Our lovely visit to Walt Disney World in Orlando seems such a long time ago now. I’m already pining for the sunshine, for Anna and Elsa, and, more importantly, all that amazing food.
Once upon a time (see what I did there?) I think most people thought that all you could probably eat while you were at Walt Disney World parks and resorts was junk food, or maybe Mickey-shaped ice creams. Now, people are starting to realise that Walt Disney World features some of the best dining in the world, whether you’re after a snack, quick-service, grab and go option, or proper fine dining with table service.
So what can you expect?
Well, on one of the days in the Magic Kingdom, we didn’t have much time and wanted to grab a quick bite to eat. We stopped at Casey’s Corner on Main Street and chose the pulled bbq pork and slaw hotdog. What can I say? Even the chattiest amongst us fell silent, faces were stuffed and appreciative noises were uttered:
Another day, when we had more time and fancied a leisurely lunch, we headed to Tony’s Town Square, also on Main Street USA. You remember Tony’s right? Of course you do – it’s where Lady and The Tramp had their very first kiss (with a little help from some spaghetti). Laura and I re-enacted the moment, just for you:
The spaghetti and meatballs were delicious – soft, juicy meatballs, silky pomodoro sauce and perfect pasta. The setting is beautiful too – oh, and if you get the chance, try some of the zucchini fries too, they’re amazing:
And of course I can’t talk about dining at Walt Disney World without a special mention for my absolute favourite restaurant: Citricos at the frankly gorgeous Grand Floridian resort. This modern Mediterranean gem oozes luxury and sophistication. From the unobtrusive service (they’ll whip away your white napkin if you’re wearing black and replace it with a black one), to one of the best wine lists around, the experience is luxe from start to finish:
And don’t even think of leaving before you’re tried the signature dessert:
So there you have it, gorgeous food whether you want to eat and go, sit and relax, or really dress up. And, even better, I’ve got all the details of a fab offer if you’re thinking of booking a Walt Disney World holiday.
The Disney Free Dine Offer
So here’s the skinny: book a holiday at a participating Walt Disney World Moderate Resort, a Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts, plus Disney tickets for the whole party with a Disney dining plan before 21st October and take your holiday either between 1st January and 24th March 2015, or 12th April and 20th November 30th (min 5 nights, max 21) and receive the Free Disney Dining Plan for everyone aged over 3 travelling plus $100 Disney Dollars per booking to spend in resort!
What does the dining plan actually provide?
Well, the Quick-Service Dining Plan, free when booking a moderate resort, gives you dining options at up to 50 different places including lots of healthy options. Each person receives 2 quick (counter)-service meals including a dessert, plus one 1 snack (Disney snack are legendary – cupcakes, cookies, Starbucks coffee, ice creams… you name it), plus one refillable resort mug per person.
The Dining Plan, free when booking a deluxe hotel and ticket package, gives you dining options at up to 100 different places. Each person receives one quick-service meal including dessert, one table-service meal (including places like Tony’s Town Square, or fine dining in places like Citricos, Artist Point, Flying Fish Café, Hollywood Brown Derby, Jiko – The Cooking Place), one snack and one refillable resort mug. You can also exchange your table service meal for one of the fabulous character dining experiences too.
The plan works in all six parks, the Downtown Disney area and all the resort hotels, not just the one where you’re staying.
How to get there:
7 nights in Orlando from £1,185pp
Seven nights in Orlando with Virgin Holidays, including scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick direct to Orlando, accommodation at the 5V Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge on a room only basis and car hire included starts from £1,185pp. Price is per person based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a standard room and includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Price is based on a departure on 29 November 2015. Start your holiday before you’ve even taken off in the v-room at Gatwick Airport…adults £24.50, Kids from £14. Virgin Holidays is a member of ABTA and is ATOL protected.
To book, and for more info: www.virginholidays.co.uk , 0844 557 3859 or visit one of our 110 stores located in Debenhams and House of Fraser stores nationwide.
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