Dining In Disney

For many people, dining is a major part of the Disney experience.  Regardless of whether you enjoy Italian cuisine, a steak-and-potato dinner, or want to try something more exotic like Japanese, Moroccan, or African cuisine, Disney's restaurants have something for you. 

Some tips to take into consideration when planning your meal itinerary:

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Part of the planning process is identifying restaurants you think your group would enjoy and making dinner reservations.  With reservations, you are put on a list that offers the next available table in the restaurant.  Without a reservation, you may face a wait of up to two hours or not be able to get a seat at all, especially during busy seasons.  For all Disney Reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE.  Almost all reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to your trip if you are staying in a Disney Resort.

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Don't let a child's picky palate limit your dining options.  If children are allowed in the restaurant (all restaurants except Victoria & Albert's), it's kid-friendly (although Chef Mickey's will obviously be more kid-friendly than Artist's Point).  This means that no matter how exotic the restaurant's cuisine, there will be a kids menu offering an array of dishes like Mickey's Macaroni and Cheese or peanut butter & jelly sandwiches (the pb&j at Jiko is actually a work of art!).

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Never arrive hungry.  Famished children are notoriously miserable children. and Murphy's Law dictates that the hungriest customers will be served last. While you'd ordinarily save their appetites for the main course, avert disaster with bread, crackers, or your ever-present stash of Cheerios or graham crackers or simply make sure that they have had snacks over the course of the day (remember, they are doing a LOT of exercise!

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If you can stagger your mealtime, this will definitely give you more flexibility with your options.  Peak eating periods include 11:00am to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:00pm. 

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Imagine the benefits of sitting in Epcot's Rose & Crown pub enjoying a delicious meal while the masses are struggling with the heat and crowds of the day!  Or if you're looking to have dinner at a nice restaurant with them, but are concerned about disturbing other diners, book early when places like Jiko or Artist Point are less likely to be busy.

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If you are limiting your restaurant meals to one per day, lunch time is usually a lot less crowded than dinner (and sometimes cheaper), again giving you more options.

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If you're at the Magic Kingdom and the notion of yet ANOTHER counter meal is unappealing or there is a lengthy wait for a sit-down meal, you may want to hop on the monorail and go over to one of the restaurants at the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, or Contemporary instead.

For profiles on the top restaurants, click on the appropriate link to the left.  These profiles include Disney's official description as well as our own personal feedback on our personal  dining experiences. 

NOTE--There is no page for Animal Kingdom as the restaurants are all counter-service restaurants, although we highly recommend Tusker House in Harambe.  On the other hand, our experience at the Rainforest Café was horrible, with food that tasted like it was yesterday's leftovers thrown into the microwave (although others may feel otherwise).