Dining – Listener Questions

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ADR (Reservations)

ADRs

1424 8:42 Rick from Missouri shares a trip report, including Space Mountain, Yachtsman Steakhouse, using FastPass Plus for Wishes, and ADR tips

1421 9:54 Dmitri from North Carolina asks what the offsite window is for booking ADRs and FastPass Plus reservations. He also asks if he can obtain more FastPass Plus reservations by booking one night onsite before he goes offsite for the rest of his trip

1388 12:31 Steph from Tennessee asks if the restaurant cancellation fee will be charged if a young child needs to leave because of a tantrum

1298 21:52 Bill from Virginia asks about making ADRs around Christmas

1272 1:36 Liza from Louisiana asks for good breakfast ADR times for both Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall such as not to negatively impact park touring at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, respectively

1251 8:41 Rachel shares her experience with balancing ADRs with FastPass return times

1248 16:32 Gerald from Pennsylvania asks about ADR protocol

1213 13:40 Marty from Illinois comments on his experience attempting to modify an ADR via Disney’s phone number

1180 28:50 Amanda comments on Episode 1002- When to Book Your ADRs and asks about good ADR lead times

1082 17:50 A listener from Louisiana asks about making reservations for the Victoria and Albert’s Chef Table.

LS45 74’10″: Jay from NC asks when the 180 day ADR period starts.

112’05″: Joyce from NJ asks if she can get a third person in an ADR for 2.

0740 15’00″: Steph from Maryland asks if travel agents can get ADRs more easily.

0737 25’50″: Gerry from CA asks about making ADRs for future vacations whilst at WDW.

0722 10’15″: Dan from Maryland asks for tips about sequencing ADRs.

0698 23’45″: Cheryl from Massachusetts asks about no-show rates for ADRs. Len referred to the Food and Wine when they sampled one of everything (Episode 480).

0689 25’55″: Abbey from FL asks for tips about getting ADRs.

28’10″: Abbey from FL asks if she has a chance of getting Le Cellier. The Panel advise Abbey to “:kiss my grits”:.

29’45″: Abbey from FL asks how difficult it is to get an ADR into Citricos and Narcoossee’s and Sanaa.

0683 11’40″: Jen from UK asks about restaurants where walk-ups or last minute ADRs are more likely. Annette says that children can sit at the bars.

0674 5’40″: Andy from UK (acp) asks about solo dining for picky eaters that he can get last minute ADRs. The Panel mention the bars. (See also Episode 578).

0645 2’30″: Sharon from NY cannot phone on a landline for her ADRs.

LS37 40’05″: Mark from Washington asks about park hours in February, now that the ADRs have been extended to 180 days.

0627 26’50″: Susan from NJ refers to Episode 547, and booking late ADRs for Easter.

LS35 33’20″: Valerie is having trouble getting ADRs 1 1/2 month out.

110’00″: Amy from Virginia cannot get any ADRs in Free Dining.

0600 13’25″: Eric from Ohio asks about planning ADRs 180 days out when the Parks hours are only shown 90 days out.

0597 2’15″: Jill wants to know if she should get ADRs in September, and whether she should get Tables in Wonderland.

0579 4’00″: Lee asks about making ADRs for Christmas.

LS033 47’40″: Robert from Boston says that he couldn’t get ADRs for Hollywood Studios in July on a day when it was the Best Day.

69’05″: Chris asks what the grace period is for ADRs.

0552 2’10″: Raphael from Uruguay asks whether the Dining Plan must be pre-booked.

3’20″: Raphael from Uruguay asks whether having no Dining Plan makes it harder to book ADRs.

LS30 Part 1 – 2’50” Mark from Maryland asks whether he needs an ADR in Germany at 3 p.m.

0522 7’30″: Darren of Missurri asks about his 6.30 p.m. reservation when the park closes at 7 p.m.

0499 23’10″: Troy from Kansas wants to know if he can get an ADR at a good restaurant with 2 months’ notice.

0472 Arianne of Australia wants to know if she needs to book dining reservations 180 days in advance.

0463 Todd comments on booking 180 days in advance of his trip.

0457 Paul of MA wants to know about making ADRs during Mousefest.

LS25 Part 1, 22’05” Sarah from New York wants to know how long she can make an ADR for Yachtsman Steakhouse.

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Chris of MA wants to know how late you can be for an ADR.

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Dawn of MI wants to know about making an ADR and when she can start making a reservation.

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Tara tells us of how she got a last minute ADR at Le Cellier.

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Jamie of NC wants to know if they can get a table for 5 if their ADR is only for 4.

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Randy of MI wants to know if he can make an ADR on Christmas day.

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Zach also wants to know how far in advance he can make a reservation for San Angel Inn.

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Scott also wants to know how difficult it is to get Advanced Dining Reservations for a group of 18.

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Irwin of MD writes in to defend Mike Scopa’s ADR policy.

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Sarah also wants to know if she needs an ADR to eat at Boma.
Marcel of Germany wants to know which restaurants you need to make an ADR 180 days in advance.

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“Cousin” Michael offers his thoughts on arriving early for an Advanced Dining Reservation.
Stephanie also wants to know if she should also make reservations for lunch.

0305
Julian comments on making Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR’s).

0285
Joe Nacella comments on Mike Scopa’s ADR strategy.

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Martin of CA wants to know if he should make ADR’s for during Mousefest.

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Ken of MN wants to know if he can avoid making ADR’s and eat during off hours.

0260
Jim of CO says on his honeymoon trip was able to make reservations from one sit down restaurant for another.

0260
Jenny of FL says when she booked California Grill they made her book a $20 per person fee if they didn’t cancel in time.
Mike Scopa thinks California Grill is overpriced.

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Alex also wants to know how Food & Wine Festival affects the number of Dining reservations.
Len thinks there will still be a lot of folks trying to eat at the restaurants in Epcot.
Mike Scopa thinks the weekend with the Funai Classic and the Food & Wine Festival is the busiest of all the weekends that the Food & Wine Festival occurs.

0190
Matt says the product of the Dining Plan is people making advanced dining reseervations in more numbers than before.

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Deedee of TX wants to know why Big River Grille at Boardwalk doesn’t take Advanced Dining Reservations.
Len says the number to call for a reservation is 407 560 0253.
Len says they dont take ADR’s because they’re not operated by Disney and don’t want to integrate into Disney’s system.
Matt enjoys eating there and recommends the beer sampler and burgers.

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Josh also wants to know the best time to call Disney Dining to see if there have been cancellations.
Mike Scopa says you just need to keep calling and calling and likes to call from outside the restaurant.
Mike Scopa says if you have 3 people in your party, you should book a table for 4.
Len says Josh should try going a litrle before or a little after the usual dining times.
Mike Scopa mentions we talked on a [1]previous episode about the hours of some locations being extended so there’s now a way to sneak in.

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Joe wants to know when Disney is going to realize their eastern time reservation system is unfair for west coasters.
Mike Scopa says get a travel agent to do it for you and you don’t have to worry about it.

LS01 Part 2 – 23’00″: Len wants to figure out the impact of the Dining Plan on ADRs.

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Len recommends that Mike make reservations 180 days out especially for the busier restaurants.

Bars

1154 17:37 Jean asks about eating at restaurant bars if you do not have an ADR

Early Arrival

1266 16:35 Rick from Pennsylvania asks about getting into La Hacienda prior to his official ADR time

Group ADRs

See Groups.

Late Arrival

1148 20:54 John from Alabama asks if La Hacienda de San Angel will hold an ADR 15 minutes past the reservation time

Multiple ADRs

0603 16’20″: Matt from Kansas about whether he can make multiple ADRs at the same time.

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Lisa of IL wants to know if you can make multiple ADR’s for the same day and time.

0299
Steve criticizes us about making multiple dining reservations for the same day and time.

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Veronica also wants to know if it’s okay to make multiple reservations for the same night.
Len says it will be fine as long as you use a different phone number to make the different reservations.

No ADR

0448 David shares a tip for eating late at sit down restaurants

Online

1298 23:15 Christina praises the My Disney Experience Website and offers tips for making ADRs

1189 31:22 A listener from the UK asks about securing ADRs online

0662 18’30″: Cherie from Louisiana asks whether online ADRs is available for non-residents.

LS34 6’25″: MouseNut asks if the Panel has feedback from online ADRs.

LSE1 31’15″: Andre from UK asks Annette about ADRs online.

31’15″: Andre from UK asks Annette about ADRs online.

Park Closure

1243 12:16 Curtis from Texas asks about ADR policy when parks are closed for capacity

Atmosphere

1204 19:30 Scott discusses WDW restaurant theming

1100 16:28 Nicole from Georgia asks about good theme park table services restaurants for atmosphere in addition to food.

Birthday

See Where to go if… for discussion of ordering birthday cakes from Disney, as well as general birthday dining.

Budget

1316 9:04 Renee from Wisconsin asks whether her family should stay on or off property given their budget. She also considers dining options.

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George & Lisa of VA wants to know how much to budget for their trip for food.

0199
Mark of MA wants to know if there’s a way to pre-pay for a restaurant .
Matt’s fiancee says Mark’s parents would have to get room charging privilidges if they’re staying at a Walt Disney World resort and charge the meal back to the room and then Mark can call the resort his parents are staying at and ask to have the amount charged to be charged to his credit card.

Cards / Dining Plans

Disney Dining Experience Card

See Tables in Wonderland below.

