7. Flying Fish
An upscale and refined dinner experience awaits seafood and steak lovers alike at Flying Fish. Located at Disney’s BoardWalk, the setting here is a unique combination of quaint nostalgia, in conjunction with the BoardWalk’s overall feel, paired with a contemporary modern appeal. As for the menu, this stellar restaurant upholds a standing reputation for delivering on the finest quality sustainable seafood offerings as well as premium steaks. Other sizzling American specialties can also be had here as well, along with signature cocktails and decadent dessert pairings.
It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach at this artistically decorated establishment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, designed to resemble a traditional East-African spice market. Open for lunch and dinner daily, Sanaa presents an abundance of flavorful selections, including robust African-inspired cuisine picks and enticing Indian entrée fusion offerings. And the flare for the exotic here is not limited to just the epicurean interests on the menu, but rather the unbeatable scenic views overlooking the resort’s surrounding savannas, which are home to more than 200 birds and hoofed animals alike. Where else will you get such an opportunity to dine while gazing out on gazelles, giraffes, ostriches, zebras, and other resident creatures roaming about? They also hold special Dine with an Animal Specialist private dining opportunities for lunchtime that you can sign up for.
9. Chef Mickey’s
Another well-loved character dining experience can be had at Chef Mickey’s, on location at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Presented as a plentiful buffet offering for breakfast, brunch, and dinner, Chef Mickey’s makes for a fun and versatile mealtime pick that dishes up an array of American favorites. During your dining experience you can expect special table visits from such character favorites as Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, and of course Mickey Mouse himself. At various times the characters will even lead diners to join in lively breakout dances.
10. 1900 Park Fare
Disney’s Grand Floridian is home to one of the best buffet restaurants in all of Walt Disney World—one that combines versatile and abundant menu selections with the chance to enjoy one-on-one character meet and greets. It’s 1900 Park Fare, and it’s open daily for breakfast and dinner. First there’s the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast to tuck into, with attending character friends Alice (from Alice in Wonderland), The Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and the one and only Mary Poppins. Then it’s a regal gathering with Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner in which the famous namesake Cinderella and her Prince Charming make their way onsite to meet and mingle with guests along with the more infamous Lady Tremaine and Cinderella’s two stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella. In the afternoons 1900 Park Fare also plays host to a special private tea party event—the Mad Tea Party, which is designed for kids ages 4 to 12 and also features character favorites like Alice, the Mad Hatter, and other Disney pals.
11. Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is home to one of the most sought-after and spirited dinner shows in all of Walt Disney World. It’s Disney’s Spirit of Aloha, and it takes place most evenings from 5:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. onsite at the resort’s own open-air theater—Luau Cove. Presented in full as an all-you-can-eat luau feast and live stage show combo, you will delight in hearty helpings of Hawaiian specialties via a lavish buffet setup all while sharing in the jovial spirit of singers, authentic island dance performances, and a heartwarming story.
12. Boma—Flavors of Africa
Discover the bold flavors of Africa at this all-you-can-eat pick located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Open for breakfast and dinner daily, both occasions are presented as bountiful buffets featuring mouthwatering regional cuisine favorites, representative of more than 50 African nations. Also note that American classics are dished up here as well, for those looking for more familiar options. Overall, the flavorful décor in combination with the delightful dish presentations work together to reflect the traditional African marketplace theme the restaurant is centered around.