What Are the Top Three Character Meals at Walt Disney World?

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Updated for 2016!

There are so many decisions that go into a Disney World vacation. Behind determining where you will actually stay, where to eat comes in a pretty close second in terms of important reservations. Character meals are often three and four times the cost of a counter service meal, so how do you know if you have picked the best one? We asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans to tell us their favorite character meal. Ask yourself if you would rather get my personal opinion on a restaurant or dining opinions from hundreds of people. You want to go with the the hundreds, of course!

And our fans say the top three character meals are…

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Chef Mickey's Character Buffet

#1. Chef Mickey’s

Location?

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

What do you get?

You will enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat buffet while Disney characters mingle with guests for photos, autographs, songs, and dances. Soak up the expansive views of Bay Lake and behold the stunning 90-foot-high mural created by Disney Legend Mary Blair, plus you’ll spot monorails zipping through the building.

What characters will you meet?

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Pluto
  • Donald Duck
  • Goofy

The Cost and Other Details

The cost is $35 to $59.99 per adult.  There are no children’s prices currently listed on the Disney website.

Reservations are recommended, and they can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.

Some dining plans are accepted.

Menu items and prices are subject to change without notice.

Hours

Breakfast
7:00 AM – 11:30 AM 
Brunch
11:35 AM – 2:30 PM 
Dinner
5:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Important Links

Use this link to check Chef Mickey’s availability. 

Use this link to see a complete menu.

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The Crystal Palace

#2 The Crystal Palace

Location?

Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom

What do you get?

This restaurant is inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the late 1800s, so you’ll find lots of light, topiaries, and tropical plants

Meals are served buffet-style, starting the day off with breakfast items like French toast, made-to-order omelets, freshly baked pastries, fruit and more. For lunch and diner, meal items include carved flank steak, sirloin, oven-roasted chicken, Atlantic salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp, turkey, mashed potatoes, chicken nuggets and more. Be sure to consult the complete menu to determine when these items are served.

There is a separate buffet area for kids called “Pooh Corner.”

What characters will you meet?

Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger.

The Cost and Other Details

This buffet starts at $15 to $35 per adult and goes up to $35 to $60 per adult. There are no children’s prices currently listed on the Disney website.

Reservations are recommended, and they can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.

Some dining plans are accepted.

Menu items and prices are subject to change without notice.

Hours

Breakfast
8:00 AM – 10:45 AM 
Lunch
11:30 AM – 2:45 PM 
Dinner
3:15 PM – 9:30 PM 

If you want a guaranteed lunch reservation, this is your only choice of our top three suggestions, since Chef Mickey’s only offers brunch at certain times, and ‘Ohana does not offer lunch.

Important Links

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Use this link to see a complete menu.

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'Ohana Character Meal prices

#3 ‘Ohana

Location?

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

What do you get?

Feast family-style at breakfast while Disney characters sign autographs and pose for photos. You’ll enjoy games, storytelling and a Hawaiian-style feast at dinner.

What characters will you meet?

You will meet Lilo and Stitch, Pluto and Mickey but only for breakfast. There are no characters at dinner.

The Cost and Other Details

This buffet starts at $15 to $35 per adult an goes up to $35 to $60 per adult. There are no children’s prices currently listed on the Disney website.

Reservations are recommended, and they can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.

Some dining plans are accepted.

Menu items and prices are subject to change without notice.

Hours

Breakfast
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM 
Dinner
3:30 PM – 10:00 PM 

Important Links

Use this link to check availability.

Use this link to see a complete menu.

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Of course opinion can vary from person to person, but we felt like this was indeed a good place to start when it’s time for you to make your character meal reservations. It’s always smart to make your Advanced Dining Reservations 180 in advance so you get your first choices.

Let’s give a big word of thanks to our Cheapskate Princess fans for their answers, and now you can let us know if your favorite made our tops three character meal list.

Top 3 Disney Character Meals

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Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

1st Trip to Disney? Are the Refillable Resort Mugs Worth the Cost?

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Updated for 2017!

 

If you are staying on Disney resort property during your next vacation, you have the opportunity to buy a high-tech “Rapid Fill” refillable mug that you can use at all the resorts of property. Should you? Are they worth the money? 

I am from the south; we truly do call nearly every drink “Coke.”  Purchasing a regular sized cup of “Coke,” or soda, costs about $3. You are allowed to re-fill the paper cup during that meal. If you are going to eat more than five meals where you would purchase a paper cup, then it might be more cost-effective to purchase the mug.

What is the Rapid Fill program anyway? [Read more…]

Disney Vacation Must Do: Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary Resort

Disney World Contemporary Resort

Have you ever looked into prices at the Contemporary Resort? The least expensive room they offer, $371.25 per night before taxes, is a Standard View Garden Wing room.  That’s not even in the main building. The MOST expensive room at the Contemporary is a Bay Lake View Two Bedroom Suite on the Club Level, and that room rate is a whopping $2218.49 per night before taxes. Prices like that are going to stretch the budget of even the best of us. I joke about how one of these days, I’ll spend the $400 for just one night at the Contemporary so I can say I actually did it. Maybe one day…but to be realistic, it probably will not happen.

Read: Disney World Resort Hopping: A Cheapskate Guide To Free Fun!

But with Disney’s “open resort policy,” the Contemporary is one of the best resorts to visit for that “Disney experience,” even if you are not spending the night. The grounds are beautiful, with the property situated between Bay Lake and The Seven Seas Lagoon, and the resort itself has a 70s Disney retro vibe. This resort opened at the same time as the Magic Kingdom in 1971, and it still has a Disney old-school feel. Which is why visiting this particular Disney resort is a fabulous idea if you are on that limited budget. Walk around for a little while, soak everything in, and grab a bite to eat.

One of my all time favorite places to grab a counter service meal is at the Contempo Cafe. Monorails will zip through the building. There is a famous Mary Blair floor to ceiling mural that was all the rage when the resort opened. This is an amazing place to have a meal with a true “Disney feel,” and the prices are not in the stratosphere like the resort rooms.