Disney Dining Plan

Credit Card Deposits

1097 10:16 Craig asks about credit card reservations with t
he Disney Dining Plan

Food and Wine Festival

1115 19:26 Tom from New York asks about the Dining Plan and Food and Wine

Generally

1397 7:42 Cindy from South Carolina questions the panel’s advice regarding the Disney Dining Plan

1376 12:32 Christina from Illinois asks for the best Dining Plan restaurants

1349 11:39 Rick asks if he can buy the Disney Dining Plan for only part of his split-resort trip but use extra credits for the duration

1349 2:16 Rebecca from North Carolina asks if she can purchase the Disney Dining Plan for everyone in her party except for herself

1316 24:15 Jeff from Indiana asks if All Star Vacation Home guests can get the Disney Dining Plan

1310 13:42 Eric from Delaware shares a scenario where not having the Dining Plan saved him money

1301 27:30 Mark from Indiana shares his opinion of the Disney Dining Plan, and asks Matt to discuss how he would allocate snack credits if he was forced to use the Dining Plan for the rest of time

1295 10:37 Jessica from Mississippi asks if Tables in Wonderland or the Disney Dining Plan is better for her situation, which will include many character meals

1237 18:07 Courtney from Pennsylvania asks if she can use a Dining Plan with no-expiration tickets

1183 21:17 Chris from Pennsylvania presents a dining plan alternative and asks the panel to evaluate it

1079 13:20: A listener refers to Episode 1062-2013 Disney Dining Plan and says a daily table service meal is feasible

1078 16:23 John in Wisconsin compares the current dining offers to past plans.

LS46 5’25″: Karen from PA asks whether there is a reduced menu when on the Dining Plan.

0755 2’00″: Paul refers to Episode 749, and says that the Dining Plan has saved him over $150. The Panel discuss the value of the Dining Plan.

0749 3’40″: David from PA likes using the Dining Plan.

LS45 31’15″: Kathy from MA asks about the 30 minutes extra Sea Racers time for the Free Dining Plan.

LS44 20’20″: Kim from Maryland asks if the Dining Plan makes sense, given the Seasonal Dining increases. Len recommends using Tables in Wonderland.

0737 18’45″: Dave from Canada asks about the best value for using the Snack credits.

LS43 16’35″: Jennifer from Nebraska asks if she can get a Dining Plan with an Annual Pass. Len suggests getting a Tables in Wonderland card.

70’25″: Cheroze in NY asks if she can use dining credits for occupants in another room.

0716 10’35″: Jeremy from CA gives his dream Dining Plan.

LS40 36’50″: Ken from Michigan suggests having the Dining Plan on only one of two consecutive reservations.

101’25″: Stan asked whether he could get a partial refund from the Dining Plan, as his family was sick during the vacation.

0657 3’50″: Paul talks about the virtues of PhotoPass and the Dining Plan.

0630 24’35″: Jeff from NC asks about the best way of keeping their large family together, and whether the Dining Plan for a large group makes sense.

0624 7’25″: Gillian from NY asks whether it would be cheaper for everyone to be on the Dining Plan.

11’05″: Albert from Tennessee would like to have the Dining Plan without buying another park ticket.

0618 5’20″: Bill from Georgia asks what they can do, now that their 14- and 11-year-old children cannot come to Disney.

26’45″: Mike from NY asks whether two families staying at two different hotels can use the other family’s meal plan.

LS35 20’30″: Becka from Arizona asks whether she should do the Dining Plan or Annual Passes when staying DVC.

96’55″: Becka from Arizona has worked the numbers.

0600 20’55″: Sarah from UK asks whether her family needs 3 adult and 1 child meals at table service.

LS34 51’35″: Henry was disappointed with the Yachtsman Stakehouse, and asks whether the service when on the Dining Plan is poorer than when paying in cash.

78’35″: Rick asks whether the Dining Plan is still worth it.

LS033 13’15″: Kelly from Kentucky asks whether he can use children Dining Credits for adult meals.

15’00″: Len heard that he got 3 bakery items and a drink from the Main Street Bakery and have it count as a Counter-Service meal.

0570 5’55″: Kevin refers to Episode 564, and suggests that you can use a table service credit to pay for a quick-service meal.

0558 Bruck from Kentucky asks about AAA discounts on the Dining Plan.

0552 2’10″: Raphael from Uruguay asks whether the Dining Plan must be pre-booked.

0540 25’45″: Paul from England asks about the Dining Plan.

LS30 Part 1 – 30’40” Kim from Maryland asks whether she should get the Dining Plan if she is staying Concierge.

0525 21’25″: Paul from England asks about his complementary standard Dining Plan. Paul also asks about Disney’s Kerdoni village restaurants.

0516 3’20″: Jen in NC asks about offers and the Dining Plan.

0513 22’05″: Jodie from Colorado asks whether they can make two consecutive bookings, only one with the Dining Plan.

0499 2’20″: Gerry asks about changes to the Dining Plan.

0469 Krissy of NY wants to know if the dining plan is right for them.

0457 Ted of NY wants to know if you can use his Disney Dining Plan for the Fantasmic! Dinner Package.

LS25 Part 1, 38’05” Discussion about Le Cellier Dining Plan changes.

0451 Vinnie also wants to know about paying for a dining plan upgrade.

0451 Rob also wants to know the dining plan is good for his entire stay even if he doesn’t get tickets for his entire trip.

0433
Anka wants to know if you can exchange a table service credit for a counter service location.

0427
Colin of PA wants to know if his plan to use child dining plan credits will work.

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Nicole also wants to know if she can have a meal when not everyone is on the dining plan.

0367
Jack wants to know if we recommend any of the new dining plans.

0346
Matt wants to know great dining experiences for one dining credit.

0248
Tim of RI wants to know how strict Disney is with the $4 rule on the dining plan snack option.
Matt says Disney is very strict.
Mike Scopa says you can get a dole whip at the Polynesian resort.
Mike Newell reveals he is trying to start a black market dole whip operation.

0230
Lori asks if you can get the dining plan if you’re staying at Fort Wilderness.
Annette says if you get a Magic Your Way + dining package, then you can get the dining plan.

0190
Matt says the product of the Dining Plan is people making advanced dining reseervations in more numbers than before.

0182
Holly also wants to know if the Disney Dining Plan is available to guests at the Dolphin.
Len says no.

0182
Kent of IL wants to know if you can buy the dining plan for the adullts and let the kids share our food.
Len says everyone in the room must be on the dining plan so don’t put the kids on the room officially and buy them park passes seperately.

0161
Ray of WI says the Disney Dining Plan doesn’t work for him because he eats too much at sit down restaurants and not enough time at Counter Service places.
Len says Ray is right and recommends the Disney Dining Experience card.
Matt says you need to be an Annual pass holder or be a Florida resident to be eligible for the Disney Dining Experience card.

0155
Dennis of MI wants to know if he’s staying at two resorts, will the dining plan carry over from the first resort to the second resort.
Len doesn’t think it will carry over because there are 2 different reservations

0143
Jonathon wants restaurant recommendations for Downtown Disney on the Dining Plan.
Len says the options are Wolfgang Puck’s Cafe, Planet Hollywood, Cap’n Jack’s and Raglan Road.
Matt is against Planet Hollywood.
Len picks Raglan Road.
Len recommends going after 9pm and also says they should try the desserts.
Matt and Mike also pick Raglan Road.
Mike Newell loves the Sheperds Pie.

0134
Jeff from CT wants to know if he can only use the Dining plan on the days he is on a Magic Your Way package.
Len thinks it should work.
Michelle of IL used the Dining Plan and found it quite easy.
Len talks about Disney cracking down on the use of children’s meals for adults on the dining plan.
Matt mentions [2]an article Mike Scopa wrote.
Mike Scopa had a conversation with Dave Marx and says when on the dining plan, you don’t want to and order the most expensive meal on the menu because it may not be the best meal so it’s more important to get something you’re going to enjoy.
Mike Scopa recommends using your sit down meals for dinner and not lunch to get the most “bang for your buck”.

0128
Jennifer from the Bay wants to know if she should dine at Coral Reef, Teppinyaki or Wolfgang Puck Cafe if she’s on the Disney Dining Plan.
Matt says Jennifer should go for Teppinyaki.
Len says there are certain items at Wolfgang Puck that are on the menu that cost extra even if you’re on the Dining Plan.
Mike Newell thinks Jennifer should go for Teppinyaki.
Len says in the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World reader reviews, Wolfgang Puck got a 77% approval rating, Teppinyaki got a 88% approval rating and Coral Reef has about a 60% approval rating.
Len recommends Jennifer get a reservation ASAP and mentions that there is a chance she will be seated with other guests.

LS02 Matt from PA wanted to know if he should get the Disney Dining Plan

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Paul Adams of Orange, NJ wants to know about the dining plan and if you have to stay on Disney property to use it.
Mike Scopa says the dining plan is only an option when you buy a package from Disney.
Mike Scopa says it costs $37.99 per day for an adult and $10.95 for a child (Ages 3-9).
Mike Scopa says the dining plan gets you one table serivce meal, one counter service meal and one snack per day.
Mike Scopa says it’s a very good deal if you plan ahead to get good bang for your buck.
Matt recommends listening to [3]Episode 20 when Mary Waring explained the dining plan.
Mike Scopa emphasizes to book well in advance of your trip.

LS01 Part 3 – 7’10″: Sarah from FL asks whether she needs the tickets on her room card to get the Dining Plan (she has an Annual Pass).

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Derek of Greenville, SC wants a suggestion for a dining plan restaurant to eat at outside of the parks.
Mary likes Wolfgang Puck’s (Downtown Disney) and Artist Point (Wilderness Lodge).
Mike Scopa likes Portobello Yacht Club.

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Aaron of Fishers, IN wants to know if adding a Disney Dining Plan is worth it for a 9 day trip if he has a Disney Dining Experience card.
Mike Scopa says the Dining Plan costs $37.99 per day and he needs to think about the restaurants that you’d want to eat at and consider the high end restaurants that don’t require 2 dining credits to eat at.
Mike Scopa says if you can map out what you’re going to eat and where, you can make out very well.
Mike Scopa says the Disney Dining Experience is not accepted everywhere and you need to figure out exactly where you’re going to eat and see if its worth it.
Mike Scopa also mentions that the higher end restaurants with pricier will be where the Dining Plan makes the most sense.
Mike Scopa says to go to [4]Deb Wills’ site to see menus to help you figure it out.
Len says if you’re a light eater or if you generally order the less expensive items off the menu then the dining plan isn’t really worth it.

