Disney Dining Reviews

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Dining at Disney World is part of the magic. It’s themed, special, and memory-making. It’s also expensive, which is why you want to spend your money in the right places. I’ve put together this handy post of many popular dining spots across the Disney World Resort, from parks to hotels. We’ve eaten at so many places in Disney World that I felt a food review was long overdue! Take a look at what we felt about each before you “fork” over those Disney dollars!

One of my favorite parts about planning a Disney World trip is returning to our favorite restaurants and trying new ones. We have not eaten at every one in the resort, so the uncharted territories just give us more to look forward to…and more to include in this post!!

Because Disney dining is an experience rather than just a meal, restaurants fill up quickly. Reservations are, in many cases, a must, and I love excitedly booking them online before our trip. Whenever I talk to Disney first-timers, one of my top pointers is to not assume you can eat anywhere you like without a reservation. Many of the most popular spots are impossible to get into without reserving in advance. Disney World allows reservations as early as 6 months before your trip. You can make dining reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE, on DisneyWorld.com, or on the My Disney Experience app.

Here are some of the many eateries from all around the resort, complete with descriptions, menu recommendations, reservation info, and ratings between 1 and 5 stars. For this post, QS stands for “quick service,” TS stands for “table service” and CD stands for “character dining,” which is a restaurant which includes meet and greets with Disney characters. Be sure to get an autograph book and a pen (in most gift shops) before your character dining meals since your Disney pals like to sign books!

Bon appetit, friends!

Magic Kingdom Dining Reviews:

Aloha Isle ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks)  So happy that this alphebetical list allows me to pay homage to my Dole Whip first! 😋 This soft-serve pineapple ice cream-ish treat has been my favorite Disney snack for years. If you love pineapple, you must try one, either on its own or on top of a pineapple juice float. But get it when you’re in Adventure Land because Aloha Isle is the only place in the parks to serve this famous frozen phenom! The Polynesian hotel is the only other place in the resort where you’ll find it!

Be Our Guest Restaurant ⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️ (QS, Reservations, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) One of the newest restaurants in the Magic Kingdom, this “Beauty and the Beast” themed spot is the only quick service place that actually takes reservations… and if you want to get a look inside, you need to book them because everyone else is curious too.

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The entire restaurant is basically the Beast’s castle recreated; you can dine in the ballroom, watch the encased rose in the spooky West Wing, and enjoy the “snowfall” outside the windows.  The ambiance is cool, and a must-see if you’re a big Beauty fan. Personally we feel there is a big difference between breakfast and lunch — both in taste and price. We give it  3 stars for breakfast and 4 stars for lunch. Breakfast is pricier and not fabulous…the pastries were good, the egg whites ok, and my son’s kids’ meal French Toast was better than the adult options, so pick that if you’re a fan of French Toast. I recommend lunch more, and you’ll save money and crowds since it seems less busy in the afternoon. Lunch offers a rare opportunity to have vegetarian French onion soup… and it’s delicious! I loved my mixed greens and quinoa salad and the fries were great. My son’s kids’ meal macaroni was good and came with veggies, and The Master’s Cupcake was dee-lish. (“Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious, don’t believe me ask the dishes!”) IMG_5660

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Casey’s Corner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Lunch/Dinner)  You really can’t go wrong with a good ol’ fashioned hot dog stand, and this popular Main Street standby serves up ballpark faves. Don’t head there if you’re looking for organic steamed kale and tofu, but if it’s late at night and you need some French fries with cheese sauce while your toddler sleeps on Daddy’s shoulder, indulge my friend. (It was worth it!) 😉 Oh, and it helps that Casey’s is connected to the Main Street Emporium, the largest gift shop in the Magic Kingdom! 👍

Cinderella’s Royal Table ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations! TS, CD, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) This iconic table service spot inside the famous Cinderella’s Castle is hard to get into and pricey, but it’s worth it for the magical experience. Book 6 months in advance since it’s so popular. (If you can’t get a time, remember that cancellations do occur so keep trying to book online, even at strange times of the night!) We love this spot for breakfast… the Traditional Breakfast of potatoes and eggs is great, and the pastries are yummy, especially the Mickey-shaped muffins and waffles for the kids! I also really enjoyed the Castle Salad and Pan-Seared All Natural Chicken for dinner. The character aspect is great since you start by meeting Cinderella downstairs and then several favorite princesses visit your table in the upstairs dining room. If you can get a table by the window ask for it, because the views of the Castle lights and the Carousel area of Fantasy Land are awesome.

