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8 Totally True Facts About Walt Disney World Restaurants

While many people might think that the only food served in Walt Disney World is stereotypical theme park options like hot dogs, burgers, and fries, they are totally mistaken! Walt Disney World is home to countless dining locations ranging from snack carts to fine dining experiences which feature everything from global cuisine to traditional American. With so many amazing places to choose from, some restaurants in Walt Disney World are more popular than others thanks to their locations and menus. No matter how popular a Disney restaurant is, there are plenty that feature some interesting facts that guests might not know about. These facts help to share some interesting history and information about each Walt Disney World restaurant are some are lots of fun to find on a Disney trip. Here are eight totally true facts about Walt Disney World restaurants that guests might not know.

8. The Garden Grill Restaurant Rotates –

Epcot is home to dozens of dining options thanks to both Future World and World Showcase which feature several pavilions that are home to wonderful restaurants. One of the most popular locations to dine at in Epcot is the Garden Grill Restaurant which is located in The Land Pavilion. The Garden Grill restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features an all you can eat family style meal that guests can enjoy while meeting Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale. One of the most interesting things about the Garden Grill Restaurant is that it actually rotates! Once guests are seated, they can enjoy the gently rotating restaurant which offers up views of the Living with the Land attraction below and a beautiful mural depicting lush greenery and flowers.

7. A View Of Happily Ever After Fireworks –

One of the most popular experiences for guests to have while on a Walt Disney World vacation is watching Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom each evening. While the best viewing location is Main Street inside the park, there are two restaurants which also offer amazing and unique views of the show to accompany delicious meals. The California Grill is located at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort and offers sweeping views of the nearby Magic Kingdom and Happily Ever After. Guests can enjoy traditional Californian cuisine while listening to the soundtrack from Happily Ever After alongside amazing fireworks. Guests can also enjoy a unique view of Happily Ever After while dining at ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. ‘Ohana is open for breakfast and dinner each day, but guests who dine there for dinner can enjoy an all you can eat family style dinner of Polynesian classics while watching Happily Ever After through a series of large glass windows looking towards the Magic Kingdom across Seven Seas Lagoon.

6. Hidden Mice –

The Magic Kingdom is home to a restaurant which allows guests to dine like royals while meeting the Disney Princesses. Cinderella’s Royal Table invites guests to dine inside Cinderella Castle in a dining room filled with opulent and regal details like stained glass, vaulted ceilings, and royal crests. Guests can meet the Disney Princesses while dining, but might not realize that they can also spot two characters from Cinderella nearby as well. Guests should look up to the rafters to spot Jaq and Gus, two loveable mice from the film.

5. Prince Min –

World Showcase in Epcot is home to eleven different pavilions which each feature at least one quick service and one full service dining location. A very popular restaurant which many guests love is the Nine Dragons Restaurant in the China Pavilion. The restaurant is full of amazing intricate details including one located on the outdoor roof which many guests might not know about. Located on one corner of the roof of Nine Dragons Restaurant is a series of gold animals and one figure of a man. The man is a representation of Prince Min, an evil ancient ruler who was ultimately hanged for his cruelty. Chinese tradition calls for a figure of Prince Min to warn other potential tyrants as well as a series of animals guarding him from ever escaping.

4. The Beast’s Dinner Appearance –

Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland invites guests into the Beast’s Castle to dine like royalty on traditional French cuisine. Since the restaurant is so popular, it can be hard to get a reservation there making the way it operates very convenient for many guests. Breakfast and lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant are quick service meals and dinner is a full service meal allowing those who were unable to score a dinner reservation the chance to dine there for breakfast or lunch. Keep in mind however that the Beast only makes an appearance for the dinner service!

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3. Mama Melrose’s Hidden Mickey –

A great location in Disney’s Hollywood Studios which many guests love dining at is Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. The restaurant serves up traditional Italian cuisine with an interesting décor filled with twinkling lights, exposed brick, and hanging meats and cheeses. Guests who dine at Mama Melrose’s might not realize that there is a Hidden Mickey right near where they check in. Guests should look for a statue of a Dalmatian and be on the lookout for one of his spots that forms a classic Hidden Mickey.

2. Le Cellier Steakhouse’s Hidden Mickey –

One of the most popular restaurants in Epcot and all of Walt Disney World can be found in the Canada Pavilion in World Showcase. Le Cellier Steakhouse allows guests to dine in a cozy wine cellar while enjoying traditional steakhouse options with a Canadian touch. While the food and décor are wonderful, guests might never know to look for a Hidden Mickey when checking in for their reservations! Just behind the check in desk is a wall featuring a massive wine rack. Guests should look for three wine bottles which come together to form a classic Hidden Mickey.

1. Authentic Art & Décor –

An amazing dining option to try while visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the Yak & Yeti Restaurant. The location serves up Southeast Asian inspired cuisine and is filled with authentic art and statues from the region for guests to enjoy. The backstory of the restaurant is that the family who owns it spent time traveling throughout Southeast Asia collecting artwork and recipes for their patrons to enjoy. Guests are sure to love each piece of authentic art while dining in Yak & Yeti Restaurant!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.