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Mike of New Jersey wants to know the best dates for a summer 2007 trip, is the Disney Dining plan worth it and if a travel agent worth using.
Matt says the Disney Dining Plan is a good value in general so long as you’re proactive and plan ahead.
Len recommends that Mike make reservations 180 days out especially for the busier restaurants.
Mike Scopa says you don’t want to waste your dining plan options on inexpensive restaurants or restaurants where you need to use 2 dining credits.
Mike Scopa suggests booking the lodging on the last day of the value season so you can lock in the rate.
Mike Scopa used to always book trips himself but now loves using a travel agent because they’re always looking out for the best deals for him.

0045
Dan Scott of Winterpark, FL wants to know how lenient Disney is with dining vouchers that are expired and it he’ll be able to still use them?.
Len says no but it’s worth a shot to ask but not to count on them accepting them.

0015
Peter from New York City if any of the restaurants at Downtown Disney participate in the Disney Dining plan?.
Len says some do although there may be a surcharge.
For example, Wolfgang Puck’s participates but some items aren’t included on the plan, which would mean you’d have to pay a surcharge in order to order it.
A list of participating restaurants can be found on Touringplans.com by [5]clicking here (scroll all the way to the bottom for Downtown Disney restaurants).

with DVC

0263
Gwen of NH wants to know how to book a Disney dining plan if they booked it through a time share agency.
Matt suggests calling the DVC hotline and try booking it.

0227
Jeff wants to know if he’s staying at a studio at Old Key West he should get the dining plan.
Mike Newell says in the studio, you only get a microwave and a mini-fridge and says you really can’t make breakfast and for other meals you’re limited to frozen foods.
Mike Newell says a one bedroom unit and larger offers a full kitchen.
Mike Newell says the studio is really only good for making a snack like a bag of popcorn and would recommend the dining plan.

0161
Alice of OH wants to know if she can get the Dining Plan if she’s using Disney Vacation Club points to stay at a non-DVC resort.
Mike Scopa recommends making some more phone calls just to be certain .
Mike Scopa says to get the Dining Plan you’re either getting a Magic Your Way Package or using DVC points to stay at a DVC resort.

Deluxe

1228 13:26 John from New York comments on his experiences with the Deluxe Dining Plan, as well as Disney restaurants generally, and asks if these experiences are the norm

1171 19:39 A listener talks about the merits of the Deluxe Dining Plan for an infrequent visitor

1109 Craig from Mississippi comments on the Deluxe Dining Plan.

1106 10:35 Jerry discusses the Deluxe Dining Plan

1085 18:15 Jim from New Jersey asks why the panelists have reservations about the Deluxe Dining Plan.

0600 28’20″: Mike from NY asks whether he should buy the Deluxe Dining Plan for all 7 days of his visit (or only for his first resort), or an Annual Pass and Tables in Wonderland.

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Wayne and Donna wants to know how to get a discount on the deluxe dining plan for his trip.

Free Dining Plan

1421 12:11 Kristen from Georgia asks if she and her husband, planning to rent DVC points, can add themselves to a relatives’ All Star reservation such as to obtain Free Dining and park tickets even if they won’t actually be staying there. She also asks about setting up Magic Bands and My Disney Experience under this scenario

1400 2:17 Tamara from Illinois defends the Free Dining Plan

1304 19:48 Jason from Ohio asks about changes to Free Dining eligibility

1225 26:31 Terry from Texas discusses the value of Free Dining

1213 20:05 Amy from Illinois asks how hotel discounts compare with Free Dining discounts

1195 25:08 Andrew from Canada asks about Free Dining and park tickets

1137 15:21 John from Illinois comments on Episode 991 – Extra Magic Hour Questions and free dining

1109 Emily from Alabama asks whether the Illuminations dinner is worth it for Free Dining

1106 17:48 Brandon from Pennsylvania asks about the value of free dining

1082 29:45 Brendan asks about the value of his package-Art of Animation and Free Dining are emphasized.

1079 11:05: Jennifer from Michigan thinks the free dining discount is a good value.

0636 9’55″: Heather from TX asks what happens if she arrives at the end of the Free Dining period.

LS35 44’15″: Ryan from Atlanta asks for the best strategy regarding Free Dining and the VISA offer.

53’55″: Erica from NC asks why DVC does not offer Free Dining.

110’00″: Amy from Virginia cannot get any ADRs in Free Dining.

0600 2’20″: Aziz (from Live Show 34) asks whether Free Dining will increase park attendance in December.

LS34 4’35″: MouseNut asks if the Crowd Calendar is going to change during Free Dining.

42’15″: Aziz asks if the Panel is against Free Dining.

122’10″: The Polynesian Parking guy (Aziz) asks if he can have Free Dining on October 3 for one week.

LS033 70’00″: Chris says that Free Dining at Scopa Towers is a good deal.

0564 2’25″: Nick in Indiana asked whether you could have the Quick Service Dining Plan for the Free Dining period.

0552 7’15″: Matthew asks whether using the Free Dining Plan or an Annual Pass is cheaper.

0549 3’50″: Brett asks whether he can upgrade Free Dining.

0507 14’25″: Shawn wants to know if he can mix Free Dining and Food and Wine.

0490 14’40″: Shawn asks whether his 3-year-old will have a children’s plan during Free Dining.

0451 Vinnie wants to know about using two table service dining credits during free dining

0403
Heather of WI wants to know when Disney announces free dining dates.

0373
Stewart wants to know about booking the free dining plan.

0341
Matthew of GA wants to know about free dining in 2008.

0305
Jimmy of LA comments on the value of the free dining plan.

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George wants to know why Disney offers the free Dining Plan.
Mike Scopa says Disney offers free dining to get guests to try their restaurants and come back.
Mike Scopa also thinks Disney offers free dining to help with room bookings during slow times of the year.
Matt says Len has mentioned that if free dining really brought in large numbers, Disney would offer free dining all the time.
Matt mentions with free dining, you have to pay the rack rate for the resort and shares a story between him, Mike Scopa and Dave Marx about the value of the dining plan.

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Dave wants to know if Free Dining will return in 2007.
Annette says there was an offer they experimented with a few months ago .
Mike Scopa says if free dining will return it will be dependent on projections.

0155
Tania of Indiana wants to know if Len thinks the free dining offer increases crowds drastically.
Len does not think free dining signifigantly increases crowd sizes.

0137
Chris wants to know if the free dining will be extended or available during Thanksgiving.
Mike Scopa doesn’t think they’d extend it then considering the popularity of the time and good weather.
Len says it does take into account the free dining.
Len mentions that Disney’s promotions don’t have a large effect on crowds generally.

LS01 Part 3 – 21’45″: Arlene asks whether Disney is planning to do Free Dining in September 2006. Len asks listeners about the breakdown between Child and Adult meals.

Is it Worth it?

1394 24:17 Kelly from Colorado shares a situation where the Dining Plan is a good value

1289 7:08 John from New York shares his opinion on the Disney Dining Plan

1286 7:46 Andy from Maryland asks if either the Disney Dining Plan or Tables in Wonderland are worth it for his party

1204 5:26 Thomas gives his opinion on the value of the Disney Dining Plan

1183 9:31 Todd from Michigan comments on the Dining Plan

1177 19:30 Tim from New York asks about the value of the Dining Plan

1171 5:12 Curtis from Texas comments on the Dining Plan

1145 11:23 Greg from Canada wants Len to prove the value, or lack thereof, of the dining plan with numbers

1115 18:00 Ian from the UK comments on Episode 951 – 2012 Disney Dining Plan….A Preview

0418 Mikki also wants to know a Magic Your Way Plus Dining package would be worth it for her trip.

0382
Rob also wants to know if he should get a dining plan.

0379
Kevin wants to know how much money is saved by using the Dining Plan.
Len has [6]a page with information on breaking down the value of the Dining Plan.

0373
Mark of MA wants to know if he should get the dining plan or pay cash for his meals.

0269
Henry wants to know if he should get the dining plan or pay as he go.
Deb says Henry has a huge kitchen and could have breakfast in their room.
Deb says it also depends on how they eat and how many whole meals they want.
Mike Scopa thinks perhaps Henry wont use all of his dining credits if he was on the dining plan.
Mike Scopa says it depends on the people.
Matt says if you have a room with a full kitchen, you want to take advantage of it.

0260
A listener wants to know if the Disney Dining Plan is worth it for him/her.
Mike Scopa says it’s hard to make generalizations without more information.
Len suggests listening to some of our older shows regarding the Dining Plan.
Mike Scopa doesn’t suggest the Dining Plan for first time visitors to Walt Disney World.
Annette says for short trips, it may not make much sense to get the dining plan.

0239
Jonathon also wants to if the Disney Dining Plan is worth it for his week stay.
Len says the Dining Plan would probably work out.

Magic Your Way Plus

0050
Avery Mahrer of Allentown, PA wants to know if Magic Your Way Plus Dining for a family of six with 4 children is worth it.
Mary says it depends if they’re going to be eating at at least one full service restaurant per day.
Mary mentions it’s difficult with children because they often don’t have patience or are too picky of eaters than you’ll end up eating at counter service and then it doesn’t become worth it.
Mike Scopa recommends having one member of the family buy an annual pass and then purchase the Disney Dining Experience Card which will cover the entire family.
Mary says the value of the Disney Dining Experience has dropped a bit since some counter service restaurants have been dropped.