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Lunch/Dinner) Once upon a time, I worked in Disney World as a college girl, and Cosnic Ray’s was my crazy place of employment! I wore those oh-so-stylish Tomorrowland costumes and smelled like fries everyday. So whenever I’m in Disney, I have to visit this place to relive the great, greasy memories. This is the Magic Kingdom’s largest quick service restaurant. It is also the busiest restaurant in the United States and the 3rd busiest in the world! Imagine working there. Phew!

Cosmic is located right at the beginning of Tomorrowland with great views of Cinderella Castle. There’s serveral counters around this circular building which help wait times, and food like chicken sandwiches and mashed potatoes are freshly made (I know!) There’s also a ton of seating and air conditioning which makes it my favorite spot to escape for a break with a tired baby! One afternoon on my son’s first trip, he fell asleep in his stroller and I needed a cool place to sit and relax while he napped. Cosmic Ray’s was perfect. Here’s my window seat with a view! Then he woke up and I showed him around!

The Crystal Palace ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations! TS/Buffet, CD, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Our family loves the Disney buffets and this is one of our go-to spots. The Crystal Palace is a classic restaurant at the end of Main Street which takes me back to my own Disney World childhood memories. Nowadays this venue hosts the sweet friends from the Hundred Acre Wood: Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eyore. The food is good and plentiful so the per-head charge is decent, and keep in mind that kids under 3 are free at the Disney buffets! The characters come to your table and make this place a win.

Liberty Tree Tavern ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations, TS, Lunch/Dinner) This restaurant in Liberty Square features old-fashioned American cuisine and colonial decor. While I remember the food being better in the past it’s still good if you like traditional Thanksgiving-ish fare. I like the Colony Salad and the Fruit Cobbler. One downside is that it’s no longer a character dining experience… colonial Minnie used to be there! Probably would’ve given it 4 stars if she still were!

Main Street Bakery ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks) The sweet smell of freshly baked cookies gives this classic place a nostalgic 4 stars in my book, but I must say I don’t love how it’s been kind of turned into a Starbucks. The chain invasion isn’t my thing, plus I don’t drink coffee… so how about we just focus on the baked goods of an old fashioned bakery?

Pinocchio Village Haus ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks/Lunch/Dinner) Busy but worth it quick service restaurant next to It’s a Small World with a fun view of the ride. As quick service places go, this is our fave and I feel the food is better than at other similar locations in the parks. Best menu options: kids meals (with milk, yogurt, applesauce and carrots,) chicken tenders, flatbread pizzas, and chicken parm and penne.

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Plaza Ice Cream Parlor ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks) Big ice cream treats can’t be beat, and this old-fashioned ice cream parlor is the epitome of quaint. My favorite menu item for as long as I can remember has always been the vanilla ice cream sandwich between two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. I can’t finish one myself but it’s fun!

Sleepy Hollow ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Breakfast/Snacks) As far as counter serve places in the park, I love this place. If you’re looking for indulgent treats, look no further. We love their funnel cake and Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. They even have egg sandwich waffles before noon, so it’s an a.m. option if you’re not looking for a light breakfast. Sleepy Hollow is at the edge of Liberty Square so it’s easily accessed from the Castle and other lands, and has nice outdoor seating. IMG_5681

Hollywood Studios Dining Reviews:

’50’s Prime Time Cafe ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (Reservations, TS, Lunch/Dinner) I always say that if I could time travel, the 1950’s would be one of my first stops. This place enables you to do just that. Decorated like Mom’s kitchen, the whole restaurant is retro and fun! Black and white TVs play classic sitcoms and the servers don’t just take your order but play a role like a member of your TV family (“Elbows off the table, Junior or no ice cream for you!”) The food is classic 1950’s American, such as meatloaf, pot roast, and mac n cheese. Our favorite is the fried chicken. This place is popular for the kitschy theme, so get a reservation in advance; it’s worth it for the fun experience.

