Disney Dining Plan tips to help you Think Outside the Box

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When planning a Disney Vacation where to eat can be very high on the list of priorities, but where to use your DDP Credits can have even the best Disney Planner thinking and re-thinking  there best laid plans.

Character Dining- This is not just for kids, some of the best buffetsor family style meals can come with your favorite Disney Pals hanging around during your meal! Don’t be afraid to try them just based on Character alone. Most Disney Characters are very good at telling weather you are a “smile, wave and pass me by” type of table or an “I need a picture with Goofy” type of table. So put your Mouse Ears on and try Character Dining!

Signature Dining- 2 Credits Restaurants on the DDP most of the time will mean, well more time! Whether it be Jiko over at Animal Kingdom Lodge or the Yachtsman Steak House at the Yacht & Beach Club Resort, dinner will have you and your party at their place, for at least 2 hours. Plan accordingly with time in mind, and you might just have one of the best evenings of your vacation!

Dinner ShowsThe Hoop De Doo Revue is a big fan favorite and with good reason, big laughs and big food!  Dinner Shows are 2 Credits from the Disney Dining Plan and will give you a great dinner and well an amazing show! So you get a lot of bang for your buck, or in this case, credits! Along with the Hoop there is The Spirit of Aloha Luau and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. These shows all run at different times so choose the one that best fits your family and relax for an evening dinner and entertainment!

Out Of The Way Places- Disney Transportation is your friend, using the Disney buses, ferry’s or monorails can get you anywhere on Disney Property! Staying at Disney’s All Star Movie Resortand want to dine at Trail’s End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness? Jump on a bus heading to the Magic Kingdom and from there take a Bus or a Ferry (I prefer the Ferry) over to Fort Wilderness Resort follow the signs and you’re at Trails End! Keep in mind that while easy always allow for extra travel time if you have made a reservation. Taxi’scan also be used to get from place to place at Disney; while they will almost always be quicker there will be fee. Just check with your front desk and the can assist you with a taxi service.

Share and Share Alike- Some folks prefer to try a place out by sharing their meal! Just tell the waitress/waiter that you will be sharing your entrée and they will split your meal for you. This gives you a chance to try a new place, save a credit or just leave more room for lots of goodies later on!

Make Reservations- Anymore this is a Must Do. You can call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3464) from 7am – 10pm seven days a week starting at 180 days out from the start of your Disney Vacation. Also you can make reservation online at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining don’t for get to try back if your choices aren’t available at first; openings can become available down the road!

Do you have any additional tips? Let us know in the comment box below!

Dana Toy- Dana is an avid Disney Addict and DDP Lover, you can find her in WDW’s Epcot snacking around the world and planning her DDP stops for her next trip~


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6 thoughts on “Disney Dining Plan tips to help you Think Outside the Box

  1. Good advice on sharing…we always end up with too many snacks and/or meals. We typically go to Downtown Disney on the way out and get snacks/meals to go for the trip back home.

  2. We really like it, it has folks that love it and it has its haters, lol The reason we first got the DDP was that it was paid for before we left home, but after that we loved it and used it ever since, give it a try sometime!

  3. It really depends. For example there is no sharing at any of the buffets or family dining meals. But if you goto places where you order food items individually you can.

  4. Can you share a meal on the DDP? Disney gives you so much food that we always share our QS meals but I didn’t think you could share a TS meal.

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