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Where to Eat at Walt Disney World

Updated on September 30, 2014

The Best Places to Eat at Disney World

I admit it. I'm a major Disney fan and I do believe Disney World is "The Happiest Place on Earth". Living in New England it's not that easy to just get up and go, but I have managed to get there 20 times in my 38 years so far. 7 of those trips were in the past 5 years.

I really feel at home there and think I know the place pretty darn well. And that includes Disney restaurants. :)

I love being able to help folks taking their first Walt Disney World vacation. I remember getting ready for my first trip to Disneyland and feeling lost at the thought of processing it all. So I can relate...and I know how nice it is to learn from others' personal experiences.

Below you'll find my favorite places to eat, how to get there, the type of food, price range, and links to each restaurants' menu.* I've also added pictures, maps and info on the Disney Dining Plan.

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* Update: I'm sad to say that with the move from Squidoo to HubPages I can no longer link you directly to each menu. Instead, here is the site where you will be able to find them all with a search. wdwinfo.com (right click to open in a new window). Also, the thumbnail images are no longer clickable. I wish these could be fixed for you but I have salvaged what I could.

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Magic Kingdom Restaurants - My Top 3 Picks


Cinderella's Royal Table

When I was little I always wanted to eat in the Castle. I finally got the chance as an adult with my own child and I think I was just as excited as her! We had dinner here 3 years in a row. Before dinner you meet Cinderella downstairs and can have a photo taken (it's included in the cost of the meal here). Then you are seated upstairs in the dining room. While you eat Cinderella's Fairy Godmother and two mice (Perla & Suzy) put on a show right there among the tables. Kids get a keepsake of a magic wand or a sword.

Breakfasts here are different. Instead of a show it's a Princess Breakfast with different Disney Princesses walking from table to table.

To get there just walk through the castle (if you are coming from the front of the park) and you will see concierge off to the right just at the entrance/exit on the other side.

Cuisine: American

Price Range: $36-$59.99 per person


Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café

This is a cafeteria style restaurant with 3 different sections offering different types of food. I think it's the best Counter Service option in the Magic Kingdom. There's plenty to choose from for picky eaters and they have quite a bit of room so you can usually find a table right away.

Cosmic Ray's in is Tomorrowland.

Cuisine: American

Price Range: $14.99 and under per person


The Crystal Palace

If your kids like Winnie the Pooh Characters this is a cute place to go for lunch or dinner. The meals are buffet style and while I was not impressed with the selection for breakfast the dinner choices are better.

The Crystal Palace is at the end on Main Street set way back on the left hand side as you are walking towards the castle.

Cuisine: American

Price Range: $15-$35.99 per person


New Pick! Be Our Guest Restaurant

We were at Magic Kingdom on February 25, 2013 and got to have dinner at this new restaurant at the Beast's enchanted castle in Fantasyland for the first time. I think it's even nicer than Cinderella's Castle!

Cuisine: French

Price Range: $15 to $30 per person

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Epcot Restaurants - My Top 3 Picks


Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

This restaurant is the perfect setting for a Princess Breakfast! We ate here when my daughter was 4 1/2 and it was wonderful. Belle sits for photos as you enter the building and then Princess after Princess comes over to your table for photos and autograph signing.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is in the Norway section of World Showcase. As you enter WS walk to the left of the lagoon (clockwise).

Cuisine: Norwegian

Price Range: $36 to $59.99 per person


Le Cellier Steakhouse

This is the place we have to eat every trip. The food is excellent and the wait staff has always been wonderful here.

Le Cellier Steakhouse is in the Canada section of World Showcase. As you enter WS walk to the right of the lagoon (counterclockwise).

Cuisine: Steakhouse

Price Range: $36-$59.99 per person


Sunshine Season Food Fair

I think this might be the best counter service location out of ALL of the parks and hotels. It's set up like a small food court with great options and the best desserts available outside of table service restaurants. I recommend eating here for lunch or dinner.

Sunshine Seasons is in the lower level of The Land Pavilion in the Future World. While you are there get a Fast Pass to ride Soarin'.

Cuisine: American

Price Range: $14.99 and under per person


Bonus Pick! Via Napoli Ristorante E Pizzeria

We were at Epcot on March 1, 2011 and this was a new restaurant in Italy. We LOVED it. The interior was gorgeous, the staff was so friendly, and the food was great.

