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Eat Here – Not There in Walt Disney World

It’s no small feat to try to decide where to dine at the Walt Disney World Resort, thanks to literally hundreds of locations that each feature unique theming and menus that allow Guests to sample American and international cuisines in quick-service and table service settings. With so many options, Guests might just lean towards eating at popular locations, but they really should do some research into menus and specific details before making any decision.

Let’s check out some recommendations on Disney dining locations to not miss and others that can be skipped for a variety of reasons at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Kona Cafe

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Kona Café – Not ‘Ohana for Breakfast

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is home to two table service restaurants that can both be found on the upper level of the Great Ceremonial House, right next to each other. ‘Ohana is a family-style restaurant open for breakfast and dinner each day and Kona Café is open for all three meals daily, but those who are headed to the Disney Resort for breakfast should absolutely opt for Kona Café.

Macadamia Nut Pancakes

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Breakfast at ‘Ohana is a family-style American meal with some Polynesian flavors, but essentially Guests will find themselves with platters of Mickey Waffles, scrambled eggs, fruit, bacon, and sausage for the hefty cost of a table service meal. Instead of dropping so much money on a meal that could be enjoyed at a quick-service location for a fraction of the cost, breakfast should instead be enjoyed at Kona Café where delicious menu options include Tonga Toast, Macadamia Nut Pancakes, and Two Eggs-Any Style for a unique Disney experience.

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‘Ohana – Not Kona Café for Dinner

While Kona Café is the definite better choice for breakfast, the tables turn for dinner when Guests should opt instead for a meal at ‘Ohana. Kona Café does feature some delicious pan-Asian meals for dinner, but the family-style feast at ‘Ohana is bursting with indulgent and flavorful island favorites, including Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings, ‘Ohana Noodles, Spicy Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, and the famous ‘Ohana Bread Pudding.

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Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen – Not Be Our Guest Restaurant

While in the Magic Kingdom, Guests have several table service restaurants to choose between for lunch and dinner each day, including two popular options. Be Our Guest Restaurant in Fantasyland is a table service restaurant that features a menu of traditional French cuisine that Guests can enjoy inside of The Beast’s Castle and Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen in Adventureland continues the quirky spirit of the Jungle Cruise and its skippers with flavorful international cuisine.

Orinoco Ida's Cachapas

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While Be Our Guest Restaurant features a beautiful and immersive setting that brings Guests into Beauty and the Beast, the prix-fixe menu is extremely pricey and limited. Instead, Guests should plan on dining at Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, which is bursting with vibrant and interesting details and amazing dishes including Orinoco Ida’s Cachapas, “Tastes like Chicken” Because it is!, “Hardy Har Char” Sui Pork, Irrawaddy Irma’s Hangar Steak, and Perkins Thai Noodles.

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Tiffins Restaurant – Not Tusker House Restaurant

There are several popular table service restaurants throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom that focus on cuisine from around the world, each with unique and immersive settings that Guests love. Tiffins Restaurant can be found on Discovery Island and features an unforgettable menu of international flavors inspired by the spirit of adventure, and Tusker House Restaurant in the Asia area of the Disney Park serves up family-style feasts of American favorites with some African flavors.

Charred Octopus

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Tusker House Restaurant is definitely popular and features a great atmosphere and character dining, but dining at Tiffins Restaurant is so much better in Disney’s Animal Kingdom as the menu features a vast array of bold flavors and the setting truly whisks Guests to all corners of the globe with stunning artwork and artifacts. Some menu items at Tiffins Restaurant that can’t be missed include Tiffins Signature Bread Service, Charred Octopus, Butter Chicken Surf and Turf, and Tamarind-braised Short Rib.

50's Prime Time Cafe

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50’s Prime Time Café – Not Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

There are two table service restaurants in Disney’s Hollywood Studios that boast completely immersive and unique atmospheres that transport Guests back in time for unforgettable meals. The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant whisks Guests to a classic drive-in theater at night where they can dine in vintage cars and watch sci-fi clips and the 50’s Prime Time Café welcomes Guests into a family home from the wholesome era to enjoy passed down family recipes.

Aunt Liz's Golden Fried Chicken

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The atmosphere at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is definitely memorable and worth enjoying once, but the 50’s Prime Time Café is one of the best places to dine as Guests can truly soak in the theme and also play along with the servers who are all ‘cousins’ and remind them to keep their elbows off the tables and eat their vegetables. The interactive atmosphere and delicious menu items including Beer-bettered Onion Rings, Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken, Mom’s Old Fashioned Pot Roast, and Cousin Megan’s Traditional Meatloaf make any meal at the 50’s Prime Time Café unforgettable.

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Paddlefish – Not The Boathouse

Guests who enjoy time in Disney Springs might be completely overwhelmed when deciding where to enjoy a meal, as there are so many incredible options open throughout each day. Two locations in The Landing area that have become Guest favorites are The Boathouse which boasts a nautical theme and stunning views of Lake Buena Vista from outdoor decks and Paddlefish, which serves up fresh seafood on a docked steamship.

Whole Maine Lobster

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Both The Boathouse and Paddlefish offer up menus of delicious seafood options and panoramic views of Lake Buena Vista, but Guests who are looking for a better experience should opt for Paddlefish. With an extensive menu of fresh seafood including options like Crab-topped Fries, Whole Maine Lobster, Salmon, Fish Tacos, and Mahi, and the unforgettable feeling of enjoying the water view from an actual boat, Paddlefish is one of the best Disney dining experiences available in Disney Springs!

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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.