The great thing about dining at Walt Disney World (apart from the tasty food of course!) is that each restaurant has its own style and theming in some way, even if you might not notice it at first. Of course, some are more themed than others, and there are a host of restaurants where you will find yourself fully immersed into a unique Disney story.
So, if you’ve already got your Disney tickets and are looking for some holiday dining inspiration, look no further! We’ve put together a list of our favourite themed Disney restaurants to help you out…
Be Our Guest
Be our Guest is definitely one of the most popular restaurants at Walt Disney World, so if you want to dine here, we’d highly recommend booking as early as possible. If you’re a big Disney fan, we’re sure you would’ve already guessed by the name that this restaurant is inspired by Beauty & The Beast.
There are three separate dining rooms to choose from, each with an individual theme. You can choose between the Grand Ballroom- a stunning room with high ceilings, chandeliers and elegant decor, the Castle Gallery- Belle’s impressive private library and the West Wing- the darkest part of the castle inhabited by the Beast and home to the enchanted rose. If you’re lucky you might even get the chance to meet him.
Whichever you choose, make sure you take a walk around to see all of the beautiful decor this restaurant has to offer. We’re sure you’ll want to take plenty of pictures of this Instagram-worthy spot.
When it comes to menu choices, there’s plenty! Starters include French onion soup, lobster bisque and escargot, while main courses offer tender filet-mignon, spice-dusted lamb chops, smoked ricotta tortellini and pan-seared scallops to name a few.
As the famous ‘Be Our Guest’ song goes, “try the Grey Stuff, it’s delicious” and you really must. You can try this mysterious dessert here, by ordering the Master’s Cupcake. This rich chocolate cake is topped with Lumiere’s special Grey Stuff.
Where is it? Magic Kingdom Park
San Angel Inn
This restaurant is one of the most popular and highly regarded at Walt Disney World. You’ll find it in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot and the entrance is through the pyramid, so you really can't miss it.
Once you step through to the other side, you’ll find yourself in a town square underneath the twilight sky. You really will feel like you’ve been transported straight to Mexico, to a bustling Hacienda. There will be lots of shops around you and even a tequila bar! That’s not all though, there’s also another pyramid inside, a smoking volcano and views of the lagoon.
As you can imagine, the menu is full of mouth-watering Mexican dishes. There’s so much to choose from but we’d recommend trying the tasty tacos, chipotle-marinated shrimp or the ‘Chile Relleno’- Poblano pepper filled with pulled pork, pine nuts, almonds and a rich, roasted tomato sauce.
If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, there’s coconut flan, dark chocolate mousse and cheesecake with a delicious caramel sauce on the dessert menu.
We absolutely love the theming of this restaurant and think you will too! If you’re visiting Walt Disney World soon, make sure you give it a try.
Where is it? Epcot- Mexico Pavilion
50’s Prime Time Café
Disney’s 50’s Prime Time Café is a fun dining experience that the whole family can enjoy together. Get ready to go back in time as this restaurant will transport you back to ‘Mom’s kitchen’ in the 1950's. Expect comfort food, 50’s style theming and a whole host of rules! You’ll need to have a sense of humour when ‘Mom’ and the extended family (aka the Disney Cast Members) tell you to put your phone away and set the table.
The menu offers classic American comfort food named after the whole family. During your visit you can try Mom’s Old Fashioned Pot Roast, Grandma’s Chicken Pot-Pie or Cousin Harold’s Vegetable Lasagne. Desserts included Mom’s Brownie which is served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, traditional apple crisp and Dad’s Favourite Chocolate-Peanut Butter Layered Cake.
The kitsch wallpaper, loud prints, black and white tiled floor, frilled curtains and old-school television sets help set the 1950’s theme. This restaurant is definitely unique, but one we think is well worth a visit.
Where is it? Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Cinderella’s Royal Table
This has to be one of the most iconic dining experiences you can get at the Disney theme parks. If the fact that you’re surrounded by Disney royalty while you eat delicious food wasn’t impressive enough, you’ll actually be dining inside the famous Cinderella Castle!
