19.) Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café - This Tomorrowland quick service restaurant offers lots of indoor seating, as well as several stations with different menus, and while it may lack in theme compared to others, there is an audio-animatronic alien playing tunes in one of the dining rooms! Kids are sure to be entertained giving you some time to relax and enjoy your meal.
18.) Eat at Off Hours - Having trouble getting a reservation? Try to book your meal during an off hour, such as one o'clock for a lunch or 4 o'clock for dinner. This strategy also works for quick service restaurants, so you don't have to fight for a table.
17.) Customize a Meal - Don't want fries with your burger? Don't care for some of the extras? Just tell your cashier! This way, you don't get food that you don't really want and the price should be cheaper too.
15.) Don't Give Up - Still haven't secured that dining reservation by the time you leave for WDW? Don't give up! Sometimes families cancel their reservations at the last minute, so keep checking on your vacation and something just may open up!
14.) Arrive Together - If you have a dining reservation, make sure everyone in your party arrives together at the same time. If you're not all together, you can't be seated until everyone else arrives!
13.) Typhoon Lagoon Mini-Donuts - A popular, and somewhat famous, Typhoon Lagoon snack is mini donuts with dipping sauces. They're the perfect cure for an empty stomach after hours of slides, sunshine, and waves.
12.) Adults Can Order from the Kid's Menu - Not very hungry? Watching your portions? Order from the kid's menu and save a buck!
11.) Split a Meal - Disney portions are surprisingly hearty and to save cash (and maybe room for dessert?) split a meal with someone in your family!
10.) Reconsider Breakfast - Planning a character meal breakfast? You may want to reconsider. Why? While the setting and characters at character breakfasts are pretty cool, the food is much like the fare you would find at your resort's food court, with give or take a few more options. We prefer character meals at dinner with a menu that's just as impressive as the characters in order to get the most bang for our buck and to make the bill a little easier to swallow!
9.) Eat at Lunch for Lower Prices - Some restaurants offer a different menu for lunch, or offer cheaper prices during this time of the day. To really make this tip work to your advantage, have a late lunch so that you won't be hungry for dinner.
7.) Epcot Special Events - Epcot's Food and Wine Festival is famous for their variety of booths offering international, culinary dishes and treats for a pretty good price; and now at the International Flower and Garden Festival, you can enjoy even more unique dishes from around the word. What's really great about these events is that, if you're on the dining plan, most of these items count as snack credits! In addition, ome of these dishes could serve as meal, which can really help your dining budget; and some of Epcot's most famous dishes can be enjoyed here without a reservation or hefty bill, such as Le Cellier's famous cheese soup and their Filet Mignon with Mushroom Risotto.
6.) Don't Bring Refillable Mugs to the Parks - While the mugs do guarantee you free drinks, that's only at your Disney Resort. Many times we have seen parents lugging sticky, cumbersome mugs around the hot parks or have watched a tired toddler spill a sticky soft drink in their stroller. So to save yourself some trouble and a mess, don't bring your mugs, or at least don't bring them full, to the parks. Instead, spring for bottled water or a non-spill sippy cup.
4.) Meet the Beast - At the new Be Our Guest restaurant, the Beast appears to visit with guests; but only at dinner. So far, Belle has made no appearances, but she can be found at Epcot's Akershus or at the France pavilion.
3.) Dance Parties - Some Disney food courts, particularly those at Port Orleans Riverside, the Art of Animation, and Pop Century, have times throughout the day where Cast Members bring in props to entertain the kids or music plays and they encourage everyone to dance!
2.) Twenty-Four Hour Food Courts - Some resort food courts are open 24/7. Make sure to check if a late meal or early breakfast is on your agenda. Plus, many resort food courts offer special dishes that can only be found there, such as specialty cupcakes or waffles with toppings or even Dole Whips.
1.) Where to find POG/Jungle Juice - If you have ever dined at 'Ohana or Tusker House for breakfast, you have probably tasted a tropical juice that goes by one of the above names; and if you have, you know it's delicious and addictive! Until lately, you have only been able to find it at one of these restaurants; but now, at Animal Kingdom's Harambe Popcorn Stand, you can enjoy it at the parks! Yum!