Food tips

Restaurants around Magic Kingdom are better than those found in the park.

Now don’t get me wrong, the restaurant in MK aren’t horrible. It’s just that there’s better options just a monorail or boat ride away like the Grand Floridian Cafe, Kona Cafe, and even the Wave for a quiet meal.

If you’re celebrating something, make a note on the reservation

You’ll generally receive some candles or even a complimentary dessert.

Never buy water again. Get free iced water from all quick service restaurants.

Iced water is always free at Disney and they’ll even give you a big cup with a lid and straw. Not too shabby if you ask me. Just remember, it is Florida water, so it’s “different.”

Get free caramel corn from Karamell Kuche. (gone due to pandemic)

One of my favorite places to snack. This German caramel influenced bakery has some of the best treats in Disney, plus they even sometimes give out free samples of their delicious and chewy caramel corn.

Ask, ask, ask.

Got a question about what’s on the menu? Need help finding a restaurant? Need wine pairing suggestions? Don’t be afraid to ask. Cast members are always there to help.

Try underrated restaurants.

Okay so you’ve probably heard about ‘Ohana, Be Our Guest, Chef Mickey’s, Boma, and California Grill. But what about Cape May Cafe, 1900 Park Fare, Tusker House, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Artist Point, and Trail’s End? These restaurants are so underrated, yet offer some of the best, sometimes unique dining experiences across Disney World. There are a lot of great places to eat that don’t get a lot of hype. You’ll be surprised at some of the goodies you’ll find at lesser known eateries.

Menus change, so always check out the restaurant’s menu often beforehand.

Menu items come and go. Your heart might be set on one menu item and poof, the next day it’s all gone. The last thing you’d want to be in for a unfortunate surprise.

Always check restaurant hours.

Although most restaurants are open late at Disney, some places operate under seasonal hours or worse, completely random hours. For example Tortuga Tavern at Magic Kingdom is only open from 11 am to 3 pm. Also some menu items are only served at certain times, like the Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Waffle Sandwich from Sleepy Hollows which is only served until 5 pm.

Make sure you choose the right character meal that suits you and your group.

The last thing you’d want to do is book a character meal with Lilo and Stitch, when really you (or someone in your party) wanted to see Tigger and Winnie the Pooh. So make sure you do some research so that you can find the best character meal possible.

Book a character meal to bypass lines at the theme parks.

Want to have some 1 on 1 time with Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Lilo and Stitch, Goofy, and Tigger? Book a character breakfast! This is the best way to meet all the characters that you want and get your pictures take and autograph books signed without booking a fast pass at the parks. This is by far the easiest most stress-free way to meet characters. And best of all, they come to you, so just sit back, relax, and enjoy the company.