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MORE Ways to Save Money on Food at Disney Parks

If you know me via this blog, you know that one of the BIG ways my family saves money at Disney Parks is at meal time. I’ve written about saving money on food at Disney on my popular post, 7 Tips to Save Money on Food at Disney Parks. I’m back with MORE ways to save money on food at Disney parks…keep reading for my tips!

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney! Save money on dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with these dining tips.

Save Money on Food at Disney

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1. Customize Your Order

Even if the menu only shows “meal deals” that include a main dish, side dish and a beverage, you can (in most cases) request only the main dish at a reduced cost. So if you only want the burger but the deal comes with fries and a soda, request only the burger and ask about the cost (it should be lower).

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney! Save money on dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with these dining tips.

2. Be Choosy at Special Events

Special dishes can be found in the kiosks at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Festival of the Arts and Flower & Garden Festival and Disney California Adventure Parks Festival of Holidays. These plates of food are of high-quality and can’t be found outside of the event. And for that, you’ll pay a premium price!

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney! Save money on dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with these dining tips.

At the kiosks for these events you’ll be able to order fancy appetizers, small servings of a top-notch dish and alcoholic sips. And each one of these mini-delights could be almost the same cost as a full-sized quick service meal!  If you’re wanting to indulge in a few of these kiosk treats, stick to a set amount and choose wisely or else your meal budget could be eaten up very quickly.

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney! Save money on dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with these dining tips.

Very expensive little dishes bought in Italy at the Flower & Garden Festival

3 & 4. Two Tips About Kids Meals

Kids meals sizes and prices are smaller than full-sized meals. And that can be a both a positive and a negative, depending upon your needs!

When I last went to Walt Disney World, I arrived to my hotel late. I was hungry but didn’t want to eat an enormous meal. I opted to order a kids meal burger that came with a smaller amount of fries and chocolate milk. It was the perfect size meal for me and came at a much smaller cost than the full-sized adult meal ($6.50 versus $14). I was traveling solo, so ordering this made sense (both portion and price wise).

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney! Save money on dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with these dining tips.

A kids meal burger ordered by an adult to save on cost and portion

However on the flip side of this, when it comes to ordering meals for my kids I very rarely order them kids meals. I have two kids who are almost the same age so we’ve always purchased them one full-size meal to split between them. Now that we have more kids, we tend to just order several plates of food and then share between us. This offers us a good portion for each person and a greater variety of food as well, as the menu for kids is often limited.

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney! Save money on dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with these dining tips.

A full sized burger meal to be shared (avocado on the side!)

5. This is Where You Should Eat Dessert

If you’re dining at a full-service restaurant, skip ordering dessert off the menu. The dessert prices are going to be considerably higher in the sit-down restaurants. Consider picking up dessert at a walk-up location that only serves sweets. There you’ll have a wider variety to choose from. Also the portions are often more generous as well, so you can share between two or more (but only if you want to share!)

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney! Save money on dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with these dining tips.

These Lemon Meringue and The Master’s Cupcakes served inside Be Our Guest Restaurant are an astonishing $5.00 each! I can’t believe I spent $10 on these two (quite small) cupcakes! Especially when you can head over to the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and get two huge chocolate chip cookies with generous scoops of ice cream for only a little over $5.

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney! Save money on dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with these dining tips.

6. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner…in That Order

If you’d like to eat one meal full-service but are still trying to be budget conscious, consider sit-down dining for breakfast. The prices of the dishes will increase at lunch and raise even higher for dinner.

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney! Save money on dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with these dining tips.

The cost difference between breakfast and dinner is significant

7. Beware the Souvenir Cup, Straw or Ice Cube

Just about every dining location offers some sort of upgrade to your beverage in the form of souvenir cups, twisty straws shaped like Mickey’s silhouette or flashy glowing colored ice cubes. Naturally these add-on’s come at a steep price! Disney seems to hit pretty hard on the kids menu in this category.

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney! Save money on dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with these dining tips.

While a standard pineapple Dole Whip in a cup is priced at just over $4.00, the same soft serve in a souvenir tiki sipper will cost you over $10. I bought the sipper in this case for my brother, who collects tiki items. Make sure you work these add-on items into your souvenir budget!

