The dining plan is a great upgrade for resort guests if you have time to plan some of your meals. Reservations are highly recommended for most restaurants, especially if you will be eating during peak meal times. The dining plan will not only save you some money, but makes a wide variety of the finer foods accessible for those on tight , or even moderate, budgets. We ate at Boma, our resort restaurant, two nights and enjoyed the array of
As concierge level guests at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, we had access to the private lounge. Not something everyone would be willing to pay extra for (not too bad in the off season), but we definitely got our money's worth in both convenience and food. Every morning we had our breakfast there and enjoyed the appetizers, African beer, and cordials later in the day when relaxing at the hotel. The lounge really came in handy for keeping a
While the dining plan made eating at some of the nicer restaurants affordable, we had to make reservations which impacted our ability to relax during the trip. Every night I had to plan around our scheduled dinner time. It's not so much an issue with singles or small groups, but makes family excusrions
The counter service eateries at Disney definitely are wanting, especially at the resorts. The first thing that is usually on every menu board is the bacon double cheeseburger. No, there isn't a plain ol' cheeseburger, just the extreme variety. There are a few exceptions, notably some of the ethnic locations at EPCOT, but the lion's share are not much more than fast food at twice the price. Disney puts in some effort to make salads and healthy sides available, but the main courses often resemble McDonald's combo meals and with little other options for dinner. Considering the
The trick is to be prepared when you go to Disney. I recommend Deb's AllEars website (or one of the other great Disney travel sites out there) for the menu listings and reviews of Disney eateries, as well as a wealth of other planning information. If you go prepared there is a great variety of awesome food to be found, though without any preparation you may find yourself wondering whether you want chicken nuggets or a bacon double cheeseburger for the fifth meal in a row.