Menus

1376 20:59 Mike from New York asks if there’s still a wine option on the Dining Plan

1370 22:48 Steven from Georgia asks what restaurants limit options for Dining Plan users

1370 14:22 John from New York discusses what’s included on the Dining Plan

1352 28:34 JD says few menu offerings are omitted from the Disney Dining Plans

12019:28 Nicholas from California asks why WDW restaurants change their menus for the Dining Plan

Quick Service Dining Plan

1219 10:55 Lee from Texas asks about the value of using the Quick Service Dining Plan, while paying for table service meals out of pocket

0627 9’45″: Mike from Illinois thought that the Counter Service Dining Plan had too much food.

0513 18’40″: James from Texas asks about the Counter-Service Dining plan. Len refers to his blog.

Restaurants

1370 2:24 Wenona from Oregon ponders how much third-party restaurants are reimbursed for participating in Disney’s Dining Plans

1310 9:14 A listener asks what restaurants participate in the Disney Dining Plan

1210 13:57 Nancy from Iowa asks about Dining Plan options for 2013, namely the status of Wolfgang Puck Express and Earl of Sandwich

1149 1:41 Eric from Pennsylvania asks about dining plan participation at Via Napoli and Tokyo Dining

0332
Tim of RI wants to know about restaurants on the Disney Dining Plan for 2008.

Snacks

1406 21:28 Justin from Arkansas asks about controlling his daughter’s utilization of Dining Plan snack credits

1301 27:30 Mark from Indiana shares his opinion of the Disney Dining Plan, and asks Matt to discuss how he would allocate snack credits if he was forced to use the Dining Plan for the rest of time

1254 19:24 Jennifer from Illinois asks for the best chocolate-free snacks at WDW

0555 25’45″: Marie refers to Episode 483, and wants a list of the snacks available on the Dining Plan.

Splitting Meals

1352 6:03 Allison from Minnesota asks about splitting meals on the Free Dining Plan

0302
Scott of IL wants to know if splitting meals on the dining plan will work.

0284
Greg and Lynn of MI wants to know if you can split meals on the Disney Dining Plan.

Tipping

1079 5:24: Mike from New York discusses the benefits to tipping your server with cash.

0689 4’05″: Lee asks whether the tip changes has made a difference when using the Dining Plan.

LS39 41’05″: Dan from NC asks if gratuity is included in the Dining Package, and whether he can get dessert to go.

0293
Chris of AL wants to know if Disney is going to end gratuity on the Dining plan.

Two table service credits

0642 13’20″: Pete from Georgia asks for the top and worst two table service credit restaurants.

0591 17’05″: Becky from Wisconsin asks whether she use the Tables in Wonderland discount or 2 table service credits to go to Cinderella’s Royal Table.

0552 16’55″: Nick from Illonis asks about using 2 table service credits on the Deluxe Dining Plan.

LS31 Part 1 – 18’35″: Jim from Connecticut thanks Deb, and asks about menu availability for the 2-credit meals.

0493 2’10″: Jolene from MN asked what are the best 2-credit restaurants, and in particular wanted opinions of the Flying Fish.

0451 Vinnie wants to know about using two table service dining credits during free dining

0272
Janice of Ontario, Canada wants to know which restaurant that require two table service meals is worth it.
Matt likes Jiko.
Len would go to Flying Fish or Yachtsman Steakhouse.

0198
William of VA wants to know if he should get the Dining Plan if he’s going to be eating at some restaurants that require 2 sit down credits.
Mike Scopa doesn’t think some of the restaurants requiring two table service credits are worth it.
Matt thinks William would be better off with the Disney Dining Experience Card.

0179
Mike Scopa doesn’t think California Grill is worth 2 table service credits.

LS03 Shawn of OH wants to know about using child and adult meal vouchers and using child credits at two table service meals

Gift Cards

1231 28:04 Sarah shares her experience using a gift card to pay for meals instead of the Disney Dining Plan

1121 25:17 Craig from North Carolina asks about paying for meals with gift cards

Picnic in the Park

See Picnic below.

Tables in Wonderland

Generally

1412 14:46 Bradley asks if the Tables in Wonderland card is worth it for Annual Passholders

1334 13:08 Brian from Massachusetts clarifies Tables and Wonderland payment policy

1286 7:46 Andy from Maryland asks if either the Disney Dining Plan or Tables in Wonderland are worth it for his party

1281 5:07 Artie discusses Tables in Wonderland payment policy when multiple guests want to split a bill

1243 9:17 Nick asks if an Annual Pass and a Tables in Wonderland card are worth purchasing for his trip. Nick also asks if he can borrow and use someone else’s Annual Pass if that person will not be present on said trip

1234 18:19 Randy from Michigan asks if there are alternatives to Tables in Wonderland for guests who don’t qualify

1219 18:22 Sara from North Carolina asks if children can utilize a Tables in Wonderland card

1115 11:26 Greg asks about Tables i
n Wonderland for a teenager.

0710 3’10″: John from Tennessee asks his group of 17 should get the Dining Plan.

LS37 3’35″: Jack asks what happens with an ADR of 14 people, as the Tables in Wonderland only covers 10 people.

0600 28’20″: Mike from NY asks whether he should buy the Deluxe Dining Plan for all 7 days of his visit (or only for his first resort), or an Annual Pass and Tables in Wonderland.

0597 2’15″: Jill wants to know if she should get ADRs in September, and whether she should get Tables in Wonderland.

0555 10’50″: Matt from Utah asks whether Tables in Wonderland discounts work for counter-service.

0418
Kevin of AZ wants to know if you can use Disney Dining Experience at counter service restaurants.
Matt mentions a list of restaurants that participate in DDE.

0336
Christine wants to know about getting the Disney Dining Experience card for her trip.

0329
Clark of MI wants to know when to order the Disney Dining Experience card.

0308
Derek of NE wants to know if the Disney Dining Experience can be applied towards the Candlelight Dinner Package.

0284
Mark of NC wants to know how to use the Disney Dining Experience card at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

0275
George also wants to know if it’s ok if his annual pass expires to still use the Disney Dining Experience card.
Len says it’s not a problem.

0233
Jeff also wants to know if the Disney Dining Experience card is worth it.
Mike Scopa says the Disney Dining Experience card costs $65 for annual pass holders and gets you 20% off sit down meals.
Len says you need to spend $325 to get your $65 invested back but it sounds like it will be a good option for Jeff.

0199
Gretchen of PA wants to know if you can she can order the Disney Dining Experience card if she only has an annual pass voucher?.
Mike Scopa says to order the card right after you order the annual pass.
Matt says he ordered his Disney Dining Experience card without having an Annual Pass.
Matt says you can get a temporary Disney Dining Experience card at Epcot guest relations.

0194
Mike Scopa says with the Disney Dining Experience card, Cast members are lenient on how many people are in your party.

0190
Robert of CO is going for 10 days to Walt Disney World and wants to know if an Annual Pass would be a good decision to save money.
Mike Scopa thinks it would be a good idea to get an Annual Pass and recommends getting the Disney Dining Experience card.

0067
Susan Piper of Shrewsbury, MA confirms that none of the counter service restaurants have been removed from the Disney Dining Experience.

Commencement

0543 27’55″: Karen from NJ asks about whether there is an advantage to getting the Tables in Wonderland card early.

0179
Chris in NC wants to know about when the start of your Disney Dining Experience card begins.
Matt says the DDE card starts once you recieve it .
Matt says if you order the card last-minute, you can stop by Guest relations and they can issue you a temporary card.

0027
Rob Smith of Columbus, MS and wants to know when his Disney Dining Experience card’s “clock” start for it’s one year life span.
Mike says more than likely it will begin when you first recieve your card in the mail .
Mike suggests ordering your card as late as possible (week before your trip?) and the card will take a few weks to get to you but you can get a temporary card in Walt Disney World at Epcot Guest Relations window before it arrives which will give you some extra time.

Other Benefits

1310 15:20 Chris from Washington asks if he can obtain free valet parking at the Boardwalk Inn if he wants to use Tables in Wonderland to eat at a World Showcase restaurant

0125
Matt mentions Disney Dining Experience card members get free valet parking.

Renew

0576 12’10″: Dean from Connecticut asks whether he can renew his Tables in Wonderland at a different time to the Annual Pass.

Tipping

1195 12:49 Carlos from Canada asks how tax is calculated with Tables in Wonderland

0391
Desiree of TX wants to know about the gratuity with the Disney Dining Experience Card.

0376
Kim of MD shares a post on another message board about disputing gratuity with the Disney Dining Experience card.

versus/with Dining Plan

1295 10:37 Jessica from Mississippi asks if Tables in Wonderland or the Disney Dining Plan is better for her situation, which will include many character meals

0677 18’05″: Louis from UK asks if the Dining Plan is worth it for a solo diner.

0591 17’05″: Becky from Wisconsin asks whether she use the Tables in Wonderland discount or 2 table service credits to go to Cinderella’s Royal Table.

0564 23’45″: Mark from Illonis asks whether he should get the Dining Plan as well as using his Tables in Wonderland card.

0543 24’05″: Caly from FL wants to know if Tables in Wonderland or the Dining Package is better, given that they are big eaters and drink alcohol.

0451 Francina of FL wants to know if she should get a the dining package or stick with her Disney Dining Experience card.

0439
Michelle of MA wants to know if you can combine the Disney Dining Experience and the Disney Dining Plan at the same table.

0198
William of VA wants to know if he should get the Dining Plan if he’s going to be eating at some restaurants that require 2 sit down credits.
Mike Scopa doesn’t think some of the restaurants requiring two table service credits are worth it.
Matt thinks William would be better off with the Disney Dining Experience Card.

0179
Gabby is going to be on the Disney Dining Plan and wants to know if the DDP is the best way or the DDE.
Matt mentions Big River Grill and Brewing Works doesn’t take the Disney Dining Plan.
Mike Scopa doesn’t think California Grill is worth 2 table service credits.
Mike Scopa recommends going soley with the Disney Dining Experience card.

