One of my favourite parts of Disney is the food! There’s 362 restaurants in Walt Disney World alone! Which means that you are faced with the very difficult decision of which of those 362 amazing restaurants you are to eat at during your Disney vacation.
Of course I have not eaten at all 362 restaurants, but I have eaten at quite a few and I can certainly say I liked some more than others. So here’s a list of a few of my personal favourites.
I did my top three for WDW and my favourite at Disneyland in CA and in Paris. I also had to split up table service restaurants and quick service restaurants. My next post will be on the best quick service meals.
Walt Disney World
1. Crystal Palace. An amazing buffet that is located at the end of Main Street in Magic Kingdom. This is a character meal with Winnie the Pooh and friends that is not to be missed! Read my full review here!
2. Trails End. Now a lot of people don’t know about this hidden gem as it’s very much out of the way at Fort Wilderness Campground. I’ve eaten here once at lunch and many, many times for dinner and, though the lunch was ok, the all you can eat buffet for supper is to die for! I also love the atmosphere of this restaurant. It’s a fun and friendly rustic feeling that is consistent with everything else at Fort Wilderness.
3. The Garden Grill. They took the buffet one step further so the waiter/waitress will bring you unlimited refill’s of a huge plate of food for the whole table to share. It’s also a character meal featuring Farmer Mickey. (My full review for this restaurant can be found by clicking here!)
Billy Bob’s Restaurant: I’m 17. I like the all you can eat feature, ok? This buffet is quite similar to Trails End, only its in France. When I was in Europe, I had a VERY hard time finding things to eat (I’m a super picky eater), and usually the things I did find to eat weren’t very good. I probably would’ve starved if it weren’t for Oreos. This was one of the few restaurants that had meals that were both familiar and half decent, so I’m not sure if the food was actually really good or if it was just really good compared to what I had been eating. Though the scalloped potatoes would’ve been amazing in any country! After eating at some of the other restaurants outside of Disney (and even some inside) you’ll definitely appreciate the rustic American food at Billy Bobs! (If your European, please don’t be offended as it really is not my intent. You have lots of other great qualities, like historic landmarks and beautiful scenery!)
Goofy’s Kitchen: Wait for it… an all you can eat buffet! It’s located at the Disneyland Hotel, so you don’t need to spend a park pass to eat here. This is a character meal with Chef Goofy and friends. I’ve only ever eaten here at breakfast, and usually I’m against sit down breakfasts as they tend to take up valuable park time. However this breakfast is worth the time! And I’m sure lunch and dinner are too. Though what we’ve done in the past to avoid taking up park time is we ate here our last morning, and then headed to the airport shortly after. A character breakfast is a great way to end any Disney vacation rather than a quick bagel on the way out. What makes up a better breakfast than Mickey waffles and pizza? (Yes, pizza at breakfast) There’s also chicken nuggets, omelets, hot dogs (again, yes this is breakfast) pancakes, bacon, eggs and wayyyy more!
Planet Hollywood: This place really has it all; award winning burgers created by the famous Chef Guy Fieri, the most over the top milkshakes on the planet (hahahahaha get it? on the planet? At PLANET Hollywood? No? Ok moving on) and cool movie props. If your a movie buff (like me) than you’ll love this place. It has the original props from all your favourite movies along with some of the costumes the actors actually wore. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Hunger Games, Alien, Ferris Buellers Day Off, Planet of the Apes, Rocky, Back to the Future, Terminater, The Princess Bride, Home Alone and Deadpool, just to name a few. This restaurant is located in Disney Springs in Walt Disney World, and there is also a location in Disneyland Paris. Also I guess this is a fairly popular place to see celebrities. We saw Jacob Sartorius doing a photo shoot. If you don’t know who he is, he’s a famous YouTuber apparently. I had never heard of him before seeing him there, but I have heard of other celebrities that have dined there before. After all, Planet Hollywood was founded by Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, so you never know who your going to see!
For any sit down restaurant in Disney, I recommend getting a reservation ahead of time if you can. It is possible to get into some restaurants without a reservation, but if you have a large party or if it’s during a holiday season, you’ll definitely be glad to have a spot reserved. If you do not have a reservation, I suggest going as soon as the restaurant opens, as that will be the easiest time to get in.
The best way to optimize your park time is to eat either early or late. Make a lunch reservation at 11 or 1:30. Then you have the time around lunch to go on rides while wait times are shorter, because most other people are eating. The ideal time to eat lunch is later, around 1:30 or 2:00. This is when the park is at its busiest for wait times and crowds, so it’s the perfect time to relax in an air conditioned restaurant and enjoy a nice meal for an hour or so.
Hopefully this list helps you narrow down some of the 362 restaurants on Disney has to offer! Bon appetite!!