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True Love Week at Walt Disney World Resort   Leave a comment

Love is in the air at Walt Disney World.

If you are visiting the Walt Disney World Resort between February 11th and 17th, you are in for some romantic treats.  Part of Disney’s Limited Time Magic campaign, True Love week will feature special entertainment and character meet & greets, photo backdrops, merchandise, gourmet cuisine, and much more to help celebrate the perfect Valentine’s Day.

True Love week

 According to Disney, during Disney’s True Love Week, a tapestry of romance will be woven throughout the resort, from limited-time Valentine’s Day merchandise and special entertainment, to romantic dinners for two and new themed photo locations offering greetings with beloved Disney sweethearts, from Cinderella and Prince Charming to Mickey and Minnie Mouse — all for a limited-time only.

This week-long celebration is intended to celebrate the love of friends and family, and will invite couples to rekindle the flame.

Here’s what you can expect to see around Walt Disney World during True Love Week:

  • Romantic Setting: Guests will feel the romance at every turn, as banners proclaiming True Love, heart-shaped signage and sweetheart-themed decor adorn the Magic Kingdom.
  • Blushing Castle: At dusk, hues of pink, red, lavender and blue bathe Cinderella Castle with themed lighting synced to musical melodies adding to the ambiance.
  • Dinners for Two: Candlelit dinners for two with prix fixe menus at select restaurants. Specially-created menus at Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Wave of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort make an ideal setting for a romantic evening. Book online at, or call (407) WDW-DINE.
  • Valentine’s-Themed Takeaways: Limited-edition pins, plushes, newly-designed apparel and Vinylmations available at select merchandise locations.
  • Royal Gathering: The rare opportunity to get a photo with Disney Princes as they escort their Princesses to enchanting character greeting locations.

In Town Square Theater, you may find Mickey and Minnie, Aurora with Phillip or Rapunzel and Flynn. Mary Poppins joins Bert in Fantasyland, while Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana meet guests in the Enchanted Glade in Liberty Square.

DLP June 2011 - Farewell Princesses and Pirates Breakfast


Romantic Photo Locations in Magic Kingdom with your Sweetie:

  • Carriage Awaits: New Fantasyland invites lovers to create memories alongside Cinderella’s Glass Coach situated by the new Castle wall for True Love Week.
  • Wishes Come True: Hearts and flowers enhance Cinderella’s Wishing Well creating the perfect backdrop for a cherished moment.
  • Rose Walk: The Rose Garden in Central Plaza is all decked out with enchanting decor.


And more…

  • Romantic Touches: Long-stem roses, chocolate covered strawberries, the finest champagne or scattered rose petals create a romantic scene for lovebirds, all available through the Disney Florist.
  • Elegant Oasis for Relaxation: An aromatherapy couples’ massage is just the escape after a day with the kids in the theme park. Couples’ massages are available at the newly opened, full-service Senses, A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
  • Perfectly Princess: Join your prince for the ultimate fairytale come true with a customized Disney Wedding or honeymoon getaway. More than 1,000 couples get married, or renew their wedding vows in romantic settings in various locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort every year. Visit for more information.

Information from Walt Disney World was used in this report.



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Disney’s Limited Time Magic Events Update – Long Lost Disney Friends Return!   Leave a comment

Hey there Disney fans!

I’m pretty excited about this Limited Time Magic Promotion!  Although I won’t get to see it in person, I’m looking forward to seeing pictures from others!

For one week only, January 21-27th, you will be able to meet some Classic Disney Characters at Walt Disney World.  Characters scheduled to appear include: Robin Hood & Friar Tuck, Clarabelle Cow & Horace Horsecollar, and perhaps the Three Little Pigs.  Characters will be appearing at Magic Kingdom Park, so be sure to have your cameras prepped and ready for this Limited Time Magic Experience!

Long-Lost Disney Friends Return for ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Walt Disney World

Robin Hood and Friar Tuck to appear at WDW’s Magic Kingdom for one week only as part of Limited Time Magic.

Long-Lost Disney Friends Return for ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Walt Disney World

Perhaps The Three Little Pigs will join them?



