Category Archives: Hollywood Studios

Top Five Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

Last week, I went over the Top 5 Counter Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World.  This week, I’m going to tackle the Top 5 Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World.  However, I’m making one qualifier to this list.  Signature dining experiences are not eligible for this lists because they would dominate the list crowding out some deserving restaurants.  All of the restaurants, on today’s list, cost only one table service credit per person (if you are on the Disney Dining Plan). As with all lists, it’s opinion-based and this list reflects that.  It’s based on restaurants that I have eaten at in my many visits to Walt Disney World.  Your list may be different because I know I haven’t eaten at every restaurant so I know I’ve missed some places.  Now, let’s eat!

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New Restaurant on Disney’s Boardwalk

Disney announced, yesterday, through it’s Disney Parks Blog what restaurant will be replacing Kouzzina.  Kouzzina will be closing up shop at the end of September.  In December, Trattoria al Forno will be opening its doors to guests.  What to expect from Trattoria al Forno: the restaurant will highlight Neapolitan pizza making in wood burning ovens, seasonal risottos, Italian cuisine from throughout Italy, Italian desserts, and 100% Italian wines (60 by the bottle and another 25 by the glass).

Looking the entire picture of the EPCOT/Hollywood Studios corridor, Trattoria will become the fifth Italian restaurant in this area join Via Napoli and Tutto Italia in EPCOT, Il Mulano in the Swan Hotel, and Mama Melrose in Hollywood Studios.

That leads me to today’s question, does this restaurant create an overload of Italian restaurants in this area?

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Top 5 Counter Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

This article is going through my top five counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World.  There are counter service restaurants everywhere in the World making it impossible to eat at all of them in any one trip or even two or three trips.  This adds to the variety of a guest’s vacation.  These restaurants serve a wide variety of cuisine making it easy, for even the picky eater, to find something to find something to eat.

And with that introduction, I bring you my top five counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World.

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Are There Too Many Hard Ticket Events at Disney?

For the longest time, Disney only had two hard ticket events: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  For the spring, Disney announced three new hard events:

  • Villains Unleashed – August 23rd
  • Harambe Nights – select nights
  • EPCOT After Hours Wind Down – select night until mid-September

The question that needs to be asked is: Are there now too many hard ticket events at Disney?  These events all provide special experiences to guests.  However, these experiences all come with an extra cost.  With single-day park tickets now approaching $100, how much extra cost is too much?  I’ll take a look at all three of these events and take a look at the added value of the events.

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Cars Land: To Disney World or Not to Disney World

One of the biggest successes at Disneyland has been the addition of Cars Land.  Cars Land was completed in 2012 and was seen as the biggest reason why attendance at Disneyland has been on the increase.  Cars Land consists of three rides (Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi’s Flying Tires, and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree) along with three restaurants and three shopping areas.

Cars Land #2

Ever since it’s very popular opening, people have been asking the question: Should another Cars Land be built at Walt Disney World?  It’s a great question.  Some of the people have even mentally carved out space within Hollywood Studios and mentally closed down attractions to make room for a proposed Cars Land.

Let’s lay out the arguments for and against its addition.

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