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What to Know About Dining at Walt Disney World

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The Walt Disney World Resort has over 200 dining locations offering unique and flavorful bites. There are many great options, from theme parks to Disney Springs to Resort hotels. So how do you choose where to eat?

Here at DisneyDining, we have all the inside information to help you learn which restaurants are right for your Disney vacation!

Disney World is known for its immersive experiences, magical attractions, and varied dining options. From quick bites to fine dining, the Walt Disney World Resort has a fantastic array of restaurants that cater to every taste and budget.

Quick Service vs. Table Service

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For those on the go, the Quick Service dining options across the Resort offer a quick and easy meal. Quick Service locations do not take reservations. Additionally, the Walt Disney World Resort introduced mobile ordering, where Guests can order and pay via the Disney Experience app, bypassing lines and giving them a more seamless dining experience.

When you want to relax and enjoy a more immersive dining experience, Walt Disney World Resort has many excellent Table Service restaurants. These include Character Dining options at restaurants like Chef Mickey’s or O’Hana. We recommend booking an advanced dining reservation for your Table Service meals.

If you’re looking for a high-end dining experience, the Disney Deluxe Resorts have several restaurants that are a cut above the rest. The California Grill, located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, offers stunning views of the Magic Kingdom, especially during the nighttime fireworks. Over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Victoria & Albert’s is the ultimate dining experience, offering impeccable service.

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Dining Reservations

To get the most out of your Disney Dining, it’s essential to make dining reservations in advance. Most Table Service restaurants accept reservations up to 60 days in advance, and you should book as soon as possible. All Guests can make reservations up to 60 days before their visit.

Dining in the Theme Parks

The Walt Disney Theme Parks have several fantastic dining options that are not to be missed. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios have many excellent Table Service and Quick Service restaurants. Cinderella’s Royal Table and Crystal Palace are two must-visit Table Service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom. These locations serve up unforgettable meals in unforgettable settings. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, visitors can sample the flavors of Africa at Tusker House or sample cuisine from the world of Pandora at the Quick Service location, Satu’li Canteen. Hollywood Studios features several restaurants, including the 50’s Prime Time CafĂ©, where Guests can enjoy nostalgic American cuisine. EPCOT offers cuisine from around the world in World Showcase Pavilion or a unique fine dining experience at the Coral Reef restaurant.

Dining at Disney Springs

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The recently renovated Disney Springs has fast become a foodie’s paradise, with over 60 dining options ranging from casual Quick Service to high-end Table Service restaurants. The area boasts an impressive collection of restaurants, such as The Boathouse, Morimoto Asia, and the iconic Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill.

The Disney Dining Plan

One of the best ways to experience Disney dining is through the Disney Dining Plan. This prepaid meal plan allows Guests to enjoy meals at select restaurants across the Resort. There are two Dining Plan options: the Quick Service Dining Plan and the standard Dining Plan. Both plans include a wide variety of options, such as Table Service, Quick Service, and Snack options. The plan can currently be purchased as an add-on to a vacation package for any trip planned on or after January 9, 2024. The plan offers excellent value and is an incredibly convenient way to save money while enjoying all the best Disney dining experiences.

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Disney World Restaurants are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, and the Walt Disney Company strives to accommodate dietary needs and food allergies. Restaurants across the Resort offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, ensuring everyone has an enjoyable dining experience.

Annual Pass holders and Disney Vacation Club Members also receive special discounts on dining. Be sure to check with your membership for savings. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, looking to relax, or want to fuel up before a day at the parks, the Walt Disney World Resort has dining options that cater to every Guest’s tastes and preferences.

Disney Dining is a quintessential part of the Disney World experience, with many restaurants and dining that cater to everyone. Whether it’s a Table Service, Quick Service, or a snack, every Walt Disney World dining experience will surely be unforgettable.

About Megan Losey

As a Disney foodie, I love writing about Disney food and snacks. Some of my favorites are the Carrot Cake Cookie from Trolley Car Cafe, the Mickey Beignets from Port Orleans French Quarter, and the Apple Blossom from Port Orleans Riverside. When I'm visiting the parks, you can find me on Main Street taking in the good vibe of Magic Kingdom or relaxing with a drink at the Polynesian watching the fireworks from the beach. As a previous Cast Member, I will always have a special place in my heart for the Magic Kingdom, especially Main Street U.S.A.