Vonmatt kirouac/Updated August 1, 2022 9:12 am EST
When most people imagine dining at Disney World near Orlando, things like Dole Whip, Mickey-shaped pretzels and Herculean turkey thighs are the time-honored snacks, many of which are so famous they've been the subject of an articlecurrent cookbook– but nowadays is the most magical place on earth (DisneylandEstablishing itself as the happiest) is a veritable mecca for snacks, sips and gourmet dining, from immersive themed dishes and literal castle tasting menus to fine dining and offbeat steakhouses. Are Mickey-shaped treats still ubiquitous? Absolutely. But there's a lot more to eat at Disney World these days than ever before.
Eating and drinking is very popular at all four parks (Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) and at Disney Springs and its myriad hotels and resorts. In total, there are more than 200 places to get food at Disney World (viatourist plans), including about 100Full-Service-Restaurants. They range from casual cafes and churro stands to upscale restaurants with lots of fun themes and playful cuisine. From a new space-themed venue to classic Hollywood-style restaurants that never go out of style, these are the best places to eat at Disney World.
20. Be our guest, Magic Kingdom Park
If you've always wanted to dine in a royal castle, Disney World is for you. Magic Kingdom Park notably has two castles and two castle restaurants, including Cinderella's Royal Table Hot Ticket at the park's Marquis Castle. But for some of the best full-service restaurants in this decidedly snack-centric park, head straight tobe our guest.
As the musical name suggests, the French-influenced restaurant is housed in a Beauty and the Beast-inspired castle, complete with gilded ballroom and gnarled west wing, faded pink and all. Located at the back of Fantasyland, in the middle of the park, away from the hustle and bustle of the carousel, Be Our Guest serves a fixed-price menu for lunch and dinner ($62 per adult, $37 per child) with appetizer options and main course course. before culminating in a trio of desserts. (And yes, the gray thingEsyummy). While it serves fixed-price meals, it's still a casual setting, where customers can come dressed in tops, shorts, and Minnie ears.
Considering the quality and delicacy of the food (dishes include lobster bisque, herb-salted pork loin, Vadouvan-spiced vegetables, and gray-topped chocolate cupcakes), this is by far one of the finest dining experiences at the original Disney World Park. . This is also one ofthe only places in the Magic Kingdom that serve alcohol(about thechopped mouse). Please reserve meals for both meal times in advance as seats tend to sell out quickly.
19. The Polite Pig, Disney Springs
Outside of the parks, Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney) has evolved into a mecca for dining, shopping, and entertainment, with many celebrity chefs and local Orlando talent making the list. An excellent example isthe polite pig, a fast-casual grill from the folks behind one of Orlando's most acclaimed restaurants,the gluttonous pig. While the latter is a full-service gastropub in Winter Park, The Polite Pig is a casual offshoot that always makes a worthwhile line at its vantage point in the middle of Disney Springs' main shopping street.
Here, the main course is barbecue, both classic home cooking and artfully eccentric. That means familiar dishes like baby back ribs, deep fried chicken and prime brisket are raising the bill with newcomers like seared meatballs, bourbon glazed cheddar sausage and jalapeño cornbread, and a handful of offbeat veggie dishes like roasted beets with smoky pecan granola and crunchy share Brussels sprouts. covered with whiskey caramel. To sip, check out the silky smooth cask aged Manhattan or try one of the house beers they brew.Gluttonous Pig Brewery.
The reservation-free restaurant is ideal for all ages and leads to long lines for main meals, especially after 6 p.m. M. The queue moves quickly, but to avoid this the ideal is to arrive outside of opening hours or to try the lunch. It's definitely a bit more expensive than traditional steakhouses (entrees range from $15 to $23 and sandwiches average $13), but the quality of the ingredients and the uniqueness of many of their menu items make it worth it.