Read: Mary Blair: Why You Should Touch the Tile Mural in Disney World’s Contemporary Resort

Hot breakfasts, bakery items, fresh salads, hot and cold sandwiches, flatbreads and pasta entrées are served in the Contempo Cafe. “Grab ’n’ Go” items are also available. Have a cupcake and a chocolate milk, will travel kinda thing…

Let’s take a look at some menu prices.

Breakfast Menu

Bakery/Snack Items (Only between 6am and 11am)

  • Bagel with Cream Cheese 2.79
  • Cinnamon Roll 3.19
  • Chocolate Croissant 2.99
  • Croissant 2.49
  • Assorted Danish 3.49
  • Assorted Muffins 2.99
  • Yogurt Parfait 4.59
  • Freshly Baked Cookie 2.39

Entrées (Only between 7am and 11am)

  • Mickey-shaped Waffle with choice of Fruit Topping, Bacon, and Turkey Sausage 7.79
  • Breakfast Sandwich with Grilled Ham, Egg, and Cheddar Cheese 6.49
  • Bounty Platter – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Turkey Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes, French Toast, and Biscuit 8.99
  • Breakfast Platter – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Turkey Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes, and Biscuit 6.79
  • French Toast with Bacon and Turkey Sausage 6.59
  • Breakfast Burrito – Scrambled Eggs, Chorizo, Potatoes, Cheddar Cheese, Charred-Tomato Salsa, and Black Beans 6.49
  • Oatmeal 2.79

Sides (Only between 7am and 11am)

  • Grits 2.79
  • Side of Bacon 2.49
  • Side of Turkey Sausage 2.49
  • Side of Scrambled Eggs 2.59
  • Side of Breakfast Potatoes 2.49
  • Biscuit 0.99

Kids’ Meals

  • Breakfast Sandwich – Turkey and Scrambled Eggs with Apple Slices and Peach Applesauce 4.99
  • Breakfast Platter – Scrambled Eggs, small Mickey-shaped Multi-grain Waffle, Turkey Sausage, Grapes, and Strawberries 4.99
  • Mickey-shaped Waffles – Two small Mickey-shaped Multi-grain Waffles with Grapes and Strawberries 4.99
  • French Toast with Bacon or Turkey Sausage and choice of Applesauce or Grapes 4.99

Beverages

  • Coca-Cola® Fountain Beverages 2.99
  • Dasani® Bottled Water 2.50
  • Smartwater 4.00
  • Vitaminwater 3.29
  • Simply Orange® Juice 3.79
  • Minute Maid® Apple Juice 2.59
  • Honest Ade® Pomegranate Blue 3.99
  • Honest Tea® Green Tea 3.99
  • Fuze Peach Mango 4.29
  • Powerade 3.19
  • Monster Energy 4.29
  • Lowfat Milk 1.69
  • Nesquik® Chocolate Milk 2.39
  • Nesquik® Strawberry Milk 2.39

Hot Beverages

  • Illy Cappuccino 3.99
  • Cappuccino 3.39
  • Espresso 2.99
  • Coffee 2.29
  • Hot Tea 2.29
  • Hot Cocoa 2.29

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Lunch Menu

  • Cheese Flatbread 8.19
  • Pepperoni Flatbread 8.79
  • Marinated Beef Flatbread with Goat Cheese Spread, Oven-roasted Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, and Arugula 9.99
  • Chicken Artichoke Flatbread with Creamy Spinach-Artichoke Spread, Diced Tomatoes, and Basil 9.99
  • Caprese Flatbread with Basil Pesto, Diced Tomato, Mozzarella Cheese, and Balsamic Glaze 8.49
  • Chicken Chop Salad with Corn, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Cilantro Vinaigrette 7.89
  • Roasted Curry Vegetable Salad with Romaine Hearts, Bulgar Wheat, Dried Cherries, and Yogurt-Pesto Dressing 6.69
  • Steakhouse Salad with Marinated Beef, Red Onions, Goat Cheese, Tomatoes, and Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing 8.29
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken with Cheesy Breadcrumbs 7.99
  • Turkey BLT Sandwich – Turkey, Cheddar, Bacon, Tomatoes, Lettuce, and Lime-Cilantro Aioli with French Fries, Chilled Sesame Green Beans, or House-made Chips 9.39
  • Italian Stacked Sandwich – Ham, Turkey, Salami, Cheddar, Provolone, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onions, and Sun-dried Tomato Spread with French Fries, Chilled Sesame Green Beans, or House-made Chips 10.19

Kids’ Meals

  • Tuna Salad Platter with Pita, Grapes, and Apple Slices 5.99

Bakery/Dessert/Snack Items

  • Cheesecake 3.99
  • No Sugar Added Brownie 3.99
  • Assorted Cupcakes 4.19
  • Worms ‘n Dirt Cake 1.99
  • Soft Serve Ice Cream Cup 4.29

Alcoholic Beverages

  • Budweiser 5.75
  • Bud Light 5.75
  • Bud Light Lime 6.50
  • Miller Lite 5.75
  • Coors Light 5.75
  • Corona Extra 6.50
  • Corona Light 5.75
  • Heineken 6.50
  • Red Stripe 6.50
  • Bacardi® Lemonade 5.75
  • Bacardi® Sangria 5.75
  • Kahlua® Mudslide 6.75
  • Mini Margarita 6.75
  • Parducci Merlot 10.95
  • Parducci Chardonnay 10.95

Read: Can a Disney Princess Afford to Stay at the Contemporary Resort at Christmas?

