DADventure Disney Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 Places To Eat at Walt Disney World

Welcome back to DADventure Disney’s round table of some of my favorite Disney Fan Parents on Instagram.

Every week, I work alongside this merry band of Disney fans to find our Top 10 favorites in all things Disney.

This week, the Disney Mega Fans are: @dad_at_disney, @daddingatdisney, @disenchanted.dad, @dismoms, @disneymommingsohard, @milehighdisneymom, @thediaryofadisneydad, @the_pixie_mom,@truedisneymom, and yours truly @dadventuredisney.

Our topic this week: Top 10 Places to Eat at Walt Disney World!

I asked our amazing team of Disney Moms and Dads to share their favorite places to grab a bite in the Disney Parks. There were no specifications other than being at Walt Disney World. So we had nominees from all the parks, some resorts and Disney Springs.

We have 11 ballots this week and OVER 50 different places were nominated!! WOW! One place made it onto 7 ballots and one onto 6. Only ONE spot was named #1 on multiple ballots – and that was only TWO of the ballots. It’s very clear that we all have very different tastes when it comes to eating at Walt Disney World.

The park breakdown: 15 spots in the Magic Kingdom, 11 at Disney Resorts, 7 each in Epcot and Disney Springs, 6 at Hollywood Studios and 5 at Animal Kingdom.

So, while our tastes are quite varied, what places were special enough to end up our Top 10 favorites? Read on and let’s find out!


Number 10 (tied)

Crystal Palace
Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 1.73, nominated on 3 of 11 ballots.

Photo: Disney

Join Winnie the Pooh and a few of his Pals for a willy, nilly, silly good time!

Inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the late 1800s, The Crystal Palace brims with light, topiaries and tropical palms—and is an enchanting spot to meet some favorite Disney Friends!

Plus, while you dine on scrumptious fare, Disney Characters stop by for laughs, photos and autographs.

Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.

Disney Dining Plan: 1 Table Service Credit
Cost Range: $35.00 – $59.99
Characters: Pooh and Friends
Unofficial Guide to Disney World Overall Rating: 3 Stars


Number 10 (tied)

Chef Mickey’s
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Top 10 Score: 1.73, nominated on 3 of 11 ballots.

Photo: Disney

Enjoy a lively, all-you-care-to-eat buffet with Disney Friends in a bright, happy space. As the monorail whizzes by, Disney Characters mingle with Guests for photos and autographs and periodically lead diners in song and dance.

Delight in the revelry, soak up the expansive views of Bay Lake, and behold the stunning 90-foot-high mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair that overlooks the festive eatery.

Guests at Chef Mickey’s may meet such Disney Characters as: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck, Goofy.

Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.

Disney Dining Plan: 1 Table Service Credit
Cost Range: $35.00 – $59.99
Characters: Mickey and Crew
Unofficial Guide to Disney World Overall Rating: 2.5 Stars


Number 8

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Disney Springs
Top 10 Score: 1.73, nominated on 3 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Photo: Disney

Capture a welcoming, down-home vibe when you pull up a chair at this Florida-inspired kitchen and shine bar. Admire views of the bustling open kitchen from a table inside the restaurant—or try snagging a spot on the cozy, screened-in porch overlooking the springs.

From starters to main plates, the cuisine at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ pays homage to Florida’s bygone era, with the vast majority of ingredients sourced from local farms, ranches or fisheries.

Irresistible bites include Church Lady Deviled Eggs, Thigh High Chicken Biscuits, Shrimp & Grits and Art’s Famous Fried Chicken.

Guests 21 years of age and up can sip on creative libations—including signature moonshine craft cocktails—from the adjacent Southern Shine bar.

Disney Dining Plan: 1 Table Service Credit
Cost Range: $15.00 – $34.99
Characters: None
Unofficial Guide to Disney World Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars


Number 7

Gaston’s Tavern
Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 1.82, nominated on 3 of 11 ballots.

Photo: Disney

The manliest of manly places, Gaston’s Tavern serves up such satisfying snacks as mixed vegetables cups, hummus with chips, fruit cups and warm cinnamon rolls.

