If you haven't already heard, Disney has announced Free Dining for September 2013
! Try to contain yourself if you can; but if not...we understand!So
if you're like us, you're already trying to figure out how you can escape to Disney World this fall and what restaurants you would like to book since, after all, it's free; and if so, we have a few suggestions for how you can best use the Free Dining Plan to your advantage! After all, if Disney is giving away something free, let's milk it for all it's worth, right?First of all, let's talk how talk about how to choose which restaurants to book.1.) Expensive Restaurants-
Yes, take advantage of Free Dining and book a meal at one of Disney's more expensive restaurants to enjoy fantastic food and an elegant atmosphere for nothing! However, Disney usually charges two Dining credits as opposed to one for some of the most expensive locations; but hey, for tender filet mignon or fine dining at one of Grand Floridian's restaurants for nothing is worth forfeiting a credit.2.) Character Meals-
Some of Disney's most popular meals are character meals, restaurants where a variety of characters stop by your table to visit while you dine! Obviously, this particular type of dining is in high demand and can produce pretty steep price tags; but with Free Dining, you don't have to concern yourself with that! In fact, you can book a character meal every day if you wanted to. What's the number one character meal you should aim for? Cinderella's Royal Table!3.) Experiences
-Some Disney restaurants offer unique experiences; and with the Free Dining Plan, you can enjoy these experiences without being concerned about the bill! For example, you can view Epcot's Illuminations while you eat at the Rose or Crown, or experience an empty Magic Kingdom with an early morning reservation at the Magic Kingdom's Crystal Palace
or Cinderella's Royal Table. You can also take in some of Disney's unique restaurants that offer experiences within themselves, like the drive-in at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater or a blast back to a 1950s kitchen at 50s Prime Time Cafe! Need help choosing?
Here's what we suggest you consider before booking a dining reservation.1.) Menus
-The menus at Disney cover almost anything you can imagine! So when you go to pick a restaurant, do some homework and find out who serves what and which place has the best food. For some help, see AllEars.net's menus
. Or, if you want to know what we think, we say to check out any of Epcot's restaurants. You really can't go wrong when it comes to menus there. Restaurants at the Polynesian offer really tasty Polynesian flavored dishes; and Kona Cafe
is known for their dessert selections! If something unique interests you, venture over to Animal Kingdom Lodge to feast on African dishes and delights at Boma or Sanaa.2.) Location
-Believe it or not, location plays a big role in deciding which restaurant to visit because Disney World literally is a world. For example, you don't want to have dinner at Epcot when you want to catch the parade and fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. Or, if you have base tickets, you can't have a meal at Hollywood Studios when you're planning on visiting Animal Kingdom the same day. Therefore, location does have an influence.3.) Characters
-Some guests don't find out exactly which characters are going to be at their meal and can end up disappointed. Don't be one of them! If you're looking to eat with Mickey and the gang, check into Chef Mickeys or 'Ohana
. However, if princesses is what you're after, consider Akershus Storybook Dining, Cinderella's Royal Table, or 1900 Park Fare (but for dinner.) Knowing who you want to see can help you make a decision.Final Notes: Make sure you know which Free Dining Plan you're getting before you start booking reservations. This is because there are two being offer, the Quick Service and the Standard. Quick Service allows you to eat for free at cafeteria style restaurants only while the standard allows for sit down meals.
With Disney's current offer, guests staying at Value Resorts receive only the Quick Service for free; but if you prefer the other, you can pay the difference to receive the standard.
I'm sure you've heard by now that Disney has released Free Dining or a Room Discount for Disney Visa Cardholders. Yay! Don't have a Disney Visa? No problem. Disney usually releases their offers and discounts to cardholders first before releasing it to the public which, according to rumor, should happen on May 9th!
But which offer is the better deal?
There really isn't a clear answer. With ticket options, resort options, dates, dining preferences, and budgets to consider, what may be cheaper for one family may not be for another. However, we can offer you some scenarios to help you gauge which offer may be best for you and yours.