0161
Ray of WI says the Disney Dining Plan doesn’t work for him because he eats too much at sit down restaurants and not enough time at Counter Service places.
Len says Ray is right and recommends the Disney Dining Experience card.
Matt says you need to be an Annual pass holder or be a Florida resident to be eligible for the Disney Dining Experience card.

LS02 Chris from NJ wants to know if the Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Experience saves more money

0074
Aaron of Fishers, IN wants to know if adding a Disney Dining Plan is worth it for a 9 day trip if he has a Disney Dining Experience card.
Mike Scopa says the Dining Plan costs $37.99 per day and he needs to think about the restaurants that you’d want to eat at and consider the high end restaurants that don’t require 2 dining credits to eat at.
Mike Scopa says if you can map out what you’re going to eat and where, you can make out very well.
Mike Scopa says the Disney Dining Experience is not accepted everywhere and you need to figure out exactly where you’re going to eat and see if its worth it.
Mike Scopa also mentions that the higher end restaurants with pricier will be where the Dining Plan makes the most sense.
Mike Scopa says to go to [7]Deb Wills’ site to see menus to help you figure it out.
Len says if you’re a light eater or if you generally order the less expensive items off the menu then the dining plan isn’t really worth it.

0050
Avery Mahrer of Allentown, PA wants to know if Magic Your Way Plus Dining for a family of six with 4 children is worth it.
Mary says it depends if they’re going to be eating at at least one full service restaurant per day.
Mary mentions it’s difficult with children because they often don’t have patience or are too picky of eaters than you’ll end up eating at counter service and then it doesn’t become worth it.
Mike Scopa recommends having one member of the family buy an annual pass and then purchase the Disney Dining Experience Card which will cover the entire family.
Mary says the value of the Disney Dining Experience has dropped a bit since some counter service restaurants have been dropped.

Children

1388 12:31 Steph from Tennessee asks if the restaurant cancellation fee will be charged if a young child needs to leave because of a tantrum

1281 11:40 Ryan from Canada asks for good family restaurants outside the parks

1263 22:10 Philip from Ohio asks for good non-park restaurants for young children

1219 18:22 Sara from North Carolina asks if children can utilize a Tables in Wonderland card

1115 22:05 Becky from Iowa asks about ordering off the kids’ menu at signature restaurants

1109 Rick from Missouri discusses dining plan value for children

0674 16’00″: Kelly asks if a 10-year-old can order children’s meals.

0665 21’55″: Kathy asks if an adult can order off the children’s menu.

0615 12’35″: Amy from NJ asks about 3-year-old friendly Character Meals.

0567 12’20″: Barb wants to buy kids meals for her 15 and 10 year olds.

0558 Jennifer asks about saying that her 10 year 2 month child is a child for Disney buffets.

LS30 Part 2 – 36’40” Gordon refers to Episode 134, and comments on using child credits for adult meals.

0510 5’50″: Kathy from Connecticut wants to know about children ordering adult meals in counter-service restaurants.

0442
Tom of NJ wants to know if there are any restaurants that have restrictions on children aside from Victoria and Alberts .

0190
D. from CT wants to know if her kids who are considered adults can order off the childrens menu.
Mike Scopa says there will be no problem from ordering off the children’s menu.

0125
Bob of WI wants to know if his teenagers could order off of the children’s menu.
Len has personally ordered off of the children’s menu and says Bob’s kids shouldn’t have any problem.

LS03 Shawn of OH wants to know about using child and adult meal vouchers and using child credits at two table service meals

LS01 Part 1 – 14’45″: Kelly from Ohio asks for dining recommendations in the Studios for a 4-year-old girl.

Dietary Requirements

Generally

1219 22:51 Xenia asks about protocol concerning making arrangements for guests with food allergies

1106 20:52 Gerald asks about dining with food allergies

1094 2:24 Rick says he will continue to visit WDW in spite of the price increases because of the great service, especially in regards to food allergies.

0624 2’45″: Jean-Philippe from Canada refers to Episode 614, and says that he tips more when the chef makes allergy-free meals.

0320
Mark also wants to know if his diabetic father-in-law can eat at Walt Disney World and if he should get the dining plan.

0242
Sarah of NJ wants suggestions for a vegetarian and lactose intollerant guest.
Mike Scopa recommends the [8]Passporters Guide to Special Needs.
Matt suggests ABC Commissary for the salads.
Mike Scopa warns about salads that come with meat in them.
Len says there are lots of food stands around the parks.
Len says the kids meals tend to be vegetarian.
Len says at the sit down restaurants, nearly any will make your meal vegetarian.
Mike Scopa recommends the book [9]Vegetarian for Walt Disney World and Orlando.
Steve of NY noticed at the resort restaurants the chef would come out to their table to discuss alergied but at the park sit down restaurants, that did not occur.
Len says for the parks, you need to call ahead.
Mike Scopa says at Le Cellier they ask about allergies.

0224

[10]Pamela wants to know where to eat if her dad is a picky eater and enjoys sit down meals
Len says there is a new chef at California Grill and recommends that.
Matt likes Alfredo’s in Italy for dinner and Restaurant Marakesh in Morocco for lunch.
Mike Scopa recommends Concourse Steakhouse.

Gluten

LS033 93’40″: Christa from Connecticut has a gluten allergy, and asks how accommodating Disney are.

Kosher

0552 20’55″: John from Maryland wants a Moderate resort with activities and Kosher.

0528 20’40″: John asks about the Disney Dining Plan for kosher meals.

0379
Eric wants to know if the hot dogs at Casey’s Corner are kosher.

Vegan

1272 15:25 Kelly from Kentucky asks about vegan dining options at WDW

1204 8:26 John from New York shares some pet peeves with the show, related to pronunciation and veganism

1106 15:31 Josh from Ohio asks about pricing special vegan meals

Vegetarian

0651 3’30″: John refers to Episode 643, and mentions Restaurant Marakesh.

5’35″: RNeil777 says that Disney is a good place for vegetarians.

0588 6’00″: Jennifer from Alabama would like to eat a vegetarian meal at Garden Grill and ‘Ohana.

0576 14’20″: Len talks about his vegetarian-ish friend.

0278
Kyle wants to know which vegetarian restaurants to avoid.
Len suggests avoiding Ohana or Yachtsman Steakhouse.
Len says one his researchers, who is a vegetarian, has always asked to make a certain dish vegetarian without a problem.
Len says if you have a dining reservation, call the chef a day ahead of time and let them know of your dining needs.

0242
Sarah of NJ wants suggestions for a vegetarian and lactose intollerant guest.
Mike Scopa recommends the [11]Passporters Guide to Special Needs.
Matt suggests ABC Commissary for the salads.
Mike Scopa warns about salads that come with meat in them.
Len says there are lots of food stands around the parks.
Len says the kids meals tend to be vegetarian.
Len says at the sit down restaurants, nearly any will make your meal vegetarian.
Mike Scopa recommends the book [12]Vegetarian for Walt Disney World and Orlando.

Drinks

Bars/Alcohol

1418 24:09 Chris from Washington talks about a new alcoholic beverage at the Animal Kingdom’s Dawa Bar

1412 8:57 Jeffrey talks about a secret drink at the Animal Kingdom Lodge concierge lounge and asks about similar items at WDW

1399 11:21 John from California asks if the Be Our Guest Restaurant is open during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. He also asks about wine at the Magic Kingdom

1219 21:17 Keith gives a tip on purchasing beer at WDW

0683 11’40″: Jen from UK asks about restaurants where walk-ups or last minute ADRs are more likely. Annette says that children can sit at the bars.

0680 15’15″: Kelly from Texas asks which restaurant would be best for a solo diner: Flying Fish, Yachtsman Steakhouse, or Captain’s Grille.

17’20″: Kelly from Texas asks which restaurant would be best for a solo diner: Citricos, Artist’s Point, or The Wave.

0674 5’40″: Andy from UK (acp) asks about solo dining for picky eaters that he can get last minute ADRs. The Panel mention the bars. (See also Episode 578).

0662 22’40″: Mardy from Chicago refers to Episode 540 and asks about a bar-review show (Episode 547), and mentions some other bars.

0633 10’40″: Listener of the Week Greg from Ohio talks about the Dole Runner.

0618 16’20″: Diane from Mississippi drank around the resorts.

0540 1’50″: Denise from Connecticut asked for favorite adult activities. Len suggests best resort bars.

0531 20’50″: Brian from Illinois wants to know about Viking beer.

LS30 Part 2 – 25’10” Chris asks about bars and using headphones whilst running in the marathon.

0528 10’00″: Jim from Connecticut asks about a tequila bar in Mexico.

0516 12’15″: A listener asks about restaurant bars which serve food, no ADR required.

0490 6’40″: Steve asks whether alcohol prices are the same throughout the World, and if not, where he can find the cheapest.

LS25 Part 2, 6’55” Kim from Richmond, Virginia also wants to know about buying liquor in the Mexico pavilion, Epcot.

0424
Hayden of UK wants to know of a good bar with food for a quick meal.

0415
Joey of TX wants suggestions for adult beverages.

0278
Cheryl of MA wants to know the best bars at a resort that are quiet and offer something to eat.
Matt likes the Belle Vue bar at the Boardwalk resort.
Len suggests getting pizza from the Boardwalk and bringing it up to the Belle Vue room.
Len and Matt enjoyed Victoria’s Falls bar at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

0155
Jon from MN wants to know where to watch the Super Bowl at WDW outside of the ESPN Club.
Matt watched the Super Bowl last year at Port Orleans French Quarter in the Scat Cat Lounge.
Len likes the buffalo chicken wings at the Scat Cat Lounge.

Coffee and Iced Coffee

1281 22:42 Tim from New York discusses Starbucks’ presence at the Main Street Bakery

0522 15’15″: “:Go Jets”: talks about finding iced coffee.

