Disney World Quick Tips – Don’t waste money on a buffet
I know many people love Buffets due to the variety of food available and of course the “eat as much as you want” philosophy but before you think this is about lowering your portion sizes or another health food article let me assure you it is not.
Our last trip to Disney World I planned out several nice buffets for my family. Cape May Cafe, OHana (hybrid buffet), Tusker House, etc. I was finding out that even with all that yummy food my little one was to busy watching all the stuff going on or bouncing off the wall from all the excitement that she wasn’t eating much. Same thing with our infant, there were always people walking around, events going on that neither one of them wanted to eat.
We have decided since we goto Disney World so often that it is better for us to get a Tables in Wonderland Card instead of using the Disney Dining Plan. If you want to read more check out this article Tables in Wonderland vs. Disney Dining Plan. So when we were going to the buffets we were getting socked with a $10 – $15 meal for our 5 year old and she was maybe eating a few bites. What a waste!
After a few experiences like that I went online to the Disney World Dining Reservation page and cancelled the rest of the buffet meals and opted for places where you can order off a menu. Places like Whispering Canyon Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, and Via Napoli. The food is just as good, cheaper, and sometimes portable. If we knew we were going back to the room or if the food was portable like the picture above we took what she didn’t eat with us.
Quick Tip – Pack Ziplock bags to put left over or extra food in to munch on later.
While it is highly unlikely you can avoid every buffet scheduling a few per visit will help you not feel so guilty if you have a picky eater like we do. For a full restaurant listing check out our Disney World Dining Guide Section and Resort Dining.
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