8. Leave the Park

No reason to feel trapped with your park-only choices! You can leave the parks and head over a Disney Resort hotel for dozens of more options. Rather than eat inside Magic Kingdom, I hopped the Monorail and had dinner at Capt. Cooks in the Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The Pulled Pork Nachos plate was huge and just over $9. I couldn’t eat it by myself it was a very generous portion. There is also a Dole Whip location here, so that was a plus!

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney! Save money on dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with these dining tips.

Downtown Disney and Disney Springs also have loads of dining options with budgets that fit everyone. There’s an Earl of Sandwich at each location and you can pick up a sandwich for a great price (they have delicious breakfast sandwiches as well).

Dozens of ways how to save money on food at Disney!

9. Eat with Discounted Gift Cards

Purchase Disney gift cards at Target to use when purchasing your meals. When you use your Target Red Card to purchase the cards, you’ll receive 5% off! That may seem like small savings but if you’re eating a lot of meals in the parks and paying for them solely with these Disney gift cards, you’ll be saving good money! Sounds pretty sweet to me!

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What Are the Best Meals for Sharing at Disneyland Resort?

What Are the Best Meals for Sharing at Disneyland Resort?

Photo Credit: Jeff Holz

On top of lodging and Park tickets, food can be a very big cost factor when planning a Disney vacation. Everyone has to eat and when you’re away from home you need to eat what’s available. Yes, you can pack snacks in to the Parks but when it comes to long-term sustenance nothing beats a good hearty meal. Fortunately Disneyland has plenty of options that will fill you up and if you share, they can also be very economical. What are the best meals for sharing at Disneyland? Read on (hope you’re hungry!)

Why Should You Share?

Disneyland meal platters are often very large and might be difficult to finish on your own. Unlikely that you’ll want to walk around the Park with a “to-go” box of your leftovers either. Kids meals are cute (Mickey shaped plates!) but for the price, you don’t always get the largest portions. And often the offerings for kids are nuggets and fries, which you can get anywhere. Why not try something new?

What Are the Best Meals for Sharing at Disneyland Resort?

Not only is sharing a more budget-friendly idea, it’s also great to try more than one dish. As a family of five, we often purchase two platters and a side (like a salad or appetizer) to share between us when we’re at Disneyland. This way we can all try a little bit of everything and it’s more cost-effective.

Go for the Big Platter

A big platter shared between two or more is usually your best bet when it comes to price and portion-size. If there are more than two in your group, you might want to order more than one platter or an additional side dish to share between you. The Carnation Cafe serves big breakfasts like Country-Fried Steak and Eggs and a Ham and Cheese Omelet that are perfect for two to share in the morning. Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill is a family favorite for us, with heaping portions of grilled meats, tortillas, tamales, rice and beans. You can also opt in for Mexican at Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurant where you can order enchiladas and tacos. Flo’s V8 Cafe is known for their homey cooking and large platters like BBQ Pork Ribs and Rotisserie Chicken.

What Are the Best Meals for Sharing at Disneyland Resort?

– Photo Credit: Jeff Holz

French Market Restaurant is another family favorite. We love to order the Cajun-Style Meatloaf and French Market Chicken and share it between us all. Choose a few skewer platters from Paradise Garden Grill to split. Each plate also comes with rice pilaf, cucumber salad and pita bread. The River Belle Terrace now serves platters large enough for splitting, including a Sausage Link Combo and Pulled Pork Sandwich. The beautiful and bountiful platters of pasta from Wine Country Trattoria are easy to divide and you could always round out the meal with an Italian Insalata appetizer. Plaza Inn is a perfect dinner spot with their enormous platters of fried chicken, potatoes, buttermilk biscuit and veggies.

What Are the Best Meals for Sharing at Disneyland Resort?

This is one third of a portion at Plaza Inn.

Share a Sandwich (or a Salad)

The Monte Cristo at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square can be on the heavy side for one person to consume (turkey, ham, Swiss that’s been lightly battered, fried, drizzled with powdered sugar and topped with berry preserve). Don’t forget the pomme frites! My husband and I split a Roasted Turkey Sandwich from the Carnation Cafe for dinner last year. Along with fresh fruit (option instead of fries), it was a filling and delicious meal.

