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I love planning for our Disney Vacations. Since I am always reading Disney News Articles, looking at Disney Food Photos, and running a Disney website I try to think of different fun ways to plan for our next vacation. In between writing Disney Food Confessions and Top Eat articles this past week I thought what would be my Perfect Disney Dining Day. Start to finish if money were no object and I had ADR’s waiting on me anywhere. What places would I choose?
My wife and I have dined at almost every Disney restaurant over the years except for some of the Higher Priced Signature Restaurants and of course Club 33.
So out of all the restaurants I have dined at what places would make up the perfect day from Breakfast through dinner including one snack. Follow along with me as I pick my favorites and then afterwards let me know yours either here or over on Facebook.
Breakfast – Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Resort – Tonga Toast with bacon and Kona Coffee French Press & POG Juice. Earlier this year when we went to Walt Disney World we actually ate here twice it was so good! Truly a one of a kind breakfast item!
Lunch – Le Cellier Steakhouse Canadian Pavilion Epcot – After a hearty breakfast and armed with a magical metabolism I manage to be hungry again. So I stop off at Le Cellier for Cheddar Cheese Soup with Pretzel Bread, and a Medium Rare Steak. For dessert I dive into a Chocolate-on-Chocolate Whiskey Cake.
Dinner – Boma Flavors of Africa Animal Kingdom Lodge – Fresh ingredients and unique African flavor this place is hands down my all time favorite place to eat at Disneyworld. The atmosphere is great, food even greater, and the service is spot on! This is the perfect meal to end the perfect day. But wait I almost forgot my snack.
Snack –from Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom – The Dole whip is one of my Top 10 Disney Desserts. It’s a perfect pairing for sitting at the Magic Kingdom and watching the fireworks. Since this is all hypothetical I am going to imagine I can take my time and eat this yummy dessert without it melting at all.
So that is my choices for Perfect Disney Dining Day. Now its your turn to let me know yours in the comment section below or on our Facebook Page.
This article is featured on the July edition of the Disney Blog Carnival.
Looking over the list of restaurants around Disney Animal Kingdom is kinda slim especially when you want a good sit down meal. I was left with 3 options to choose from which doesn’t make for a good list for our weekly series Top Eats.
So I decided to include those resorts around the Animal Kingdom Area to help expand my choices even further. That opened it up a little more but nowhere near as many choices as Epcot or the Magic Kingdom area holds.
5. Yak & Yeti - Really good Asian Food, I would say even better than Nine Dragons in Epcot. For me it is more authentic and don’t get me started on the Dim Sum for two..The only downfall is the atmosphere isn’t as great as some Disney Restaurants it feels like a quick service restaurant for the most part.
4. Rainforest Cafe – I can see why this is a national chain. Great food and even better atmosphere. This is one of the places we try to visit every time we are at Disney World. I like the Animal Kingdom stop better than the Downtown Disney. It seems it’s not as busy as it’s counterpart.
2. Sanaa – The most unique Dining locations in the Animal Kingdom area. The food is a fusion of India and African. Some dishes are really good while others fall kind of flat. Still a very good restaurant but no where near as good as my top choice…
1.Dinner Buffet in all of Walt Disney World. I could eat here every day and not get sick of it. There are so many choices and the food is so delicious if you have never been you NEED to go! A perfect fusion of Indian, African and a touch of Asian.– My favorite
What are your Top Eats from around the Animal Kingdom? Let us know in the comment section below.
Great little top 10 list from Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer at Disney Park Blog:
We recently posted Top 10 favorite Walt Disney World restaurants and a reader asked for favorite quick-service restaurants. With four theme parks it’s not easy but we’re still sticking to Top 10. Forget hot dogs and hamburgers, here goes:
- Sweet Potato Cart, Frontierland, Magic Kingdom. Vegans, vegetarians and carnivores love this filling snack that’s low fat and full of vitamins – and you can eat on the run. Sweet potatoes are seasonal, so if we don’t find them, we head to Columbia Harbour House for the Lighthouse Sandwich – hummus, broccoli slaw and tomatoes on whole-grain bread. Or we throw caution to the wind and order the restaurant’s fried shrimp platter.