But first, here are some details on this offer:
Free Dining is available for guests between 9/2/13 to 9/25/13; but a 3 night package at a Disney resort and at least a 2-day Base Ticket is required to enjoy this offer. Guests who are staying at Value Resorts will get the Quick Service Dining Plan; and guests staying at a Moderate or Deluxe will get the standard Dining Plan for free. Hint: Want to enjoy the standard Dining Plan at a Value Resort? No problem. You can pay the difference and enjoy the standard no matter where you stay.
Just remember that you have to book by July 31st, and your final payment must be made with your Disney Visa Card; and that a few select resorts are not eligible for the discount.
Room Discounts are available for guests between 8/15/13 to 9/28/13 and can offer up to 30% off of your Disney Resort room! Just like Free Dining, you must book this deal by July 31st, and your final payment must be paid with your Disney Visa Card. Plus, there are a few select resorts which are not eligible for the discount.
Here's a look at the discounts that you can enjoy:
5% off Disney's All Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Bay Lake Tower, and select rooms at Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Contemporary Resort.
15% off Disney's Art of Animation Family Suites
20% off Disney's Pop Century, All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, select rooms in the Contemporary, the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian.
25% off Disney's Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, and the Port Orleans Riverside Resorts
30% off Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Yacht and Beach Club, Boardwalk Inn, Old Key West, the Villas of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Saratoga Springs, and Wilderness Lodge.
Now for our scenario, we decided to compare a stay at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort for a family of four with two kids, ages 12 and 7 years old. For tickets, we chose a standard Park Hopper and the standard Dining Plan. Here's what we found out...
Guests: 2 Adults/ 2 Children
-ages 12 & 7
Resort: Port Orleans Riverside
Ticket Option: 5 Day Park Hopper
Dining: Free Standard Dining Plan
Guests: Adults/2 Children
-ages 12 & 7
Resort: Port Orleans Riverside
Ticket Option: 5 Day Park Hopper
Dining: Standard Dining Plan
So, as you can see, Free Dining is definitely the better deal for this vacation scenario! However, this may be different for your family, especially if you plan on staying at a Deluxe Resort. So do your homework and find out may work to your advantage!
A vacation isn't only about the rides and shows and resorts, it's also about the food; and the Disney's standard of creativity, and touch of pixie dust, is alive and well in their vast variety of yummy snacks!
Some of the snacks at Walt Disney World are as iconic as Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean and are a must-do on any Disney trip; and today' we are going to share our five picks for a Disney World snack!
5. Popcorn-I know, I know. Of all the snacks we could pick, we suggest popcorn; but there really is something so good about Disney World popcorn, especially at the Magic Kingdom. Perhaps it's because Walt actually planned for there to be popcorn stands near the entrance of the Magic Kingdom park to go with his movie theater feel he was attempting to create.
You see, Walt believes that his parks were to be a living show; and the Magic Kingdom entrance is designed to make you feel as if you're walking in a theater with the dark tunnel showing previews/posters of the attractions you will find, the red sidewalks to resemble a red carpet, and then the familiar smell of popcorn! After all the work Walt put into this, you just gotta have some of Walt's popcorn, right? Plus, there's always a cool souvenir popcorn bucket to choose and to take home with you!
4. Turkey Leg-Some find them disgusting, some say they're as good as meal. What we can agree on is that these famous Turkey legs are literally just that and offer a lot of meat! So will this become one of our favorite snacks? You're just going to have to try one, but make sure you're hungry!
3. Mickey Premium Bar-This particular snack is famous and is literally a rite of passage for anyone visiting Walt Disney World. A Mickey Premium Bar is an ice cream bar, shaped like Mickey Mouse, and completely covered in chocolate! What's not to like, right? Plus, a Mickey Premium Bar is one of the best ways to cool off when you need a reprieve from the intense Florida heat and humidity, just be sure to eat it quick!
