Many guests may get caught up in dining at the parks or focused on what the parks have to offer and not consider what they may be missing at some of the most amazing resorts on property. The Deluxe resorts all have 2 or more amazing restaurants that is becomes extremely difficult to pick the favorite ones. Here are 6 of the restaurants that we love across Disney’s deluxe resorts that you must try:
6. 1900 Park Fare
Cinderella, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh… oh my! These are just a selection of the characters that you might encounter during breakfast or dinner at this location. The food is served buffet-style and is all you care to enjoy. The offerings are nothing short of amazing and so much more than you would expect to encounter on any buffet. While you dine, the atmosphere is upbeat and the characters are making their way from family to family to sign autographs, take fun pictures and create magical memories for each guest. The restaurant is located at the beautiful Grand Floridian Resort on the 1st floor of the main building. This makes it an easy monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom and easy to access if you aren’t saying there.
5. Jiko – The Cooking Place
Make your way on over to the Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House. From the resort you have amazing views of the savanna and the animals that live there. At the resort, you will find an amazing restaurant with an on-stage kitchen, Jiko. The restaurant offers traditional African dishes and beverages that are perfectly executed by the amazing staff. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, this restaurant is 2 entitlements and has a dress code, so you will want to consider that when you make your reservation. IF you are a wine fan, you can also sign up for the wine tasting experience on select days to sample African wines with various cheese accompaniments. This is a truly unique and beautiful location that you have to add to your next vacation!
4. Chef Mickey’s
This is the most popular character dining location outside of the parks. The monorail passes regularly right past the restaurant, as the restaurant lives on a busy floor within the Contemporary Resort. It is accessible via walking or monorail from the Magic Kingdom, so it is a great location to get a little break from the parks and get to see this fabulous resort. This restaurant is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner giving you many opportunities to hopefully snag a reservation. The meals are all you care to enjoy in a buffet-style format. The food is delicious, but probably not my favorite of the character buffets. The atmosphere and amount of characters make up for it, though. You are likely to encounter any combination of Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Donald. This is a great opportunity to see the beloved Fab 5 in their chef attire. The whole family is going to love this one!
3. Whispering Canyon Café
Fun, fun, fun! Head on over to Wilderness Lodge and get ready for an experience unlike any other on property. This restaurant is in a beautiful location on the first floor of the lodge, and the cast members are ready to serve you up a lot of fun and craziness. You may experience a large amount of straws, straw sculptures or the longest straw contest, huge Mason jar glasses, ketchup pyramids, lots of hootin’ and hollerin’ and many other antics. One thing you must do is ask for ketchup. You may find yourself with more ketchup than you know what to do with and a ton of fun! The restaurant is also unique in that there is a menu and you select what you would like to enjoy, but there is also an option to enjoy the all you can eat skillet, which comes with a large selection of all kind of delicious food and sides. You definitely want to give those a try and prepare to come hungry!
2. California Grill
At the very top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort sits the California Grill. This is an absolutely amazing culinary experience that also offers amazing views of the Magic Kingdom, especially to view the fireworks show. The music is piped in so that you can enjoy the entire show from the restaurant without the crowds from within the park, allowing you to see the entire show unfold. The meal has a required dress code and is also 2 dining entitlements on the Disney Dining Plan, so you will want to be aware of that in advance. If you enjoy brunch, this location also serves brunch on select days, so you can enjoy a delicious selection of brunch offerings while enjoying the views of the Magic Kingdom. The food at any service is all amazing and very much worth the visit, even if you didn’t get to enjoy the benefit of the location!
This is my family’s favorite restaurant on property. Ohana is at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, in a spot that is lined with windows that show of the view directly across the Seven Seas Lagoon from the Magic Kingdom. If you dine for dinner you can enjoy views of the Electrical Water Parade along with the Happily Ever After fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom. The music is also piped in during the fireworks, which of course makes the entire show perfect. Then let’s talk about the food. This location offers a breakfast service and a dinner service, and both are equally as delicious, with the meals served family style and an all you care to enjoy format. So if you want more, just ask and your “cousin” will bring it on over. (Ohana means family!) For breakfast you will enjoy fresh fruit, a delicious selection of breads, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits and Mickey waffles! For dinner, you are offered salad, pot stickers, wings, various meat selections on skewers, noodles, vegetables and then the best part, the dessert. The dessert is our favorite in all of Walt Disney World, and is a bread pudding topped with caramel and banana sauce and homemade rich vanilla bean ice cream. It is beyond delicious! We have gone twice in a vacation for dinner before because once just wasn’t enough!