Dining at Walt Disney World can be summed up in one word: Magical. The food is superb, the service unsurpassed, and the atmosphere like nothing you have ever experienced. But with a little inside information you can order some extra magic on the side. You just have to know where to look!
From secret desserts to free souvenirs, Disney vacation pros know how to make the most out of their dining experience in the happiest place on earth. Here are a few little known secrets that will ensure you have a magical culinary event.
Disney Dining: Cinderella’s Glass Slipper (Secret) Dessert
Be the envy of nearby diners, since Cinderella’s Glass Slipper Dessert is not available on any menu at Walt Disney World. Served only at the Grand Floridian Resort or Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom, this delectable dessert must be ordered at least 48 hours prior to your visit.
This tantalizing treat starts with a ‘slipper’ of white chocolate, filled with cream, topped with raspberries. On the side is a dark chocolate boat filled with mousse and topped with white chocolate shavings. Completing the presentation is raspberry sauce and a chocolate stamp of Cinderella’s castle. You can even have your dessert personalized with your child’s name written in chocolate. Call the cake hotline at (407) 827-CAKE to order this edible art.
Disney Dining: Free Cake!
Who doesn’t love free cake? If you are celebrating your honeymoon on the Disney Cruise Line, you will be treated to a complimentary “wedding” cake during your dinner service. You may even be presented with a cake more than once during your voyage!
When making reservations for this or any Disney activity, be sure to mention you are on your honeymoon. You will receive extra attention from your servers, and may even have your own “table for two” instead of the traditional cruise ship dining that requires you to share a table with a group of strangers.
Disney Dining: Table Magic
When making dining reservations for Disney World (407-WDW-DINE), be sure you mention any special occasion you are celebrating. When arriving for your meal, you may be pleasantly surprised with extra decorations on your table, such as character-shaped confetti on your table arranged in the shape of a heart! The confetti makes a great addition to scrapbook pages when you return home (make sure you have an envelope or small plastic bag to put it in).
If your server knows you are celebrating a special occasion, you may even be treated to a free dessert. Don’t be afraid to blow your own horn. After all, who doesn’t love a little extra attention?
Disney Dining: Get Noticed
Disney cast members are trained to look for signs that guests are celebrating special occasions. The best way to ensure you are not overlooked is by wearing a pin to designate your celebration. When arriving at Magic Kingdom, go to City Hall (near the park entrance) and tell them what you are celebrating. Pins are available that read, “1st Time Visitor”, “It’s My Birthday”, “It’s My Anniversary” and more! Wear these pins everywhere!
When dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table located in Cinderella’s Castle, you may even receive complimentary champagne glasses to commemorate the day! (If your server doesn’t mention it, be sure to ask!)
Disney Dining: Become Part of the Action
Perhaps my favorite Disney dining experience is at the Whispering Canyon Cafe located in the Wilderness Lodge Resort. It is very loud, but lots of fun, especially for the kids.
Here are a few tips you should know, but keep them to yourself and let your family be surprised with the results: tell your child to ask for ketchup, make sure someone in your party is wearing a non-Disney t-shirt (i.e. Universal), have your husband ask where he can buy some chewing gum. You will become part of the action and your family will never forget it (or forgive you!).
The key to an unforgettable Disney dining experience is advance planning. If you just show up and eat, you will still have a great time, but if you plan ahead your magic will grow exponentially!
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