2. Zebra Domes-While you can find popcorn, turkey legs, and Mickey Premium Bars just about anywhere at WDW, you may have to do a little hunting for this delicious snack. Zebra Domes are a famous dessert found at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Boma restaurant; but if you can't get a reservation there, you still have another option. Animal Kingdom Lodge's food court, The Mara, sells five pack packages of Zebra Domes which also count as a Dining Plan Snack Credit!
What is a Zebra Dome, you might ask? Well, they're kind of hard to define. They are small, white and black striped, domed delicacies that are a mix between a mousse and a custard. The famous secret ingredient? Amarula Liquor. You have to check this out dessert on your next trip. It will become of your new favorites.
1. Dole Whip-Last, but not least, is the cool, sweet, citrusy Dole Whip! This snack practically has a cult following; and it is truly delicious. How it can be creamy and taste just like fresh pineapple is something I can never figure out, or get enough of! So what is it? A Dole Whip is pineapple flavored soft serve that is only available at the Magic Kingdom's Aloha Isle or Sunshine Terrace, or the Polynesian's Captain Cook's counter service spot.
Many fans of the Dole Whip debate over whether a plain Dole Whip is better than a Dole Whip float, which is the soft serve in a cup of fresh pineapple juice; and those who know us know that we are float fans. The juice is so fresh and the perfect balance of sweetness, nothing at all like canned pineapple juice. So of all the Disney snacks out there, a Dole Whip is at the top!
So what do you think? Are any of these your faves?
When we visit Walt Disney World, we always take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan. While some say it's cheaper to pay out of pocket, and it can be in some ways, we have found that if you want to eat a good meal or enjoy some Disney snacks, the plan is definitely the way to go and can really help you budget your dining costs!
To save some cash, it's always smart to stretch your Disney Dining Plan as much as you can; and today, we are going to share a few ways to do that!
1. Share a Meal-This works especially well at Counter Service Locations! One meal will only cost you one meal credit, but yet you're feeding two people! You can also try this at Table Service Restaurants, just make sure that you're server doesn't charge you for sharing, as some restaurants do. Also be sure to use all of your credits before you leave! While it's great to stretch them as much as you can, you don't want to lose any because you ran out of time either.
2. Turn a Snack into a Meal-Some Disney Snacks that can be paid for with a Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit are big and hearty enough to be made into a meal! Check out our post all about it here!
3. Free Ice Water-While it's tempting after walking for miles in the Florida heat, don't use your Dining Plan Snack Credits for water. Instead, bring your bottled water with you on vacation and carry a bottle or two with you at the parks. If you run out, or it's too much of a hassle, you can ask for free ice water and Disney Restaurants and they'll give it too!
4. Stockpile Snack Credits-Heading to the airport to go home? Don't know when you'll be able to eat that day? Went a little over budget? If so, stockpile your snack credits and before you leave, use them on snacks you can take with you as you travel home! For example, invest in some wrapped Mickey-shaped Rice Krispie Treats, Chip n' Dale snacks, Candy Apples in the package, packaged breakfast and snack items in the gift shop, and more!
5. Don't Waste Credits-Don't use your valuable snack credits on basic eats and drinks like water and soda or cookies and popcorn! Save those credits for some of Disney's best and unique snacks, such as Dole Whips, Mickey Premium Bars, Zebra Domes, specialty cupcakes, and more!
6. Use a Snack Credit for Breakfast-Don't waste your valuable counter service or table service credits on breakfast where most of the menus are the same. Instead, use a snack credit for one of the delicious offerings at one of the Epcot bakeries and take it back to your resort room to eat the next morning. This saves you cash, is delicious, and also saves you time as you make your way to the parks!
7. Take it To Go-Can't finish your meal? Too full for dessert? Take it to go! You can turn one meal into two. Just be sure that you're not too far from your resort and that it has a refrigerator.