Disney’s MyMagic+ Program – 5 Things Ever Guest Needs To Know   4 comments

Yesterday I posted an article regarding the new enhanced Disney Guest Experience program, better known to Disney Fans as the NextGen project, but formally called MyMagic+.  Since the initial announcement yesterday morning there has been additional information released by Disney, and quite a bit of speculation voiced by Disney Fans.

The NextGen project was originally pitched back in 2010 as a way to revolutionize the guest experience.  Between then and now, very little was leaked regarding what exactly the project was going to entail, only that the cost of the project was astronomical and Disney was taking their time to develop the program before the launch date.  Fast-forward a few years and we start to see a sprinkling of pixie dust around the websites and parks; the announcement of PhotoPass+ and FastPass+, and the My Disney Experience app and website are only the first components of the launch.  You can even consider the development of New Fantasyland & Disney’s Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World, Carsland,  Buena Vista Street & the rest of the California Adventure refurb at Disneyland,  and the Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy key pieces in the launch of the ultimate MyMagic+ program; after all, you need these key new attractions and locations to attract new visitors and keep the regulars from getting bored.  The Disney Parks spent a few years feeling a bit stagnant, and then Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, we have a year full of announcements and then a year full of premiers. Pixie Dust.  But, how does all of this enhance the guest experience, and what will it mean to those of us who visit the parks fairly regularly?  How much change will we see, and how quickly?

Disney has slowly been rolling out components to the program.  The information about FastPass+ was announced this past summer, with the PhotoPass+ in mid-fall.  The My Disney Experience ap was ready this summer as well, though it didn’t really do much at its initial launch but allow you to look at the parks maps.  Now we are seeing even more with these  programs, as well as new initialives.

The wristbands, or MagicBands as they are deemed, were explained today.  It appears as though Disney is doing away with the Key to the World cards and going for the wristband approach.
The wristbands will have the following capabilities.

  • The MagicBand will be your key card.  No more having to keep up with a card that is often demagnatized (and usually when your resort room is about as far away as possible)
  • The MagicBand will serve as your Park Ticket
  • The MagicBand will hold your FastPass+ schedule
  • The MagicBand will become your PhotoPass card
  • The MagicBand will have charging capabilities

It seems like a slightly  more convenient and enhanced version of the Key to the World card.  I’m a bit torn on it, as I’m not sure I want to have to wear a bracelet on my wrist in the Florida humidity and have it in all of my pictures.  But, on the flip side, I am far less likely to lose a wristband!  I’ve taken large student groups to Disney and they always manage to lose keys and tickets…  (No word yet on how this program will be implimented into the Disney YES and Disney Performing Arts programs).

MagicBands will be available to those staying at a Disney Resort, Annual Passholders, and guests who pre-purchase a PhotoPass package.  Other guests will be able to purchase the MagicBand.

My biggest question about the program deals with the Disney PhotoPass program.  Having recently visited Walt Disney World, and utlized the new PhotoPass+ program I’m left wondering why they created the PhotoPass+ card if the MagicBand will now serve as such?  The PhotoPass+ card was on a lanyard and was punched with your dates of availability.  The card itself identified you to photographers as having purchased the PhotoPass+.  I’m curious to see how the two technologies are melded together.

Now the other side of the launch.  Shortly after the announcement went out via email this morning news programs started reporting on Disney Parks and Cruise Line lay-offs.  This reaction was fueled by Disney’s announcement of their fiscal year numbers.  I’m not certain we can immediately say that the two are connected.  However, one fan messaged me stating that her understanding was they they would be laying off cashier employees in merchandise locations since guests would now be able to utilize the “touch and pay” feature on either their MagicBand or new enhanced ticket.  From a loss-prevention viewpoint this would seem like the opposite of a good decision, as eliminating cashiers and merchandising cast members would result in a higher theft rate, and then eliminate any cost saving measures.  But I suppose that only time will tell!  One thing is for certain though; if Disney chooses to lay-off Cast Members at it’s Parks and Resorts you will see a downturn in quality, and a less unique experience (which is ironic since the point of the program is to provide guests with a custom and unique experience in itself).  But that’s just my two cents on the subject of lay-offs!

Before I give the Disney 5, as posted on their website Babble, I’ll provide you with my final thoughts.

