go to the top of the page to log in with your Disney account.

If you haven’t made one yet, you’ll be required to make one before making any dining plans.  

Hover over “Things To Do” on Disney’s Homepage

Once you’re logged in, you’ll be directed back to the homepage. 

Hover over “Things To Do” on Disney’s Homepage.

Scroll to the Dining section and click “Make Reservations” 

Choose Your Requested Date, Time and Party Size

 

Now it’s time to choose your requested date, time slot, and the size of your party. 

For party size, you should include everyone including infants. 

 

 

 

 

Set Your Filters

Set Your Filters to refine your search to Disney parks, on-property resorts, and/or Disney Springs. 

Also, you can choose specific dining experiences from “Quick Service”, “Buffet”, “Casual Dining”, “Character Dining”, “Fine/Signature Dining”. 

Another filter that is super helpful to choose is the Cuisine. 

 If you want to choose multiple choices, you will have more options to choose from. 

For example, let’s say you are looking for a restaurant at Disney Springs on May 4th at dinner for a party of four, you are able to click all of your favorite cuisine options to see what they offer at your specific location and date.

Choose Your Reservation Time 

Once all your filters are set, you’ll see a list of restaurants that are set to your preferences.

Now it’s time to choose a restaurant and click on the available reservation times.

Select Your Dining Party

On this screen, you’ll need to select the members of your dining party. This would be yourself and others that are joining you for dinner.

Click “Next” on the lower right when you’re done.

 

Enter Your Payment Method

 

 Booking a table service meal reservation through Disney requires the use of a credit or debit card to hold the reservation. Your card on file will be charged a $10 per person cancellation fee if you do not show up for the reservation. 

Find more information on Disney Reservations on  Disney’s Website.

If you need to cancel, you are able to do so online 24 hours+ before your reservation.  If you choose to cancel within 24 hours of your reservation, you may have to call Disney directly. Just note, it is common for hold times to exceed 90 minutes.

When you’re at the restaurant you can choose a different method of payment to pay your bill. 

Add Your Food Allergies & Other Special Request Information

If you or anyone in your party has any food allergies or other special requests, click the “Add” button.


You’ll be brought to a page where you can select common allergens to avoid or request wheelchair-accessible seating. 

 

 

 

Reserve Your Meal

You’re finally on the last steps to booking your Disney World dining reservations! 

 You’ll need to add your email and phone number, read and agree to the Guest Policies and then click on the “Reserve button. 

Now you have your dining reservation!

 You will receive a confirmation screen and an email with all your confirmation information.

The reservation will automatically be added to your My Disney Experience account!

Happy Dining!

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There have been lots of NEW updates and changes on Walt Disney World property over the past few weeks. From colorful, character filled parades, to fun Disney merchandise drops, meet and greet updates, and more, our Dream Team at My VIP Tour always has (our Minnie) ears on the latest Disney news.

Here are some exciting changes happening to keep you up to date for your next vacation.

March 18, 2022

Festival of Fantasy

Disney

Parades are finally back at Magic Kingdom! Prepared to be dazzled by all of the staple Disney characters as they celebrate the spirit and tales of FantasyLand.  Plus you’ll get to see the main characters of TangledPeter Pan and The Little Mermaid as they wind through the park on colorful and vibrant state-of-the-art floats. 

The show is 12 minutes of music, dancing and enchantment. 

 

NEW ‘Princess & the Frog’ Minnie Ears 

 

 It seems as if Disney is releasing new Minnie ears every week, but we are gushing over the latest drop, that are fit for royalty. 

 The Disney x Bauble Bar’s latest collaboration released a brand new pair of ears inspired by Princess and the Frog! These glamorous ears are wrapped in a beautiful green velour with a bejeweled gold tiara inspired by Princess Tiana’s signature outfit. The gold beading along the outer perimeter gives the ears an extra touch of elegance. 

The Princess and the Frog ears can be found online at Shop Disney for $49.99. 

Live in Full Bloom at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival

The 2022 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival is happening now! From March 2 to July 4 there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy all the fresh flavors that Disney has cooked up! Although, there’s more than just food and drinks during this festival. Come marvel at nearly 100 topiaries of Disney characters, interactive gardens, and live music entertainment. 

If you haven’t attended an Epcot festival before, get ready to have a deliciously good time!

Cinderella’s Royal Table Character Meet-and-Greet Update

Cinderella has made her way to the lobby of Cinderella’s Royal Table, and will now be available to meet and take photos with guests after check in. If you’ve been excited for a family picture with a true princess, make sure to book your reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table for your next vacation! 