8.) Go Big-With the Disney Dining Plan, you are free to dine at Disney's most expensive and luxurious restaurants! This is a big benefit to having the plan. While certain restaurants may be too expensive if you're paying out of pocket, all they cost with plan is one or two credits! So milk the plan for all you can and go big!
So you purchased the Disney Dining Plan and on the last day of your Disney World vacation, you find that you have only snack credits left for the day. What do you do? Or let's say that your budget ran away from you and now you're a little strapped for cash. What now?
First of all, you can relax. Disney World has dozens upon dozens of dining options; and some of them offer snacks and snack credits that could serve as meals! Check out a few snacks that we found that will hopefully fill you up at that parks.
Bread Sticks with Pizza Sauce or Tomato Basil Soup at Pinnochio's Village Haus
Baked Potato with the fixin's at Liberty Square Market
Waffle Sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow
Hot Dog Meal with sides at Casey's Corner
Ham and Cheese Croissant or soups at France's Boulangerie Patisserie
Vegetable Torte or sandwiches at Norway's Kringla Bakeri Kafe
Soups or breakfast platters at Sunshine Seasons
Egg Rolls or Chicken Fried Rice at Yak and Yeti Counter Service Anandapur Local Foods Cafe
Cheesy Pesto Bread with Marinara Sauce at Art of Animation's Landscape of Flavors
Chili at Wilderness Lodge's Roaring Fork
Split a Counter Service meal with someone in your family!
Order a Kid's Meal, they are several tasty options!
Thirsty? Ask for some ice water. It's free!
Sample some free soda from around the world at
Character Meals are a must-do for many families visiting Walt Disney World, especially for families with young children! Plus, this is much better way to meet characters than standing outside in line, right?
But before you book a Character Meal, there are several things you need to ask yourself. First of all, are your kids afraid of characters? This is a very common problem and it just depends upon the child; but you defnitely want to have an idea of how your kids will react so you don't spend valuable time and money at WDW for your kids to be terrified.
Secondly, you need to decide which Character Meal is best for your family. This is the fun part! Walt Disney World offers a variety of Character Meals, ranging from princesses to Mickey and the gang to Winnie the Pooh and friends to characters from Disney Junior! But while some may appeal to your kids, some may not.
For example, the Grand Floridian's 1900 Park Fare dinner features Cinderella, Prince Charming, the two ugly step-sisters, and Lady Tremaine. The odds are that your own young princes will not enjoy this character interaction, and depending on the age, these unfamiliar (and amusing) characters may even be a little frightening.
So how do you choose? We have some recommendations to make the planning process a little easier, so here are our top picks for the Best Character Meals with Young Children!
3. 'Ohana-This Character Meal, located in the Polynesian Resort, is open for breakfast and features Mickey, Pluto, Lilo, and Stitch! The food is standard American breakfast fare (waffles, potatoes, eggs, etc) but with a Polynesian twist, including their famous tropical juice, pineapple bread, and a fruit platter.
But why is 'Ohana great for young children?
First of all, the breakfast dishes are brought out family style, meaning on large platters for the family to take as much, or as little, as they want. This makes it easy on parents who are trying to decide what their kids will eat. Secondly, the character interaction here is very kid friendly! The characters are familiar to kids and, in our experience, were excellent when dealing with
babies and toddlers. During our visit, a little boy about two years old was fascinated with Pluto; and so Pluto played with him in the aisle of the restaurant for awhile much to his, and his parents, delight!
Also, while this restaurant offers high quality, it's very laidback and family friendly! You won't have to worry
about how loud your kids are being or if they can't seem to sit down, because all of the other kids are behaving the same way. So you can relax knowing that formality won't be an obstacle to your enjoyment during this meal.
2. Chef Mickey's-Located in the lobby of the Contemporary Resort, Chef Mickey's is one of the most famous Character Meals on property! This restaurant offers family fun with an excellent buffet in a warm, modern setting with visits from Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and more!
