It’s been a while since I wrote about Disney World so thought I’d throw out a post on my favourite restaurants. One of my favourite things to do at Disney is trying out all of the amazing food you can find. I’m lucky enough to have visited quite a lot while living out there but these are my 5 favourite Disney World Restaurants.
Hands-down, if I could only do one restaurant on a trip, ‘Ohana at the Polynesian would be the one. It’s a little on the pricey side but so good for dinner. You can watch the fireworks from your table and try some amazing Hawaiian inspired food. It’s all-you-care-to-enjoy which means the food is brought to your table family-style and you request more if you would like. Some highlights for me are the potstickers, the skewered prawns/shrimp and the pineapple and coconut bread and butter pudding. You have to save room for this!!
- Crystal Palace
One of my 5 favourite Disney World restaurants, especially for breakfast. This is in Magic Kingdom at the end of Main Street on the left and is built to look like a large Victorian, glass and white building. When the sun is shining, as it often is in Florida, it’s lovely and bright inside.
For breakfast, there is a buffet with all the usual Disney items; Mickey waffles, meats, cheeses, pastries, etc. The characters from Winnie the Pooh also come round the tables for pictures and is great for kids. One of the best things about booking here is that you can reserve a table before park opening. This means you can walk down an empty Main Street and get some lush photos in front of the castle with no one in them.
This one is a little off the beaten track, still in Disney World but at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidana Village. It’s African based with a bit of Indian in the mix. The main reason I love it so much is for one of the starters; the Indian-Style breadboard (pictured above). Basically, a lot of different naan bread with all of the sauce and dip accompaniments. They have some incredible curries on the menu too all whilst sitting next to a gorgeous view of the savannah.
- 50s Prime Time Cafe
I worked at 50s Prime Time Cafe as a seater for my first Disney Program so it was undoubtedly going to be in my top 5 favourite Disney World restaurants. It’s a themed restaurant that’s set in ‘mom’s house’ in the 50s with traditional, home-comfort American food. Think fried chicken, meatloaf, chicken pot pie and pot roast. You’re served by your mom/aunt/uncle for the night so don’t ask for dessert if you haven’t finished your greens! You might find they end up back in front of you with some whipped cream on.
- California Grill
If you like a luxury dining experience then I would highly recommend California Grill. It’s at the very top of The Contemporary and has amazing views of the fireworks in Magic Kingdom. A little on the pricey side so expect to pay in excess of $60 for your main and a drink before tip but it’s well worth it. I went with my friend for our Disney Graduation and it was so lovely. We were even given a window seat and Prosecco upon arrival!
There are so many fantastic Disney restaurants across the parks and the resorts but these are my top 5 favourite Disney World restaurants by far. If we ever get to go back once everything is more ‘normal’, these are just a few of the places I really want to take Curt.
What are your favourite restaurants at Disney World?