5 Places You Should and 5 You Shouldn’t Dine in Walt Disney World


3) You Shouldn’t Dine at — Planet Hollywood Observatory

Disney Springs is home to many amazing dining locations that guests absolutely love to enjoy while in Walt Disney World. Unfortunately, there are also a few dining options in the area that should be avoided for certain reasons. The Planet Hollywood Observatory is located in the Town Center area of Disney Springs and features a theme based on Hollywood memorabilia and American cuisine. Guests who dine at the location for lunch or dinner can choose from menu offerings including Texas Tostados, Fried Jumbo Shrimp, Shrimp Florentine, Plain Jane Cheeseburger, Pimento Grilled Cheese, Bistro Sirloin Steak, Fresh Florida Mahi Mahi, and Sesame Ginger Salmon. The menu and theme of Planet Hollywood Observatory might sound intriguing, however guests can most certainly find better quality food and locations that feature more intricate and upscale themes to enjoy while dining. Overall, guests should save their meal and opt to skip over the Planet Hollywood Observatory in favor for a different popular option in Disney Springs.

2) You Shouldn’t Dine at — Rainforest Café

Guests who travel to Walt Disney World can encounter two different locations of a dining experience that should be skipped. The Rainforest Café can be found both at the entrance to Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs, and both locations offer guests the chance to dine amongst an exotic setting complete with animatronic animals, giant fish tanks, and more. The location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the Disney Springs location is open daily for lunch and dinner and both serve up options such as Benedict Bamba, Wild Waffle, Crustacean Crab Dip, Mushroom & Spinach Flatbread, Shrimp Platter, Honey-Sriracha Salmon, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Parmesan Chicken, Flat Iron Steak, Rasta Pasta, and Korean Spicy Stir-Fry Chicken. While the menu is expansive and the environment is immersive, guests should opt to skip over eating at the Rainforest Café in favor of dining at one of the more delicious and unique dining locations in both Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs.

1) You Shouldn’t Dine at — T-REX

Also found in Disney Springs is another restaurant that might be appealing in its theme for children, however the food and over the top atmosphere make it worthy of skipping. T-REX is located in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs and invites guests to dine in a prehistoric setting filled with dinosaurs, themed rooms, and American cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner, guests can choose from menu options such as Bruschetta, Chicken T-Rexadillas, French Onion Soup, Megasaurus Burger, Shrimp Marinara, Mushroom Ravioli, Mega Mes-O Bones, New York Strip, Chicken Fried Chicken, and Boneyard Buffet. Despite sounding interesting with its unique theme and versatile menu, T-REX overdoes it with in your face theming and food that is subpar when compared with other dining locations in Disney Springs. Guests who are looking to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner should opt to skip T-REX and instead head to one of many other great locations in the area.

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About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane 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.