So why is Chef Mickey's a good pick for your young family?
First of all, this restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, giving you more flexibility in your dining times. Secondly, the buffet offers a wide variety of American dishes, ideal for picky eaters, but also delicious enough to satisfy adults looking for a great meal. (The dessert buffet is excellent too, I might add!) Also, there is even a small, mini-buffet section for little diners featuring such items as pizza and Disney character shaped mac n' cheese!
Also, the characters featured at Chef Mickey's are, again, familiar to kids which probably will cut down on their fears and shyness. Tip: Have your autograph book open, along with a pen, and your camera ready for when a character stops by. They move at a pretty good pace around the dining room to make sure everyone gets some love and attention!
Finally, the atmosphere at Chef Mickey's is very much like 'Ohana: laidback and family friendly. Noise isn't really much of an issue and there's plenty of activity. You and your family will not be alone if a random outburst of tears or a sugar high would occur during your visit. Plus, the Monorail runs through the lobby of this resort, and that's a big hit with many young Disney visitors!
1. The Crystal Palace-Our top pick for a Character Meal with young children is the Magic Kingdom's Crystal Palace, which can be found between Main Street U.S.A and the entrance to Adventureland, all in clear view of Cinderella Castle! The building which houses the restaurant is something to see in itself with it's elegant Victorian style architecture featuring lots of white and a myriad of windows! Tip: If you eat here at night during Wishes, you can see parts of the show through the glass ceiling!
But why is the Crystal Palace our top pick for young kids?
The Crystal Palace is also open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering lots of possible dining times; and while not every table is near a window, those that are offer beautiful views of the park and Cinderella Castle!
Another reason the Crystal Palace is our top pick is the large buffet! Again, you and your family can enjoy lots of variety, and the food is American so everyone should be happy. We are especially big fans of this restaurant's breakfast, as we think it's the Crystal Palace's best meal of the day.
Now we have to discuss the characters, and this restaurant features Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore! Young children, even toddlers, are sure to recognize this lovable gang and feel comfortable; and the characters are always great when interacting with little guests. Also, like the other restaurants we have listed, the atmosphere is family friendly, even despite the elegant setting. Let the kids point and shout, no one will mind!
Finally, we recommend the Crystal Palace as a great restaurant for young children because of its convenience. Unlike 'Ohana and Chef Mickey's, the restaurant is located in the Magic Kingdom, where you will probably be spending a lot of your time anyway. Also, if you can get a reservation before park opening, you and your family can enjoy walking down an empty Main Street U.S.A. as no one who doesn't have a dining reservation is allowed in yet! This means you get to have the park to yourself for a few minutes! This is a great time to snap some awesome pictures of your kids in front of the castle or around Main Street without having to fight the crowds, a huge advantage if your kids don't like to stand still.
Also, the earlier your reservation the better. For example, if you can finish your meal before the park opens, you can head out into the park and be one of the first into a Magic Kingdom land to enjoy your favorite attraction. (We suggest visiting Fantasyland first!) Also, the park is pretty much empty the first hour or so, so use that time to ride the best of the park's attractions while your kids are active and awake and there are few lines to contend with!
So what do you think? Which Character Meal do you think is best? Share with us!
Dining at Disney is as much of an experience as the shows and attractions; and one of the most popular dining experiences at WDW is character dining.
Character Dining or a Character Meal is a restaurant that features not only a themed setting and menu, but also several characters that stop by each to table to visit with you and your family! Character Meals can be found at both the parks and resorts and some of the most popular are Cinderella's Royal Table, Chef Mickeys, the Crystal Palace, and 'Ohana!
Now while Character Meals are popular, especially among families with young children, what if you're are traveling with teens, especially teen boys? Which character meal should you choose then?
To help, we have selected our top picks for Character Meals for Teen Boys!
