Plan ahead and find the best places to eat on your visit to Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Also get the tips on when to eat, make future reservations, and get some helpful hints on how to save money.

1. Set a budget ahead of time for your meals. An easy way to do this is to select a dining option in the “Magic Your Way” vacation package. The basic package offers 1 Table-Service Meal, 1 Quick-Service Meal, and
1 Snack per day, per person. This could end up saving you 30% in the long run but doesn’t necessarily include all the restaurants you may want to visit. Most restaurants will be priced in three categories at the Magic Kingdom: $ ($14.99 and under per person), $$ ($15-35.99 per person), and $$$ ($36- 59.99 per person).

2. There are many restaurants in the Magic Kingdom that feature character dinners. Those would include The Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and friends, Liberty Tree Tavern with a patriotic Mickey and friends, and Cinderella’s Royal Table. The Cinderella dinner takes place in the castle but it rather expensive. Reserve for Cinderella as soon as you know when you are going on the trip for it books rather quickly.

3. Most of the restaurants at the Magic Kingdom are in the $ range and are featured in all areas of the the park; Fantasyland, Main Street, Adventureland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. These are all very crowded during peak dining hours. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland features a little lounge entertainment from Ray which is an animatronic.

4. Don’t forget to snack! The Magic Kingdom features the best items including ice cream shaped like Mickey, turkey legs, churros, and anything from the bakery. Eat light the whole day to save room for these great snacks. Most of the restaurants will be busy during normal eating hours at noon and six so snacking may be the best choice. If not, try to eat early or late so you can avoid these busy feeding times.

5. Many of the $$ to $$$ restaurants mentioned in this article are restaurants that will probably require reservations. To make reservations, as many meal times at popular restaurants book quickly, book online or phone (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 up to 180 days in advance.

6. Before making your final decisions, view the menus online to make sure they fit your budget and that the restaurants will have food your entire family will enjoy. Disney will also accommodate guests that have food allergies and will show you places for vegetarians.

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