18. Yachtsman Steakhouse, Disneys Yacht Club Resort
The main one is one of the most amazing steakhouses in Disney WorldNavigationsgrill, an exclusive nautical-themed venue at Disney's Yacht Club Resort. With wood-paneled dining rooms that give guests the feeling of dining on the hull of a luxury yacht, complete with porthole windows and ship's steering wheels lining the walls, it's a suitably ornate backdrop for an epic surf & turf. .
The exclusive dinner restaurant is located at the front of the Yacht Club Resort, with windows overlooking the pool area. More upscale than most full-service restaurants at Disney World, this is a place where formal attire isn't strictly required (but you'd be uncomfortable wearing anything less). It's also a more mature, adult-oriented vibe, though there's a menu for young kids with unique offerings like oak-grilled steak skewers. But in terms of price (typical entrees run up to $140, steaks are $59) and the fact that the dining room lacks flamboyant nostalgia, the Yachtsman feels more like a nightlife destination, and it does very well at it.
It's another in-demand restaurant, so booking as soon as possible is highly recommended, but it's worth updating your Disney World app for availability to sample signature items like the 28oz. Porterhouse for two smothered in cognac butter and truffles, or the impressive Seafood Tower, stocked with more fish than the cast of The Little Mermaid: Maine lobster, snow crab, tuna tartare, jumbo shrimp, conch, ceviche -Scallops and grilled octopus salad.
17. The Parisian Crêperie, EPCOT
When it comes to pasta breakfast foods, Disney World is better known for its Mickey waffles than its crepes. But to round out the recent expansion of the France Pavilion at EPCOT, which included the opening of Remy's Ratatouille adventure, Disney has added a new restaurant that even the most discerning Pixar cook-mouse would love: La Crêperie de Paris.
With a modest and discreet decoration, at least compared to other heavily themed restaurants in the parks, the creperie is committed to food, which is evident through the quality and authenticity of the menu. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers full-service, quick-service, and affordable fixed-price options. It really has something for everyone and all ages at a reasonable price (delicious buckwheat-based crepes are all $16.95, while all the sweet crepes are under $10).
The sunny restaurant is located at the back of the French Pavilion, behind the artificial Eiffel Tower and along a walkway that resembles the streets of Paris as you walk towards the Remy promenade. The menu is specifically inspired by Brittany in France, with regal offerings such as the Savoyarde crepe stuffed with melted raclette cheese, caramelized onions, bacon and French Bayonne ham, or the Pomme crepe, a sweet homage to caramelized apple, filled with apples and Beurre salt. caramel, a salty butter from Brittany (viainteresting thing of the day).
16. Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Kantine, Parque Temático Magic Kingdom
One thing Disney does well with its restaurants is to create a sense of eccentric full-body immersion, and nowhere is this more evident than inJungle Navigation Co. LTD Cantina do Skipper. The quasi-tropical full-service restaurant is inspired by the nearby Jungle Cruise ride at Magic Kingdom's Adventureland, with lots of jungle-like decor and the same wacky jokes from the servers that mirror those of the captain guides on the boat ride.
The massive, multi-room restaurant is one of the Magic Kingdom's flagship full-service concepts, with tons of exotic knick-knacks, fake vintage photographs, and vibrant colors in full bloom. Loved by kids and adults alike (this is one of the few places in the Magic Kingdom that serves alcohol), this restaurant is as fun as it is delicious. Open for lunch and dinner, it offers a casual, comfortable dining experience that features dishes like Cachapas do Orinoco Ida (corn pancakes with beer braised pork, grilled corn, fresh chili salsa, and avocado cream) and kungaloosh (an African-inspired meal). Chocolate cake with caramelized banana, cashew caramel ice cream and ground coffee).
Prices are higher than most places in the Magic Kingdom: appetizers are between $10 and $15, mains are mostly $20, and some are as high as $38. It's a popular spot so make reservations if you can, but lunch and dinner wait times aren't usually very reasonable.