MVT Pro Tip: Staying on Disney property, and booking your dining 60 days before your arrival will increase your chance of finding a reservation. We suggest booking it at the end of your trip, when you should find more availability.  Cancelations tend to occur in the days leading up to your arrival, so keep checking your My Disney Experience app, and make sure you have a credit card saved as this is a prepaid experience. Cinderella’s Royal Table is $60+ for adults and $37+ for children.

More Character Meet & Greet Updates

There are many new and exciting changes happening with character meet and greets! 

Recently, Disney is bringing more and more characters back into the parks to greet guests. Currently, you may see the following characters at these parks:

Magic Kingdom: Mickey Mouse, Cinderella & Elena, Rapunzel & Tiana
Epcot: Mickey Mouse, Elsa & Anna, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty
Hollywood Studios: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Olaf      Animal KingdomMickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald are back at Tusker House (dining reservations needed)

Keep checking back here for updates on more traditional Meet and Greets, our fingers and toes are crossed that hugs and autographs will be back soon!

 

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Dining at Walt Disney World may remind you of hot dogs, fries, ice cream, and churros. Sure, the places to eat at Disney are fun and perfect for kids. Aside from these kiddie treats you can find, there are other diners or places to eat in Disney and in the greater Orlando area. Here are some of the best places to eat at Disney World.

Choza de Margarita

This delightful food shop located at the World Showcase in Epcot is one of the best places to eat in Disney World. World Showcase is known to bring you food stands that boast the best delights around the world.

Choza de Margarita is your one-stop shop for anything Mexican. Aside from the signature margaritas and beers, the conga is a non-alcoholic beverage worth trying. Conga is a fruit punch made from the juices of orange, lemon, and pineapple. Tacos, guacamole, empanadas, and esquites are some of the appetizers you can indulge in.

Best Places to Eat in Disney World
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Foxtail Coffee Co.

If you’re wondering where to drink coffee or where to eat at Disney World, include this in your list. Located at Winter Park, Foxtail Coffee Co. is one of the best places to eat at Disney World. The baristas are friendly, and the waffle cones and other items on the menu are perfect for the ‘gram.

Caffeine lovers will surely find solace in the wide variety of drinks offered. From espresso, freshly brewed coffee, cold brews, hot chocolate, and tea latte, take a sip and be left in awe at the rich flavors.

BaseLine Taphouse

Where to eat at Disney World if you’re after a hipster vibe? Head to this cheery pub on Grand Avenue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to taste some of California’s brews and beers. Indeed, California is king in this area and the Californian brews are concrete proof. You can select a wide variety of craft beers, may it be a Golden Road, Golden State, or North Coast.

As one of the best Disney restaurants, the vibe of the place reminds you of modern-day Downtown Los Angeles. Cheese lovers can spice their dishes by choosing soft pretzels and charcuterie.

Chefs de France

After hiring a VIP guide for your theme park exploration, make sure to include this classy restaurant in your itinerary. Another World Showcase favorite in Epcot, Chefs de France is one of the classiest and best Disney restaurants that features classy and nouvelle cuisine.

The great views of the promenade are a treat, and this French brasserie features a seasonal menu carefully curated using fresh ingredients. Classic delights such as onion soup, beef tenderloin, and roasted duck with cherries are a hit. For sugar lovers, the crème brûlée can be touted as the best dessert, if not the best food at Disney World.

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Aloha Isle

Just by its name, you already know that this place is named one of the best places to eat in Disney World has to offer. Aloha Isle is one of Adventureland’s gems in Magic Kingdom Park. After falling in love with the Holidays at Walt Disney World, you may want to get a taste of the famous Dole Whips. The Dole Whip is its bestseller and can be argued as the best food at Disney World. If you don’t know what that is, it’s best to head to Aloha Isle and taste it for yourself.

After booking your 2021 Disney World Resort reservations, find time to visit these best places to eat at Disney World and satisfy your cravings!

2021 Walt Disney World Resort Reservations Now Available

2021 Walt Disney World Resort Reservations Now Available

2021 Walt Disney World Resort Reservations Now Available

Walt Disney World Resort Reservations are now available through December 31st, 2021! We know so many families have been waiting for this moment since canceling or rescheduling their 2020 trips due to Covid-19. If you are not traveling to the parks this year, but would like to next year, now is the time to get started! 

