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Disney World Tip #7: Choose Restaurants for Value-- and for Fun!

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WDW Crystal Palace

Use Advance Reservations to skip the line-up at The Crystal Palace restaurant.

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Eating at Walt Disney World is an expensive undertaking. Although some bargains are available if you choose carefully, a family of four will be hard-put to have even a quick bite for less than $50.

In fact, your better option is probably to spend $10 more than that $50, and eat a full buffet at fun restaurant-- such as the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, which has the Winnie the Pooh characters in attendance (above).

Adults pay $15.95 for lunch, $19.95 for dinner; kids pay $9.95; there's breakfast too. (Check Disney World site for updated prices.) Kids will find a section with their own meal selections, plus a make-your-own sundae bar; parents will find plenty to please their palates; and your glass of pink lemonade or pop will be endlessly refilled. Be sure to make an Advance Reservation. (see Visiting Disney World - Tip #8.)

Other popular buffet restaurants with similar prices include character breakfastat Cinderella's Royal Table, and the Polynesian Resort's dinners where food is cooked at a firepit, games are played with the kids, and food is brought to your table, and brought, and brought... Also, the Boma restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge reportedly has a fabulous spread.

  • See the AllEars.Net fan site for Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Character Meal locations, and more-- even menus for individual restaurants.

Meanwhile, if you're dining a la carte, you may as well get the maximum fun for your bucks . For example, the Prime-Time Diner (At Disney's Hollywood Studios) is a hoot, with it's 50's decor. Old-fashioned TV's are everywhere, showing the Mickey Mouse Club or Dick Van Dyke; the wait-staff is fully in character and speaks to guests in a comic patter, admonishing Dads to eat their dinner if they know what's good to them, or maybe using the good ol' "here comes the airplane" routine to feed Mom her burger. Kids' meals are a good bet, at the diner. And the desserts are GIANT.

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