Try Disney Family Night Dinner at the Downtown Market

During a recent stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, I had the opportunity to try the new Disney Family Night Dinner offer at Centertown Market, the resort’s cafeteria-style quick-service restaurant.

I was intrigued when Disney World announced this new dining option, because bringing food to take out to our resort room is one of my favorite things on a family vacation – right after room service, which can be much more expensive. There is something to sit with the family in your comfortable clothes, or pajamas as the case may be and enjoy dinner together.

As we previously reported, the Disney Family Night Dinner at Centertown Market is priced at $ 79 plus tax and includes the following:

  • Jamaican roast chicken
  • Fried Yucca
  • Coriander rice
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Caribbean buns with onion jam and guava butter
  • Decorate your own Mickey and Minnie cookies

Gasparilla Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has a completely different menu for their Disney Family Night Out Dinner offering; you can read more about theirs at the link above.

This dinner package must be pre-ordered via Mobile Order in the My Disney Experience app. More importantly, the mobile orders are spaced out, so if you want to pick up your food by a certain time, you’ll want to place your order early in the day. I placed my order before 9:30 a.m. and was able to select the first available pickup window from 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. You will still need to access the app once you arrive at the restaurant to alert the cast members that you are there. It was about 20 minutes after I arrived before I received an SMS letting me know my order was ready to be picked up.

A word of warning – bring someone with you when you pick up your order. There are two large packages to carry and you will need both hands as one is a box and the other is a large shopping bag with handles. An actor asked me if he could help me and at first I thought he meant he would help me get him to my car which was right in front. He actually offered to help me get him to one of the tables, which also made perfect sense, but it wasn’t what I needed. As soon as I walked out of the main entrance to my vehicle, the sky opened completely like here in Florida. All of a sudden we had an instant monsoon outside so I sat down with my packages and waited quite a while (about 20 more minutes) for the rain to set in. When I realized he wasn’t slowing down I decided to run which posed a bit of a challenge while trying to hold an umbrella. I’m sure you can imagine the hilarity of it all. Just take my advice and bring an extra pair of hands. You will be glad you did.

Food wise, this meal is supposed to feed three or four and I would say that’s pretty accurate. If you have big eaters in your party, I would say stick to feeding three. The big bucket of jerk chicken had eight pieces, so plenty to do. The chicken was really good as long as you like the jerk seasoning. The sides were also filling with a good amount of cilantro rice and roasted veggies. I absolutely loved the rice – cilantro is one of my favorite herbs so if you love it too then you will love this rice. I would say it contained crunchier grains of rice; almost as if it had been jumped a bit. It was so good!

The vegetables were lightly seasoned (with just salt and pepper) and delicious, but my favorite side was the split buns which were served with onion jam and guava butter. Folks, these buns are simply delicious. The only downside for me was that they were no longer hot by the time I got to my room and without a microwave I had no way to warm them up a bit like I would have liked. I had the pleasure of enjoying these freshly baked little beauties at Sebastian’s Bistro and there really is no comparison.

Dessert was a super fun part of the whole experience! He came with four undecorated sugar cookies and two that were already decorated like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. There were three pastry bags full of frosting; a red, a black and a white, as well as three small containers of Mickey glitter of different colors. Kids will really love this edible activity and the best part of it all is you can eat your creations!

My most favorite part of it all is the game which was included as well. Well let me be more specific. There are six buttons that are used in this game and I love them. I love Disney buttons and these are brand new designs that were created especially for this game which makes them pretty darn cool. They’ll end up having a house on the corkboard in my office because they’re just so cute.

Overall, if you’re a family of four and at least one is a child, you should do well with this meal. I feel like the value is there when you consider that it’s $ 20 per person for dinner and includes dessert and a game (with all those buttons!). However, you will still need to get your own drinks if you want to.

Did you have the chance to try this family dinner? I would love to know what you thought about it so feel free to share in the comments!

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