Friday, 23 October 2015

Dining in Disney: Day One

I decided to do separate posts for all of our dining experiences in Florida as finding somewhere to eat is a big part of your holiday and I thought it would be easier to dedicate posts to food to make it easier for people to decide if they'd like to eat at some of the places we ate.

Breakfast at the Crystal Palace - Magic Kingdom



This is a character themed dining location that serves a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can meet characters from Winnie the Pooh as part of the dining experience. This restaurant, like all of the table service restaurants in the Disneyworld resort, can be booked from 180 days before your trip.


The restaurant was really clean and beautifully decorated. I loved the "Friendship Day" banner. The buffet had a good selection of cereals, pastries, fresh fruit, pancakes, waffles and hot food such as bacon, eggs and sausages. A choice of soft drink, tea or coffee is also included with unlimited refills.

Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet visit your table whilst you eat, sign your autograph books and pose for pictures. We managed to meet all four of them within the hour. They go around the restaurant in a rotation so everyone gets the chance to meet them. They also have a mini parade around the restaurant which kids can join in with. The kids absolutely loved the interaction of this breakfast.


The meal cost us $102 and we left a tip of $18 to make the total $120.

Lunch at Columbia House - Magic Kingdom

This is a quick service restaurant, located in the Liberty Square area just in front of the Haunted Mansion. Quick service restaurants don't need to be booked; in fact, generally they can't be booked unless it's somewhere like Be Our Guest. This means you can just walk in and grab some food fairly quickly.

The kids and I had a kids meal each. We all chose chicken nuggets and a side of fries and the meal came with a bottle of water. All for around $6 plus tax. You need to check with these types of restaurants what sides come with your meal as you may also have the option of healthy alternatives such as carrots or grapes. Husband had a sandwich of some variety which also came with fries but without a drink. It cost around $12 plus tax. The kid meal portions are pretty generous so if you don't have a big appetite then you can save money by buying those instead of an adult meal. The food was pretty good and the restaurant had plenty of seating areas.

The meal cost us around $30. No tips required at a Quick Service restaurant.

Dinner at The Boathouse - Disney Springs

The Boathouse is one of the newest restaurants in Disney Springs (previously Downtown Disney). It is beautifully decorated with stunning views of the lake. You can hire an amphicar which will drive you in to the lake and sail you around before or after your dinner.


The menu was pretty good but we were a bit sad to see that there were no steak dishes on the kids' menu. Miss C and Z decided to have a burger and Husband and I enjoyed our first steak of the holiday. The food was served fairly quickly and it was really delicious. No veg was included with the meal; this is an additional side dish you have to order if you want it. We didn't have a starter or pudding as we weren't overly hungry. Husband ordered a glass of prosecco to have with his dinner which cost $9.

The kids loved that their dinner was served in an amphicar!



Dinner cost us $95 and we left a tip of $15 to make a total of $110.

I'd highly recommend all three of these restaurants!


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