3. Chef Mickeys-This character meal, located at Disney's Contemporary Resort, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers a delicious buffet of American fare in a modern, contemporary setting. Teen boys are sure to be happy with the food, especially when it comes to the desserts! The characters featured here consist of Goofy, Donald, Pluto, Minnie, and Mickey, of course, all in chef apparel. Most of these characters are guy-friendly and expect some amusing antics from the gang as well!
2. Tusker House-For breakfast and lunch, you and your teens can visit with Donald and the gang, dressed for a safari, in an African marketplace! The adventurous setting will make you feel as if you really are enjoying a meal in Africa before embarking on a safari onto the African savanna. Tusker House features a buffet that offers both American and African fare. If you happen to visit for breakfast, be sure to try the Jungle Juice. It's famous and so delicious!
1. 'Ohana-This character meal, which is open for breakfast,
features Lilo and Stitch, as well as Mickey and Pluto, in a tropical, Polynesian style dining room at Disney's Polynesian Resort. You and your teens can dine family style, which means large platters of all-you-can-eat American breakfast fare with a Polynesian twist, as well as a fruit platter, pineapple bread, and a version of the delicious Jungle Juice. You and your teens will feel as if they
are enjoying a tropical breakfast in paradise at this popular character meal; and your teen boys will especially enjoy all of Stitch's hilarious antics!
If a character meal is on your vacation agenda, we recommend these dining destinations for you and your teen boys!
Just like everything at Walt Disney World, dining is a magical experience! The Disney resorts and parks feature themed restaurants, characters, a variety of delicious and unique menus, kid friendly treats, and fun sweets; but Disney also has a few particularly awesome treats that are so popular that they even have fan followings! The treat we are talking about today is the Dole Whip Float!
Yes, I said Dole Whip Float. This is because I'm on pro-float side of the Dole Whip argument; but for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, let me explain.
A Dole Whip is pineapple flavored soft serve which can only be found at certain spots around WDW, such as Sunshine Tree Terrace and Aloha Isle at the Magic Kingdom and Captain Cook's at the Polynesian Resort. Aloha Isle is always our go-to spot for a Dole Whip fix. You can have just a Dole Whip, the soft-serve, or you can have a float which is the soft serve in a cup of fresh pineapple juice. In our opinion, the latter is definitely the way to go!
So what's so great about a Dole Whip Float? It's cold, sweet and creamy, and really tastes like pineapple! It's one of the best ways to cool off in the Florida sunshine, it counts as a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan, it's almost dairy free, and is only 80 calories! This is great for those of us who are trying to keep off the extra vacation pounds, but still want to indulge our sweet tooth every now and again!
So if you haven't tried a Dole Whip or Dole Whip Float, we say go for it! But for those of you that have, we want to know if you are Dole Whip Float fan like us! So be sure to leave a comment!
The Quick Service Dining Plan at Walt Disney World grants guests two quick service meals and a snack per day for one flat fee ahead of time. It helps guests budget, save cash, and offers a more all-inclusive vacation experience!
But with the Quick Service Dining Plan, you can only eat at quick service restaurants. These type of restaurants are set up like a cafeteria where you pick out your food and bring it to your table. Therefore, sit down restaurants, waiters, and even character meals are out, unless you pay for them out of pocket.
So where should you go if you are using the Quick Service Dining Plan? How can you find delicious items that are a far cry from the standard burger and fries? We have you covered, read on!
1. Sunshine Seasons-This Epcot eatery is all about delicious, and healthy, variety! Enjoy Sweet and Sour Chicken, Mongolian Beef, a selection of soups and salads, turkey and monterey jack on ciabatta, veggie flatbread sandwich, rotisserie chicken, and a whole station of desserts! Our favorite desserts are their famous strawberry shortbake and creme brulee!
