Disney Parents Panel Top 10 Tuesday – Favorite Walt Disney World Resort Restaurants

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 fan parents to find our Top 10 favorites in all things Disney. See ALL our lists by clicking HERE!

This week, the group consists of these Disney Parent Panelists:
@daddingatdisney,
@dadsofadventure,
@disneycrazfamily,
@disenchanted.dad & @dismoms,
@disneyblogmomma,
@disneyfamilytime,
@disneymagicmam,
@dreamsmagicadventure,
@mamamouseinthemidwest,
@milehighdisneymom,
@suburban.artsy.mom,
@thediaryofadisneydad,
@thepixiemommy,
@the.stoweaways.wdw,
@thevacayclubfamily,
and yours truly @dadventuredisney.
You can also follow our joint account – @DisneyParentsPanel!

Want to join us? Drop a line and let’s chat!

Our topic this week: Top 10 Favorite Walt Disney World Resort Dining spots

Going on a Disney World trip is as much about the food as anything else. We all love snacks, sweet treats and drinks in the parks, but if you aren’t eating your way through all the Walt Disney World Resorts – you’re really missing out.

Quick service snacks, character dining, breakfasts, poolside bars, all the way to fine dining – the Resorts have it all!

A bunch of us on the Disney Parents Panel voted for our favorite spots to eat in the Disney Resorts. We came up with over 30 different spots to grab some grub. Through our rankings, we compiled and sorted it out into our Top 10 Favorite spots.

Take a look at our list and take some notes for your next trip. OR tell us what me missed, or what should be ranked higher/lower. What are you favorites? Hit the comments after the list and let’s get the discussion going.

Enjoy!


The Wave… of American Flavors
Disney Contemporary Resort
Top 10 Score: 2.11, nominated on 4 ballots.

American Cuisine
Buffet/Family Style, Unique/Themed Dining

$$ ($15 to $34.99 per adult) – $$$ ($35 to $59.99 per adult)

Dine on new American cuisine inspired by a passion for locally and regionally sourced ingredients.

Surround yourself in casual elegance at this feel-good eatery located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Savor fresh, healthful dishes with an international flair as well as new world wines and tasty craft beers.

Start your day with a classic American breakfast such as eggs Benedict or dive into our signature sweet potato pancakes served with pecan-honey butter and a side of sausage or bacon. Not sure? Try an assortment of sun-ripened fresh fruit!

Guests can enjoy à la carte morning meals or an all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast buffet from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM—perfect fare for fueling up before jetting off to the parks!

At lunch, opt for robust sandwiches, our signature burgers or an assortment of fresh salads.

Dinner offers such distinctive dishes as grilled beef tenderloin and seared potato gnocchi. Cap off your meal with crème brûlée and a divine dessert selection that defines pièce de résistance.

Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. Please note that menu items are subject to change without notice.


Trattoria al Forno
Disney’s Boardwalk
Top 10 Score: 2.11, nominated on 3 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Italian Cuisine
Casual Dining, Character Dining

$$ ($15 to $34.99 per adult) – $$$ ($35 to $59.99 per adult)

Take your taste buds on a tour of Italy with a tempting array of regional specialties and crowd-pleasing classics. Showcasing an artisanal menu, this warm ‘n’ cozy trattoria celebrates the diversity of Italian cuisine with authentic ingredients and recipes hailing from Milan to Rome.

And since all great meals must come to an end… why not cap yours off with something magnificent? Treat your senses to a delightful assortment of Italian desserts and seasonal sweets.

Italian Wines Galore
Pair your meal with an authentic wine. Trattoria al Forno’s extensive wine list has the proud distinction of being 100% Italian. All featured wines—over 60 offerings by the bottle and more than 25 wines by the glass—come from historic wine regions, including Tuscany, Veneto and Piedmont. Aficionados of Chiantis, super Tuscans, Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and Moscato can count on being well provided for here.

Signature cocktails and Italian beers and sodas round out the drink menu, offering something to please every palate. Saluti!

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast
Jump-start your morning with a hearty breakfast featuring beloved Characters from some of your favorite Disney fairytales.

