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Best Places to Eat at Disney World

Best Places to Eat at Disney World

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
Best Places to Eat in Disney World

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.

Best Disney Restaurants
Best Disney Restaurants

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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    Top 5 Reasons to Hire a VIP Guide in the Theme Parks

    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.

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        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 

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      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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        Magic plus fun — that’s what Disney cruises are all about. No matter your age, a Disney cruise is like no other; it caters to your expectations of what a cruise should deliver. Disney cruises offer various entertainment options, gourmet food, and character meet-ups. In fact, the list of what are the best things to do on a Disney cruise is so long you could easily miss some items. What to do on a Disney cruise? We’ll share some of the best below.

        Marvel at a Live Show

        What are the best things to do on a Disney cruise? Well, if you’re a huge fan of live stage shows, you surely wouldn’t want to miss the Broadway-caliber Disney cruise shows offered on Disney cruises. Some cruise ships even cast New York-based Broadway actors in the shows.

        What to Do on A Disney Cruise
        What to Do on A Disney Cruise

        Try the AquaDuck

        The land has Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom, while the sea has Disney’s AquaDuck! As silly as it sounds, trying the AquaDuck might just be one of the most thrilling and memorable experiences you’ll have at sea. If you want to ride this water coaster, make sure to book on either the Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream.

        Relax at the Spa

        Indulge in various treatments at the spa aboard the cruise ship. Any treatment will feel like you’re at Aulani and allow you to use the private hot tub and heated loungers. Take note, all these with an ocean view!

        Run a 5K

        So you’ve landed at the private Disney island, Castaway Cay. What to do on a Disney cruise? Here’s a suggestion: spend time getting a bit of exercise by signing up to join the Castaway Cay 5K. You get to explore and enjoy the island and receive a plastic medal as a souvenir after.

        Encourage the Kids to Participate

        Going on a cruise with kids or teens? Let them join the clubs! Sure, it can be intimidating at first, but the Disney staff does an awesome job of making sure the kids adapt and feel like they belong to the point that they’ll never want to leave.

        Wait for the Fireworks Display

        When it comes to fireworks, no one does it better than Disney. Although it comes pretty late, the fireworks Disney cruise shows at the sea are rewarding and a memorable experience that can last for a lifetime.

        Bring to Life Some Disney Cruise Pirate Night Ideas

        No, it’s not cringey! In fact, you’ll see people of all ages come up with Disney cruise pirate night ideas. On Pirate Night, you’ll receive a pirate bandana to wear. Expect two fun deck shows as well — one with Mickey and the other with Jack Sparrow.

        Things to Do on A Disney Cruise
        Things to Do on A Disney Cruise

        Join the ‘Sailing Away’ Party

        Disney throws a number of parties, and each time they do, make sure you attend because it will be festive and fun. One of the things to do on a Disney cruise is joining the Sailing Away deck party, where Mickey Mouse and his friends own the stage and everyone dancing along.

        Participate in a Fish Extender Exchange

        Make new friends by joining a simple gift exchange with other families/guests. These Disney cruise activities can be an opportunity for you to teach kids the joy of giving and receiving tokens.

        The list of answers to what are the best things to do on a Disney cruise is endless, but here are some of the lesser-known ones that are equally interesting and fun. Once you’re onboard a Disney cruise ship, don’t forget to try these Disney cruise activities or the Disney holiday highlights yourself!

        Cooking Around the World Showcase – Pan Fried Noodles from the Japan Pavillon

        Cooking Around the World Showcase – Pan Fried Noodles from the Japan Pavillon

        Cooking Around the World Showcase - Pan Fried Noodles from Japan Pavillon

         The next stop on my culinary adventures around the World Showcase is Japan. I am not going to lie, this one made me nervous. Would I have the right cooking equipment? Was I going to be able to find all of the ingredients I needed? Have no fear! I am happy to report back that my dish of Pan Fried Noodles was a huge success and a big hit with the family.

