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Favorite Foods at the Disney World Parks

Favorite Foods at Disney World;

In the Parks!

What are your favorite foods, places to eat at Disney World??I get asked this question a ton!? Find out the answers below!

Eating at the Parks

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is actually one of my least favorite places to eat.? While it’s my most favorite park, the table service options feel limited to me.? I do however really enjoy these places while playing at Magic Kingdom:

Favorite Table Service at Magic Kingdom (think reservations and wait staff)
  • Be Our Guest – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Breakfast and Lunch are quick service with options to pre-order before arrival.? You DO need a reservation for this particular quick service location.?
    • Dinner is table service and the ONLY place you can meet Beast!?
  • Liberty Tree Tavern – This table service restaurant is off most guests radar.? However, it’s one of my favorites!? It could be because I rarely get to eat mashed potatoes and gravy while dining out, due to my food allergies.? But at Liberty Tree Tavern this is an option for me!? Because it’s low of most guests list, it can be an easy meal to add last minute.
Favorite Quick Service at Magic Kingdom:
  • Casey’s Corner – plain ole hot dogs and fries, nothing too special.? (The corn dog bites are a must!)? But what I love is the location.? We enjoy sitting on the curb, waiting for the evening fireworks and enjoying this American staple while taking in the crowds and the magic of Main Street.?
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – I love this location for a real meal without the expensive of table service!? I order up the Rotisserie Chicken plate with green beans and mashed potatoes (I sub out the mashed potatoes for fries because they aren’t dairy free at this location) and it’s a real meal instead of another burger and fries.? The best part about this is the kids can still have their burger or chicken nuggets and everyone enjoys a yummy meal of their choice!
Favorite Treats at Magic Kingdom:
  • Main Street Bakery – This is your in park Starbucks location people!? Serving all of your favorite Starbucks beverages and treats along with some additional Disney bakery specialties that change by the season.? My favorite thing to get here… a FREE venti iced water.? Yep, you read that right!? FREE WATER!? I do not, will not, absolutely refuse to pay $3 for a bottle of water!? Yep, this just made my favs list for free water.? Let’s be real here, FREE at Disney, is a good thing!
  • Joffery’s Revive Coffee Kiosk in Tommorowland.? What’s special here?? The Smore’s Latte.? No, us diary free, gluten free peps can’t indulge in this.? The kids do report it’s good though!? Sweet, so share.? But, what do I LOVE so much here?? What gets it on my fav’s list?? Well, it’s not what’s on the menu!? It’s the shear fact that this was on my hubs project list.? Good info for this post?? Probably not.? But whatev’s!?
  • Gaston’s Tavern has a yummy Lefou’s Brew.? It’s worth trying!? It’s very sweet, so grab one to share and enjoy the cool slushy treat on a HOT Florida day.?
  • Popcorn – This is NOT your average theme park popcorn!? It’s cooked in coconut oil, so it’s safe and diary free for all of you dairy haters!? I mean guests who are allergic to dairy!? Order it in one of Disney’s adorable popcorn buckets and I swear it tastes even better!? (and the refills are less expensive!)
  • Candied Almonds is my go to treat in Magic Kingdom.? They are warm and yummy and big enough to share… although most of the time I hoard them for myself!? You can find these at most of the popcorn stands throughout the park.
All Other Magic Kingdom Dining Locations

While I have tried nearly every dining location at Magic Kingdom and not a single one was bad, the above happen to be my favorites, my go to’s if you will.? Other dining locations include:

