We took our first Disney vacation as a family last fall and it was just as magical as I had hoped it would be. I did so much research and planning it felt like my head was spinning with Disney knowledge. I figured I might as well share some of this knowledge I’ve acquired with all of you lovely followers. Of course I’m happy to give you tips for fast passes, hotels or budgeting it all but we all know what I really want to talk about, THE FOOD. I read countless blogs on all of the best food at Disney World and I can tell you I was not disappointed with the majority of advice I received. Now it’s my turn to hopefully inspire and help others enjoy the culinary experience that Disney has to offer. I’ll break this down into the main 3 categories offered on most of the Disney dining plans: Table service, Quick Service and Snacks. Starting at the top here goes..
Table Service Meals
1900 Park Fare Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at the Grand Floridian hotel.
It’s a buffet style character meal that includes lots of funny interaction with the evil stepmother and stepsisters, you also meet Prince Charming and Cinderella. If you’re as lucky as my first born, you can be the only little girl chosen at dinner to get a chance to dance with Cinderella herself!! The stepsisters were by far the funniest characters we met on our whole entire trip. My kids loved the children’s buffet, they have their own separate child height buffet and it’s stocked full of all your kids’ favorite foods. Pizza, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, you name it, they had it. The adult buffet has just as many options with a wide variety of culinary favorites. A full salad bar and another separate hot bar full of fettuccini alfredo, salmon, mongolian beef and so much more, as well as a prime rib carving station. Oh we’re not done yet, there is another third buffet table that’s a massive dessert bar sure to make any little kid’s eyes sparkle. Bowls full of gummy bears, plates of cakes, brownies, rice krispie treats, little tarts, cookies and cupcakes.
What I ate: Everything!! No really, I wanted to. However, with 3 adults in our party all with plates full of different food I did get to try a lot. My favorite was probably the herb crusted prime rib from the carving station with the chimichurri sauce. Also fun fact, Disney has their own line of wines called Once Upon a Vine, which are pretty delicious. On most dining plans you get one adult beverage with each sit down or quick service meal. You’re welcome parents everywhere!
Other Favorite Sit Down Options:
Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s boardwalk.
We did the Bon Voyage breakfast, which is one of the newer sit down, character dining options. My husband said his breakfast was his favorite thing he ate during our entire trip. He got the Two Eggs Poached Underwater. Fun note, all items on their menu came with fun names from the Little Mermaid or Rapunzel to keep on theme with the characters you meet at this breakfast. Ariel and Prince Eric, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider all come to your table. Also the center of each table has a mini cast iron skillet full of pastries, just like the cast iron Rapunzel uses in the movie. Our kids enjoyed character waffles and Flounder’s Flap Jacks as well as the yummiest strawberry smoothies.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Norway in the World Showcase at Epcot.
This restaurant is right by the Frozen Ever After ride and the Elsa and Anna meet and greet so if you plan to fast pass the ride try and do so around the time of your reservation. In all honestly my TA advised against this meal and said the food was weird. However, I was hoping to really push myself and my kids a little out of our food comfort zone and there is no better park to do that in than Epcot. Now I knew nothing about Norwegian food, but the menu looked interesting enough to me. This is another sit down style restaurant where characters (an array of 5 princesses) come to your table. All of the children are then invited to do a princess parade around the restaurant and it’s really adorable. There was a salad, cured meats and cheese buffet to help yourself to while waiting for your entrees. Our table tried the pork, meatballs and ravioli finding all to be delicious! I am happy to report everyone in our family liked what they ordered and we left with full bellies. The only real complaint was from my daughters about a rice pudding that came with dessert, but even with that small gripe it was only one of the THREE desserts that came out to our table so we all left happy.
Via Napoli Ristornante e Pizzeria in Italy in the World Showcase in Epcot
What to get: Cannoli Martini, holy cannoli, it’s an adult dessert beverage dream come true!
Quick Service Meals
Peco Bills Tall Tail Inn and Cafe located in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom
This quick service meal was delicious! Every single person in our group could not get enough of their nachos! This is one quick service that could absolutely serve as a major meal replacement. Decorated as an old Mexican cantina it’s got both inside and outside tables. We ate on the patio late one evening waiting for fireworks and it was the perfect late dinner.
What I got: Nachos, tacos and jerk chicken lettuce wraps.
Other good quick service options:
Flame Tree BBQ located in Discovery Island at Animal Kingdom
The atmosphere was great here, you eat outside but it’s covered, like a real life rain forest cafe, but only with harmless little animals running around like birds, squirrels and geckos.
