Walt Disney World Restaurants
Walt Disney World is known for its attractions and shows, but it has also become known for their amazing dining experiences! Throughout the parks and the resorts, there are so many great choices. The amount of restaurants to choose from can become overwhelming, so we’re here to list our top 6 favorite buffet/family style meals at Disney!
Cape May Café Breakfast (Beach Club Resort) – There are a few reasons we love this restaurant for breakfast! First, it’s in the gorgeous Beach Club resort, so it gives you an excuse to check out the resort if you’re not staying there. Second, the food is so delicious! They might even be the only location where you can get made-to-order crepes (besides Epcot). Finally, the character experience is so fun! Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto meet guests in their adorable beach attire and we just can’t get enough of it!
*Guru tip: Plan to eat breakfast here before your Epcot day. Once you are done with breakfast, the World Showcase entrance to Epcot is only a short walk or boat ride from the Beach Club resort.
How cute is Minnie in her Beachwear at Cape May?!
Trail’s End Breakfast (Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort) – Castmembers who work at Trail’s End proudly say they have the best breakfast on property. They are not wrong. You don’t get to meet any characters here, but the food makes up for that. They offer a wide range of breakfast offerings, including the classic Mickey waffles but they also offer Pulled Pork Benedict, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, and Cheese Grits! They also have the delicious Moonshine Juice, which we wish we could bottle up and take home!
*Guru tip: Plan to have breakfast here before your Magic Kingdom day. The restaurant is right next to the boat launch to the Magic Kingdom, so you can eat breakfast and then get right onto a boat to the Magic Kingdom.
We could eat this every day! Doesn’t that Moonshine Juice look delicious?
Akershus (Norway Pavilion in Epcot) – This is our favorite way to meet the Princesses at Walt Disney World! Cinderella’s Royal Table tends to be more popular, but we like this option better for a few reasons. First, it’s a buffet so you’re able to eat to your heart’s delight and in a sense, get more for your money. Second, there are more tables in Akershus which gives you a better chance of getting a reservation. Third, the princesses do a princess parade around the restaurant which gives your child a chance to really interact with the princesses and feel more a part of the experience – it’s also super cute.
*Guru tip: If you book for early breakfast, this will get you into Epcot before guests without a reservation and give you an advantage to get to popular attractions (Frozen, which is right next door) quicker and beat the crowds.
1900 Park Fare (Grand Floridian Resort) – This one is a super fun experience for breakfast and for dinner! For breakfast you get to meet with Alice from Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh. For dinner, you’ll be highly entertained by the meet and greets with Prince Charming, Cinderella, her evil step-sisters Anastasia and Drisella, and Lady Tremaine. The food offered for breakfast is delicious and include favorites like pancakes, hash browns, and biscuits and sausage gravy but they also offer Maple French Toast and Sticky Cinnamon Buns – yum!! Dinner is equally delicious, you will not be disappointed!
*Guru tip: If you book this experience for breakfast, book it on your Magic Kingdom day. After breakfast you can either take the pirate boat directly to the Magic Kingdom or use the Resort Monorail.
‘Ohana Dinner (Polynesian Village Resort) – This is a very popular dinner destination for many reasons. The atmosphere at the Polynesian at night is so beautiful. The experience for dinner at ‘Ohana is excellent. There are no character meet and greets for dinner, but there are some fun games and hula dancing to take part in! The food is family-style all you care to eat, rather than leaving your table for a buffet. The servers will continue to bring more food until you are done!
*Guru tip: Depending on the time of your reservation, after dinner stay at the resort and explore until it’s time for the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Watch the fireworks from the Polynesian beach where they pipe in the music for the show. It’s a stunning view to watch the fireworks across the Seven Seas Lagoon! If you schedule dinner while the fireworks are going off, request a seat near the window so you can watch the fireworks while you eat.
Liberty Tree Tavern (Magic Kingdom) – Because who doesn’t love a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with as many helpings as you like? This is more family-style than buffet but they will bring you as much as you care to eat! The food is so delicious from the starters to dessert and the atmosphere fits right in with the Liberty Square area of the Magic Kingdom! It’s also a great way to relax a bit during your Magic Kingdom day.
Honorable Mentions for Character Experiences:
Chef Mickey’s (Contemporary Resort) – We love this restaurant for the characters and the location. The food offered for breakfast and dinner is good, just nothing spectacular. The reason we think this experience deserves an honorable mention is because you get to meet the fab five here: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. It’s also a super fun atmosphere on the Grand Canyon Concourse in the Contemporary Resort.
*Guru tip: If you book for breakfast, do it on a Magic Kingdom day. You can have breakfast and then either walk over to the Magic Kingdom or take the Resort Monorail to the park. If you book for dinner, hang out and explore the resort, then view the Magic Kingdom fireworks show from the bridge between the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower. The music is piped in to that location, so it’s a neat experience and less crowded.
‘Ohana for Breakfast (Polynesian Village Resort) – Another great experience that we love for the atmosphere and the characters. Dining is not buffet but rather family style, so a waiter will continue to bring out more food for all you care to eat. The food is delicious but the breakfast items tend to get cold pretty quickly if there are only a few of you in the party. However, we have dined there with a party of 5 and had no problem doling out the food while hot and then waiting for the waiter to bring more. The characters you’ll get to meet here are Mickey and Pluto in their Hawaiian attire plus Lilo and Stitch!
*Guru tip: Book breakfast here on your Magic Kingdom day. Once you’re done at breakfast, you can hop on the pirate boat directly to the Magic Kingdom or take the Resort Monorail over.
Crystal Palace for Breakfast (Magic Kingdom) – This restaurant deserves an honorable mention for the fact that you can meet the characters from Winnie the Pooh and for the fact that the Crystal Palace restaurant is a neat place to dine. The buffet food is standard and it’s very similar to what is offered at Chef Mickey’s. The draw for this dining location is for the opportunity to meet Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore! Plus it’s another great place to take a break while in the Magic Kingdom.
There are our favorite buffet/family style restaurants at Walt Disney World! Did your favorite make the list? If not, comment below with your favorite!