I love the Restaurants in Walt Disney World; theres so much choice and the standard and quality of the food and the service is incredible. Any food lover would truly enjoy a Walt Disney World Holiday based solely on the culinary delights on offer – and thats before we even consider planning a trip around Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival! We’ve been very fortunate over the years to try many of the best Restaurants Walt Disney World has to offer, but there are still many Disney Dining experiences we have still to try. Here’s my Disney Dining Bucket List of everything I’d still love to try. Hopefully I’ll be fortunate enough to try all these incredible experiences in the future!
Victoria & Alberts
No. 1 on many Disney Dining Bucket Lists, the recipient of AAA’s highest achievement, the Five Diamond Award, Victoria & Alberts is the ultimate fine dining experience. Located in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, this Signature Restaurant offers three separate Dining experiences all with exquisite 10+ course menus and the option of a wine pairing menu to compliment your meal. It’s the Chefs Table experience here in particular that makes it on to my Bucket List; you get the opportunity to sit in the kitchen and talk to the Chef before he personally oversees your meal. While definitely one of the most expensive experiences on offer at Walt Disney World, I think it would be perfect for celebrating a special occasion; although it is worth bearing in mind that only guests over 10 years old are welcome, so make sure you’ve organised a babysitter!
Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party
While not a Restaurant of full meal experience, the Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom to accompany Wishes Fireworks is the perfect way to end an evening at Walt Disney World. Hosted at Tomorrowland Terrace, speciality desserts and drinks are served along with a selection of fruits and cheeses. The views of Cinderella’s Castle from Tomorrowland Terrace are spectacular so I can imagine what a fantastic, unobstructed view you would get of Wishes during this Dining Experience. As a hard ticket event, it will cost you over and above the price of park entrance to attend the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party, but at around $30 a head for adults, it is one of the few Special Events that fit into most budgets. I imagine this the perfect treat for everyone for any celebrations during your holiday, but like most Dining Experiences remember to book in advance if you’re interesting in attending.
Wanyama Safari & Dinner
I love Jiko, the Signature Restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge and have been fortunate enough to eat here a number of times. What I haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience, however is the Wanyama Safari & Dinner, where a multi-course meal at Jiko is paired with a private safari around the savannah at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Getting personal time with a guide, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience getting close up with some amazing animals. Following your safari is an African-inspired meal at Jiko, which promises to be delicious, as so many meals I’ve had in this Restaurant have been. Another expensive dining experience, the Wanyama Safari & Dinner is another one to be saved for a special occasion, but this experience promises to be truly unique and unforgettable.
Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian
Who doesn’t love Afternoon Tea? To me, Afternoon Tea at Disney’s Grand Floridan seems like the perfect setting and experience to add a little elegance to your Walt Disney World Holiday. While not everyone’s cup of tea (sorry, I couldn’t resist), Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room sounds like the perfect mother-daughter day (or for me the perfect time-out from the world of boys!). Booking afternoon tea here will also allow you a wander around the grounds of the Grand Floridan. For me, this sounds like the perfect relaxing afternoon – and a great way to escape from the hectic atmosphere of the Theme Parks for a bit.
Party for the Senses
The last experience on my Disney Dining Bucket list is a seasonal event which runs during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Party for the senses is a 21/2 extravaganza, where artfully designed menus are served as you are entertained by Cirque Du Soleil, La Nouba. I love the Food & Wine Festival, which I’ve experienced twice now and would love to be able to return some year and reserve a night at this exciting taste event to be able to try food and drink from all the tasting stations and chefs who are represented at the event. This event can be expensive, however, especially if you would like the upgrade package for your own table and extra food & drink offerings, so Im going to make sure we’ve budgeted this dining experience in the next time we book at trip coinciding with the Food & Wine Festival.