Plus, enjoy refreshing beverages like LeFou’s Brew—the restaurant’s signature non-alcoholic drink.

Disney Dining Plan: Snack Points
Cost Range: Up to $14.99
Characters: Gaston is outside from time to time.
Unofficial Guide to Disney World Overall Rating: Quality is “Good” Value is “C”


Number 6

Cinderella’s Royal Table
Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 2.00, nominated on 3 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Photo: Disney

Cinderella makes your acquaintance in the majestic Grand Hall, before you ascend a spiral staircase to the banquet hall above. (A gilded elevator is also available to transport you to the festivities.)

Then, dine in a storybook setting surrounded by soaring stone archways, majestic medieval flags and spectacular stained-glass windows overlooking Fantasyland. During your time inside the castle, visit with classic Disney Princesses.

Tiaras and glittering gowns are optional, although young Guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

Disney Dining Plan: TWO Table Service Credits
Cost Range: $35.00 to $59.99
Characters: Cinderella and her Princess Pals
Unofficial Guide to Disney World Overall Rating: 3 Stars
[DADventure Disney: Choosing Between Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall]


Number 5

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe
Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 2.18, nominated on 3 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Photo: Disney

Rustle up some grub at this Old West saloon!

Tell tall tales over chicken fajitas, taco trios and the Southwest Burger—all before riding off into the sunset to the taste of sweet treats like mini churros with dipping chocolate.

Disney Dining Plan: Snack and Quick Service Credits
Cost Range: Up to $14.99
Characters: None
Unofficial Guide to Disney World Overall Rating: Quality GOOD, Value B



Number 4

Sci-Fi Dine IN Theater
Hollywood Studios
Top 10 Score: 2.18, nominated on 4 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Photo: Disney

Pull up to a car-shaped booth or table and chow down at our “drive-in” playing thrilling, chilling sci-fi scenes.

It’s always showtime at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, where you’ll find scrumptious items on the menu and scary clips on the screen: attacking aliens, marauding mummies, rampaging robots and more. (Remember, don’t scream with your mouth full!)

Enter the Hollywood-style soundstage as a classic car hop guides you to your very own automo-booth or table. Kitschy vintage memorabilia, the illuminated tail lights of your fellow drive-in diners and a sky full of twinkling stars set the mood as you place your order.

Road-ready picnic tables are located at the back of the theater, where there’s even an old-fashioned, drive-in-style concession stand!

Disney Dining Plan: 1 Table Service Credit
Cost Range: $15.00 – $34.99
Characters: None
Unofficial Guide to Disney World Overall Rating: 2 Stars


Number 3

‘Ohana
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Top 10 Score: 2.45, nominated on 6 of 11 ballots.

Photo: Disney

Lilo and Stitch, along with other friends, invite you and your ʻohana to an American breakfast influenced by Polynesian flavors.

OR

The call of a conch shell welcomes you to an evening of Hawaiian-flavored specialties, storytelling and games.

Servers dash between tikis and tropical greenery to bring skewers of sweet and sour chicken, oak-grilled shrimp and steak to your table, as well as dumplings, stir-fried vegetables, lo mein noodles and salad. It’s a fantastic feast of all-you-care-to-enjoy, Polynesian-style cuisine.

Guests 21 years of age and older can also enjoy wine and tropical alcoholic drinks from the full bar.

Family Fun
During your meal, the fun and games begin. Children can participate in coconut races—using brooms to sweep coconuts across the restaurant’s hardwood floors. And everyone is invited to dance the Hula and relax to island music during a grand celebration of birthdays and anniversaries.

Disney Dining Plan: 1 Table Service Credit
Cost Range: $35.00 – $59.00
Characters: Lilo, Stitch, Mickey & Pluto (ONLY at Breakfast – NOT Dinner)
Unofficial Guide to Disney World Overall Rating: 3 Stars


Number 2

Be Our Guest
Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 3.82, nominated on 7 of 11 ballots.

Photo: Disney

Feast on French-inspired fare in one of our elaborately themed rooms—straight out of the beloved Disney classic!