15. Chef Art Smith's Homecoming, Disney Springs
Southern Comfort Food is in full, decadent displayThe homecoming of Chef Art Smith, one of the most popular restaurants in Disney Springs for good reason. The huge and noisy restaurant sits on the inner lagoon of the shopping and dining district, with huge dining rooms reminiscent of a cozy southern farmhouse, where the hospitality is as warm and charming as the soulful cuisine. This kitchen is kindly provided by Executive Chef Art Smith, a celebrity chef who was once Oprah Winfrey's personal chef and whose penchant for buttery Southern cuisine is so revered that this has become one of Disney World's most coveted tables (recommended for Brunch, lunch and dinner although you can grab an alcoholic cocktail in the bar area to wait while you wait).
Fried chicken, fluffy donuts, hard-boiled eggs, fried green tomatoes, braised pork, and seared catfish are Southern musts (and menu hits), accompanied by Florida favorites like Conch Soup and Bites Alligator Chips, Tartar Sauce, and hot sauce. Whatever you do, try to save room for dessert - dengreat chocolate cakeis one of Art Smith's top picks. For drinks, the bar is known for its fruity brandy-based cocktails served in chilled copper mugs.
The atmosphere is fun, lively, and come as you are, and while sandwiches and entrees can cost upwards of $19 and $30 respectively, you get more than your buck for portion sizes enough to feed a hungry family.
14. Grog Grotto de Trader Sam, Disneys Polynesian Village Resort
Grog Gruta by Trader SamIt's an unassuming (still hugely popular and hard-to-reach) tiki bar in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Inspired by Trader Sam, a character from the Jungle Cruise attraction at nearby Magic Kingdom, Disney created an entire bar to build an adventurous space complete with tiki torches, puffer fish lights, fake storms, and water guns that bartenders throw at squirts customers when ordering specific cocktails.
When the bar opens in the late afternoon, customers are already queuing in the hotel corridor. The bar does not take reservations and wait times only increase as the night progresses. It is also adults only after 8pm. While kids are sure to have a lot of fun at the Jungle Cruise-themed area, there aren't many menu options for them. There are also soft drinks, but the bread and butter are rum-soaked libations, served in glasses that resemble sea creatures, ships, and totem poles.
The cocktails are pricey ($14-35), but it's worth it for the spectacle of the experience, the fun cups, and the fact that they certainly don't skimp on the alcohol. The Polynesian Pearl is a mix of rum chata, grand marnier, cinnamon and tropical fruit juices served in a pearl cup that guests can tuck away in, while the Uh-Oa is designed for two or more guests, complete with long straws and colors sinking into one Mixture of two types of rum, falernum, cinnamon and orange, passion fruit, guava, pineapple and grapefruit juices.
13. Rose and Crown, EPCOT
Centered around EPCOT's central lagoon, World Showcase features ornate themed pavilions inspired by different countries, each with its own unique architecture, shops and restaurants, with some tours to get you started. In the British Pavilionrose and crownA quaint, bustling pub designed to transport guests straight to London, it impresses with its cosy, rustic decor and hearty pub grub.
While British beers and ciders are best-sellers, the restaurant (and the adjacent lagoon terrace, a prime place to watch the fireworks at night) is very family-friendly and casual. Open for lunch and dinner, kids love fish and chips or mac and cheese, while adults have plenty to drink and enjoy, from Scotch Eggs and Shepherd's Pie to Sticky Toffee Pudding and pints of Guinness and Boddingtons English Pub Ale.
The Rose & Crown is undoubtedly a popular restaurant at EPCOT, but getting a reservation isn't too difficult. At least the waits won't be too long, except for dinner and during the fireworks. If you just want a beer to go, customers can order drinks at the front bar with no waiting time. It's also one of the cheapest places to dine at EPCOT, where large portions of meatloaf, sausage and mashed potatoes, and fish and chips are available from $20.50.
