10 Restaurants in Disney Films That Should Be Created at Walt Disney World


3. Harryhausen’s, inspired by Monsters, Inc.

This fun sushi table-service restaurant could be built near the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. The menu would feature some of the items from the menu in the feature film, including Terrible Teriyaki, Ickki Ishikari and Slimy Sashimi. Obviously, the items would have more of an appeal to humans than to monsters but using names from the film would make the restaurant more believable as the real deal. The walls would be adorned with “photos” of citizens of Monstropolis who’ve dined at Harryhausen’s before.

2. An Aussie restaurant, inspired by Finding Nemo

I know—it would appear that neither Nemo nor Marlin (or any of their close friends) is Australian. If they are, they sure don’t have the accent! But it just so happens that the part of the ocean in which our fishy friends surfaced is Sydney Harbour, and it would be fun to open a restaurant at Disney World that serves up favorites from the outback. It would be well-suited at EPCOT near The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion in Future World. Everybody loves shrimp on the barbie—or anything on the barbie! Other offerings would include roast lamb, bluefin tuna, rock lobster and fish and chips. Pavlova would be a nice addition too!

1. Bring back Pizza Planet, inspired by Toy Story

It was perfect. It was fun. It drew huge crowds. But alas, our beloved Pizza Planet that was a staple on Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios—from 1996 to 2016—is gone. It closed in January of 2016 to undergo a major refurbishment, which would change the fun Toy Story-themed eatery into a Muppets-themed eatery called “PizzeRizzo.” Pizza Planet at Disney World was just like the restaurant from Toy Story. Pizzas were served, and arcade games were everywhere. It was a fun atmosphere. And while we like PizzeRizzo too, it’s time for Pizza Planet to resurface—and we have the perfect place—inside the new Toy Story Land, slated to open this summer. To date, there is only one eatery in Toy Story Land, called Woody’s Lunch Box. Let’s bring back Pizza Planet, and this time, let’s make it a permanent fixture at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.