October 17, 2018

My 5 Favourite Resort Restaurants at Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone! I hope you are well! Today’s post is all about food at the Walt Disney World Resorts! I’m sharing my 5 favourite restaurants within the Resorts! This is actually the hardest category for me, because I spend so much time in the parks and barely eat at resorts. Some might be a bit of a stretch, but I hope to try out more resort restaurants soon! Okay, let’s jump in!

My 5 Favourite Resort Restaurants at Walt Disney World

california grill- Contemporary Resort

I love going to Califonia Grill! I’ve eaten there twice, and love the food and the view! It’s the one restaurant I recommend people go to, even if it’s just for appetizers or drinks. The food is delicious, but the view is amazing. If I were to go right now, I would order either the Crispy California Rolls or the Ora King Salmon. They have a designated Sushi Chef, so the sushi I’ve had there has always been amazing!

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o’hana- The Polynesian

I love O’hana! I’ve been for breakfast (all you care to eat character meal), and for dinner (all you care to eat). I think I prefer dinner, because the bread pudding is AMAZING. Plus you can see the fireworks and the music is piped in. It’s all you care to eat so there’s not one specific dish I would order, but I would recommend a Lapu Lapu, and lots of bread pudding.

My 5 Favourite Resort Restaurants at Walt Disney World

Kona Cafe- The Polynesian

Kona is the other Table Service Restaurant in The Polynesian! It’s where you can get Tonga Toast with a special sauce, as well as Kona coffee! We ate lunch there in 2016, and everyone really enjoyed there meal! There were 10 of us total, so I think that tells you something! If I were to go back today I would have the Stir Fry with Tofu.

My 5 Favourite Resort Restaurants at Walt Disney World

beaches and cream- Beach Club

I ate here for the first time on my last trip and loved it! It’s a fairly small space, but the food is good and the Ice Cream is better! They have crazy things like The Kitchen Sink that involve every flavour of ice cream and a can of whipped cream. If I were to go right now, I would order the Veggie Burger and the No Way Jose for dessert! I suggest planning it on a day that you don’t walk a lot after, or eat a lot that day ;).

My 5 Favourite Resort Restaurants at Walt Disney World

Chef Mickey’s- The Contemporary

It’s been about 10 years since I’ve eaten here, but it’s your basic Disney buffet with characters, so it’s fun! You get to meet Chef Mickey, Pluto, Goofy, Minnie, and Donald!

I actually think these are the only resort restaurants I’ve been to! I also ate at Shutters (Caribbean Beach) but it’s currently under construction/changing names, so it’s unfair to mention. We ate at all of the restaurants at The Polynesian, and I liked spending the time at the resort! I definitely think it’s something I’d like to do on future trips!

My 5 Favourite Resort Restaurants at Walt Disney World

For menus and more, check out the Walt Disney World website here.

If you’d like to hear more about my 5 Favourite resort Restaurants, check out the video below!

What is your favourite resort restaurant? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Thank you so much for joining me today!

 

 

 

Kelsey
October 3, 2018

My 5 Favourites Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone, I hope you are well! And Happy October! Since getting married on the weekend, I feel like I can relax now! In today’s Disney post I’m sharing my 5 favourite Table Service Restaurants in the Walt Disney World Parks! I’ll be sharing one from each park, and two from Epcot (one in Future World and one from World Showcase). Okay, here they are in no particular order.

MY 5 FAVOURITE TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS

What is a table service restaurant?

A Table Service Restaurant would be a “sit down” meal, where you have a server bringing the food to your table. They are more expensive that the quick service meal, and it takes a bit longer to enjoy a meal.

Special Notes

I’m a pescatarian, so I don’t eat meat but do eat fish. So I won’t be raving about burgers and steaks in this post!

 

Another thing I wanted to note is that this list can definitely change as my touring style changes! Right now I typically spend most of the day in the parks, so it’s where I’m eating! Down the road, I may spend more time at the resorts at eat there more, especially with being a DVC member and all! But I’d love to hear your thoughts on these lists! Do you spend enough time in the parks to have five favourites? Or are they all in the resorts?

magic Kingdom- crystal palace- The Hub

I think this is the restaurant I’ve been to the most at Magic Kingdom, and eating there is something I know will be pretty good. It’s a buffet character meal, so you are paying a premium for the characters, but there are lots of options, and an ice cream machine, so I’m happy! If you are eating here for dinner, you can actually leave your table to watch the fireworks, which is really nice! The last time I ate here was the first meal of our 2016 trip, and I really enjoyed the location because I could look out the window and see the castle, and say “I’m finally here!!!”