12. Hollywood Brown Derby, Disneys Hollywood Studios
The restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studios are just as stunning as the adrenaline pumping attractions. An example is the iconBrown Hollywood Derby, inspired by a real restaurant from the heyday of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Located in the heart of Hollywood Boulevard across from the park, this restaurant is surrounded by an expansive dining room adorned in royal purples and lined with comfortable booths and fake caricatures of Hollywood stars. Resolutely decadent and sophisticated, yet friendly and informal, families can conveniently come and enjoy a classic American meal. The Cobb salad is the main course, a hearty helping of roast turkey, bacon, egg, tomato, blue cheese, and avocado, all thrown on the table for a bit of pomp and circumstance. Other dishes include snails, braised short ribs and Newberg prawns and scallops in a creamy sherry sauce with blue crab toast. Expect to pay $13-19 for appetizers and up to $49 for entrees. The restaurant also has a solid wine and cocktail list, including one of the best Manhattans at Disney World and a popular grapefruit pie martini made with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka, Stoli Vanil Vodka, whipped cream, and a cookie crust.
It's not hard to get a reservation at the Hollywood Brown Derby if you check a few weeks in advance. The restaurant also has a reservation-less terrace that offers a stripped-down version of the main menu.
11. Satu'li Cantina, Animal Kingdom
With all its wild adventures and far-off inspirations, Animal Kingdom is the Disney World park where exoticism matters, even in a supernatural way. Located in the Pandora area of the "Avatar" theme park,Cantina Satu'liIt's quick service that feels like dining at a diner from another planet. Here you can design your own mug, sip a green beer and eat under a giant avatar-inspired plant on the patio.
Ideal for diners of all ages, the lunch and dinner spot offers hearty bowls of staples like rice, pasta, and salad, along with toppings like wood-fired chicken, slow-roasted beef, and chili-fried tofu. Portions are huge and the dressings are as colorful as they are delicious, including crisp vegetable salad, black bean vinaigrette, and boba fritters. Steamed Cheeseburger Pods are a fun favorite: fluffy buns stuffed with ground beef, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and cheddar cheese. Drinks include wine, sangria, juices, and space beers like Elysian Space Dust IPA and Mo'ara High Country Ale.
The restaurant is huge, with an interior designed as an otherworldly dining room. This is an expedited service, so reservations are not required, but you will need to select a time when pre-ordering food through the My Disney Experience app (generally takes 20-30 minutes, so don't wait for it to be ready ). starving) and then approach the innkeeper in front of the canteen when your app notifies you. This is also one of the more affordable restaurants in the parks, with giant bowls ranging from $12.99 to $17.49.
10. 'Ohana, Disneys Polynesian Village Resort
Any 'Lilo & Stitch' fan might recognize the word ''Ohana" means family in Hawaiian, and this exuberant breakfast and dinner restaurant in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort stands out as one of the best family restaurants at Disney World. Why? The free family meal is the ultimate feast for comfort, and Disney characters are known for the Visit the dining room filled with totem poles (the characters have not appeared here since the pandemic began, but will return in September).
In the morning, endless meals are $25 per adult and $14 per child, with plates stocked with pineapple-coconut bread, cinnamon-sugar donuts, and breakfast pans with eggs, pork sausage, Hawaiian ham, pineapple compote, hash browns, and waffles like mickey and cookies. Things are a bit pricier at dinner ($55 per adult, $33 per child), but the all-you-can-eat menu is far more massive. Meals include honey butter ohana bread, tossed green salad, honey cilantro chicken wings, pork dumplings and grilled pans with grilled teriyaki beef, shrimp, grilled chicken, chimichurri sauce, noodles and roasted broccoli. For dessert, Ohana Bread Pudding is one of Disney World's most coveted treats, awash in gooey caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.
The restaurant has a cool tropical Polynesian theme and the views of the Seven Seas Lagoon are epic. It can be difficult to get the reservation time you want, but it's worth the combined effort to enjoy one of Disney World's most amazing dining experiences.
9. Sebastians Bistro, Disneys Caribbean Beach Resort
Of all the resorts at Disney World, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort feels like one of the most underrated. Tucked away in the palm-lined desert, far enough from the parks and Disney Springs to offer a little solitude, the resort -- and its restaurants -- feels like a hidden gem and a breath of fresh air. The same is certainly true for the success of a restaurant,Sebastians Bistro.
