The Complete Guide to Food at Walt Disney World

May 10, 2022

It only makes sense that the Most Magical Place on Earth serves up some of the most delicious food on Earth. Weave through the limitless smorgasbord of flavor options with a little help from this handy guide! 

Whatever the Walt Disney company decides to do, it does well. As for the food at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida? It’s certainly no exception. With countless Disney World food options at your fingertips, you’ll need some help narrowing down the possibilities!

From full service (also called table service) to quick service, the portfolio of Disney World restaurants has it all. When you visit Disney, you can dine and snack at the theme parks and resort hotels. Wherever you are, there’s something delectable not too far away.

Whether you’re longing for some ever-famous Dole Whip, a Mickey-shaped pretzel, or a mouth-watering turkey leg, it’s time to follow your cravings through the resort. Use our guide to sort through the tasty spread of Disney World food found at the Disney parks and hotels!

Disney Parks

Magic Kingdom

You can feel the enchantment that marks every corner of Magic Kingdom. Fantasy becomes reality with princesses and other beloved characters walking the streets. Additionally, your food dreams are about to come true!

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Best Food Overall

Saving room for dessert is essential at Disney World. The Grey Stuff at Be Our Guest (table service) takes the cake in Magic Kingdom! Themed after Beauty and the Beast, this delightfully fluffy cookies and cream mousse is a must-try at Disney World. Additionally, Be Our Guest is a classy, well-themed dining experience. 

Close up of a table next to the windows at California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort at night with fireworks in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Be Our Guest Travel Company - Jessica Shirey, Disney & Luxury Travel via Facebook

Best Food On-the-Go

Hop in line at Sleepy Hollow (quick service) for a Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich.

Why settle for an ordinary sandwich bun when you can use a waffle instead? This is a quick bite packed with plenty of flavors. 

Best Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Start your day at The Crystal Palace (table service) with a massive buffet alongside Winnie the Pooh characters. Load up on the flavors of Asia, South America, and Africa at the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen (table service) for lunch.

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End the day on a high note by having dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table (table service).

Pro Tip: You’ll need a reservation to get into Cinderella’s Royal Table! The seats at this quintessential Disney experience fill up quickly.

Family in front of Cinderella's castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom - Orlando, Florida, USAAnimal Kingdom

Take a walk on the wild side at Animal Kingdom! Animals from around the world and even those now extinct (like dinosaurs!) are all represented at this park. After watching the animals munch on their food, you’ll be ready for dinner too!

Best Food Overall

Nomad Lounge (table service) is a hidden gem with a relaxing atmosphere. Its appetizers and drinks are all the rave! Grab the Wagyu Beef Sliders with a side of Yucca Fries, and you won’t be disappointed.

interior of Nomad Lounge with flags hanging from ceiling and people dining at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Deborah Jane Schaben via Facebook

Best Food On-the-Go

Create your own bowl at Satu’li Canteen (quick service)! With countless combos of proteins, bases, and sauces, this quick-service restaurant allows even the pickiest of guests to choose something suited to their taste.

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Best Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

For the morning hours, Tusker House Restaurant (table service) serves up Simba and Nala waffles that fans of The Lion King won’t want to pass up.

Satisfy midday cravings with Asian fusion cuisine at Yak & Yeti (table service). An exquisite dinner awaits at Tiffins (table service), a restaurant decked out in gorgeous artwork. 

Pro Tip: Worn out after spending hours in the hot Orlando heat? Cool off with ice cream at Tamu Tamu Refreshments (quick service)!

Character Dining with girl at Tusker House at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom - Orlando, Florida, USAEPCOT

Travel around the world to different countries while staying in one place! At EPCOT, you’ll get a taste of authentic cultural experiences of countries such as Italy, Mexico, and Japan. Sampling the native food? An absolute must!

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Best Food Overall

The Omakase Tasting Menu at Takumi-Tei (table service) isn’t easy on the wallet, but for a good reason. This multicourse meal immerses diners into Japanese culture through high-quality cuisine.

Chow down on heavenly Wagyu Steak and end it with a tea ceremony. We guarantee you’ll be talking about this delectable experience for years!

