Disney Tips

One of the reasons that I have been absent from this blog for awhile is our family trip to DisneyWorld. I have just a couple of Disney tips for you.

First, go when the Meal Plan is free. Yes, Disney does have (or has had for the last 10 years or so) certain times when, if you stay on the property and purchase a room and ticket package, the meal plan is free. This is a huge savings. I figured for the five of us for six nights, this saved us close to $2000. That’s a lot of money! We are talking (for the plan we had) one quick service meal, one table meal and one snack per day.

Second, take a picky eater. My husband is a very picky eater and only used 3 of his table meals. We were able to use his other three to stretch out our six table meals to seven, only paying for one meal on the last day.

One of the best princess experiences is the Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway in Epcot. (Table meal dining plan accepted!) Not only were the princesses excellent and their costumes the best in the parks, the food was awesome and plentiful. So worth it!


Be Our Guest reservations are very hard to get. We had three of us trying almost daily to try to get ANY dinner reservations there. My youngest daughter was the person who actually scored the reservations – for our anniversary no less! This meal was also covered by the meal plan and delicious!

We also had meals at the Crystal Palace (breakfast character buffet in the Magic Kingdom), the 50’s Prime Time Cafe and the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater in Hollywood Studios, the Rose & Crown Dining Room in Epcot, and the Portobello Country Italian Trattoria in Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). I recommend the Sci-Fi Dine In for a day when you don’t want to really talk to each other because you’re sitting in cars facing the screen like in the drive-in movies. We thought the best meals were Be Our Guest, the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, the Rose & Crown and the Crystal Palace (all you can eat bacon!). The 50’s Prime Time Cafe food seemed to have improved over the last time we were there 3 years ago, also.

If you get to the end of your stay and you have some quick service meals left, you can use them to get three snacks per quick service meal. This enabled us to totally win the meal plan. We zeroed out in all areas – all five of us. We really got our money’s worth. Oh, wait, it was free.

The other thing I strongly recommend is that you let my youngest daughter plan your trip. Lizzi loves making plans. I made one restaurant reservation and my eldest daughter made one and Lizzi made all the other reservations and got the fast passes. It worked very well. Also, using the Disney app is very convenient and keeps all your reservation and Fast Pass info in one place.

We also like the Park Hopper tickets. We actually did three parks in one day. Many days we hit two parks. We didn’t always spend the day in the park where our meal reservations were.

These are all of the tips I can think of right now.

Quilt on!

2 thoughts on “Disney Tips

  1. Ah, you just made me miss Epcot even more, Gretchen! So glad to see you were having a great time, I’ve never heard of meal plans for free 🙂 I think we payed some (maybe $20/day/person) the last time we were there, and we thought we got our money’s worth. We haven’t been to Magic Kingdom, but I’m sure we could use your tips going to Epcot and the waterparks.
    I’m surprised to see they changed the name of Downtown Disney! You can tell it’s been a while since we went there 🙂
    Thank you for your tips, I’m sure they’ll be useful in the future!

  2. Great ideas! I don’t know if Disneyland has the free meal plans. I have never heard of it, but you are right: getting food for free can be a huge money saver. How do you find out about this?

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