When you arrive, you’ll wait for Cinderella to come and collect you from the majestic Grand Hall. To get to your table, you’ll have to walk up a spiral staircase that leads to the Banquet Hall. Then it’s time to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience.
You’ll feel like you're in a fairy-tale as you admire the beautiful setting, complete with stained-glass windows, stone archways and medieval flags. Things become even more magical when the princesses join you, so make sure you have your autograph book and camera at the ready. The princess line-up changes regularly so you won’t know exactly who you’re going to meet until they arrive, but Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Ariel make regular guest appearances.
Start the day off with a hearty breakfast at the Castle and choose between popular dishes like the traditional breakfast which includes scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and potatoes, or go for something a bit different and try the caramel apple-stuffed French toast.
The lunch and dinner menus at Cinderella’s Royal Table are fairly similar. Some of our favourite dishes are the tenderloin of beef served with seasonal vegetables and a bordelaise sauce, the fresh fish of the day, and the roasted chicken breast served with fingerling potatoes in a leek-mustard creamy sauce… delicious!
Where is it? Cinderella’s Royal Table
If you love sea-life this restaurant is a must-visit. It’s also one that the kids will love! The Coral Reef Restaurant lets you venture “under the sea” for an incredible themed dining experience. This is another one of the most popular Walt Disney World restaurants, so it’s a good idea to book in advance if you want to visit.
Prepare to be amazed by the spectacular, living coral reef that takes up the length of the restaurant. This is home to more than 4,000 amazing sea creatures including tropical fish, rays, sea turtles and sharks! You might even spot a scuba-diving Mickey underwater. You’ll be able to admire the sea life swimming past while you dine which is seriously special.
This restaurant is all about the ocean, so you can expect lots of ocean-fresh specialities on the menu. For starters, try the crispy calamari, shrimp cocktail or lobster bisque. When it comes to choosing a main, go for sustainable salmon, seared mahi mahi or a whole lobster.
Don’t worry if you’re not a seafood fan, you’ll still find something to enjoy at Coral Reef, like roasted chicken breast with seasonal risotto or tempura-fried cauliflower with baby potatoes and a mustard vinaigrette.
Where is it? Epcot
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
This is another Disney restaurant that takes you back in time. You’ll go back to a time where drive-in movie theatres were the place to spend your weekends. This restaurant lets you experience this for yourself as you get seated at your table, which is designed to look like a classic 1950’s car! From here, not only will you enjoy a tasty meal, but you’ll also be able to watch classic sci-fi movie clips on the big screen.
The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater serves all- American cuisine. We’d recommend the Drive-in BBQ burger, the cheese steak sandwich or if you’re sharing, go for the Sci-Fi barbecue platter which includes smoked pulled pork, St. Louis-style ribs, grilled chicken, southern coleslaw and cowboy beans finished with Coca-Cola barbecue sauce. Lemon cheesecake, warm glazed doughnuts and s’mores brownies with ice cream, are a few of the delicious desserts you can choose from after.
Where is it? Disney’s Hollywood Studios
If you’re visiting with kids (or big kids!) you should definitely take the time to try out the T-REX restaurant at Disney Springs. This Jurassic adventure takes you back 200 million years, offering an experience like no other. You’ll dine surrounded by woolly mammoths, pterosaurs and a 15-foot-tall T-Rex!
There are several themed rooms so make sure you take the time to explore them all. There’s a forest buzzing with giant wasps (don’t worry they’re not real!) and even a colour-changing ice cave.
So, what’s on the menu? Starters include mozzarella sticks, flatbreads, bruschetta and colossal sharing nachos. For your main course, you can choose from a huge range of burgers, St Louis style spareribs, Tuscan chicken, strip steak or mushroom ravioli to name just a few. The portions here are pretty big but if you can, try to save some room for dessert- you won’t regret it. There are sweet treats like doughnut bites, key lime pie and a chocolate fudge cake that serves four.
Where is it? Disney Springs
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