 

hollywood studios- 50’s prime time diner-Echo Lake

50’s prime time- This is my 100% go to in Hollywood Studios. I’ve eaten here I think 3 or 4 times, and ordered the same thing every time! And if I was to go right now, I’d get the same thing. The blackened caesar salad with a chocolate peanut butter milkshake. Delicious! I’ve even tried to recreate this salad at home. Okay I’m going to stop talking about it because it’s making my mouth water. There is a bit of a schtick, where your server is Aunt or Uncle or Cousin, and they tell you to keep your elbows off the table and eat all of your veggies! if that’s not your thing, you can tell them and they’ll tone it down!

animal kingdom-tusker house- africa

Tusker House is actually the only table serbive restaurant I’ve eaten at in Animal Kingdom, so while it’s my pick by default, I did really enjoy it! It’s a buffet, so there’s not one specific dish I would pick to eat right now, but it was really good! It’s also a character meal, so you get to see Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy in their adorable safari outfits!

They are GREAT with dietary restirictions here. On our 2016 trip my sister was on a puree diet, and the chef came to our table, said put together a plate and he would blend it. It was great!

Goofy LOVED Alex at Tusker House!

epcot- teppan edo-world showcase

We also ate here for the first time in 2016, and loved it! There’s an entertainment aspect that makes it fun in a larger group, because you will most likely get a table to just your group (which was the case for us). Again here they were amazing for dietary restrictions, and cooked all of the vegetarian items for me before the meat. And they were great for my sister too!

If I were going back I would probably get the salmon, which I think Ethan got on this trip.

MY 5 FAVOURITE TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS

epcot- garden grill- future world (The land pavillion)

This restaurant is in the Land Pavillion, and is definitely a favourite of mine! I’ve eaten there at least twice. It’s a rotating restaurant that oversees different scenes from Living with the Land, and it’s also a character meal! You get to see Farmer Mickey, Pluto and Chip & Dale! We ate here in 2007, and having been a vegetarian for less than a year, I remember loving the options I had here! It’s a set menu, you can just ask for more of anything, so there’s not one specific item I would eat if I were to go back today. Also, all of the produce is grown in the greenhouse that Living with the Land tours, which is really neat!

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honorable mentions

via napoli-Epcot World Showcase- Ethan and I ate here on his birthday in 2015, and we really enjoyed it! Ethan wasn’t feeling great so we would like to go back for a better experience, but that’s not the fault of the restaurant! The pizza is delicious, and when they talk you into getting a bigger pizza you can take it to-go and back to your room (which we did and snacked on it throughout the rest of our trip!). I’d like to try other types of pizza and more of the appetizers!

MY 5 FAVOURITE TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS

sci-fi dine in theatre- Hollywood Studios- Another great choice in Hollywood Studios, with a fun atmosphere! Your booth or table is a car, and you’re in a drive in! Your waiter or waitress is wearing roller skates, and the milkshakes are delicious! I’d have the veggie burger if I were to go back today! It’s fun with a larger group because you get a car to yourself. When I went with just my Mom, we had to share a car with other parties, and just had a row to ourselves.

MY 5 FAVOURITE TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS

If you’d like to hear more about my 5 Favourite table service restaurants in the parks, check out the video below!

What’s your favourite table Service Restaurant? Let me know in the comments below!

Other posts in this series:

My 5 Favourite Quick Service Restaurants

My 5 Favourite Table Service Restaurants (you’re here!)

My 5 Favourite Resort Restaurants (coming soon!)

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
September 19, 2018

My 5 Favourite Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone! I hope you are settling into a routine once again as September keeps trucking along! Today I’m back with a Disney related post, all about food! I’m sharing my 5 favourite Quick Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World in no particular order, with what I would order if I was there right now! I’ve picked one from each park, and 2 from Epcot (Future World & World Showcase). I’ll be back in a few weeks with my 5 favourite table service restaurants, and my 5 favourite resort restaurants! Okay, without further ado let’s jump in!

