Disney Dining…I wait ever so impatiently for my Disney Dining window to open up for my Disney trips. In the weeks leading up to that date, I am constantly thinking and making notes about where we want to eat on our next Walt Disney World trip. Walt Disney World has countless dining locations across the property. Part of the fun of our Disney trips is enjoying a good sit down meal. Whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we have had some great dining experiences. Today, I want to share my “Nine Walt Disney World Restaurants Not to Miss”. These may be some familiar favorites, or perhaps this will be a new list of places to try for your family!
Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase. The steak and risotto is fantastic, and this wonderful combination is best at Le Cellier. Also, their food quality is VERY consistent. One thing we really enjoy is that the wait staff is friendly and attentive. Also, this location is a more quiet atmosphere than you will find at some of the other Walt Disney World dining locations.
San Angel Inn Restaurante in the Mexico Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase. If you are looking for a romantic place to eat, this has to be at the top of the list. The lights are twinkling, the kerosene lamps and watching the boats pass from the Grand Fiesta Tour all add to the romantic atmosphere of this location. You feel as if you are outside, but you really aren’t. This makes it extra nice during the hot summer months. You can enjoy the feeling of being outside, but you have the comfort of air conditioning. The food here is delicious, and after you can shop and ride the Grand Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Cabelleros. The Mexico Pavilion is one that I LOVE to spend a lot of time wandering.
Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase. This little French restaurant is very hidden, out of the way. But it is SO good. This is a Signature Dining Experience, so it will cost 2 Table Service Credits on the Disney Dining Plan. It is only open for dinner, and truly has gourmet food on the menu. It is tucked away on the upper floor of the France Pavilion, and only serves dinner. This is another location that is definitely worth a try if you are looking for a romantic, special meal with your family.
Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase. All I can say is best.pizza.ever! This has become our “must do” on each trip. First, the open atmosphere is divine, and the pizza is SO good. I have yet to try any of the pasta dishes, but the pizza and sangria are fantastic! I appreciate how attentive the waiters are at this location, and it is a relaxed atmosphere. This is a great option, as well, if you are feeding a large group. The pizzas are HUGE, and the seating is very ample.
1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. In comparison to the previous suggestions, this is a character dining experience. And while character dining isn’t always known for its food quality, I have to respectfully disagree with that opinion when it comes to 1900 Park Fare. I cannot choose which meal I like better…but if I HAD to, I’d probably choose dinner. I choose dinner because the menu selections are fairly unique, whereas breakfast is typical breakfast fare on the buffet. However, the character interaction at both meals is fantastic. This, combined with the atmosphere of the Grand Floridian, makes 1900 Park Fare a “must do” for us!
50s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This location combines a fun atmosphere with great American comfort food. Plus, if you are paying out of pocket, this is a great idea! The servings are very large, and make great meals to share. The wait staff is what makes this location extra fun…they are so sassy and represent the 1950s VERY well! I also feel as if this restaurant is very kid friendly, and has menu items that everyone will love. Try the fried chicken and PB&J milkshakes…you can thank me later!
‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. I do prefer dinner here over breakfast, although breakfast is great! This restaurant overlooks the Seven Seas Lagoon, and you can even catch a glimpse of Cinderella’s Castle. During Happily Ever After, they pipe the music in the restaurant, adding an extra special touch. If you can time it for a later dinner, around 8:30PM or so, that is ideal for seeing the fireworks during dinner. They also have fun for the kids, like a broom and pineapple race. Then you can hop right back on the monorail if you want and continue your evening at Magic Kingdom!
Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Sanaa is a hidden gem, over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge ~ Kidani Village. Guests come here specifically for the bread service. Some even say they would choose the bread service as their last meal on earth! It has a unique menu of African and Indian fusion, and you can have a beautiful view of the savannah while you enjoy your food. Be prepared for some serous carbs…as well as some amazing dips, sauces, and chutneys at your table. The menu here appeals to those who appreciate African cuisine, and even those who are trying it for the first time. Be sure to try the Spice Trade Candy Bar for dessert!
Garden Grill in Future World at EPCOT. Another character dining location, I think this one deserves to be on the list as well! First, the atmosphere is extremely relaxed. As you eat, the restaurant SLOWLY rotates, giving you a bird’s eye view of Living with the Land. Secondly, the menu here is wonderful, and very family friendly. We personally enjoy breakfast, and then hop right onto Soarin’ after we have enjoyed our meal with Chip and Dale. Our wait staff here has always been attentive, which is something I really appreciate. They really give you the opportunity to sit back and enjoy your meal. The character interaction is wonderful, as well!
There are SO many amazing options for a good meal at Walt Disney World. Looking at this list, there is also some really good variety! Disney has a dining location for every taste and occasion!