In addition to offering Guests a myriad of choices in hotel accommodations, attractions, rides and live entertainment, the Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida also has lots of options when it comes to its many restaurants. There are tastes for everyone in your traveling party, and options for every budget. And though Disney already has restaurants at each of its many resort hotels and inside each of its four theme parks, there’s always room for more! And Disney restaurants inspired by Disney films make for some of the most fun and interesting dining experiences! Here are 10 restaurants inspired (or that could be inspired) by Disney films that we think should be added to the parks at Disney World.
10. Tiana’s Place, inspired by Princess and the Frog
A version of this restaurant is now open to Guests aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship, and it’s gorgeous! But Disney fans have longed for this restaurant to be among new additions added to Disney World’s already amazing dining line-up since we first saw it in the feature film. In Princess and the Frog, Tiana dreams of opening her own restaurant one day. It was a dream that began with her father, who sadly passed away long before that dream would be realized. The Disney World version would look identical to the eatery in the feature film. Beignets would have to be among the house specialties since Tiana had quite a knack for making them. The menu would consist of Cajun and Creole favorites that would have Guests feeling like they were right there on the bayou—but with all the class of a jazz lounge. A jazz ensemble would always be on hand to play the nights away, and Guests would leave with full stomachs, full hearts and a kick in their step!
9. Flo’s V8 Café, inspired by the Cars franchise
We were first introduced to Flo and her V8 Café in 2006 when Cars hit theaters. And Flo’s Café would be the perfect addition to the roster of restaurants at Walt Disney World. But instead of serving oil and gas, this café would be more of a hip place with a Route 66 flair. The menu would include American staples like burgers, fries, onion rings, ice cream floats, malts and shakes. The décor would include all kinds of nods to the Cars movie franchise—wall hangings with Lightning McQueen and the number “95,” ads about Mater’s towing service and Sally’s legal services and pictures of Doc Hudson. Other décor would include road signs and mementos from Route 66 that originally began in Chicago, Illinois and ended in Santa Monica, California. The Disney World version of Flo’s V8 Café would look great in PIXAR Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
8. Gusteau’s, inspired by Ratatouille
It’s hard to believe that Gusteau’s restaurant hasn’t already been built inside the France pavilion at EPCOT. However, with construction underway on a new Ratatouille attraction at this pavilion, perhaps Imagineers would be open to the idea of including the restaurant made popular by the 2007 Disney/PIXAR film, Ratatouille. We would need to tweak the restaurant a bit—not all parts of the inspiration from the film would lend themselves to the success of this restaurant. The Health Department would surely frown upon rats in the kitchen, as would most Guests—myself included! The EPCOT version would serve favorites like the famed peasant dish, ratatouille, among other dishes created by the fictional character Auguste Gusteau, for whom the restaurant is named. And if we were to get really creative, every patron of Gusteau’s would have the opportunity to purchase the famed chef’s book, Anyone Can Cook. Food critic Anton Ego would not be allowed inside.
7. The Snuggly Duckling, inspired by Tangled
Though the Snuggly Duckling sounded like a cute place to meet up, it turns out to be a rather old, somewhat run-down pub where ruffians and thieves gather to drink and share “I’m the greatest because” stories in the feature film Tangled. The Disney World adaptation of this place would be located in Fantasyland, not too far from Rapunzel’s tower and would have a violet-colored roof, just like the pub in the film. It too would be covered in moss and leaves from adjacent trees—reminiscent of the Snuggly Duckling in Disney’s Tangled, which debuted in the fall of 2010. But because Magic Kingdom is largely a family- and kid-friendly park, this version of the Snuggly Duckling would focus less on the pub attributes and more on the attributes of a family café and sweet shop. And there would be no escape tunnel through which thieves could disappear!