With so many great fine dining restaurants, delicious snacks, and casual dining establishments at Walt Disney World, it’s hard to prioritize where to eat. However, there are several iconic Disney meals that I find myself enjoying every trip. These may not be the most gourmet options but they are still an important part of my Disney experience!
7. Casey’s Corner
Hot Dog & Fries
Having a hot dog and fries at Casey’s Corner is a rite of passage with every visit to the Magic Kingdom. Adults and children alike will enjoy the baseball-themed atmosphere and classic American fare at this old-fashioned shop on Main Street. While you eat your ballpark food, enjoy in the hustle and bustle of Main Street, listen to the ragtime pianist, and take in the great view of the castle. Perfect for a mid-afternoon or late night snack, Casey’s Corner is a Magic Kingdom classic.
6. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
One of the best quick-service counters in all of the parks, Cosmic Ray’s is known for rotisserie chicken but offers an array of options such as sandwiches, wraps, soups, and several vegetarian options. Located in Tomorrowland, you can find a table with a castle view or choose to sit inside and enjoy entertainment from Sonny Eclipse, an Audio-Animatronic lounge singer that will serenade you with blues and jazz hits. One word of advice — the restaurant is split up into three different ‘bays’ and each offers a different menu (kind of like three restaurants in one). Before ordering, be sure to scan all of the menus and then make your decision. The ribs and chicken meal offers a great value in a fun Tomorrowland atmosphere.
5. Kona Cafe
Tonga Toast and Kona Coffee
Breakfast at Kona Cafe is often my last meal at Walt Disney World before heading home and I always order the same thing. Tonga Toast is Kona Cafe’s signature fresh toast with an island twist — sourdough bread is stuffed with banana, fried in butter, coated in cinnamon sugar, drizzled with strawberry compote and served with a side of bacon, ham, or sausage. Along with a fresh pot of Kona coffee, there is no better breakfast in all of Walt Disney World.
4. Tusker House Restaurant
Donald’s Safari Breakfast
Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Disney’s Animal Kingdom quickly became one of my favorite character meals. Dining with Donald and friends (often Mickey, Daisy, and Goofy) is the best way to start your day at Animal Kingdom. The buffet offers a fun mix of traditional American breakfast fare (Mickey waffles, oatmeal, breakfast meats) along with interesting African dishes. Make sure to enjoy a glass of the Jungle Juice, a delicious and refreshing blend of passion fruit, orange, and guava juices.
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3. Biergarten Restaurant
Sausages & Beer
Biergarten is the table service restaurant located in the Germany pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. The restaurant serves a buffet of traditional Bavarian fare and plenty of German beer. Guests sit at long communal tables and are entertained by Bavarian musicians and a lively interactive show. The buffet features hearty fare such as rotisserie chicken, spaetzle, cold salads, and potatoes but the sausages (bratwurst, mettwurst, frankfurters) steal the show. If you aren’t able to snag a table at Biergarten or are in need of a mid-day snack, you can still try the sausages and beer from Sommerfest, the quick-service counter located right outside of the restaurant.
2. Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
Cheeseburgers & Ice Cream
One of the best burgers in all of Walt Disney World is served at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. Along with classic burgers, you can enjoy old-fashioned sundaes, cones, floats, shakes, and sodas. When I’m spending the day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I prefer to sneak over to the Yacht and Beach Club and enjoy lunch at Beaches & Cream before heading back to the park for the evening. If you’re feeling brave (and really hungry), think about ordering the legendary Kitchen Sink sundae of countless scoops of ice cream, Oreo cookies, bananas, cherries, and nearly every other sundae topping you can imagine.
1. Grand Floridian Garden View Tea Room
If you need a break from the action of the parks, unwind with a traditional tea service at the Grand Floridian. Tea is served with scones, finger sandwiches, clotted cream, fresh strawberries, and all of the trimmings each afternoon in the Grand Floridian’s elegant tea room.
As always, it’s nearly impossible to narrow the list down to just a few restaurants so be sure to comment below and share your favorite must have meals at Walt Disney World.