Walt Disney World hotels are a cut above the competition for many reasons. The immersive theming, convenient locations, and next-level guest service are major draws. Further (but not much further) down the list, lies another important factor. Food. The deluxe tier resorts are known for first-class, mouthwatering dining experiences. Let us list some of our favorites here to tempt your hunger cravings!
1. Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
For our first recommendation, let’s start a little off the beaten trail. This EPCOT area resort, Disney’s Beach Club, is a beloved location. Most notably, it is known for its adorable 50s-style joint, the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. Featuring chrome fixtures, a wild color palette, and a working jukebox – this restaurant serves up all of the diner favorites we love. However, this spot is truly infamous for its desserts. Order one of their towering sundaes that can easily be split. And if you’re really brave, order the insurmountable Kitchen Sink sundae and see how much progress you can make before admitting defeat!
2. Boma – Flavors of Africa
While this restaurant isn’t necessarily easy to access, it is well worth the trip! This Animal Kingdom Lodge spot is hailed as one of the best buffets in existence – on or off WDW property. For either breakfast or dinner, you can have your fill of a variety of stews, exotic delicacies, and rich desserts. (Yes folks, this is where you can gorge on infamous Zebra Domes.) Trust us when we say this meal is well worth an extra bus ride. Plus, after enjoying this luxurious meal, you can stroll around this incredible resort (complete with free roaming wildlife)! Dinner and giraffes. Could you really ask for me?
3. Hoop Dee Doo Revue
Speaking of shows, this dinner show has been a WDW fan favorite for decades! Head on over to the Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground to see a vaudeville-style show that features superb singing, dancing, and family-friendly antics. As you’re holding your sides with laughter, servers will bring along endless servings of cornbread, barbecue, and homemade strawberry shortcake. (Guests 21 and over can also enjoy endless adult beverages.) For those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando, this rustic night out is a must-do.
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4. Trail’s End Restaurant
If you can’t get enough of the home-style cooking at the Hoop Dee Doo Revue, then just head on next door to the Trail’s End Buffet. This humble establishment may not thematically rock your world, but the buffet is of the highest quality. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – the selections at Trail’s End always consists of the best, finger-licking comfort foods. Just fix a plate (or three!), pull up a chair, and make yourself at home.
5. Whispering Canyon Café
Not surprisingly, comfort foods are in plentiful supply all over the resort. The majestic Wilderness Lodge Resort is not only home to a picturesque lobby and a replica of Old Faithful, it also has excellent restaurants. The favorite choice is undeniably the Whispering Canyon Café. Similar to the 50s Prime Time Café, the wait staff relies on hijinks and saucy attitudes to entertain the guests. As you watch the antics around you, enjoy dishes from the simple, but delicious menu. If you still need a fill of picnic food, may we suggest the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Skillet? Bursting with fried chicken, corn, and baked beans – this meal is sure to fill your belly and turn you into a repeat customer.
6. 1900 Park Fare Breakfast
Along the WDW monorail lies the three most beautiful deluxe hotels. The opulent Grand Floridian hotel beckons guests with its Victorian architecture and immaculate landscaping. While inside, guests will find themselves surrounded by ultimate luxury and wonderful dining. The “can’t-miss” award definitely goes to 1900 Park Fare’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious character breakfast. In addition to standard breakfast fare, you can also fill up on more inventive options or even order a customized omelet. As you indulge, familiar faces like Alice, the Mad Hatter, and even Mary Poppins will stop by your table for pictures and small talk. It’s such a wonderful experience, it’s perfectly indescribable. In fact, it’s perfectly… Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
7. Victoria and Albert’s
The most upscale dining option in Orlando will not disappoint the hardcore foodies. This Five Diamond establishment also resides in the Grand Floridian hotel. Requiring formal attire from their guests (no children allowed, sorry!), the wait staff at Victoria and Alberts are eager to treat you to an evening-long culinary adventure. Drink in the regal settings as you savor your multi-course meal. Perfect for a date night or special occasion, a dinner at Victoria and Alberts will be unlike any other dinner you’ll experience.
8. ‘Ohana (Breakfast and Dinner)
WDW’s tropical Polynesian Village Resort is truly an oasis in the middle of Central Florida. As soon as you walk into the heavenly-scented lobby, head right on upstairs to the fabulous ‘Ohana eatery. Both breakfast and dinner meals feature family-style dishes that are equally filling and tasty. Breakfast consists of hearty American fare and Lilo and Stitch greet you throughout the meal! Dinner, on the other hand, doesn’t include meet and greets, but does feature an island-inspired, all-you-can-eat feast. This veritable feast includes endless dumplings, shrimp skewers, coconut bread, and so much more. You will never want either meal to end!
9. Capt. Cook’s (Breakfast)
For those that want to dine at the Poly for less cash, Capt. Cook’s is the destination for you! Not only is the price reasonable and the location ideal, but you can order the famous banana-stuffed Tonga Toast off the menu! (The only other venue that offers this treat is the hotel’s muchmore expensive Kona Café.) Plus, the Aloha Isle stand is a short walk away if you decide that you also need a Dole Whip…
10. California Grill
A personal favorite of mine, The Contemporary’s California Grill is the ultimate Disney Dining experience. This stunning restaurant sits at the top of the hotel and offers birds-eye views of the Magic Kingdom and the entire monorail line. When dining, this establishment is known for exceptional sushi, flatbreads, steaks, and high-end California wines. The best part of all though is that by eating a meal here, you are welcome to watch the park fireworks from the hotel’s observation deck. This is a glorious method for beating crowds and getting a unique view of the “Happily Ever After” spectacular! This can’t be recommended enough.
With so many delicious meals to enjoy, it may be even harder to recover from the post-Disney blues at home. Regardless, we wish you a successful and most delicious trip!