Disney is well known not only for their attractions, but also for their food! My family and I love the restaurants at the WDW Parks and Resorts, so in today’s edition of My Top Ten Disney, I will be reviewing my favorite places to eat when I’m on Disney property (this list is in no particular order).
1. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
If you read my “If You Could Be Anywhere In WDW Right Now…” post, then you already know how much I love Cosmic Ray’s! Click on the link to see my thoughts on it.
2. Cape May Cafe
Cape May Cafe (at Disney’s Beach Club Resort) is a seafood buffet. I don’t even like seafood (except for shrimp), but this place has so many great options! It has always been a favorite in my family, and they have the best macaroni and cheese. Last time I went there there was really good asparagus and potatoes, too. I love that you can draw on the table cloths, and the food is just amazing. It’s one of those places where you wish you could keep eating even though you’re stuffed! Haha! The chef was very nice and brought me around the whole buffet and told me what I could and couldn’t eat. He even brought me out a plate full of cupcakes and brownies from the back in case of peanut-cross contamination at the bar! I highly recommend this place to everyone.
3. Chef Mickey’s
I’ve been to Chef Mickey’s on every trip to WDW I’ve ever had… Somehow when you’re eating Mickey Waffles life just gets better! Chef Mickey’s is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and is a breakfast and dinner character buffet. I’ve only been for breakfast, but every time I go, it does not disappoint! The last time I went, I asked if I could eat the donut holes at the dessert table. The chef said that they were safe to eat, but they were out with all the other things that weren’t. SO he went in the back and came out with a whole plate of donut holes from the back just for me! 🙂 I was all smiles, hehee!
Located at the Walt Disney World Swan, Kimonos is a sushi bar (that’s one of my favorite kinds of restaurants). It also has karaoke which I always participate in… I love it! The last time I went to Kimonos, the girl hosting the karaoke actually remembered me from my previous trip 2 years before! Overall, I love this place and look forward to it every trip.
Via Napoli is at Epcot‘s World Showcase in the Italy Pavilion and is one of my new favorite restaurants. My family and I went to it for the first time last trip and loved it so much we went again the next day! My favorite thing there is the Rice Ball… it’s the best rice ball you’ll ever have. For dessert my sister just got a fruit cup which was served in tall glass, and she said she was not expecting it to be so good! Some people aren’t into it that much, but I love Via Napoli, and I can’t wait to go again.
6. Tony’s Town Square
Tony’s is amazing. My last two trips to WDW I went there, and both times I loved it. You can get anything you want there, even if it’s not on the menu they can make it for you. My sister was thinking about some kind of raviolis, but she didn’t like the kind that were available. Our waiter (I unfortunately can’t remember his name) said, “Well if you want raviolis I’ll see what we have in the back.” and he came back and told us what he had, and Eve definitely wanted it. We said “You can make that for her?” and he replied back with “Yes! Of course.” Sorry, I don’t remember all the details, but what I’m trying to say is that the service is always great there. I like the fried zucchini and the pasta and pizza are good, too.
7. Liberty Square Market
The Liberty Square Market is a perfect stop for a snack. They have soft pretzels and frozen cokes (my favorites!!!), baked potatoes and so much more! I love this place so much. It’s perfect to go to when you’re hungry and tired or hot half way through the day. Plus, it has pretty decent prices.
8. Fresh Mediterranean Market
Located at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, Fresh is a breakfast buffet (sometimes you can get lunch). When my family stayed at the Dolphin, we ate there two days in a row for breakfast. It was one of the most enjoyable and delicious meals I’ve had at a Disney restaraunt and has great options. Some things you can get at breakfast are Mickey Waffles or pancakes, granola and yogurt parfaits, fresh juices, bacon, any fruit or drink you can think of, etc., with the menu changing seasonally. This is a must visit!
I love the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor because I can get Rice Dream Ice Cream there… in a cone – you can’t get that any place else! It’s so nice that Disney lets people with different eating restrictions or life styles get to enjoy the magic of an ice cream cone.
10. 1900 Park Fair
Every time I’ve been to 1900 Park Fair it’s been great! I’ve only been for dinner, but they also serve breakfast. It is a character meal where you can meet characters from Cinderella (I always love meeting the Lady Tremaine and Stepsisters). This is a great place for families. To read more about my last experience here click here!
As Lou Mongello and Tim Foster would say – it’s never just ten; there are always honorable mentions! Let’s see who or what else deserves some recognition.
1. BoardWalk Pizza Window
The Pizza Window is a great place to stop for delicious pizza! If you are close to that area, it’s a good place to eat before of after going to the parks. (TIP: It’s a better deal to get a whole pie then to buy separate slices, especially if you have a hungry family of 4 or more.)
I love Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and I have a lot of great memories there, a lot of them at the Riverside Mill Food Court! They have a make your own pasta and pizza bar and much more. Lots of the time the portions are big enough to share with another person. I love the pizza there!
Mama Melrose is at Hollywood Studios in Streets of America. I’ve only been there once and it was really good! We had a great server, I think named Kevin and, once again, the whole staff was great about my food allergy. My sister and I shared a cheese pizza and penne vodka, so yummy!
(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)
So that’s my top ten! I hope you enjoyed today’s segment, but before you leave, I have some questions:
What’s your favorite place to eat in the WDW parks? How about at the resorts or at Disney Springs? How does Disney handle your food allergies? Do you have a topic you’d like me to go over in a future Top Ten? Tell me in the comments below with any other thoughts, I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for listening and have a magical day! – Ruby 8:)
Ruby is a thirteen year old Disney fan, and she credits her mom with starting her early love of Disney. In addition to her enthusiasm for Disney, Ruby enjoys singing and writing. She will be reviewing Disney-related topics that are of interest to younger Disney fans—and their parents and grandparents!