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Table Service Meals to Try When Your Top Choice Isn’t Available

Walt Disney World has some amazing table service meals throughout the four Disney Parks as well as at Disney Springs and the Disney Resorts.  Even with all of these amazing options, there are some table service meals that have become the top must-get reservations.  Because of their popularity, these reservations have become extremely hard to get.  This doesn’t mean that you are out of luck or won’t have a good meal.

We are going to give you some great table service options that you might not think about when making dining reservations for your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation.  These are great meals, with fun atmospheres, but aren’t as hard to find available.

Consider looking into these meals so you can have a wonderful experience without the stress of fighting for those top dining reservations.

Grand Floridian Cafe
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Steakhouse 71-Grand Floridian Cafe

Steakhouse 71 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort has quickly become one of the top dining locations at Walt Disney World.  Because of the popularity of this restaurant, dining reservations have become extremely hard to get.  If you aren’t able to get reservations for Steakhouse 71, consider checking out the Grand Floridian Cafe over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Grand Floridian Cafe is an excellent option for those wanting to have a meal along the monorail line.  It is an easy walk or ride from Magic Kingdom and gives a great escape from the heat of the day and crowds in Magic Kingdom.

All three meals are available at the Grand Floridan Cafe giving Guests a lot of options when it comes to dining there.  This quiet, elegant restaurant is a favorite as breakfast fans can enjoy their favorites such as french toast or waffles even at lunch.  Known for its lobster burger, Grand Floridian Cafe is a great dining option during a Magic Kingdom day.

Mickey Tusker House

Topolino’s Terrace – Garden Grill and Tusker House

One of these hardest character meals to get right now in all of Walt Disney World is at Disney’s Rivera.  Called Breakfast a la Art with Mickey & Friends, this character breakfast has become the hottest character meal even over Chef Mickey’s.

If you can’t get into this adorable meal, there are two other options we would suggest when it comes to dining with your beloved pals.  Over at EPCOT, we would recommend looking at Garden Grill in the Land Pavilion.  Here Guests are seated in a fun circular dining hall that rotates as Guests enjoy different scenes from the Living with the Land below.

As Guests enjoy their meal family-style meal, they are visited by Farmer Mickey, Chip ‘n’ Dale, and Pluto.  They are all so cute in their family gear and it is a relaxing, adorable meal.  We like that it is family-style allowing us to remain in our seats while having our favorite dishes brought back to us.

Another adorable character meal that we would suggest is over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Tusker House provides three meals a day in a buffet setting.  Here Guests are able to see Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and other pals in their cute safari outfits.  They are ready for an adventure.

When looking for cute and delicious character meals, both Garden Grill in EPCOT, as well as Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, are good choices.  They provide a variety of food options as well as cute character interactions.

Coral Reef Epcot
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Space 220- Coral Reef

If you were hoping to head up to space for a nice meal, but can’t seem to get a reservation, we have another option for you.  In EPCOT, we would suggest looking at Coral Reef for a dining reservation.  Like Space 220, Coral Reef provides a unique dining experience.

While dining in Coral Reef at EPCOT, Guests are able to enjoy the amazing aquarium that is host to sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, and so much more.  Unlike the prie-fixe meal at Space 220, Guests are able to order from an extensive menu at Coral Reef getting as much or as little as they wish for their meal.

Sci-Fi Dine- In- 50s Prime Time Cafe

Recently one of the harder-to-get reservations has been Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  We aren’t sure why this restaurant has all of a sudden become a top choice, but finding a reservation seems impossible.

If you aren’t able to find a reservation time at Sci-Fi Dine-In, check out 50s Prime Time Cafe.  Both serve comfort food with 50s Prime Time Cafe having meatloaf, fried chicken, and pot roast.  For entertainment, kids will love the decorations as well as the Cast Members that keep mom and dad in line during the meal.

For good food and a fun atmosphere in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, try looking at the 50s Prime Time Cafe for a meal.  Just be prepared to eat those veggies.

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Disney Parks- Disney Resorts and Disney Springs

Our last suggestion is an overall suggestion when it comes to getting table service reservations during your Walt Disney World vacation.  We would recommend looking outside of the four Disney Parks.  Most Guests don’t want to leave the Disney Parks once they are there making those table service locations fill up quickly.

There are some fantastic table service meals outside of the Disney Parks (actually some of the best) so take time to consider visiting Disney Springs or another Disney Resort for a fantastic meal.

Use the Skyliner or monorail to check out some other areas of Walt Disney World that you might not always see if you are focused on the Disney Parks.

We hope this gives you some ideas on where you can eat when those top dining reservations book up quickly.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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