Sunday, November 10, 2013

Disney Dining {3}

Narrowing down the dining choices on our Epcot day is tough. Not only are there some amazing restaurant choices at Epcot, but then you have numerous places to choose from that are within walking distance at Beach Club, Yacht Club, or Boardwalk resorts, and also easy access to the monorail resorts Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian.
On every trip to WDW, our dining choices consist of some must-dos, some old favorites, and a few that we haven't tried yet.
For our upcoming trip, we thought about returning to Coral Reef {in Future World}. We haven't been back since 2010 when we ate there with the boys. The food and atmosphere were great, but the service was lacking. We thought about giving CR another try this trip, but decided to keep looking. Here are some pictures from our meal there:

 Creamy Lobster Soup - Made with chervil and Brandy - $8.49  {appetizers extra}                                     

Grilled New York Strip Steak - Served with horseradish smashed potatoes and market fresh vegetables - $32.99                                                

Grilled Mahi-Mahi - with laughing bird shrimp, hearts of palm, jasmine rice and a coconut lime sauce - $25.99                                           

The Chocolate Wave - Served with brandied cherries. - $7.99                                                

Baileys and Jack Daniel's Mousse - Topped with a ganache and chocolate cigar. - $7.99  

Passion Fruit Creme Brulee - with seasonal berries - $7.99                                                                                               

I've included prices to give an idea of cost of an average table service meal in Disney. With the Dining Plan, a beverage, an entrée, and a dessert is included in each TS Credit. The cost of the regular dining plan for one adult is $58.66 per day. This cost includes a snack, a counter service meal, and a table service meal each day. Also included is a refillable mug for unlimited soda & coffee at the resort food court. Imagine the savings if you book during "FREE DINING" or in our case, a discount on dining {and room & tickets} using the Play, Stay, Dine discount. 
I think the Dining Plan is a great deal. We try to make selections that give us the most bang for our buck. I love going to a restaurant and not thinking about the cost, no matter if I order the cheapest or highest thing on the menu-it's covered under the dining plan. I keep track of receipts during our trip and figure up what we spent vs. the cost of having the meal plan. We have come ahead at least $150-$200 each trip. And like I said before, I love that our meals are already paid for before we get there. We only need to worry about a tip {which we pay cash for} or any extras like apps.

If you are planning a trip to WDW, I highly suggest looking into the Dining Plan to see if it would work for your family.

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