Walt disney world tips

Eat during a parade for a shorter wait time.

Okay so maybe you don’t care about that parade, or maybe you already saw it. You should eat during this time instead because it’s generally the lightest moments at the restaurants as most people are starting to head over to the parade route.

Time your restaurant reservation times at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom for the perfect parade view.

How awesome would it be to watch the Festival of Fantasy at Magic Kingdom (3 pm) while enjoying some Italian food from Tony’s Town Square? Talk about magical!

Book a dinner show for a one of a kind experience.

Whether if you like luau’s or Wild West revues, a dinner show is a one of a kind experience that you absolutely don’t want to miss out on. Plus, the food ain’t half that bad! (Unfortunately, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue is close permanently due to the pandemic).

Ask cast members what there favorite restaurants are.

Cast members usually know all the ins and outs of some restaurants, that’s why I suggest you ask them and see what there favorites are. Sometimes, their recommendations are spot on.

Try the food even if the review says “NO

Just because a certain food that you wanted to try get’s a bad review doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try it. I mean honestly, are you going to trust a complete stranger? (like me lol) Give it a shot because you might be that 1 out of the 2300 people who actually loves it.

Avoid certain over-hyped restaurants or foods.

Just because a restaurant is super hyped up doesn’t mean you’ll like it. Always check out their menus and look up restaurant reviews online. ‘Ohana, worth it. Be Our Guest, incredible atmosphere, expensive foods. Everyone has their own opinions so make sure you truly want to go to a restaurant and are not basing your decision off of what your friend is telling you. For example every blog I read talks so highly about the school bread from Kringle Bakery at Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. I think it’s overrated. (Yeah, that’s right, I said it. Fight me!)

You don’t always need a reservation for a fantastic meal.

There are quite a few delicious restaurants that you can just walk up to and get a great meal, especially at Epcot’s World Showcase. Best of all, these restaurants post their menus outside their doors so you can evaluate their options.

Eat your meal late. And I mean late.

Quick service restaurants are typically lighter anywhere within 50 minutes of closing time. That’s why if you want to eat somewhere without hitting all the crowds, you should go right before closing.

Eat your meal early.

At least when it comes to quick service restaurants, most are pretty empty when they first open up, which means shorter lines and quicker food.

Be flexible with your dining times.

Usually the best times to eat are always the ones to be booked up first. But if you’re totally fine with eating dinner at 8:30 pm or breakfast at 11:00 am, you’ll be surprised at how many places you can eat. At Disney, flexibility is key. I like going to Beaches and Cream for a really late night snack. 10pm or later and it’s sometimes pretty darn empty.