5 Reasons Why We Love Walt Disney World Restaurants 

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You have to eat while you are on vacation. While it is true that you could leave Walt Disney World property and look for an all you can eat buffet, that will cost you valuable time. It may be more expensive to eat at the Disney restaurants, but they are worth it. They are a huge step above your average theme park food. Here are five reasons why we love the Walt Disney World Restaurants.

5. Character Meals

At least once every vacation you should make a reservation for a character meal. There is no experience like it back home. Of course you can meet characters in the parks, but for those you will have to wait in a long line for a quick hug, an autograph, and a picture. At character meals there is a lot more interaction. If you have a shy little one a character meal is a good way to first introduce him or her to the gang. Most of the meals are all you can eat, so you will leave full. One misconception some people have is that character meals are just for families with children, but that could not be further from the truth. They are for the kid in anyone.

4. Atmosphere

Walt Disney World is all about taking you out of reality, and that idea continues in the restaurants. You can dine under the sea, in a 1950’s drive-in theater, in a sports-lover’s paradise, and even inside Cinderella Castle. The full service restaurants aren’t the only ones with atmosphere, stop by Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe or Harambe Market if that is what you think. Even many kiosks have themes that fit into the land that they are in. The incredible atmospheres aren’t only in the parks. 1900 Park Fare, ‘Ohana, and Planet Hollywood Observatory are proof of that. No matter where you choose to dine, soak in the atmosphere and the theme. It could be fun, whimsical, chic, or sophisticated, or a combination of all of these. No matter what, it will be special.

3. International Choices

What does your theme park back home serve? Chances are that the choices include overcooked burgers, greasy chicken nuggets, and pizza that tastes like cardboard. At Walt Disney World you can enjoy Oven-baked Chicken alla Parmigiana, Hong Kong Style Vegetable Curry over Rice, German Meat Loaf, or Kiss Before Shrimp. While many of the international restaurants are found in World Showcase at Epcot, there are some elsewhere. You can have couscous, fajitas, fish and chips, or potjie. You can dine your way around the world if you’d like. Of course, if you’d prefer burgers, chicken nuggets, or pizza, there are some great options at Walt Disney World.

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2. Signature Dining

A Walt Disney World vacation is exhausting, and at some point you need to sit back and pamper yourself for a little while. One great way to do that is to make a reservation at one of the signature restaurants. The food is created with pride, there are award winning wine lists, and the desserts are decadent. These are some of the best restaurants in Central Florida, and in the case of Victoria & Albert’s, one of the best in the country. Some of the signature restaurants have dress codes, and there might also be age restrictions. Fine dining will cost you a little bit more, but it will be the best meal of your vacation.

1. Food

There is plenty of delicious food to be found at Walt Disney World. As already mentioned, there are choices from across the planet. You will also find creations by celebrity chefs, fresh ingredients, healthy choices, signature dishes, and so much more. If you follow a special diet or have food allergies, there are still plenty of delicious options available. If you make a reservation, there is a place on the online form where you can mention food allergies and special diets. At counter service restaurants, ask a Cast Member. No matter where you decide to dine, you are in for a treat. If you like cupcakes, even better. The Walt Disney World pastry chefs seem to have a love for creating delectable cupcakes.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.