10 Best Restaurants For First Time Visitors To Walt Disney World

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1. Chef Mickey’s

Located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Chef Mickeys is a classic Disney dining experience. Serving buffet character meals throughout the day, the restaurant is home to American family-friendly fare, favorite characters like Mickey and the rest of the Fab Five, and one of the most unique views in any Disney resorts with monorails passing right above the dining area.


2. ‘Ohana

Another stop on the monorail loop, ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort features family-style all-you-care-to-enjoy dining for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast includes characters like Mickey and Stitch, while dinner includes live music and classic Hawaiian games for the kids like coconut racing. During dinner you can even catch the fireworks and listen to the show’s soundtrack which is piped into the restaurant while enjoying a Polynesian feast.

3. Whispering Canyon Café

Whispering Canyon Café has great food and silly antics making it a great restaurant for first time visitors. Not only does it provide the opportunity to see inside and explore Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort in all its’ beauty, but the food here is delicious! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner – all good, filling meals worth enjoying.

4. 50’s Prime Time Café

For even more ‘dinner and a show’ visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 50’s Prime Time Café transports guests back to the 1950s with classic comfort food dishes, retro décor, and a fun cast of waitstaff who are all about treating you like family. In addition to comfort foods like fried chicken and meatloaf, this restaurant is home to the fan-favorite peanut butter and jelly milkshake.


5. Sci-Fi Dine In Theater

While in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, stop for a bite at the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater. Here guests are seated in vintage cars where they’ll be able to take in clips from classic sci-fi films during lunch or dinner. In addition to the unique atmosphere Sci-Fi Dine In Theater is one of the best values for a table service restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort as entrees like hamburgers and salads are just slightly more expensive than they would be at quick service restaurants.

6. Biergarten

Take in an entirely different kind of show in Epcot’s Germany pavilion. Biergarten is as the name suggests a traditional German biergarten with buffet dining and live music in an Octoberfest setting. Guests can also order liters of beer or sip on Riesling wine flights during the show.

7. The Boathouse

With so many restaurants at Disney Springs, it is difficult to narrow down which one is best for a first visit. The Boathouse features prime steaks, fresh seafood, and more for guests looking to dine dockside. The most unique part of The Boathouse however is the Amphicar tour offering, which allows guests to see Disney Springs from the water in a classic, vintage Amphicar.

8. California Grill

Back at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, guests can enjoy dinner with a view at California Grill. This restaurant is located at the top of the resort, offering panoramic views of the Magic Kingdom Resort Area with what is likely the best view of the fireworks from outside the park. In addition to the stellar views, California Grill serves up some of the best food at the Walt Disney World Resort with everything from steaks and pasta dishes to sushi and fine desserts.

9. Beaches and Cream

Speaking of desserts, the ultimate dessert spot at the Walt Disney Word Resort can be found at Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Beaches and Cream. This retro soda fountain features specialty floats and sundaes along with classic entrees like patty melts and grilled cheese with tomato soup. The most unique item on the menu here is the Kitchen Sink, which is a giant shareable sundae featuring all the toppings in the house including an entire can of whipped cream.

10. Boma

First time guests should make a point to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort simply because it is one of the most unique Disney resorts. Here guests can view a savannah and see animals like giraffes and wildebeests while speaking with cultural representatives from African countries who are happy to share more about their cultures and the animals roaming the resort. Boma is one of the most extravagant buffets at the Walt Disney World Resort, expertly blending traditional African cuisine with American-inspired dishes. If it’s your first visit be sure to try the zebra domes for dessert!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."