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Do You Know These 6 Secrets About Disney Restaurants?

Walt Disney World is full of amazing experiences for guests to enjoy from the first moments of a vacation to the final attraction. With four theme parks, two water parks, over two dozen Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs, guests might think that the only things to enjoy on a Disney vacation are attractions and entertainment. Many guests might completely overlook the food, thinking that Walt Disney World only serves up stereotypical theme park food like hamburgers and chicken nuggets. Little do those guests know that a Disney vacation is full of endless dining options ranging from fine dining experiences to snack carts. With so many amazing dining locations to try, guests might get caught up in the excellent food options and overlook some hidden details and secrets about the restaurants themselves. From hidden characters and dining areas to beautiful views and condiment silliness, there are some special secrets to be found in the restaurants of Walt Disney World. Let’s see if you know these six secrets about Disney restaurants.

6. The Garden Grill’s Hidden Mickey —

Epcot’s Future World is home to a full service restaurant which serves up some of the freshest and unique offerings in the park. The Garden Grill can be found on the middle level of The Land Pavilion and is open each day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests who dine at the location can enjoy family style meals while meeting favorite characters including Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale. Part of what makes The Garden Grill so unique is that the entire restaurant slowly rotates, allowing guests different views throughout their meals. One portion of the restaurant features a massive mural depicting many different types of flowers and greenery. Guests who look closely in the mural can spot a very difficult Hidden Mickey who can be found peering out from behind the horizontal leaves on a tall plant.

5. Cinderella’s Royal Table’s Mice —

One of the most popular dining locations in all of Walt Disney World can be found inside Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Cinderella’s Royal Table invites guests to feel like royalty as they dine amongst the Disney Princesses. The full service location is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and allows guests to enjoy delicious meals while taking in details and ambiance fit for royalty. Guests who look up to the rafters of Cinderella’s Royal Table can even spot the loveable mice Jaq and Gus.

4. Restaurantosaurus’ Music —

Dinoland in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to a quick service location which surrounds guests with props and humor created by the students in the nearby Dino Institute. Restauranosaurus serves up delicious options for lunch and dinner and features several different dining rooms and an outdoor patio. Guests who dine at the location might notice that the music all relates back to the dinosaurs in some way or another, including the tongue in cheek “It’s The End Of The World” by R.E.M.

3. Columbia Harbour House’s Second Floor —

The Magic Kingdom is home to several different quick service locations including one in Liberty Square which is very popular with guests. The Columbia Harbour House features a seafood inspired menu served up in a nautical setting filled with dark wood paneling and sea faring props. While there are plenty of tables on the first floor of the restaurant, some guests might not realize that there is a second floor with more tables and large windows which overlook the pathways of Liberty Square below.

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2. Whispering Canyon Cafe’s Condiments —

In addition to great dining locations within the Disney theme parks, there are also some amazing options in the Disney Resorts. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge can be found on Bay Lake near the Magic Kingdom and behind Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Guests who visit the Disney Resort and dine at Whispering Canyon Café can enjoy a full service breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a large dining room filled with warm wood paneling and charming rustic touches. Part of what makes Whispering Canyon Café so enjoyable are the quirky and amusing servers who have a few tricks and silly moments up their sleeves. Guests who ask for ketchup to go with their meals might end up with a lifetime supply thanks to the jokes at this restaurant.

1. California Grill’s View —

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to one of the most popular restaurants in Walt Disney World that offers sweeping views. The California Grill is located atop the Disney Resort and offers beautiful views of nearby Seven Seas Lagoon, the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Guests who time their dinner reservations to coincide with Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom can enjoy a unique and breathtaking view of the fireworks show with the accompanying music piped in.

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.