Hollywood & Vine ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations! TS/Buffet, CD, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)   I cannot recommend this place enough! Hollywood & Vine is our absolute favorite eatery in the entire resort so get your reservation because it books up fast! We love buffets and this one tops them all, plus the character experiences are thee best. The breakfast buffet is full of delicious treats and traditional fare including an omelette station and a kids’ buffet featuring Mickey waffles of course. The lunch and dinner buffet features traditional items like meat, pasta, and fresh fruit and a section for kids (remember, under 3 eat free!) as well as more unique choices such as edamame salad, broccoli slaw, the tastiest potatoes au gratin, and barbecue meatballs. I’ve had the pleasure of booking a late breakfast where we got to enjoy brunch-type food since they were still serving breakfast but also setting up for lunch!

The character experience at Hollywood & Vine will vary depending what time you book. At breakfast, this place is transformed into “Disney Jr.’s Play & Dine,” perfect for us and any other families with toddlers. My son loves meeting Sofia, Jake, Doc and Handy Manny right at our table. But for lunch and dinner, Minnie Mouse becomes your hostess with the mostest, as she and her friends like Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy host seasonal-themed parties. We did this at Halloween; the theme was cute and the food just as great as usual. IMG_5586

Woody’s Lunchbox ⭐️⭐️⭐️  (QS, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Snacks) Hollywood Studios’ newest eatery located in the brand new Toy Story Land serves up classic American food in a counter serve quick-stop. Lunch and dinner are the same menu, and after eating lunch there I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re in need of a big, filling dinner. The portions are not huge and the menu is small, but it’s fun. The grilled cheese sounds better in its description than it tastes, and kids may not love the non-traditional cream-cheese center. The “potato barrels” were good and the macaroni salad was quite yummy, though small.

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EPCOT Dining Reviews:

Chefs de France ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations, TS, Lunch/Dinner)  This lovely restaurant in the French Pavilion of the World Showcase has decent food but I enjoy the charming European ambiance more. The staff was very nice and their accents complete the charming theme (my husband swooned at the way the hostess pronounced “Lara” lol) We enjoyed the chicken and the French version of baked macaroni (made with Gruyere), but it was the same size as my son’s kids’ menu pasta with ham, cheese, and béchamel sauce but twice the price. Desserts were ok, but I most liked the way they celebrated my son’s birthday and sang to him in French! I think everyone else was there for the charm because we heard Joyeux Anniversaire like ten times!) Image-1

Crepes des Chefs de France ⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks)  I was not impressed with this cart on our most recent trip. The crepes were already made and they heated it (barely) when I ordered. They were rubbery and the strawberry purée tasted artificial. Definitely didn’t satisfy my fresh French crepe craving so I wouldn’t recommend.

Funnel Cake ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks)  This cart in the American Pavilion is far better than the crepes! Funnel cake made just right. Hot, fresh, fried dough hit the spot and made me proud to be an American!

Liberty Inn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(QS, Snacks/Lunch/Dinner) This is one of our favorite quick service places and it’s tucked away in a corner of “America” in the World Showcase! Enjoy its all-American fare in an air conditioned colonial setting or outside on the lovely patio. I love the Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich and my son loves their chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese.

La Cantina de San Angel ⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks/Lunch/Dinner) This counter service restaurant in the Mexico Pavilion is low on my list. The grilled chicken on my salad was cold and unappetizing, the tacos were heavy and tasteless, and the churros were so cold and hard we went back to ask for a replacement (which weren’t so great either.) Save your money.

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations, TS, Lunch/Dinner)  This bustling Italian restaurant is perfect if you have kids since you won’t worry in the busy, noisy atmosphere. The ambiance reminds me of eating in a busy Piazza in Italy. Salads, chicken, and pizza were good, as well as good kids’ menu options.

Electric Umbrella ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks/Lunch/Dinner) This is a convenient spot in Future World with indoor and outdoor seating and a lot of quick meals for any tastebuds. And for dessert, the chocolate cupcake is pricey but very good!!