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Dinner Entrees

  • Cheese Flatbread 8.19
  • Pepperoni Flatbread 8.79
  • Marinated Beef Flatbread with Goat Cheese Spread, Oven-roasted Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, and Arugula 9.99
  • Chicken Artichoke Flatbread with Creamy Spinach-Artichoke Spread, Diced Tomatoes, and Basil 9.99
  • Caprese Flatbread with Basil Pesto, Diced Tomato, Mozzarella Cheese, and Balsamic Glaze 8.49
  • Chicken Chop Salad with Corn, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Cilantro Vinaigrette 7.89
  • Roasted Curry Vegetable Salad with Romaine Hearts, Bulgar Wheat, Dried Cherries, and Yogurt-Pesto Dressing 6.69
  • Steakhouse Salad with Marinated Beef, Red Onions, Goat Cheese, Tomatoes, and Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing 8.29
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken with Cheesy Breadcrumbs 7.99
  • Turkey BLT Sandwich  – Turkey, Cheddar, Bacon, Tomatoes, Lettuce, and Lime-Cilantro Aioli with French Fries, Chilled Sesame Green Beans, or House-made Chips 9.39
  • Italian Stacked Sandwich –  Ham, Turkey, Salami, Cheddar, Provolone, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onions, and Sun-dried Tomato Spread with French Fries, Chilled Sesame Green Beans, or House-made Chips 10.19
  • Lobster Roll  – Maine Lobster Salad and Romaine Lettuce on a Grilled Roll with French Fries, Chilled Sesame Green Beans, or House-made Chips 15.99
  • Hot Smoked Turkey Sandwich – Turkey, Brie, Arugula, Green Apple Slices, Apple Butter, and Honey Mustard on Challah Bread with French Fries, Chilled Sesame Green Beans, or House-made Chips 9.19
  • Angus Bacon Cheeseburger with choice of American, Cheddar, or Pepper Jack Cheese with French Fries, Chilled Sesame Green Beans, or House-made Chips 9.39
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich – Herb Marinated Chicken with Pepper Jack and Salsa-Ranch Dressing with French Fries, Chilled Sesame Green Beans, or House-made Chips 9.19 with Creamy Coleslaw and Spicy Tartar Sauce on a Focaccia Roll with French Fries, Chilled Sesame Green Beans, or House-made Chips 10.19
  • Pasta with Marinara Sauce – Orecchiette Pasta with savory Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, and Parmesan with a Parmesan-Ciabatta Breadstick 6.79
  • Chicken Basil Pasta – Orecchiette Pasta, Basil Cream Sauce, Mozzarella, and Feta Cheese with a Parmesan-Ciabatta Breadstick 8.79
  • Beef Pot Roast with Mixed Vegetables and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes 9.99
  • Grilled Mahi Mahi with Lobster Cream Sauce, Mixed Vegetables, and Rice 11.49
  • Barbecued Spare Ribs – Half Rack Barbecued Ribs with Coleslaw and French Fries 11.69
  • Tokyo Sushi Sampler 9.99
  • California Roll 8.99

Kids’ Meals

  • Mahi Sandwich with Apple Slices and Carrot Sticks 6.99
  • Tuna Salad Platter with Pita, Grapes, and Apple Slices 5.99
  • Pasta with Turkey Marinara with Grapes and Carrot Sticks 5.99
  • Turkey Sandwich with Apple Slices and Carrot Sticks 5.99
  • Chicken Nuggets with Grapes and Carrot Sticks 5.99
  • Hamburger with Grapes and Carrot Sticks 5.99
  • Cheese Pizza with Grapes and Carrot Sticks 5.99
  • Pepperoni Pizza with Grapes and Carrot Sticks 5.99

Bakery/Dessert/Snack Items

  • Freshly Baked Cookie 2.39
  • Brownie 3.99
  • Chocolate Cake 3.99
  • Carrot Cake 3.99
  • Cheesecake 3.99
  • Crispy Treat 3.99
  • No Sugar Added Brownie 3.99
  • Assorted Cupcakes 4.19
  • Worms ‘n Dirt Cake 1.99
  • Soft Serve Ice Cream Cup 4.29
  • Nestlé® Mickey’s Ice Cream Bar 3.79
  • Fruit Cup 3.59
  • Carrots and Celery 3.69
  • Yogurt Parfait 4.59

Beverages and Alcoholic Beverages will be the same as the lunch menu.

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Contemporary Resort

Food prices here are not as bad as you would think, given how much it costs to stay here. For me, that’s even more reason to grab a meal while I’m here.

The Contemporary Resort was the “flag-ship” of the Disney resorts before the Grand Floridian was built. The changes they have made through the years have added to the atmosphere rather than taken away the magic. There are three nice gift shops on one side of the mural, all within site of the monorails. Even if you can’t afford a meal at Chef Mickey’s on the other side of the mural, you’ll be able to hear the fun from your Contempo Cafe seat.

Spend some time just listening to the happy sounds of vacationers going through the building, the sound of the monorail engine as it speeds up and slows down. Watch the sun come through the 14 story windows.  Other than sitting beside the volcano rock water fall at the Polynesian Resort, there may be no better resort location to feel like you are back at Disney as a kid.

I really wanted to stay at the Contemporary when I was in elementary school. Now, knowing how much of my own money it will cost me, I’m rather content to pop in for a cafe meal and a look around.

I am really partial to the Contemporary during Christmas as well.

Read: The Disney World Resort with the Most Fabulous Christmas Decorations? The Award Goes To…

Much to my surprise, when we took a vote with our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans, the Contempo Cafe did not earn a place among fan favorites. So to get other people’s opinion besides mine, see where the fans suggest you go for a great resort meal.

The Top 5.5 Quick Service Disney Resort Restaurants – Chosen by Our Fans!

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

The Top 5.5 Quick Service Disney Resort Restaurants – Chosen by Our Fans!

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Updated for 2016!

There is more to a Disney vacation than riding rides and waking up at 5 a.m. to get ready to ride more rides. With so many fabulous resorts on Disney property, many people build time in their schedule to visit resorts where they are not staying to see the sites. Disney has an “open resort policy,” where visiting the resorts is allowed and encouraged. Parking is free for now, but that may change in the future.