Cuisine: Italian

Price Range: $15 to $35.99 per person

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Hollywood Studios Restaurants - My Top 3 Picks


Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

This is one of the coolest restaurants ever. It's indoors, but it's set up like a 1950s drive-in theater. Tables are set up like cars and clips from old sci-fi movies are playing on a huge movie screen in front of you. This is a great place for lunch or dinner.

The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is on Commissary Lane.

Cuisine: American

Price Range: $15-$35.99 per person


50′s Prime Time Café

Another fun themed restaurant. When you walk into the Prime Time Café you are taken back to the 1950s. It's set up like a house, with a Living Room for the waiting area and eat in Kitchens with tables. The food is just like mom used to make home cookin'.

The 50's Prime Time Café is in the Echo Lake section of the park.

Cuisine: American

Price Range: $15-$35.99 per person


Backlot Express

This quick-service, cafeteria style restaurant looks like a movie-studio prop shop. They have options that are a bit healthier than some of the other places in the park.

The Backlot Express is in the Echo Lake section of the park.

Cuisine: American

Price Range: $14.99 and under per person

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Animal Kingdom Restaurants - My 1 and only pick


Restaurantosaurus

Honestly it's just a really cute McDonalds. It's set up to look like the camp at an archeological dig site. They have food you know your kids will eat and there is plenty of indoor seating to get out of the heat. (Update: It's no longer a McDonalds, but still mostly the same food.)

Restaurantosaurus is in Dinoland U.S.A.

Cuisine: American

Price Range: $14.99 and under per person

This is the one park that I'm not excited to eat in. They have some nice restaurants, but I haven't eaten in them yet as the menus don't look like there are options for picky eaters. My family isn't that adventurous when it comes to food.

If you have a favorite restaurant in Animal Kingdom post it in the guestbook at the bottom of the page.


New Pick! Yak & Yeti Restaurant

We finally gave it a try February 26, 2012. It's in Asia. At the Tree of Life walk to the right and pass Dinoland U.S.A. The restaurant is beautiful and we all gave our meals a thumbs up. :)

Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Price Range: $15 to $35.99 per person

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Restaurants at Disney Hotels - My Top 3 Picks


Boma - Flavors of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

This restaurant makes up for the fact that we don't care for restaurants inside Animal Kingdom. It's a short shuttle ride from the park and is a great place for dinner. The all you can eat buffet includes fire-grilled meats, seafood, soups, salads, and desserts prepared with African flair.

Cuisine: African

Price Range: $15-$35.99 per person


1900 Park Fare in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

This is my favorite place to eat breakfast. We usually plan to eat here on a Magic Kingdom day as this hotel is right on the Monorail line. The "Supercalifragilistic Breakfast" buffet is excellent and is accompanied by visits with Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter and other Wonderland friends.

1900 Park Fare also hosts a "Wonderland Tea Party" in the afternoon and 'Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner" in the evening. Both of these are character meals as well.

Cuisine: American

Price Range: $36 to $59.99 per person


Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney's Polynesian Resort

The Polynesian is also on the monorail line making it another location that's easily accessible. This dinner show is held Tuesday through Saturday twice a night in an open-air covered theater by the Seven Seas Lagoon. The show is something you won't want to miss!

Cuisine: Polynesian

Price Range: Over $60 per person

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Restaurants at Downtown Disney


Cap'n Jack's Restaurant

Cap'n Jack's is a casual seafood restaurant right out over the Buena Vista Lagoon in Downtown DisneyMarketplace. They're open for lunch and dinner.

Cuisine: American

Price Range: $15 to $35.99


Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop

Not so much a restaurant but a really great place for a mid-day snack or dessert. The serve sundaes, ice cream cones, floats, shakes, and an amazing selection of chocolate.

Cuisine: American

Price Range: Varies

We don't spend much time at Downtown Disney so I'm afraid I can't share my opinion on other restaurants found here. If you have a favorite restaurant post it in the guestbook at the bottom of the page. :)

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Birnbaum's Walt Disney World Dining Guide - 2014 Edition

Disney Dining Plan Tips

I talk about the Disney Dining Plan on my lens Walt Disney World on a Budget, so I don't want to repeat myself, I'll just say that I do think it's worth it to get one of the 3 Dining Plans that are offered. Character Dining, Signature Dining, and Dinner Shows are included, so you don't have to think about their price tag when planning your meals. You also know how much you'll be paying ahead of time, so it helps you figure out how much your vacation will cost.

