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Top 3 Restaurants We Love at Walt Disney World’s Value Resorts

The upper echelon of Disney resorts, known as deluxe resorts, are designated as such because of their plentiful amenities, proximity to the parks, and award-winning restaurants. They provide one-of-a-kind experiences and are well worth the investment for the role they play in helping to create lifelong memories for you and your family. However, they are not the only game in town. Disney’s value resorts also play a vital role in bringing families together, particularly at meal time. While these destinations may not be overflowing with options, the dining experiences at Disney’s more comfortably-priced properties are nothing to thumb your nose at. The following trio are some of our favorites. 

1. Everything POP Shopping & Dining – Disney’s Pop Century Resort

This colorful cafeteria offers quick service options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is often heralded as one of the best resort eateries of all the Walt Disney World hotels. Like any good cafeteria, its menu features a bevy of options to appeal to everyone’s tastes. Start your day off with a ham and cheese omelet or one of the waffle platters featuring the iconic Mickey-shaped waffle, which is offered in both its traditional form as well as a plant-based alternative that comes paired with roasted breakfast potatoes. The lunch and dinner menu includes the standard burger and pizza options, but also a delicious pot roast cooked in red wine gravy and served with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. In addition, pasta dishes are available, including chicken parmesan that can be topped with your choice of either marinara or creamy Alfredo sauce. Disney’s concerted effort to appeal to those who prefer a plant-based diet also carries over into this menu with a meatless BBQ burger topped with arugula, avocado, and barbecue sauce. The cookies ‘n cream cupcake and tie-dye cheesecake are the stand-out desserts at Everything POP, adding to the symphony of flavors to provide a satisfying coda to your dining experience.

2. Landscape of Flavors – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

As is the norm at the value resorts, Disney’s Art of Animation entry is also a cafeteria-style eatery offering a wide range of options for every meal. Bask in the shadow of colorful, oversized artwork that transports you everywhere from the arid savanna to under the sea while sampling platters centered around the holy triumvirate of breakfast foods; French toast, waffles, or pancakes, each served with scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, and your choice of sausage or bacon. Pancakes are also offered with a mixed berry compote or filled with chocolate chips, while the kids meals provide pared-down options that sacrifice quantity but not quality. Unlike most food courts, Landscape of Flavor features separate lunch and dinner menus to create a more diverse experience for guests. The midday meal offerings include a variety of pizzas, pastas, and burgers while the evening menu boasts a more diverse collection of entrees. The Mongolian grilled fish, for instance, is paired with Naan bread and seasonal risotto and the Asian chicken bowl features Mongolian stir-fried chicken with broccoli and jasmine rice. Opened in 2012, this resort and its accompanying eatery are proof positive of the Disney brand improving upon their formula by crafting a one-of-a-kind cafeteria that’s overflowing with flavors to appeal to every palate.

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3. Intermission Food Court – Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

While not as colorfully-appointed as the previous entries on this list, the All-Star Music Resort’s contribution is no less worthy of inclusion. The general consensus is that this is the best cafeteria of the three All-Star properties due, in part, to a menu that includes several specialty items that you’ll only find here. The breakfast offerings are fairly standard, but lunch is where this eatery begins to kick it into another gear, particularly when it comes to plant-based options. With entrees that include ratatouille with grilled polenta and Thai sweet coconut Mickey onigiri — an Asian rice ball stuffed with mango, ginger, carrots and apples roasted in a Mandarin puree — even the carnivores will eschew the 1/3lb burgers in favor of these herbivorous offerings. The plant-based options can also be enjoyed as part of the dinner menu, which adds a pair of seafood meals — seared mahi and seafood fra diavolo (available Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) — and ancho grilled flank steak (available Monday, Wednesday and Friday) served with white rice, black beans, and fried plantains. No meal at the Intermission Food Court is complete without a sampling of the unicorn cupcake, which features vibrant tie-dyed strawberry lemonade buttercream atop a yellow cupcake filled with rainbow sprinkles that cascade onto your plate when you slice into this delightful dessert.

Disney’s All-Star Movie Resort and All-Star Sports Resort also feature their own food courts — World Premiere Food Court and the End Zone Food Court, respectively — which are more than serviceable and boast their own unique menu items. World Premiere also offers late night dining, so if you’re staying at one of the All-Star resorts, these destinations are worth a look, as well.

About Mike Riccardini

A second generation Disneyphile, Michael has visited the Orlando resort well over a dozen times, inheriting his passion for the Mouse House from his mother, a day one devotee of the Magic Kingdom and one of its staunchest advocates. Now a father himself, he remains devoted to sharing in the magic with his own daughter, allowing him to appreciate the Disney universe from an entirely new perspective and pass down his family’s traditions to the next generation of Mickey-eared enthusiasts.