2. Landscape of Flavors-Disney newest value resort is making waves with their innovative food court and dining options where you can make your own smoothie and enjoy a vast variety of breakfast options, such as an egg white omelet to you specifications, a steak and egg breakfast burger, or chocolate chip pancakes! For lunch and dinner, check out their custom burgers, cheesy pesto bread, pizzas, unique sandwiches, and lots more!
3. Les Halles Bakery-Epcot's France pavilion has a new, expanded bakery that offers delicious French pastries, as well as meals! If you stop by Les Halles for lunch or dinner, consider their Lyonnaise Salad, a stuffed sandwich with pesto, quiche florentine, ham and cheese croissants, French bread, cheese plates, and pumpkin soup! Satisfy your sweet teeth with Creme Brulee, eclairs, tarts, chocolate croissants, Napoleons, and more!
4. Kringla Bakeri og Kafe-Use your snack credits at this bakery in Epcot's Norway pavilion for some delicious, and cultural, treats such as School Bread, Rice Cream, Cloudberry Horn, Lefse, and more! Or you can enjoy lunch or dinner with one of their gourmet sandwiches, such as the Norwegian Club Sandwich, Salmon and Egg sandwich, or Ham and Apple Sandwich.
5. Columbia Harbour House-Have a taste for seafood? Columbia Harbour House offers excellent fried fish and shrimp! Also check out their Lobster Roll, Grilled Salmon and broccoli, a hummus sandwich, a tuna sandwich, and some seriously awesome clam chowder with generous helpings of clam!
6. Be Our Guest-This new restaurant is a quick service for lunch and a table service for dinner; and if you visit for lunch, you can dine in the immersive setting with dishes such as French Onion Soup, a grilled steak sandwich, veggie quiche, and Croque Monsieur, along with some unique cupcakes for dessert! Yum!
If you are true Southerner, you know that sweet tea is staple beverage; but unfortunately, "real" sweet tea can be difficult to find at Walt Disney World!
Difficult, but not impossible.
Therefore, we have hunted down just where you can find sweet tea when on your Disney vacation.
Boatwrights-This table service restaurant at Port Orleans Riverside is true to its Southern theme in that it serves up real sweet tea! Rumor has it you may be able to get some to go to keep in your room if you ask!
Whispering Canyon Cafe-This fun and entertaining table service restaurant at Wilderness Lodge offers real sweet tea, a perfect compliment to it's hearty, country menu. During our last visit, our Disney Dad expressed that he wanted a big glass of sweet tea; and our amusing waiter delivered, in typical Whispering Canyon Cafe style, by bringing the biggest Mason Jar I've ever seen to the table filled with sweet tea! And hey, as every sweet tea fan knows, the best way to drink it is in a Mason Jar, right?
Trails End-At Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, you can satisfy your sweet tea cravings with yet another Mason Jar glass of the real sweet tea! With yummy fried chicken and sweet tea in front of me, I almost felt like I was at home. When our waiter realized that we were going throught the refills rather quickly, and we explained that it's hard to find real sweet tea at WDW, he brought out extra Mason Jar glasses of tea just for us!
Other Options-Not too far from WDW is a Chick-Fil-A which offers the real sweet tea, including tea by the gallon! If your Disney Resort room has a mini-fridge, you can pick up a gallon and keep it in your room for a refreshing drink when you return from the parks!
You can also buy the cold brew tea bags at the store before you go and bring them with you! All you need for great sweet tea is water and sugar; but be sure to use more than one tea bag for the true southern flavor!
So for those of you who don't know what we mean when we say "real" sweet tea, we will explain! Southern style sweet tea has been brewed with several tea bags for maximum flavor and sugar at the same time before refridgerated to be cold and refreshing!
Now we know that the soda fountains and canisters at the food court beverage stands, quick service spots, and refridgerated sections have tea, even sweet tea. But there's a big difference between this tea and real sweet tea!
So if you like your sweet tea, check out this places at Walt Disney World on your next vacation!