- Ditto for the veggie egg roll from the Egg Roll Wagon in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. Low fat, not so much. But satisfying and easy to eat when you’re dashing through the park.
- Taco Salad, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, Frontierland, Magic Kingdom. Better than a burger and you can load up with jalapeños at the toppings bar.
- Half slab of St. Louis Ribs, Flame Tree Barbecue, Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We’ve peeked in the kitchen to watch the chefs grill these tasty favorites – finger-lickin’ good.
- Kung Pao Beef, Yak & Yeti counter service, Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Grab some chopsticks and dig in.
- Pressed Tuscan deli sandwich with shaved smoked ham, smoked breast of turkey, provolone, Caesar dressing and Pesto marinated tomatoes on a Tuscan roll, served with apple slices or French fries at Studio Catering Company, Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Go for the fries.
- Southwest salad with chicken, tortillas, black bean relish, avocado, and cilantro vinaigrette at Backlot Express, Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And since it’s relatively healthful, sometimes we sneak in a late-afternoon peanut butter and jelly shake at the bar at 50’s Prime Time Cafe.
- Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese Salad with honey sherry dressing at Sunshine Seasons, The Land pavilion, Epcot. Plain delicious if you love beets. If not, go for the seared tuna salad with sesame-rice wine dressing.
- Does a chocolate crepe count as a meal? We think so. Stop at the Crepes des Chefs de France kiosk in Epcot World Showcase.
- Sit at the outdoor tables and people watch while you share a shawarma platter at Tangierine Cafe at the Morocco pavilion in Epcot World Showcase. Generous tastes of hummus, tabouleh, couscous salad and Moroccan bread. We suggest the chicken and lamb combo.
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Last week, I struggled a bit coming up with quick service spots in Hollywood Studios that I thought were good enough to recommend to others. We figure if you’re kind enough to read our site, we owe it to you to be honest and accurate. The last thing any of us wants is for someone to be sitting in the World thinking “Wow, they were really wrong about this place” so we take this pretty seriously. Well, I’m happy to tell you that I didn’t struggle to find places to recommend in Epcot. In fact, the real problem was narrowing it down. Here’s my top five.
5. Sommerfest has a really limited menu, so if you have vegetarians in your group, you might want to send them ahead to the next pavilion so you can enjoy your sausage without them giving you accusing, hungry glances. Sommerfest is modeled after the German schnellimbuss, which are the small, fast food stands you’ll find throughout Germany. You’ll find pretzels, wurst (served with sauerkraut and a roll), German beer, and pastries, often Black Forest Cake and a delicious Apple strudel. The desserts are above average, so it’s one of those places where the included dessert which comes with your quick service meal on the dining plan is a particularly good bargain. The wurst is very flavorful, although I’d love it if they served it with some mustard that had more of a “bite” to it. The rolls served with the wurst are its weakest link, as is often the case with Disney World restaurants. Sommerfest lacks adequate seating, but if you can get one of the few nearby tables, you’ll enjoy one of the most shaded spots in Epcot. Good people watching too.
4. Located in the Norway paviolion in Epcot, Kringla Bakeri og Cafe has two things that always stand out in my mind: One, the really extraordinary rice cream, which is their super-creamy but not too sweet (so it counts as lunch) version of rice pudding; and two, the friendliest cast members in the World Showcase, which is saying a lot because it’s Disney and everyone is friendly. I’m not sure what they’re putting in these kids’ school bread, but whatever it is, I’d like some for the cashiers at my local Whole Foods, please. Besides cheerful cast members and rice pudding, you can find a wide variety of pastries, sandwiches, small salads, a soup of the day, and a vegetable tort. All of it’s fresh and all of it’s very good. There’s a small, shaded seating area as well.
3. Vegetarians can eat really well at Epcot quick service restaurants and one of the best spots is the Tangerine Cafe, located in the Moroccan Pavilion, where they’ll find a tasty vegetable platter with traditional accompaniments. Shawarma platters with couscous, hummus and bread, wraps, and Mediterranean Sliders are exotic enough for the setting but not so spicy as to be unappealing to more timid palates. There’s also a kids’ menu with chicken fingers and burgers. As a bonus, this place is just exotic enough that it scares off some guests, so you’re unlikely to encounter massive crowds. Reward yourself for being in the know with some delicious baklava.