The salad at Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill is big enough for two to enjoy.

What Are the Best Meals for Sharing at Disneyland Resort?

Step outside the Parks into the Downtown Disney District at Earl of Sandwich for large sized sandwiches that are hearty enough to share. We’ve purchased several breakfast sandwiches here as well and cut them into quarters so that everyone have a few bites from each different variety. Breakfast sandwiches are under $3.50 and hot lunch sandwiches are around $6.99, so the prices are really right.

The prices at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe are a little higher but they also come with fresh fruit. Plates are a few dollars more at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe but the sandwiches come with popular house chips. And it’s all about the seafood at the Harbour Galley. Stop by for a Lobster Roll sandwich that’s sure to float your boat.

What Are the Best Meals for Sharing at Disneyland Resort?

– Photo Credit: Jeff Holz

Just a Snack

Sometimes you just need a nibble and these snacks are great for sharing. Everyone gets a few bites and you’re good until the next big meal. Grab a few skewers from Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland. Each skewer is under $4.50 so the price is right to order a few and share between you.

What Are the Best Meals for Sharing at Disneyland Resort?

The corn dogs from either Corn Dog Castle or the Little Red Wagon Corn Dog Cart are over sized and nice for sharing between two (they come with either sliced apples or a bag of chips).

Chili Cone Queso from the Cozy Cone Motel is also a good size for two to share. Of course there is always the behemoth turkey leg sold at Edelweiss Snacks that is large enough for an army!

What Are the Best Meals for Sharing at Disneyland Resort?

Share a Cozy Cone – – Photo Credit: Disney Parks

Pass a Slice of Pizza

Order a whole pizza from Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta or Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port. You can get pepperoni, veggie or plain cheese amd round out the meal with a salad to split.

Desserts and Sweets

I’m usually way too full after my meal to indulge in dessert so I wait and get a sweet treat later when I can more fully enjoy it! The Golden Horseshoe is a favorite sweet spot because you can share one of the big sundaes and watch a comedy show. The Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe has a large variety of desserts that you can divide between your group including cupcakes. We usually indulge in homemade fudge or toffee from Main Street U.S.A. to share between us!

What Are the Best Meals for Sharing at Disneyland Resort?

A giant bucket of popcorn is ideal for sharing while parade watching- Photo Credit: Jeff Holz

Sharing Tips

  • If ordering at a quick-service counter restaurant, request a second or third plate up front. Grab yourself plenty of flatware and divvy the plates up at your seat.
  • If ordering at a full-service restaurant, note to the wait staff that you’ll be sharing the dish. They may even be able to divide the dish in the kitchen and serve it to you on two plates so you don’t have to do that yourself.
  • Some establishments have sharing restrictions. Buffet restaurants, Prix fix meals and Character meals are no-sharing allowed zones. Each person in your group will be charged up front for entry.
  • Certain restaurants (like Blue Bayou) charge a “plate splitting” fee if you order a platter to be shared. Keep that in mind when working out your food budget and determine if the fee is worth it or if you should just purchase an additional meal.
  • The exception for sharing is with children 2 and under. You are welcome to share your food with them from your plate or fix them their own plate from a buffet.

What are your favorite dishes to share at Disney? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Eat at Disneyland Without Advance Dining Reservations

How to Eat at Disneyland Without Advance Dining Reservations

Though Advance Dining Reservations are a near necessity at Walt Disney World, you can eat quite well at Disneyland without needing to make too many dining plans ahead of time. Certainly there are exceptions (which I’ll cover later) but for the most part, you can walk up and dine at Disneyland when the mood strikes. This is not to say there isn’t a certain amount of planning or even an occasional wait but I’ll let you know how to work around that!

How to Eat at Disneyland Without Advance Dining Reservations

An elegant seafood lunch at Wine Country Trattoria can be accompanied by an adult beverage. Make an ADR to choose the specific time you want (but we were seated immediately without an ADR!)

Disneyland Resort Dining Options

There are several different dining options at the Disneyland Resort. For variety, I like my visits to the Park to be a mix of these through the day.

