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Dining at Disney is an important part of a visit to Disney World, so much so that guests often have to make reservations 180 days in advance to secure a table at the restaurant of their choice. This is because Disney restaurants have such wonderful dining experiences to offer through their menus, theming and entertainment. Here are our top 10 mind-blowing experiences to be had at Walt Disney World Restaurants.
10. Experience Different Cultures
The World Showcase in Epcot has a multitude of dining restaurants, which each offer cuisine inspired by their respective countries. Each country in the World Showcase has at least one table service restaurant and a quick-service restaurant. Each venue offers its own unique dining experience, and a menu that will allow guests to learn about and experience a different culture.
9. Morimoto Asia
Chef Morimoto of Iron Chef America opened his first pan-Asian restaurant at Disney Springs, and not only is it a beautiful restaurant with sparkling chandeliers, but the food is absolutely incredible! The menu is full of options ranging from Dim Sum, sushi and it includes the infamous Japanese A5 Wagyu beef, which is the highest quality beef available. There is also the Morimoto Peking Duck, which serves two people. If you are a fan of pan-Asian cuisine, then make a reservation at Morimoto Asia and get ready for one amazing dining experience.
8. The West Wing
We’ve all watched Belle’s curiosity get the best of her as she wandered into the forbidden West Wing of the Beast’s Castle, and guests can experience that same curiosity and amazement in the West Wing dining room at Be Our Guest restaurant. Even if you are not seated at a table in this area, guests are welcome to visit the West Wing where they can see the portrait of the Beast in his human form, and the enchanted rose. The detailing and theming of this room are so immersive you’ll feel as if you are in the film.
7. Dinner During Illuminations
Watching the nighttime spectacular Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot is the best way to finish off your day at Epcot, and the best way to watch the show is while having a delicious dinner. Make a late dinner reservation at a restaurant with a view of the lagoon. There are no guarantees, but there is a chance you will be seated at a table with a great view of Illuminations. Imagine finishing off your dinner with a delectable dessert, or sipping on a specialty cocktail while fireworks paint the night overhead.
6. Dine with an Imagineer
Meeting a Disney Imagineer is a dream for many Disney fans. Guests can do just that with the Dine with an Imagineer experience at The Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios. Guests can engage in conversation about the Disney parks and resorts with an Imagineer over a four-course lunch. This is a spectacular dining experience for those who are passionate about how the magic is made at Disney.
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5. Highway in the Sky
The Highway in the Sky Dine Around is a new dining experience offered at Disney. Guests will dine at three different resorts and will travel by Monorail to each dining destination. Your journey will begin at the Contemporary and take you to the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian and it will end back at the Contemporary just in time to have some dessert as you take in Wishes.
4. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
This dining experience is a long time favorite of many Disney fans. It’s located at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, and is a two-hour show full of vaudeville style entertainment. The meal is all-you-care-to-enjoy American fare, including BBQ ribs and strawberry shortcake. If you’re looking for a rowdy, foot-stompin’ good time, make a reservation to see, and join in the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.
3. Dine with Characters
Meeting characters is just one of the amazing things guests can do when at Disney World, and one of the best ways to meet characters is at a character dining experience. There’s no waiting in line, instead the characters come to you and greet you at your table. Chef Mickey’s is a popular family dining location at the Contemporary, Winne the Pooh and his friends are at the Crystal Palace, and the princesses can be found at a number of locations in the parks and the resorts. The character dining experiences are a great place to create new memories and make some new friends!
2. Chef’s Table at Victoria & Albert’s
Victoria & Albert’s located in Disney’s flagship resort, the Grand Floridian, is the epitome of fine dining at Disney, and the Chef’s Table is the most exclusive and amazing dining experience. Guests will be treated like royalty at the Chef’s Table as they spend some time with the head chef and dine on a ten-course meal over a three-hour time period. Only one party is seated at the Chef’s Table per evening, and it will seat a maximum of ten guests. The Chef’s Table is definitely a Bucket List worthy item.
1. Dine in a Castle
Cinderella Castle isn’t just the beautiful and stunning icon of Walt Disney World, it’s also the home of Cinderella’s Royal Table. Guests can dine here for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is perfect for Disney and princess fans of all ages. This restaurant invites guests into a real life fairy-tale complete with medieval castle theming, princesses, and they offer enhancement packages to help you celebrate those special moments in your life, like engagements, birthdays or simply being at Disney. Dining with Disney princesses inside Cinderella Castle is an absolutely amazing dining experience Disney fans will love and cherish.