Visiting with the intentions of having a meal is a great way to fill an afternoon, most especially if you don’t have park tickets or just to give yourself a break mid-vacation from the crazy pace of roller coasters and large crowds.

Read: The Top 20 Best Disney Restaurants, So Says the Fans!

But where should you go? We asked our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans to tell us their favorite resorts for a quick service dining experience that wouldn’t break the bank but give you enough Disney magic to make the visit memorable. Of course, good food was another reason people listed their favorite as well. This list can also be helpful when choosing the resort you would like to vacation in.

So with a tie at number three, here are the fan’s Top 5.5 Disney World Quick Service Resort dining locations.

 

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5. Coronado Springs

Coronado Springs Resort is a Moderate level resort with standard room starting at $196.88. Dining options here are unique/themed dining at the Maya Grill, quick-service options like Café Rix, Pepper Market, and Siestas Cantina, and in-room pizza service.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Pepper Market food court: pancakes, omelets, crème brûlée French toast, breakfast burritos and Mexican fare, salads and sandwiches, grill items, hot sandwiches, pizza and pasta, kids’ picks and drinks, plus wine, beer and margaritas.

The price per meal is $15.00 and under up to $29.99 per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Coronado Springs Pepper Market

Coronado Springs restaurant food court

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4. Pop Century

Pop Century Resort is a Value level resort with standard rooms starting at $106.88. Dining options here are quick service at Everything Pop Shopping and Dining and Petals Pool Bar and in-room pizza delivery.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Everything Pop Shopping and Dining, where you can choose food from any of 7 stations: grab ’n’ go items, grill fare, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, healthy choices and ethnic cuisine. Specialties include oven-fired flatbreads, lo mein, pan-seared fish and house-made desserts.

Prices per meal are $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

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3. Art of Animation (tie)

The Art of Animation Resort is a Value level resort with standard room starting at $118.13 a night   Dining options here are in-room pizza delivery and the quick service food court called the Landscape of Flavors.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Landscape of Flavors for international and American favorites, including build-your-own burgers, tandoor oven-roasted meats and veggies, and an array of hot and iced coffee drinks.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Read: Hungry? Try These 10 Disney Inspired Snack Ideas Easily Created for Less than $10

3. Port Orleans French Quarter (tie)

Port Orleans French Quarter is a Moderate level resort with standard room starting at  $182.25.  Dining options here are quick-service dining at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court, lounges like Scat Cat’s Club and Mardi Grogs, and in-room Pizza Delivery.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court. Here you will dine like a Mardi Gras reveler as giant parade icons float overhead. Bite into beignets for breakfast or a King Creole platter until 11:00 AM, and then feast on muffalettas and other sandwiches, burgers, pizza, salads, ice cream and more.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Read: What Items Can You NOT Bring to Walt Disney World Theme Parks?

2. Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge is a Deluxe level resort with standard room starting at $319.50. Dining options here are Fine/Signature Dining at Artist Point, Unique/Themed Dining,  at Whispering Canyon Café, Quick-Service dining at Roaring Fork and Trout Pass Pool Bar, Lounges like the Territory Lounge, and room service is available from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 4:00 PM to midnight.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Roaring Fork. Here you will find continental and hot breakfast served in the morning and gourmet sandwiches, salads, grill items and pizza later on in the day. Popular items are the roast beef bleu cheese sandwich or a turkey and brie. Beer and wine are also available.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Read: How Can You Save Money on Disney World Souvenirs? One Four Letter Word…

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Wilderness Lodge counter service restaurant

Wilderness Lodge

1. Port Orleans Riverside

Port Orleans Riverside is a Moderate Level Resort with standard rooms starting at $191.25. Dining options there are casual dining at Boatwright’s Dining Hall, quick-service like the Riverside Mill Food Court, lounges like River Roost and Muddy Rivers Pool Bar, and in-room pizza delivery.

For a quick meal, head over to the Riverside Mill food court.

Enjoy a taste of New Orleans at this food court by the big mill wheel that powers an actual working cotton press. There are six stations to satisfy any craving, from bakery, grill, pizza & pasta, to specialties, salads and a carving station. Choose a grab ’n’ go item and take it with you.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.  

Disney World Port Orleans French Quarter restaurant

Port Orleans French Quarter foor court

Port Orleans French Quarter restaurant

And there you have six restaurants our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans felt were the best locations to grab a quick bite to eat while staying at or just visiting the Disney Resorts. These may not be everyone’s favorite restaurant choices, we realize that. My personal favorite resort for a quick meal is the Contemporary, but that didn’t even get enough votes to make this particular list. But I always think it’s a good idea to take more than one person’s opinion anyway.

If you want to get in on some voting, come find the Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans.

Hungry now?!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in line for a quick bite to eat.

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Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

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Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Disney World Food Tip #8: Read the Menus Before Making Reservations

Chef Mickey's rmenu

Updated for 2017!

Dining at Disney is not always as simple as making a reservation and showing up in the right place at the right time. [Read more…]

Hungry? Try These 10 Disney Inspired Snack Ideas Created for Less than $10

Cheap Disney snack ideas under $10

Updated for 2014!

One of the things people remember most about a Disney vacation are the snacks! And why not? They cost 1/10 what a character meal costs, even if you don’t have your photo snapped with Chef Goofy. Sometimes, we don’t get back to Disney World  as fast as we had planned. Faced with a rainy day or just a free afternoon? Why not try to make some of these cool Disney-inspired treats I located on Pinterest. If I could find the original source, I have provided the link for instructions to make your baking easier.

Read: Can You Bring Your Own Food into a Disney World Theme Park?