The Garden Grill ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations, TS/Family Style, CD, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)  This spinning restaurant is a top pick in EPCOT for families! We sat in a semi-circle booth as this round restaurant turned very slowly and we watched the Land ride below! (Fast Pass the ride for right before your reservation time. The ride shows how EPCOT grows the produce you’ll eat in The Garden Grill!) In addition to all this “themed” fun, The Garden Grill is a character dining restaurant. Chip, Dale, Pluto, and Farmer Mickey visit you at your table! The staff is lovely and it’s a relaxed atmosphere; my toddler loved it! The menu is all you care to eat served family-style, with traditional, American, farmer-type options. We ate here for lunch and loved the salad, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and turkey with gravy. Strawberry shortcake for dessert was a treat. The characters made the meal even better!

The Land Cart ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks) This is one cart which actually serves healthy snacks that sustain you longer than heavy indulgences. We love stopping in Future World for the Land Cart’s fresh fruit, cheese, veggies and dip, hummus, and those famous Mickey pretzels. Don’t leave Disney World without having one…or several! Image-1

Sunshine Seasons ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks/Lunch/Dinner)  This place is like a food court inside the Land Pavilion and serves a small variety of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and Asian food. The cool part is that the produce you’ll eat here is grown right in EPCOT (ride Living with the Land to see!)

Disney Springs Dining Reviews:

Amorette’s Patisserie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Desserts/Snacks) This beautiful bakery is thee place to get Mickey ear/tail cakes 😋 as well as other edible works of Disney art. My son saw this cake online before his first trip and we went to Amorette’s just for it. He loved it and we both loved the friendly guy behind the counter who gave him a Mickey golden chocolate while we watched him decorate!

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Bongos Cuban Cafe ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations, TS, Lunch/Dinner) Bongos is a favorite of ours. Owned by Gloria Estefan, this lively Latin restaurant has a good selection for both grown-ups and kids. I always get the Seared Shredded Chicken with grilled onions, black beans and white rice, and I add a side of sweet plantains. Dee-lish! This meal had my toddler dancing to the live music outside the restaurant!

Earl of Sandwich ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)  This place is the closest you’ll find to a bagel shop or deli, so if you’re in the mood for a good ol’ sandwich, try it out. Lots of salads, sides, etc too.

Wolfgang Puck Express ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS/TS, Snacks/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)  This place isn’t very large but it’s popular, especially because of its celebrity chef namesake. We enjoyed the food but the quick service status is a little confusing: you order at the counter like a casual quick service and handle your own food, but then you’re waited on by a server. The salads are huge and interesting, I enjoyed the Whole Wheat Hummus Wrap, and our Classic Cheese Pizza was one of the best we pizza snob New Yorkers found in Florida. 😉

Resorts Dining Reviews:

1900 Park Fare, The Grand Floridian ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations, TS/Buffet, CD, Breakfast/Brunch/Dinner) We ate at this character dining experience for dinner, which features Prince Charming, Cinderella, and her stepsisters. The characters are specific, and as the Disney buffets go this is not our favorite (not as much variety and the choices were not nearly as tasty as other Disney buffets.) Even though I love the Grand Floridian I even wasn’t thrilled about the decor or feel inside this restaurant. I’d like to try the Supercalafragalistic Breakfast next time featuring other characters and perhaps better food.

Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room, The Grand Floridian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations, TS, Tea/Snacks) We had tea here years ago and it was a sweet little experience as we overlooked the beautiful Grand Floridian grounds. It’s mostly tea and drinks but they serve finger sandwiches and pastries (just don’t go there hungry since it’s not a meal.) If you have a princess who would love to have high tea, make this reservation.

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, Beach Club Resort ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations, TS, Lunch/Dinner) Retro, fun, and yummy! We ate dinner there and had some fantastic ice cream too. This is a small place and it gets tons of traffic, so make your reservation now! I enjoyed the Cheddar Chicken Sandwich. For dessert I had the Old Fashioned Sundae and my son had the Mickey Mouse Sundae 😀

Boardwalk Bakery, Boardwalk ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)  Not just cookies! This bakery serves breakfast, sandwiches and salads, as well as pastries, desserts and treats with cute ambiance. My hubs also loved the fact that if you’re staying at the Boardwalk, you can buy a coffee mug there and refill it for free all the time.