Table service is at a more leisurely pace. Cafe Orleans, Wine Country Trattoria, Storytellers Cafe and Carnation Cafe are some of the places where you can still a spell and be served by wait staff. ADR is suggested but not always necessary. I’d only book reservations for table service in advance for weekends or very busy times of the year (like summer or holidays). Blue Bayou Restaurant is the exception, as this restaurant doesn’t often have walk-up availability so if you have your heart set on dining inside the Pirates of the Caribbean, making an ADR is best.

Quick service is where you will order at a counter and be given your food, then choose your seating area. Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill, French Market Restaurant and the Golden Horseshoe are all examples of quick service dining areas.

How to Eat at Disneyland Without Advance Dining Reservations

Lunch and a show at The Golden Horseshoe (they have huge sundaes, too!)

Nibble on the go? There are plenty of places to grab a snack. The Bengal Barbecue, Corn Dog Castle, Cozy Cone Motel and many of the snack carts that serve fresh fruits & cold drinks are examples of quick snack spots.

How about Character Dining…you’ll be able to eat while being greeted at your table by your favorite characters! We love this because we enjoy a delicious meal and are still able to get autographs & photos with characters as they come to your table. You should definitely consider ADR for all Character Dining, but especially for Ariel’s Grotto & Goofy’s Kitchen.


How to Eat at Disneyland Without Advance Dining Reservations

Tasty sandwiches, salads and pastries at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at the end of Main Street U.S.A.

Which restaurants at Disneyland accept Advance Dining Reservations (ADR) and which do not?

You’ll be able to see directly on the Disneyland website which locations accept ADR. On the Disneyland website, you are able to not only view restaurant details and individual menus, you can also book ADR with the click of a button and entry of a credit card number to hold the reservation. A simple search of your preferred date and time (along with the size of your group) will reveal available slots for each restaurant around that time. If no ADR are available at that date or approximate time, the restaurant will show up under the section “no availability”.

How to Eat at Disneyland Without Advance Dining Reservations

No reservations needed for mint juleps or beignets…just walk up to the window!


Advantages of ADR –

  • Plans made ahead of time so there are no concerns about when or where you’ll eat while in the Park.
  • Guaranteed seating at popular restaurants without fear of being turned away.
  • No worries about long waits for a table; Yes, you may still have a short wait even with an ADR but it shouldn’t be terribly long.
  • The ability to let Cast members know upfront when booking ADR over the phone if anyone in your family has a food allergy or special dietary request

Advantages of Walk-Up Dining –

  • No need to plan in advance where you’ll be eating, you can decide on a whim.
  • More flexibility.
  • Counter service restaurants (that don’t accept ADR) are often less expensive than table service & Character Dining (that do accept ADR)
  • Faster service at counter service & snack carts when compared to lengthy table service & Character Dining meals
How to Eat at Disneyland Without Advance Dining Reservations

If you want Character Dining, best to plan ahead and book ADR

But I have to eat waterside at Blue Bayou!!

If you simply must eat at a particular table service restaurant during your trip, booking the ADR is a must. Walk-up dining is very rarely available at popular locations like Blue Bayou Restaurant, Carthay Circle, Ariel’s Grotto or Goofy’s Kitchen. You might get lucky (especially if you are a small party of 2) but these are locations you should certainly get ADR for ahead of your vacation. I would also recommend getting ADR for Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue (since it’s expected to close early 2016, this location has been very busy with those wanting one last round of ribs).


How to Eat at Disneyland Without Advance Dining Reservations

Smokejumpers Grill is quick service dining with a full toppings bar for your burgers.

Tips for getting walk-up dining with minimal waits

Eat at “off-times” – Lunch between 11 and noon and dinner between 5-6pm is your usual? Well, those are probably the most popular times for everyone else in the Park too. Try dining 60 to 90 minutes before or after these times for better luck with walk-up dining. Choose snacks wisely so you can stave off the hungry beast until restaurant seating is better available.

Split up – Maximize your time at counter or quick service dining by having one adult take all the orders and another adult grab condiments and find a table. Enlist the help of one of your older children (or a willing Cast Member) to help you carry trays of drinks & food back to the table. So much better than everyone standing in line together and then wandering around searching for an open table.