The jury is out for me on the NextGen project.  I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of the experience, and want to gather additional information and hear from those who have been privy to using bits of it already.

  • FastPass+:  I have friends who tried out FastPass+ and hated it, but see reports that others love being able to plan their days so far in advance.  My feelings on FastPass+ are mixed.  I like having a level playing field, and I feel that giving guests the ability to pre-schedule their usage of the FastPasses at the Parks can provide an unfair advantage to those who don’t have the same kind of access to computers or time to spend planning such a detailed agenda.  Plus, of the people I know who used the program almost all of them said they used only 1 or 2 of their scheduled FastPasses, which means more FastPasses going to waste.  But, I’m also a planner and I’m eager to give it a whirl when the opportunity presents itself.
  • PhotoPass+:  If Disney Travel and Disney PhotoPass can learn to communicate with one another this could be a great thing.   However, my experience has been that there is no communication between the two parties, leaving the guest and the travel agent to deal with the issues alone.  When I was there in November, we had a serious issue with our PhotoPass+ lanyards not being at the resort when we checked in.  Since you can purchase the package ahead of time with a minimum of 14 days notice through Disney PhotoPass, but can have it added to your vacation package with only 3 days notice through Disney Travel there seemed to be vast confusion among desk cast members, and PhotoPass kiosk cast members.  If the communication issues are sorted out I will happily put my endorsement on PhotoPass+, even though I’m curious why they launched the lanyards only to phase them out to become part of the bracelet…
  • My Disney Experience App & Website:  When I used this for my trip it was basically just a map with attraction information.  They had yet to launch the ability to make dining reservations, notes, etc. within the app, so it just took up space on my phone.  However, since then it has been fleshed out a bit more.  I have clients who just used it this past week and I’m curious to hear their thoughts.  The problem I foresee as a Travel Agent comes with making dining reservations for my clients.  In the past I have been able to make reservations for them using my personal log-in information but their information for the actual reservation.  Now I will need to be able to essentially share their My Disney Experience account with them in order to make the reservations.  So, only time will tell on this one.
  • MagicBandMagicBands:  Like I stated above, I’m not crazy about having to wear a bracelet.  I can’t stand those rubber ones that are so popular these days, they make my wrist itch.  So, a lot of it will depend on how they are constructed.  I’m certainly not a fan of how they look in the pictures that were released today though!  But, I do like the idea of having all of my information together in one place, and not having to worry about keeping up with my Key to the World card, FastPasses, PhotoPass card, etc.  I’m willing to give it a try!


What are your thoughts?  What has your wristband experience been like at other resorts?  Do you like the idea of having all of your various cards rolled into one device?  Leave a comment below or send me an email!

Now that you’ve heard my take on the new Magic+ or NextGen project, here is the information Disney wants you know straight from the mouse’s mouth!

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Disney’s MyMagic+: 5 Things You Need to Know

Quiet mutterings about the Walt Disney Company’s “Next Generation Experience,” known among mouse-eared circles as the “NextGen” project, have been going on since 2010, when word on the street had it that more than $1 billion – roughly the cost of building twoDisney Cruise Line ships – had been committed to… something. Something very hush hush, but obviously cool and magical.

Further whisperings pointed to a major technology initiative aimed at radically transforming the way guests enjoy access to the parks while in the parks, leading enthusiasts to believe that radio-frequency identification – like that used in wireless devices – would be used in wristbands.

And they were right.

Meet MyMagic+.


Called a “more immersive, more seamless and more personal experience for each and every guest who spends time with us,” by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, Tom Staggs, MyMagic+ technology will be rolled out in phases over the next several months.

What you need to know:

  1. MyMagic+ is all about letting guests better customize their vacation at Walt Disney World.
  2. MagicBands, as the wristbands are officially called, will be your room key, theme park ticket, PhotoPass card, and optional payment account. They will also provide FastPass+ access. Don’t lose it.
  3. Guests staying on-property at Walt Disney World Resort hotels and Annual Passholders, plus guests who purchase a photography package will get a MagicBand.
  4. Guests who stay at off property at non-Disney hotels will get a ticket with touch features that will provide park entry, allow for redeeming FastPass+, and touch to pay. Purchasing a MagicBand and participation in the “My Disney Experience” is optional for these guests.
  5. A smartphone app called “My Disney Experience,” is the major component of MyMagic+. Accessing it will let guests make plans – think dining reservations, booking experiences, choosing FastPasses, getting the latest Walt Disney World Resort news – before and during their stay. That means you can be spontaneous or plan ahead.

