These Are the Best Dinner Spots in Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Disney World
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Planning dining reservations for a Walt Disney World vacation with the whole family can be difficult when balancing different tastes and interests. Whether you are planning around picky eaters, special diets, or simply looking to break out of the routine and try something new, there are lots of restaurants in Disney Parks that are sure to impress everyone in your party. Here are some of our picks for the best dinner spots to add to your list during your next Walt Disney World vacation:

For Picky Eaters – Garden Grill Restaurant in EPCOT

Character dining experiences are currently modified for distance. Credit: Disney

You do not need to sacrifice great taste and a fun dining experience just because you have some pickier eaters in your group. The Garden Grill Restaurant, located in the Land pavilion in EPCOT, serves a family-style “harvest feast” featuring a garden salad, grilled beef with chimichurri sauce, sliced turkey breast with gravy, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, seasonal vegetables, stuffing, and berry shortcake.

With an all-you-care-to-enjoy concept, diners can have as little or as much of each portion of the meal as they like. Moreover, the restaurant features favorite Disney characters who will stop by for selfies throughout your meal, including Chip, Dale, and some of their best friends, and the seating area rotates through scenes from the Living with the Land attraction.

Runners up:

  • Via Napoli in EPCOT
  • Rainforest Cafe in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

For the Tight Budget – Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Sci Fi Dine In

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Eating out on a budget at Walt Disney World does not have to come at the cost of a fun and memorable experience. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios places Guests in old-fashioned cars at a ’50s style drive-in theater where they can take in trailers for classic sci-fi films while they dine. It’s one of the most unique restaurants at Walt Disney World, and with entrees starting at just $18 (for the buffalo chicken salad or turkey sandwich) it doesn’t have to break the bank.

Runners up: 

  • Plaza Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom
  • Nine Dragons in EPCOT

For Something to Splurge On – Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest Restaurant brings Guests inside the Beast’s castle from the 1991 Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast. During dinner, Guests can dine in immersive locales around the castle including the ballroom, rose garden, and even the west wing where you may even see the enchanted rose.

The restaurant serves a pre-fixe menu for both lunch and dinner, and at $62 per adult, it is certainly one of the more expensive dining experiences in the Magic Kingdom. If you are trying to accommodate everyone’s tastes, however, the menu includes a little bit of everything with entrees including scallops, filet mignon, a pork chop, and vegetarian option, and an array of appetizers and desserts.

Runners up:

  • Le Cellier in EPCOT
  • Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Character Dining – Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Donald Duck

Donald Duck at Tusker House

Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of the most underrated character dining locations at Walt Disney World. The buffet features a mix of traditional African entrees and more Americanized items, and the characters at this location include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald Duck, all dressed up in their safari gear!

Compared to other character locations, it can be easier to grab a reservation here, and if you arrive early (and are of age) the Dawa Bar outside the restaurant is a favorite spot to stop for drinks while in Animal Kingdom.

Runners up:

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom
  • Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Looking for more favorite Walt Disney World dining options? We’ll be back soon with a roundup of the best restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort hotels!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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