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Family Style Dining in Walt Disney World

Family-style meals at the Walt Disney World Resort are some of the best dining options available thanks to a wide variety of food to enjoy and the opportunity to ask for extra helpings of certain items makes them very cost-efficient. There are several wonderful family-style meals that Guests can enjoy that serve up everything from classic American breakfasts to Polynesian-inspired spreads. Here are the family-style meal options that Guests can visit while in Walt Disney World that they are sure to love!

‘Ohana

A wonderful family-style meal found at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is also one of the most popular dining locations in all of Walt Disney World. ‘Ohana is open each day for breakfast and dinner and welcomes Guests into a large dining area located on the upper level of the Great Ceremonial House. The atmosphere at ‘Ohana is welcoming with large windows that look out at the Disney Resort and Seven Seas Lagoon, wooden beams and architectural accents, brightly colored carpeting, and large carved tiki statues. Breakfast at ‘Ohana focuses on American favorites with some flavors inspired by the islands, and bountiful family-style platters are served up with the option of asking for seconds of any featured item. In addition to fresh seasonal fruit and the always fresh Pineapple-Coconut Breakfast Bread, Guests can dig into scrambled eggs, pork sausage links, Hawaiian-style ham with pineapple compote, fried potatoes, Mickey Waffles, Stitch Waffles, and biscuits. Also available are fresh Kona coffee, smoothies, soft drinks, and specialty cocktails like the Polynesian Red Eye and Wasabi Bloody Mary.

Dinner at ‘Ohana is also served family-style, but takes a more traditional Polynesian approach with ingredients and flavors straight from the islands. The bountiful meal begins with a mixed greens salad and citrus vinaigrette, Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings, famous ‘Ohana Bread with honey butter and Pork Dumplings with a Garlic-Chili Sauce. The main options served for dinner are hearty portions of wood-fired Grilled Teriyaki Beef, Spicy Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce, ‘Ohana Noodles, and roasted broccolini. The final course at ‘Ohana for dinner is the totally indulgent ‘Ohana Bread Pudding that is served a la mode with a caramel sauce that Guests will absolutely not want to share!

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Tusker House Restaurant

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to Tusker House Restaurant, a popular family-style eatery in the Africa section of the park. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, Tusker House Restaurant welcomes Guests into an immersive dining area that feels like a bustling marketplace in the village of Harambe. Details can be found all around including offices and rooms up above on a balcony, and the dining areas themselves are rustic and brightly colored to make Guests feel at home. Throughout each meal at Tusker House Restaurant Guests can wave to and snap photos of Donald, Mickey, and Goofy who are all ready for safari in their gear. The menu features a combination of American classics and African-inspired flavors and dishes, and breakfast includes fresh fruit, assorted pastries including Safari Bread and croissants, scrambled eggs, Mickey Waffles, Simba Waffles, Durban Chicken & Egg Curry, jasmine rice, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. Guests who are looking to enjoy a specialty beverage with breakfast can enjoy non-alcoholic smoothies and soft drinks or indulge in the African Bloody Mary, African Mimosa, or Ngumu Jungle Juice. Lunch and dinner at Tusker House Restaurant feature the same menu which includes more African-inspired dishes beginning with assorted house-made breads served with hummus, coriander, and mango chutneys. The family-style dishes then continue with a Kachumbari and Arcadian Green Salad with citrus vinaigrette dressing, Moroccan-Spiced Beef, Cape Malay Green Curry Shrimp, Spit-Roasted Herb Chicken, Berber-Marinated Pork, and assorted sides including green beans, jasmine rice, roasted potatoes, and house-made macaroni and cheese. Dessert finishes off the meal with animal-inspired pastries and small bites. Guests can also order up specialty cocktails throughout lunch and dinner at Tusker House Restaurant with delicious options like the African Margarita, Raspberry Mojito, Rum Swizzle, and Lost on Safari.