Everybody loves an Oreo. It’s been the best-selling cookie in the United States since its introduction in 1912, and the round shape just lends itself to a Mickey Mouse-themed snack. Oreos are cheap, and so is icing. You can find the instructions and ingredients here on keepmovingforwardwithme.com.

how to make Disney snacks, Disney birthday party snacks

Toostinkincute.com made these double threat cupcakes, both “tasty and easy to make.” Cupcake batter is cheap, so is icing as we just mentioned, and they’re using Oreos here as well.

make your own Disney cupcakes, Mickey Mouse cucake

There are no instructions for this next sweet, but it’s pretty straight forward and sure to be a hit with the younger sugar cookie-loving crowd. For some cute Disney birthday party ideas, where this photo originated, head over to itsybitsyfoodies.com. 

Make your own Mickey Mouse cookies

What kid, age six or 60, doesn’t enjoy a good stack of pancakes? Sometimes at our house, as a throwback from my college days, we have pancakes for dinner and call it “moonlight dinner.” The original idea for these Mr. Potato Head pancakes and the photo came from kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com.  Round pancakes would work for both Mickey and Minnie, Toy Story aliens, and lots more ideas characters kids will love.

Disney pancakes, make Disney pancakes, how to make Disney pancakes

Read: Want FREE Drink Refills at Disney World Theme Parks? Then Choose These Restaurants

Quesadillas are a quick and easy snack to pull together, even for a sub-par cook like me.  itsy bitsy Foodies used a cookie cutter to create these to “Mouse-ka-dillas.” You crafty moms could decorate these right up with all sorts of veggies. For some cute Disney birthday party ideas, head over to itsybitsyfoodies.com. 

Mickey Mouse lunch ideas

There seems to be no instructions or photo origin for this next Mickey inspired snack, but it looks pretty easy. Doughnuts, doughnut holes, chocolate, and you could add your own sprinkles, powdered sugar, etc.

Mickey Mouse doughnut

While I don’t think Snow White’s poison apples would be acceptable party food for the younger princess crowd, teens and adults at Halloween parties will eat this up. Add a little blue or green food coloring to the candy apple red slurry, which will give the apples a “dark, sinister, glossy” look. The original picture was from catchmyparty.com. 

Disney candy apple

Read: Who Would Pay $29 for a Disney World Dessert? You Should!

There were no instructions for this pizza nor origin for the photo,  but if you can roll out some dough and add a splash of sauce and cheese, you will be well on your way to lunch or party food. Throw on some veggies for the complete face. Dough, cheese and sauce might not qualify as cheap, but they are inexpensive enough to make this for under $10. Your costs will obviously rise if you use any sort of meat.

make a Disney pizza

No instructions here, but the purplepatchparties.com baked up these Mickey themed Rice Krispie treats. This would not only work with the popsicle stick, they would also be great as just the treat itself, or bake a square pan and decorate each section with Mickeys in icing. Only your imagination, Ok and cooking abilities, will limit you here. Rice Krispie treats are cheap to make.

Mickey Mouse rice krispie treats

Where can you find Mickey Mouse cookie cutter sets like these?

Mickey Mouse cookie cutter set

Head over to DisneyStore.com, where a set of three is just $9.95 before shipping. (At least they were for sale at the time of publication!)  Use this link. 

Using the cookie cutters, you could make these adorable cookies, but that might take more artistic skill than I have. This photo was on weheartit.com. Little kids all the way up to teens would have a great time decorating cookies, and these would be a big hit at a Disney-themd baby shower or engagement party.

Mickey Minnie cookies

Read: 12 Disney Craft Ideas from Pinterest for the Disney Princess on a Budget!

Most all of these snack ideas could easily be created for under $10, maybe just a bit more depending on how many colors of icing you purchased, or how many pizzas you wanted to produce for picky eaters. While you sit down for some quality family crafting time, go to YouTube, search for “Disney World Area Music” and hit the play button. Listening to YouTube Disney music, as opposed to purchasing music on iTunes, is free. Have yourself a Disney afternoon, eat some snacks, and then burn off some of those calories on a walk. Walking at my house is also called “training for Disney.”

Your family and/or friends will thank you.  As cheap as most of these snacks look, your wallet will thank you. And your feet will thank you for getting in shape for Disney on a walk. See, who says that snacks can’t be a win-win for everybody!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in the kitchen with your Mickey Mouse cookie cutters, cookin’ up somethin’ yummy…

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Disney World’s NEW & Improved Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)

Disney Starbucks

It was Walt Disney that said, this sentence so often quoted in regard to his humongous and ever-changing empire, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Quite a few eyebrows were raised by Disney fans everywhere when it was announced that Starbucks was taking over the Magic Kingdom’s beloved Main Street Bakery. Change – it happens all the time at Disney World. They change the flowers. They tear down Mickey and Minnie’s homes and put up a circus. They build new resorts. They tear down shows and put in Star Wars Land (Ok, that’s still rumor. Just seeing if you are paying attention.) Change.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

 Read: Avoid These 10 Mistakes That Can Wreck a Disney World Vacation

new Main Street Bakery

“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” That’s another of my favorite Walt Disney quotes, and really how I approach any news of coming changes within the gates of WDW. I like to be optimistic, be hopeful, but I lost this one. The Disney Main Street Bakery that I knew and loved is gone.

I managed to score four tickets for a preview into The NEW Main Street Bakery on Father’s Day, June 16th, 2013, the last day of our summer Disney vacation. Walking by on the way to snag FASTPASSES to Space Mountain 20 minutes after park opening, I saw two Cast Members handing out tickets. Forget Space Mountain…I shoved my husband and sons into the waiting line. I thought they were tickets just to get in the door for a soft opening preview. Imagine my surprise when it was tickets for free food and drinks. Woohoo! FREE! I looked at my husband and said,”Happy Father’s Day!”

 Read: If You Want to Save Time and Money on Disney World Food, Eat Now and Not Then!

Disney meal dining voucher

Here’s a breakdown for you, trying to be as unbiased as possible, because while I fear change as a general rule, I also try to embrace it so I can keep moving forward.