0519 24’30″: Butch and Annette got iced coffee.

0390 24’00″: Christie of Nebraska loves Dole Whips, and makes it at home.

0263
Shaun likes eating at the coffee shop near the Sci-Fi.
Matt says it’s called Writers Stop.
Len doesn’t like the coffee at Writer’s Stop.
Len says the Writers Stop has great books to look at or buy.

0164
Phil of NY wants to know if they have Kona coffee at Ohanas.
Len remembers the coffee being decent at Ohanas so it may very well be Kona coffee.
Len recommends checking out [13]Steve Seifert’s site.

0092
Julie from Ohio heard the Nescafe coffee was going away but hopes not because she loves it.
Beth of East Hampton, NJ thinks Nescafe is more like dirty water rather than coffee. .
Beth mentions she can get decent coffee at the Kona Cafe at Polynesian resort.
Len doesn’t love the coffee at Disney World and says it’s bitter tasting.

Refills and Refillable mugs

1286 11:16 Bruce from New York asks about refillable mugs

1091 18:56 Richo from Illinois discusses the value of refillable mugs.

0588 19’30″: Joan asks whether you can use refillable mugs in different resorts in different vacations.

0519 13’50″: Bob from Ottawa asks about old refillable mugs.

0490 4’40″: Steve refers to Episode 483 – Decision 2008, and asks where he can get free beverage refills.

0456 Laurie also wants to know if the resort mugs are worth it and if juice is included.

Soft Drinks

1127 7:55 Emily from Minnesota asks about soft drinks at WDW

Extra Magic Hours

0370
Erwin also wants to know if he can go to a restaurant during Extra Magic Hours if he isn’t a resort guest.

Generally

1421 22:21 Jaypenguin ponders bizarre souvenirs and food items at WDW

1406 23:45 Justin from Arkansas ponders rules for a restaurant “draft” among his party

1367 22:14 The panel discusses restaurant quality at WDW

1319 23:21 Patrick and Lydia from Tennessee ponders “grade inflation” in the WDW attraction ratings given by readers of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. Len discusses a similar situation for restaurants

1298 18:34 Steve questions Disney’s portion sizes

1286 16:05 Rich from Florida ponders Disney’s best restaurants for individual courses

1269 23:50 Christine from Massachusetts asks the guys to map out a full day of Disney dining assuming money isn’t an issue

1254 24:43 Terry from Tennessee ponders Epcot and non-Epcot restaurants to “retool”

1234 4:13 Jill from Colorado offers her opinions on Disney dining. She also asks for good places to eat picnic lunches in the parks

1228 13:26 John from New York comments on his experiences with the Deluxe Dining Plan, as well as Disney restaurants generally, and asks if these experiences are the norm

1192 6:33 Jeremy from Romania asks about the best Disney restaurants

1115 16:15 Rob from Massachusetts asks about Dining with an Imagineer.

1115 6:49 Laura from Finland talks about food poisening at WDW

0633 15’55″: Didey from TX asks whether she pay at restaurants with a Disney gift card.

0627 18’15″: Rita from Connecticut asks whether her party of 4 can get separate checks.

0621 27’50″: Mark from Australia asks about 24-hour restaurants.

0585 32’35″: Rita from Tennessee says that RC Cola rocks, and wants advise for locations to eat packed lunches.

LS34 17’55″: Brett says that some restaurants have gone downhill.

65’40″: Ryan from Wisconin asks for comments on his dining choices.

85’35″: Kent from NC gives an amusing Trip Report of restaurants.

0576 21’35″: Anna asks whether there are official Disney hours for lunch and dinner.

0540 6’10″: David from Scotland asks how long you give a restaurant after a bad experience.

LS30 Part 1 – 15’15” Katy from NJ asks about Dining with an Imagineer.

0430
Susan of NJ would like some dining recommendations that have the best holiday theming and decorations for the holidays.

0406
Amanda wants to know the restaurants policy on people who go but don’t eat anything.

0333
Robert of MD wants suggestions for dining and touring plans.

0323
Gary wants to know about ordering food at a bar at an upscale restaurant.

0284
Evan wants to know where to find churros in Walt Disney World.

0269
Eric of CT explains fried dough pizza.

0251
Jane says she’s always had marinara sauce on her fried dough.
Megan thinks Matt meant fried dough, not funnel cake.

0146
Mike Scopa likes eating at a full service restaurant where you have to sit with other people (Biergarten, Teppanyaki, etc) .
Matt says when you’re waiting for attractions, you can often ride quicker because they’re always looking for single riders to fill in the holes.

0060
Len thanks Steve Seifert for correcting us about Episode 59 where we confused the restaurant for Club 33.

0059
Chris Nash of Las Vegas, NV wants to know if a Club 33 type membership exists at Walt Disney World.
Len is not familiar with any such program at Walt Disney World.
Club 33 is a private membership at Disneyland that allows members to dine at a private restaurant that overlooks Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland.

0045
Monorail49 wants to know if there’s any place online to track which chefs work at which restaurants online?.
Len says if you call up Disney he thinks they’ll tell you who they are.
Len also mentions there are some names in the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.

Groups

1400 9:39 Marci from New York asks if she can add additional people to her dinner ADR at the Be Our Guest Restaurant

1399 5:48 John from New York ponders good sit-down restaurants for six to 12 people on the monorail line

1391 19:27 Katie from New Jersey asks about adding people to ADRs

1207 25:34 Tim from Colorado asks about cancelling ADRs

1079 24:09 Tim from Colorado asks a question about the new ADR cancellation policy.

1078 14:10: Karen from Pennsylvania asks for good Epcot area restaurants for a large group on a budget. The panel reccomends Captain’s Grill.

LS45 75’15″: Jay from NC asks for tips for large group ADRs.

0645 14’40″: Steven from Louisiana asks accommodation and Dining Plan options for a family of five.

0642 1’55″: Yvonne refers to Live Show 37, and says that MouseFanTravel was able to book her first-choice restaurants for 30 people.

LS37 5’25″: Jack asks about dividing a bill for 14 people with 4 families.

62’55″: Yvonne asks how you get ADRs for 30 people.

91’00″: Katie from TX asks about suggestions for a group of 40 college students.

0582 25’05″: Christian from Minnesota asks about getting an ADR for 14 people, but arranging 17 to show up à la Len Testa.

LS033 121’15″: Brian from NJ asks whether he can get 9 people in his ADR for 5 people.
0454 Rick also wants to know restaurants that would be good for a group of 10.

0433
Jessica of PA wants a recommendation for a restaurant to dine with 9 people.

0285
Christy Collins of NC wants to know about dining with a large group.

0068
Chris from Tampa, FL wants to know recommendations for restaurants at World Showcase for large groups for both spur of the moment and planned.
Mike Scopa says spur of the moment will be very hard to do due to the party size and recommends eating at an odd time.
Mike Scopa recommends Biergarten (Germany), Restaurant Marrakesh (Morocco), Nine Dragons (China) & Teppanyaki (Japan).
Len says Teppanyaki is very popular and you’ll need to plan it out.
Len says for last minute he recommends Biergarten or Restaurant Marrakesh (also keeping in mind value).

Meal Vouchers

0427
Bob of KS suggests how youth groups can receive discounted dining vouchers.

0024
Harold Coombs III asks about meal vouchers and if it’s possible to make advance dining reservations for a teenager.
Mike doesn’t think the vouchers are worth it, especially when you factor in the shipping cost.
Len agrees and if you look on [14]MouseSavers, you’ll see why it’s not a good deal.
To break even, you’d have to order the most expensive things on the menu.
Len does recommend the dining vouchers they sell for dining at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as he feels those are a good deal.
Regarding making a dining reservation for a teenager, none of us see any reason why it would be a problem.

Off-site

1307 24:19 Paul from Florida asks for dining and entertainment options outside the parks. Matt mentions Episode 976 – Locals Guide to Off Site Dining

1088 11:31 Kurt comments on an off-site Italian restaurant, Bruno’s. Len also comments.

0698 15’45″: Carrie from FL refers to Episode 606 and recommends two dining experiences outside of the parks: Cafe Tu Tu Tango and Ichiban Sushi Downtown Orlando. Matt suggests Suki Hanna.

LS39 0’00″: Paddy from NH asks whether Giordano’s and NYPD Pizza are eat-in or take-out.

0671 5’30″: Barry from Wisconsin asks about the closest Waffle House to WDW.

0665 20’10″: Kathy asks about Paradiso 37.

0603 9’20″: Caroline from Alabama asks about good off-site restaurants.

0457 Matt mentions Buca di Beppo.

LS25 Part 2, 25’35” Nicole from Connecticut also wants a place to get Pizza off-site.

0346
Drew also wants to know our favorite off-property fast food.

0317
Darcie of TX wants restuarant recommendations for Celebration.

0233
Scott of WI wants recommendations for off-property dining options.
Matt liked [15]Giordano’s which is off of Formosa Gardens Blvd in Kissimee.
Len also liked [16]Sweet Tomatoes which has just salad and breads.
Matt and Mike Newell love Waffle House.
Mike Scopa likes Bill Wong’s Restaurant (5668 International Dr) for its cheap food and location.

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Alex Bogdan doesn’t think you can save that much money dining off-site with a rental car compared to eating at a food court.
Len estimates a rental car will cost about $18-22 per day easily and for a family of 4, they should be able to save money outside.
Len says eating exclusively counter service meals or sharing meals may not result in that much money saved but most people will save money eating off-site even with the cost of a rental car..

Pace

1186 14:57 Cheryl from Maine asks about the pace of meals at WDW, specifically Chef Mickey’s

Picnic

1272 20:40 Kevin from North Carolina comments on bringing sandwiches into the parks

1234 4:13 Jill from Colorado offers her opinions on Disney dining. She also asks for good places to eat picnic lunches in the parks

10798:07: Scott from Texas asks for outdoor locations to picnic in the theme parks.