Once you select your Dining plan, and know how many table service meals you will have I recommend making reservations as soon as you can. Most restaurants let you make reservations up to 90 days prior to your visit, and I believe for some it's even earlier. You are free to cancel reservations 48 hours before you are scheduled to be there. Many restaurants fill up completely and do not offer walk-ins.

Call (407) WDW-DINE to make dining reservations.

Dining at Cinderella's Royal Table on the meal plan requires 2 Table Service Meals for each person. Gratuities are included.

For all other Character Dining experiences 1 Table Service meal will be used for each person. Gratuities are not included.

Signature Restaurants & Dinner Shows require 2 Table Service Meals per person.

Check out Princess and Pirate Family Vacations for more first hand info on Character Dining opportunities around Walt Disney World Resort.

For more information on the Disney Dining Plan take a look at their 2014 Brochures. You'll find each of their links under the heading "Related Resources".

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      WhateverIsLovely 3 years ago

      First article I read on Squidoo, thanks for posting!

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      Colonel2013 3 years ago

      Great information here! Thanks for sharing!

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      ICM-Vacations LM 3 years ago from Swarthmore, pa

      Disney is great and figuring out where would be a good place to eat is tough. you put together the low down with some pictures which goes a long way to get the feel and vibe of the place Good info saves time

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      Max Globe 3 years ago

      I love Disney and I love seafood, so I'll be checking Cap'n Jack's Restaurant this summer thanks to you) Great and useful lense!

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      BowWowBear 4 years ago

      Thanks for your insights as we get ready to plan our trip. I will be checking out that budget lens of yours though, $60 a pop for some of these is kinda wild! Thanks for sharing!

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      WordChipper 4 years ago

      All the restaurants are great but Cinderalla's Table has always been a tradition in our family even since I was a kid

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      Christene-S 4 years ago

      @ChrisLdn: Me too! I have a reservation and will be having dinner there soon!

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      ChrisLdn 4 years ago

      I also live in New England so I know what you mean about not being able to just get up and go! Now that New Fantasyland is open, I can't wait to try the Be Our Guest restaurant during my next trip :).

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      Squidpunk 4 years ago

      @anonymous: went to the Yak and Yeti for the first time this past Nov. and highly recommend it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A great place to eat is the called the Wave in The Contemporary, In Animal Kingdom the Yak and Yeti, Hollywood Studios try Mama Melrose . enjoy

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Having our Florida Resident Annual Passes for the last 12 years, we have visited most of the restaurants you mentioned. My husband's favorite is the Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios - however, probably not the best choice with children. Thanks for sharing - quite valuable information for Disney newbies!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fantastic resource! Thank you for sharing this. My all time favorite Disney restaurant would have to be Ohana.

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      Rockerfella 5 years ago

      Flame Tree BBQ has the best ribs

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Had never been to this place. Magic Kingdom specially the Cinderella's Royal Table sounds interesting.

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      MarkSierra 5 years ago

      I absolutely love Disney World! No better place to have fun with the family. Hope to go again some day.

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      JHstudios 5 years ago

      Hi Christene! My wife and I really enjoy Epcot's Coral Reef restaurant. Requesting and waiting for a window seat next to the aquarium is worth it. We also do our anniversary dinner at Jiko - The Cooking Place-- the food there is superb and the service unforgettable.

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      I am yet to visit but when I do I will make a point of printing out this lens.

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      Eklectik1 5 years ago

      Another good counter service in the Animal Kingdom is the Flame Tree BBQ - provided you like pulled pork and BBQ ribs.

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      TamarWrites 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens! We go to Disney every year and will be there next month. It isn't a trip for us unless we go to the Prime Time DIner

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Yummy!Thanks for including a price range.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      excellent site. really helped when looking for great and reasonable priced restaurants

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      scott-leroy 5 years ago

      amazing lens! Gotta love Disney World!

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      Onlinemum3 5 years ago

      Great lens. I love WDW. Went for the first time last year and can't wait to go back.

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      nikitakapoor 5 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens, thanks for sharing! (:

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Sci-fi Theatre is my all-time favorite! Great dining ideas and Blessed by an Angel!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Rainforest Caf and Fulton's are the best!

