A day at Disney World can be a dream come true, especially with a little planning. If you have game plan, navigating the people, places, rides and attractions is much easier.  For instance, did you know there are 25 restaurants and eateries to choose from inside the Magic Kingdom?  Deciding where to eat can be a bit overwhelming but with our quick guide you’ll know price points, food selections and gain insight into which Magic Kingdom restaurant is right for your family. 

Be Our Guest Restaurant
For our first installment of our Magic Kingdom Restaurant Guide, let’s take a look at the full service restaurants:
Be Our Guest: Serves dinner and lunch with a French twist. 
Price Point:  Lunch $12 and under; Dinner $16 and up

Cinderella’s Royal Table: Specializes in character breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Featured characters are Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Belle, Aurora, and Snow White.
Price Point: $50 and up

Crystal Palace: Specializes in character breakfasts, lunches and dinners.  Food is served buffet-style.  Featured characters are Winnie the Pooh and friends (usually Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore).
Price Point: $25 and up

Liberty Tree Tavern: Serves American fare with menu items like Pilgrim’s Feast, New England Chowder Lamb Stew and Liberty Pasta during lunch and a Family-Style Feast with selections like Roasted Turkey Breast, Carved Beef and Pork Brisket with Mashed Potatoes, seasonal vegetables, herb bread stuffing and Mac and cheese.
Price Point: Lunch $12 and up; Dinner $30
Plaza Restaurant: Sandwiches like reubens, grilled chicken and turkey clubs are highlights of this menu.
Price Point: $10-$18
Tony’s Town Square:  Delicious Italian selections like chicken Parmigiana, Shrimp Scampi and Lamb Shank can be found at Tony’s Town Square restaurant.
Price Point: $17 and up

Please note:  All price points are for entrees and the character meals are priced for adults.

Next week, look for our Magic Kingdom Restaurant Guide detailing counter service dining options.

LEGOLAND Florida tickets are currently $20 off right now, a great value for families planning a vacation in Orlando. The $20 savings is available on both one day and two tickets.

LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park featuring 10 different “lands,” all of which have their own theme. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun. LEGOLAND offers interactive attractions, family rides, shows, and restaurants specifically geared to families with children ages 2 to 12.

The 10 different “lands,” or park areas, include:

  • The Beginning
  • Fun Town
  • Miniland USA
  • DUPLO Village
  • LEGO Kingdoms
  • LEGO TECHNIC
  • Imagination Zone
  • Pirate’s Cove
  • Land of Adventure
  • LEGO City

 

The 10 lands boast an impressive 50 rides, live entertainment shows and many other interactive attractions.

Don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of this exclusive savings. Reserve your LEGOLAND tickets today!

Orlando Theme Parks are known for their incredible, immersive experiences that keep guests coming back year after year.  Plus, each theme park is constantly updating their rides and experiences which creates new and exciting things to do for visitors.  2013 is no exception.  Read on to find out more about the new additions to theme parks such as SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort and Disney World

SeaWorld:  The biggest expansion in SeaWorld history opens this spring at SeaWorld Orlando.  Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin is more than just a new ride, it’s a new realms for visitors to explore that include a variety of new experiences for guests. A state-of-the-art interactive ride will take guests on an exciting journey through the dangers and wondrous beauty of the Antarctic as they follow and mimic a young penguin’s adventures. Additionally, the new area will include a new penguin habitat that will bring guests closer than ever to a colony of penguins, a gift shop and a new dining concept featuring market-style, international food.
Universal Orlando Resort:  Universal opened a variety of new and revamped attractions in 2012, including Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and the lagoon show Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular.  In 2013, the theme park will bring Transformers: The Ride – 3D.  The attraction combines the larger-than-life TRANSFORMERS characters and an exciting storyline with life-like HD CGI media, state-of-the-art 3-D technology and amazing special effects to place riders right in the middle of an epic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons.
Disney World: The Magic Kingdom park seen several new attractions open in December as part of the Fantasyland expansion, including the Be Our Guest Restaurant, Enchanted Tales with Belle and Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid. In 2013, the Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom will open Princess Fairytale Hall, an interactive attraction featuring princesses such as Aurora, Cinderella and others in the Castle Courtyard located in the heart of Fantasyland.

Shopping is one of the top activities for visitors to Orlando.  The central Florida city has previously been named the number one city for bargain shopping, but there are also plenty of luxurious labels and brands present at Orlando malls.  In 2013, even more options will be available for visitors looking so splurge, save and treat themselves to a day or two of shopping while on vacation.

