While the rides and shows in Disney World are definitely amazing, one of the coolest parts of this magical place is its huge collection of dining options. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of this during the planning process, and they miss out on some pretty incredible experiences. Of the awesome dining options on Disney property, some of the very best are themed restaurants. After all, what could be better than being transported to a different time, place, or world while enjoying an incredible meal? Wondering which eateries you should choose to get these themed dining experiences? Here are some of our favorites.
1. Storybook Dining at Artist Point – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
One of the newest dining options on property, Storybook Dining at Artist Point offers an experience unlike any other. Stepping foot in this restaurant is like walking into a fairytale storybook. Everything from the decor to the food is Snow White-themed, and guests even get to meet the princess herself, along with some of her dwarf friends and the Evil Queen.
2. ‘Ohana – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Want to be transported away to a tropical island? If so, ‘Ohana in the Polynesian Resort is the place for you. This super fun restaurant is all Polynesian-themed, and features Polynesian food, decor, and even fun kid-friendly activities that’ll have the whole family laughing and playing. Just be aware that these things only happen at dinner time, and getting a reservation can be tricky.
3. T-Rex Cafe – Disney Springs
For those dinosaur fans out there, T-Rex Cafe is a must-see. This amazing eatery is entirely dino-themed. The whole place is decked out to look like a prehistoric landscape and is filled with animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar every few minutes. The restaurant also features a meteor shower that brings the whole place to life and really gets kids excited.
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4. Be Our Guest – Magic Kingdom
There’s nothing quite as magical as dining in a castle, and Magic Kingdom is the place to go to do just that. Be Our Guest is set in the Beast’s castle and offers guests the opportunity to dine in the ballroom, the West Wing, or a gorgeous “music box room”, the latter of which is filled with art from the Beauty and the Beast movie as well as a giant music box centerpiece. Dine here for breakfast or lunch for the quick-service experience, or opt for dinner and meet the Beast himself.
5. Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom
Another great in-castle dining option is Cinderella’s Royal Table. Here you will be seated in the dining hall of Cinderella’s Castle, where you will be served the most delicious fine foods in the park. Princesses will visit your table and greet you throughout your meal, and every guest is given a special gift to commemorate the event.
6. Rainforest Cafe – Disney Springs or Animal Kingdom
Owned by the same people who own and operate T-Rex Cafe, Rainforest Cafe is a ton of fun. Upon entering, you will feel as though you’ve entered a lush rainforest, complete with wild animal animatronics. A few times an hour, these animals will come to life as a sudden rainstorm fills the dining hall with sound. The dishes at this establishment are rainforest-themed, and the giant fish tank in the room is a big hit with young children.
7. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater – Hollywood Studios
Do you miss the experience of going to a drive-in theater? You can actually relive that experience in Hollywood Studios at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. This restaurant is themed to look exactly like a drive-in theater, complete with “car” tables. The menu consists of all-American fare such as burgers and shakes, and the big screen shows clips of cheesy old horror films, which are more funny than scary by today’s standards.
8. 50’s Prime Time Cafe – Hollywood Studios
Another great way to go back in time while visiting Hollywood Studios is by paying a visit to 50s Prime Time Cafe. Sit down at one of the many dining room tables, enjoy some 50s prime time television shows, and eat a delicious 50s style home cooked meal. Just be aware that your waiter will likely claim to be an aunt, uncle, or grandparent of yours, and they will be adamant about you minding your manners and eating all of your veggies.
9. Biergarten – Epcot
A super fun way to escape the Florida heat in Epcot is by ducking into the faux ‘evening’ offered by Biergarten. This eatery gives the impression that you are dining in the middle of a quaint German town on a cool summer night. A live band plays during certain parts of the day, and guests are encouraged to take a break from eating their delicious German food and dance a polka or two.
10. Coral Reef Restaurant – Epcot
Ever dream of dining under the sea? At Coral Reef Restaurant you can do that (or at least get pretty close). This eatery is filled to the brim with fish tanks, making it feel for all the world as though you are eating underwater. The tanks contain all kinds of sea creatures, and the animals are constantly swimming by as you enjoy your meal, making the whole experience even more spectacular.
11. San Angel Inn Restaurant – Epcot
San Angel Inn Restaurant is another fabulous Epcot option. This restaurant allows guests to dine right next to the Three Caballeros ride, giving them the feeling of enjoying a meal outdoors on the bank of a peaceful river with a view of a Mayan Pyramid. The whole setting is quite romantic, and when you throw in the excellent Mexican dishes served here, it truly couldn’t be themed any better.
12. Bonus: New Space-Themed Restaurant – Epcot
Finally, we absolutely must mention the amazing themed restaurant that is headed to Epcot. This new dining location will be a table-service restaurant with a space theme. The dining hall will be set up to look like a space station, and guests will be able to look out “windows” into space as they dine. We do not yet have an exact opening date for this restaurant, but we sure hope it’s sooner rather than later. In any case, we do know it’ll open sometime in the fall or winter of this year.