"MAKING THE MOST OF MEAL TIME"
FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE
When you are far away from home and are unfamiliar with the area, eating can sometimes prove to be a real hassle!
Deciding where you will eat and how much is it going to cost to feed this family of yours, can sometimes take alot
out of your vacation budget if you are not careful!
"SOME IDEAS ON HOW WE SAVED A FEW DOLLARS ON DINING DURING OUR VACATION"
- First of all, just how important is it for you to eat a full course breakfast? If it is, try visiting any of the local Ponderosa Steak Houses.
They offer a breakfast buffet for those of you who simply must have all the fixings at a reasonable price. (Also pick-up any one of those FREE GUIDES that most
of the grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores offer. They offer discount coupons to save you money on meal purchases.
- When my family goes on vacation, we usually make a trip to one of the local grocery stores to purchase several items to help with the meal budget throughout
- For Example: We purchase a styrofoam cooler (and fill it with ice from the ice machine at the hotel).
- Purchase 2-liter bottles of your favorite soda to keep in the room (cheaper than buying multiple cans of soda from the vending machine or food court).
- Bread for making sandwiches like peanut butter and jelly (nutritious enough for breakfast or for a late night snack when you get back from the parks).
- Your favorite breakfast cereal and a quart of milk, which will keep for the day in your room in the styrofoam cooler. (Most of the hotels offer
a mini-market that you can purchase basic food items.)
- A plastic bowl and tumbler for each of you(.50c each), disposable paper plates, disposable
utensils, sandwich bags, and napkins can be purchased at any of the local grocery stores.
- Your favorite fruit, peanut butter crackers, cookies, munchies, etc. that you may like for keeping in your hotel room. Good for when you get back from the park and you need a little something
or to put in those sandwich bags. (We carried a small amount of munchies in *Each of our own fanny packs* Helped curbed the hunger pains till you got out of the park, to enjoy a more budget-wise meal.
- "Goodings" is right across from the back entrance to Disney, near the Village Market Place (now called Downtown Disney), but you will find their food prices to be higher than most other grocery chains.
- Instead go to either a "Publix" on Irlo Bronson Highway(Rt.192)just a short distance away from the parks or drive to Walmart, also on Irlo Bronson Highway(Rt.192)just near the Kissimee town line.
This store is HUGH! It offers a full size department store, a full size grocery store, and a McDonald's Restaurant in the center of the store. Prices are considerably cheaper than going to "Goodings"
even if it is closer, its worth the 15 minute drive from the hotel to get there!
"IF YOU ARE GOING TO SPLURGE AND EAT IN THE PARKS, HERE ARE A FEW RESTAURANTS OR FAST FOOD PLACES THAT OFFERED THE MOST VALUE FOR YOUR DOLLAR"
- "In the Magic Kingdom", we ate at the Pecos Bill Cafe. Large portions for a reasonable price considering you are in Disney World.
- We also ate at the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon Revue, a good place
to stop during mid-day to catch a bite to eat and rest your tired tootsies while you enjoy a free Wild West Show!
- If you are looking for something to snack on...The Main Street Bake Shop offers
an Ice Cream and Cookie Sandwich which is well worth the price and delicious!!! Made with your choice of 2 large homemade cookies.
- The Dole whips served in Adventureland are wonderfully refreshing!
They are made from pineapple and soft serve.
- "In Epcot", the Electric Umbrella is located just before you enter World Showcase, near the large water fountain on the left side.
They offer a variety of fast food and the chicken tender meals proved to be filling enough even for an adult.
- Some of the places we found a bit more pricey, but worth the experience was The 50's Prime Time Cafe in "Disney's M.G.M. Studios".
Definitely alot of laughs if you are bringing the kids along! *Remember all the entertainment is done in good fun.*
- In the Disney Village Market Place, which is now called Downtown Disney, The Rainforest Cafe proved to feed even the most manliest of appetites,
thou more expensive, you definitely get more than your money's worth! The food was EXCELLENT!!!
- If a Disney Character Meal is more to your liking, then I would STRONGLY SUGGEST "Chef Mickey's" at the Contemporary Hotel!
Prices ran in the moderate range, but they offer a large select of food to satisfy either a child's or adult's taste buds!
The meal is an all-you-can-eat buffet, without the usual nasty buffet-quality taste! We dine there every time we visit Walt Disney World!!!
We've never been disappointed yet!
- If you are looking for places to eat off-site, if you follow the road that takes you towards Downtown Disney and
then turn right at the light onto Buena Vista Blvd., it will take you out to a main road, right across the street from The Crossroads Mall.
If you go straight through the lights, you will find a T.G.I.Fridays, which offers a wide variety of food.
If you turn left at the light, in front of The Crossroads, you will find The Olive Garden on the right handside, which serves good Italian food,
that's reasonably priced. All along that road, you will find several fast food establishments such as Burger King, McDonald's, Etc.
- The main roads that are business districts offering restaurants, shopping, etc. are International Drive and the Irlo Bronson Highway (Rt.192).
It's on these two main roads that you will find the majority of the places you will be seeking as tourists.
"SOME LINKS TO VARIOUS RESTAURANTS BOTH ON AND OFF DISNEY PROPERTY"