The four most popular malls in Orlando include:

Orlando Mall at Millenia

Photo Credit: Mall at Millenia

Mall at Millenia: The Mall at Millenia is located in the heart of Orlando near Orlando Theme Parks like Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld and Disney World Theme Parks. The mall is home to exclusive high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Cartier, Salvatorre Ferragamo, Rolex, Jimmy Choo, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Swarovski, ECCO, L’Occitane, Lacoste; and U.S. retailers like Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret, Tory Burch, Gap, Coach, Betsey Johnson, Banana Republic, Allen Edmonds, David Yurman, Michael Kors, BCBG and Tiffany & Co..  It is ranked in the top 10 among the world’s most successful shopping centers and will open stores for retailers Prada, YSL and Swiss watchmakers Hublot, Omega and Breitling in 2013.

The Florida Mall: Known as central Florida’s largest mall, The Florida Mall has over 250 specialty stores including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Florida’s only M&M; World. Other retailers include retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas Originals, Apple, Bare Escentuals, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Clarks England, Dillard’s, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M;), JCPenney, MAC, Macy’s, Sears, Pandora, Sephora and Victoria’s Secret.  Clothing retailer Michael Kors and jewelry retailer Tous will be added to the mall in 2013.
Orlando Premium Outlets – International Drive: Located just minutes from Universal Studios, Orlando Premium Outlets features over 180 outlet stores including 7 For All Mankind, Baccarat, Betsey Johnson, Brahmin, Ed Hardy, Escada, Gap, Judith Ripka, Juicy Couture, Lalique, L’Occitane, Le Creuset, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, The North Face, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, St. John, Stuart Weitzmen, Ted Baker and Victoria’s Secret.
Orlando Premium Outlets – Vineland Avenue: Located only one mile from Walt Disney World Theme Parks, the second Orlando Premium Outlets Mall features luxury stores like A|X Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Diesel, CH Carolina Herrera, Fendi, Guess, Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, LeSportsac, MaxMara, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, True Religion, Tod’s and Zegna.  The Vineland Avenue location of Orlando premium outlets is expanding in 2013, with more than 80,000 square feet of space and 12 new stores opening.  The area, known as The Promenade, will be anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth.

Get ready to see all of your favorite characters from Madagascar at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.  The Florida theme park is set to premiere “Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation” this May.  Visitors will be able to party along with Alex the Lion and his posse of zoo friends as they vacation with guests at Busch Gardens.  The original live music show features singers, dancers and pop music performed by a live band.

Songs from the movie and party favorites will be performed as you join Madagascar characters for an excellent vacation adventure.  Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien, Mort, Skipper, Private, Kowalski, and Rico all create a party atmosphere guests of all ages enjoy.  Plus, after the show visitors have the chance to meet the characters and take photos with them.
As part of the new show, an exclusive experience is being created.  It will include reserved seating for the show, scheduled meet and greet with the characters and a character lunch.  Located at the Stanleyville Theater, the show will debut one the landmark theater has been refurbished.  It will become enclosed and be air-conditioned for the comfort of park-goers once Madagascar Live! opens in May.

March 1-17:  Bands, Brew & BBQ at SeaWorld Orlando
This annual SeaWorld festival continues during March with plenty of barbeque, beer, and bands including Daryl Hall & John Oates, Darius Rucker, Michael McDonald, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins with Uncle Kracker, and Sheryl Crow.

March 1 – April 20:  Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando combines electrifying concerts, a dazzling parade, delicious Cajun cuisine and plenty of authentic New Orleans musicians to create one of the biggest parties in Orlando, Florida.

March 6 – May 19:  Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Epcot guests will be treated to topiaries, garden displays, seminars by celebrity HGTV designers, a stellar line-up for the Flower Power Concert Series and a gorgeous butterfly house during the annual International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World.

Ready to go country tonight?  At Old Town Orlando you can do just that with a new country music event dubbed “Old Town Gone Country.”  The free event takes place every Thursday night, with the first night held on January 17.

Guests can expect live country music, drink specials, line dancing and a truck cruise.  The schedule of activities during Old Town Gone Country:
•Truck Registration: 4 pm
•Restaurant Drink Specials: 5-7pm
•Live County Band: 7-11pm
•Truck Cruise: 8:30pm
All the rides and restaurant at Old Town will be open too, creating a fun and festive atmosphere for park goers.  Purchase the AMPventure pass to enjoy unlimited admission to the zipline, rock wall, ropes course, ferris wheel, flying dutchman, super shot, tilt-a-whirl, and windstorm.