The Walt Disney World Resort is full of brilliant restaurants to dine in. Something suits every taste bud, budget, and dining experience. Guests can find everything from snack locations and quick-service restaurants to character dining, unique or signature dining experiences, and casual restaurants.
Now is a great time to consider the variety of restaurants that Guests can enjoy when visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. The current offer available to U.S. residents entitles Guests to a $750 dining credit when they book a Disney Resort hotel and theme park ticket package. Guests will benefit from the Disney Dining Promo Card when they book a five-night stay with a four-day Disney Park ticket between June 24 and September 13. The Disney Resort that Guests choose to stay in will determine the value of the dining credit they receive. A smaller credit is given to Guests of Value Resorts, while the most considerable credit is given to Guests of Deluxe Resorts.
Is your countdown well underway for your next vacation in the Walt Disney World Resort? Has this offer enticed you into booking your next Disney vacation? Or are you a frequent visitor looking for inspiration to make your 2023 visits to the Disney Parks and Resorts the best year yet? Whichever question you have answered yes to, let’s take a look at the twenty-three Walt Disney World restaurants that you should dine in during 2023.
We’ll begin with the original Disney Park in Walt Disney World. Did you know that there are twenty-three dining locations in Magic Kingdom Park, including eight full-service restaurants? The remaining dining locations in Magic Kingdom are quick-service restaurants or snack locations. We’ve narrowed the twenty-three restaurants down to three.
If you’re looking for good old American dishes in a charming and elegant eatery, you must stop by The Plaza Restaurant. Find it at Main Street, U.S.A., next to the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. appetizers, entrees, cakes, shakes, ice cream, and sundaes. Remember to save room for dessert – you won’t be disappointed!
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
Located in Adventureland, just around the corner from Sunshine Tree Terrace, the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen serves lunch and dinner. Guests can dine from the same menu throughout the day, with appetizers, entrees, and desserts inspired by Asia, South America, and Africa. Whether you’re a fan of Jungle Cruise or not, you will appreciate the theming of the restaurant, a light and airy dining space that is decorated with artifacts, details, and facts. Prepare for puns and jokes from your Skipper as food and drinks are served.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
This quick-service restaurant can be found in Frontierland, opposite the bridge that leads to Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Open from mid-morning until Park close, this Old West saloon serves up southwestern-inspired dishes. Nachos, fajitas, burgers, rice bowls, tacos, and churros are served in Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. The large seating area makes it ideal for taking a break from the sun and heat during the day and enjoying a little AC. If you’d prefer to secure a viewing spot for the Festival of Fantasy Parade, grab your order from Pecos Bill’s before finding a place on the walkway outside to enjoy your food before watching the parade.
Next, we’ll look at what’s on offer in EPCOT. World Showcase offers so many dining opportunities in the Disney Park that it’s challenging to pick out those you should visit. From fifty-one dining locations, four have made our 2023 list.
This restaurant opened in 2022 and has been a hit amongst Guests. It’s so popular that it is one of the most sought-after locations to secure an advance dining reservation. Located next to Mission: SPACE, Space 220 makes Guests feel as though they are dining in the middle of space. The windows in the restaurant provide you with perfect daytime and nighttime views of Earth and EPCOT. Guests can enjoy a Prix-fare, 2-course meal for lunch or a Prix-fare, 3-course meal for dinner. If you want to splurge a little or celebrate something special, this is the restaurant to dine in at EPCOT.
Rose & Crown
Are you looking for good old British food with waterfront dining? Then the Rose & Crown Pub is the place to dine. The menu features classic dishes, including Scotch Egg, Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash, and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Secure your advance dining reservation around 60 minutes before Park close, and you’ll be able to view Harmonious over World Showcase Lagoon from the waterfront patio.
Les Halles Boulangerie -Patisserie
Hidden at the back of the France Pavilion is a traditional French bakery known as Les Halles. Open throughout the day from 11 a.m.; Guests can sample tempting delicacies and delectable treats. Freshly made sandwiches, baguettes, quiche, and soup are served here, as well as a wide selection of desserts that France is known for. A wide selection of coffee and wine is served here to accompany the cuisine. The indoor seating area offers shade from the sun, while the outdoor seating on the French ‘street’ provides the feeling of being right in the heart of Paris.
Find the newest quick-service dining location in EPCOT in World Celebration. The dishes served in Connections Eatery are inspired by flavors from around the world, including Italian, Asian and French cuisines. The open kitchen allows Guests to view dishes being made by chefs before being served. Unlike other quick-service locations in Walt Disney World, dishes are served on plastic plates, and Guests can use metal cutlery. This offers Guests a more luxurious dining experience in Connections Eatery.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Take the Disney Skyliner or FriendShip Boats to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for more restaurants that have made our 2023 dining list. There are twenty-six dining locations in the Disney Park, but three have made our list for 2023.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
Enjoy a home-style Italian fare with a California twist in a cute restaurant at the end of Grand Avenue in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is a hidden gem that invites Guests into a cozy space that is finished with checked curtains, string lights, and walls decorated with eclectic mementos. The menu offers a variety of favorite Italian dishes, such as Minestrone Soup, Fried Fresh Mozzarella, Pasta, Oven-Baked Chicken alla Parmigiana, Tiramisu, and Cannoli.
