How long does it take to eat at Disney World?

How long does it take to eat at Disney World?

by Vickie
(St. Louis)

Okay...last one, I promise (at least for awhile) :) There is just so much more to consider than I ever imagined!

When planning for dining, how long does it take to eat at Disney World? I'm sure there is a different answer for regular restaurants vs. character dining. We just know we want to be able to view all the night time parades and fireworks, so timing is going to be an huge factor for us.

By the way, I love that you have a Facebook page. Not sure why I just discovered it yesterday, but thanks for bringing this information to us in another way...especially a way that keeps me entertained while I'm wasting time on the computer :)

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Good to hear from you again. I'm glad to help.

How long does it take to eat at Disney World? MMMmmm. That's a hard one to answer. But, I guess that's what Dad's here for, answering the hard questions.

Here's your answer - somewhere between 5 minutes and 3 hours.

Does that help?

I didn't think so, but it's a true answer if not a complete one. Disney restaurants work pretty much like the restaurants you go to every day. The sit down restaurants take about the same amount of time that a sit down restaurant at home does. The fast food restaurants are mostly like the fast food restaurants at home, except there is no car to eat in.

I'll give you a couple of examples. Our favorite restaurant is 'Ohana in the Polynesian Resort. We love going to 'Ohana and watching the fireworks while we enjoy our dessert. This makes timing a little tricky. We usually shoot for a 7:45ish reservation. That way if we have to wait for a table we will still see the fireworks. The last time we had to ask for an extra dessert to stretch things out. But it worked out.

Dad's 'Ohana page

At the other end of the spectrum is Casey's Corner. Casey's is our favorite fast food place in Disney World (or was until they ruined the buns, but that's a different story). We can walk in to Casey's, order a hot dog and a drink, and be back on Main Street USA in under 5 minutes. (Just don't walk to close behind us, Dad tends to get a little messy.) OK, yes, we usually sit down to eat the hot dogs, but that doesn't usually take too long.

Dad's Casey's Corner page

Dad's Bottom Line

All that being said, how do you time meals. If you are going to leave the parks to eat, make sure your reservation is at least 2.5 hours before the event you want to see. If you are eating in the same park as the event, for fast food, plan 45 minutes, for sit down, plan an hour and a half.

PS. Thanks for the reference to the Facebook page. It's just getting started. Leave me a message sometime.

Dad's Facebook page

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Jul 07, 2010
2 Desserts!!!!!
by: Mrs. Mom

Like we really "suffered" eating an extra dessert while we waited for the fireworks!!!!!

About 'Ohana, it seems to me that the later our reservations, the less hurried our service was. Now of course, we always go to 'Ohana the evening of the day we spent at the Animal Kingdom.

Also, don't plan a "BIG" breakfast the morning after 'Ohana.

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