Table Service:
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table – this is a great “character experience” meal.? I don’t add it to my favorites because I find it to be overly expensive for what you get.? Should you do it once? Yes, absolutely.? But I don’t find it necessary to do it EVERY.SINGLE.TRIP!? And no, your vacation won’t be ruined or any less magical if you don’t get a reservation!
  • The Plaza Restaurant – Serving up sandwiches, burgers and fries
  • The Crystal Palace; Pooh and Friends Character Meals. This used to be on my list of favorites for breakfast, to get you into MK before park open.? However, with the change of the park opening show being moved to the Castle Stage, and Main Street being open apx 45 mins before park open, this has changed my thoughts about it.? If you MUST meet Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Rabbit, you can do so here while enjoying the buffet, but if you’re just looking for a place to eat, this isn’t on my list.
  • Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen – Good food, but weird for kids or picky adults, so it doesn’t make my favs list.?
  • The Diamond Horseshoe – All you care to eat, served family style.
  • Tony’s Town Square – Italian and one of the few places in Magic Kingdom that serves wine.?
Quick Service:
  • Tortuga Tavern – Turkey Leg anyone?? My kids and hubs would add this to the favs.? Me, not so much.
  • Golden Oak Outpost – Chicken Nuggets and other theme park type foods
  • Pecos Bill Tale Tale Inn and Cafe – a great place for nachos and burritos.? Home to the off menu Nacho’s Rio Grande Challenge.? Unfortunately, this is no longer available as of September 2017.? Don’t worry, you just saved yourself $90!?
  • Liberty Square Market – Grab a hot dog, but NOT that $3 bottle of water!
  • Columbia Harbour House – Admittedly, this is not a location I have tried.? They serve fish, shrimp and chicken salads and sandwiches.? It smells fishy to me, so I go elsewhere!
  • Pinocchio Village Haus – flatbreads, chicken nuggets and salads
  • The Friars Nook – mac and cheese, my girls report they don’t love it, but um kids, they prefer the boxed and fake powdered Kraft mac n cheese, so can you really trust them? Looked good to me!
  • Tomorrowland Terrace?Restaurant?– burgers and fries.? This location is home to the Fireworks Dessert Party.? Reservations are a must!? And prepare to spend a crazy amount of money for dessert and a reserved fireworks viewing spot.
Snacks:
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor – Enjoy the “Kitchen Sink” or a scoop of Ice Cream turned Mickey Mouse here.
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace – Citrus Swirls served here.
  • Aloha Isle – Dole Whips, get your Dole Whips here.? My kids love them, I’m not a huge fan.? It is however diary free, so a great “ice cream ish” option.? Get the float, it’s better than just the whip itself.?
  • Sleepy Hallow – Funnel Cakes, waffles and ice cream cookies sandwich.? I think this could be added to my favs list, except well, gluten and dairy!? Stupid food allergies!? Try it out for me and let me know what you think!?
  • Prince Eric’s Village Market
  • Cheshire Cafe – iced coffee and ice cream
  • Storybook Treats – ice cream and floats
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

Hollywood Studios

I LOVE eating at Hollywood Studios!? There are soooo many fantastic choices!

Favorite Table Service at Hollywood Studios (think reservations and wait staff)
  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe?- One of my most favorite dining options in all the world (Disney World that is).? The food, the story line and just the straight throwback in eras get’s me every time!?
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater – The food is nothing spectacular, simple burgers and fries, but the themeing is Disney at it’s best!? And, the gluten free, dairy free brownie sundae doesn’t hurt.? I’m sure the normal sundae is just as good!? It also probably doesn’t hurt that I remember eating here as a kid on my first trip to Disney.? Nostalgia gets me every darn time.?
