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  • On Jun 28, 2014
    Jennifer from TX Asked

    Hello! I love this site even though I am not a mom and I'm planning at trip with my family. Y'all have been very helpful so far. I wanted to ask about table service meals. I really want to get the best bang for my buck. Any suggestions on where to dine?

    Hi Jennifer,

    I'm always happy to talk about Walt Disney World dining!

    You have an amazing range of options for table service restaurants, from casual to buffets to  signature dining. In terms of "bang for the buck," I think the buffets give you some of the best value. The meal cost includes unlimited access to the salad, entrees, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. I like the  ability to taste a wide range of foods at one meal.

    Among the buffets, my family's favorites are Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Biergarten at Epcot and Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom, where you dine with Winnie the Pooh and friends. We also enjoy the family-style meals at 'Ohana in the Polynesian and Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom.

    There's such a range of prices and experiences that it is hard to evaluate value without knowing whether the food, atmosphere or cost are your top priorities. So I'll simply share some of the ones we enjoy the most.

    For casual dining, we love Kona Cafe at the Polynesian, Rose and Crown and Tokyo Dining at Epcot, 50's Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios, Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Raglan Road and Paradiso 37 at Downtown Disney and Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom. We're also fans of the Wave at the Contemporary, which I think of as between casual and signature.

    For signature dining, we have trouble deciding among California Grill atop the Contemporary, Narcoossee's at the Grand Floridian, Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge, Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge and Flying Fish at Boardwalk.

    I suggest you look through the menus of restaurants you find interesting and see what sounds appealing and at a price-point you are comfortable with. You will find menus on the Disney site and at independent, unofficial sites. I like AllEars.net for its comprehensive menu listing.

    I'm limited on space, but please write me back if you need details on any dining options. Enjoy!

    Wilma
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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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