0642 5’35″: Steve refers to Episode 637, and asks why the Panel didn’t mention the price of the Picnic.

0627 22’25″: Shawn from TX asks about Picnic in the Park.

LS32 29’15″: Veronica from the Crowncast podcast asks about the Picnic in the Park (Animal Kingdom) and how it works with the Dining Plan.

Recommendations

1415 8:13 Ann ponders the best restaurants at the monorail loop resorts and at Fort Wilderness

1406 25:20 Justin from Arkansas asks if there is a restaurant comparable to Disneyland’s Napa Rose at WDW

1373 29:53 Jason from Alabama asks about must- do restaurants on the Platinum Package

1225 6:23 Dan from New Mexico asks the panelists for their opinions on the Boardwalk dining options

1216 8:24 A listener from Canada asks for good dining options at the Epcot resort area.

0624 8’05″: Tony from NJ would like a recommendation for their final full-service restaurant.

LS36 18’30″: Jennifer would like a QUIET anniversary dinner (1 table service credit).

0606 6’50″: Peter from Philadelphia wants a Wow! Dining experience outside of the Parks.

0597 13’40″: Megan from NJ asks about the Panel’s favorite restaurant in the parks.

0573 13’45″: Angee from Maryland likes the Planning from Scratch episodes and asks for comments on her dining schedule.

29’15″: Becky from Ohio wants to eat somewhere with atmosphere.

0454 Raffy also wants a restaurant recommendation for seafood and steak.

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Tim of IL wants a suggestion for a dinner at a resort.
Len likes Yachtsman Steakhouse.
Mike Scopa likes Kona at the Polynesian Resort.
Mike Scopa also likes Whispering Canyon at the Wilderness Lodge.
Matt recommends Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Len doesn’t like Shula’s anymore.

Specific Table

1195 27:50 Jeff discusses seating recommendations at Disney restaurants

Splitting Meal

1257 2:44 Wesley from Ohio asks for good meals to split either in the parks or at the resorts

Resort Levels

1394 20:02 Lauren from Minnesota asks if any full-service restaurants at Moderate Resorts are good

1251 15:40 Mike from Rhode Island asks for the best-overall moderate resort, especially for food court quality

1136 9:32 Brian asks about the quality of moderate resort restaurants

Running

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Jeff of GA wants to know where to eat a pre-marathon pasta dinner.

Scopa Special

LS05 Steve wants to know if the Scopa Special is covered by the Disney Dining Plan

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Jay also wants to know if he can get the Scopa Special at lunch.
Mike Scopa says the 10 ounce steak is on the menu but you can ask your server for a larger cut.

Service

1316 14:53 Claire from the UK asks if a correlation exists between Disney’s automatic 18-percent added gratuity at restaurants and poor service

1269 11:57 Pam from Alabama asks about poor service at Disney restaurants

Solo

1088 20:15 Josh asks for good restaurants for solo-dining. Len recommends the small bar at Jiko (you can watch the chefs cook appetizers) and Flying Fish. Mike Newell recommends the Kona Sushi Bar. Mike Scopa recommends the Tune-in Lounge at Prime Time.

0674 5’40″: Andy from UK (acp) asks about solo dining for picky eaters that he can get last minute ADRs. The Panel mention the bars. (See also Episode 578).

0591 23’40″: Amanda refers to Episode 525 and gives her positive experiences of dining solo.

0585 28’50″: Ann from Atlanta asks about solo dining. (See Episode 547).

0528 2’05″: Yo Pauly refers to Episode 523, and suggests that Matt gets a solo character meal.

Thanksgiving

1263 9:53 Margret from Scotland asks questions about Thanksgiving touring and dining

0534 17’05″: Martin asks about dining at Thanksgiving.

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Nick Ruber wants suggestions for a sit down restaurant for Thanksgiving.
Mike Scopa suggests Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom.
Len likes Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Mike Scopa also suggests Tony’s Town Square.
Mike Scopa recommends calling down before going and asking if there are any special menus.
Matt says in past years there have been special menus offered at various restaurants that have Thanksgiving type meals.
Len says if you’re planning on making reservations for Thanksgiving, you can make reservations now since the 180 day window is in effect now.

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Avery Maher of PA wants to know the best place to dine at Thanksgiving and wants to know if the Crystal Palace is one table service meal on the dining plan.
Mike Scopa says the best and most popular choice for Thanksgiving is Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom.

Tipping

1316 14:53 Claire from the UK asks if a correlation exists between Disney’s automatic 18-percent added gratuity at restaurants and poor service

1310 20:48 Ricky from England asks about restaurant tipping at Walt Disney World

1156 5:45 Roger from the UK asks about tipping procedures

1149 13:26 Robert from Tennessee asks about gratuity charges at WDW restaurants

1079 5:21 Mike from New York discusses the benefits to tipping your server with cash.

LS37 104’55″: Cheryl from FL says that writing a letter is better than tipping.

0490 22’50″: DisneyMom3 refers to Live Show 24, and asks about giving tips using a method other than cash.

LS05 David of FL had some comments on tips

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Desiree of TX wants to know about the gratuity with the Disney Dining Experience Card.

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Kim of MD shares a post on another message board about disputing gratuity with the Disney Dining Experience card.

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Jamie of IL comments on tipping Cast Members at a buffet meal.

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Chris of AL wants to know if Disney is going to end gratuity on the Dining plan.

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John of SC encourages those making calculations to figure out how if the dining plan is right for them, to include tax and tip in their calculations. Len explains his tipping mantra.

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Tim of RI has heard of poor service at table service meals because they were on the dining plan and thus, their tip was already precalculated.
Len hasn’t heard any reports of poor service like Tim describes.
Annette thinks perhaps it was just a bad night for that cast member.

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Matt wants to know what the server gets on the Disney Dining Plan in terms of tip and if he should leave extra.
Mike Scopa says the server gets 18%.

Types of meal

Appetizers and dessert

1204 14:10 Shannon asks about good appetizers at WDW

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Beth wants to know if she could order only a few appetizers and dessert at a sit down restaurant.
Nora wants to know if it’s okay to order just an appetizer instead of an entree.

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Bob Hovorka wants to know if we have any new favorite desserts.
Deb loves the chocolate souflee at Palo on the Disney Cruise Line.
Deb also likes the fried oreos at Boma.
Mike Scopa likes the whiskey cake at Le Cellier.

Baked Potato

LS25 Part 2, 11’40” Amy from Kentucky wants a basic house salad or a basic baked potato. Len suggests Peek-a-Boo. Part 2, 19’35” Len refers Amy from Kentucky to the Yachtsman Steakhouse.

Bland

1216 17:34 Valarie from Pennsylvania refers to San Angel Inn and asks for non-adventurous World Showcase restaurants

Breakfast

1322 3:14 Stacey ponders good breakfast options in the parks

LS033 24’15″: Casey from Canada asks what buffet breakfasts, apart from Boma, the Panel recommends.

119’10″: Brian from NJ says that his breakfast has been transferred from Spoodles to Flying Fish.

0555 19’05″: Kent from Nebraska asks about getting to breakfast before the park opens.

0507 19’30″: Jo from Seattle comments about pool-hopping, and wants to know top 3 choices for breakfast.

0454 Jayson of CA complains about the breakfast options in the parks and wants to know if Disney will expand its breakfast offerings.

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Phil’s favorite place for breakfast is the Fountainview Bakery.
Mike Scopa says Fountainview closes early.
Len doesn’t like the coffee in Fountainview.
Matt says Restaurant Marakesh has great coffee.

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Dave from NY wants to know of any good counter service places for breakfast in the parks.
Len enjoys the coffee at Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Resort.
Len also likes Electric Umbrella (Epcot), Tusker House (Animal Kingdom).
Matt says there is a counter service restaurant on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom (Main Street Bake Shop) but it’s always crowded.
Len doesn’t think there’s anywhere in the Magic Kingdom that is quick and halfway decent.
Matt thinks Dave’s best option is to just pick something up at your resort’s food court.

Brunch

LS03 Zultan of FL wants to know of any Sunday brunches.

Buffets

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RichO of IL wants to know if buffets will make special plated items for his wife with dietary needs.

Buffalo Wings

1115 2:17 Robert from Canada asks for the best nachos and hot wings at WDW. AJ mentions House of Blues, ESPN Club, Crew’s Cup Lounge, and Backlot Express for wings. She mentions La Cantina de San Angel,Big River Grille, ESPN Club, and Rainforest Cafe are mentioned for nachos.

Character Meals

1388 10:38 Wendy from California asks if there’s a better character breakfast option than Ohana outside the parks

1295 10:37 Jessica from Mississippi asks if Tables in Wonderland or the Disney Dining Plan is better for her situation, which will include many character meals

1153 ‎2:12 Christina in Ohio asks about the value of character meals for children under age three

1118 22:40 Gerald from Pennsylvania talks about seeing characters at character meals

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Stacey of MO wants to know about character meals where the Disney characters wear different outfits.

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Rachel of FL wants to know adding a character meal to her trip.

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Jamie of NY wants to know where to go to eat with Mickey for a meal.
Mike Scopa recommends Chef Mickey’s.

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Joel of New York, NY wants to know why Chip & Dale are at every character breakfast.
Mike Scopa says the reason is because Chip & Dale are very popular with the younger children.
Mike Scopa also mentions you will never see Chip & Dale close to Donald Duck in the character meals because they’re not supposed to get along.

Counter Service

Generally

1292 10:50 Allan from Illinois ponders a great multi-course counter service meal

1281 26:57 Mary asks about good counter service restaurants for dinner at Magic Kingdom

1279 19:47 Colm from England asks for good counter service restaurants in the parks

1275 9:37 John from New York asks for good quick-service dining options in the parks

0660 17’40″: Michael asks about free drink refills.