        Pan Fried Noodles

        Japan Pavillon
        Teppan Edo

        Out of the three sit down dining options located in Epcot’s Japan pavilion, Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining, and Takumi-Tei, Teppan Edo is truly the star. Teppan means “iron griddle” in Japanese, so the name is very fitting for this hibachi style dining experience.  My family and I have been dining here for as long as I can remember. It is especially my husband’s favorite as he studied Japanese in college. Depending on the size of your party, you will be seated alone, or with a combination of other families all around a large flat top grill. Here your chef will cook your dinner with flair and serve an amazing meal along with a show. The recipe I used to recreate Teppan-Edo’s delicious noodles is by Dinner at the Zoo and can be found here.

        Ingredients:
        4 servings

          

        • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
        • 1 cup shredded carrots
        • 1/2 cup white onion
        • 1/2 cup green onions 
        • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
        • 12 ounces cooked fresh noodles 
        • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
        • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
        • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
        • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
        • 1 cup bean sprouts
        • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

        Directions:

         
        1. Heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil over medium high heat in a large pan. Add the carrots and white onions to the pan. 
        2. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
        3. Add the green onions and garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove the vegetables from the pan, and cover to keep warm.
        4. Rinse the noodles under hot water to separate them.
        5. Heat the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil in the pan. Add the noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until browned and crispy on the edges.
        6. Add the vegetables back to the pan.
        7. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cold water.
        8. Add the bean sprouts to the pan, and toss to combine.
        9. Add the sauce to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until sauce has just thickened and bean sprouts have wilted.
        10. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and additional green onions if desired, then serve.

         

        Since this meal did not require too much cooking on the stovetop, my little ones were able to be a lot more hands-on, which they loved!

        The veggies that this recipe calls for are shredded carrots, white onion and bean sprouts. I chose to shred the carrots and onions at home with my grater. However, you can buy them pre-shredded at the grocery story if you prefer.

        The kids got to shred the carrots and onions and mix together all of the ingredients for the sauce. Mom stepped in when it was time to start cooking.

        One tip I found online that turned out to be my saving grace was buying precooked noodles, which you can find in the international isle of your grocery store.

        Since these noodles come precooked, all you need to do is rinse them and throw them in the pan and voila! The longer you keep the noodles in the fry pan, the crispier they get. The texture is needed in this dish so that everything is not too soft.

        The best part of these noodle is that it can easily be a side dish or a main course! We decided to cook up some chicken to mix in with the noodles for the first night. For night two, we had the noodles as a side dish.

        To make your Japan experience even more authentic, open a bottle of sake and bring out the chop sticks! We have sets that we purchased from the gift shop located directly underneath the restaurant.

        All in all, this dish was much easier to make than I anticipated. Cooking it myself may not have been quite as fun as watching it made hibachi-style at Teppan-Edo, but this recipe is definitely one we will be making more often.

        I planned on making the green tea mousse cake from Teppan-Edo’s dessert menu as well, however, it was not as easy or as successful as the noodles. It is The Japan Pavilion that has had me conceding that I am a much better cook than I am a baker!

        Enjoy! (Tanoshi!)

        Follow us on social media so you can follow our Cooking Around the World Showcase journey. Next week, we are recreating a special dish from Italy! Can you guess which one we chose?

        About Me
        Hi everyone! My name is Kara and I am so excited to help you plan a magical Disney vacation. My love of Disney started during my very first trip there in March of 1994. Disney quickly became my family’s “happy place”. There was never any question, when it was time for a vacation, we packed our bags and headed to the most magical place on Earth. Nowadays, it is extra special for me to experience the Disney magic again through the eyes of my 4 year old son, Liam, and 2 year old daughter, Jennie. Seeing their eyes light up when Mickey and Minnie pass by and seeing their faces all sticky from Mickey ice cream bars make special memories that only Disney can bring. I can’t wait to help you build those memories together as a family!

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