Familiar faces from popular animated tales such as Tangled and The Little Mermaid will be drifting through the restaurant and stopping by your table to meet you while you dine on delicious morning staples. You may encounter such Characters as: Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider


Whispering Canyon Cafe
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Top 10 Score: 2.11, nominated on 4 ballots. 1 first place vote.

American Cuisine
Buffet/Family Style, Unique/Themed Dining

$ ($14.99 and under per adult) – $$ ($15 to $34.99 per adult)

Gallop on over to this Old Western eatery for games and good eatin’ served with attitude.

Tether your trusty steed and mosey into this log-cabin lodge with rough-hewn charm and colorfully named Cast Members who have a reputation for sassing customers. Take your seat in a cowboy or Indian chair and get into some finger-lickin’ vittles. There’s plenty to go around! Just be careful what you wish for, especially if it’s ketchup.

Junior gunslingers will find all kinds of shenanigans to get into: Lincoln logs, coloring, spirited sing-alongs and even hobby horse races. And the wise-cracking wait staff will make sure that grownup cowpokes get in on the fun too!

Corral your wild bunch for a country-style lunch with bison burgers, applewood-smoked turkey sandwiches and more. High noon or sundown, sink your teeth into all-you-care-to-enjoy signature skillets featuring chicken, ribs and lip-smackin’ cowboy sides. If you’re fixin’ for somethin’ a little lighter, we’ve got a vegan option as well!

Before you hit the trail, get a load of our most wanted dessert—Granny Smith apple pie.

Pardners 21 years of age and older, claim a bounty of beers, wines and concoctions sure to put hair on your chest. Yeehaw!


Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Top 10 Score: 2.44, nominated on 4 ballots.

American Cuisine
Casual Dining

$$ ($15 to $34.99 per adult)

Recall fond memories and make new ones as you sip on flavored sodas, malted milkshakes and more while listening to oldies on the classic jukebox. Been here before? Don’t forget to swing by and check out our new and improved layout. This expansion and redesign makes it easier than ever for Guests to scoop up a spot.

Slide into a beach ball-bedecked booth and peruse a menu of fountain favorites, sweet surprises and hot-off-the-grill items. Find yourself in “burger heaven” or try the equally sublime grilled cheese and tomato soup. Chili-cheese tots and onion rings are among the other comfort classics offered.

But the main event here is, of course, dessert! Find all your childhood favorites plus some showstoppers, like the Snickers Sundae and the No Way José—a delectable creation with ice cream, peanut butter and hot fudge. For the ultimate experience, get a load of the Kitchen Sink: 8 scoops of ice cream smothered in every topping we have.


Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Top 10 Score: 2.44, nominated on 3 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Dining Plans NOT accepted!

American Cuisine
Casual Dining

$$$ ($39 to $74 pending on ticket you buy)

Join the Pioneer Hall Players for 2 hours of rousing Wild West dancing, singing and zany vaudeville comedy.

You never know what to expect when Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long and Jim Handy hit the stage. But you do know that it’s not going to be dull! Get ready to clap your hands, stomp your feet, sing along and have a good ol’ time at rustic Pioneer Hall in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

In between skits and song standards, chow down on buckets of all-you-care-to-enjoy fried chicken and smoked BBQ pork ribs, as well as a tossed green salad, baked beans, fresh-baked cornbread and strawberry shortcake.

Unlimited draft beer, wine and sangria are included for Guests 21 years of age and up (proper ID required). Soft drinks are also included.


Cape May Cafe
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Top 10 Score: 2.67, nominated on 4 ballots.

American, Seafood Cuisine
Buffet/Family Style, Casual Dining, Character Dining

$$$ ($35 to $59.99 per adult)

Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast
Minnie and some of her friends have gathered at the Cape May Café to start the day with a Beach Bash Breakfast! They are all dressed up in their beachy best—and you are invited to join the fun!

Create unforgettable memories, get autographs and photos—and enjoy menu offerings including Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, seasoned potatoes, sausage, oatmeal and more.

Please note: Disney Characters join Guests for breakfast only.