Capt. Cook’s, Polynesian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks/Lunch/Dinner) A fun quick service with breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night fare. We had an easy dinner there and enjoyed the Polynesian touch on classics, like grilled chicken with pineapple salsa. There’s flatbreads and hot dogs too, as well as plenty of desserts.

Chef Mickey’s, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations, TS/Buffet, CD, Breakfast/Brunch/Dinner) This is a super fun atmosphere with a yummy buffet in the center of the modern Contemporary. Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto dress up as chefs and party with everyone… complete with a napkin swinging dance! Great choice for families and lots of yummy options. Have those autograph books ready and be sure to kiss a mouse on the nose 😉

Gasparilla Island Grill, The Grand Floridian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(QS, Snacks/Lunch/Dinner) This pretty quick service restaurant at the Grand Floridian is our usual stop when staying here. They have counter service fare like pizza and sandwiches. My favorite part is the outdoor seating…step right outside this restaurant at night and you can watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks over Cinderella Castle from your table!

Grand Floridian Cafe, The Grand Floridian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations, TS, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) We had a great birthday dinner here for my son’s 3rd and the staff was lovely. While the atmosphere is elegant, it is still casual and relaxed. I loved the House-Breaded Fried Mozzarella with Tomato Jam and Artichoke Relish (try it, it’s unique!) and my hubs said his steak was cooked perfectly. My favorite thing though was the birthday cake I ordered ahead for my son. The pastry chefs at the Grand Floridian did such a fabulous job with the Dory theme I requested, and it was only $40! It made my son so happy and everyone who walked by our table admired this pretty masterpiece! I highly recommend this place (and the hotel’s special order cakes) if you’re celebrating a birthday! Image-1

Ohana, Polynesian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Reservations, TS/Family Style, CD, Breakfast)  ‘Ohana means family! This fun Hawaiian Breakfast at the monorail-stop Polynesian features Lilo & Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto who lead dancing and conga lines! The all you care to eat food is pretty good and served family style. The eggs were just ok but there were great waffles…and not just Mickey waffles but Stitch waffles too! We also loved the sweet Hawaiian rolls. This is a big bustling place with lots of fun so it’s perfect for families. Rub noses with that spunky Lilo and it’s sure to make you smile too!

Pineapple Lanai, Polynesian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks) This is thee only place outside of the Magic Kingdom where you can get the famous Pineapple Dole Whip, so if you’re at the Polynesian, get one! (We got one after ‘Ohana since we were there.) They also have the option of swirling the Pineapple whip with Vanilla ice cream, which they do not offer at Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom. My other favorite thing about this place is that it’s the only time I ever get to hear the word “lanai” besides on The Golden Girls. 😄 Image-4

Pizza Window, Boardwalk ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Lunch/Dinner) This is a good standby for a solid pizza meal. It’s not cheap but the pizza was good and I enjoyed my side salad with it. Seating is outdoors and you can’t beat the view of the Boardwalk resort area.

The To-Go Cart, Boardwalk ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (QS, Snacks/Lunch/Dinner) This is true Boardwalk fare… fried and fun. My son ate his very first corndog here and I enjoyed the onion rings. It’s fun festival fare!

Mickey Ice Cream Carts, everywhere! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ You cannot go to Walt Disney World without having an iconic Mickey ice cream bar! They’re sold in carts all around the parks and in the hotels as well. Thick, rich chocolate coats creamy vanilla ice cream and provides for the perfect photo op! We love the strawberry fruit bars too, for those who may not eat ice cream. But mark these classic mouse treats on your to-do list and say “cheese!”

 

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  1. This is a great article and good reviews. I will have to remember this post when I plan on going to Disney World. I have a 4 year old and a new born, so hopefully when the youngest is older we can go and use your tips. We haven’t done the CD in Disneyland yet, but if its as good as your photo’s we will have to book it soon.

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    1. Thanks so much for reading and following my blog Edward! Nice to meet a fellow Disney fanatic parent. 😎 I hope my reviews are helpful when you get to WDW. We’re East Coasters so we don’t know as much about Disneyland and will need reviews for when we venture west! I’m enjoying your blog and I just subscribed to your site as well 😀

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      1. Thanks for following. Just started blogging. Hopefully I can share some good tips and reviews outside the park’s so we can share experiences. Looking forward to reading your blog more.

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