Where To Eat at Disney Outside the Parks- Top Disney Resort Restaurants

Enjoying great meals is all part of the Walt Disney World experience. The four Disney Parks, Disney Springs, and Disney Resorts have many fantastic dining locations. While most Guests focus on where to eat inside a Disney Park, some of the best dining experiences at Walt Disney World are at the Disney Resorts.

If you are planning a day outside of the Disney Parks or want to get out of the busy Parks during the day, there are numerous restaurants to choose from at the Disney Resorts. We will share our top options with you so you can have a great dining experience during your Disney vacation.

Disney Resorts will have something for you, no matter what you want in dining!

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Dinner and a Show: Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue- Disney’s Fort Wilderness

If you want a show and entertainment to accompany your meal, head to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Here you can enjoy the wildly entertaining Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. This is a two-hour dinner show that is full of dancing, singing, and lots of laughs.

You can enjoy all you care to eat fried chicken, ribs, cornbread, and more while enjoying the show. The show happens multiple times on specific evenings, so check what will work with your schedule.

Take some extra time to enjoy this Disney Resort as well.

Related: Planning on Visiting Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground? We Know the Best Evening to Visit

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Meal with a View

The Disney Resorts offer multiple dining options that provide Guests with fantastic views. These meals are truly unique, from seeing the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom to watching animals roam the savanna.

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Sanna- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

One of the best views you can get during a meal is at Sanna in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. You can enjoy watching animals such as giraffes and zebras roam the savanna during your African-inspired dinner.

The food here is outstanding; you won’t want to skip out on the beloved bread service. These flatbreads come with several dipping sauces, and they are fantastic.

California Grill- Disney’s Contemporary Resort

At Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Guests can enjoy a meal at California Grill. Here Guests can enjoy a delicious meal while looking over Magic Kingdom. Plan it right and experiences the fireworks.

The menu at California Girll is a three-course selection. Guests choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert. They can also choose to have unique cocktails or wine during the meal. This is one of the best views in Walt Disney World. If you want to celebrate a special occasion, a feast at California Grill is the perfect option.

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Characters and a Meal

Having a character meal at Walt Disney World is part of the magic. Disney offers a variety of different character meals throughout their Disney Resorts. This makes it easy for Guests to experience the magic of these experiences without a Disney Park Ticket.

Topolino’s Terrace- Disney Riviera Resort

The top character meal at Walt Disney World is at the beautiful Disney Riviera. Here Guests dine at the top of the Resort, providing a fantastic meal and great views of Walt Disney World.

Characters are available only during breakfast, a la Art with Mickey & Friends. This prix fixe menu provides Guests with unique entries featuring flavors from the Riviera. While enjoying a delicious meal, Guests meet with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck, all dressed up in unique and adorable outfits.

We love this character meal as it has it all: great food, fun character interactions, and beautiful views.

If you aren’t looking for a character meal, Topolino’s Terrace would also make our list for great views. Being at the top of the Riviera provides impressive views of the Walt Disney World Resort, including the skyliner. The dinner menu is also top-notch.

You will have a fantastic time no matter what meal you book at Topolino’s Terrace.

Story Book Dining at Artist Point- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

At Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Guests can enjoy a unique dining experience. Here Guests dine in the Enchanted Forest and are visited by Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and even the Evil Queen.

This is a prix fixe menu where you enjoy appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The overall experience at this restaurant is magical.

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Chef Mickey’s- Disney’s Contemporary Resort

For an upbeat atmosphere where Chef Mickey and friends entertain Guests while they enjoy options from a family -style all you care to eat experience. Available for breakfast and dinner, this high-energy meal is a lot of fun.

The combination of the characters, watching the monorail go by, and various dishes make this character meal fun for Guests to experience. Remember that this isn’t the best option for a low-key experience. Chef Mickey’s is all about the excitement.

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Ohana- Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Over at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Guests can enjoy a family-style breakfast full of Mickey and Stitch waffles, eggs, sausage, and potatoes. While enjoying all of this delicious food, Guests can also enjoy visiting with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto.

Visiting this beautiful Disney Resort, having a great meal, and seeing some fun characters is a fantastic way to start the day.

Related: Character Meals in Disney Everyone Forgets About

Having a great meal is part of the Disney magic. You don’t have to stay in the Disney Parks to enjoy some of the top dining experiences at Walt Disney World. From upbeat character meals to amazing views, the Disney Resorts offer some fantastic dining options for Guests to enjoy during their Disney vacation.

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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