The Top 6 Reasons Why We Love Dining at the Walt Disney World Resorts

Some of the best Walt Disney World restaurants are located at the resorts. If you only eat in the theme parks, you will be missing out on some great food and incredible atmospheres. There is something for every taste. While things are rushed inside the parks, the pace is much more relaxed at the resorts. You can leave a park for a couple of hours and enjoy a great meal, or maybe make a reservation for an off day. You could be looking for romance, a quick bite, or entertainment; you’re sure to find something perfect at one of the resort restaurants. Remember, you do not need to be staying at a particular resort in order to dine there. Here are six of the many reasons why we love the Walt Disney World resort restaurants.

6. Dine Poolside

The theme parks are exhausting, and taking a day off from them in the middle of your vacation is a good way to recharge. Many guests will spend that day relaxing by the resort’s pool. If that’s what you decide to do, it’s a good thing that you won’t be too far from a place to grab a drink! Some of the pool bars offer only drinks and maybe a snack or two, but others have full menus. If sitting near the pool, savoring an Italian Hoagie, and washing it down with Black Cherry Lemonade seems like a perfect situation, you’ll love the Walt Disney World pool bars.

5. Late Night Dining

If you’re the type who likes to be at the parks from open to close, you might be hungry at the end of the night. Fortunately, late night dining is fairly easy at Walt Disney World. What is open will depend on where you’re staying, but the food courts usually stay open way past your bedtime. There is also the possibility of either room service or late night pizza delivery; depending on the resort. If you’re hungry and scared your food court will be closed, head to either Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or Picabu at Walt Disney World Dolphin. Both are open 24 hours a day.

4. Characters

Some of the best character dining experiences are found at the Walt Disney World resorts. There are more opportunities than you might think. You can meet The Fab Five at Chef Mickey’s, hang out with Minnie and some of her friends at Cape May Cafe, meet Cinderella and Prince Charming at 1900 Park Fare, and more. These aren’t the only resorts with character dining. The characters may change each meal, or may not be at all meals, so make sure you double check when you make your reservation so that you’ll have the experience that you want.

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3. Food Courts

Time is precious when you’re at Walt Disney World, and chances are that you will not want every meal to be leisurely. That is where the resort food courts come in. They are designed to get your food to you quickly, so you will be able to eat and head out. Just because the food courts are meant to get you fed quickly doesn’t mean that the food is second rate. You’ll find some of the expected choices such as pizza and burgers, but there are also some surprises. Depending on the food court you might find Taco Salad, Spinach Artichoke Pasta, Vegetable Muffaletta, or Mahi Mahi “Reuben”. Here’s a piece of advice; if you’re at Everything POP Shopping & Dining, try the Tie-dyed Cheesecake. You can thank us later.

2. Fireworks

Walt Disney World is known for its exceptional fireworks. Unfortunately, there is always a crowd leaving as soon as the fireworks are over. A great way to see them without the crowd is to make a dinner reservation at either a Magic Kingdom Resort Area restaurant, or an Epcot Resort Area restaurant. Have a relaxing meal, then watch the fireworks when it’s time. If you’re watching from Epcot leave the restaurant and watch outside, the bridge near the International Gateway entrance is a fantastic spot from which to view IllumiNations. If it’s Wishes you’re wanting to see, you can watch the show either from a beach or some of the restaurants. Arguably the best place to watch is California Grill. There are two decks 15 floors up from which you can watch, and the music is piped in. It is a spectacular experience.

1. One of the Best in the Country

One of the best restaurants in the entire country can be found at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Victoria & Albert’s is a AAA Five Diamond Award winner several years running, and it was recently voted the number five choice in the US on TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award. There are three different dining experiences, and they are all incredible. For the ultimate meal, try to get a reservation for the Chef’s Table. You and your party of up to ten will meet with the chefs, and then a ten course meal will be created, based on your tastes. Give yourself at least three hours, and you will savor every second. Even if you’re not eating at the Chef’s Table you will have an unforgettable meal. Victoria & Albert’s has an award winning wine list with over 700 choices. Children under ten are not allowed, and there is a dress code. After a meal at Victoria & Albert’s, you’ll never think of vacation food quite the same way again.

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.