12 Restaurants That Should Be On Your Disney Dining Bucket List


The Walt Disney World Resort has a wide variety of dining choices and magical experiences just waiting to be discovered. Here are the twelve restaurants you should most certainly look into for your visit!

1. Chef Mickey’s

Located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Chef Mickey’s is a stellar character dining experience. You’ll dine with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy while watching monorails zip through the resort. We particularly love the dinner buffet with plenty of options to tempt every member of your party. Chef Mickey’s is an excellent choice for those wishing to take a monorail

2. 1900 Park Fare

In Disney’s Grand Floridian resides 1900 Park Fare. This breakfast and dinner buffet is an excellent choice and comes with character dining as well. Characters include Mary Poppins, Bert, Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred-Acre-Wood.

3. 50’s Prime Time Café

Along the glistening Echo Lake of Hollywood Studios, 50’s Prime Time does a magnificent job at capturing the flavor of classic family dining. Make sure you keep your elbows off of the table and mind your manners and for heaven sake, make sure you eat your vegetables or Cast Members will give you a good scolding! Meals are just like June Cleaver used to make – picture meatloaf, mashed potatoes, pot roast, fried chicken and more. Can you say comfort food?

4. The Hollywood Brown Derby

Closer to the gates of stardom at the front of Hollywood Studios, this intricately-designed restaurant celebrates the cinema’s first renaissance. You can spend your entire dining experience simply admiring the décor and attempting to identify the various celebrity caricatures displayed across the walls. The food is nothing short of delicious with decadent as well as healthy choices available. The original Brown Derby boasts the creation of the cobb salad so make sure you order one!

5. The Coral Reef

Located next to Epcot’s grand aquarium and Finding Nemo attractions, the Coral Reef is one of the most peaceful restaurants on property. You get to dine next to one of the biggest aquariums in the world, and may even come face to face with sharks and stingrays. This undersea dining experience offers a variety of menu options from seafood scampi to New York strip steak.

6. Le Cellier Steakhouse

As you journey across Epcot’s World Showcase, you’ll come across this Canadian steakhouse. Le Cellier boasts a cozy atmosphere and lives up to the steak specialties in its name. Le Cellier is one of our top picks for a romantic evening meal!

7. Chefs de France

Continuing your Epcot journey, be sure to treat yourself to some classical French cuisine at Chefs de France. From seafood specialties to delectable desserts, this restaurant is a must. Crisp white tablecloths and a magical French atmosphere makes this a dining experience that’s not to be missed! C’est Magnifique!

8. San Angel Inn

Upon entering the grand pyramid at Epcot’s Mexico pavilion, you will discover the San Angel Inn. This amazingly detailed restaurant transports you back into 17th century, and gives you a gorgeous view of the Mexican jungles. You may even see a volcanic eruption. No greasy Mexican food here – the dining options will tempt and tantalize your palette!

9. Akershus

Akershus is a royal banquet hall located in the Norway pavilion. You’ll start off your experience with a greeting from Princess Belle herself, and then be treated to a Norwegian Smorgasbord for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During your dining experience, you will get to meet Ariel, Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora.

10. Crystal Palace

In the heart of Main Street, U.S.A. the Crystal Palace is a magical buffet where light shines in from every angle. Winnie the Pooh and his friends Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore are all ready to dine with you. Your children will also love participating in the famous “Poohrade” around the restaurant. We’re particularly fond of the buffet which has a variety of options including some of the best broiled salmon I’ve ever eaten!

11. Be Our Guest

Located in New Fantasyland, Be Our Guest could possibly be the most ornately themed restaurant in all of Magic Kingdom. You can dine in the grand ballroom and even the mysterious West Wing. Each section of the castle is certainly worth exploring. Guests choose their meal from a touch screen upon entering the restaurant and then magically, a cast member finds your party once seated delivering your food using a huge cart. Make sure you order the “grey stuff” – it’s delicious!

12. Cinderella’s Royal Table

Within the iconic castle in the center Magic Kingdom resides this spectacular dining experience. Here you will meet Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, and Jasmine for a meal you’ll never forget. Those who go for dinner may even experience the magical Wishes firework show from the windows.

These restaurants are certainly must-dos for all Disney goers! Be sure to book your reservations as soon as possible!

Michael J.

Michael is a former Disney cast member, online novelist, and aspiring author. He hopes to return to Walt Disney World and become an Imagineer on the writing team. He currently resides in Naples, Florida.

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