 

https://youtu.be/4MkyRZsWFj0

What is a Quick Service Restaurant?

Quick Service would be similar to a McDonald’s or Panera Bread, where you place your order at a counter, and carry your food back to an open seating area with a tray. They are less expensive than the sit down or Table Service Restaurants.

 

Special Notes

I want to start this out with mentioning that I am a pescatarian, so I don’t eat meat but do eat fish. So you won’t be seeing any hamburgers or turkey legs in this list!

 

Another thing I wanted to mention, is that this list can change! It’s totally dependent on your touring style of the parks. On my trips I tend to be in the parks all day, so I eat at these restaurants a lot! For someone who spends more time at the resorts, it might be hard to even pick something in the parks! I think it’s an interesting conversation, and I’d love to know what you think!

 

Epcot- World Showcase-Tangierine Cafe (Morocco Pavillion)

I ate here for the first time with my family in 2012, and really liked it! The vegetable platter was delicious, and they had lots of options for the rest of my family. I always forget about the restaurants in this pavillion, even though it is one of my favourites to wander!

If I was there right now I would order the vegetable platter again!

 

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

Magic Kingdom- columbia harbour house (Liberty Square)

Ethan and I dined here for the first time in 2015, as part of our Keys to the Kingdom Tour (which I would HIGHLY recommend)! I think Ethan had the Lobster roll, and I think I had the Shrimp & Fish Combo. I don’t generally go for Lobster Rolls, but I remember trying some of Ethan’s and really liking it! I love the upstairs seating area because it’s a little bit more quiet, and sitting by the window makes for such a nice view! Definitely my go-to in Magic Kingdom.

If I were there right now, I would order the Salmon, which I’ve heard is really good!

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

 

Epcot- Future World-sunshine seasons (The Land Pavillion)

I think The Land pavillion might be my favourite, and Sunshine Seasons has a TON of food options! I’ve eaten there many times before, and I like sitting and watching the sheer number of people going in and out of the pavillion, heading to and from Soarin’. They have the iced coffee I fell in love with on my 2013 trip, and a lot of vegetarian options. I can’t remember off the top of my head an entree that I’ve eaten there, but most likely a vegetarian wrap or sandwich. And the cheesecake, because cheesecake is my favourite. It’s set up like the Quick Service in the hotels, with different areas to order from.

If I was going there right now, I’d probably get the Vegan Korma with Gardein® Meatless Chik’n, it sounds pretty good!

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

Animal Kingdom-harambe market (africa)

We ate here on our Animal Kingdom day in 2016, and there were 9 of us total so there were plenty of options! Ethan and I both got the roasted vegetables, and I remember them being very flavourful! I would also reccommend the Bibo or Sparberry drinks, you can sample them for free in Club Cool at Epcot!

If I was going back today I would get the roasted vegetables again!

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

 

Hollywood Studios-PizzeRizzo (Grand Avenue)

I’m going to be completely honest with this one stating two things. 1) I’ve never actually eaten here, but I did when it was Toy Story Pizza Planet (RIP), and it pretty much just changed in theme. 2) This is the only Quick Service restaurant I can think of that I’ve gone to multiple times in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The pizzas are okay, but definitely fill you up, and sometimes are even enough to split. When I’ve been on the Disney Dining Plan in the past, it was more than enough food because it comes with a side salad and dessert.

If I was there right now, I would order the cheese pizza with pasta salad and a tiramisu (the menu has changed slightly since it was Pizza Planet).

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

honorable mentions:

Yorkshire country fish shop (World Showcase at Epcot)- you can’t go wrong with Fish & Chips! The seating area by the water is really nice, and I’ve eaten my fish & chips there before!

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

 

Be Our Guest (breakfast or lunch at Magic Kingdom)- I’ve only done the lunch at Be Our Guest, but I really enjoyed it! I had the quinoa salas, and would probably try the vegetarian French Onion Soup if I were there right now!

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

To find menus and more, check out the Walt Disney World Website hereAlso if you want to see lots about the food in Disney, check out Disney Food Blog!

If you’d like to hear more about my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in the Walt Disney World parks, check out the video below!

What’s your go-to quick service restaurant? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey