With over 200 places to get food at Walt Disney World, it can be overwhelming. This is a guide to the best restaurants for your very first trip to Walt Disney World.
Where should I eat in Walt Disney World?
If you’re visiting Walt Disney World for the first time, you might be surprised to find out that there are over 200 places to eat at Walt Disney World with more than 90 of them being full service restaurants. This is way beyond your standard theme park fare.
Sure, you can find hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken strips, but there is so much more if you know where to look. I’ve put together a guide for first timers so you’ll never be stuck with the dreaded conversation:
“Where do you want to eat?”
“I don’t know, where do you want to eat?”
The Best Restaurants for Your First Trip to Walt Disney World
Aloha Isle serves the Dole Whip, which is a pineapple soft serve that just can’t be missed!
Their Waffles are incredible. Try the Nutella waffle with fresh fruit or the strawberries and cream waffle. Nothing here will disappoint.
Bakeri og Kafe
For breakfast or dessert, make your way to the Norway Pavillion in Epcot. In the Bakeri go Kafe, you’ll find Norwegian Schoolbread which is creamy and fresh, topped with coconut.
These restaurants are also called “Counter Service” or “Quick Service”, which is a reference to the Disney Dining Plan. In this category, you’ll find restaurants similar to a Chipotle or a Panera Bread.
Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest is actually inside the Beast’s Castle from Beauty and the Beast. For lunch, you can make a reservation ahead of time, but prices are a little bit cheaper. At dinner, it is much more expensive and you get to meet The Beast.
This brand new restarunt is in Pandora and features bowls with a base, a meat, and a sauce. The are fresh and a little lighter.
In the Morocco pavilion in Epcot, this spot has delicious schwarma platters. I always order the Mediterranean Slider Combo, which comes with three pita pockets filled with lamb, chicken, and falafel. But there are SO MANY great places to eat in Epcot like Sunshine Seasons inside ‘The Land’ pavilion, Yorkshire County Fish Shop in England, or Sommerfest in Germany.
Sit Down Restaurants
If you are a steak lover, do not miss Le Cellier. I repeat – DO NOT MISS Le Cellier. It is far and above the best steak I have had in my life. Pair that with the pretzel bread that comes out at the beginning of the meal (I’m not kidding – I dream about this stuff) and the cheddar cheese soup and you have a winning meal. It is very pricey, so you might want to save this one for date night.
Via Napoli has incredible authentic Italian pizzas (think New York style). Made in one of three fire pit ovens that look like giant heads, this is an excellent spot for families, and a great value for your money.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
You get to eat inside Cinderella’s Castle in the heart of Magic Kingdom. It is the king of all Disney experiences and one that shouldn’t be missed if this is a once-in-a-lifetime Disney trip. This is also a character meal, so all the princesses will come around to your table. If you’re unable to get an Advance Dining Reservation for this one (it’s probably the hardest advance dining reservation to secure in all of Walt Disney World), try Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, where you will still get to meet the princesses in a slightly less fantastic location.
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