What I got: Smokehouse chicken salad and the mandarin orange vodka lemonade. Both were good, but I would stop by just for that adult lemonade on a hot day for sure!
Side note for ALL of Animal Kingdom. They have NO straws whatsoever, so if traveling with smaller children or anyone requiring a straw be sure to bring your own straws or cup with a straw to the park.
Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom counts only as a quick service meal if you book breakfast, lunch or dessert. Con: You don’t get to see Beast this way (dinner is the ONLY way to see him AT ALL at any park, any time) Pro: You can pre-order your food online, so no waiting once you arrive at the restaurant. Just check in find a table and wait for your food, this is a HUGE time saver. Also going to Be Our Guest is your ONLY way into Belle’s castle and that alone is worth a quick service credit. It’s absolutely breathtaking! The stained glass window was my favorite detail, it’s identical to the movie!
Masters’s Cupcake “grey stuff” at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom.
Just like in the song Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast “try the grey stuff it’s delicious, don’t believe me, ask the dishes” This little nugget was amazing!!! I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but this cupcake could change my stance on sweets. It was THAT GOOD!
Other snack favorites:
Le Fou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom.
It’s described as frozen apple juice with marshmallow whip cream and that’s pretty accurate. As crazy as it might sound, it all works. The snack credit doesn’t include the souvenir cup but you can order it as a snack credit and just pay the difference for the cup, which is what I did to get the cup for my husband. Side note fun fact: if using Disney Magic Shots through Disney Photo Pass, in front of the fountain outside of Gaston’s Tavern is the only place to get yourself (or your kids) holding chip from Beauty and the Beast.
Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie from Karamell Kuche in Germany in the World Showcase at Epcot.
Woah buddy this little (not so little actually) cookie packs one heck of a flavor punch. This entire bakery smelled so ridiculous I wanted to order everything! We decided on a few different treats and this caramel apple oatmeal cookie was everyone’s favorite. It has the perfect texture and flavor you want from a cookie without being overly sweet. Fun bonus fact: on the other end of this bakery you can score a super tasty German grapefruit beer, it should be noted this isn’t considered a snack credit, so you’ll have to buy it, but delicious none the less! My husband is the one to thank for this find as he was on toddler duty while the rest of us waited in line for caramel treats, and he just happened to stumble upon the grapefruit beer.
Tink’s Pixie Dusted Cone at Storybook Treats in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom.
This is one of the NEWEST ice cream creations at storybook treats and just in time, because I have a fairy obsessed daughter who couldn’t wait to get her hands on this. It should be noted on a hot day like the one we had you will need to eat this baby FAST! It was a melty sticky mess but really yummy none the less. Lime flavored ice cream, wrapped in lime cotton candy with white chocolate fairy wings! It was ALMOST too pretty to eat!
The IMPOSSIBLE Burger at Earth Eats at the Food and Wine Fest 2018 at Epcot
Now you guys know I had to go during the Food and Wine Fest right?? It’s a foodie’s paradise!! Plus going at the tail end of it in November like I did means a lot less crowds but all the perks of the amazing food. Of all the food and wine fest treats we tried this was by far my favorite. A completely vegan slider with wasabi cream and Asian slaw. I’m not vegan and admittedly don’t know much about their cuisine. But I can tell you this bad boy tasted just like a burger, and not just a regular burger, a kick butt burger! This snack credit had such amazing reviews and they did not disappoint. Con: Is this available after the Food and Wine Fest ends? I’m not sure, but it’s worth looking into if you’ll be there soon
Dole Whip at Aloha Isle in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom.
This snack comes hyped! Like t-shirts and memes devoted to it hyped. So of course I HAD to try it, first off, the line to get one was crazy. I expected it to really blow my socks off, and don’t get me wrong it was tasty. I would definitely get one again and I can totally see why this appeals to the masses but I’m not wearing any dole whip memorabilia.
The Mickey Shaped Pretzel. Found in any of the 4 parks.
It’s classic! Kid and adult approved, easily available, yummy, plus anything Mickey shaped tastes better!
If you guys made it this far, thank you so much for reading everything I had to say about our Disney trip. We had a really wonderful experience and all of the food and culture Disney has to offer made it that much more special. I hope that you try and like some of things I recommend and that they bring you as much joy as they did us. Happy trip planning, vacationing and eating to all of my fellow Disney lovers.