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We Pick One: The Best Table-Service Options in Walt Disney World

Dining is an important part of a Disney World vacation. There are a lot of options throughout the Theme Parks, Disney Resorts and Disney Springs that it can be hard to narrow it down to where you should take time. We will take a quick look at our favorite sit-down meals at the four theme parks and Disney Springs to help you have a better dining plan when you get ready to make an advance dining reservation.

Disney Springs

Since being reimagined, Disney Springs has become the hot spot for outstanding food options. With award-winning chefs such as Morimoto, Art Smith, Jose Andres, to name a few, the food quality and dining experiences in Disney Springs are some of the best throughout Disney property. As we looked at all of our favorites, Disney Springs was the hardest to pick just one, but when we thought about it, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ gets our number one pick for a Disney Springs restaurant.

Offering amazing comfort food, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is located in The Landing at Disney Springs. Opened for lunch and dinner and brunch on specific days, Homecomin’ offers both a down-home meal and a fantastic shine bar. The amazing chicken and donuts are a favorite, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Consider sharing some of the starters, such as the thigh high chicken biscuits or church lady deviled eggs so you can have dessert. The hummingbird cake is delicious, as is the shine cake that has moonshine syrup! Don’t forget to try out some of the signature moonshines.

The Rise, ‘n Shine Brunch, is one of the hardest to get dining reservations in Disney Springs. Not only are there amazing rise ‘n shine cocktails, but the delicious entrees aren’t to be missed.

If you are looking for an outstanding meal in Disney Springs, we highly recommend looking at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ as you won’t be sorry.

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EPCOT

EPCOT is known for all of the food and drink options that it has to offer. From the festivals throughout the year and the many options that can be found in the World Showcase at all of the different countries. Although there are some great options, from the new crepe in France to Le Cellier in Canada and Spice Road Table in Morocco, the dining option we will choose in EPCOT is the newest option in the Walt Disney World Resort Space220.

This new dining experience is found in World Discovery, located at the front of EPCOT. Space220 offers lunch and dinner using a prix fixe menu. This isn’t just a meal but an experience. The journey begins when you board a space elevator that ascends into the stars and takes you to the space station dining.

The menu at Space220 is unique and offers fun, space-inspired dishes such as space greens or blue moon cauliflower. Make sure to try out the special drinks, celestial cosmopolitan or the planetary punch, that is brought to your table for some fun.

Space220 is a fantastic dining experience and adds a lot to EPCOT. It is also hard to get a dining reservation, so think about trying the lounge if you can’t get a reservation during your Disney vacation.

50’s Prime Time Cafe

Heading over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there were fewer options to choose from for outstanding table service meals. When we looked at the options, 50’s Prime Time Cafe came out as our number one. Located around Echo Lake in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 50’s Prime Time Cafe offers more comfort food (maybe we have a pattern when it comes to food?) that is delicious. Open for lunch and dinner throughout the day, we find the food choices excellent and prices reasonable.

Built on the concept that you are in Mom’s kitchen with your aunts and uncles, this meal adds some humor as you might be reminded to mind your manors, finish those veggies and stay off your phone. The 1950s decor is so interesting to see, and many kids will find it all so fascinating. Start with a shark and end with warm apple pie, and you won’t be sorry. We love the sampler platter that allows us to enjoy a little taste of the fried chicken, meatloaf, and pot roast. Don’t overlook 50’s Prime Time Cafe when looking for a great meal in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Tiffins

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has some excellent dining options for both quick service restaurants and table service restaurants. When we looked at all of the choices (Tusker House, Yak, and Yeti, and Rainforest Cafe), our number one option would be Tiffins. This is a signature dining location within Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is an adventure of culinary experiences that brings cuisine from Africa and Asia.

The atmosphere inside Tiffins is truly breathtaking as it feels like an adventure club where travel is everywhere. Take time to explore the beautiful photographs, paintings, and sketches that Disney Imagineers have used to bring Disney’s Animal Kingdom to life.

Because it is a signature meal, the prices are higher than what we would typically spend in a Theme Park, so keep that in mind. If you are looking to experience the food without a high price tag, consider heading to Nomad Lounge next door.

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Jungle Navigation Co Skipper Canteen

In Magic Kingdom, we would pick Jungle Navigation Co Skipper Canteen over the other table service offerings such as Cinderella’s Royal Table, Be Our Guest, or Liberty Tree Tavern. We love the atmosphere of this restaurant as it connects to the Jungle Cruise. There are three different dining rooms that you can experience: Mess All, Jungle Room, and S.E.A. Room, all with hidden secrets.

Skipper Canteen is a hidden gem in Adventureland. Most Guests don’t even know that it is there, making a dining reservation easier to get. The food is unique and brings in exotic flavors from around the world, but it still has options for even the pickiest eaters. We love taking a break in the afternoon for a meal at Skipper Canteen so we can get out of the heat and crowd.

There are some fantastic dining locations throughout Walt Disney World. At all four Theme Parks and Disney Springs, Guests have a variety of choices for meals. We hope that these top choices will help you make dining reservations for your Walt Disney World vacation.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.