If you haven’t already heard, yesterday Disney released “Free Dining” packages for select days this fall. This could save you a ton of money on your next Disney trip. If you are interested in booking one of these phenomenal deals, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyways, in honor of the release of this great deal, I decided to make this week’s blog post all about my favorite places to dine in Disney World. Before our family’s 10 day Disney World trip last fall I read every Disney blog and dining review I could get my hands on. I was so thankful I did, because we ended up dining at some AWESOME restaurants. My husband who was (is??) totally anti-Disney (gasp!!) before the trip, is actually looking forward to our next trip just because of the amazing dining options. I am hoping my dining reviews will help you the same way other blog posts helped me!
Favorite Character Breakfast
Based on my research, we did character breakfasts at Tusker House, Ohana and Chef Mickey. We did a lot of character breakfasts because kids under 3 dine for free at character buffets or family style meals and we wanted to take advantage. While we enjoyed all three breakfast spots, the clear family favorite was Chef Mickey’s, located in the Contemporary resort.
I almost didn’t make reservations for Chef Mickey’s because neither of my boys were/are into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I wasn’t even sure they would know who the characters were, but this restaurant had received so many positive reviews, I decided to give it a chance. And I am so glad I did! The 5 characters that are present for breakfast include Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy. However, I honestly don’t think the characters mattered as much as the atmosphere.
Chef Mickey’s atmosphere has such a fun vibe. My boys loved being able to watch the monorail speed through the Contemporary as they ate. During the meal, the characters would sing and have everyone spin their napkins in the air. The vibe is fun, fun fun! And the characters really took their time interacting with each guest, which I really appreciated.
The food was served buffet style and is your typical American breakfast – eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes, etc. The food was consistently good, but again- the atmosphere is what really sets this restaurant apart.
Oh and if you have the Disney Memory Maker (which I highly suggest), there is a great photo-op before you dine!
Favorite Quick Snack/Lunch
If you are in Magic Kingdom and looking for a quick snack/light lunch, I highly suggest Sleepy Hollow, located in Liberty Square. In previous visits, I easily walked past this little treasure because it is a very small snack stand, and it is somewhat hidden. But it is worth seeking out!
My favorite item is their Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich.
They also serve a Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich served with a chocolate-hazelnut spread, a Breakfast Egg and Cheese Waffle Sandwich, funnel cakes, hot dogs, and Mickey waffles. It is a perfect spot for a rich snack.
Favorite Dinner for a Date Night
We ate dinner at so many delicious restaurants on our trip, but my absolute favorite was the night we ate at the Yachtsman Steakhouse which is located in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
While we ate there together as a family of four, this place would make for a wonderful date night restaurant. The food is a bit on the pricey side, but it is so worth it. I ordered the filet mignon, and it was one of the best steaks I have ever had.
Le Cellier, in Epcot was another restaurant that received really good reviews on their steaks, and we ate there as well. But while the atmosphere was really cool, I felt that the quality of food at the Yachtsman was way better. So if you are torn between Le Cellier and the Yachtsman, I vote Yachtsman!
Favorite Family Lunch/Dinner in the Parks
We went to the 50’s Prime Time Cafe, located in Hollywood Studios, for a family lunch and the theming just blew me away. “Wells!!! Supper is ready!” is the way you are notified that you are being seated. Next they lead you through the restaurant which is decorated like a kitchen from the 50’s.
The waiters and waitresses are in full character, acting like a stereotypical 1950’s mom or dad, reminding you to keep your elbows off the table and to eat all your veggies. In terms of food, you can expect all your home cooked favorites like fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn, etc. This restaurant really excels in all areas – food, theming, and customer service.
Favorite Family Dinner in Disney Springs
Speaking of theming, T-Rex Cafe, located in Disney Springs is a dream come true if you have a little one obsessed with dinosaurs. The restaurant is decorated in a similar way to Rainforest Cafe (if you are familiar with that). There are “meteor showers” and a large underwater aquarium, plus large animated dinosaurs. My boys were in complete awe of the surroundings.
While you wait for your table, your little ones can play in the “paleo dig boneyard” which is basically a large sandbox where your kids can play and dig for “bones”. There is also a “Build a Dinosaur” station which is similar to Build a Bear.
While I am not a fan of Rainforest Cafe food, I have always been very pleased with the food at T-Rex.
Most Unique Menu
If you are looking for food a little more unique and adventurous, then Tiffins is the place for you. Located in the Animal Kingdom, Tiffins menu features items such as charred Octopus (which was SO good), Venison, and Pork Belly Ramen. My husband, who loves to try new foods, adored this restaurant. I had the Wagyu Eye of Rib-Eye (playing it safe), and it was melt in your mouth delicious.
This restaurant can also be on the pricey side, but you can book your meal here as part of the Rivers of Light dining package. This packages allows you to choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert, PLUS it gives you preferred seating to the Rivers of Light show all for $67. Considering the Rib-Eye alone is $53, the package is a steal.
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop in Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a must stop if you are looking to indulge in an ice cream sundae. You MUST have reservations if you expect to find a seat, and you must make those reservations at 180 days in advance, as this place is quite popular and books up fast. This is where working with a travel agent really comes in handy!! Let them do all that work.
Anyways, back to ice cream. Although we didn’t order it “The Kitchen Sink” is their most popular sundae and is great for a large family to share. It includes 8 scoops of ice cream, smothered in every topping they have. We watched multiple people around us order and indulge in this treat.
Other Dining Options
We ate at several other places including Ohana (dinner), The Polynesian Luau, Crystal Palace, and Tepan Edo. While we enjoyed them all, the 7 restaurants I reviewed above are the places that really stood out to us. We also loved our “Be Our Guest” dinner experience, but I understand the dining experience at this particular restaurant is changing, so I don’t want to share an experience that won’t be the same when/if you go- so I purposely am leaving out that review! If you have questions about any of the other restaraunts I didn’t review- feel free to reach out. I love chatting Disney.
What are your favorite Disney dining spots? I would love to hear from you. Drop a message below. And don’t forget – book your Disney Package with free dining today by reaching out to me!!