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6 Things You Might Not Know About Walt Disney World Restaurants

At Walt Disney World there are over 300 different dining options. That means that no one knows everything about the Disney restaurants. Here are six things that you may not already know about the Walt Disney World restaurants. If you know of any other tips, please feel free to share them in the comments below.

6. Free Ice Water

Most of the counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World will sell you a bottle of water; for about $3.00. If you want to satisfy your thirst and save a few dollars, skip the bottled water and order a cup of ice water instead. It will taste great on a hot day, and you’ll be able to spend that $3.00 on something else. For a family ordering water twice daily, the savings will add up quickly over your vacation.

5. Happy Birthday!

Here’s another freebie that you might not know about. If you’ll be at Walt Disney World near your birthday, head to the Earl of Sandwich website and sign up for the eClub. You’ll then receive an email about a week before your birthday that will be good for a free brownie if you purchase a sandwich, wrap, or salad. The coupon will be good for 30 days, you don’t need to use it on your birthday. The bad news is that the brownie is a bit of a downgrade, it used to be that you would receive a free sandwich. If you choose to stay a member of the eClub you may receive other emails from time to time, which may include offers like discounts or a buy one, get one free sandwich. You can opt out of the eClub at any time.

4. Kosher Meals

Do not let special dietary restrictions stop you from eating at Walt Disney World! If you follow a kosher diet, you will still be able to eat in the parks and at the resorts, but it may require a little bit of planning. Most table service restaurants will prepare kosher meals. Call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) at least 24 hours in advance to discuss your options. There are also a few quick service restaurants that have kosher meals available. At the Magic Kingdom, stop by Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. Kosher options are served at Epcot’s Liberty Inn. If you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, try ABC Commissary. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, head to Pizzafari. Kosher meals can also be found at some of the resort food courts. A good rule of thumb to follow for any special diet; call ahead of time, just to make sure that nothing has changed. That way you will have peace of mind about what you eat. Disney accommodates guests with dietary specifics very well so never hesitate to ask.

3. Romantic Dining

Walt Disney World has a reputation for being a great family destination, but it can also be very romantic. Whether you’re looking for a date night dinner away from the kids, or you plan to use your trip for a getaway for two, you’ll find some incredible dining choices. There are close to two dozen signature dining experiences, and that number keeps growing! You will enjoy some of the best food that Central Florida has to offer, and the service is impeccable. You can dine by the water, while watching fireworks, or even in a theme park. Many of the signature restaurants have award winning wine lists and menus, and you are sure to find the perfect spot. Walt Disney World takes fine dining seriously, you will leave the restaurant knowing that Disney isn’t just for kids after all.

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2. Lounges

If you want to try a restaurant but don’t have a reservation, all might not be lost. Some of the table service restaurants also have lounges. Many, but not all, of the lounges are next to signature restaurants. You will want to check before you stop by the restaurant, just to make sure that there is a lounge. Some of the lounges offer the restaurant’s full menu, while others focus more on small plates and appetizers. There will also be specialty drinks and other creations. Since the lounges do not accept reservations, they are first come, first served.

1. Stop by the Close Resorts

An entire day in a theme park can take a lot out of anyone. If you would like to take a short break in the middle of your day, make a reservation at a restaurant that is at a close resort. The Magic Kingdom Resorts all have fabulous restaurants, and they’re a quick boat or monorail ride away. You can walk or take a boat from either Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the Epcot Resort Area. The ride from Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge only takes a few minutes. These resorts all have excellent restaurants, and the pace is more relaxed than the hustle and bustle in the theme parks. The best part of all about eating at a close resort is that you won’t take a lot of time out of your day. You’ll be back in the middle of the fun before you know it!

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.