2. Boulangerie Patsisserie, located in the French pavilion at Epcot, is one of those places that everyone seems to love. Not surprisingly then, it can get pretty crowded, but I’ve found the line moves quickly. Sandwiches, pastries, salads and quiche are on the menu. The only downside is that there are very few places to sit save for the sides of the long fountain just outside and competition for those spots can get downright ugly. Consider bringing your food over to one of the benches that line the World Showcase Lagoon and have a relaxing little picnic.
1. I picked Sunshine Seasons as number one because it has some of the best and freshest quick service food anywhere in Walt Disney World, not just in Epcot. While I think there are better individual dishes in the World Showcase, or at least ones that I prefer, the wide selection at Sunshine Season means there’s something for everyone in your group: Asian-style noodle bowls, soups, sandwiches, salads, grilled salmon, and rotisserie chicken, in addition to kid favorites like macaroni and cheese. The quality is generally high, so you won’t leave feeling unsatisfied or worse, ripped off. Located in the Land pavilion right next to the entrance of Soarin’, Sunshine Seasons stays busy and there’s little in the way of the type of theming you’ll find at restaurants in the World Showcase. It’s a place to fuel up for a decent price and continue touring. If you missed breakfast at your resort, it’s one of the few places in Epcot where you’ll find quick service breakfast items.
Dishonorable mention: These posts are designed to showcase what we think are some of the best choices at a given park or resort, but I feel I would be remiss in not mentioning one that I think you should avoid, mainly because there are too many excellent meals available elsewhere and I don’t like to see anyone waste their money or have a disappointing meal. The worst offender in an otherwise exemplary group of restaurants is Lotus Blossom Cafe, located in the China pavilion, arguably the loveliest and most detailed of all the World Showcase pavilions. I’m not sure, but somehow they’ve managed to make Chinese food that’s even worse than you’ll find back home in your mall’s food court, and that is something of an accomplishment. It’s too bad because the cast members are great and I could spend hours exploring the China pavilion, which undoubtedly has me hankering for a snack.
So what are your favorites? We’d love to hear your take on Epcot quick service restaurants in the comments.
Epcot in my opinion has the best Dining in all of Walt Disney World, with vast choices I find myself trying to eat my way around the World Showcase on every visit. Casual Dining in Epcot is where it’s at! Don’t get me wrong there are some good Quick Service Options but Casual has some of the best Dining options available.
I had a hard time narrowing it down to a Top 5 List..I mean a really hard time with choices like, Akershus, The Garden Grill Restaurant, and Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room. I literally had to force myself to pick 5.
Here we go…
5. Biergarten Restaurant - Who doesn’t love to celebrate Oktoberfest? The authentic German food here is delicious. We try to always make it here atleast one time every trip.
4. Nine Dragons Restaurant - Great Chinese Food, great atmosphere but the only downfall to this restaurant to me is how busy it is.. Evertime we have been here the food was really good but the restaurant was full. I guess that isn’t a bad thing the more I think about it.
3. Le Cellier Steakhouse – My absolute favorite place to have a steak at Disney. From the fresh baked bread, to the Cheddar Cheese Soup this romantic stop in the Canadian Pavilion is a must for any Disney Foodie.
2. San Angel Inn – I might be alienating myself here from the rest of the pack as putting San Angel Inn this high on the list. I love this restaurant! From the first time I stepped foot into the Mexican Pavilion I was in love. I love the dark romantic atmosphere of this restaurant. The food is authentic mexican and much different than most people are accustomed to. For Lunch or Dinner you need to eat here!
1 .Coral Reef Restaurant - Talk about a room with a view. Who wouldn’t want to have a meal with an underwater view of The Living Sea coral reef? Some of the best seafood in all of Disneyworld you will want to make sure you have your Advanced Dining Reservation in as soon as possible.
I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Casual Dining Restaurants from Epcot. What are yours? Let us know in the comment section below.