About

Welcome to Dining at Disney! I’m Kristen and my favorite part about visiting the Disney Parks… the food. I’ve been visiting the Disney Parks since I was 16 and now travel 5 – 7 times a year.

Back in 2007, I started regularly writing reviews for a message board and in February 2008, started a series of cooking videos to show how to make your favorite Disney recipes. In 2009, my first Disney food related blog was launched which included Disney recipes (and some of my own personal ones), reviews of food and restaurants at Disney World, information on restaurants and monthly series (Top 5, Disney-themed recipes and advice from a Disney mom about dining with kids). All of these experiences led to the launch of Dining at Disney in June 2012.

About Dining at Disney

Dining at Disney is a independently fan-run website offering information on restaurants and food at the Disney parks and resorts. You’ll find up-to-date news, in-depth reviews, fan-favorite recipes and current information for planning.

The writers of Dining at Disney are foodies who enjoy dining at Disney as much as the attractions. Coming from all over the United States, they regularly visit the parks at Disneyland and Disney World.

Please Note: Dining at Disney is no way part of, endorsed by, authorized or affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or its affiliations. 
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Dining at Disney has appeared as a guest on the following shows:

Disney Parks Podcast Show 139

WDW Parkhoppers’ “Table For Four” Show 2

WDW Parkhoppers’ “Table For Four” Show 6

The Mouse Knows Best Ep. 26

Disney Parks Podcast Show 293

Bubba Alvarez – Dining at Disney Podcaster

Big Bubba with Captain America

Big Bubba with Captain America

Bubba Alvarez loves Disneyland and food. He knows plenty about both! Bubba, has managed restaurants and is a former Disneyland Cast Member. He lives near the parks and visits often with Taylor, his beautiful wife.

When Bubba isn’t working, spending time with his wife or at the parks, you can find Bubba on Disneyland Magic reporting about all the park happenings. Disneyland Magic is a weekly show on Sorcerer Radio, the #1 online fan-run radio station.

You can connect with Bubba on Instagram and Twitter.

Contributors

John Donahue – Media Event Coverage

 

Tony Caselnova – Media Event Coverage

Tony Caselnova hanging with Mickey

Tony Caselnova hanging with Mickey

Tony’s enthusiasm for all things Disney all started when his parents took his family to Walt Disney World for a vacation. His first trip was at age 13. Since that first time, he’s made a trip almost every year, As far as he knew, there was only one place to vacation!

Tony’s fascination with Disney World began on that very first trip. He wanted to know how things operated, how many people worked there, how long was the monorail track, AND of course,  what made it so magical. His curiosity and fascination are what fuel his interested in the magical place we all know and love. Every year that his family vacationed at The Most Magical Place on Earth, he learned more about Disney World and new parks, attractions, and restaurants being added.

He most certainly is not your average fan! He is always wanting to know all the details and facts of Walt Disney World. He even has gone as far as to research facts via the Internet, books and DVDs. One of his favorite parts of planning a Disney trip is the research. This lead him to starting his own website, Disney Parks Podcast (with fellow Dining at Disney contributor – John Donahue), and write his first Walt Disney World book – Disney by the Numbers: Facts and Figures about the Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Resorts.

He’s dined at all but four of the Walt Disney World restaurants. He dines weekly at at least one Disney restaurant and some of his favorites include California Grill, Artist Point, Boathouse, and Ravello.

Cat Arcori – Disneyland Writer

Cat Arcori

Cat Arcori as Buzz Lightyear

A gluten free Disney foodie, who’s been visiting the parks for 30 years and snacking her way through allergy friendly finds for just as long. Cat is local to Disneyland but considers Walt Disney World to be her second home. At Disneyland, she loves pickles, Safari Skewers, and Matterhorn macaroons! At Walt Disney World, she loves Citrus Swirl, kakigori, and the Brown Derby Cobb!

Brandi – Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line Writer

Brandi is a Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line writer for DiningatDisney.com

Brandi is a full time Disney addict who enjoys going to the parks. She’s a mother of two amazing boys, wife and elementary school teacher. When she and her avid Disney fan family isn’t at the parks, they are planning their next trip.

Brandi loves to run and takes part in the runDisney events. If she’s not running a race, she’s training for the next.

Alexia Christensen – Walt Disney World Reviewer

Alexia and family

Alexia and her family at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

Alexia Christensen’s love of Disney began at a young age. Like most young girls, she dreamed of being a princess someday. Now that she’ll all grown up, she shares her love of Disney with her stepdaughter and daughter, and relives her princess dreams through their eyes.

Her love of food also began at a young age. As a little girl she’d watch and help her father cook for their family. Her joy of cooking with her father inspired her to sharpen her culinary skills. Alexia took a position working in the restaurant industry for two years. Although Alexia loves cooking, she now does this just for her family.  She enjoys experimenting with new recipes, but also loves taking a week off every year to experience the flavors of Disney. After six years in retail management, Alexia has taken her passion of Disney and food by sharing her knowledge of Disney with others as a travel agent with Destinations in Florida.

Connect with Alexia on Facebook and Twitter.

Michelle Murry – Disneyland Contributor

Michelle Murry

Michelle with the Dapper Dans on Main Street U.S.A.

Michelle Murry was born and raised in Southern California. Then in 1992, she moved to MI, because of her father’s job. After 19 years of living in the cold and the snow, her family, included 2 dogs, moved to Southern California in 2011. Michelle has always had the love of anything Disney.

She grew up going to Disneyland a couple times a year, but has only travel to Walt Disney World three times. She’s hoping one day to get back Walt Disney World. Her favorite times of year are during the Halloween and Christmas season. She loves how Disney decorates for the holidays.

Since 2012, Michelle has been a Disneyland Annual Passholder and visits least once to twice a month. She says, “One of the best things about Disneyland is the food. They have a variety of different foods there. Something for everyone.” She’s dined at a variety of different places and experienced everything from character breakfast to a expensive fine dining restaurant to counter service. Her favorite place to eat is Flo’s Cafe in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure and her favorite snack, popcorn. Since she frequently visits Disneyland, she knows how to dine on a budget.

Jae in Disney California Adventure with the Walt and Mickey statue

Jae in Disney California Adventure with the Walt and Mickey statue

Jae Brattain – Disneyland Writer

Jae Brattain has a love of food and Disneyland, so he’s combined the two into one.  He has had the privilege of enjoying five star cuisine from some of the most prestigious restaurants in the United States.  Although he’s never worked in the restaurant industry, he has admired the creativity of the culinary world and is a self-taught home cook.

Jae is co-host of the DisGeek Podcast, a bi-weekly podcast about the Disneyland Resort (http://www.DisGeek.com).  He is an Annual Passholder and goes to the parks every two months, which is about as much as his budget allows. As an avid food lover, he has sampled approximately 80-percent of all the restaurants around the resort. The one place he really wants to try someday is Club 33.  Besides visiting the Disneyland Resort, Jae is also a charter member of D23 and attends many special events around the Southern California area.

 

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