Coolest places to eat at Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is full of amazing dining experiences – from Be Our Guest restaurant at the Magic Kingdom to Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom. And while there are a lot of great experiences – not every experience leaves an impression. If you’re looking for something unique, and that you can’t get close to home, this list is for you.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
The Magic Kingdom isn’t known for mind-blowing table service restaurants, but Be Our Guest is an exception. Be Our Guest opened in 2012 – allowing guests to eat in Beast’s castle for the first time. The restaurant has three rooms: the Rose Gallery, the Ballroom and the West Wing. Our favorite room is the West Wing, as you get to experience the enchanted Rose from the movie first hand. If that’s not enough, the restaurant features amazing french cuisine and desserts with the “Grey Stuff.” Only Lumière could develop a better menu.
Also, make note that if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, this is considered signature dining at dinner time, so it does take 2 credits per person for this meal. If you’re looking to visit for 1 credit, check out their breakfast or lunch.
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
If you like puns, this restaurant is for you. With flavors from Africa, Asia and South America, the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen provides one of the more unique experiences for dining in the Magic Kingdom. From a punny menu to cast members who enjoy their puns, this is the perfect restaurant for fans of Jungle Cruise. In addition, the food here is much more creative than most of the restaurants in the Magic Kingdom. With international flair, you won’t find barbecue and fried chicken as a common stay like many of the restaurants in Frontierland. But, you will find food with tons of spice and flavor, and you can request to sit in the S.E.A. Room, which is located behind a “hidden” bookcase. If you’re traveling with picky eaters, this may not be an ideal restaurant – but if you’re looking for creativity and an experience, this might be the way to go for your family.
We’ll be honest, Epcot isn’t known for its “cool” eating experiences, because everything is delicious! There are SO many great restaurants, it’s hard to choose, however, here we’re focused on interesting experiences – so we’ll stick with that theme. However, there are many great dining options at Epcot.
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot is a popular destination because of the spectacular views. Every seat, thanks to its stadium seating setup, has spectacular views of Epcot’s living coral reef with over 4,000 sea creatures. Many on the Disney Addicts Facebook group say that the views are great but the food is iffy. We haven’t been here, but if you’re in it for the view, than it may not be a bad choice. Make note though, if you have a table located right beside the tank, you may be surrounded by kids looking to get a closeup view.
Restaurant Marrakesh is a true experience. With delicious Morrocan food, belly dancers and an atmosphere that can’t be beat, this is truly an experience. However, it’s not for the faint of heart. We’ve eaten here with family members, and if you have a picky eater in your group, this may not be the spot for you. However, we believe it’s worth a table service credit (for those on Disney Dining) and it is certainly a memorable experience.
San Angel Inn
I might as well not even write about cool restaurants in Epcot without mentioning San Angel Inn. Our kids love this restaurant for its atmosphere. Set inside the pyramid at the Mexico pavilion, and at the base of Mayan ruins, this restaurant certainly has atmosphere and is a unique experience. If you like Mexican food (and who doesn’t?), this is a good choice. Again, there is some delicious food in Epcot, and restaurants that I might recommend that are better than San Angel Inn, but if you’re going for experience, this is a great place to eat.
Space 220 (Coming Soon)
A new space-themed restaurant will be opening at Epcot near Mission: Space very soon. We can only imagine what this awesome restaurant will serve but we do know that the menu will feature international fare and have over 1,000 of the world’s finest wines as well as a wide variety of craft beers.
Rainforest Cafe isn’t unique to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, however, it does provide an experience that you can’t just get anywhere. If you have picky eaters, this place has everything. Also, if you eat light, make sure to get the Volcano cake. We did this the very first time we took our two children to Disney. It was for our oldest daughter’s birthday and her eyes lit up when they delivered it to the table.
Wild Africa Trek
The Wild Africa Trek is more than just food. This 3-hour “extra magic” experience provides you an opportunity to explore the safari attraction at Animal Kingdom on a private tour. Following the tour, they provide a dining experience on a private boma with a beautiful view of the terrain. The African-inspired food is creative (not for those who are picky), but it is an experience you’ll never forget. This private experience costs an additional $189 – $249 per person.
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Do you ever wish you were born in the 50’s and could visit an old school drive through? Well, here is your chance. Now, we’ll warn you, the food at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant isn’t always the best, but the experience speaks for itself.
Unless you just hate Star Wars, we don’t know anyone who hasn’t wanted to at least visit that infamous bar on Tatooine where the famous “Who Shot First?” debate between Han Solo and Greedo began. Well, Oga’s Cantina is as close as you can get. With creative libations and an atmosphere to match, this is a must see.
Docking Bay 7
While this is a quick service restaurant, Docking Bay 7 does provide Star Wars fans an opportunity to try Endorian treats. If you’ve ever wondered what those cute little Ewoks ate (other than their cannibal tendencies), this is your chance.
Where else can you eat inside a Triceratops? T-Rex is a really cool, experiential restaurant and great for kids. If your kids are into dinosaurs, T-Rex Cafe will be a huge hit. Most seating is great but sitting in the Ice Age room is fun. There is also one table that is literally inside a Triceratops. The food is varied enough to meet the needs of picky eaters and those with a big appetite.
This is one of our new favorite places at Disney Springs. We visited Paddlefish in 2018 and while it is a signature dining experience for the Disney Dining Plan, it’s worth it. The food is incredible and the kids thought it was really cool to have dinner on a boat. If you’re looking for amazing food and a cool atmosphere, this is the place to be.
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Jock Lindsey’s is one of the coolest bars in Disney Springs. They’re known for their atmosphere and drink menu. We’d recommend trying to get one of the diving bell tables – a table literally in a diving bell. It has a great atmosphere and is worth a visit.
Walt Disney World Resorts
Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge
This restaurant is on our list of “to-do”s as we haven’t tried it yet but hope to soon. Many active Disney bloggers sing the praises of the bread service at Sanaa as well as their many delicious looking entrees. The restaurant overlooks the savanna so you have beautiful views of the animals. We’ve been told that scheduling Sanaa before dark is important to ensure you can see the wildlife. Maybe you’ll beat us to this popular spot. We’ll post an update once we have the opportunity to try it out.
Highway in the Sky Dine Around
If you’re looking to try multiple restaurants, this may be perfect for you. The Highway in the Sky Dine Around allows you to try foods at three different Walt Disney Resort restaurants including the Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort, and the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This special dining opportunity ends at the Contemporary on its private patio for a viewing of the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks show. While it does cost $170 per person, if you’re looking to try multiple restaurants in one evening, this is perfect for you Disney foodies.
Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge
While Artist Point is good, this experience isn’t about the food. One of the most difficult characters to catch for an autograph (if you can get it) or a photo, is the Evil Queen from Snow White. Well look no further! Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge does have a character dining experience where you can meet the Queen of Mean herself. So, if character dining is really important to your family, or your daughter’s favorite movie is Snow White, this might be the way to go.