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Dining At Disney World For Less By Planning Ahead

There are ways to save money on Dining at the Walt Disney World Resort that don't involve the Disney Dining Plan or special discount cards.  You can save significant amounts of money and still enjoy the Disney World Restaurants by following these tips.

Dining at Disney World is much more than getting your necessary food.  The Table Service Restaurants are each unique dining experiences that are often as entertaining as any Disney World Theme Park attraction.  Just because you are looking to save money does not mean that you have to avoid the Disney World sit down restaurants.

Money Saving Tips For Disney World Dining
The biggest money saving tip while enjoying Disney World's wonderful restaurants is to enjoy these restaurants during the Lunch time (typically from around 11:30 am - 3:30 pm) instead of the Dinner time (after 4:00 pm).

At Buffets like the Biergarten in Epcot Germany there is a significant price difference between the Lunch and Dinner rate.  In this case for an Adult (ages 10 and up) the Lunch costs $25.99 and the Dinner costs $34.99.  This is a difference of $9.00 per person or almost 35% higher.  For a family of 4 this would add up to an increase of over $45 once you figure in tax and tip.  You will find similar Lunch time savings at all of the Disney World Buffet Restaurants including favorites like: Tusker House in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Hollywood & Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Askershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot, and the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom.

When you dine at one of Disney World's Buffet locations you are there for the experience as much as the food.  At the Biergarten you can see the same entertainment during Lunch that you can at dinner.  For the most part there is very little difference in the food offering as well.

Get Signature Dishes For Less
When you dine at Le Cellier in Epcot Canada the signature dish is the Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon.  During Lunch you can enjoy the Mushroom Filet for $25.99 while it will cost you $34.99 during Dinner.  In this case again a difference of $9.00 for the one entree.

If you are dining at the Wilderness Lodge's Whispering Canyon Cafe you may want to try their famous Canyon Skillet - Smoked Pork Ribs, Oven-roasted Chicken, and Pork Sausage served with Cowboy Beans, Corn on the Cob, Creamy Coleslaw, Mashed Potatoes, and Fresh-baked Cornbread.  During Lunch hours it will cost you $18.99 per person while during Dinner hours the price goes up to $26.99, an increase of $8.00 per person.

Save Hundreds Of Dollars
During your typical Disney World Vacation for a family of 4 that visits for 6 full days you can save up to  $250 - $300 by choosing to eat at Table Service Restaurants during the Lunch Hours and at Quick Service Restaurants during the Dinner Hours.

Note: Savings is not available on all menu offerings during the Lunch hours, but is available on several like the examples shown.

Added Benefits
By choosing to eat at Table Service Restaurants for Lunch and Quick Service Restaurants for Dinner you also will receive these added benefits:
  • The Disney World Parks are usually the most crowded in the early afternoon.  You will avoid this crowded time by being in a restaurant, enjoying your meal.
  • You will be eating your less time consuming meal at a Quick Service Restaurant when the attraction waits are shorter during the evenings.
  • You will escape the Florida afternoon heat by going to an air conditioned Table Service Restaurant.
  • You don't have to worry about missing the night time fireworks, parade, or show because you are still eating your meal in the Table Service Restaurants.
  • It is easier to get reservations for Lunch hours at Disney World Table Service Restaurants on shorter notice.
Enjoy Disney World Dining For Less
Dining at Disney World is an experience that will certainly enhance your vacation if you get the chance to enjoy the Disney World Table Service Restaurants.  By booking these restaurants during the Lunch Hours you will save significant amounts of money and still get all of the benefits of dining at these great restaurants.

By following this money saving tip, you can still enjoy the great Disney Restaurants and the great signature dishes without ruining your vacation budget.  When planning your next Disney World Vacation strongly consider this option.  There is nothing wrong with paying less for the same great meals that everyone else is raving about.  That is called being smart!

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