Our Top Favorite Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

 

There are so many great places to dine on Walt Disney World property that it’s hard to narrow down the list to our absolute favorites – but we did. We’ve dine at these table service restaurants the most over the years of vacationing at Walt Disney World. What do they have in common? Well they both are all-you-care-to-eat options (can’t go wrong with that) and they are both located in Disney resorts, so no park ticket required. So, what is our favorite places to chow down, you ask?

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Beignet Dash at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter

2017 was our year of races – we ran two of the Star Wars Dark Side races at Walt Disney World in April, participated in a 5K “Goat Gallop” in a tiny town in West Virginia in June (yep, we hung out with goats after), got to high-five Mario freakin’ Lemieux at the Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K and Family Walk in October, and finally in November we ran a really fun race at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort called the “Beignet Dash.”   (more…)

Hogan’s Beach Shop in Orlando

Picture it, West Virginia……1985…….at the height of the “Rock N’ Wrestling” era, a young ME finds his true love:  the WWF (now WWE)!  Flipping through the channels of our new satellite dish, I happened upon a (now very infamous) episode of a talk show called “Hot Properties”.  Who was this muscular, blonde “superhero” that was hanging out with my idol of the moment, Mr. T, as guests on the show? It didn’t take me long to learn about this man, THE IMMORTAL HULK HOGAN, and to change my weekly routine from cartoons and comics to televised wrestling and live WWF events. (more…)

Souvenir Shopping Outside of the Parks

When we first started vacationing in Florida, we came home with a lot of souvenirs that we purchased at the theme parks. Christmas ornaments, pins, stuffed animals, art prints, hats, key chains, mugs, and numerous other odds and ends have made it the nearly 900 miles back to our house. As prices have gone up, we started visiting the two Disney outlet stores and places like Target and Walmart instead. Let’s go souvenir shopping!

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Toothsome Chocolate Emporium at Universal Orlando

I had been wanting to visit the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal CityWalk since it opened. This past November I scheduled a few hours away from our Walt Disney World vacation to venture to the other major theme park in the area, Universal Orlando, to finally check it out!

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Candlelight Processional at Walt Disney World

The Candlelight Processional is a show at Walt Disney World’s Epcot that features an orchestra, choir, and a celebrity narrator telling the story of Christmas. The shows are held daily in the America Pavilion from Thanksgiving to around New Year. We attended the November 30th show, and our narrator was Ana Gasteyer, mostly known for Saturday Night Live.

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Our Studio Room at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village

Have you ever done a split stay? A split stay is when you stay at two or more resorts/hotels during your single vacation. We did this at Disneyland last year (the Candy Cane Inn and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel) and most recently at Walt Disney World, where we stayed at Disney’s Pop Century and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village.

The big draw to staying at Kidani Village or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (the next resort over) is having a view of the animals on the savanna from your balcony. We didn’t splurge on this however. Our view was the front of the resort, near the bus stop. Doesn’t sound too great huh?

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Our one day at The Flamingo Inn Daytona Beach Shores, Florida

Yep, one day. We aren’t really beach people, but we decided to kick off our trip with a quick stopover at the beach before our jam-packed Walt Disney World vacation began. We wanted somewhere that was a quick drive to get us to Disney the next day, so while scanning a map of Florida I settled on the Daytona Beach area.

The Flamingo Inn was chosen because we didn’t want an expensive place, and the reviews were decent on Trip Advisor. I believe we paid around $65-ish for our off-season midweek stay. No complaints there!

The Flamingo Inn is located about 2 miles south of the Boardwalk area, which is where we drove to that night to eat at Joe’s Crab Shack. (We actually thought we were going to Crabby Joe’s, but ended up at Joe’s Crab Shack by mistake. We stayed at Joe’s Crab Shack however,  and it was a lot of fun!)

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