Eat and walk – If you’d rather optimize your Park time and simply eat while in queue or while walking between attractions, consider purchasing food that can easily be eaten while walking. Note that some queues will not allow food once you enter the building (but eating in outside lines is okay). There are always trash cans placed through the lines to discard trash.

How to Eat at Disneyland Without Advance Dining Reservations

The Disneyland popcorn carts are placed throughout the Park for quick snacking

Try Downtown Disney District – Hop aboard the Monorail and get your bites in Downtown Disney instead of inside the Park. There are a variety of tastes available to satisfy everyone in your group. Full-service restaurants include Tortilla Jo’s, Catal Restaurant, La Brea Bakery Cafe, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria, Rainforest Cafe, ESPN Zone and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen.

Just want something fast? Earl of Sandwich offers excellent sandwiches (naturally). Several of the full-service restaurants also have windows for quick serve meals. Grab a slice of pizza or a salad at Napolini. Jazz Kitchen Express offers popcorn shrimp, jambalaya and other New Orleans-style favorites. Yummy Mexican food from Taqueria at Tortilla Jo’s is served quickly alongside aquas frescas & beer. La Brea Bakery Express is a great place to fill up for brunch.

How to Eat at Disneyland Without Advance Dining Reservations

Quick snacks are in style at Fillmore’s Taste-In at Cars Land.

Nibble poolside – The Disneyland Resort pool areas offer food, though some hotels may be seasonal. I’ve yet to see The Sand Bar at Paradise Pier open, despite having visited on a weekend in late spring so check with the front desk first. White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian offers hearty dishes like breakfast burritos, chicken nachos and veggie burgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We’ve enjoyed Tangaroa Terrace on our visits to the Disneyland Hotel pool (also open for three meals), including shrimp tacos and flatbread.

Leave the area – Yes, there are local restaurants within walking distance of the Disneyland front gates that you could dine at instead of eating in the Park. Denny’s, Mimi’s and even McDonald’s line Harbor Blvd and if you have the energy for a 10-15 minute walk, these are definitely an option (though they are probably just as busy as the restaurants in the Park since they are frequented by hotel guests as well). But you might save a few dollars eating off-site.


What’s your favorite Disneyland dining experience? Do you always use ADR or do you just wing it? Share with us in the comments! 

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Walt Disney World Restaurant Review – 50’s Prime Time Cafe

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe

A trip to Walt Disney World is a experience from the moment you step inside the Park. And in some cases that fun and adventure extends into your dining experience as well! On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, my mom, brother and three-year old son had the opportunity to dine at 50’s Prime Time Cafe. The restaurant is located inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so a valid park ticket is required to dine here.

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe

Walt Disney World- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Though Advanced Dining Reservations are available up to 180 days in advance, I was able to score dinner for a Saturday night just 5 days ahead. Guest often cancel, leaving openings available. So if you also have a last-minute trip planned, I recommend checking the Disney website several times a day to find openings just before your trip. Don’t plan to show up the day-of without reservations and expect to dine though; spots for popular restaurants are quite often full. On the day of our visit, I saw several guests turned away at the counter when they came in to request a table without an advanced dining reservation.

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe

50’s decor at every turn

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe

My mom & brother…check out the nifty wallpaper and Jell-o molds on the wall behind them!

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe

A cabinet full of 50’s kitch

 

The 50’s Prime Time Cafe is set up like grandma’s kitchen, complete with vintage knick-knacks and kitchy decor. Black and white televisions play snippets from classic favorites. Dad’s Lounge at the front of the restaurant serves up retro style alcoholic beverages like the Pina CoLAVA or Dad’s Electric Lemonade.

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe

Opening day at Disneyland being aired on one of the televisions

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe

Our waitress referred to herself as “Cousin Lorraine” and set the ground rules for the evening, “No elbows on the table. No tattle-taling. And you have to finish your vegetables or no dessert!”

My son and I ordered a strawberry milk shake to share. It was plenty for the two of us and quite a yummy treat. While we waited for our food we watched some of the classic television shows being broadcast around us. Most of them I’d at least heard of but a few were unfamiliar. My mom, however was taking a trip down memory lane, recalling what had been old favorites.

