Theme Parks in general are known for their not too exciting cuisine – burgers, chicken tenders, deep-fried everything…needless to say, it’s not always easy to find something different or new to try at most amusement parks. BUT – the good news is that Disney has definitely broken that “boring theme park food” mold by offering so many different menus and dining locations that it’s hard to know where to begin figuring out where to eat! The food is one of the things they are most known for, so if you’re looking for something different to wake up your taste buds, then I suggest you try one of these unique D Restaurants:
Boma – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to this African themed restaurant which serves up breakfast and dinner daily. Dinner is what you’ll want to check out here – an assortment of cold salads and fresh soups, bobotie (a delicious spiced meat and egg pie – sort of like a quiche!), whole roasted salmon, slow roasted pork ribs, roast chicken, delicious coconut rice and other grain salads, and their desserts are to die for – warm bread pudding with caramel sauce, and plenty of miniature desserts too – including the coveted zebra domes (liquor mousse mini bites of heaven!), cheesecakes, brownies, cookies, and seasonal items too (like mini pumpkin pies!). I have dined here several times and will keep going back – the food is amazing, and even a picky eater will be able to find something they like and might even try something new too! Everything is always fresh and delicious, plus getting to wander around the gorgeous Animal Kingdom Lodge is always a treat too
Raglan Road – If you’ve never had the chance to taste authentic Irish cuisine, then you better hightail it over to Downtown Disney ASAP – as Raglan Road is one of the most amazing restaurants I have ever eaten at – not to mention delicious! Fish and chips, Bangers and Mash (delicious sausages and mashed potatoes), Shepherd’s Pie, Heavenly Ham…the list of awesome options goes on and on. Oh – and be sure to save some room for dessert here too – the Bread Pudding is amazing! Traditional Irish dancers entertain to the beat of the live (also Irish) band and they are all really talented. Raglan Road has a huge bar too – tons of beers and wines and cocktails are available, and its such a fun and relaxing place to be that we always plan on dining here at least once during every WDW trip – I can’t WAIT to go back there again!
Restaurant Marrakesh – This restaurant is truly a beautiful sight – the stained glass windows, the chandeliers, the colors and mosaic patterns – it really transports you and makes you feel as if you are sitting in a gorgeous café in Morocco! Roast lamb, Shish Kebabs, couscous and more are offered on the menu – and there’s a full bar with specialty drinks available too. Enjoy the atmosphere, food and drink as you are entertained by the belly dancers!
Biergarten – Head over to Germany pavilion for this buffet that serves up lunch and dinner daily, and offers plenty of German favorites like sausages, pork schnitzel, and plenty of other traditional meat dishes, sauerkraut, potato dumplings, assorted cold salads, and if you’ve saved room – warm apple strudel! A selection of German beers and wines are also available for you to enjoy while you listen to the live musical entertainment – a band that plays lively music (and they tell jokes too!) throughout the afternoon and evening
Akershus – Located in Epcot’s Norway, this dining spot is super popular due to its character appearances – the Disney Princesses meet and greet with guests at all three meals daily, which means this might be a hard spot to get a reservation at, but it is worth the effort for the food alone! Breakfast offers a more traditionally American buffet, but lunch and dinner start off with the “Taste Of Norway” – seafood, cured meats, cheeses, salads and fruit. Choose from meal options including pan seared salmon, roast rack of lamb, and traditional Norwegian meatballs. Enjoy your trio of Norwegian inspired desserts with a “Viking Coffee” – Columbian roast with Kamora Coffee Liquor and Bailey’s Irish Cream
Honorable Mention: I had to give a shout out to the Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art Of Animation Resort – and while I know it may seem strange to mention a Value Resort food court on this list, this place is pretty awesome and is offering some unique eats – like their Mongolian grill items, house made veggie burger, and surf and surf burger (featuring crab cake and popcorn shrimp). I also love their cheesy pesto bread, and their gelato and create your own smoothie offerings make for a great end to a great meal! Disney has really taken it to the next level when it comes to “food court” meal offerings – proving that it is possible to use fresh, high quality ingredients to make food that tastes good and is prepared quickly
Disney is the perfect place to try out some new cuisine without having to travel all over the world – so next time you’re vacationing in WDW, make sure you check out some of these unique restaurants – you won’t be sorry!
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