The Good

I love all improvements to buildings, rides, and whatever the Disney Company chooses to “plus.”  The term “plus it” was commonly used by Walt Disney to  mean making further improvements to a project, no matter if it was a film, a television show, or a theme park. You Starbucks fans have been “plussed.” There are a lot of coffee/latte options, and The Bakery smells of delicious Starbucks Coffee. After years of reading complaints about whatever coffee Disney was serving, apparently Nescafe, you guys will be happy.

My husband said the breakfast sandwich he ate was really good, probably one of the best “meals” he had eaten on Disney property during our vacation.

My piece of berry coffee cake was Ok; it was better than a Wilderness Lodge brownie I once ate, but not as good as the Lemonade Cupcake they served at the Contempo Cafe last sumer. Average.

I have read online that those people on the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) will be able to purchase food and drinks here that will count as snack credits. This is great news if you were planning to buy your Caramel Macchiato here anyway, because that’s one less expense.

 Read: Can You Afford the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party at Disney World?

Disney's breakfast sandwich

My sons said their Vanilla Bean Latte was fabulous.

We didn’t actually get a coffee. This Disney Princess is no fan of coffee or latte from anywhere, so I let them enjoy it.

The Cast Members are as delightful as ever. They were helpful, smiling, and exactly what I have come to expect from Disney employees. They did not disappoint. The Cast Member that got us the vouchers actually went back into the building to get them for us, and we thanked her no less than three times. This is Disney World at its finest.

The floors were lovely, the wood trim was warm and inviting, and the brick work was a nice touch. It’s nothing to do cartwheels over, but the building has been updated. I personally liked the old building, but this change in appearance is still a positive.

Disney changes the Main Street Bakery

The Bad

Those Bakery fans who loved all the food they offered previously will be disappointed, or I was in a huge way. I never ate breakfast at the old Main Street Bakery, but  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans said there was a ham and cheese croissant on the breakfast menu that was fabulous. No croissant items are listed on the new menu.

Remember the famed Main Street cinnamon roll?

Disney World Main Street Cinnamon Roll

It’s no longer on the menu.

I remember an apple turnover bigger than my hand. My youngest son and I split one like six years ago on the sidewalk outside The Bakery. How do I remember? Because it was that yummy, better than any bakery food I have in my home town.

I remember a massive slice of chocolate cake. I remember a chocolate chocolate-chip muffin with white powdered sugar sprinkled on top. I remember carrot cake, because while I am not a fan, my middle child certainly is. He bought a slice every trip with his own money. Come to think of it, I probably remember too many yummy calorie-filled snacks.

Read: Can You Bring Your Own Food into a Disney World Theme Park? 

Disney Coffee cake

I remember a cinnamon roll so huge we split it in fourths. Word has it this treat has been relocated to Gaston’s Tavern in the new Fantasyland, which is not open as far as I know after Wishes, and it’s like two miles away from Main Street. OK, it feels like two miles, but it’s probably just one-quarter of a mile away. And I know there are fans of Le Fou’s Brew out there, don’t send me hate mail, please, but I thought that drink was blah at best, cold apple juice at worst, and I only set foot in the door once despite the amazing night-time lighting.

I don’t think of the new Fantasyland as the place to eat my Main Street Bakery cinnamon roll. What I knew is gone, and Starbucks stole it.

Disney peanut butter cupcakes

All my yummy snacks, the ones I looked forward to from The Bakery, are gone, gone, gone the way of Snow White’s Scary Adventure, or at least when I was there for the preview visit.

In Internet chatter regarding the new Bakery, many people have remarked that Disney is filled with corporate sponsorships, in fact there is an Edy’s Ice Cream Parlor almost door. My issues with the changes are not about branding and corporate sponsorships. I don’t buy coffee anywhere, so I honestly don’t care what brand of coffee is being served; it could be Goofy’s Coffee Company for all I care. Most people i know go to Starbucks for the quality of coffee, not necessarily for a snack. There are snacks all over the Magic Kingdom, and I was one of those people that ate here for the quality of the snack.

I wrote two paragraphs ago, “What I knew is gone, and Starbucks stole it.” A Reddit reader found this to be “a bit over-the-top.” Well, I’m going to stand by that as far as the food. Starbucks may have brought in a tremendous taste improvement as far as coffee, but it dropped substantially in terms of quality of snacks. That cake pop below is pretty, but it’s no match quality-wise for any of the foods I mentioned they served previously.

Bring in your Starbucks Frappuccinos, your Goofy’s Coffee, your Coca Cola coffee, (insert any brand here) but leave the Bakery snacks as they were. I read a review where it was pointed out that The Main Street Bakery wasn’t actually baking their food items on site. Neither is Starbucks, so why change up a good thing?

But hey, things change, and the menu might as well.

Wiping a formerly sugar-filled tear…

Starbucks Disney snacks

The Ugly

There is no seating now. This was a horrible realization for my family. Both my sons asked where we would sit with our food. Well, dears, mommy doesn’t exactly know.

This has really messed up my after “Wishes” snack plans in a royal Cinderella Castle-sized way. I was one of those die-hard Disney fans that watched people walking down Main Street toward transportation – on their way home  – while I enjoyed a snack in The Bakery. It was like a secret we knew, along with thousands of other Disney fans, that when the Magic Kingdom closes, you get a snack and stay a while. Some of us waited so long they kindly reminded us it was time to go now.

Starbucks stole the seats, and now there are a couple small (probably granite) counters to stand at. Listen, I’ve stood enough by 11 p.m. I liked my table. My kids liked the tables. We sat and watched the glass blowers in Crystal Arts next door. We watched sleepy kids sit in mom and dad’s laps and eat snacks. We talked about what we would order on our next visit. We watched parents fight, lovers share snacks with one fork, girls rip off princess dresses in preparation for a good night’s sleep beginning in a stroller. We watched a lot. We ate a lot of snacks on those small tables through the years, and if there wasn’t table space, you sat on the bar by the wall.