  • Hollywood Brown Derby/and outdoor Lounge?- I always enjoy the Cobb Salad!? The indoor restaurant requires a reservation for guaranteed seating, the outdoor lounge is walk up, but still has a waitstaff and the prices are indicative of that.?
Favorite Quick Service at Hollywood Studios:
  • Sunset Ranch Market – Rosie’s All American Cafe – I really enjoy the burgers here.? Not sure that they’re different from elsewhere, but I love them none-the-less.??
  • PizzeRizzo – Great pizza, fun area.? They even have gluten free pizza too!?
  • Base Line Tap – New to Hollywood Studios as of October 2017.? It’s located next to Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater and uses parts of the “old” Streets of America scene as it’s setting.? I haven’t eaten there yet, but I’m already in love!? Nostalgia.? Getting me yet again.
Favorite Treats at Hollywood Studios:
  • The Trolley Car Cafe – This is your in park Starbucks location people!? Serving all of your favorite Starbucks beverages and treats along with some additional Disney bakery specialties that change by the season.? My favorite thing to get here… a FREE venti iced water.? Yep, you read that right!? FREE WATER!? I do not, will not, absolutely refuse to pay $3 for a bottle of water!? Yep, this just made my favs list for free water.? Let’s be real here, FREE at Disney, is a good thing!
  • Joffery’s Coffee?– Not on the map, but located near the entrance to Pixar Place.? I love their iced almond milk latte!? (note: almond milk is not available at all Joffery’s Coffee Locations)
  • Sunset Ranch Market – Hollywood Scoops – ice cream, diary free options too!? Need I say more??
  • Popcorn – This is NOT your average theme park popcorn!? It’s cooked in coconut oil, so it’s safe and diary free for all of you dairy haters!? I mean guests who are allergic to dairy!? Order it in one of Disney’s adorable popcorn buckets and I swear it tastes even better!? (and the refills are less expensive!)
All Other Hollywood Studios Dining Locations
Table Service:
  • Hollywood and Vine?- this is a great “character experience” meal where you can meet some of the most popular Disney Jr. Characters at breakfast and Minnie and friends in their season attire for dinner and lunch.? As with all character meals this is a buffet.?
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano?– good for sure, just not a fav.?
Quick Service:
  • Tune In Lounge?- Full service bar complete with specialty cocktails.
  • Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner – hot dogs, sandwiches, nachos and milk shakes.? Personally, I like to sit at the picnic tables during fireworks.? It is my no means the perfect place or view, in fact the view is quite obstructed, however, it’s nice to just SIT!
  • Backlot Express?- Burgers and salads. In fact, they are probably the same burgers I put on my favs list above, at Rosie’s All-American Cafe.? I happen to just enjoy that outdoor seating space and atmosphere better than this location.?
  • ABC Commissary?– Same burgers, fries, and brownie sundaes that are served at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, but a completely different experience.? Therefore it doesn’t make the favs.? For quick service, I’d still head over to Rosie’s.
  • Sunshine Day Cafe – chef inspired gourmet hot dogs, beer and snacks.
  • Sunset Ranch Market – Catalina Eddie’s – Pizza and Caesar salad!
  • Sunset Ranch Market – Fairfax Fare – Tex-Mex inspired selections, hot dogs, salads and specialty cocktails
Snacks:
  • Oasis Canteen – funnel cakes and ice cream.
  • Hey Howdy Hey Take Away – hot dogs, popcorn, Mickey pretzels and frozen beverages.
  • Sunshine Ranch Market – Anaheim Produce?- Margaritas! Along side fresh fruit, Mickey pretzels and frozen lemonade.
  • KRNR The Rock Station – hot dogs, ice cream, frozen beverages and beer, all while you wait for your moment on Rockin Roller Coaster
  • Sweet Spells– Think candy shop along with some bakery favorites and Disney’s specialty caramel apples.