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Hollywood & Vine

A family-style restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day with two different character experiences for Guests to enjoy. Hollywood & Vine in the Echo Lake area of the park features an art deco retro feel with shiny silver metal and neon accents on the exterior and comfortable booth seating and brightly colored carpeting in the interior. Breakfast at Hollywood & Vine is the Disney Junior Play n’ Dine experience where Guests can dig into family-style platters paired with individual entrée options while meeting favorite Disney Junior characters. When first seated, Guests can enjoy a large platter of pastries including croissants, mini muffins, and caramel monkey bread paired with jams and honey butter. Guests then can choose their individual entrée with options such as a Toasted Open-Faced Salmon Bagel, Hazelnut Spread-Stuffed French Toast, Four-Egg Scramble, Four-Egg Cheese Omelet, or House-Made Pancake Stack. Lunch and dinner at Hollywood & Vine are a totally different experience with Minnie’s Seasonal Dining where the meal follows the same flow with Guests being able to meet Minnie and friends for seasonal parties including Halloween and Christmas. The meals begin family-style with a shared platter of the Chopped Salad Bowl and Guests can then choose their entrée from options such as Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin, Seared Fresh Salmon with Grain Mustard-Beurre Blanc, Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper Sliced Beef Tenderloin, and Carved Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast. Lunch and dinner at Hollywood & Vine are perfectly ended with individual dessert choices such as Spiced Cherry Cake, Chocolate S’mores Pie, and White Chocolate Cheesecake. Guests can also order up soft drinks, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails like the Celebrity Margarita or Ultimate Long Island Ice Tea.

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Chef Mickey’s

A Guest favorite family-style meal can be found at Chef Mickey’s in the heart of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The popular eatery is situated in the main concourse at the Disney Resort and offers up an open-air dining room with bright colors, and views of the monorail gliding by above, massive windows, and a towering mural by Mary Blair. Chef Mickey’s is open daily for breakfast and dinner and Guests who enjoy each meal can share family-style platters of American favorites while waving to Mickey and friends who dance and mingle around. Breakfast begins with fresh fruit and mini yogurt parfaits that are served with Harvest Sweet Rolls and a Fresh Fried Sweet Fritter dusted with vanilla-cinnamon sugar. The feast then continues with platters of Mickey Waffles, pork sausage links, scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, slow-roasted beef brisket, chicken sausage, banana bread French toast, “loaded” potato-cheese casserole, and “Celebration” Mickey Pancake. Non-alcoholic breakfast beverage options include the Mickey Mouse Smoothie and Minnie Mouse Smoothie as well as soft drinks and specialty cocktails are also available including the Holiday Mimosa, Cold Brew XO, Peach Bellini, and Chef’s Bloody Mary. Dinner at Chef Mickey’s is just as delicious with the family-style meal kicking off with Chef Mickey’s Caesar, Citrus-Poached Baby Shrimp, a seasonal salad, and an assortment of bread. The main course family-style platters feature potato gnocchi, roasted garlic gratin potatoes, baby carrots, asparagus with gremolata, prime rib, tofu bowl, roasted salmon, and traditional roasted breast of turkey. Dinner wraps up with assorted desserts including the Mickey Mousse Dome, Strawberry Cream Cake, and Apple Crumble Tart. An assortment of soft drinks, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails are also available throughout dinner at Chef Mickey’s.

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Liberty Tree Tavern

Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom is home to Liberty Tree Tavern, a family-style restaurant that serves up New England-inspired menu items in a colonial dining environment. The interior of Liberty Tree Tavern features wood-paneled walls, vaulted wooden ceilings with large chandeliers, brick fireplaces, and dark wooden tables and chairs for Guests to relax in. Each dining room pays tribute to one specific figure from American history and Guests can learn about Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, George Washington, Betsy Ross, Paul Revere, and Thomas Jefferson while they dine. The menu at Liberty Tree Tavern serves up a traditional New England-style Thanksgiving dinner prepared by the Sons and Daughters of Liberty Tree Tavern and the meal begins with a salad of mixed greens and house-made dressing. The main course is the Patriot’s Platter which is piled high with roast turkey breast, Pennsylvania pot roast, oven-roasted pork, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, herb stuffing, and house-made macaroni and cheese. Guests who dine at Liberty Tree Tavern absolutely need to leave room for the Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake which is a vanilla toffee cake smothered with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream for a sticky and sweet end to the meal. Since Liberty Tree Tavern is a full-service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Guests can enjoy soft drinks as well as specialty cocktails like the Spirit of ’76 Cider Shandy in addition to beer and wine.

