Dining at Walt Disney World: An Introductionby Justine Fellows, PassPorter Guest Contributor
Last modified 2/5/2009
If you think that you will be stuffing yourself with junk food at Walt Disney World, you're in for a very pleasant surprise!
Disney offers and incredible selection of snack, walk up, and sit down restaurant choices in both its parks and resorts. Before we get started on our dining journey let's learn the lingo.
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Let's start with the type of dining -- there are a number of different dining options:
Snacks - Snack carts are located throughout the parks and offer anything from ice cream, popcorn, and cotton candy to fruit, smoothies, and even crepes. There are also stores within the parks and resorts that offer packaged snacks. And let's not forget the wonderful candy store on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and the very famous giant, smoked turkey legs available in the parks. These suckers bring out the cannibal in anyone.
Disney refers to the next level of dining as counter or quick service. These are walk-up locations, also at both the resorts and parks, which usually offer seating nearby. They sell heartier meals ranging from traditional park fare such as hamburgers and hotdogs to more innovative items such as barbecue, ethnic cuisine, wraps, pizza, and more. Quick service locations often offer dessert selections, soups, salads and drink options.
Table service or sit down restaurants throughout Disney World have their own categories. Many have themes, entertainment, or something special that sets them apart from the restaurants that you can visit near home. Here's how I differentiate:
There are over 200 dining choices at Disney World. Choosing your dining can be an exciting, as well as an essential part of planning. Since the inception of the dining plan, restaurants book quickly. You can now make reservations for table service restaurants 90 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
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About the Author: Justine, the author of PassPorter's Disney Speed Planner: The Easy Ten-Step Program, works in education in Connecticut. She is also the host of Travel Girl's(TM) Tips for Disney World podcasts.
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