“We know that some people like to plan every aspect of their Disney vacation in advance while others like to plan very little, letting their day unfold spontaneously. No matter where guests fall in that spectrum, ‘My Disney Experience’ gives them the flexibility to plan as much or as little as they’d like to create the exact Disney experience they want,” Staggs says.

Sounds promising.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Photo credit: Disney Parks Blog

What’s New: Taking the Disney Guest Experience to the Next Level   1 comment

*I received this email today from Disney Destinations Travel Agent Communications, and thought I would share it with all of you.  I’m very curious about people’s thoughts on this, as mine are quite torn!  Please share your thoughts and opinions by comment!  ~Lin

At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we continually push the boundaries of creativity and innovation to deliver the best possible experience for our Guests. We’re always looking for ways to take what we do and do it even better. Over the past few years, we’ve devoted considerable time and resources to create a more immersive, more seamless and more personal experience for each and every Guest who spends time with us. I know there’s been significant speculation about these efforts among our fans, so we’re pleased to give you a glimpse into the work we are doing to take the entire Disney Guest experience to the next level.

Interactive Queues

Some of these initiatives are more apparent and can already be seen by our Guests – like our interactive queues at Walt Disney World® Resort and the Enchanted Art on our cruise ships – while others are more behind-the-scenes and are focused on “how” visitors plan, access and enjoy their experiences with us. Over the next several months, we’ll be rolling out a collection of tools at the Walt Disney World Resort called MyMagic+ that will give Guests more opportunities to customize and personalize their entire visit.

Like most people who visit Walt Disney World Resort, my family and I have our “must-do” attractions, and as the father of three boys, those attractions often end with the word “mountain.” Now, rather than dashing as a group, or even splitting up to gather FastPasses, imagine booking guaranteed ride times for your favorite shows and attractions even before setting foot in the park. With MyMagic+, Guests will be able to do that and more, enabling them to spend more time together and creating an experience that’s better for everyone.


A major component of MyMagic+ is the new My Disney Experience website and mobile app, which gives Guests planning their trip the latest information on all Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. We know that some people like to plan every aspect of their Disney vacation in advance while others like to plan very little, letting their day unfold spontaneously. No matter where Guests fall in that spectrum, My Disney Experience gives them the flexibility to plan as much or as little as they’d like to create the exact Disney experience they want. They can book dining and other experiences and reserve times for their favorite attractions, shows and more through an enhanced FastPass system, FastPass+. Once they arrive, they can use their smart phones to spontaneously change their plans in the moment, exploring our parks at their own pace and getting the most out of their visit.


Linking the entire MyMagic+ experience together is an innovative piece of technology we developed called the MagicBand. Worn on the wrist, it will serve as a Guest’s room key, theme park ticket, access to FastPass+ selections, PhotoPass card and optional payment account all rolled into one. We’ve began testing certain aspects of MyMagic+ in Florida last month and the early reactions we’ve gotten have been fantastic.

This collection of tools is another step forward in the ongoing evolution of our Guest experience, giving us even more ways to help friends and family create the unforgettable Disney memories that they want most. We’ll be testing, adjusting and adding features to MyMagic+ and My Disney Experience over time and will continue to make improvements based on our Guests’ feedback. We look forward to sharing more with you in the months ahead!

Year of the Ears January Edition! Disney’s Limited Time Magic   3 comments

Disney announced the first group of Limited Edition Mickey Ears as part of the Year of the Ears events during the 2013 Limited Time Magic campaign.

They are too cute not to share!

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Now, I’m fairly certain that Grey one has been out for a while.  I even have a picture of my mom wearing at Thanksgiving, but it is still cute!  I absolutely love the Steampunk-ish one with the corset lacing!

Which one is your favorite?

Maximizing Table Service Credit Value on the 2013 Disney Dining Plan   Leave a comment

First off, a HUGE thank you to Tom & Sarah over at The Disney Tourist Blog for allowing me to repost this superbly written post!  It is absolutely supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!  I hope you will hop on over to their blog and look around, as it is filled with lovely articles!