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      Christene-S 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The Garden Grill. Yes, I like it there too. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I loved the restaurant at Walt Disney World called "The Land". The restaurant rotated through all the season and the menu featured food grown at Disney World.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Great information. I've been to some of the restaurants you've mentioned. My favorite, so far, was the Crystal Palace.

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

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      squidshe 6 years ago

      I've never been to Disney World, and as old as I am I still think it would be a magical experience. Great lens!

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      topheraddy 6 years ago

      Eating at Walt Disney World is magical, I love the steak at Le Cellier and Tony's

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this lens is a treasure map to the good eating places at disney world! really enjoyed this, going to show these maps to my kids, earned a 'thumbs up' from this reader!

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Tusker House in Animal Kingdom has a nice and interesting (but not too interesting for picky kids) breakfast Character buffet with Mickey and Friends. Our kids have asked to go back (and they hate character meals!)

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      Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      LOL, as an ex Disney employee, I'll tell ya, we all used to leave the park to eat, then come back.Actually, as a family, we still do. Why make do with ho-hum food that cost 3xs what it's worth? Like Magic Kingdom? At the very least, I jump a monorail and go to Epcot to eat. Animal Kingdom is even worse. I tell ya though, Animal Kingdom Lodge-holy frijoles! Make reservations and eat at the freakin' African buffet restaurant! Your mouth will love you forever! The Indian restaurant in the cheap side of the AK lodge is pretty good too, but seriously, Boma is FREAKISHLY AMAZING!

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      rravi123 6 years ago

      i follow your klens if i have achance to go disney world

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      MSBeltran1 6 years ago

      Excellent guide... we live near it and get annual passes so we don't usually dine in expensive restaurants because we just go for the day every couple of weeks. But the Backlot Express is one of our faves because it's one of the few places in Disney you can get free drink refills, lol.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You've been to Disney World 18 times! I'd say you are a serious fan and you speak from experience about where to eat. A fun restaurant review and I think I would gravitate to Boma Flavors of Africa.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      I would really follow your recommendations if I were ever able to go here. Great job.

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      We ate at the Crystal Palace and had a wonderful meal and experience.Wish I had seen this lens before we went to Disneyworld!

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      LoKackl 6 years ago

      Nice looking page and good advice!

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      Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago from London

      What a great idea for a lens. So much to do while at Disney the last thing you need to be doing is wondering where's best to have a meal! I like the combination of the annotated maps and the short descriptions. Blessed.Plus you've given me a great idea for a lens about eaying out in London! :)

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Excellent guide, ***Angel blessed*** & featured on "My Life with Angel Wings" lens ... :)

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      As a frequent Disney diner, I must say, excellent job with this lens!

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      Cath1125 6 years ago

      Great Lense. I am just back from Disney, we were there for the New Year. It is my second home, we have been there 6 times since 2004. Love, Love, Love it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      It has been several years since I have been to Disney World, but I very much remember how hard it was to know the best places to eat and what our children would enjoy. I see several of their favorites featured here. Most Excellent!

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      What a wonderful tour of Disney World eateries. Such good information that I wish I had when I was last visiting Disney World (ended up at some not-so-good places.) Have to remember this when we plan the next trip. Dusted with Angel Blessings.

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Very nicely done, and great info for the Disney traveler.

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      pompom210 6 years ago

      Hi Christine,Wow!Thanks for such a thorough tour of the Disney restaurant scene! :DWhat an imaginative bunch they are! I was especially taken by the Sci-Fi Dine-In theater, the 50's Prime Time Cafe, and the 1900 Park Fare. Who comes up with these wild ideas? I'd love to run into more stuff like this EVERYWHERE! Hahaha! :DOh, & this isn't restaurant-based but there's a little Disney to it. For all the fans of POLLYANNA, you can view clips from all the different movie versions of the book and some pictures of the Parker Bros. board game. :O)http://www.squidoo.com/pollyanna-videos-the-law-of... Disney geek in me, I guess. Hahaha!Sunshine & Blessings,Giovani

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      AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

      Blessings from a fellow Disney fan. You have picked some of my favorites. Boma really has to be the best for me. Great food and only about a 7 minute drive from my vacation home - so it has to be one of my favorites in the World

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, you get there often, I live in Florida and have been twice. Good info for me.Visit my lens at your leasure.Debra

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      Tonie Cook 8 years ago from USA

      I loved Disney World - This is a great lens on Disney Dining.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Great job on this one!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the tips, we'll be going in September!