Decorated in pastel colors and with a spacious terrace lined with lime-green lounge chairs, the full-service restaurant is as casual and relaxed as an island beach vacation. The menu is an affordable fixed price at just $29 per adult and $17 per child, with a selection of Latin American and Caribbean dishes served family style. Items include fluffy buns with guava butter and caramelized onion jam, kale salad with grilled pineapple and lime dressing and a touch of the Caribbean, a giant plate of citrus chicken, pork with mojo, sambal mango, grilled skirt steak, cilantro rice and beans, vegetable curry and grilled broccoli. This is followed by a shared portion of pineapple and coconut bread pudding. To drink, look for many tropical cocktails based on rum, sangria, Caribbean spirits, and beer.
Underrated as it is, Sebastian's Bistro remains an easy reservation, with a theme and menu and a casual, upbeat vibe that suits guests and families of all ages and creeds.
8. Ogas Cantina, Disney's Hollywood Studios
In terms of in-demand bars at Disney World, the most popular spot is the one that transports guests to another planet, in a galaxy far, far away. Said planet is Batuu, the Meticulous and Immersivewar of starsGalaxy's Edge is set in Disney's Hollywood Studios, where spaceships, stormtroopers and lightsabers are commonplace. Follow the line upCantina do Oga, a busy bar filled with music that sounds like something out of the movies.
It's still difficult to find reservations (although last-minute openings regularly appear on the My Disney Experience app). Those lucky enough to snag a stool or booth are in for a truly exceptional drinking experience, thanks to bubbly and fizzy drinks, characterful bartenders, and party start music performed by DJ R-3X, a pilot droid that lastedwar of starsFans may recognize him for his role in the nearby Star Tours ride.
Though the booze takes center stage, the cantina is a huge hit with kids thanks to its fun caves and cheesy droid energy. Plus, kids love the Blue Bantha, a blue milk drink topped with a vanilla butter sugar cookie. Adults, on the other hand, can get the tingles tingling with Fuzzy Tauntaun, a tangy concoction of peach vodka, peach schnapps, orange and tangerine juice, cane sugar, and a "tingly froth" that will (kind of) make your lips pop. . strangely enough). Limited dining options include Batuu Bits, a handful of crunchy "Galaxy Snack Bits" with chermoula spice sauce, and the Happabore Sampler, which features cured and grilled meats, cheese and cracklings. Most drinks are reasonably priced, ranging from $16 to $19.
7. George Wine Bar, Disney Springs
To prove the legitimacy of Disney Springs dining, look no further thanGeorge's wine bar, an upscale, wine-focused restaurant straight out of Napa, chaired by Certified Master Sommelier George Miliotes. Not only is the wine list here gigantic, but some of the bottles are rare gems, priced well over $3,000 a bottle. Don't worry if you want to try the Elite, the bar uses a needle-like device called the Coravin to deliver 1 ounce. Casting that cost a lot less.
While it's kid-friendly (especially at brunch, with its crunchy macaroni and cheese bites and brioche French toast), the chic restaurant definitely feels more conducive to a date night or girls' night out, especially considering the emphasis is on wine and most of the food are designed to pair well with wine. With a dictionary-sized menu of wines from the Old and New World, lunch and dinner options range from hummus and grilled octopus salad to flaming saganaki cheese, charcuterie platters and wine-stewed short ribs.
Prices aren't cheap, but they're reasonable for the high quality and craftsmanship that accompanies each bite, reflecting the attention to quality that goes into the wine list. Prices range from $8 to $19 for appetizers, $28 for cold cuts and cheese boards, and $28 to $42 for entrees. The restaurant is usually very easy to enter, but if you want to take your time or just grab a snack or drink along the way, just stop by the delivery window.A cesta no Wine Bar George.
