Heading to Walt Disney World Resort, Florida? You might have all your must-do attractions mapped out, but if you fancy breakfast with Mickey and friends or just want to know where you can grab a snack between rides then there’s a whole lot of inside info you need to get the most from your trip. Netflights have put together all the essential wheres, whens and hows, and some handy insider tips – all broken down in an at-a-glance guide to Disney dining at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida.
Before we get to the infographic, I wanted to share the best restaurants at Walt Disney World! I could write forever about Disney Dining – we’ve done the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan twice, and eaten at so many of the restaurants onsite.
Best restaurants are certainly a personal and subjective thing, so I’m going to share some of my family’s favourites – so therefore, the best restaurants at Walt Disney World! But that’s not quite fair so I’ve asked my some of my blogger friends what their favourites are too! What are the best restaurants at Walt Disney World for you and your family?
The Best Restaurants at Walt Disney World
After our month long trip in 2016, it is firmly Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. You simply have to read all about our dining experience there to get a little feel of how amazing it is! It is the ultimate in fine dining – it’s very pricey – more than we ever dreamed we would pay for a meal, but the whole evening was truly wonderful from start to finish. Words and pictures cannot do the restaurant justice.
Honourable Mention – Jiko (where they serve the best ever mac ‘n’ cheese!) or Narcoossee’s were they pipe in the fireworks music, and you can watch it from the restaurant, or head out onto the boat deck.
Best Character Dining
Our family favourite is Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the food has an African touch to it – but don’t worry, there are plenty of “regular foods” too. It is an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet restaurant, and the characters you meet are Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse & Goofy dress in their safari gear. We dined here several times for breakfast and lunch and always had a fun time! My favourite dish served at breakfast is the bobotie – yum!
Honourable Mention – Crystal Palace -much like Tusker House, we’ve dined here a lot – it’s pretty much tradition that we head to Crystal Palace for breakfast on our first day at Magic Kingdom! I celebrated my actual 40th birthday with Pooh and Pals!
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Best Dinner Show
There are three dinner shows at Walt Disney World – Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, and finally, in my opinion the very best dinner show – Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
Join the Pioneer Hall Players for 2 hours of rousing Wild West dancing, singing and zany vaudeville comedy. You never know what to expect when Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long and Jim Handy hit the stage. But you do know that it’s not going to be dull! Get ready to clap your hands, stomp your feet, sing along and have a good ol’ time at rustic Pioneer Hall in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. – Walt Disney World Website
Okay, so the food isn’t going to win any awards – it’s good old American fayre of fried chicken, ribs, mashed potatoes, cowboy beans, corn bread, and the strawberry shortcake for dessert is to-die-for! But the show itself is fantastic! It is hilariously funny, you can’t help my toe tap and clap along. We would gladly see this again and again (and we’ve already seen it twice!)
Honourable Mention – Spirit of Aloha – the Fire Knife Dancer is out of this world AMAZING! And you can get a cocktail in a coconut monkey head!
Arrrrgh, don’t make me choose just one! Okay, if I could only eat one snack at Walt Disney World, for me, it would have to be Mickey’s Ice Cream Sandwich. The cookie is soft and yummy, the ice cream is cookies & cream flavour, and it’s shaped like Mickey – what’s not to love about that?!
Honourable Mention – Dole Whip Float – available at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Yum!
Best Counter Service
I have to be honest here, we’ve not eaten at many quick/counter service places in Walt Disney World, but we love Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom. The menu isn’t huge – mainly hot dogs, but they are some gooood dawwwgs! And the little corn dog nuggets are awesome! I cannot visit Magic Kingdom without us stopping at Casey’s!
Honourable mention – Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe at Magic Kingdom – as a family we love Tex-Mex, and the food here is fab.
This is a tough one, as I’ve already said Tusker House, but I would say that Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House is up there as one of the best. Like Tusker House, the food has an African flair, but there are plenty of other dishes too.
Honourable Mention – Another fab buffet is Biergarten in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot World Showcase, where you celebrate Oktoberfest all year round! Not only is the food good, but the Oompah Band is brilliant to watch – if you’re up for it, you can even go and polka on the dance floor!
Best Table Service
This one is tough, because we’ve mainly dined at Disney’s Signature Restaurants, and the regular restaurants that we’ve dined at, have tended to be buffets. So I’m having a quick think as to all the Disney Dining we have done over the years, and come to the conclusion that the best table service is ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort for dinner. It is a set menu, served family style, and is all-you-care-to-enjoy, starting with coconut-pineapple bread, a big bowl of mixed green salad, pork dumplings, and honey coriander chicken wings.
Then you get a platter of noodles and stir-fry vegetables which are the dies to the main dish which is grilled shrimp, chicken, and steak. The meats are served to you hot from grill from huge skewers which the Cast Member brings to your table. And to finish off (if you have the room left) is the super delicious bread pudding *drools* You can also order a Lapu Lapu cocktail here, which is served in a whole pineapple!
Honourable Mention – Whispering Canyon Cafe – best milkshakes ever! And they’re refillable! And you can have them for breakfast! And you should make sure that you ask for ketchup with your dinner!
The Best Restaurants at Walt Disney World (according to bloggers!)
We love the Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom. It’s our favourite park, so we spend a lot of time there anyway. The Plaza has lots of burgers, which always go down well, and more importantly, a good choice of desserts. Plus, it’s only a couple of minutes from the entrance to the park. – Pete from Household Money Saving
Since I don’t think Casey’s corner will count which is literally the only place we ever eat at Magic Kingdom, (mmmm, corn dog nuggets)… My favourite would be the character breakfast at ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. I think the price is great in comparison to some other Character Dining, the interactions are brilliant, and the themeing and food are fantastic. – Emmy from Misadventurous Mummy
Our favourite is definitely the Rainforest Cafe in Animal Kingdom! We often go there for breakfast or lunch before going into the park, its a great themed way to start the day and make your visit to Animal Kingdom so much better! Teppan Edo at Epcot is also amazing! They cook the food in front of you and make a steaming volcano out of rings of onion. Its really impressive! – Star from Autism Kids On Tour
Electric Umbrella! It was one of the first places we ate, plus Epcot is my favourite part. I loved the salad bar and the food was perfect for lunch. We have so many happy memories there. Also, if you timed it right, you could sit upstairs just before they shut it so you could eat in quiet – Jade from Mummies Waiting