So you want to maximize your table service credit value on the 2013 Disney Dining Plan by eating at the most expensive restaurants? We don’t blame you! The Disney Dining Plan is expensive, as is Disney dining in general. Taking a trip while on the Disney Dining Plan can be a great way to efficiently hit the more expensive restaurants at Walt Disney World when on a budget.

This list calculated the most expensive meals by taking the highest entree, dessert, and beverage and adding them together (tax and tip are not included). We did this as opposed to taking the median or mean since, if you’re truly concerned with saving as much money as possible, you’re going to be ordering more expensive menu items. Additionally, when we tested doing medians, restaurants that are clearly expensive dropped off of the list. Tutto Italia, for example, has a large menu with cheaper salads and sandwiches. However, the standard Italian entrees–the items most people order when they’re on the Disney Dining Plan–are mostly expensive. We feel considering only the more expensive menu items is most helpful to Guests looking to maximize their Disney Dining Plan value, but your mileage may vary. As two-credit “Signature” Dining is not as good of a value due to its cost of 2 credits, you will not find any two-credit restaurants on this list. If you are on the Deluxe Dining Plan or simply have credits that will go to waste, you should definitely consider Signature Dining as opposed to these 1-credit restaurants.

This list is completely objective. If a restaurant ranked better thanks to its pricier options, it’s on the list, regardless of whether we think its food stinks. When actually planning where YOU want to dine on your trip, it’s very important to consider quality of food, not just prices, when determining where you want to eat. We thus recommend weighing these “value maximization” lists we have along with our subjective Disney Restaurant Reviews when making your Advance Dining Reservations.

The biggest change brought by the 2013 update to this list is that Le Cellier (lunch) falls off the list due to it becoming a two-credit restaurant for lunch. Many people anticipated the new Be Our Guest Restaurant joining the list, but due to its reasonably-priced $3.99 desserts, it does not join the list. Due to some recent changes, San Angel Inn is also not on the list (its $36 “Traditional Mexican Special” includes dessert and a soft drink). Instead, Wolfgang Puck Cafe and Grand Floridian Cafe join the list for 2013. Several restaurants shuffled spots this year, due to some fairly substantial price increases at a couple…and some price decreases(!) at a couple!

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1. Tutto Italia – The menu here seems to change partly (I think) due to the Free Disney Dining Plan. It seems like when that is being offered, a few of the $30+ items are not on the menu. If the Tagliata di Manzo, Lamb, or the Swordfish are on the menu, this is the #1 restaurant thanks to those and pricey and decadent Italian desserts. If those items are not on the menu, it might fall to #2, depending upon what is on the menu. All desserts are expensive, but you should, “leave the Cannoli, take the Copetta Sotto Bosco” if you want to completely maximize value. The Cannoli is a good option for value, too, though. Despite it being #1, we’re not fans of Tutto ItaliaTotal Value: $51.00.

2. Kouzzina by Cat Cora – Due solely to increases in prices, not new menu items, Kouzzina jumped from #7 to #2 for 2013. Here, the Wood-grilled New York Strip Steak priced at $34.99 puts Kouzzina high on the list. Kouzzina’s extensive menu offers many value-maximizing options, and highly-priced desserts give it an edge over other entries to the list. Total Value: $50.77.


3. Whispering Canyon Cafe – Surprised to see Whispering Canyon Cafe this high up the list? Us too. However, thanks to the Grilled New York Strip and the Sheriff’s Shakes (which, last we had heard, are still considered a drink on the Dining Plan), Whispering Canyon Cafe passes other restaurants with similar prices. A favorite of ours (which you can read about in our Whispering Canyon Cafe review), the Canyon Skillet, also offers excellent value as an entree.  Total Value: $47.67.

4. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Akershus is a good value if you’re looking solely at price (if you’re there at the “right” time, it’s the #1 restaurant!), but remember that it’s a princess buffet that also includes a photo package. If you’re paying out of pocket, you’re paying a premium for the princesses, but you’re paying an even bigger premium for the photo package. We’ve never eaten here, but we’ve heard the food is only decent. Point being, you might nix this option if you don’t have kids or you aren’t keen on eating with princesses. Ranked #4 by median price; actual prices vary by season. Total Value: $42.59-$55.37.


