6 Must try Dining Experiences at Disney

My list of 6 must try dining experiences at WDW

If you have been to WDW you no doubt have a favorite place that you just have to eat at each time you go. You’re not alone, sometimes it’s hard for us to fit in a new place to try because everyone in the family has a favorite that they just have to eat at when we go. There are so many options for meals. You can eat at any of the 4 parks, Disney Springs, your resort, or any of the other resorts. You can even order pizza and eat in your room, or have a romantic dinner in your room. The cuisine is endless; seafood, steak, Chinese, Mexican, and of course if you are at Epcot you can eat food from any of the countries around the showcase. Here is a list of restaurants within all of the Disney properties. These are 6 of my favorites and why I love them.

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Akershus royal banquet hall

We ate here on our last trip. I know, I know, what took us so long? Well like I said before it is so hard to try a new place with so many people in our family, and everyone having a favorite; sometimes it really takes a lot of finesse to agree on a different place to try.

Snow white with kids at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Its buffet style dining; the food is great, one of my favorite buffet meals at WDW. It only takes 1 credit of your DDP. The princess interactions are so fun. Disney never ceases to amaze me. Last time we were at WDW we ate at the Royal Table, a few days later when we ate at Akershus Snow White came over. She asks my daughter did we ride the mine ride with her 7 little friends. My daughter said yes we did, it was fun. Then Snow White said I told them you would be coming to visit after I spoke to you at Cinderella’s castle when you had breakfast the other day. Mine and my daughters’ mouth dropped open. If you get a breakfast reservation early enough at Akershus you can go directly to visit Anna and Elsa with little wait time. Who doesn’t love those two? When Anna and Elsa first come to WDW the lines were crazy. My daughter stood in line for 3 hours to meet them!  You probably already made your FP for Frozen Ever After; so you can then go straight there after meeting Elsa and Anna.

Crystal Palace


Pooh with kids at Crystal Palace

This is one of those places that a lot of people love. You can visit Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet. The interaction with them is so much fun. This is buffet style dining.  Some people love the food there, I really don’t care much for the food personally. The upside to a buffet is children under 3 eat for free at Disney; however, they must eat off your plate. At a buffet, I can get my littles what they want and I actually get to eat food I want too.

Rain Forest Café

Everyone can always agree we must eat at Rain Forest. The food is to die for! The kids love the atmosphere.

It sounds like it’s raining and animals come to life.  There is a Rain Forest located at Disney Springs and one at AK. When you eat there you must try the volcano dessert, yummy it’s so good! In order to get this with your DDP you will need to use 4 of your snack credits or if you are a family of 4 who is 10 or older you can get one and split it and it will count as your dessert. Children on your DDP who are 3-9 will already have a desert coming with their meal.

50’s Prime Time Café

This is a must for my husband every trip we take to Disney. This restaurant is at Hollywood Studios. Its, as I’m sure you guessed, set in the theme of the 50’s. The fun is the interaction between you and the cast members who are serving you. So go ahead and fun with them. Once while we were there they told my son he better eat all his veggies or he couldn’t leave the table. He didn’t know what to say; he always has something to say to everyone about everything. I just couldn’t help but laugh. We made a trip one year for my daughter birthday. We decided to have her cake while at Prime Time. They were truly amazing with her. They took her back to the back and gave her these little trinkets for her birthday. The cast members went above and beyond!

Cape Mays Café

The atmosphere at Cape Mays is so relaxing and beautiful. It’s a short walk from Epcot. The walk takes you along the water and over to Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This is also a buffet-style restaurant, which you know I love. The buffet food is amazing here! The breakfast is a character experience. You will meet Minnie, Donald and Goofy. They are dressed in their beach attire. For dinner, you can find crab legs, fish, shrimp, ribs, and chicken just to name a few things. Overall the food is phenomenal and if you do breakfast you get to meet 3 of the fabulous 5.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

What girl hasn’t had the dream of being a princess? Eating at the Royal Table at Cinderella’s castle is about as close as you can get other than visiting bibbidi bobbidi boutique which is a blog for another time. If you want to eat at the castle and see the princesses you will most definitely want a reservation. This a highly sought after dining experience. This does take 2 TS credits per person dining; however I believe everyone should experience eating at the Royal Table at least once. The rule of thumb used to be get a breakfast ADR then you would be able to get into the park before it was crowded with people. You could get pictures on Main Street with little to no people around you. Since the change to the opening show; they now let people into Main Street so to me there is no real benefit to rolling out of bed with half a dozen children and rushing to the park for breakfast.









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12 Replies to “6 Must try Dining Experiences at Disney”

  1. Man i wish i would’ve seen this list prior to going, i loved Disney i did go to crystal palace. This was a really good post!

    1. Thanks so much Crystal.

  2. I am a native Floridian and have been visiting Disney my whole life, but I’ve never heard of the Royal Banquet Hall OR the Crystal Palace. We are going in December for Christmas and we’re going to have to try one of those! Thanks for teaching me something new!

    1. Glad to hear I was helpful Emily. I am also a travel agent that specializes in Disney. I know your trip is planned but if you need any advice send me an email. I love Disney and would be glad to get you any info you may need.

  3. Thanks for sharing this as I’m planning a trip to WDW next year and it will be my first time. I’m checking all the hot spots there. I like that idea of having a breakfast buffet while meeting disney characters. Awesome article!!!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. If you have any questions email me I would love to give you advice for your upcoming trip. You and your family are going to have such a great time!

  4. The rainforest cafe is always a great choice no matter where you are! Cinderella’s Royal Table sounds like somewhere my girlies would love to go!

    1. Yes, it is! We always must eat there. I love their food. The 2 at Disney are the only ones I have ever tried but if I ran across another I know we would have to try it.

  5. These are wonderful tips and inclusive places! We plan our family Disney trip soon and could really use the input!

    1. Morgan so glad to hear it was helpful! I love Disney and if you have any question about places to eat, things to do, or what would make your trip easier I’m here to give pointers. I love helping people!

  6. My husband and I can’t wait to go back to Disney – solely to try ALL the food. We didn’t make it a priority the first time we went HAHA!

    1. It can be hard when you are there to eat. All the entertainment gets in the way till your tummy reminds you. But yes you must check out the food. Disney Springs has new restaurants opening monthly. There is just so much at Disney now!

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