Walt Disney World Resort is home to so many different types of restaurants, and as I’m sat writing this post, my stomach is rumbling at the thought of all of the delicious meals we have sampled on our trips! From fine dining to quick service, lighter meals to keep you going and character-dining to entertain and thrill everyone in your party. Whatever cuisine that takes your fancy, Disney have it covered! I thought for this post it would be fun, and also really useful to tell you what our favourite places are to eat at each of the WDW parks.
Meeting Safari Mickey
I am going to choose Tusker House Restaurant as our top place to eat at Animal Kingdom. It offers breakfast, lunch and dinner Character Dining, in a buffet style. It’s a really relaxed atmosphere, you simply grab yourself a plate and try the various offerings that are full of African (and other) flavours. With choices such as Peri-Peri Marinated Baked Salmon, Spit-roasted Beef Top Sirloin, Kenyan Coffee BBQ Pork Loin. For me as a vegetarian, I can highly recommend the plantain which was a first for me, and I went up for seconds it was so good. Plus, don’t leave without giving the Black Eyed Pea and Watermelon and Feta Salad a taste! Included in our package was the amazing evening show ‘The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic’, so it’s worth to keep an eye out for offers like this.
Miss A enjoying the buffet
Fruit de mer à la provençale
Epcot is known for its excellent food from all around the world, especially for me at the stunning World Showcase. From a traditional fish and chip shop from good ol’ blightly, dinner and a show at the Japanese Teppan Edo to the more exotic Tangierine Cafe in Morocco. All of which we have taste tested and would definitely recommend. After much debate, I would have to say Chef De France is our firm favourite place to eat.
I love that it serves great food, with an excellent children’s menu. The service is always good and it has expansive windows, so you can watch the action outside as you eat. I’m also a sucker for a French accent! My must eat would be the French Onion Soup, but the rest of my crew recommend the Fruit de mer à la provençale – Seared scallops, shrimp, mahi-mahi, clams served in a white wine broth with artichokes, celery, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, and coriander with red pepper oil.
This too was a hard choice, as we usually go to our favourite the 50’s Prime Time Cafe, which provides classic American comfort food in very kitsch surroundings. However we have always wanted to try Hollywood Brown Derby and this year we got to, and it didn’t disappoint! It’s a replica of the famous Brown Derby in California complete with walls of caricatures of famous actors and Hollywood stars. This really is dining luxury, but there is no need to dress up, a great advantage as you are already out at the parks. We went for all of the famous offerings, including the Cobb Salad and a Crispy Spiced Duck Breast. Nia and I also shared a dessert trio that was amazing!Stay tuned, as I will be sharing a recipe I got whilst I dined there, that I’d love to share with you in a couple of weeks.
Magic Kingdom I find in summer, is the busiest of all the parks, and we have many times fallen foul of not making reservations to eat when we go. If I can give you one piece of advice it would be to make sure you do this, as far in advance as you are able to. Especially if you have little ones, as I know how cranky they can get without food. In Magic Kingdom what I want is good food served quickly, so we can carry on our adventure. So that’s why I have chosen the Liberty Tree Tavern as my favourite. The food is healthy with options for children such as chicken noodle soup, garden salad and celery and carrot sticks to start. Oven roasted chicken with vegetables and fruit for dessert, so they are refuelled for the rest of the day. They also sell one of the best salads I have ever had at WDW. It’s called Colony Salad with fruit and nuts and a delicious dressing. I have it without the chicken, but it is very substantial.
I wanted to add that I feel that eating in America can be quite different to the UK. If you have a special request, or dietary requirement please do chat to the server. They are so happy to make changes, often with the chef coming out to chat to you if it’s a more complicated request. I think us Brits are sometimes a little afraid to ask for what we need but honestly don’t feel like this in WDW, they are very happy to help.
Finally because I couldn’t fail to mention Disney Springs. Head over to Splitsville bowling lanes if you are there, they sell fantastic food you can enjoy with or without a game. The veggie pizza with a wholemeal base was the best pizza I have ever tasted…no really!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at our favourite places to eat. Next week we will be concentrating on my perfect itinerary for tween girls.
Did you catch the other posts in this really popular feature I’m doing on my recent trip to Disney?
This post is in partnership with Walt Disney World. All opinions here are my own
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