Resort Packages vs. Room Only Reservations

All resort reservation packages are now available through the end of 2021, with or without the purchase of theme park tickets. You can book your accommodation in two ways:

Resort Packages: When booking a resort package, you are able to reserve your accommodation as well as your theme park tickets for your stay. This pricing comes together in a package and can be modified if needed before your arrival.

Room-Only: A room-only reservation does not include your theme park tickets. Theme park tickets can be purchased separately at a later date.

 

Park Ticket Details 

Walt Disney World is currently offering guests to purchase park tickets along with their accommodations or separately for all dates in 2021. Park Hopper tickets are also currently available, however as the parks are still running as a one-park-per-day limit, Park Hopper tickets are not guaranteed at time of travel.

Please note: If you have purchased your park tickets, entrance into the parks is not guaranteed until you have made park reservations for your specific dates. We highly recommend making your park reservations as soon as your accommodation is booked and tickets are purchased.

 

Resort Availability

There are lots of accommodation options to choose from on Walt Disney World property and where you decide to stay all depends on your schedule, your resort preferences, and resort availability.

Due to reduced capacity on Walt Disney World property, the following resorts are not currently scheduled to open for Fall 2021: 

  • All Villa Properties
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
  • All-Star Movies Resort
  • All-Star Sports Resort
  • All-Star Music Resort
  • Port Orleans – Riverside
  • Port Orleans – French Quarter
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Saratoga Springs
  • Old Key West

*The Polynesian Resort refurbishment, including all new Moana themed rooms, will be finished by Fall 2021!

Dining Plans and Dining Reservations

At this time, Dining Plans will remain unavailable to add to resort reservation packages.

According to Disney, a confirmed dining reservation is required for day Guests (those not staying overnight) and is highly recommended for Guests staying overnight at a Disney Resort hotel.

Select dining locations require reservations so make sure to check each of your desired locations for details.

How to Get Started on your 2021 Walt Disney World Vacation

With so many options for accommodations, dining, and attractions, planning a trip to Orlando can seem overwhelming. That is what we are here for! From finding the perfect resort to planning out your entire stay, our team at My VIP Tour and Katie Bean Travels will assist with making sure your families builds unforgettable memories on your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation.

Reach out to our team today to discuss your theme park plans. You can reach us by phone @ (407) 636 2390 or email at info@myviptour.com

    We can’t wait to welcome you to Orlando and help Build Better Memories with your friends and family in 2021. See you real soon!

     

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    Gone are the days where guests can show up to the theme parks with no plan or schedule. With hundreds of resort and dining options, attractions, and fun activities to do around Orlando, it is crucial to have a park expert assisting along the way. Here are Top 5 Reasons to Hire a VIP Guide in the Theme Parks.

    1. Creating the Perfect Schedule – for Everyone!

    Between four Walt Disney World theme parks and two Universal Studios theme parks,  there are over 100 attractions for guests to experience. Trying to organize a schedule where everyone in your group is able to do the attractions that are most important to them can be challenging. Your VIP Concierge here at My VIP Tour will discuss the parks and attractions with you in depth throughout the pre-planning process so they can create the perfect day-to-day theme park schedule for your family.

    Once you are here in Orlando, your VIP guide will navigate your family through the parks in a very specific way so that everyone is experiencing attractions that are suitable for them. We often hear from our families that they expected their children to have fun, but never expected to have just as much fun themselves. Everyone in your family, from little ones to teens, and adults of all ages, deserve to feel the magic of the theme parks with no stress of thinking how to get through the parks and crowds each day. 

     

    2. Shorter Wait Times 

    Shorter wait times are what most families look for when hiring a VIP guide, and that is one of our favorite perks of our service! The theme parks have become so busy over the past few years. The average a guest visiting the parks on their own will wait is about 45-60 minutes for an attraction. Most of the popular attractions will experience a 90 minute or more wait time in the afternoons and during peak season dates. Yikes!

    Our team at My VIP Tour has spent years studying the parks and attractions. Each an every one of our VIP guides goes through an intense training program to learn the in’s and out’s of the parks. With our expertise, and park knowledge, our families typically never wait more than about 15-20 minutes for an attraction throughout the day, leaving more time for rides and fun, and less time waiting in line. 

     

    3. Having a Local Expert

    We are Orlando based, many of us born and raised here, having visited Disney from a young age. Living here and visiting the theme parks daily puts us “in the know”.

