Touring Plan: What to Eat at the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

So the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival has turned into quite the crowd pleaser, but fewer know that the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival not only has beautiful garden displays, but also has turned into a food event in its own right. Unlike other Disney special events, both of these festivals take place over several weeks, which means less concentrated crowds. Best of all, there is no additional admission. A win-win for everyone.

This year the Flower and Garden festival has been extended an unprecedented 90 days from March 2 to May 30, 2016. Limited viewing topiaries, food and even an interactive children’s garden are all part of the festival this year.

This is one of the reasons why I chose to go during April with my family in 2016. I can’t wait to snack on all the new pop up stands available during the Flower and Garden Festival. Check out the video below on some of the tasty foods offered in 2015.

Sneak Peek of the New Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom

You guys, I am SO excited about this new restaurant in Magic Kingdom. In general, as a foodie I have been unimpressed with the food offerings in that park, but with Be Our Guest Restaurant, and now this new one, I am stoked!

Skipper Canteen is themed to go along with the Jungle Cruise and more importantly with the secret Society of Explorers and Adventurers, a fable club made up of a motley crew of characters whose influence is sprinkled throughout Disney properties around the world.

As of January 2016, even though this restaurant is a table service category, they are NOT taking Advanced Dining Reservations. That may change, but rumor has it Disney wants to test first come, first served.

The first impressions of guests have said that internationally influenced cuisine is amazing. Here’s a full review over at the Disney Food Blog.

To get a feel for the place check out the video below.

Dining in Disney: How To Eat for $20 a day (or less) in each park

 

Although I’m all about saving money at Disney, you can’t skip the wonderful Disney food altogether. It’s awesome and should be a budgeted part of your experience.

Disney DOES allow outside food in a softsided cooler. I would utilize this a few ways. First of all breakfast. Breakfast is important that you need it to fuel your very busy day, but the parks are best early in the day, so I wouldn’t waste my time sitting and eating. Pack fruit, granola bars, baked goods and other sundries that are good on the go and eat on the bus to your destination for the day. It’s also a great place to pack cold beverages and snacks.

If you want to pack lunch, and didn’t bring food or order from Garden Grocer, you can purchase two slices of bread at most food courts for $1.40. Peanut butter is .50, and often free (as a condiment), as is jelly. Super cheap way to get fueled up mid-day.

But even if you don’t pack any food, you can still eat at Disney on a budget by utilizing a few tactics and making smart (and tasty) choices. Continue reading

Dining at Disney: Is the dining plan right for me?

For anyone staying on property at Disney World, it’s the million dollar question, “Is the dining plan right for me?” Although much debate has gone on about it, and it is personal preference, I would in general say “No.”

The idea of a prepaid plan is appealing. It provides an all-inclusive feel to your vacation, and who doesn’t love that? I would argue, the convenience of the plan ends there. Continue reading