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Monday, 4 July 2016

Walt Disney World Dining

Eating well on holiday can often be a little tricky, especially when you’re travelling to somewhere like Walt Disney World, where you’re relying on a lot of convenience food. As I had a Disney Dining Plan as part of my booking I thought I’d share some of the delicious food I ate while I was away.

One of my favourite meals was breakfast on our first day in Florida. We were lucky enough to dine in Cinderella’s Castle, at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom. Now, this counts as two table service meals, but for the quality of the food, and the Princesses you get to meet, it’s totally worth it. For breakfast, you first get a plate of gorgeous pastries for your table, alongside a choice of juices and hot drinks. These were tasty, but with just one plate between the four of us, I wish there had been more. For my main dish, I chose the Caramel Apple Stuffed French Toast. I was slightly worried that this would be too sweet, even for my sweet tooth, but it was delicious – a great way to start my holiday.

Now I did a fair bit of research before my trip, which included watching almost all of Ellie Steadman’s Disney vlogs over on her YouTube. She recommended Yak and Yeti at Animal Kingdom for a great quick service alternative to burgers and fries, but we took it one step further and chose to use a table service meal. Located in Asia, the Yak and Yeti restaurant looks really authentic, and the service was fab. There was so much on the menu, it was a little difficult to pick what to eat. In the end, I went with Ellie’s recommendation of Crispy Honey Chicken. It was delicious! I’d definitely recommend trying it if you go. Our dining plan entitled us to a main course and a dessert, so once I’d had my fill of chicken, I took to the dessert menu, my favourite part. As my main course had been very filling, I chose the trio of Sorbet – light, tasty and nice and sweet, what more could I ask for?

At Hollywood Studios, we dined at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. We love Italian food as a family, so we knew this would be a hit. I chose the Spaghetti, a classic choice, but I was slightly overwhelmed by the amount of options I had – meatballs or chicken, Marinara or Four Cheese sauce? I went for meatballs in the cheese sauce, which was tasty, but slightly odd. It’s not a combination I’m used to, but was still delicious. Again, it was quite a big portion, so when dessert menus were brought round, I went for simple, yet classic, Vanilla gelato. This was so tasty, and was a nice way to end a delicious meal.

Dining at Epcot gives you a lot of options – I mean there’s a whole World Showcase of countries to choose from. We love Chinese food and chose to dine at Nine Dragons Restaurant. I have Chinese takeaways relatively frequently, but I haven’t gone to a restaurant in a good year or so, so I relished the opportunity to try something I wouldn’t normally eat. I chose the Kung Pao Shrimp with Egg Fried Rice. It was amazing! I’d never tried  a Kung Pao dish, but I’ll have to hunt it out again now I’m home. The sauce was delicious, and the inclusion of peanuts was a lovely change. For pudding, I chose to share the Banana Cheesecake Eggrolls with my dad. This was another tasty choice, but I could have easily devoured the entire plate – the size of the portion was small enough for one person I think.

Our final dinner of the holiday was at the Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite Disney classics, and the opportunity to dine in the castle was just too good an opportunity to pass up. We were seated in the Ballroom, which was just like walking straight into the film – I expected Belle and the Beast to start dancing round the tables. The Beast did in fact walk through the dining rooms , and we got to have our photos taken with him after we’d finished eating. The menu was filled with so many delicious options, but I went for the Grilled Strip Steak with Garlic-Herb Butter and Pommes Frites. Not only was this steak amazing, but they were some of the best chips I have ever had. The desserts are brought round on a trolley so you can see what was on offer, but when you’re dining in the Beauty and the Beast restaurant, could you choose anything other than the Grey Stuff? It’s delicious, after all. And Lumiere isn’t joking when he says that.

I think we really did make the most of our dining plan, and we ate at some amazing restaurants that we hadn’t thought about trying before. I'd really recommend including a Disney Dining Plan into your booking if you're making one. I hope I’ve given you some recommendations if you’re heading out to Walt Disney World. If you're not, hopefully I’ve not made you too hungry!

Love Lexie

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