    All of the pre-planning is incredibly important when visiting the theme parks, however one of the best perks of hiring a VIP guide is having a local expert in real time while you are on vacation. Our Disney VIP guides are able to visit the parks daily and keep up with every single change that comes our way. We take that knowledge to plan the perfect customized itinerary for each individual family. Our Disney VIP Guides keep in touch with their families throughout their entire stay to make sure they can answer any questions that may arise. Our team of Orlando experts and can make recommendations on dining, other theme parks to visit, and fun activities outside of the parks.

    Your Disney VIP guide will work together with your VIP concierge to cancel or make new dining reservations, book transportation, purchase extra park tickets, and do anything else they can do to help make your stay at the most magical place on earth as magical as it can be!

    4. More than just a VIP Guide

    Short wait times and stress-free planning are an amazing part of our service, however it’s the extra details that really elevate the experience.

    Our VIP guides go above and beyond to create an unforgettable experience for our families from the moment they enter the park until the moment they get back to the resort.

    We love to celebrate special occasions, take candid photos throughout each day, share our extensive knowledge on park history and facts, add in special (secret!) details for the kids, and so much more.

    Our VIP guides quickly become part of the family from day one and do everything they can to learn what is most important to each and every member of the group so they can customize the entire experience.

    5. Our Level of Care

    We truly believe that our level of care is what sets My VIP Tour apart.

    Each member of our team has visited the theme parks from a very early age and knows how special these trips can be. Some of our families plan their once-in-a-lifetime Disney trip with us and some visit with us annually. No matter if it’s your first or 20th trip, our goal is always to Build Better Memories each and every time.

    Our team truly cares deeply about our families and their vacations. From the first phone call with our VIP concierge team to the last good-bye with your VIP guide at the park, your happiness and satisfaction is our number one priority.

    Don’t just listen to us, head to our Trip Advisor page to read reviews from over 700 families who rated My VIP Tour five stars!

    We can’t wait to meet your family and Build Better Memories with you soon!  

      Contact our concierge team today to get started on your next Orlando theme park dream vacation.

      You can reach us by phone @ (407) 636-2390 or by email at info@myviptour.com

       

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      Fall & Halloween at Magic Kingdom

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        Although Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has been canceled this year, fall is still such a wonderful time to visit the theme parks.
        From September 15th through October 31st, Magic Kingdom will be adorned with beautiful seasonal decor throughout the park. Characters including Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and pals will wave to guests from a special Halloween cavalcade. You may even see some of your favorite Disney villains along for the ride. Disney is also allowing guests for the first time ever to wear their favorite Halloween costume to the parks to celebrate.

      New Projection Show for Cinderella’s Castle Starting Nov. 6th 

      Each year during the Holiday season, Cinderella’s Castle lights up with over 200,000 beautiful crystal lights that emulate icicles dripping from every angle. This year, in place of the icicle lights, Disney has created an incredible projection show that will run through the evening starting at sun down. According to Disney Parks Blog, “the appearance of the iconic castle will be transformed with a rotating series of designs including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation”.  Get your cameras ready! This new addition will make for an incredible Holiday card backdrop for the whole family.  

      Character Sitings throughout the Parks

      One thing we have truly missed about the parks is being able to meet all of our favorite characters and princesses. This holiday season, however, the Disney parks have created ways for us to see all of our favorites while staying safe with social distancing. Starting November 6th, guests will be able to see special character cavalcades through Magic Kingdom including gingerbread men, elves, reindeer and our personal favorite, the toy soldiers! Guests can also enjoy festive flotillas at Animal Kingdom, Holiday Promenades at Epcot, and Merry Motorcades at Hollywood Studios. Santa Claus will also be available to wave to guests at all four parks and Disney Springs.

      Minnie Mouse to Host Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine

      We are so excited to see character dining slowly returning to the parks. Starting November 6th, Minnie Mouse will host a seasonal dining experience at Hollywood & Vine located at Hollywood Studios park. Santa Goofy will also be in attendance along with some of Minnie’s other friends. The characters will not be available for personal photos, however will be available to wave to guests and pose for photos.

      Celebrate the Holiday’s at Disney Springs

      If you are heading to the theme parks this Holiday season, make sure to stop by Disney Springs. Disney has announced that the “elaborately-decorated Disney Christmas trees are spread throughout this retail, dining and entertainment destination”. These beautiful trees will be displayed all throughout Disney Springs, which is perfect for an unplanned afternoon, or evening after a busy day at the parks. Another special addition to Disney Springs this year will be a magical snowfall throughout three of the main areas: The Landing, Town Center, and West Side.

      Jock Lindsey Hanger Bar will transform into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar with returning holiday decor and a limited-time festive menu for guests to enjoy this Holiday season.

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