Disney Dining – To All Who Read This Yummy Post, Welcome!
We’ve shared our favorite locations to grab a bite in Epcot. We’ve toured the authentic flavors and our preferred dishes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, but now my dear friend, Jane (JanesWorld.co,) and I want to take you on a special trip. An adventure where fairy tale dreams come true and magical meals await. A delicious dining journey where we will share our favorite treats and a few Disney dining tips through Magic Kingdom park.
Remember: Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be made up to 180 days ahead of your magical arrival. You can make these reservations through the My Disney Experience App or account online or by calling the dining number listed in the Walt Disney World Resort phone directory.
I love an early morning Advanced Dining Reservation at The Crystal Palace as much as I love watching Wishes nighttime spectacular above Cinderella Castle. While pre-park opening reservations are extremely coveted due largely to the enchanted feeling of walking down an almost empty Main Street, U.S.A., it’s not always on our list simply because my family isn’t the best at early mornings. I think everyone should book one at least once, but for those of you who like us, enjoy the extra sleep, we have found a new morning favorite. We like to arrive to Magic Kingdom shortly after opening and hustle all the way to the back where the new Fantasyland attractions can be found. We might take a ride on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or swim with Ariel on Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, but then we head to Gaston’s Tavern for a giant warm cinnamon roll and a cup of fresh fruit! It’s a tasty breakfast and while the majority of the crowd makes their way through the park from the front to the back, we enjoy the attractions at the back first and then make our way to the front.
I can be rather indecisive at times and it doesn’t help when there are so many delicious Disney dining options to choose from. A lobster roll at Columbia Harbour House, a chili-cheese dog at Casey’s Corner, or even nachos at the Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. They’re all so good! We usually choose a family favorite close to our current park location or near our next FastPass+ selection.
Most days we still take an afternoon break from the parks to return to our Resort Hotel and swim or rest and refresh. Although the Magic Kingdom has plenty of dining options within its gates, it’s also near many of our favorite Resort Hotel dining locations. The following are our favorites at each of the nearby monorail Resort Hotels.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Chef Mickey’s – Character Dining
California Grill – Signature Dining – Offers picturesque views of the Magic Kingdom & fireworks
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
‘Ohana – Fun Hawaiian-style dinner feast
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Grand Floridian Cafe
Narcoossee’s – Signature Dining – Also offers view of Magic Kingdom and fireworks
Whether you plan your meal and stay for the fireworks or enjoy an early dinner and head back into the parks, these Disney dining locations offer an extra option to your park experience and give you time to check out other Disney Resort Hotels. I especially love this option during the holidays when each Resort Hotel is full of incredible decorations.
No trip to a Disney Park would be complete without treating yourself (and the family) to scrumptious in park snacks. These are the ones I encourage you to keep an eye out for:
The Friar’s Nook – Pot Roast Mac & Cheese – Okay, maybe not a snack for one, but share this treat with the whole family!
LeFou’s Brew – Gaston’s Tavern
House-made Arepas – Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen –
Cream Cheese Stuffed Pretzel – The Lunching Pad
Fresh fruit and Nutella Waffle Sandwich – Sleepy Hollow
Churros – Usually a cart in Frontierland and near Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus
and don’t forget to pick team #DoleWhip or team #CitrusSwirl
While you’re still hungry make sure you head on over to Jane’s World for her mouthwatering journey around the Magic Kingdom. While my” tumbly is a grumbly” for our favorite Magic Kingdom meals and treats, half the fun is planning and especially when you’re planning with friends!
For help planning your Advance Dining Reservations or any part of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, head on over and ask my favorite Disney planning gurus at the Disney Parks Moms Panel.