Disney World dining tips from our Facebook fans

Over on our Facebook page, we asked our fans, "What's your #1 tip for planning your dining at Disney World?"

We received a lot of great tips and advice. Here's a taste (ha!):

Chris J. and Lynette L. both say to make dining reservations early. Chantel B. adds, "You can always change your mind & switch some things around, but have some ressies in place."

In addition to booking early, Shanna B. said, "Give yourself a realistic daily food budget, including drinks!" (We agree Shanna, drinks are a must at many Disney World restaurants!)

Adriana V. says, "Bring lots of money." (Of course Adriana, we're going to need it for those drinks! ha!)

If you haven't made advance reservations, Nick C. says don't sweat it: "Have a backup plan. If you can't get into one keep trying," he told us.

Shirley C. has some great advice for the adventurous: "Always be willing to try something new and exciting. You might be surprised at what you will enjoy! My Fiance and I went to Sci-Fi Diner for lunch and now he insists on eating there again. It was a spur of the moment idea when we were putting our reservations list together!"

Christine L. says she doesn't make reservations. "We rarely book meals in advance, always go during a slower season and enjoy eating when and where the mood takes us," she said. "This is only possible during a slow season though - I highly recommend trying it someday - it is so much more relaxing than planning an entire trip around dining."

Mandy O. is more of a counter service eat-on-the-run type. "Dining? Are you kidding me? There's no time for that!" she said. "Be there when they open and don't leave till they close. Only time for a burger on the run. And it's back to "its a small world" and "Peter Pan" for the fifth time in a row!"

So what's your top tip for planning your dining at Disney World? Leave a comment below. Be sure to join us on our Facebook page too!

Jennifer L wrote on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 16:33:

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I have learned that you really do want to make reservations as early as possible. I always love to do this months in advance. Gives me the excitement of our vacation! Always take your time in each restaurant and enjoy the atmosphere. As much money as you are paying to eat there, take your time. Sometimes the decor and atmosphere is why we book at certain restuarants.

Kristen H wrote on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:48:

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Jennifer -- I am the same way! As soon as we hit our 180-day window, we start to make ADRs! We ALWAYS make changes though, hahaha!

Herb wrote on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 02:05:

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I would add to the 'take time to stop and smell the roses' ideas. Everyone wants to get as much fun into a Disney vacation as possible, but plan for a leisurely evening where you actually sit down and enjoy a full dining experience. Mickey and Minnie will still be out there when you are done. Spending a few hours as a family over a nice meal will create a memory just as getting that next autograph will - and it will give your feet a break!

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