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Cape May Café

Disney’s Beach Club Resort evokes the charm and elegance of the New England seaside with pastel colors, white-washed wood, and classic architecture all nestled on the boardwalk of Crescent Lake. Guests who stop by the Disney Resort can enjoy family-style breakfasts and dinners at the wonderful Cape May Café which features brightly colored carpeting, white wooden beams, comfortable booth seating, molding designed to look like cresting waves, and murals depicting turn-of-the-century beach scenes. Breakfast at Cape May Café features a classic American family-style meal that begins with Beach Buns which are salted caramel pull-apart breads topped with a sweet cinnamon streusel. Guests can then choose from several different omelet options as well as yogurt parfaits, seasonal fruit, Mickey Waffles, brioche French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast sausage, potatoes, and beef hash. The dinner menu at Cape May Café is a traditional New England surf and turf meal that begins with a seasonal harvest salad and assorted breads and spreads. Guests can then enjoy a Seafood Boil platter with PEI mussels, peel-n-eat shrimp, Cape May Clams, the catch of the day, potatoes, and corn on the cob as well as the Turf Platter with a slow-roasted strip loin with chimichurri and steak sauce, oven-roasted lemon-pepper chicken, mashed potatoes, and farmer’s market vegetables. Guests can also opt to add on seafood enhancements including steamed crab legs and a whole Maine lobster. Dessert is also served family-style with an assortment of desserts and pastries from the bakery and Guests can also enjoy an assortment of soft drinks, non-alcoholic mocktails, and specialty cocktails such as the Paloma or Spicy Poblano Margarita.

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Garden Grill Restaurant

A unique restaurant that serves up family-style American favorites can be found in The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s World Nature neighborhood. Garden Grill Restaurant is a rounded dining room that actually rotates slowly as Guests dine, offering changing views of the pavilion, painted scenery, and the Living with the Land attraction below. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner for Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast which serves up farm-fresh food, some of which is grown right there in The Land Pavilion, in a family-style setting. While enjoying their meals, Guests can also wave to Chip, Dale, and various other friends as they walk around the restaurant greeting and interacting with everyone. The menu at Garden Grill Restaurant begins with a Harvest-Inspired Garden Salad which features fresh seasonal produce from the greenhouses located just next door. Guests can then enjoy family-style platters of grilled beef with chimichurri, all-natural sliced turkey breast, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, herb and leek stuffing, and seasonal vegetables before digging into a fresh berry shortcake topped with whipped cream. Guests can also choose from soft drinks and a limited menu of beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and specialty drinks.

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Sebastian’s Bistro

A relatively new eatery at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort serves up Latin and Caribbean flavors for a family-style meal that gives Guests a taste of the islands. Sebastian’s Bistro is open for dinner only and welcomes Guests into a light and airy dining room with large windows accentuated by gauzy curtains, vaulted light wood ceilings, white tables, and brightly colored chairs that evoke the colors of the ocean. The first course in the family-style dinner at Sebastian’s Bistro is the Buttery House-Baked Pull-Apart Rolls which are served with caramelized onion jam and a guava butter that Guests won’t be able to get enough of. The Spiced Necklace Salad then arrives with mixed greens, kale, toasted pumpkin seeds, grilled pineapple, orange, spiced candied walnuts, radish, and key lime dressing. The Taste of the Caribbean platter is the main event at Sebastian Bistro and Guests can dig into oven-roasted citrus chicken, slow-cooked mojo pork with mango sambal, grilled flank steak with mojito relish, cilantro rice, beans, vegetable curry, and grilled broccolini. With so many amazing things to dine on, Guests have to be sure to leave room for dessert which is a House-Made Coconut-Pineapple Bread Pudding that is smothered with a caramel sauce and accompanied by vanilla ice cream. Sebastian’s Bistro is a wonderful family-style dinner that Guests should plan on enjoying at least once!

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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.