Every Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort at Walt Disney World has at least one delicious Table Serivce Restaurant. Whilst they generally tend to get overlooked by the thousands of daily visitors to Disney because they are not in the Theme Parks, these Resort Restaurants can be used by anyone wishing to make a reservation. With fantastic service and delicious food, these Restaurants also have the benefit of being located on-property, in some truly incredible surroundings.
When we book our Disney trips, particularly when we avail of Free Dining, I love to research and find I tend to have a preference for Resort Restaurants as opposed to in the Theme Parks. Here are 5 reasons why you really shouldn’t forget about Walt Disney World’s Resort Restaurants
A Break from the Action
Being in the Theme Parks from open to close can be exhausting, even though it is sometimes necessary in order to fit in all you want to do. Resort Restaurants are a great way to allow yourself a break from the action in the Theme Parks, without eating up a lot of your time, especially in comparison to dining “off-property”. Allowing yourself to hop on Disney Transport from Theme Park to Resort to take a few hours to relax and have a delicious meal at one of the Resorts can help you unwind and re-energise for the evening.
The Resort Restaurants offer a wealth of different cuisines and dining experiences, allowing you to enjoy something different each and every evening. From African-inspired Boma & Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Caribbean flavours at Shutters in Caribbean Beach to contemporary American dining at California Grill atop the Contemporary Resort, these dining establishments provide exemplary serivce and out-of-this-world menus.
Explore the Resorts
Choosing to eat at one of the Resort Restaurants gives you the opportunity to fully explore Walt Disney Worlds Resort Hotels. Aside from allowing you a peek inside to help you decide where you would like to stay on your next visit, a lot of these hotels are truly spectacular and definitely worth a visit, even if you haven’t booked to dine there! Consider a reservation at Whispering Canyon Cafe or Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge during the festive season to see their lodge full decorated; it is so beautiful! If we have a reservation at a Resort Restaurant, we always try to arrive a little early to allow us to have a walk around the Hotel.
Easier to get Bookings
Whilst not always the case, Resort Restaurants do tend to be less busy than the restaurants in the Theme Parks, and therefore it can be easier to get a last minute reservation or have a better choice of dining times. However, there are a number of extremely popular restaurants based as Resorts, such as O’hana or Chef Mickeys, so it is always important to secure any important or hard to get reservations 180 days in advance, when ADRs open. However, if you have booked a last minute trip or have decide to add on extra bookings at a later stage, you’ll find a number of fantastic Resort Restaurants may be more able to accommodate you
Alternative Fireworks Viewing
Many Resort Restaurants, particularly those in the Epcot or Magic Kingdom Resort Areas can offer some fantastic alternative viewing areas for the nightly fireworks. Consider a later meal at Narcoossee’s or California Grill to catch a glimpse of Wishes from your Table. Similarly, head to any Restaurant around Boardwalk and you can glimpse both Illuminations at Epcot and the current Star Wars show at Hollywood Studios. This can allow a more relaxed viewing of the fireworks; and it’s always pleasant to see these shows from an alternative perspective!
Regardless of your reasons for choosing a meal at one of the Resort Restaurants, you should end up with a delicious meal, fantastic service and an unbeatable atmosphere. For your next trip, I would definitely recommend looking into these hidden gems and booking a meal at one of Walt Disney World’s Resort Hotels