9 Best Appetizers At Walt Disney World

Every Walt Disney World vacation is sure to be a completely memorable experience for guests who can explore the four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, and dozens of Disney Resorts. While many guests who enjoy a trip to the vacation destination spend the majority of their time in the theme parks enjoying the various attractions, there are also hundreds of dining options to enjoy ranging from quick service locations and snack carts to fine dining experiences and signature meals. With so many amazing dining options to choose from, guests should make it a priority to enjoy at least one full service meal on each vacation, and they will definitely have a hard time deciding which amazing restaurant to try. Each full service restaurant serves up wonderful menu options for guests to enjoy as their main courses, but every guest knows that the best way to kick off an amazing meal is by ordering up a great appetizer. Luckily, there are some appetizers throughout Walt Disney World that are so amazing that they simply have to be enjoyed by guests. Here are the nine excellent appetizers in Walt Disney World and where to find them.

1. Our Famous Cobb Salad – The Hollywood Brown Derby

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to a restaurant that pays homage to a famous dining location in the heart of Hollywood. The Hollywood Brown Derby is a close replication of the Californian restaurant with dark wood accents and sketches of famous actors adorning the walls. The food offered for lunch and dinner at The Hollywood Brown Derby features some amazing options, however there is a classic appetizer option that was famously invented at the California version of the restaurant. Our Famous Cobb Salad features finely chopped greens, turkey breast, bacon, egg, tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, avocado, chives, and Cobb dressing.

2. Beer-Battered Onion Rings – 50’s Prime Time Café

Also found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a restaurant that transports guests back to the wholesome era of the 1950s. The 50s Prime Time Café is fully themed to feel as though guests are dining in their family kitchen in the 1950s and all of the servers are their cousins. Family favorite recipes are served up for lunch and dinner including a delicious appetizer that is a true comfort food. Beer-Battered Onion Rings are served piping hot with horseradish sauce and are a must try!

3. Thigh High Chicken Biscuits – Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

One of the most popular new dining additions to Disney Springs is Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ which serves up traditional Southern style cuisine that is sure to comfort guests. The popular full service location is open daily for both lunch and dinner and reservations are definitely recommended. A wonderful appetizer to enjoy at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is the Thigh High Chicken Biscuits which features three biscuits topped with fried chicken thighs and bread and butter pickles topped with hot honey.


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4. Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup – Le Cellier Steakhouse

The Canada Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase is home to a beloved full service dining location that brings guests into a cozy wine cellar filled with amazing steakhouse options. Le Cellier Steakhouse is extremely popular with guests and often books up months in advance. In addition to the amazing steaks, guests have to order up the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup appetizer. The hot and creamy soup combines Moosehead Beer and Nueske’s Applewood-Smoked Bacon for a truly delicious choice.

5. Quick-Fried Shrimp and Calamari – Yachtsman Steakhouse

Another amazing steakhouse option in Walt Disney World can be found at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Yachtsman Steakhouse features a New England style seafood feast with freshly caught options and mouthwatering steaks. Guests who dine at the wonderful location for dinner should definitely try the Quick-Fried Shrimp and Calamari which is served with Sakura sauce, toasted sesame, radish, jalepeno, and cilantro.

6. Ahi Tuna Nachos – Yak & Yeti Restaurant

The Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to a wonderful full service restaurant that brings the culture and vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia to life. Yak & Yati Restaurant features two floors adorned with authentic artifacts from Southeast Asia as well as delicious menu offerings for both lunch and dinner. Guests should definitely indulge in the Ahi Tuna Nachos which feature sushi grade Ahi, Asian slaw, crispy fried wontons, wasabi aioli, and sweet soy glaze. The Ahi Tuna Nachos are big enough to share, but guests won’t want to!

7. Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings – ‘Ohana

One of the most popular dining locations in all of Walt Disney World can be found at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. ‘Ohana is open daily as an all you can eat breakfast buffet and family style dinner inspired by flavors of the islands. Guests who score a dinner reservation at ‘Ohana can enjoy the Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings which are cooked over the fire in the open kitchen and served with peanut and sweet-n-sour sauces. Thankfully dinner at ‘Ohana is an all you can eat affair as well as guests will surely want seconds of this delicious appetizer!

8. Barbecue-Grilled Shrimp and Grits – Narcoossee’s

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is home to some of the most beloved and popular dining locations in Walt Disney World including one full service restaurant that is open daily for dinner only and is situated on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon. Narcoossee’s offers up a delicious seafood inspired menu including a truly delicious and unique appetizer option. The Barbecue-Grilled Shrimp and Grits is served with Cherrywood-smoked bacon and pickled green tomato chow-chow making it a traditional classic with a twist.

9. Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli – California Grill

One of the most coveted reservations in Walt Disney World is dinner at the California Grill which is situated at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The restaurant is open daily for dinner and serves up Californian inspired cuisine alongside sweeping views of the Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon, and the surrounding Disney Resorts. Every single bite served at the California Grill is delicious, however there is one appetizer that is totally worth indulging in. The Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli features a tomato-fennel broth, crispy mushrooms, tiny basil, and Arbequina Organic Olive Oil.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.