Some Walt Disney World restaurants are on the top of everyone’s must-do list. For certain restaurants it is because of the experience, others it is because of the food, but with a most it is a well known combination of both. It is always a good idea to make your reservations as soon as you can, but with these ten you’ll want to try 180 days in advance if possible. Calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) is always a good idea because the operator will do all that he or she can to help you to find a time at the desired restaurant. You can also reserve online at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining.
If you don’t get the reservation that you want, keep trying, especially as your trip draws closer. People’s plans change and it could be that there was a cancellation. If that doesn’t work you could try walking up to the restaurant when you arrive. The chances are low that there will have been a cancellation but stranger things have happened.
If you can’t make your reservation, don’t forget to cancel it so that someone else will have a chance to dine there. Most of the more popular choices now require a deposit, which you will forfeit if you do not cancel on time. You can cancel your reservation online or call 407-WDW-CNCL (407-939-2625)
10. Dinner Shows
Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Luau Cove, Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review, Pioneer Hall, The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
The dinner shows provide family friendly fun for your entire party. There is plenty of good food and the entertainment will leave you amazed and laughing at the same time. The dinner shows offer a great break for an off day from the parks, you can still do “something Disney” while taking time to relax. Beer and wine or sangria are included in the cost for those of age. The dinner shows are also popular for locals, they’re a great place to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion, which is part of the reason that the reservations fill up quickly.
9. Victoria & Albert’s
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Victoria & Albert’s is easily the most expensive restaurant at Walt Disney World. Dinner starts around $185 per person. Victoria & Albert’s is also the only Disney restaurant that is a AAA Five Star recipient, an award that it has received every year since 2000. There is a world class wine collection, wine pairings will cost around an additional $65 per person. All guests must be 10 or older and there is a dress code. There are three different dining experiences; The Dining Room, Queen Victoria’s Room, and The Chef’s Table. Victoria & Albert’s is so special that it has its own website; http://victoria-alberts.com, and its own number to call for reservations; 407-WDW-DVNA (939-3862). If you’re able to make a reservation, you’re in for the meal of a lifetime.
8. Fantasmic! Dinner Package
Various restaurants, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Fantasmic! is the perfect way to end your day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The story is the classic battle of good and evil, plus you’ll have a chance to see many of your favorite Disney characters. It is a show that you must see to believe, no description of it will ever do it justice. It is also incredibly popular, with guests lining up for an hour or longer, hoping to get a seat. Disney came up with a partial solution to that problem, the Fantasmic! Dinner Package. The concept is simple, you and your party dine at The Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood & Vine, or Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. While there, you will receive a free voucher for special VIP seating at Fantasmic!. You then won’t have to wait as long for a good seat for the show. The problem is that the dinner packages are also popular, so it can be hard to get the reservation. Remember that you must reserve for the dinner package, just having a reservation at one of the restaurants will not gain you a voucher.
7. Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party
Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom
Fireworks and a dessert buffet, what’s not to love? Arrive an hour before Happily Ever After on select nights. Your party will be given a private table. You can then feast on desserts such as brownies, cannoli, and even chocolate-dipped strawberries. You will then have an incredible view of the fireworks. Reservations are accepted only 60 days in advance, not the usual 180. Payment is required when you reserve your spot. Remember that fireworks might be canceled in the case of inclement weather. If the weather has been bad you might want to walk up and see if there were any cancellations, some people leave the park early if it’s been raining.
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Disney’s Polynesian Resort
The popularity of ‘Ohana just keeps growing! Breakfast is a character meal with Lilo and Stitch, there are no characters at dinner. Both meals are served family-style. Breakfast is traditional breakfast fare and dinner is skewers of meat with sides. The ‘Ohana Bread Pudding alone is enough to bring some people back to the restaurant on each trip to Florida. Stroll the beach after dinner and watch the Electrical Water Pageant and Happily Ever After to end your day.
5. California Grill
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
There are many reasons to dine at California Grill. The food is fresh and there are plenty of healthy choices. The atmosphere is incredible. It is also well known as being a great place to watch Happily Ever After at the end of the night. Any reservation is difficult to get, but one that coincides with the nightly Magic Kingdom fireworks is next to impossible. If you had an earlier reservation hold onto your receipt and come back. You can then watch Wishes from the Observation Deck or the California Grill Lounge. If you have a reservation after Happily Ever After is over you can still watch, just tell the cast member at the reservation desk.
4. Chef Mickey’s
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Chef Mickey’s is one of the most popular character meals. It’s a chance to meet the Main Mouse himself, without having to wait in line! Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald also might appear. Breakfast and dinner are served. The breakfast buffet features pancakes, breakfast meats, eggs, potatoes, cereals, fresh fruit, breakfast beverages, and a slew of other choices. Dinner is quite extensive as well, with carved meats, pastas, pizza, vegetables, and many other options. Kids of all ages will enjoy the Sundae Bar. Chef Mickey’s is a short monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom, making it a great place to get away for a little while without having to go through the parking hassle.
3. Le Cellier Steakhouse
Canada Pavilion, World Showcase, Epcot
Fine dining might not seem possible inside a theme park, but Le Cellier is not your ordinary theme park restaurant. Start your meal with Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and then move on to the specialty entrees. There is an extensive Canadian wine list and traditional beers are also available, as well as signature drinks. Le Cellier requires two table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan. It is not included with the Quick Service Plan.
2. Cinderella’s Royal Table
Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom
When people think of Walt Disney World often Cinderella Castle is the picture that comes to mind. Who wouldn’t want to dine inside it? Add in the fact that Cinderella’s Royal Table is the best place to spend quality time with the Disney princesses and you end up with a difficult reservation to snag. The package includes a keepsake photo with Cinderella and gifts for the young ones in your party. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served and all hard to get reservations for, with breakfast arguably being the most coveted. Make a reservation at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique by calling 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895) and your child can look like a princess as you dine. Food is all that you care to eat and beverages are included in the cost. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan a meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table will cost you two table service credits. The Quick Service Plan is not accepted.
1. Be Our Guest Restaurant
Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom
For years Le Cellier and Cinderella’s Royal Table had been battling it out for the hardest to obtain Walt Disney World Reservation. In December, 2012, Be Our Guest stepped in and changed the rules. Breakfast and lunch are quick service but still require reservations unless you get lucky by chance and they have an opening. Once dinnertime rolls around it becomes a table service restaurant which is next to impossible to get a reservation for. Be Our Guest offers diners a chance to eat in Beast’s Castle. Three rooms are represented; the Castle Gallery, the West Wing, and the Ballroom. French-inspired dishes are served. Be Our Guest is the only place at the Magic Kingdom where those 21 and older can enjoy beer or wine with their lunch and dinner meals. If you want to feel like you’ve stepped inside Beauty and the Beast either be prepared to wait in a long lunch line or make your reservation the moment that you can. They will go quickly.