5. The Wave – The Wave is a new favorite of ours, so we’re happy to see it make the list. The Grilled Beef Tenderloin offers the best value here. Surprisingly, the Wave is also a very economical restaurant if you’re paying out of pocket at lunch, with several delicious choices for under $20! Total Value: $46.67.

6. Grand Floridian Cafe – This one is a bit deceiving. There are lone expensive items in each category that put Grand Floridian Cafe on this list for 2013. By ordering the second-best items instead of the best ones, the “total value” of Grand Floridian Cafe drops to $33.67 (still, not bad). Basically, if you’re not going to order the Bone-In New York Strip Steak, take this off your top values list. Total Value: $46.27.

7. Chefs De France – Chefs De France has several expensive entrees, but the most expensive, and most mouth-watering, is the Filet de boeuf grille, sauce au poivre vert Gratin Dauphinois et haricots verts. The slightly cheaper Duck is also a great entree choice for maximizing value (and it tastes great). The last time we ate there on the Dining Plan, I was able to substitute the French cheese plate (typically an appetizer) for my dessert. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you may want to inquire about this, but don’t be surprised if you’re told that you can’t.  Total Value: $46.19.

8. Coral Reef Restaurant – The New York Strip Steak propels yet another restaurant onto this list. If you’d rather have seafood at this seafood restaurant (and it’s some of the best seafood on property in our opinion), fear not, as several fish entrees are priced in the mid-$20 range, and also provide excellent value. Total Value: $45.67.

9. Wolfgang Puck Cafe –  Wolfgang Puck Cafe has an expansive menu, and although desserts (the menu items that seem to be outcome determinative in these rankings) aren’t all that expensive, several entrees and non-alcoholic DDP drinks help push Wolfgang Puck Cafe into the #6 spot. We have yet to eat here, but it looks like we might want to eat here or at Wolfgang Puck Express the next time we’re in Downtown Disney and on the Disney Dining Plan! Total Value: $43.85.

T10Kona Cafe – The New York strip steak is $3 cheaper here at $28.99, but in my opinion, this is the best N.Y. strip steak on property, and desserts here are also excellent. Combined these tantalizing options with the wonderful ambiance of the Polynesian Resort, and you have a wonderful option, both in terms of value-for-money and in general, with Kona Cafe. Total Value: $40.97.

T10. Sanaa – This restaurant is a new favorite of ours, and another one I’m really pleased to see make the list. Once again, the New York Strip is the most expensive item on the menu. (It’s $1 more expensive than Kona Cafe’s, but Kona Cafe’s dessert is $1 more expensive, making them tied for 10th on the list.) With so many unique and flavorful items on the menu, we’ve never tried the N.Y. Strip steak here, but given the quality of Sanaa’s other items, we have no doubt that it’s delicious. If you’re not on the Disney Dining Plan, consider stopping in for lunch, where you can find very low crowds, great service, and some delicious (and cheap!) menu items. Total Value: $40.97.

So there you have it–the top Table Service restaurants on the 2013 Disney Dining Plan if you’re looking to maximize your value. Although this list provides the absolute best values on property, our research into all dining menus has indicated that if you like New York Strip Steaks, you’re going to do well on the Disney Dining Plan! They rarely cost less than $26.99 at any restaurant, and cost $29.99 or more at a lot of restaurants. After that, the price of desserts is the biggest factor here (ranging from high prices of $6.49 all the way to $14) and whether or not the restaurant serves smoothies, shakes, or some other sort of specialty non-alcoholic drink that is included on the Dining Plan.

Remember to always consider whether a particular restaurant or dish appeals to you before making your ADRs. While value maximization can be fun, it should not be the ‘end-all, be-all’ of your Disney vacation planning. Eating things you like is far more important!

Hopefully this list helps you get more bang for your buck on the Disney Dining Plan. Check out our Value-Maximizing tips for Counter Service restaurants and Most Cost-Effective Disney Snacks to get even more value out of the Disney Dining Plan! If you have any tips to maximize your value at other Table Service restaurants, please share them in the comments!

Thanks again guys!


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