Insider Information on Disney Dining

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – What’s the most romantic dinner spot at Walt Disney World Resort?  Where can I find kosher foods? Is vegetarian on the menu? Some “insider tips” on Disney dining:

Most romantic dinner spot: A table for two at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Italian linens, Riedel crystal, Cristofle silver from France, personalized menus and impeccable service.

How to order kosher meals:  Kosher meals are available at most table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort. A 24-hour notice is required, and the meals are purchased from an outside vendor. Kosher food always is available at these quick-service locations: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Magic Kingdom, World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Everything Pop Shopping and Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort and Pizzafari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

How to order halal meals: Halal meals are available at most table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort. A 24-hour notice is required by emailing Special.Diets@DisneyWorld.com.

Take a break: If you’re spending the day in Magic Kingdom, at lunchtime hop on the monorail for a quick trip to Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, The Wave – of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It’s a relaxing change of pace, and service is faster as most guests are in the theme parks.  Beer, wine and mixed drinks available.

Afternoon tea:  The centuries-old tradition is observed daily at Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, a formal affair with real china, linens, and an assortment of dainty pastries and finger sandwiches. Also French press coffee service.

Fill ‘er up:  Favorite all-you-care-to-eat restaurants include `Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge; Boma-Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge; Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort; Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; Crystal Palace and Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom; The Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land), Biergarten Restaurant (Germany) and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway) in Epcot; Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Room with a view:  Dining rooms with knockout views include California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico, Epcot World Showcase; Coral Reef Restaurant at The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion in Epcot Future World; Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room in United Kingdom, Epcot World Showcase; Spice Road Table in Morocco, Epcot World Showcase. 

Where is Mickey Mouse? The Big Cheese is the most-requested character dinner partner, and he can be found at Chef Mickey’s Fun Time Buffet (breakfast, brunch and dinner) at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; Garden Grill Restaurant (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in The Land at Epcot; Mickey’s Backyard Barbecue dinner show at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort; Tusker House (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Where to find sushi: California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; Kona Café, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; Tokyo Dining and Kabuki Cafe in Japan in Epcot World Showcase; Wolfgang Puck Cafe at Downtown Disney West Side; Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Downtown Disney West Side, and Kimonos in the Walt Disney World Swan hotel.

Best steak dinner: It’s a toss-up — Yachtsman Steakhouse with its glassed-in butcher shop at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada at Epcot World Showcase, or Shula’s Steakhouse at the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel.

The freshest seafood: Coral Reef Restaurant at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot, with a panoramic view of the 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium; California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s BoardWalk; Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; Todd English’s bluezoo at Walt Disney World Dolphin; and The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs.

World’s best milkshakes: Take your pick — “Mom’s” special shakes at 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or any flavor at Beaches & Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

Best vegetarian: California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort has an ever-changing selection.  Also Jiko-The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Tops for families: Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk; `Ohana’s all-you-can-eat feast at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; “Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue” at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground; Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge; Boma-Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge; Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom; 50’s Prime Time Cafe and Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Grown-ups only:  For an evening without the kids, favorites include Victoria & Albert’s and Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; Jiko-The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge; Monsieur Paul, France pavilion, Epcot World Showcase; California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; Todd English’s bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Dolphin; The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck’s in Downtown Disney West Side.

Best table for viewing “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot: Sit on the outdoor terrace at the Spice Road Table at the Morocco pavilion; Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room in the United Kingdom pavilion, or La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion.

Best place to grab a quick sandwich: Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Most unusual tableside entertainment: The authentic belly dancers in Morocco in Epcot World Showcase.

Best theme park desserts on the run: Norwegian delicacies such as rice cream with strawberries and almond pastry rings are featured at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe at Norway in Epcot World Showcase.  Nearby in France, Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie offers fresh-baked croissants, brioches, eclairs, fruit tarts and chocolate mousse, and the adjacent L’Artisan des Glaces Sorbet and Ice Cream Shop make their frozen treats daily.  At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, head for Starring Rolls Café for sweets.  In Magic Kingdom, gooey chocolate brownies or a frozen latte from Main Street Bakery.  At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, oversized cupcakes at Kusafiri Bakery.

Most exclusive table at Walt Disney World Resort: The Chef’s Table in the kitchen at

Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  Seats up to eight, and it’s booked six months in advance.  Chef Scott Hunnel takes extraordinary care of his guests.

Most unusual wine list: Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge features the most extensive collection of South African wines in North America.  The wine list is exclusively South African, and most of the 65 vintages are available by the glass. The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort serves only screw-cap wines, focusing on bright-style New World wines from the Southern Hemisphere, including Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

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Disney dining has evolved to meet the discriminating taste of its guests, offering innovative, fun and healthful dining choices.  Disney delivers everything from stellar, award-winning dining experiences to immersive dining that transports guests into cherished stories.  There are more than 450 places to eat at Walt Disney World Resort, including fine dining in unforgettable settings, Disney character dining and quick-service restaurants.  Behind-the-scenes innovation leads the way with allergy-friendly menus at up to 120 quick-service and table-service locations. Walt Disney World Resort also is one of the largest single-site purveyors of wine, with more Level One sommeliers than any other company in the world.  Each year, Disney’s culinary team creates fresh dishes and new beverage choices for special events including the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  For more information and to make reservations visit www.disneyworld.com/dine

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