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Reader Challenge: EPCOT Dining on $40 in a Day

Epcot Dining #2

Today’s article is a reader challenge which I picked up on listening to the Enchanted Tiki Talk Podcast earlier this week.  Episode 34 of their podcast had them go around EPCOT and eat for less for $40.  I assume they took inspiration for this idea from Rachael Ray’s show “$40 A Day.” This brings both “value hunting” and “debate” which have been the themes for this week at Dad For Disney.

I thought this was a great idea for a blog article and EPCOT is great place for this challenge.  There are lots of places to get something to eat.  A wide variety of foods are present because all the different countries represented in the World Showcase.  I can’t see two people giving the same answer because of this variety.

Epcot Dining #1

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Top Attraction Shows at Walt Disney World

The weather forecast at Walt Disney World is reaching that predictable time of year: High of 87 to 95 degrees and humid with afternoon thunderstorms.  There are many ways to deal with the weather: get a Disney poncho and try to stay dry the best you can when the rain does come, go back to the resort and get in a swim before the rains come, have a long late lunch in the middle of the afternoon and watch it rain from your table.

However, these options may not appeal to you or fit your plans for the day.  Maybe you want to stay in the park but need to find those indoor attractions but don’t know which ones are best.  Today, I’ll try to list for you which attractions are the best at keeping you cool and dry when the mid-afternoon heat, humidity, and rains descend on Walt Disney World.

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Walt Disney World Deluxe Accommodations

The next two days, I’m going to cover the Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts.  All of these resorts are on the smaller side compared to the Moderate and Value resorts, however, the standard rooms are larger and all the resorts have Villa accommodations as well, or in the process of building them, except for Yacht Club.  These Villa accommodations come in four different sizes: studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom grand villas.  But those are for tomorrow, today, we’ll just focus on the standard rooms at these resorts.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge Exterior
Animal Kingdom Lodge Exterior

Yes, there are rooms where guests can see the safari animals from the balcony of their room.  These safaris/savannas are separate from the Kilmanjaro Safari experience in the Animal Kingdom Park.

Animal Kingdom Lodge is the largest, in terms of rooms, of the deluxe resorts with 1,307 rooms.  All of the Animal Kingdom Lodge rooms are located in the Jambo House.

Animal Kingdom Map
Animal Kingdom Map

The front desk and check-in is located in the central main hall with four trails splitting off from this hall.  There are four trails where the rooms are located: Ostrich Trail, Giraffe Trail, Kudu Trail, and Zebra Trail.  Each of these trails, except for Giraffe Trail, has a view of, at least, one savanna.  The Giraffe Trail has a view of the pool.

What if my room doesn’t have a view of a savanna?

There are only 135 rooms (10.3%) which do not have a view of a savanna or pool.  For these guests, there are still plenty of opportunities to see the animals.

  • Sunset Savanna and Sunset Savanna Viewing Room/Balcony: this area is designed for sunset viewing of the animals
  • Each savanna has a variety of viewing location and Cast Members will leave around the savanna so the animals move around.
  • Sunrise Breakfast Adventure: available on Sundays and Thursdays.  The adventure departs at 7:30 am and involves a 45-minute ride through the Kilimanjaro Safari Experience where the guides will stop and guests are allowed to stand and take picture.  This ride is about three times as long as the standard experience on the Safari.  After the tour, guests go to Pizzafari for a breakfast buffet.

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2014 Food and Wine Festival Week Recap

In case you missed any of the posts from earlier this week about the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, here’s a recap

Chef Mickey Opens F&W

Part 1: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/05/12/2014-food-and-wine-festival-week-part-1-general-information/

Part 2: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/05/13/2014-food-and-wine-festival-week-part-2-sample-world-showcase-menus/

Part 3: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/05/14/2014-food-and-wine-festival-week-part-3-sample-menu-from-non-world-showcase-booths/

Part 4: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/05/15/2014-food-and-wine-festival-week-part-4-special-events/

Part 5: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/05/16/2014-food-and-wine-festival-week-part-5-tips/

Dad for Disney will be taking tomorrow.  My next update will on Monday when I’ll start a series about on-property accommodations at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

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2014 Food and Wine Festival Week – Part 5 Tips

Food and Wine Festival Week concludes with tips to maximize the guest’s enjoyment while at the festival.  If you have been reading, this week, you’ve read that this is quite an expansive festival with all the of booths, special events, and concerts.  It is a very popular, if not EPCOT’s most popular, event during the year.  How can the guest best enjoy the festival and spend all of their time waiting in line, not having food spills, and keeping the kids happy?

Tip 1: GO DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK

If a guest is able to attend this event during the middle of the week as opposed to the weekend, this is a great time to go to the festival.  During the middle of the week, crowds, at the event, will be lower because attendees will be mainly resort guests.  Starting Friday night and during the weekend, more or more Orlando locals come to EPCOT for day or evening trips solely for the Food and Wine Festivals.  They add to the wait time at the booths and take up spots at the special events.  Longer lines mean the ability to sample more booths would be reduced since guests will be spending more time in line and less time eating.  The time it will take to eat the food will remain the same whether or not a guest has waited five minutes or fifteen minutes to get that food.

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