6. Sanaa, Animal Kingdom Lodge von Disney
Of Disney World's extensive portfolio of transportable and themed resorts, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is the most authentic and captivating. Set apart from the other parks and resorts on the west end of Disney World, the resort feels like a true African savannah lodge, surrounded by forest and teeming with African wildlife that can be seen through the interior windowsA lot, an Indian and African restaurant full of African art.
While Sanaa lacks the nostalgic kitsch and childish wonder of other restaurants and attractions (which might make this restaurant a challenge for some kids), it's unabashedly authentic in both its artistic decor and its cuisine. Again, kids can avoid some of the unfamiliar flavors at this all-day dining restaurant, but there's plenty for adventurous adults. The most popular item on the menu, the Indian bread service combines five different breads (including three naans, an onion kulcha and a paneer paratha) with a variety of dips and chutneys (like cucumber raita, mango chutney, tomato). , date jam and red chili sambal). The rest of the travel menu includes dishes such as grilled lamb kefta, samosas, Goan seafood curry, Zazibari vegetable curry and saffron marinated fish with roasted cauliflower and coconut sauce.
Prices are quite high, with entrees ranging from $10-$21 and entrees ranging from $22-$36, but the ingredients and authenticity are worth the cost. Sanaa is relatively easy to reserve, but there's also an adjacent Sanaa Lounge that offers a reduced version of the menu without a reservation.
5. Dahlia Lounge, Disneys Coronado Springs Resort
Perched atop the Gran Destino Tower at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort (one of the property's more mature adult-only resorts),Dahlia LoungeThis is an upscale restaurant in a league of its own. That goes for the panoramic views, the ornate decoration inspired by Spanish surrealism, and most importantly, the legitimate menu of Spanish-inspired dishes and drinks.
The lounge is sleek, modern and stylish and definitely feels better for adults or a parents' night out. It's also one of Disney World's best late-night options, and stays open until midnight. The menu offers a curated selection of tapas to share, such as prawns in Ají Amarillo, traditional Spanish tortilla, ham and cheese sandwiches, Spanish charcuterie platters, and crispy artichokes with raspberry and grape gastrique. For their part, drinks include a wide selection of Spanish wines and tonics, as well as sangria. The Dahlia Lounge is also known for its alcoholic after-dinner drinks such as Cafesito Delicioso with coffee liqueur, Licor 43, espresso and crème fraîche.
Considering the plates are small and shareable, the prices seem very reasonable, ranging from $8 to $35. Accessible for reservations or for drinks and snacks, the lounge is particularly accessible at night. And there's no better drink than a glass of wine on the patio overlooking an epic Florida sunset.
4. Victoria & Alberts, Disneys Grand Florida Resort & Spa
Any restaurant with a Chef's Table in the kitchen, also named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, is top notch. As a matter of fact,Victoria & Albert´sis by far Disney World's most exclusive restaurant, tucked away within the ornate confines of its most luxurious resort: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
Intimate and stately, the restaurant offers seating for lavish and ever-changing tasting menus each evening. Dishes are constantly changing seasonally, and two distinct tasting menu options are available, each one utterly meticulous, masterful, and artistic. Victoria & Albert's feels like dining in a royal queen's palace, with elegant decor inspired by Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebrations. Pairings are available with over 500 wines from around the world.
Three distinct dining rooms are available, including the English garden-themed main dining room, the Queen Victoria Room (limited to four couples per night), and the Elite Chef's Table, which seats up to six guests in the kitchen with a view. . cooking action. The restaurant is clearly designed for adults who aren't afraid of money, and it's more expensive than ever (viaDisney Food Blog). Tasting menus in the Main Dining Room are now $295 per person, the Queen Victoria Room is now $375 per person and the Chef's Table is $425 per person. But if you're lucky enough to get a rare reservation (and find the experience on par with the best restaurants in the country), it can be a worthwhile expense.
3. Asador 71, Disney's contemporary resort
Disney's Contemporary Resort is located on the ground floor of one of the original Disney World Hotels near the Magic Kingdom.spit 71is a newer restaurant that puts a contemporary spin on the classic steakhouse model. With a sleek, contemporary design, the large, elegant restaurant and adjoining lounge breathe new life into its modern, relaxed atmosphere.