18’30″: Michael asks about DVC counter-service.

LS31 Part 1 – 7’15″: Becky from Wisconian asks about eating counter-service breakfast in Epcot.

0543 16’50″: Nicole asks about making alterations on counter-service meals.

0457 Mike of NY wants to know where to get iced coffee in the parks.

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TikiKate corrects Len on the proper pronounciation of a treat from Norway.

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Kala of SC wants to know if they sell egg nog flavored fudge is sold year round at the Main Street Confectionary.

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Desiree of TX corrects Matt’s pronunciation of Pecos Bills.

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fend78 wants to know where to find samosas in Walt Disney World.

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Chuck of NY wants to know about the kiosks at Pecos Bill.

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Shane of GA wants to know he can get unique counter service options.

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Desiree of TX wants to know if the mickey bar is going away because Disney is trying to get healthier.
Mike Scopa says the new healthy rules relate to sit down and counter service restaurants.

LS06 Caller Mark says another tip is when you go into a counter service location they have all of the meals in a “meal” where the burger comes with a side and a drink. What Disney doesn’t tell you is that you can order them separately even though there isn’t a “side dish” menu and it can cost less. You order just the burger without the side things and Disney won’t charge you for the extra stuff.

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Someone asked if the Goofy Ice Cream bar is still available.
Len says the Goofy Ice Cream Bar had its name changed during the 100 Years of Magic Celebration and following the celebration ending, the bar disappeared.

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Ben Natali of Canberra, Australia wants to know the best counter service that offers non-burger type food.
Mike Scopa likes Pecos Bills in Frontierland for the chicken wrap or the salad.
We like the Tomorrowland Noodle Station although it’s often closed.
Matt likes the taco salad at El Pirata y El Perico.
Len mentions that El Pirata is often closed.
At Epcot, Len likes Sunshine Seasons at the Land for Future World.
In Mexico, the Cantina de San Angel is a great value in terms of food.
Len loves the iced pretzels at Norway.
Len doesn’t think there’s anything worth eating at China.
Matt isn’t a big fan of Sommerfest as much as Biergarten and recommends stopping for the beer and not the food.
Len really likes Yakitori House because there’s never a wait with high quality food.
Matt likes Tangerine Cafe at Morrocco and recommends the schwarma sandwich.
The Fish and Chips at United Kingdom is pretty good.
At the Disney-MGM Studios, Matt likes Studio Catering Co., ABC Commissary and Toy Story Pizza Planet.
Len says the ABC Commissary has gotten some good reviews lately in the Unofficial Guide.
Mike Scopa likes Tusker House for breakfast and lunch.
Mike also likes Flametree.
Len thinks the portion sizes at Flametree have gotten smaller lately.

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Phillip Adams of Coconut Creek, FL wants to know where to find funnel cake at Walt Disney World.
Mike Newell says you can find it in Liberty Square to the right of Hall of Presidents at a place called Sleepy Hollow.
Matt also says you can get it from a stand at the American Adventure in Epcot (between America and Morroco).

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Phil of White Plains, NY wants to know if they still sell chocolate covered bananas at Animal Kingdom or other areas of Walt Disney World.
Len believes they are still available at Animal Kingdom and they may be at the Disney-MGM Studios.
Matt thinks they may be at Sweet Spells on Sunset Boulevard.

Burgers

0218
Brian of MD says he used to be a cast member and says all the burgers are the same.
Len thinks the best burger is at Concourse Steakhouse.

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Steve of OH thinks all the burgers are the same .
Lou says there is something about the burgers Peco’s Bills.
Matt thinks the fixin’s bar at Peco’s Bills is amazing.
Mike Scopa likes the burgers at Beaches and Cream.

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Terry of TN wants to know where a better cheeseburger can be found besides the one at Cosmic Rays.
Mike Scopa says the cheeseburger at Beaches ‘n Cream.
Mike Newell likes the burgers at Electric Umbrella.
Mike Scopa also likes the burgers at the Fountain at the Swan resort.
Len likes the burger at Concourse Steakhouse.
Matt thinks any of the burger places in the parks with a fixins bar is good.

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Terri wants to know where in the parks the best place to get a cheeseburger is.
Mike Scopa says outside the parks is at Beaches n Cream (Beach & Yacht Club).
Matt recommends Pecos Bill (Magic Kingdom) and Backlot Express (Studios).
Mike Newell likes the burgers at Electric Umbrella (Epcot).

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

LS30 Part 1 – 36’00” Len made Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup using the recipe in the Shownotes to Episode 509.

 

Dole Whip

1361 11:22 Jim from England asks if Dole Whips will be available at Captain Cook’s in August

0597 24’40″: Jen from NJ asks about an alcoholic Dole Whip.

0490 24’00″: Christie of Nebraska loves Dole Whips, and makes it at home.

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Chris wants to know how to get Dole Whip outside of Walt Disney World.
Mike Newell mentions a Dole Whip mix he bought.
Chris mentions a nutrition study he did.

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An emailer writes in to tell us of her experience learning that Dole Whip is available at the Polynesian Resort as well as the Cheesecake Factory at Downtown Disney.

0329 Elizabeth of OK wants to know how many carbohydrates are in Dole Whip. Mike Newell references [17]Dole Whip nutrition information

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Jim of KY tells us Dole Whip saved his life.
Phil of NY wants to know where to find Dole Whips.
Mike Scopa says Phil can find Dole Whips at the Aloha Isle stand in Adventureland near the bridge to Main Street USA.

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Lydia of TN says when she went to Disney World Dole whip wasn’t on the dining plan.
Mike Scopa explains why the Dole whip float is a better value.

Hot Dogs

1301 22:59 Michael asks if Cosmic Ray’s hot dogs are the same brand as the ones served at Casey’s Corner

Mini Donuts

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JillAnn and Lisa of IN mentions where you can find the mini-donuts that are at Blizzard Beach .

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Chip wants to know where to get the mini donuts from Blizzard Beach elsewhere on property.

World Showcase

1139 24:53 James from Missouri asks about counter service at World Showcase

Nachos

1115 2:17 Robert from Canada asks for the best nachos and hot wings at WDW. AJ mentions House of Blues, ESPN Club, Crew’s Cup Lounge, and Backlot Express for wings. She mentions La Cantina de San Angel,Big River Grille, ESPN Club, and Rainforest Cafe are mentioned for nachos.

Pizza

1421 24:10 Jaypenguin comments on Disney’s room-service pizza

Popcorn

0490 16’10″: Jennifer is looking for fresh carmel popcorn.

Snow cones

0564 20’00″: Michael from NY likes the snow cones from Japan.

Turkey Legs

133415:24 Erica brings up a recent New York Times article discussing the popularity of turkey legs at WDW

Wonka bars

0519 Matt likes Wonka bars.

LS06 Live caller Mark joins the show. Mark was an Imagineer. Mark is prohibited from talking about the projects he worked on.

Caller Mark provides “cheapo tips” to save money at the parks. Matt reminds Mark about the tips that he emailed in to him, which Matt forgot to tell the listeners about. Wonka Bars can be purchased at a dollar at a store in Los Angeles. Matt is taking a flight out there tomorrow!

Healthy

1189 23:44 Suzanne from New Jersey comments on healthy dining options

Italian

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Karla wants to know the best Italian restaurant among Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano (Disney-MGM Studios), Tony’s Town Square Restaurant (Magic Kingdom) and Alfredo’s (Epcot).
Len says the Unofficial Guide ranks all of them 2.5 stars overall.
Matt ranks them Mama Malroses, Alfredo’s and Tony’s.
Len ranks them Alfredo’s, Mama Melroses’s and Tony’s.
Len and Mike Scopa like the antipasto dish.
Mike Scopa ranks them Alfredo’s, Tony’s, and Mama Melrose’s.
Len regails about his grandmother’s sauce.

Off-site

0430
Joe of NY mentions NY Pizza World as having good pizza.

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Keith mentions that Giordanos is a chain from Chicago.

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Shannon of NJ reports on NYPD Pizza.

LS25 Part 2, 25’35” Nicole from Connecticut also wants a place to get Pizza off-site.

Salad

LS25 Part 2, 11’40” Amy from Kentucky wants a basic house salad or a basic baked potato. Len suggests Peek-a-Boo. Part 2, 19’35” Len refers Amy from Kentucky to the Yachtsman Steakhouse.

Seafood

1310 5:32 Bob from Kansas ponders restaurants at Magic Kingdom that serve seafood and/or meatless entrees.

1234 23:35 Nicholas asks whether Fulton’s Crab House or Narcoossee’s is better for lobster

Starbucks

1183 17:24 Todd comments on the presence of Starbucks at WDW

1118 ‎2:01 Kevin from California comments on Starbucks at WDW

Steak

1279 23:11 Colm from England asks for good steak that’s also a good value at WDW

Sushi

0674 17’10″: Kelly asks if the California Grill worth two credits, and if the sushi is good.

LS37 80’35″: David asks about the sushi in the Japanese pavilion.

0624 23’15″: Gilbert from NJ would like good sushi.

LS36 96’55″: Testa briefly talks about the sushi bar at the Polynesian.

0540 9’55″: Chuck asks about a good off-site sushi restaurant.

LS30 Part 2 – 11’45” Kathy from CT asks about sushi.

Spanish

1151 20:35 Karen from Kansas asks about Spanish food in Orlando

Value Resorts

1180 15:37 Ryan from Tennessee comments on All Star Sports’ food court

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Steven lists out the prefered rooms at the Value resorts.
Matt reminds anyone staying at All Star Movies should stay at Mighty Ducks and you can walk over to the All Star Music main building which is closer than the Movies building.

Unofficial WDW Today Wiki – by Phillip Burton and Andrew Carrieri

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