I thought it might be helpful if I were to tell you a few of our dining at Disney tips.
Breakfast: We bring breakfast for the whole trip with us. We drive, so it’s easy enough to shop on the way there. We grab granola bars, Nut pouches, breakfast shakes, muffins, pop tarts, you could even use milk and cereal since your room at a Disney resort will come with a fridge. I usually end up eating on the way to the park, while waiting for a bus, or in line to get in to the park. Just remember, you can’t eat on Disney transportation.
When we are planning our trip, we each get the chance to pick a sit down restaurant. We also eat at Chef Mickey’s every visit, it’s our tradition. There are 4 of us, so we eat at a sit down restaurant 5 times during our trip. The rest of the time we eat at counter service.
What we love, and why we love it:
Magic Kingdom Counter Service:
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe: They have a lot of fast food variety, great burgers, a toppings bar, and A SINGING ALIEN!
Magic Kingdom Sit down Restaurant:
Crystal Palace: It’s a buffet, so everyone can find something they like, it’s visually beautiful to sit in a glass building, & not only are there Pooh characters, but this is the only place you are sure to meet Piglet!
Magic Kingdom Snacks:
Main Street has it all, candy shops, popcorn, ice cream, cookies….I love their HUGE ice cream & cookie sandwhiches which can be found at The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. (For a shorter line, try Sleepy Hollow for that HUGE ice cream cookie sandwich.)
Hollywood Studios Sit down restaurants:
50’s Prime Time Cafe: The shakes are yummy, the food is good, but you are really here for the experience. There is no where else quite like this! You are treated like family for sure.
Hollywood & Vine Play & Dine: Disney Jr friends are here, not just visiting your table, but having a dance party the kids can join. Plus, the buffet here is awesome, very tasty. Book at the end of breakfast so you can have “brunch”!
Hollywood Studios Counter Service:
Backlot Express: This is fast food, but might just taste slightly better than other places. But just maybe it’s all the fun props to look at while you eat that make the food seem a notch higher than elsewhere.
Animal Kingdom Sit Down Restaurant: none
Animal Kingdom Counter Service:
Restaurantosaurus: We ate here for the first time last visit and loved it. The kids meals were served in a beach bucket, there was loads to look at & funny music, and the food was pretty good.
Epcot Sit down:
You have more variety at Epcot, and that’s where the best food at WDW is, in our opinion! I think all of us chose our restaurants from Epcot for our future visit.
Biergarten: German buffet, a polka band in lederhosen, soft pretzel rolls….my mouth is watering just thinking about the yummy food.
Garden Grill: This place rotates super slowly while you eat, so the scenery (of the ride below) changes. Mickey & friends visit your table, and you are served family style (all you can eat), using food they have grown at Epcot! We love the food! Note: This is one of the only places you can get sweet tea in Disney.
Teppan Edo: Japanese food cooked right in front of you with a little show. Also, where else can you go and have people bow their greeting to you? I mean, in America? Very cool.
Via Napoli: This is the best pizza in WDW, and you get to watch the Chefs make it in the cool looking ovens from your table. I heard a rumor that they even have their water sent in from Italy to make their pizzas! So GOOD!
Coral Reef : You feel like you are dining under the sea & the kids love watching the wall of the aquarium as you eat. This place has “fancy food”, but you still get enough to eat!
Epcot Counter Service:
Yorkshire County Fish Shop: I like fish & chips every once in a while, and this is a good place to get them!
Lotus Blossom Cafe: Chinese food where we can all find something we like. Not as good as our favorite Chinese places at home, though.
Epcot Snacks: You can literally eat your way around the world as far as snacks go. You can find caramel, hot pretzels, funnelcake…but we HAVE to stop at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in France for a treat one night of our trip. There will be a line, but it will go fast, and it’s worth the wait!
Resort Sit Down Restaurants:
Contemporary/ Chef Mickey’s: You have the monorail coming into the building, Mickey & friends coming to see you, and a buffet with our favorite Parmesan Mashed Potatoes! This is a must do for us, every trip!
Wilderness Lodge/ Whispering Canyon Cafe: This is loud and crazy, but fun! The food is really good and a bonus is getting to check out the Wilderness Lodge Lobby. ( I’m a bit biased, as this is our home resort!)
Boardwalk/ Cape May Cafe: We haven’t eaten here in a few years, but it still stands out to me as being a cool place to eat. It”s a buffet, with a lot of seafood. We were the family of the day here once, but that has not affected my decision. 😉
Fort Wilderness/ Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue: The food was yummy and the dinner show was entertaining. We probably won’t be doing this again for a long while, just because it is pricey for the food you get, but it was fun to experience once, and memorable!
Resort Counter Service:
Port Orleans French Quarter/ Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory: You have to see the dining room! Huge mardi gras masks and stuff. It’s pretty amazing.
Yacht Club/ Beaches and Cream: terrific ice cream!
Wilderness Lodge/ Roaring Fork Snacks: Tasty salads, and they have ice cream Mickeys here!
Counter: Earl of Sandwich: So yummy! My favorite is the one that’s like thanksgiving all combined in a sandwich.
Sit Down: T-Rex You are eating with dinos, so yeah.
Snacks: Goofy’s Candy Company ( They sell the most delicious cookies here, chocolate peanut butter chunk. I have been trying to duplicate this recipe for years!) You can also get caramel apples, choose fun flavors for your slushies, and anything you could want to snack on that’s sweet is found here.