What Not To Miss - Best of the Best

Having detailed that fairly comprehensive list of alternatives with which to compile your essential Orlando plan, you might like to add a few of our favourites from each category, what we like to call the Best of the Best for the theme parks, the alternative attractions, the nightlife and dining. Park by park first, they are:

Best Thrill Ride

Best Family Ride

Best Show

Best Fine Dining

Best Fast Food

Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain

Pirates of the Caribbean

Wishes fireworks

Liberty Tree Tavern

Cosmic Ray’s


Test Track



La Hacienda

Tangierine Café

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Tower of Terror

Toy Story Mania


Brown Derby

Studio Catering Co Flatbread Grill

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Expedition Everest

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Finding Nemo—The Musical

Yak and Yeti

Tusker House

Universal Studios Florida

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

The Simpsons Ride

Shrek 4-D

Lombard’s Seafood Grill

Richter’s Burger Co.

Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man

Poseidon’s Fury


Thunder Falls Terrace



Wild Arctic

Blue Horizons

Sharks Underwater Grill

Spice Mill

Busch Gardens


Rhino Rally

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy

Crown Colony Restaurant

Zambia Smokehouse

Best Large-Scale Alternative Attraction: Kennedy Space Center

Best Small-Scale Alternative Attraction: SkyVenture (International Drive)

Best Nature Attraction: Boggy Creek Airboats

Best Dinner Show: Sleuths

Best Night-time Show: Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba (Downtown Disney)/Blue Man Group (Universal Oralando)

Best Nightclub: Jellyrolls (Disney’s Boardwalk Resort); The Groove (CitiWalk)

Best Fine Dining Restaurant: Victoria and Albert’s (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort)

Best Themed Restaurant: T-Rex Cafe (Downtown Disney)/Hard Rock Café (CityWalk)

Best Buffet Restaurant: Boma (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort)

Best Steak Restaurant: A Land Remembered (Shingle Creek Resort)

Best Seafood Restaurant: Fulton’s Crabhouse (Downtown Disney)

Best Asian Restaurant: Tchoup-Chop (Universal’s Royal Pacific Resort)

Best Family Restaurant: Bahama Breeze/Maggiano’s (Point Orlando)

Best Romantic Restaurant: Jiko (Animal Kingdom Lodge)/bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel)

Best Fast Food Chain: Steak & Shake

Best Food Court: Mall at Millenia

Best Hotel Dining: Shingle Creek Resort

Best Sunday Brunch: La Coquinna at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

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