(Dining Alternatives)

By Dave Shute

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OVERVIEW: DINING AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

If you can’t or won’t follow the meals recommended in this site’s itineraries (those in the basic itinerary are listed at bottom of this page), use one of two tools.

The thumbnail in the right (click to open; when open, click again to enlarge) rates the Walt Disney World table service options by both appeal to kids and appeal to adults.

The pages linked below have the same options ranked in order to help you pick your destinations.

Character Meals and Dinner Shows Ranked in Order

Table Service Meals at the Parks Ranked in Order

Table Service Meals at the Resorts Ranked in Order

COMPLETE LIST OF DISNEY WORLD DINING SITES IN THE BASIC ITINERARY

Crystal PalaceMagic Kingdom:

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table (Character Meal)
  • Pecos Bill Café
  • Crystal Palace (Character Meal)
  • Dole Whip at Aloha Isle (Snack)

Hollywood Studios:

  • Backlot Express
  • Sci-Fi Diner (Snack)

Epcot:

  • Akershus Banquet (Character Meal)
  • Sunshine Season Food Fair
  • San Angel Inn
  • Boulangerie Patisserie (Snack)

Animal Kingdom:

  • Flame Tree Barbecue

Resorts:

  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (Fort Wilderness, Dinner Show)
  • Chef Mickey'sChef Mickey’s (Contemporary, Character Meal)
  • Beaches and Cream (Beach Club, Snack)
  • Dole Whip at Captain Cook’s (Polynesian, Snack)
  • Plus your hotel’s counter service and your hotel room!

Downtown Disney:

  • House of Blues Gospel Brunch
  • Rainforest Café

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10 comments

1 Tom { 06.26.12 at 4:51 pm }

Dave,

I would add “Wolfgang Puck express”, especially if you’re on the Quick Service Dining Plan. Great and varied menu (pasta, chicken, pizza, meat, etc) plus a warm atmosphere.
And it is not quite expensive if you got to pay for it.
Another alternative is Earl of Sandwich
cheers!

2 Dave { 06.27.12 at 6:32 am }

Good points Tom! This site is thin on Downtown Disney, because its itineraries (for first time visitors who may never return) don’t have people spending much time there–see e.g. http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/basic-itinerary/alternative-itineraries/itineraries-for-the-rest-of-the-year/v2-of-2009-autumn-winter-spring-itinerary/

3 Tom { 06.27.12 at 9:19 am }

Both of them Dave, WP Express and Earl of Sandwich, are a good choice if you’re fed up of eating cheeseburgers and pepperoni pizza!
They were my “excuse” for going to Downtown Disney every night, apart from visiting the Lego store and building stuff with my kids!

4 Dave { 06.27.12 at 9:23 am }

:)

5 Mel { 09.15.12 at 3:48 pm }

Do you have any quick service rankings? Or did I miss them…? Thanks!

6 Dave { 09.16.12 at 10:05 am }

Mel, I don’t!

7 anna schrul { 09.21.12 at 8:34 am }

we have already signed up for the quick service dining plan. we missed the free by going oct 5th. I am very nervous about knowing how to use it so I really wish you had included the quick service resturants that are included. Otherwise I just stumbled on this site and love it THANKS

8 Dave { 09.21.12 at 1:07 pm }

Hi Anna, thanks for the thought. You’ll be fine!

9 Shana { 08.27.13 at 6:31 am }

Dave, what are your thoughts on the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party? I just saw it online. Is the view from there to see Wishes that great or would we be better off trying to enjoy Wishes closer to Cinderella’s castle? Thanks!

10 Dave { 08.27.13 at 8:08 am }

Shana, frankly I think it a waste. The best viewing spot for Wishes is on the Main Street axis view of the Castle, and the party is a bit–not a lot but a bit–off axis.

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