Our consideration of the Festival of the Lion King Signature Dining Packages continues with a look at our experience at the show and the private safari ride.
Part 1, located here, focused on the meal portion of the package at Tiffins. If you’re considering a meal at Walt Disney World’s highest-rated theme park restaurant then it’s worth checking out. Even if you don’t really care about seeing Rivers of Light, there’s also the potential to save a lot of money with that Dining Package, particularly if you’re considering the $62 Surf and Turf pictured above.
We return to Walt Disney World’s highest-rated theme park restaurant to check in on the value of the various Lion King Dining Packages. While this review will focus primarily on the components that make up those two packages, the review remains relevant to anyone considering a meal at Tiffins and particularly for those deciding whether or not the Rivers of Light Dining Package makes economical sense.
Our last visit was back in May for the Tiffins Talk with Executive Designer and Vice President, Creative, Joe Rohde. It was an experience that was even more fascinating than it was delicious and I’ve attempted to pass on a few of the most interesting details in this review. My original review with a number of pictures from around the restaurant is available here. For even more pictures, see this review or this review or this review or this review.
As you’re probably aware, Disney has raised the price of just about everything at Walt Disney World over the last month, including a big increase on snacks back on October 2nd. Around the same time, they also raised prices on buffets and character meals, along with the prices on most a la carte items at other restaurants. It can actually be a bit of a hassle to figure out how much most buffets and character meals cost because Disney doesn’t publish the exact figures due to the fact that they are subject to change seasonally. The following should offer a pretty good idea about what to expect, but keep in mind that you may see a $~3 increase if you’re dining around Christmas, Easter, or whenever Disney thinks demand is high enough that they can extract a few more dollars from you.
Of note is the fact that standard character meal lunches and dinners now cost more than $55 for anyone aged ten or over and $33 for kids between the ages of three and nine. ‘Ohana dinner is also up to $55 for adults and $31 for kids, while we may just be one more price increase away from dinner at Trail’s End topping $40 for adults.
I’ve organized the list by location, beginning with the theme parks and then continuing on to the resorts. I’ve also linked to my most recent reviews with an occasional link to a compatriot’s site when the information is more up to date.
All prices include tax.
- Adult: $21.29, Child: $12.77
- Adult: $79, Child: $47
- Lion King Dining Package Tier 1: Adult: $105.44, Child: $52.19
- Lion King Dining Package Tier 2: Adult: $78.81, Child: $30.89
- Rivers of Light Dining Package: Adult: $71.36, Child: $27.69
We return to Be Our Guest Restaurant after the most recent price increase along with the addition of beer and wine to breakfast and lunch.
Be Our Guest lunch remains a difficult reservation to book. You’ll want one if you’re planning on dining here because cast typically turn walk-ups away from at least 11:30am through 2pm. You may have luck getting in right at 11am or between 2pm and 2:30pm, but it’s far from guaranteed. If you’re having trouble finding availability, you might have some luck searching for a party of one and either finding overlapping times that way or making the reservation and then showing up with more people. While the search above showed up no availability for two or more, there were several reservations for one person available. Since there aren’t any tables for one, they should let a couple in with a reservation for just one guest.
Our coverage of the 2018 edition of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival continues with a look at the relatively-economically-priced Parisian Breakfast in the France Pavilion, which is hosted at (Les) Chefs de France. You may remember that the website has reviewed more than 250 items available from the Festival Marketplaces with an index of the reviews located here.
The Parisian Breakfast is scheduled on Saturdays during the Festival, officially from 9:15am to 10:30am. In reality, the breakfast runs from just after 9am through about 10:45am. You’ll have the easiest time getting over to the France Pavilion early by entering through the International Gateway entrance in between the France and UK Pavilions. We used Uber/Lyft to drop us off at the Beach Club Resort around 8:40am and then walked over to the International Gateway. Guests staying at the Beach Club/Yacht Club/BoardWalk Inn/Swan/Dolphin can easily walk to the International Gateway from their resorts. From elsewhere, those using Disney transportation would need to take the bus to Hollywood Studios from their resort and then walk over to the International Gateway from there, which will take about 20 minutes. Of course, you can enter from the main entrance as well – be sure to head over to the breakfast reservation line for early admittance. As usual, guests were released from the holding area at the International Gateway around 8:50am to head to the attraction of their choice. Those headed to breakfast in France waited in front of the bridge over to the Pavilion until right around 9am, at which point we were released towards Chefs de France. Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie, the French quick service bakery, opens daily with the Park. While you may not be able to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival Parisian Breakfast outside of Saturdays during Festival season, you can put together a similar breakfast at the Boulangerie on any other date over the course of the year.