Epcot

There are SO many choices at Epcot, it’s hard to choose!? And many I have not tried.? So, this list feels a little unfair to share, but here it goes.

Epcot Festivals:

Truly my most favorite way to eat in Epcot is at the Festival Kiosks.? The festival theme depends on the time of year.? My personal favorite festival is the Flower and Garden Festival in the spring, but only because I love the flowers and the character topiary’s.

The menus at the kiosks vary by festival, but they are all similar in nature. (You can see food pics on my Facebook Page)? It’s a great way to get a little bite and drink of everything.? Don’t be fooled though, it is NOT an inexpensive way to eat!? In fact, it may cost you more eating the endless “little bites”, rather than sitting down for a meal.

For more on Epcot’s festivals, including pictures of food and menus, use these links. Art Festival, Flower and Garden Festival, Food and Wine Festival, Holidays Around the World.

Favorite Table Service at Epcot (think reservations and wait staff):
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast at the Garden Grill?- One of the few character dining locations that is NOT a buffet.? It is however family style, all you can eat.? The menu is set, although there are some additional options for the kids.? I really enjoyed the food here!?
Favorite Epcot Quick Service:
  • Sunshine Seasons – Fresh and healthy options grown and harvested straight from the Epcot gardens!
  • Tangierine Cafe – Chicken and Lamb shawarma, wraps and salads. I love this for an easy meal at Epcot.
Favorite Epcot Treats:
  • Fountain View – This is your in park Starbucks location people!? Serving all of your favorite Starbucks beverages and treats along with some additional Disney bakery specialties that change by the season.? My favorite thing to get here… a FREE venti iced water.? Yep, you read that right!? FREE WATER!? I do not, will not, absolutely refuse to pay $3 for a bottle of water!? Yep, this just made my favs list for free water.? Let’s be real here, FREE at Disney, is a good thing!
  • Cool View?– This is an interesting favorite, and although the menu isn’t anything spectacular, it’s the free samples of soda around the world that make it fun.? My kids make this a stop every time we go to Epcot!? Which is a lot! So that says something about it’s fun level.
  • Karamell-KucheWeathers Original Caramel popcorn, apples and strawberries. YUM!
  • Popcorn – This is NOT your average theme park popcorn!? It’s cooked in coconut oil, so it’s safe and diary free for all of you dairy haters!? I mean guests who are allergic to dairy!? Order it in one of Disney’s adorable popcorn buckets and I swear it tastes even better!? (and the refills are less expensive!)
All Other Epcot Dining Locations
Table Service:
  • Coral Reef Restaurant?- Another location I have not tried, so I can’t weigh in too much.? It’s mostly seafood, so that typically rules it out for me.? It could be a potential favorite simply because of location and setting, but I just haven’t gotten there yet.? Picture a meal surrounded by an aquarium.? If you’ve eaten here, share your thoughts!
World Showcase
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante?– Authentic Mexican cuisine inside the Mexico Pavilion.
  • La Hacienda de San Angel – Regional Mexican cuisine.
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – the “other” Princess dining location.? It has gained popularity with the opening of Frozen Ever After and the “Anna and Elsa” meet and greet near by, but the food is better at Cinderella’s Royal Table in my opinion.? But, to compare the two is really unfair.? The menus and price tags are completely different.? The only thing to compare is the Princesses, and well, you can dine with them in both locations.?
  • Nine Dragons – Chinese cuisine.
  • Biergarten Restaurant – A German buffet, that I really didn’t love. Many do, so if you love German food, give it a try.?
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante – Italian food of course
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria?– An Epcot favorite for many, I personally haven’t eaten here.? Being gluten and diary free it doesn’t seem like a good option for me.? I have not researched that, but should.? If you love pizza, I’d put it on your list to try.? I hear it doesn’t disappoint.
  • Teppan Edo – Reservations made for here for my birthday!? I always love a good Hibachi, and with it’s stunning location sitting high above the rest of the World Showcase, it’s sure to please! I’ll report back!
  • Tokyo Dining – lamb chops, black cod, lobster tempura and sushi favorites.? You guessed it, I haven’t tried this one yet.? Seafood lovers, let me know what you think!
  • Restaurant Marrakesh – We ate here for Christmas Eve with friends one year.? It was good, the entertainment was fun, but it wasn’t a favorite despite me really typically loving Moroccan food.?
  • Spice Road Table – On my list to try! Small plates, specialty entrees and wine.
  • Chefs de France – Casual French Cafe
  • Monsieur Paul – twist on classic French cuisine, wine options galore.
  • Rose and Crown Dining Room – traditional U.K. favs including steak, shepherd’s pie and corned beef.
  • La Cellier Steakhouse – on my list of places to try!? I always love the La Cellier little bites featured at the festival Canada kiosk.
Quick Service:
  • Electric Umbrella – burgers etc.
  • La Cantina de San Angel?- Mexican favorites, fast.
  • Lotus Blossom Cafe?- I actually didn’t enjoy this cafe at all.? I’ve had better fast Chinese at other places.
  • Sommerfest?– I enjoy a bun free brat and the hubs always enjoys a good German beer.
  • Liberty Inn – burgers etc.
  • Fife and Drum Tavern?-?turkey legs served here
  • Katsura Grill?- Ramen Noodle bowls.? Sounds good!? I’ll have to go check it out!
  • Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie – salads, quiches, baguette sandwiches, pastries and soft goods.? My fav here are the macaroons!
  • Rose and Crown Pub – pub fare with ales, lagers and stouts
  • Yorkshire Country Fish Shop – fish and chips and beer!? I should find out if they offer gluten free fish and chips like they do at Raglan Road at Disney Springs.
Snacks:
  • Oasis Canteen – funnel cakes and ice cream.
  • Kringla Bakeria Og Kafe?- pastries and sandwiches in Norway.
  • Kabuki Cafe?- My girls love the shaved ice here.? Always a good treat on a hot Florida day, which is pretty much always.? We go through levels of hot, not seasons.? :/
  • Les Vins des Chefs de France– wine, beer and frozen slushies
  • Crepes des Chefs de France – homemade crepes, soft serve ice cream and speciality coffees.
  • L’Artisan des Glaes – sorbets, ice cream and martinis.

