While every Disney restaurant offers magic in one way or another, there are a few that can’t be beat. Plan your most magical vacation ever with these picks for where to dine throughout the parks and resorts:
1. Cinderella’s Royal Table
Is there any place more magical to dine in Disney besides Cinderella Castle itself? Cinderella’s Royal Table is the ultimate Magic Kingdom character dining experience, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Cinderella and some of the other Disney princesses. Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table comes with a special meet and greet and photo op with Cinderella in the main level of the castle, before guests head upstairs for their meal. It’s the perfect location for kids and adults alike offering a magical romantic dinner for couples as well as a classic Disney character breakfast for kids.
2. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Another magical way to dine with the princesses can be found in Epcot’s Norway pavilion. Akershus not only offers character dining with princesses like Snow White, Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, and more but it’s also a unique dining experience in terms of the food offered. Depending on the time of the day, guests are offered either a pre-fixe menu, or a choice of entree or family style breakfast alongside a traditional Norwegian buffet.
3. Be Our Guest Restaurant
One of the most popular restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort also happens to be among the most magical. Open for quick service breakfast and lunch and table service dinner, Be Our Guest gives guests the chance to dine in one of three intricately themed rooms inside the Beasts’ castle. Dinner at Be Our Guest even includes a special meet and greet with the Beast, but reservations fill up fast so be sure to book early!
4. Victoria & Albert’s
For a different kind of magical experience plan a date night at the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort. Victoria & Albert’s is the most exclusive signature restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offering a fully gourmet experience with a multi-course dinner. Dinner at Victoria & Albert’s is definitely a splurge, but it’s worth it if you’re looking for a uniquely magical dinner while on your next adult’s only day in Disney.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to some of the most intricately themed areas in Disney parks, and its restaurant scene is no exception. Tiffins embraces the design of Discovery Island with an inspired menu and ornate decor themed perfectly to Animal Kingdom. The menu offers adventurous eats alongside seafood, vegetarian dishes, soups, and more, creating the perfect dish for everyone all under one roof.
6. Hollywood Brown Derby
There’s nothing like the magic of Old Hollywood, and while the feel of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is certainly going in a new direction, you can still get those classic Hollywood vibes at the Hollywood Brown Derby. Designed after the California original (where the cobb salad was invented) this signature restaurant is adorned with sketches of celebrities and it features a menu with steaks, seafood, specialty cocktails, and more. Make your meal at the Hollywood Brown Derby even more magical by booking a Fantasmic dining package and get seats in the reserved middle section of the amphitheater after dinner.
7. California Grill
For the most magical dinner with a view, look no further than Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Located on the 15th floor, you’ll find California Grill, an upscale restaurant known for everything from sushi to filet mignon with spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom. Open for dinner and brunch, this restaurant is understandably a popular spot to watch the fireworks! (And if you eat too early to catch the fireworks during your meal, you can bring your receipt to the host stand later on the same day to get access to the viewing area.)
8. Plaza Restaurant
For no frills classic Disney magic, the Plaza Restaurant on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom is the place to go. The fairly standard menu (with salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and seasonal specials) os still quite delicious and nothing beats stopping for a bottomless milkshake or a sundae on a busy day in the park. Breakfast at the Plaza Restaurant is always a great way to start the day in the Magic Kingdom and take in the early morning entertainment on Main Street (like the trolley show and the Dapper Dans) before or after your meal.