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Ten Disney Dining Locations You Don’t Want to Miss

Walt Disney World offers literally hundreds of dining options to their guests. How do you know if you are really enjoying the BEST that they have to offer? These 10 Disney Dining Locations You Don’t Want to Miss should help you narrow it down!

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If you’re like me, you have an ongoing list of Disney dining experiences and favorites that you want to experience on your upcoming trip.  But, if you are also like me, you don’t always want to stop and eat!  These 10 Disney Dining Locations You Don’t Want to Miss have one thing in common-they are all non character dining! I think so many great locations get missed because Disney guests think they have to enjoy SO much character dining. And while I do love and encourage a fun character dining experience, you don’t want to miss these either!

So, how do you know which Disney dining locations you don’t want to miss? Let me tell you!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Dining Locations You Don’t Want to Miss

Sci Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  First, the milkshakes here are to die for. The best ones in all of Disney property!  Plus, the experience of the Sci Fi Dine-In Theater is a treat in and of itself.  Your family will love jumping into their own convertible to enjoy their meal.  While you are eating, you can also enjoy classic movie clips with your family!

50s Prime Time Cafe. Another family favorite, this is a great place to enjoy “normal” American family friendly food.  Pot roast, mashed potatoes, fried chicken, etc. are perfect if you have picky eaters in your family.  The waitress poses as your “Mom”, and she will constantly add fun to your meal by reminding the adults of their manners and to keep their elbows off the tables.  The TV tables have their own little screens, so you can enjoy the classic sitcoms like “Father Knows Best” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” while you eat!

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EPCOT Dining Locations You Don’t Want to Miss

Via Napoli If you love brick oven pizza, Via Napoli is for you! You’ll find that, as well as tons of classic Italian dishes at Via Napoli in EPCOT.  This restaurant can be pricier when compared to others, so it’s a good use of credits if you are on the Disney Dining Plan.  Not to mention the super cute Italian waiters…but I digress.  The kids will love Via Napoli because you can build your own pizza.  Authentic pastas, salads, gelato, and tiramisu are also a special treat when you eat at Via Napoli.

Coral Reef at EPCOT.  The cool thing about dining at Coral Reef is the huge tank that showcases the beautiful sea life surrounding you while you eat.  The 5.7 million gallon salt water aquarium containing 85 different species of fish,  is a tremendous back drop for your meal.  You can enjoy lunch or dinner here at Coral Reef.  Seafood dishes, like pan seared flounder, or New York Strip Steak will give your family some variety in their dining.

Biergarten in Germany at EPCOT’s World Showcase.  Biergarten is the traditional German restaurant at EPCOT’s World Showcase.  One great thing about Biergarten is it is an “all you can eat” restaurant, which our kids love.  There is a lot of variety, and the atmosphere is so much fun!  Think German polka party and an Oktoberfest!  You, and the kids, can raise your steins as you party with the Germans at Biergarten!

Le Chefs de France in France at EPCOT’s World Showcase.  Remy, the well loved rat from Ratitouille used to make appearances at Chefs de France, but sadly not anymore!  However, this table service restaurant is still excellent as far as the cuisine goes.  Even though the dishes are created by some of the top chefs in France, the atmosphere is relaxed and family friendly.  Open for lunch and dinner, this dining location is one of the lesser expensive options if you are choosing to pay out of pocket.  With traditional French dishes on the menu, your family will love trying something new while here.

Teppan Edo in Japan at EPCOT’s World Showcase.  Teppan Edo is a fun dining experience all around.  The hibachi style of cooking, friendly chefs, and tasy dishes will keep your family happy!  The fun thing, is the chefs creating your meal literally in front of your eyes!  Stir fry, meats, noodles, rice, and authentic Japanese drinks for the adults are highlights of your meal here.

Magic Kingdom Dining Locations You Don’t Want to Miss

Tony’s Town Square at Magic Kingdom Park.  Tony’s Town Square is one of the little secrets of Disney dining.  Located on Main Street, USA, you’re reminded of Lady and the Tramp as soon as you are seated.  Sometimes, if it’s not too hot outside, it’s a good idea to get a seat on the porch.  You can people watch, and if you time it right take in an afternoon parade at Magic Kingdom.  The menu is mainly Italian.  It features pizzas, pastas, salads, and of course tiramisu for dessert!

Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom Park.  This is another “classic” American restaurant at Walt Disney World that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters.  I know my kids look at a menu, and if they can’t recognize the foods, they’re a little wary.  But at Liberty Tree Tavern, roast turkey, pot roast, and salads are the best items on the menu.  If you have history buffs in your family, they’ll enjoy the atmosphere here as well.  The crier will summon your family when your table is ready.  And, the colonial artifacts that are placed around the dining rooms will allow for lots of good conversation!

10 Disney Dining Locations You Don't Want to Miss

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Dining You Don’t Want to Miss

Yak and Yeti at Animal Kingdom Park.  Chopsticks, lo mein, Asian food fun is all here at Yak and Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.  Tapestries, statues, and even 900 pound gold inlaid puppets are sure to get your family talking over their meal.  If you dine on the second floor, you will have an awesome view of Asia down below.

Do you enjoy alternatives to character dining while at Walt Disney World? Which of these locations is your FAVORITE?  These are the 10 Disney Dining Locations You Don’t Want to Miss!

Carrie Hurst

Not only do I love sharing all my vacation tips and ideas here on A Princess and Her Pirates, but I also work alongside families to create magical vacation memories year after year! Email me at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com to begin the planning process, and join hundreds of families on my current guest list.


  1. I’m glad you included coral reef. It gets a bad rap but I think it’s great!

    1. Yes! It is soooo pretty, and such a unique experience. I think the food has improved as well!

  2. Some of those restaurants are among our too favorites, and some we have not tried yet. Hollywood & Vine is also a regular stop for us. We even have a favorite chef there.

    1. Nice! It’s always nice to have a familiar person making your food 🙂

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