Be Our Guest Restaurant is an expansive and elegant 550-seat dining destination located at the foot of Beast’s Castle in Fantasyland. Whether you are enjoying a quick-service breakfast or lunch, or the stately elegance of a table-service dinner, you can select from 1 of 3….

Royal Rooms for Loyal Subjects
Be Our Guest offers 3 meticulously imagineered dining areas, each designed to immerse our Guests in the heartwarming mystery and romance of Beauty and the Beast:

The Grand Ballroom – Go for baroque in this magnificent ballroom with its high, domed ceiling, chandeliers and snow-laced Gothic arches.
The West Wing – Dine in the Beast’s mysterious West Wing study—if you dare—and perhaps you’ll even spy his enchanted rose.
The Castle Gallery – Get swept up in the romance of Belle’s private library, and inspired by the larger-than-life figures of Belle and Beast dancing.

Disney Dining Plan: Breakfast & Lunch: 1 Quick Service Credit, Dinner: TWO Table Service Credits
Cost Range: $15.00 to $60.00+ depending on meal
Characters: Beast – Only at Dinner
Unofficial Guide to Disney World Overall Rating: 4 Stars
DADventure Bonus Tip: You can make ADR for the Quick Service meals! DO IT 180 days from your arrival. Goes FAST!


Number 1

California Grill
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Top 10 Score: 4.09, nominated on 5 of 11 ballots.2 first place votes.

Photo: Disney

Experience the flavors of the Pacific Coast at this award-winning restaurant.

Via private elevator, ascend to the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you’ll discover exquisite panoramic views of the shimmering lagoon, Floridian woodland and Cinderella Castle. Inside, enjoy the vibrant sights and sounds of the lively onstage kitchen, where chefs combine global flavors in deliciously inventive new ways.

Gourmet Dining
Californian cuisine celebrates fresh, seasonal ingredients and the international, melting-pot culture of the Golden State. Changing seasonally, the menu may include such specialties as handmade Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, Yellowfin Tuna and Oak-fired Filet of Beef.

Delight in mouthwatering sushi, as well as flavorful brick oven-fired pizzas. Then, polish off a perfect meal with decadent desserts like Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake.

To complement their entrées, Guests 21 years of age and up can select from over 300 hand-picked wines—most of which are from California. Over 50 are available by the glass, and sommeliers are on hand to offer pairing suggestions.

California Grill offers one of the best fireworks dining experiences at Walt Disney World Resort.

Lights dim as the music is piped into the restaurant—immersing Guests in the magic of the night.

Dining before the fireworks? Bring your receipt to the check-in desk on the 2nd floor for reentry to California Grill. Then, enjoy the show either from California Grill Lounge or the outside observation deck.

Guests with a dining reservation after the fireworks are also invited to watch the show from the lounge or observation deck. Please note that fireworks may be cancelled due to inclement weather and are subject to change.

Disney Dining Plan: TWO Table Service Credits
Cost Range: $35.00 to $60.00+ depending on meal (Brunch or Dinner)
Characters: All about the Fireworks!
Unofficial Guide to Disney World Overall Rating: 5 Stars!!
DADventure Bonus Tip: My wife and I ate here our last night of our Honeymoon. It’s worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY!


MAN! I’m hungry now. How about you guys? SO many amazing options up there. What else got at least 1.00 full points? Let’s take a look!

California Grill 4.09
Be Our Guest 3.82
O’hana 2.45
Sci-Fi Dine IN 2.18
Pecos Bill 2.18
Cinderlla’s Royal Table 2.00
Gaston’s Tavern 1.82
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ 1.73
Chef Mickey’s 1.73
Crystal Palace 1.73


1900 Park Fare 1.64
Garden Grill 1.55
Whispering Canyon 1.55
Sleepy Hollow 1.45
50’s Prime Time 1.36
Tiffins 1.36
Tusker House 1.27
Boma 1.27
Biergarten 1.18
Yak & Yeti 1.18
Flame Tree BBQ 1.09
Polite Pig 1.09
San Angel Inn 1.00
Various Snack Carts 1.00 (We GOTTA have our Classic Snacks!!)

Where do you eat at the parks? What did you think of our list? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Thanks for reading and always remember – DADventure is out there!

Cheers,
Keith

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