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Best Dining Values in Walt Disney World and Disney Trivia Contest


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #311 for the week of February 3, 2013.

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Part of maximizing your Walt Disney World experience is not just getting the most from your time at the resort, but also maximizing what you spend. And while there are many ways to save money at Walt Disney World, one of the best and easiest is ways is in what, where, when and even how you eat. Join us this week as we explore the Best of the Best Dining Values in Walt Disney World. From locations to items to values in overall experiences, you’ll discover some the secrets, tips and strategies for getting the most out of your Disney dollars.

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– Lou Mongello

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9 thoughts on “Show # 311 – Best Dining Values in Walt Disney World”

  1. Terry Engels says:

    I strongly disagree with your comparison of Tonga Toast from Kona vs. Capt. Cooks. The cheaper version at Cook’s does NOT come with strawberry compote and it just doesn’t taste the same without it. That is a major distinction. The last time Kona raised the price of Tonga Toast we asked why and was told the price went up because of the cost of the Strawberry compote as to the reason for the price increase. Consequently, that’s comparing apples and oranges. I think you need to clarify for your listeners that sending someone to Capt Cooks to experience Tonga Toast means they miss the most important part of what TONGA TOAST really is!

    BTW, the other hidden gem of Kona Cafe breakfast is The Samoan. Splitting Tonga and Samoan with another gives you the best breakfast in the world, both sweet and savory on the same plate!

  2. Rick says:

    One of my favourite eats in the Magic Kingdom is the self-serve taco salad bar at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn. Since you can load up on onions, lettuce, mushrooms, salsa and cheese it is a pretty good value for a hungry person at under $10. As well, if you time it correctly you can watch the parade go by while eating.
    Also, I will concur with the program’s mention of the pasta bar at the food court of Port Orleans Riverside. You can ask for the ingredients you like, watch it being prepared in flaming glory, it’s tasty and reasonably priced.

  3. Jon Simon says:

    You spend considerable time promoting the virtues of the Main Street Bakery, but alas it will be closed for me next visit. Further, we don’t even know what the menu would be when it reopens with Starbucks.

    Luckliy (not for my calorie intake) some of the menu items will be at Gaston’s Tavern and Tomorrowland Terrace

  4. DisneyDaddy says:

    Rick — yeah, we wanted to talk about Pecos Bill’s, but there’s so much we could have discussed that this show would have been over two hours!

  5. kimberley jones says:

    hi, you talk a lot about sharing meals which i love the idea of but hubby might not hahhhahaa, so glad going with a girlfriend too, but even in a table service restaurant will they bring you two plates and let you divide 1 meal or will they even do this for you.
    great show.

  6. Lou…stop giving away all the good spots!!!

    Really though, a great deal that my wife and I found was at the ABC Commissary (which as we all know is not known for its quality). They have two salads there:
    1) a Coucous, Quinoa and Arugula Salad and
    2) an Asian Salad
    Now, both are just ok by themselves, but if you add Salmon to these salads, they become great! Both salads with salmon are around $11 each and you get a big salad with a huge piece of fish. The two salads are quite different but both are very good and very large. Bon Appétit!

  7. Justin Eckstein says:

    I would say that Flame Tree BBQ is one of the best values, a half a chicken and ribs with 2 small sides is easy splitable between 2 people

  8. Alex says:

    After hearing this podcast, I have decided that Lou is a Hobbit. Short and eats 5-6 meals a day with a lot of snacks.

  9. Chuck Zitta says:

    Agree. Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion is a great one stop affordable place to grab a meal. Love the carrot cake at the bakery! The Biergarten is a great value. All the food you can handle, a great setting, great entertainment. If you walk out of there hungry, you need to take eating lessons. LOL!!! The Liberty Tree Tavern. Another all you can eat, Thanksgiving style dinner. A Pizza from the Pizza Window on the Boarkwalk. Feeds a family of four. No problem. Great value! 50’s Prime Time Cafe, another great value. Good comfort food, and the servers are hilarious! Earl of Sandwich. Love the Holiday sandwich! I’d also like to add, quantity of meals is something to keep in mind. If you do a full service meal, you’re going to get more food than you could ever imagine. So you may only need one other lite meal or snack during the day to get you to dinner time.

    Thanks again for another fantastic show, Lou and Chuck!!!