When visiting Disney World, there are more than 350 restaurants to choose from, meaning guests are truly spoilt for choice. All tastes will be catered for, and there will be plenty of options to try something new. From the exotic eateries at Epcot, to the classic choices in the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be able to eat somewhere different for each meal, every day of your holiday!
Whether you’re looking to find somewhere to dine for a special occasion, or simply want a small snack to raise your energy levels after a busy day, this list has it all. Also, if there’s somewhere you’d really like to eat during your tip, once you’ve bought your Disney Orlando tickets, you can reserve a table at a restaurant up to 180 days before your arrival.
First-time guests may feel a little bewildered by the sheer variety of places to eat, but trust us, this is all part of the fun. The Disney Food Blog has a post dedicated to the best Disney World restaurants, which is a great place to start looking for inspiration, if you are hoping to book in advance.
Fans of Beauty and the Beast will want to add the Be Our Guest Restaurant to their itinerary, as diners are invited into a majestic ballroom, which is complete with larger-than-life figures of Belle and the Beast, as well as the iconic enchanted rose. The experience is just like stepping straight into one of the most classic Disney films and is certainly one of our top picks.
If you need further help, make sure to check out this restaurant search tool, which will help you pick places to eat dependent on your required criteria, such as resort or table service.
Character dining experiences
One of the best parts about going to Disney World is that you get to meet all of your favourite characters, with the opportunity to get their autograph and have a cuddle. What many people don’t realise is that you can also have dinner with them too, which is sure to provide some wonderful memories, as well as photo opportunities.
Chef Mickey’s is a great place to start as it involves lots of character interaction, with a lively atmosphere and buffet-style food, which is sure to be popular with children. For those with a particular favourite princess or character, it may be possible to book a meal, which is also a great surprise for any unsuspecting loved ones. See the character dining restaurants here.
You can even enjoy your character dinner with luxury transfers to and from your hotel when you book with Orlando Ticket Deals!
When walking round the park you’ll undoubtedly fancy a snack now and then, especially when you see others pass you by with delightful looking food, or smell something particularly appetising. Disney is renowned for its super indulgent treats, and we all know that no one counts calories while they’re on holiday!
Vegans and allergy sufferers
Disney caters for absolutely everyone, and this is proven by the huge range of foods for those with a specialised diet. Here, Melissa Kramer, editor of Vegan Disney World, gives her top tips for vegans and allergy sufferers who are hoping to visit the Disney Parks.
“Walt Disney World is not only a great destination for shows and attractions, but it is also an excellent destination for food. With over one hundred places to eat there, you are bound to find something you love. If you have a special diet or an allergy, Disney World is incredibly accommodating. As vegans we were nervous the first time we visited Disney with our special diet. After our first trip with our new needs we were incredibly impressed to find out just how much we could eat there.
“Vegans on the go can enjoy Mickey-shaped pretzels, popcorn and even the Dole pineapple float! When dining at a quick service or table service you will need to inform the cast member, server or host about your diet. Once you have informed them they will often bring out a manager or chef to speak with you. Some restaurants already have vegan items on the menu which make dining there much easier. Some of our favourites include the Vegetarian Chick’n Breast from Coral Reef, the Vegetable Rice Bowl from Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn, and the Seared Tofu from Citricos. There are plenty of other options where you can get something made vegan that isn’t typically vegan, like Tonga Toast from Kona Cafe! The best advice we can give about dining with a special diet in Disney is to do your research before going to know where you’ll get the best meal for your money.”– Melissa Kramer