The 2014 edition of Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World Dining Guide was published on September 24, 2013 by Disney Press.
Page: 160 pages
Publisher: Disney Press (Birnbaum Travel Guides)
Date: September 24, 2013
Size: 8.4 x 3.7 x 0.5 inches
The updates for 2014 includes new dining destinations such as the Be Our Guest restaurant and Gaston’s Pub in the Magic Kingdom as well as new menus at restaurants sun as the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort.
Its compact size makes it easy to carry with you when you are in the parks but a lot of the contents of this book can also be found in the main Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World book.
The book is billed as the insiders guide to Disney dining style and every restaurant, lounge and bar at the four major Disney theme parks, Downtown Disney and the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels is separately described.
As an alternative, consider either The Healthy Guide to Walt Disney World 2009: How to Eat Right and Stay Fit in Disney - The NEW Diet, Dining, Food, Fitness and Complete Weight Loss Book by Dan Green or The Unofficial Dining Guide to Walt Disney World: Current Menus and Prices for All Restaurants at the Parks and Hotels by Kevin Yee.
If you have purchased the Disney Dining Plan (a pre-paid meal plan that gives you one table service meal and one counter service meal each day), then the Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World Dining Guide can help you plan your meals in advance no matter where you are in Walt Disney World
The first chapter, How to Book a WDW Table, covers the essentials on making a reservation.
There are separate chapters on the four main parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, plus Downtown Disney and the WDW Resorts.
There are also chapters on Character Meals, WDW Dinner Shows, WDW Clubs and Lounges, Celebration and WDW Recipes describing some of the favourite Walt Disney World food.
Every entry gives you details of where the restaurant is located, the kind of service available, an idea of the sort of menu and whether they serve snacks, breakfast, lunch or dinner.
There is also a helpful rating of each restaurant according to a price band ranging from less than $10, $10–20, $21–45 and over $45 so you can budget in advance.
One of the most useful sections of the book is the ‘where to find it’ section at the back. Here you will find lists of restaurants that fit into over 30 different categories so if you fancy a Chinese meal, something suitable for the kids, a romantic dinner for two or you eating alone, you can check out the best restaurants for every situation.
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The full list of categories is bakeries and pastry shops, barbecues, best bang for the buffet buck (all-you-can-eat), best with babies (table service), brunch, buffet (all you can eat), burgers, cheap eats (fast food), cheap eats (relatively speaking) table service, Disney characters (dining with), ethnic eateries (split into African, American, British, Canadian, Chinese, Cuban, French, German, Italian/Mediterranean, Japanese, Mexican and Latin American, Norwegian), family-style (all-you-can-eat), fruit, good for groups, hot dogs, ice cream and frozen treats, kids favourites, knockout views, kosher (fast food selections), lounges and bars (with food), new to Walt Disney World, open 24 hours, pizza, salads, seafood, snackbars (at the resorts), solo diners, sushi, steak, super splurges (for grown ups) terrific theming, vegetarian selections, wine and dine (great wine lists).
Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World Dining Guide is part of a set of seven Birnbaum books about the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disney Cruise Line and the Disneyland Resort in California.
Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition of Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World Dining Guide.