We enjoyed a lot of late night snacks in the Main Street Bakery, had some good conversations, made some vacation plans.

Goodbye tables and yummy snacks. Hello…Starbuck’s coffee? Hello Starbuck’s cookie standing at a counter? Readers have remarked that “it’s silly to get mad about this kinda stuff,” and that I was being “nitpicky” and “complaining just to complain.” I say to them…you never enjoyed a great snack here with family, because if you had, you would know what you are missing out on in the future.

Disney Main Street Sarbucks

If the worst I can say is there is nowhere to sit, then that’s not all that bad, really. It’s a nice, clean shop with reasonable prices and friendly staff.

What I have lost is memories, and a table and chair on which to make future memories. Yeah, yeah, there are tables down the street  and at the train station, but ya know, change is hard.

I’ll be back, but not like I was. I’ll stop in if I need a cold drink, because they do not lack in available soda bottles. I’ll stop in if my high school-aged daughter wants to get a latte, even though we have a Starbucks offering the same latte just 10 minutes from my house.  I’ll be back if I want to accompany my husband as he purchases another breakfast sandwich, and I’ll walk with him while he eats it, hoofing it down the sidewalk on the way to more FASTPASSES.

Wait…Disney just changed the Fastpass system too. Wow, change can be hard!

But I won’t like it, not like I used to. I’ll just have to find a “new” favorite snack spot, maybe in different  park. We found a great coffee shop in Hollywood Studios with the coldest air EVER and a really great cherry pastry over by Star Tours. Yea, maybe I’ll go there and pout and talk about what was, how the Main Street Bakery used to be when my kids were kids.

 Read: 103 Fabulous Vacation Planning Articles for Walt Disney World Fun!

Disney Starbucks

When I think of “Main Street,” the kind Walt Disney so fondly remembered from his childhood, I think of soda fountains, quaint stores, and cafes where I could spend time with family and friends. I don’t think of drive-through windows and taking my coffee to go. I’m on vacation to get away from my McDonald’s Happy Meal world. I’d like a table to have a seat, rest my feet, plan my next stop, with my vacation-weary butt parked in a chair.

I didn’t win this round of change, but I truly have high hopes for that Cars Land rumor.

Stop by when Starbucks, I mean the new Main Street Bakery, and see for yourself. Let us know what you thought… 

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Disney World Food Tip #5: Eat When They Are Not!

When to eat meals at Disney World when to eat lunch at Disney, when to eat dinner at Disney

Updated for 2017!

Meal time can be what I call “crazy time” at Disney World. Do you want to dine at a resort restaurant or one of the food courts? Were you able to snag Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) far enough in advance to book the actual restaurant where you really wanted to eat? Did you wind up standing in line at Casey’s Corner with 100 people after a Main Street parade? Did you have to leave your kids at a table by themselves so you could order the food?

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Disney’s Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party: A Cheapskate Guide

Disney Tomorowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party

Updated for 2016!

What’s better than a great view of “Wishes” fireworks? How about a table reserved just for you, those fireworks plus unlimited dessert and beverages! If that sounds pretty good, then the Magic Kingdom’s Fireworks Dessert Party might be the next choice of entertainment for you and your family.

We have a guide to keep you up with this Wishes Dessert Party, because now there is more than one fireworks party in another location. This sweet party is on the Tomorrowland Terrace.

Read: Disney World Food Tip #1: Why You Should Share Dessert

fun at Disney, Disney Moms, Disney World desserts

What You Get…

1. A buffet of tempting treats. Help yourself to tables overflowing with pastries, cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries and more mouth-watering desserts, as well as a variety of refreshing hot and cold beverages. (See the list below.)

2. Your own reserved table.

3. Fireworks that fill the sky over Cinderella Castle. From your reserved table or outside on the covered patio, enjoy a nearly unobstructed view of Cinderella Castle and the skies above. Watch the mesmerizing Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, which happens to be the biggest and brightest fireworks extravaganza in Magic Kingdom history, and don’t miss Tinker Bell as she flies right above this building.

Afternoon Tea at Grand Floridian’s Garden View Tea Room: a Cheapskate Guide

Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party seating

treats and drinks at Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party

The Price

The price in 2016 is $53.24 for ages 10 and over and $31.94 ages 3-9 with tax included. This cost has risen from $25.55 for guests ages 10 and over and $13.94 for guests ages 3 – 9. When prices went up by double, new foods and drinks were added, and the table decorations were upgraded, but many commenters said those small changes hardly justified such a price hike. 

But despite being about food, the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party really is all about the experience, the location. I mean, what adult can really eat over $50 in dessert at one sitting? I think this would be a fabulous event for any Disney Princess to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary. What a spot to get engaged!

Getting a reservation may be the snag in your party plan, so make sure to call at 180 days out, and call as early in the day as you can.

10 Tips to Save Money on Food at Walt Disney World

sparkling cider at Disney's Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party

hot chocolate at Disney World Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party

The Menu!

While no exact menu is posted for certain, this is a list of desserts many Cheapskate Fans have said is fairly consistent.

  • Chocolate-dipped strawberries
  • Disney character-themed cupcakes
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Ice cream
  • Brownies
  • Cannolis
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Cookies
  • Fruit Tarts
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Glazed Donut Holes
  • Mango Shots
  • Pistachio Creme Brulee

And on to the drinks…

  • Sparkling cider
  • Hot drinking chocolate
  • Signature lemonades
  • Coffee
  • Iced Tea
  • Milk
  • Water

This location can accommodate most special dietary needs. Advance notice may be required and is definitely a good idea to make sure you have something you can eat. You should indicate any special dietary need at time of reservation booking.

