Category — h. Where to Eat at Walt Disney World
DINING OUTSIDE OF WALT DISNEY WORLD
This site has lots of advice on where to dine at Walt Disney World–see this for a recent introduction to its “Where to Eat” material.
It lacks, though, material on anything off-property, and is thin on some on-property areas, like Downtown Disney and the Swan and Dolphin.
Those looking to supplement–or ignore!–my suggestions would be well-served by grabbing a copy of the Zagat Orlando City Guide.
THE ZAGAT ORLANDO CITY GUIDE
The Zagat Guide to Orlando–a 2013 edition published in late 2012–is a long and slim 158 page guide to Orlando dining, nightlife, shopping, and attractions. More than half the book is devoted to Orlando area dining, with 360 restaurants ranked and (briefly) reviewed, and that’s its real strength.
The dining section begins with summaries of top-ranked restaurants in various categories, including “Most Popular,” “Top Food” (overall and also by cuisine, by “special features,” and by location), “Top Decor,” “Top Service,” and “Best Buys.”
It then gives even more detailed lists of top-ranked venues in the special features, cuisines, and locations categories, and then shifts to more than 50 pages of detailed individual restaurant entries, arranged alphabetically.
So you can use the guide in many ways. You can look for a venue in any of the category rankings covered in the first sections, or you can check out an alternative you are considering in detail in the listings section.
Compared to this site’s material, the Zagat Orlando City Guide has much more comprehensive coverage, especially–as you might imagine–outside of the core Disney World properties. It can help with Downtown Disney and Universal Orlando dining much more than I do–and also of course with dining unrelated to theme parks!
Among the Disney World venues, Victoria and Albert’s shows up at or near the top of any category it is eligible for, and Jiko also does quite well.
But regardless of these lacunae, I still think the Zagat Orlando City Guide is a great buy for visitors wanting to go outside the Disney World walls for their dining, or for those looking for another source of guidance.
I much prefer it to on-line alternatives like TripAdvisor, because while like them it’s crowd-sourced, it is also both curated and edited.
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February 11, 2013 No Comments
Welcome to those coming from Capturing Magical Memories and those of you just hopping aboard.
I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail. Enjoy the ride as this month Magical Blogorail Teal discusses Walt Disney World restaurants!
This site has both suggestions and rankings for Walt Disney world dining.
Each of its integrated itineraries has a full set of dining suggestions. These suggestions are enduringly family-pleasing–especially kid-pleasing–experiences. A full list of what’s in the Basic December Itinerary is here.
So as a final aid, the site also provides The Comprehensive Guide to Walt Disney World Dining.
For families with kids who aren’t paying attention to my suggestions, the Comprehensive Guide is the place to start, but it also serves adults just looking for the best dining on a night out.
That’s because it has two rankings for each table service possibility, in a matrix: one for kids, and one for adults. Thus any choice can be filtered for kid appeal, for adult appeal, or for both.
CHOICES FOR THE BEST OF DISNEY DINING
Which of the Disney World dining options is my strongest recommendation, or my favorite? Well, none, for a couple of reasons.
Let me have the rib dinner from the food court at Port Orleans French Quarter and I’m happy as a clam!
That is, so long as the sides are mashed potatoes and collard greens, and I eat it in the right order–first the ribs, then the collard greens, and only then the mashed potatoes, mixed in with what’s left on the plate of the greens!
Though I mostly just love traditional breakfast foods, this is also partly symbolic.
Most mornings at Walt Disney World I’m up early and “working”–either working at my real job or on this site, or researching this site in the parks. That means I tend to miss breakfasts in the resorts…so when I get one, it means an easy day!
Second, when I’m at Walt Disney World, table service dining is not a huge priority, for a couple of reasons.
I visit six to eight times a year, and half those times are solo--I’m there alone to research something for this site.
And by temperament I’m just not someone who’s going to reserve a solo spot at Akershus or the Crystal Palace…although sometimes, when I’m particularly missing Paris, I’ll order appetizers and coffee for brunch at Chefs de France, while finishing off the morning’s Wall Street Journal and faking like it’s the International Herald Tribune.
The other half of my time, I’m with some or all of my family.
Now my wife and older son are very much table-service people, and if they had their way, every trip would have multiple table service meals, at Jiko, Citricos, Artist Point, and the like, with perhaps a side round-trip flight to Charleston for Husk.
If we ate the way these two would love to eat, we’d only be able to afford to be at Disney World once every three years!
MORE DISNEY WORLD DINING FROM MAGICAL BLOGORAIL TEAL
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January 29, 2013 6 Comments
This site promises first-time family visitors who may never return all the best of Walt Disney World.
From the start, that’s meant the best in or outside of the parks. Some of the key things outside the parks in the itineraries are Cirque du Soleil at Downtown Disney, and the Gospel Brunch at House of Blues.
Another “best outside the parks” is the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. [Read more →]
April 24, 2012 12 Comments
DISNEY WORLD HOOP-DEE-DOO REVUE CLOSURE?
Update 6/10/2012: DiningDiva says that Hoop will begin re-booking June 12 for the October-December dates, and that new show times have been the cause of the booking delay–see comment 8 below and this…
Update 6/9/2012: See the comment from Disney Dining Agent lower on the page. Update 4/19/2012: The situation is the same as it was 4/4. Update 4/4/2012: Allison and my other friends at Destinations in Florida Travel have spoken to half a dozen or so Disney Dining staff, and have gotten consistently the following inconsistent message: Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue will be closed for refurbishment October 1 to December 31, 2012, but that they are still allowed by the system to book dates in this window.
This combination suggests that either the systems are behind, the closure dates aren’t firm, or both! But the autumn closure of Hoop-Dee-Doo seems real, just the details are still not set.
HOOP-DEE-DOO BEING CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT?
This has been rumored for a while…I’ll post more after additional confirmation and details…
April 3, 2012 13 Comments
DISNEY’S 2011 INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL AT EPCOT
Every year from October through mid-November, Walt Disney World presents the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
In 2011, the dates are Friday September 30 through Sunday November 13.
There are two components to the festival, one available to all Epcot visitors, and another made up of a bunch of events which have limited capacity and require reservations.
Neither has an extra ticket admission cost–you get to participate by virtue of your theme park ticket–but there are cash costs for the food, wine, and for entry to some special shows and events. [Read more →]
March 14, 2011 1 Comment
MORE ON WALT DISNEY WORLD DINING
It’s part of a series on navigating this site.
DISNEY DINING ON THIS SITE
March 13, 2011 7 Comments