Animal Kingdom

Favorite Table Service at Animal Kingdom (think reservations and wait staff)
  • Animal Kingdom Table Service Favorite– has yet to be determined!? I need to get in there and try a few more!
Favorite Quick Service at Animal Kingdom:
  • Flame Tree BBQ?- This is by far my most fav place to eat at Animal Kingdom.? The ribs are outstanding!
  • Satu’li Canteen – This food is kinda weird, but I love it anyway.? Build your own bowls and try the steamed pods too!? You can order from your My Disney Experience app for this quick service location!?
  • Mr. Kamal’s?– falafels, seasoned fries and hummus.? All things I love!
Favorite Treats at Animal Kingdom:
  • Creature Comforts and Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery?- These are your in park Starbucks locations people!? Serving all of your favorite Starbucks beverages and treats along with some additional Disney bakery specialties that change by the season.? My favorite thing to get here… a FREE venti iced water.? Yep, you read that right!? FREE WATER!? I do not, will not, absolutely refuse to pay $3 for a bottle of water!? Yep, this just made my favs list for free water.? Let’s be real here, FREE at Disney, is a good thing! So, for the 4th time, don’t buy water!
  • Pongu Pongu?- glowing frozen Pandora beverages!? Get one to share! Margartias, pineapple lumpia and beer too!?
  • Popcorn – I think you know the schepel by now!
All Other Animal Kingdom Dining Locations
Table Service:
  • Rainforest Cafe?- I’m not a fan.? Not at this location, or the location at Disney Springs, or really any location they have.? The food just isn’t good in my opinion.
  • Tiffins?– on my list of must trys!
  • Tusker House – Character dining with Donald Duck and friends, serving up African inspired cuisine.
  • Yak & Yeti?Restaurant?- Pan Asian cuisine and cheese wontons
Quick Service:
  • Eight Spoon Cafe?- Pasta and snacks
  • The Smiling?Crocodile?– warm sandwiches, soda and beer.? Sounds good to me, I always loved a warm sandwich (ie panini) pre-gluten allergies. I’ll need to find out if they have a gluten free bread option.
  • Nomad Lounge?– cocktales, wine and small bites
  • Pizzafari – Again, pizza is not my thing.? But I hear this is good.
  • Terra Treats – Chicken wings, snacks and gluten free beer.? ?Adie and I will need to visit!? She loves wings and I’ll partake in the gluten free beer.
  • Harambe Market?- African style ribs, chicken, sausages, corn dogs and beer.? Order from the app for this quick service dining location as well.
  • Caravan Road – Asian inspired offerings
  • Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes – bacon and egg sandwich at breakfast, egg rolls, teriyaki beef bowl, Korean BBQ ribs and Kobe beef burgers.
  • Restaurantosaurus – burgers etc.? I love it just for it’s name!?
  • Trilo-Bites – buffalo chicken strips.? I have honestly never even laid eyes on this place!? I think I need to go do some exploring!
Snacks:
  • Isle of Java – coffees, pastries, pretzels, frozen beverages and soda
  • Harambe Fruit Market – fresh fruit, Mickey pretzels, shaved ice and other beverages.
  • Tamu Tamu– Dole Whips, soft serve ice cream and sundaes.
  • Dawa Bar – cocktails, wine, domestic and African beer.
  • Zuri’s Sweets Shop
  • Warung Outpost?- margaritas, beer, Mickey pretzels and frozen beverages
  • Drinkwallah – frozen beverages and snacks
  • Anandapur Ice Cream Truck?– soft serve ice cream out of a food truck. Win!
  • Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks – specialty cocktails, frozen beverages, Mickey pretzels and other snacks, located just in time to take your seat at the Rivers of Light Show.
  • Dino-Bite Snacks – ice cream, sundaes and floats, oh my!?
  • Dino Diner – nachos, beer and churos!? Yep, it sounds like a theme park!

That’s a wrap!? Message me if you have questions or suggestions!? And if you need current park maps mailed to you so that you can scope all these places out, email me at jamie@lotmv.com

See Ya Real Soon!

For My Favorite Dining options at Disney Springs, coming soon!
For My Favorite Dining Options at Disney Resorts, coming soon!

 

Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumphhttps://www.loveofthemagic.com
Hi, I'm Jamie, traveling mama, entrepreneur, and travel advisor. I'm addicted to Disney, traveling and exploring the world with my family, and have a passion for helping families experience the magic of travel. My home is filled with love and chaos, 2 crazy girls, 2 large dogs, and the most spectacular architect and Disney Cast Member I call my husband. We live in Florida and spend our weekends playing at Orlando's many theme parks and visiting the beach. In 2015, after helping numerous families plan their vacations to various Disney Destinations, I started a blog to answer all of the many travel questions I received daily. In 2016, the blog grew into a travel agency, and Love of the Magic Vacations was born. With a team of nearly 20, we spend our days creating family vacations around the world. What started as a blog is now a full service, worldwide vacation destination planning service. I create custom itineraries for each of my clients that not only meets but exceeds expectations. There is no greater gift than making memories while sharing the world and its cultures with your kids.
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