Many first-time visitors to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida are surprised by the abundance and quality of dining offers available throughout the Theme Parks & Resorts. However, with over 100 restaurants to choose from, and assuming you aren’t staying for 100 days (we can always dream though!), it can be difficult to decide where to eat. As with eating out at home, one of the easiest way to choose a few restaurants for your holiday is by recommendation – and so, here are my personal favourite Walt Disney World Restaurants; I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these to anyone!
A table-service restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort, this buffet is a must-do on every visit. African themed, and serves plenty of delicious African-inspired dishes, such as Beef Bobotie, Harira Soup and Zebra cones. Open for breakfast and dinner, I would find it difficult to decide which would be my favourite sitting, as both menus are mouth-wateringly tasty.
Located in the Japan pavilion in World Showcase, Epcot, Teppan Edo is a special and unique experience not to be missed! One of my favourite dining locations in World Showcase, the Japanese fare served here is simple but wonderfully prepared, but what really sets this restaurant apart is that the Chef cooks your dinner in front of you at a hotplate on your table. The traditional Japanese offerings with the addition of a chef ‘show’ at the table, make this one of the restaurants I can’t resist. A personal favourite and must-try is the Ichigo non-alcoholic cocktail, one of my favourite drinks in Walt Disney World!
Rose & Crown
The traditional British Pub in the UK section of World Showcase in Epcot, this is probably a favourite of most UK tourists. Serving familiar fare like bangers & mash and fish & chips, this pub is bound to quash any feelings of homesickness you may have. Just to top off the experience, the Rose & Crown also offers a brilliant view of Illuminations from their patio if you can time your meal to coincide with the fireworks. For me, no visit here is complete without calling into the shops across the way and picking up a bar of chocolate (they just don’t make chocolate bars the same in the USA!)
One of my favourite special treats is this Signature Restaurant located at the top of the Contemporary Resort. Serving the melting-pot fusion of Californian Cuisine, the menu changes seasonally so each return visit always brings new delicious surprises, but you can always count on tasty flatbreads and exceptionally prepared Sushi. Another major selling point of California Grill is the view; panoramic windows give you a breathtaking view of Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom. We always reserve a table here to coincide with Wishes as the view of the fireworks from the restaurant & adjoining observation deck is second-to-none
A truly unique restaurant in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, O’hana’s character breakfast is a true favourite of my entire family. Featuring Mickey, Pluto, Lilo & Stitch (my eldest’s favourite character), this family-style buffet breakfast is a fun and relaxing way to start a day. The island style potatoes are delicious, but I personally keep coming back for the bread assortment – all have a polynesian flavour. A short hop on the monorail from Magic Kingdom, we always book an early breakfast here before heading on into the theme park for the morning.
50s Prime Time Cafe
Fun & Feisty, 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios serves wholesome, All-American cuisine like Meatloaf and Fried Chicken. I love the atmosphere of this restaurant themed like a 50s-style home, which is in part created by the laid-back attitude of the servers. They make you set the table and even tell you off if you don’t mind your manners! This restaurant is one of my favourites simply because it is such a unique experience which is fun for everyone; and the food is really tasty!
Coral Reef Restaurant
A true “under the sea” experience, Coral Reef Restaurant in Epcot offers stunning underwater views of a coral aquarium. Serving a seasonal seafood menu, each return visit brings new taste adventures. The views of the aquarium are incredible, and both my boys love being able to watch the fish during dinner. However, Coral Reef is a favourite of mine not because of the setting (though it helps), but because of the food. The seafood dishes here are stunning, and every dessert I’ve seen is a work of art; and there are even non-seafood main courses for those who’d prefer a meat or vegetarian option.
With some many fantastic Walt Disney World Restaurants, it was very difficult for me to narrow my selection to just a couple of favourites. Each one offers something different and unique, and all should be experienced at least once. Please bear in mind that all of these restaurants fill quickly and booking is essential. Reservations for all Walt Disney World Restaurants can be made up to 180 days in advance