Hollywood & Vine
The character dining experience at Echo Lake in Hollywood & Vine is a lot of fun. A buffet breakfast is accompanied by Disney Junior stars and is served from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. If you’d prefer to see Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck, then Minnie’s Seasonal Dining is the experience for you. Guests can enjoy a buffet lunch or dinner that offers dishes suitable for your visiting season.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
Travelers of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be looking for a place to stop when feeling hungry. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo offer the perfect combination of a themed eatery with a variety of dishes. Guests can order galactic-inspired grub to feast upon in a working hangar bay.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Let’s head on an expedition through Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Disney Park offers thirty-one restaurants and beverage locations, but we’ve narrowed it down to three that you should dine in.
Tiffins is the place to dine if you want to splurge a little. You’ll find it to the left of Discovery Island, just before the bridge to Pandora – The World of Avatar. Prepare for an expedition as you globetrot through different flavors that are artfully prepared. Tiffins is open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day, offering lunch and dinner to Guests. Take some time after your dining experience to admire the lavish artwork that is displayed throughout the restaurant.
If a bountiful buffet sounds more like your thing, and you’re hoping to dine in the company of Disney characters, then Tusker House is a must-visit. African-inspired dishes are served throughout the day, from breakfast through dinner. Time your dining experience right, and you’ll get to enjoy the breakfast and lunch menu. Whenever you choose to dine here, you’ll be in the company of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy in their safari gear. There’s a whole load of fun waiting for you in Tusker House. Remember to order Jungle Juice to accompany your dining experience.
Flame Tree Barbecue
The quick-service restaurant you should dine in during 2023 is Flame Tree Barbecue. You’ll find this eatery on Discovery Island. It’s known for its smokehouse meat, baked beans, coleslaw, and fresh salads. Flame Tree Barbecue also offers a beautiful outdoor seating area overlooking the Discover River in the shade of the trees. You don’t want to miss it!
Accompany your shopping experience at Disney Springs with excellent restaurants. Whether you visit during the day or late into the evening, you won’t be disappointed with these choices.
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
Feast upon dishes and enjoy live music and dancing inspired by the Emerald Isle at Raglan Road. This beautiful pub offers a quiet and airy dining space during the day. By evening, this location is the life and soul of Disney Springs. The pub comes alive with fantastic entertainment to enjoy whether you are dining inside or sipping a drink at the bar or outside patio.
The Polite Pig
The Polite Pig is the perfect fusion of quick-service and casual dining. Place your order as you enter before securing a table. It won’t be long before your food is served for you to tuck into. Find this modern barbecue outpost in Town Center and enjoy Florida-inspired cuisine and libations on tap.
Summer House on the Lake
Opening later this year, Summer House on the Lake is going to occupy the site that was Bongo’s Cuban Cafe. The restaurant will bring California-inspired cuisine to Disney Springs with a menu created by Chef Ben Goodnick. Guests can enjoy lunch and dinner in a light and airy Summer House while sipping on Rose, handcrafted cocktails, and wines from an extensive list.
Now for the Disney restaurants you want to take advantage of in the Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Visiting the Disney Resorts is a great way to use the different modes of Disney transport, and explore somewhere new.
Trattoria al Forno
Located on Disney’s BoardWalk, Trattoria Al Forno is a casual Italian eatery. Guests can enjoy breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. or dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cuisine served here celebrates every part of Italy, with regional specialties and favorite classics. There is also a fine selection of authentic wine to pair with your dinner. If you are partial to an Italian dessert, save room for a sweet treat.
Geyser Point Bar & Grill
This beautiful dining location can be found on the shores of Bay Lake at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. The spacious outdoor deck offers perfect views of the Electrical Water Pageant and Magic Kingdom fireworks above the trees. Stop by for rustic fare, or quench your thirst with a specialty cocktail or wide selection of beer.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s quick-service dining location is ideal if you can’t secure an advance dining reservation in the Resort’s other popular restaurants. Guests can enjoy Tonga Toast in Capt. Cook’s, made famous by Kona Cafe, at breakfast time. The quick-service location serves up the famous noodles and vegetables from ‘Ohana for lunch and dinner. Capt. Cook’s is also located just around the corner from Pineapple Lanai so you can finish your dining experience with a helping of Dole Whip.
The Artist’s Palette
Stop by Disney’s Saratoga Springs, and enjoy freshly-made sandwiches, oven-baked pizza, salad, and Gyro. Sit inside the colorful dining hall, or secure a table on the patio overlooking High Creek Springs. Follow your dining experience with a cruise down the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs, or hop on a bus to a Disney Park.
Make time to stop by Trail’s End at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground for a bountiful breakfast. Enjoy family-style dining that includes Mickey waffles, fresh pastries, berry-granola yogurt parfait, cheesy potato casserole, eggs, and smoked brisket. It’s the perfect spot to fill up before a day in the Disney Parks.
Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
Are you looking for a delicious Disney character dining experience outside the Disney Parks? Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera at the top of Disney’s Riviera Resort is the place to be. Securing an advance dining reservation for breakfast may require patience, but it’s worth the effort. Enjoy freshly-baked pastries before choosing two entrees in the company of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy.
Relax on island time at Disney’s Caribbean Beach. Sebastian’s Bistro at Old Port Royale serves a delightful family-style dining experience, offering dishes with Latin and Caribbean flavors. Let your server know which dishes are your favorite, so they can bring more for you to treat yourself to. Guests are served dinner between 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Which of these restaurants will you dine in during 2023? Do you plan to visit them all?