For you dessert lovers, you know you can taste it now…

Read: For some Walt Disney World Fun, You Have to Try THIS Free Drink!

mini desserts at Disney World Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party

chocolate cheesecakes at Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party Disney World

Making Reservations

A cancellation policy applies and will result in charges if you cancel with insufficient notice. Cast members will explain the specific policies related to this facility when you make your reservation booking, and if they forget, ask them about it.

You must have Magic Kingdom park admission to attend this event, which is not included in the price of the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party.

Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 at least two weeks prior to arrival to reconfirm the fireworks schedule.

You can check availability (using this link) on the Disney website, using a system that looks like this:

check availability Disney World Wishes dessert party

Information To Know

The Time: The nightly Dessert Party celebration begins one hour before the start of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, and the party goes on for about 30 minutes after Wishes begins.

Arrival: Disney highly recommends you consult the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular schedule one week before your reservation date and again upon arrival at Magic Kingdom park. After reconfirming the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular showtime, you should arrive at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant for check-in 60 minutes prior.

The Weather: If bad weather pops up, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular may be changed or canceled without prior notice. The Tomorrowland Terrace covered patio area is utilized rain or shine, so while your snacks will be set, rain may negate the fireworks. Bad weather is obviously beyond Disney’s control.

Pictures: A PhotoPass photographer should be in attendance, so take advantage if you use this service and get some great pictures with the fireworks in the background.

The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted.

 

Another of my favorite dessert spots? Check it out…

Read: Looking for a Disney Vacation Experience? Try Beaches & Cream Soda Shop for Ice Cream Fun!

chocolate covered strawberry at Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party Disney World.jpg

Several of our readers stopped by to tell us about their experiences.

Elizabeth, “I did this a few years ago, and–though expensive for “just dessert”–it was SO worth the money. Tinkerbell flew right over our heads! Absolutely one of my best WDW experiences ever.”

Linda, “We did this on our most recent trip. Since I have a real “affection” for sweets, I have to say that these were probably the most delicious I’ve ever had at Disney World. However, as delicious as they were, there is NO WAY you can possibly eat enough to get your money’s worth. A few bites of each is about all I was able to handle as they are just so rich.

But I’m definitely glad we did it, and will probably do it (or the one over at Illuminations in Epcot) again. Other than price, there were two negatives. A lot of very tall adults crowded the railing when the castle projection began and I noticed one young boy of about 8 standing back because he couldn’t see. (I myself, being rather short was not able to have a great view either as I could not get near the rail either). But for the fireworks, it didn’t matter, since they were high in the sky.

The other negative was that you really can’t see much of the Main Street Electrical Parade (which takes place during the Dessert Party also) from this vantage point. So if we did it again, I’d try to schedule a 2nd night at MK for that alone by using the Park Hopper ticket option.”

cheese and crackers at Disney World Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party Disney World.jpg

Is this something for my family? No, because I am too cheap to pay almost $300 for five people to eat dessert. With some Disney events, it’s not so much about the price as it is paying for the experience. And with only about 50 people in attendance along with you, this seems like one of those events not many people actually get to enjoy each night. Paying more for dessert than you would at home to enjoy the event is called a Disney Experience.

If I can ever plan a trip to Orlando without any of my kids, this is something I totally would to splurge on.

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Party location

I just love these Disney parks maps! Here is how to find them: Making a Disney World Scrapbook? Get These Disney Google Maps for FREE!

Have you been to the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party? We asked our Facebook fans to tell us about their experience, good, bad, or otherwise at this dessert party. Here’s what they told us:

Is Disney World’s Tomorrowland Fireworks Dessert Party Worth the Money?

Also, be sure to read the comments posted below from other readers who have been to the party. It’s always good to hear what other people thought, even if you decide not to take their advice!

There’s also another location to enjoy sweets and drinks and Wishes fireworks:

Ferrytale Wishes Fireworks Dessert Cruise: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you snapping pictures of Tinker Bell flying overhead, a chocolate covered strawberry in hand… 

To see more of our Cheapskating Guides, use this link.

Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

Earn $20 Rewards for Vacation Referrals!

Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Bringing Food into Disney World Theme Parks: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

yummy snacks to bring to Disney World

Updated for 2017!

If you ever tried to sneak food into some sort of establishment, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! Most Walt Disney World visitors are aware that you no longer have to sneak your food into the theme parks, because the rules have changed from years past. I have a mini-anxiety attack every time we go through Security, because my dad snuck food during every trip we made to Disney as kids. I call it “Post Traumatic Cheapskate Syndrome.” Even the most well-traveled Disney visitors could use a refresher on just what you can bring with you and what to transport your food in. [Read more…]

Disney World Food Tip #10: When to Schedule Table Service Meals to Save Money

Updated for 2017!

Headed to Walt Disney World? Chances are, you have several special restaurants you want to visit for a memorable meal. Table service meals, where a Cast Member brings food or drinks directly to your table, are a great way to add to your Disney dining experience, but it doesn’t come cheap. Table service meals are more expensive than counter service meals, sometimes by a rather large amount, and that’s before you even add in the tip. For what you will pay for a table service steak surrounded by fantastic architecture and soft lighting at Le Cellier, I could buy three hamburgers meals, with fries and a drink, at a counter service restaurant like Cosmic Rays, ambient sounds provided by an audioanimatronic space alien. Steak for me or hamburgers for three members of my family?

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Disney Food Tip #1: Share This Meal!

sharing food on a Disney World vacation

Updated for 2016!

Food is a hot topic among Disney vacation planners. People online are raving about their favorite restaurants and special meals. But food is also pricey, and if you are on a limited food budget, character meals and Disney Signature Dining meals may not be on your trip itinerary. Budget WDW trips often call for counter service meals. Counter service is simply where you walk up to the restaurant counter and order your meal, take it back to your table yourself, and clean up your own mess. There is no wait staff at counter service restaurants, like there are at table service locations, and this meal will be less expensive than table service.

So you can save money by choosing counter service over table service, and then save even more by sharing, because who says you have to eat the whole meal by yourself? [Read more…]