5 Reasons We Love Full-Service Dining at Walt Disney World

EPCOT's Mexico Pavilion San Angel Inn
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Enjoying a meal at a restaurant in Walt Disney World is an exciting and delectable experience. For my family, planning a meal at a favorite place, or maybe trying a new restaurant, is all part of the fun. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch at a counter-service eatery or a more leisurely dinner at a full-service restaurant after a busy day, there is an option for every guest. Even more amazing is the fact that Disney is dreaming up fantastic restaurants all the time, so there’s always something new to try. The next time you’re ready to plan a visit to Walt Disney World, consider my top five reasons why I love full-service dining.


1. Something for Everyone!

Walt Disney World offers a wide range of dining options in its resorts and parks, and there is a restaurant for every kind of theme, ambiance, price range, and cuisine that you can imagine. Where else can you watch old black and white monster movies in a replica drive-in while enjoying dinner, or dine royally in a most famous castle while Cinderella and her princess friends greet you? Maybe you’d rather have dinner as sea turtles, sharks, tropical fish, and rays swim by. Perhaps you’re ready for a more adventurous meal in the middle of a prehistoric world. Whatever your passion and appetite desires, there is a full-service restaurant at Walt Disney World for you.

2. Discounts Abound

Whether you’re an Annual Passholder, a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) member, or if you hold a Tables in Wonderland card, there are a lot of great discounts for full-service dining. Take advantage of one of the Disney Dining plans and pre-pay your meals in advance.

3. A Great Way to Take a Break

Having a meal at a full-service restaurant is a perfect way to relax and refresh. Taking the time to sit down in the air-conditioning, rest, and catch up with the rest of my family while enjoying a wonderful meal away from the hustle of the parks is a must for my Disney trips. While some of the full-service restaurants may be more energetic than others, many of the choices offer a quiet dining experience.


4. Try Something New

Dining at one of the full-service restaurants in Walt Disney World is a terrific opportunity to try a new type of cuisine. Many of the restaurant offer typical American fare, but there are delicious alternatives if you’re interested in a different dining experience. The restaurants that are part of Epcot’s World Showcase boast many of the more exotic menus. Restaurant Marrakesh offers a tasty introduction to Moroccan food, while the Rose & Crown Dining Room lets guests enjoy traditional British favorites. Sample Japanese cuisine at Teppan Edo or Tokyo Dining. If you’re interested in trying authentic Mexican dishes, try La Hacienda de San Angel. Head over to the Magic Kingdom to try a variety of Asian and African cuisine at the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. Interested in African and Indian cuisine? Check out Boma or Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

5. Ease of Making a Reservation

Full-service restaurants in Walt Disney World are very popular, and if there are places you really want to eat at, I highly recommend making a reservation in advance. While some eateries may have walk-up availability, the majority do not. Luckily, Disney has made it very easy to make reservations via the phone, online and with the My Disney Experience app. Guests can begin making dining reservations up to 180 days in advance of their trip.

About Melissa Fegely

I have been a professional writer for over 18 years with degrees in Biology and English. I am a lifelong Disney fan and a Disney Vacation Club member of over nine years. Having visited Walt Disney World several times growing up, I really caught the Disney bug after many trips with my husband. Now I am happily addicted to taking our son to Walt Disney World as often as possible and watching him experience the magic and Mickey Bars as he grows up. Traveling to Walt Disney World twice a year, I enjoy attending the Flower and Garden festival held in the spring and strolling around the World Showcase, as well as exploring all of the hidden gems that all four parks have to offer. I love helping my family and friends plan their next Disney trips based on my experiences. I also enjoy reading, swimming, traveling, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, attended Shippensburg University, and current live in suburban Philadelphia with my husband, son, and two cats.