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8 Facts & Secrets About Walt Disney World Restaurants

Guest who visit Walt Disney World for a magical vacation had better bring their appetites as there are literally countless locations to enjoy dining at scattered throughout the four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs. With so many options to choose from, guests can never go wrong as each location not only features amazing menu options but also gorgeous details which add to the overall theme of the location. These small details help to immerse guests in the world that the restaurants are set in and help them to enjoy the experience as much as possible. While each restaurant in Walt Disney World is amazing, some of them feature some hidden facts and secrets which make them extra special and enjoyable for guests. From Hidden Mickeys and characters from classic tales to unique music and talking suits of armor, there are plenty of facts and secrets to discover while dining in Walt Disney World. Here are eight facts and secrets about Walt Disney World restaurants that guests should discover on their next Disney vacation!

8. Garden Grill Restaurant Rotates

Epcot is home to plenty of unique dining locations thanks to its massive expanse which includes Future World and World Showcase. A unique restaurant can be found in Future World on the middle level of The Land Pavilion. The Garden Grill Restaurant is amazing in several ways and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each meal at Garden Grill Restaurant is served family style and features fresh ingredients often grown right there in the greenhouses of The Land. While guests enjoy their meals, they can meet with characters including Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale and enjoy unique glimpses into the nearby attraction Living with the Land. Guests will never get bored with their surroundings at the Garden Grill Restaurant as the place literally spins at a very low speed offering guests different views throughout each meal.

7. Be Our Guest’s Talking Armor

One of the newest restaurants in Walt Disney World is the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner however, breakfast and lunch are quick service meals and dinner is a full service meal. Be Our Guest Restaurant invites guests to dine inside the Beast’s castle and there are several different rooms to enjoy. One small room leads up to the interactive kiosks where guests order their quick service meals. This particular room features ornate suits of armor who can be heard whispering to each other by guests who listen closely!

6. Cinderella’s Royal Mice

Also found in the Magic Kingdom is a royal dining location which is sure to thrill all princesses. Cinderella’s Royal Table can be found inside Cinderella Castle and allows guests to dine in opulence fit for royalty while meeting some of the most famous Disney Princesses. While each moment of dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table is enjoyable, guests will be thrilled to spot some familiar faces in the rafters. Cinderella’s friends Jaq and Gus can be found checking out all of the guests dining below.

5. Tusker House Restaurant’s Hidden Mickey

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to some of the most unique dining options in all of Walt Disney World including the Tusker House Restaurant in the Africa section of the park. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and allows guests to enjoy unique African options in a buffet setting while meeting Mickey and friends. One small room in the Tusker House Restaurant features a large board which tracks the whereabouts of drivers from the local Harambe Reserve. While most drivers are tracked with simple black circles, one has a classic Hidden Mickey as their tracker.

4. Le Cellier Steakhouse’s Hidden Mickey

One of the most popular restaurants in Epcot is Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion in World Showcase. The popular restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and invites guests to dine in a cozy cellar which serves up delicious steakhouse cuts of meat with Canadian twists. While every bite of food at Le Cellier Steakhouse is delicious, there are also some amazing details for guests to discover including a Hidden Mickey. Just after entering the restaurant through the main doors, guests can spot a large wall composed of a massive wine rack. Those who look closely can spot a classic Hidden Mickey made out of three wine bottles.

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3. Columbia Harbour House’s Second Floor

The Magic Kingdom is home to several quick service dining locations which tend to be very popular among guests. A busy location can be found in Liberty Square just across from the Haunted Mansion. Columbia Harbour House offers up a fresh seafood inspired menu in a nautical setting which guests are sure to love. While many guests enjoy their meals on the main floor of the restaurant, they may not realize that there is a second floor! The upstairs of Columbia Harbour House features more tables, immersive details, and windows which overlook beautiful views of Liberty Square and the Rivers of America.

2. Restaurantosaurus’ Unique Soundtrack

Dinoland in Disney’s Animal Kingdom features a lot of quirky and interesting details thanks to the unique Hester & Chester’s Din-O-Rama and the mischievous students at the nearby Dino Institute. The quick service location found in the area is Restaurantosaurus which has become sort of a home camp for the students of the Dino Institute. There guests can enjoy a delicious meal while listening to an interesting choice of music. Those who listen closely will notice that each song has a tongue in cheek relationship to the dinosaurs including the classic “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” by R.E.M.

1. Mama Melrose’s Hidden Mickey

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to a delicious full service dining location which serves up traditional Italian food in a quirky and inviting environment. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is open daily for lunch and dinner and serves up classic Italian food with a Californian twist. Guests who enjoy a meal in the restaurant can take in plenty of quirky details like exposed brick, unique décor on the walls, hanging meats and cheeses, and Hollywood memorabilia. When guests first enter into Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, there are some great details to enjoy including a statue featuring two figures and a Dalmatian. Those who look closely at the dog’s spots will find a classic Hidden Mickey!

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.