While kids are spoiled for choice when it comes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the understated decor and upscale vibe make this Disney World restaurant more appealing to adults. In addition to outstanding steaks such as New York strips and prime sirloins, the menu offers an upscale insight into classic American cuisine. These include a knife-and-fork Caesar salad, citrus poached shrimp cocktail, sea salt dusted potato brioche, red wine glazed mushrooms and crab cakes with Old Bay tartar sauce, corn hash and homemade cookies. To sip, there's a selection of wines from around the world, as well as some of the property's best cocktails: try the Cocoa Boulevardier, a rich, smooth drink made with single-barrel Reserve Bourbon, Campari, vermouth, and chocolate bitters.
By high-end steakhouse standards, this is one of the most affordable options at Disney World, with steaks starting at $38. It's easy enough to get a reservation at the massive restaurant, but the casual lounge offers a limited version of sandwiches and the like. Drinks in a large bar area where it's always easy to find a chair or stool.
2. Space 220, EPCOT
Amid a major metamorphosis of new games, attractions, and restaurants (viaDisney Parks-Blog), EPCOT is the Disney World Park with the latest attractions and flavors. The new restaurants, in particular, are so captivating and otherworldly that they seem like rides in their own right.Platz 220, in all its immersive glory, is a game-changer for a restaurant that combines Disney's penchant for intense themes, unexpected flavors and theatrics.
Located in the World Discovery area of the park, Space 220 is hidden behind an unassuming facade. Guests follow the restaurant's sign to a giant fake elevator designed to make them feel like they're ascending 220 miles into space. Guests then walk through a spaceship ballroom into a spacious dining room with windows that look out onto planet Earth far below.
Open for lunch and dinner, the fixed-price dining room offers a two-course lunch ($55 per person) and a three-course dinner ($79 per person). “Lift-offs” (aka entrees) include Neptune tartare with ahi tuna, yuzu ginger miso, and Blue Moon cauliflower mango coulis with tempura-fried cauliflower, hot sauce, and powdered blue cheese. For a star course, try the glazed space duck breast with fried jasmine rice, pineapple, orange and hoisin or the plant-based terra bolognese with corn linguine, tempeh ragout and macadamia nuts. Cocktails are equally extensive, with The Big Tang featuring tequila, Grand Marnier, tang-infused agave nectar, and strawberry, topped with astronaut ice cream. While it's difficult to get reservations, it's a fun, family-friendly restaurant with items on the kids' menu, including cosmic chicken and spaceghetti.
1. Nomad Lounge, Animal Kingdom
Driven by authenticity, Animal Kingdom is a park that strives to source ingredients and draw inspiration from around the world. Such is the case at the African-inspired full-service restaurant,Tiffins, but what's even better is its casual, unreserved sister spot,Nomad lounge.
Located on Discovery Island in the middle of the park, the Nomad Lounge is easier to access and offers a very similar menu in a more family-friendly setting. Overlooking the river, the huge covered patio offers a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the park and a great view of floating boats with Disney characters waving. The vibe feels like an upscale African safari lodge, with an equally well-worn menu of cocktails and snacks.
The Tiffins Bread Service is an addictive combination of naan and paratha with pepper hummus, spicy cilantro yogurt and pear and ginger chutney, alongside tuna bowls, Impossible meat sliders with cassava fries and churros with custard and English coffee creamer. A favorite with families and kids is the quiet patio, with pulled beef tacos, grilled shrimp, and falafel for the little ones. However, the cocktails are the main attraction. Travel-inspired drinks presented on a lavishly illustrated menu include Lamu Libation with African rum, banana rum, guava puree and orange, lime and pineapple juices, and Annapurna Zing with gin, passion fruit puree, mint, lime juice and ginger beer. and a lotus flower garnish. Their prices are more affordable compared to Tiffins, with appetizers ranging from $12 to $16 and cocktails from $13 to $16.