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe

Dennis the Menace

The waitress serving the tables in the room behind us kept sternly reprimanding her guests for putting their elbows on the table. She would glare at them each time she left the area. In this photo of me, I’m nonchalantly resting my elbows on the table just a split second before that waitress walks by. What the shot didn’t capture was the moment I caught her walking past me and I swiftly shot my hands into my lap! The waitress serving the tables next to us was a grandmotherly-type and sat down at the table with her guests to take their orders and offer her advice about the food. It was a lighthearted and playful atmosphere.

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe

Elbows on the table!!

The menu at 50’s Prime Time Cafe is chock full of classic and traditional homestyle dishes. My mom and I shared Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie. It came without the usual pie tin but served instead in a large shallow bowl. There was still a bottom crust and a flaky pie top. It was absolutely stuffed with large pieces of white meat chicken breast, chunky carrots, button mushrooms and peas all mixed in a creamy cheesy sauce.

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe

A half serving of Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie (my mom and I shared)

My brother ordered Cousin Ann’s Traditional Meatloaf. This was a tasty looking blend of beef and pork. I say “tasty looking” because my brother didn’t even offer a bite! I guess that tells you how good it was. It was topped with a thick tomato glaze and served alongside roasted garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables. Veggies are not my brother’s thing and he had a few left at the end of the meal. He tried to cover up the leftover veggies but well, being the dutiful big sister that I am, I ratted him out to the waitress! She reprimanded ME for tattle-taling and gave my brother a sticker for the “Clean Plate Club”, saying he did “well enough” on his dinner. Hmph!

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe

About half of my brother’s meatloaf platter, he’d already started digging in!

It was all in good fun, of course. The food was quite tasty (though slightly overpriced, in my opinion). Portions were good sized but I probably could have eaten the dish by myself. The theme and decor is fantastic and really transports you to another time and place. It’s a good meal location for young kids as well, since it’s bright and noisy and there are televisions to watch (they also gave my son a coloring pages and crayons). 50’s Prime Time Cafe is a blast (from the past!)

Walt Disney World Restaurant Review - 50's Prime Time Cafe


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What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, we spent several hours exploring the world of Epcot. I have a feeling that even a lifetime of exploring wouldn’t have allowed us the time necessary to properly explore this amazing Park!

During our visit to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival we were visually treated to incredibly detailed topiaries, had our taste buds tickled with international treats and were able to delight in the nighttime show, Illuminations from our perch in a private viewing area near the French pavilion.

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Park guests receive a pocket guide to the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, including where to find topiaries, gardens, demonstrations, dining and shows. You can check mark off each item as you visit, eat and watch. The guide makes a wonderful souvenir too, as you recall & reminisce about your trip.

 

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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During the Festival, guests can purchase food at outdoor kitchen locations throughout the World Showcase area of Epcot. These are taster (appetizer) sized portions so you can try a variety of different tastes. My brother wanted German food and I wanted Italian. We compromised. I ate my manicotti and sipped my Prosecco in front of the Germany pavilion while he ate sausage and drank a beer!

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

There are some inspiring topiaries throughout the entire Park. The detail and expression of them are simply jaw-dropping. We were able to grab a photo with the highly anticipated topiaries of Elsa & Anna from Frozen.

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden FestivalWhat I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden FestivalWhat I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

We were able to spend two partial days at Epcot and were simply drawn to the World Showcase area. The cultural aspect here was beautiful and intriguing. To be able to wander from Japan to France in a matter of minutes…incredible!

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Photo Credit: Eric Dill

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

There were some tasty sips throughout the Festival including a non-alchololic La Tizana and Desert Rose (a sparkling wine with pomegranate liqueur).

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden FestivalWhat I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

On our second day at Epcot we opted for a larger meal at the Moroccan pavilion that we could share between us. We chose two platters and it was quickly devoured. I can highly recommend the Tangierine Cafe schwarma platters, they were large and delicious.

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Our only regret? Lack of time to see it all! Oh well, there’s always next time *wink*

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Until next time Epcot!

What I Saw, Ate & Drank at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Photo credit: Eric Dill


Portions of my visit including my Park tickets and a Disney gift card to purchase food were covered during my visit. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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