Being separated from the happiest place in Florida has been hard for so many. The sights, sounds, and smells of Disney property have left many a quarantined person daydreaming. And of all the things to miss, many miss the scrumptious food. From snack carts to first-class dining, Disney World has cornered the market on excellent theme park food. Whether or not you’re finally returning to the promised land, here are some spots to salivate over. We highly recommend you put a pin in these suggestions. They are all taste-tested and diehard Disney fan approved.
1. California Grill
Before even approaching a park gate, amazing food is already in your path. Atop the stunning Contemporary Resort sits the California Grill. This posh venue is great for date-night, but isn’t too stuffy for the whole family to enjoy! Featuring floor to ceiling windows, this is the only restaurant to offer a birds-eye view of the Magic Kingdom. And it’s the only restaurant that offers a private viewing deck for nightly fireworks. (This is accessible whether you are a brunch, lunch, or dinner patron.) Regarding the menu, California Grill is known for juicy steaks, hand-rolled sushi, and rare bottles of vino. Splurge on this locale if possible.
2. Victoria & Alberts
Speaking of splurging, this is where you’ll find the most indulgent meal on property. Nestled within the elegant Grand Floridian Resort, Victoria & Alberts is a certified AAA Five Diamond Award winner. Intended for date nights exclusively, this is the ideal place to celebrate anniversaries, engagements, and all special occasions. Don your finest apparel (because there is a dress code) and get ready to enjoy a mouth-watering seven-course menu. While the menu is always changing, you can expect to enjoy caviar, steak, and first-class seafood. It will be the greatest dining experience of your life.
3. Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue
For another delicious, but more casual dining experience, let’s explore the trails at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Keep on walking until you see the rustic Pioneer Hall. Here is where you’ll find an all-you-care-to-eat meal/dinner show called the Hoop Dee Doo Revue. Started by a group of entertainment interns in the 1970s, this singing and dancing Vaudeville-style show has been making guests cry with laughter for decades. Enjoy the antics onstage as you are served endless rounds of ribs, cornbread, chicken, corn-on-the-cob, Sangria, and their infamous strawberry shortcake. You will leave full, happy, and eager to return.
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4. Boma – Flavors of Africa
If you find yourself hungry and full of adventurous cravings, then this famous Animal Kingdom Lodge buffet will satisfy you. This glorious hotel restaurant features several stations containing African-inspired fare. With such a vast array, there is something for both the picky eaters and the foodies! Favorite dishes include the variety of exotic stews and the chilled white and dark chocolate Zebra Domes. Whatever you do, save your appetite for dinner and take time to relish your buffet trips. (Better yet, shoot for small portions so you can try as many things as possible.) One dinner here will make you a repeat guest.
5. Tusker House
Considered the more family-oriented version of Boma, Tusker House is worth a trip regardless of your family’s age! This buffet-style restaurant calls the Animal Kingdom its home. It truly embraces the theming as its style mimics an outdoor bazaar. Enjoy trips to the various stations that house African-inspired dishes and comfort-food items. Best of all, Mickey and his friends (in safari gear) will stop by your table for pictures/autographs throughout the visit. Considered the favorite restaurant of this park, you’ll want to grab reservations ASAP. There’s a reason it’s beloved.
Many Disney regulars consider this Polynesian Resort restaurant a staple for breakfast, but let’s discuss dinner. A dinner at ‘Ohana is delectable. While there are no characters, you can enjoy the island ambiance as you feast family-style. As opposed to a traditional buffet, tables are served endless platters of skewers, dumplings, glazed chicken wings, and so much more. From the coconut pineapple bread to their signature bread pudding, your family will be at a luau for taste buds. Even if your party always hits the parks hard from open to close, we would be shocked if they didn’t love this detour. Make space in your itinerary and reap yummy rewards.
7. Morimoto Asia
Disney Springs has a lot of stellar restaurants and this is no exception. The Asian fusion creation, Morimoto Asia, is headed by master chef Masaharu Morimoto. Step one foot into the opulent Shanghai-inspired locale, and you’ll swear you have traversed the globe. Settle into a leather booth and somehow pick between dim sum, juicy Korean ribs, and the signature Peking duck. (You can also order them all!) This is a consistently hopping place, so Advance Dining Reservations are a must. Snag them as soon as you can and start daydreaming about your future dinner.
8. Tangerine Café
On another positive note, every great restaurant isn’t expensive. One of the best eateries can be found inside EPCOT’s Morocco Pavilion. Unfortunately, the Tangerine Café is easy to miss. Too easy to miss. It doesn’t sit on the lagoon. The storefront is unassuming. But if you step inside, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Not only does this restaurant have hidden, ample seating, but it also has a mouthwatering Middle Eastern menu. Help yourself to heaping portions of lamb or chicken shawarma, couscous, hummus, pita, and tabbouleh. Take a seat inside the charming café or in one of the many romantic alleys, lit by colorful lanterns. And best of all, enjoy this experience for less than $20 per diner. It could be your favorite World Showcase meal.
9. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
Speaking of amazing quick-service locations, this glorious place in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge may be the best meal in Hollywood Studios. Straying from the usual burger and fries fare, the menu is inventive, generously portioned, and scrumptious. (Don’t let the galactic-themed entrée names fool you. The food is sourced from planet Earth.) Fan favorites include the smoked ribs, fried chicken, pot roast, and sinful Battu-bon dessert. Order up and find a seat in the spacious indoor or outdoor areas. Then, drink in the atmosphere of a genuine interstellar hangar. Most importantly, savor every bite.
10. Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
The last choice is still earning its cult following, but we assure you it’s well-deserved. This wacky Jungle-Cruise themed restaurant brings the delightfulness of the Jungle Cruise to a culinary experience. The décor pays homage to the ride and the legendary Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Once seated, you’ll find that the waiters are actually skippers. And they are ready to crack as many pun-filled jokes as their attraction counterparts! The star of the show though is the food. The menu plays with fun twists on fried chicken, fish, falafel, and curry. Enjoy ordering one of the cleverly named dishes and further enjoy their amazing taste. You might have a new favorite restaurant.
Walt Disney World is simply a delicious place, there’s no denying it. The sheer amount of choices here is also overwhelming. We’re confident that this list will point you in the right direction to eat some of the best meals. Good luck getting your advance dining reservations and remember to pack a hearty appetite!