Feeling famished? Having a great time at a Walt Disney World park is an easy way to work up an appetite, and enjoying a meal at one of the exciting restaurants on Disney property is all part of the fun. The best part is that with almost 400 places to eat, there is easily something for every appetite and for every age range. Tweens and teen guests always seem to be hungry, and there are plenty of amazing eateries that appeal to them as well. Maybe they feel that eating breakfast with Winnie the Pooh and Tigger isn’t cool anymore, or that sharing dinner with the princesses in a royal banquet hall isn’t their thing. Luckily, there are quite a few dining establishments that the tweens and teens won’t give you a hard time about eating at. Check out these popular restaurants for an experience that your tweens and teens will absolutely love!
1. Teppan Edo
Head to the Japan pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase for a delicious meal prepared right at the table. Expert chefs provide plenty of antics and entertainment at the grill built into the table. Guests typically share the table with other parties, and it’s fun to meet new people while your food is being chopped, diced, and sautéed. The menu consists of tasty options like filet mignon, salmon, sushi, scallops, and chicken dishes.
2. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
Who doesn’t love watching old black-and-white horror movie clips in a convertible car under the starry night sky? Whether you’ve actually been to a real drive-in theater or not, this immersive restaurant is so close to the real thing! The tweens and teens will love the classic American menu offering yummy favorites like gourmet burgers, ribs, sandwiches, and pasta. Don’t forget to order the perennial favorite, a thick milkshake.
3. Coral Reef
Watching giant sea turtles, graceful rays, and sleek sharks glide by as you eat is a terrific experience, no matter how old you are! A reservation at the Coral Reef is always a win-win with tweens and teens, with menu options like mahi-mahi, salmon filet, shrimp and grits, and steak served in a tiered dining room. The main attraction is the captivating aquarium with eight-foot high windows that allows guests a remarkable view at the inhabitants of the coral reef.
4. 50’s Prime Time Café
See if your tweens and teens remember their manners at the 50’s Prime Time Café! This age group loves the thrilling attractions at Hollywood Studios, so take a break and grab a table at this popular eatery. Your server will be fully in the role of “Mom” or “Cousin” and make sure the elbows are off the table and plates are clean as your family enjoys delicious comfort food like fried chicken, meatloaf, and chicken pot pie. It’s a fun idea to not let your tween or teen in on the “rules” of the restaurant and watch their reaction when they find out!
5. Via Napoli
Pizza is the universal food group for tweens and teens everywhere, so Via Napoli is an excellent choice, hands down. Three massive wood ovens names after active Italian volcanos, Vesuvio, Stromboli, and Etna, cook delicious Neapolitan pizzas for guests, and authentic pasta and seafood dishes are enticing menu options too. With warm frescos, hand-painted tiles, and an airy dining area, the ambiance is casual with a distinct Italian flair.
Watch out for that Triceratops! You’re never too old to eat with dinosaurs, especially when a meteor shower passes on a regular basis. Disney Springs is already a popular destination for tweens and teens, so take a meal break at the T-Rex restaurant for casual American fare and scrumptious desserts, interspersed with animatronic prehistoric creatures. The menu is huge and offers something for everyone! An added bonus is getting to sit in the fanatic ice cave that has its own light show and also features a woolly mammoth nearby. The Kitchen of Fire is very impressive too!
7. Be Our Guest Restaurant
Don’t expect to find princesses and magic wands at this castle. Guests dining in the Beast’s castle will find suits of armor lining the halls, mysterious corridors, a dining room featuring claw marks, dark shadows, and a picture of the Prince that transforms into the Beast. Two additional dining areas have guests sitting in a breathtaking ball room or in the charming Gallery. The menu is inspired by French cuisine, with breakfast and lunch offered as a more causal counter-service meal while dinner is a prix fixe table-service affair. Tweens and teens will love the immersive experience here!
8. Raglan Road
I love the energy in this Disney Springs eatery! The Celtic music is loud and lively, and when the Irish dancers perform on the center stage, the enthusiasm is intoxicating. The menu offers comfort dishes like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and Bangers and Mash, with a few more familiar options as well. It’s truly a fun place to have a great meal and maybe even put a smile on your tween or teen’s face!