Seafood-and-More Dinner Buffet
This seafood-and-more buffet offers a mouthwatering array of clams, mussels, crab legs, shrimp, ribs, chicken and more. Round out your meal with such hearty sides as mashed potatoes, chard and bacon, and corn on the cob. Be sure to save room for the delicious assortment of seaside sweets!


O’Hana
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Top 10 Score: 5.00, nominated on 6 ballots. 2 first place votes.

American, Polynesian Cuisine
Buffet/Family Style, Character Dining, Unique/Themed Dining

$$$ ($35 to $59.99 per adult)

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

Feast family-style as Disney Friends visit with Guests, sign autographs and pose for photos. Breakfast selections include scrambled eggs, Island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, Hawaiian-style ham topped with pineapple compote, a variety of fresh fruits and assorted breads.

Dinner with Hawaiian Hospitality
Enjoy an evening of Hawaiian-flavored specialties, music and fun.

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 also invited to dance the Hula and relax to island music during a grand celebration of birthdays and anniversaries.

Please note: Disney Friends join Guests for breakfast. Though filled with fun and games, dinner is a non-Character Dining experience.


Boma – Tastes of Africa
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Top 10 Score: 5.11, nominated on 6 ballots.

African, American Cuisine
Buffet/Family Style, Unique/Themed Dining

$$ ($15 to $34.99 per adult) – $$$ ($35 to $59.99 per adult)

Under thatched roofs, savor vibrant flavors from over 50 African countries—along with favorite American classics.

Greet your day with a cup of full-bodied Kenyan AA coffee, tropical juice and a bountiful breakfast buffet. Selections may include made-to-order omelets, French toast, African pastries, carved ham, fresh fruit and corn beef bobotie—a type of South African quiche.

At dinner, watch chefs prepare grilled seafood, roasted meats, vegetarian specialties, fresh salads and house-baked pastries in the onstage kitchen. Kids can enjoy options like chicken nuggets, while Guests 21 years of age and up delight in unique South African wines—many of which are available by the glass.


Sanaa
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Top 10 Score: 5.33, nominated on 6 ballots. 2 first place votes.

African, Indian Cuisine
Unique/Themed Dining

$$ ($15 to $34.99 per adult)

Savor slow-cooked meats, salads and vegetarian specialties as you discover African cooking with Indian flavors.

Step inside this exquisite, East African-inspired eatery, which evokes a traditional spice market, decorated with handcrafted wares under the graceful branches of an acacia tree.

Start your meal with Indian-style bread service with 9 accompaniments, from sweet mango chutney to spicy red chile sambal.

For your entrée, select from tender meats and seafood slow-cooked in gravy—such as spicy Durban shrimp—as well as vegetarian dishes. A range of sampler platters lets you choose a variety of flavors, and kid-friendly fare like beef burgers, pizza and grilled chicken is sure to please even the pickiest of palates.

Pair your meal with wine from South Africa, beer from Kenya and specialty cocktails like the Malawi Mango Margarita. You can also enjoy refreshing non-alcoholic choices that include tropical juice, pomegranate lemonade and berry smoothies.


California Grill
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Top 10 Score: 7.78, nominated on 8 ballots. 3 first place votes.

American, Seafood, Sushi Cuisine
Fine/Signature Dining

$$$ ($35 to $59.99 per adult) – $$$$ (over $60 per adult)

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 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.

Many of our Disney Parents Panel folks recommend the brunch!

Indulge in a leisurely Sunday feast featuring sophisticated fare and sweeping views of Magic Kingdom park.

Relax with the backdrop of live musical entertainment while sipping on complimentary mimosas throughout the brunch. You can even interact with Disney chefs as they artfully prepare dishes in the open show kitchen.

Then, sate your taste buds with a menu of charcuterie, sushi, inspired salads and seasonal brunch entrees made from the freshest ingredients—there’s something for even the most discriminating palate. Libations include a Bloody Mary bar, cocktails, craft brews and an extensive list of the finest wines from around the world.

Cap off your meal with a decadent dessert like Macarons or Chocolate Truffles—it’s the sweetest ending for a brunch you’ll never forget!


Which resorts do you dine in? Any we missed? What are your favorites?

Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Cheers,
Keith & the Disney Parents Panel

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