Walt Disney World Restaurants Everything you need to know

Welcome to Dad’s Simple Guide to Walt Disney World Restaurants. We’ve got everything you need to know right here about eating/dining at Walt Disney World.


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Sci Fi Dining In is one of the coolest of the Walt Disney World RestaurantsSpeaking of Cool… The Sci Fi Dine In is amazing – Photo by Judd Helms


First we’ll look at all the restaurants. We’ll start in the hotels, then move to the theme parks and even Disney Springs.


Jump to the Hotel Restaurants –

To the parks –

In Disney Springs –

You probably will want to know about the Disney Dining Plan and making Advanced Dining Reservations –


Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary is one of the all time favorite Disney hotel restaurantsChef Mickey’s is one of the all time favorites – Photo by Cliff Wang


The Disney World hotels host some of the best Disney World restaurants in all of Disney World. Victoria and Albert’s is one of the highest rated restaurants in Florida. Some of the most popular restaurants in Disney World are in the hotels, like ‘Ohana and Chef Mickey’s.


Not only are the Deluxe Resorts the top resorts at Disney World, but they also have the top Disney World Restaurants.

Polynesian Resort

Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Towers

The Grand Floridian Resort

The vew from Grand Floridian CafeThe Grand Floridian Cafe has a pretty cool view – Photo by Cliff Wang

Wilderness Lodge and Villas

Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas

Beach Club Resort and Villas

The Kitchen Sink from Beaches and CreamThe Kitchen Sink must be shared – Photo by Leah Sikes

On the Boardwalk (Boardwalk Inn and Villas)

Yacht Club Resort

Old Key West

Inside of Olivia's Cafe in Old Key WestOlivia’s Cafe is a relaxing off the beaten path place for a good meal – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa


Some fruit is a good idea at any Disney World restaurantGrabbing some fruit is always a good idea – Photo by Cliff Wang


The Disney World Restaurants at the Moderate Resorts are a mixture of food courts and Table Service restaurants. There are some interesting offerings at the Moderate Resorts.

Caribbean Beach Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

Pepper Market is an interesting place for a bite to eatPepper Market offers a good variety – Photo by Kathleen Wolfe

Port Orleans Resort

Fort Wilderness Campground

The cast of the Hoop Dee Doo RevueGood food and a good show at the hoop Dee Doo Revue – Photo by Brett Svenson


The entrance to Everything PopEverything Pop is one of Dad’s favorite places for breakfast – photo by Laurie Sapp




While there aren’t any fancy Disney World restaurants at the Value Resorts. The only choice is the food courts. Each has the same food stations, and basically the same menus. (Everything Pop has some Pop Century specific offerings.)


The food is pretty good, and breakfast is really good. Here are the food courts for each resort –


There’s nothing better that walking through a park eating a Mickey bar – photo by Leah Sikes


There are some really wonderful Walt Disney World Restaurants in the Parks. There are some very average restaurants in the parks. So, Dad, which is which? Check it out …

Magic Kingdom

Watch candy apples being madeYou can even watch the candy being made – photo by Cliff Wang


The Magic Kingdom has some great, and some not so great Disney World restaurants, but every one has a great theme. Cinderella’s Royal Table is not to be missed. Enjoy.

The Magic Kingdom isn’t the best place for great food, but you can get good food in some interesting locations.


A Mickey Head on the grill at Teppan EdoThe chefs at Teppan Edo can make some interesting things – Photo by Cliff Wang


EPCOT has some of the best restaurants in Disney World. The Disney World Restaurant menus for the World Showcase restaurants are as varied as the pavilions. Future World isn’t a great place for great food. But, the Disney restaurants in the World Showcase makes up for the lack of eating places in Future World.

EPCOT Dining Events

You can find just about anything you’d like to eat in EPCOT.

Disney Hollywood Studios

Take a trip back in time at 50's Prime Time CafeGo back in time at 50’s Prime Time Cafe – Photo by Cliff Wang


Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to some of the most uniquely themed Disney World Restaurants. Here you’ll find a drive in movie restaurant and a lunch counter in a larger-than-life lunch box. Check them out.

  • ABC Commissary – a menu with American classics in an art deco setting.
  • Backlot Express – fast lunch and dinner in Eacho Lake.
  • BaseLine Tap House – a grown-up lounge with light snacks.
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – grab some intergalactic grub
  • PizzeRizzo – a pizza restaurant based on the Muppets and especially the character Rizzo the Rat.
  • Sunset Ranch Market – there are several quick service offerings along Sunset Boulevard with a variety of foods and outdoor seating.
  • The Trolley Car Café – this is the place for your Starbucks fix.
  • Woody’s Lunch Box – see what the toys snack on from Andy’s leftovers.


  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe – take a trip back to a slower time where families dined together right in the kitchen.
  • Hollywood & Vine – character dining buffet starring Disney Junior characters or Minnie and friends.
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby – take a trip back in time to a more elegant age when movie stars roamed Hollywood Boulevard and the Cobb Salad was a thing of legend. *signature dining location
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano – get some interesting Italian food with a Hollywood flair.
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant – jump in a 6-seater and watch old time Sci Fi movies under the stars.


There are lots of snack carts selling popcorn, slushes, ice cream, coffee, and pretzels throughout the park as well as a few cute walk-up windows with ever changing menus – Oasis Canteen, Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner, and Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction.

Animal Kingdom

The Good Eats sign in Animal KingdomThat’s what we’re all looking for – Good Eats – photo by Judd Helms


There is not a lot of variety, or selection in the Animal Kingdom restaurants. The park closes at 5:00 on most days, so dinner isn’t really an option. Check out what’s available.

The Theme Parks are where most guests eat most meals. The Disney World Restaurants in the parks specialize in feeding hoards of people really fast.


Amphicars at Disney Springs

Take a ride after dinner at the Boathouse – photo by Andy Sanchez


Disney Springs is home of some of the newest, most innovative and flat good places to eat. Check out the menus from some of the best known chefs in the world.



The Landing

Town Center

Interesting pizza from Blaze Pizza in Disney SpringsNow that looks like a good pizza – Photo by Judd Helms

West Side


Yes, you can even get your Starbucks fix – photo by Laurie Sapp



The sign for Le Cellier SteakhouseYou’ll want an ADR for Le Cellier – photo by Cliff Wang


Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR’s) are very, very important when it comes to eating in Walt Disney World restaurants. Very important. All the (sit down) Table Service Restaurants recommend that you make Advanced Dining Reservations. For some it’s a necessity. You won’t get in without one.


Check out more about ADR’s on…

Dad’s Advanced Dining Reservations page


Dad’s Bottom Line

Each of the Walt Disney World Restaurants has a unique theme. Some just have to be experienced. Character meals have become really big and must be reserved early. Make sure to get together as a family and decide which of the Disney restaurants you want to try out.


inside the Sci Fi Dine In



the fire pit at 'Ohana



the disney world website for ADRs

advanced dining reservations


Disney Dining Plan

dining plan