Best Food On-the-Go

Swing by Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie (quick service) to taste the flavors of France! We recommend trying a pastry. If you need something heartier, you can also grab a baguette sandwich. 

close up of pastries in display case for sale with chefs behind counter at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in Epcot, Disneyworld, Orlando , Florida, USA

photo credit: Kayla Simons via Facebook

Best Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Mornings are brighter when you start with a quick bite to eat at Sunshine Seasons (quick service). It’s filled with all of the essential breakfast foods. We hear that lunch is out of this world at Space 220 (table service). Finally, end the night with a taste of Italy at Via Napoli (table service). 

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Go behind the scenes of movie production magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The alluring glamor of Tinseltown will leave you longing to dine like a star. Don’t miss out, movie buffs!

Best Food Overall

The Totchos at Woody’s Lunch Box (quick service) are a flavor-packed treat! This dish takes classic tater tots, then adds chili, cheese, sour cream, and scallions for an extra punch. There’s even a plant-based version for vegetarians. 

family happily walking away with their meal and people in line in the background in front of Woody's Lunch Box restaurant in Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Disney

Best Food On-the-Go

ABC Commissary’s menu (quick service) is brimming with great options, but we recommend the Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich. This spinoff of everyone’s favorite warm and cheesy sandwich features an extra kick from the buffalo sauce.

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Best Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Rise and shine with a breakfast Ronto Wrap at Ronto Roasters (quick service).

Once it’s prime time for lunch, grab a table at the interactive 50’s Prime Time Cafe (table service). Don’t forget to down a classic milkshake! Dinner at The Hollywood Brown Derby (table service) will transport you to the Golden Age of Hollywood. 

exterior of The Hollywood Brown Derby with strollers lined up at entrance and people dining in outside area in Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Mission Food Adventure via Facebook

Other Areas

Disney Resorts

Leaving the parks can waste valuable ride time, but you may want to consider doing so a time or two for some of the fantastic dining experiences located at the resort hotels. Many of these restaurants are fan favorites.

For example, Dole Whip is a classic soft serve Disney treat found throughout the resort. However, many rave about the version specifically found at Pineapple Lanai (quick service) in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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Of course, Victoria & Albert’s (table service) at the Grand Floridian Resort is known as one of the best Disney restaurants all-around, if not one of the best in the state. Fancy-schmancy is the name of the game here! Expect a dress code and a pricey bill at the end of the night. We promise it’s worth it!

Disney Dole WhipDisney Springs

As the entertainment hub of Walt Disney World, Disney Springs is brimming with things to do. Shop ‘til you drop, then celebrate with dinner!

Promenade through the four neighborhoods until you find something to satisfy your cravings -- there are plenty of options to choose from. One of our top picks is seafood at The Boathouse (table service). As a bonus, the waterfront view creates gorgeous atmospheric dining.

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You can’t beat comfort food from Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ (table service)! At Planet Hollywood (table service), the Six Cheese Chicken Mac and Cheese is to die for.

Pro Tip: Looking for bottomless mimosas at Walt Disney World? The word on the street is you’ll find exactly that at The Edison (table service) in Disney Springs on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Ground view of Disney Springs shops at night in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Disney Springs via Facebook

How to Make Dining Reservations

If you’re looking forward to a few sit-down meals in lieu of a full itinerary of quick-service options, you’ll want to make dining reservations -- especially if you’re going during the busier times of the year.

Pro Tip: Is character dining on your Disney bucket list? You’ll want to make reservations for this popular experience found at many of the restaurants!

You can make dining reservations up to 60 days before your trip. Planning is key! To make these reservations, you’ll also need to decide which days you’ll be at the different parks, so you know where to make reservations. 

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To make reservations, first sign in to your Disney account. Next, click the tab that says “Things to Do.” Under the “Dining” header, click “Make Reservations.” This will bring up a full list of the restaurants. Select the restaurant you want to make a reservation for and follow the prompts to select the correct date, time of day and the number of guests you’ll be bringing. Run a search and click on the reservation that works best for you!

Pro Tip: Purchasing the Disney Dining Plan is a budget-friendly way to eat if you enjoy dining like royalty. However, if you tend to stick to cheaper menu options, it might be more cost-effective to pay out of pocket at each restaurant. 

Now that your stomach is rumbling, it’s time to plan a trip and taste the delicious Disney World food for yourself!

Follow your dreams and cravings to Walt Disney World Resort! Planning your trip (on a budget!) is easy as pie when you have Tripster as your ally. Looking for discounted tickets, bargain hotel stays, and insider tips? Let us weave our magic.

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