Disney is all about the little details, you can see it all through their movies, parks, resorts, and cruise ships. There are some restaurants at Disney World that make you feel as though you are no longer inside of a theme park, or even in Florida, but have been transported to a completely different country, time period or even into a movie. Here are the ten best themed restaurants in the Walt Disney World Resort.
- 50’s Prime Time Cafe – Step into the 1950’s and you’ll be called to the table where you’ll be served by family. While you wait for your food be sure to check out all of the knick knacks on the walls and watch some wholesome 1950’s TV – at the table for some. Once your home cooked pot pie, pot roast or meatloaf arrive be sure to keep your elbows off the table and eat your vegetables. If you don’t you may end up standing in the corner, singing in front of everyone, or even being feed your veggies by your waitress.
- Tusker House – Say Jumbo to Donald and his friends in their safari gear as you wait for your African safari. The buffet section of the restaurant is an African marketplace just outside of the safari outpost and hotel. Be sure to check out all of the amazing Africa artifacts all around the central area – the imagineer that designed Tusker House brought them back from Africa. To add to the feel that you really are in African the cuisine is African and delicious.
- Gaston’s Tavern – If you find that you have a hungry that only a beast sized snack can cure while you stroll through the quaint French village of Belle and Gaston then make your make to Gaston’s Tavern. Before you even enter the tavern you’ll be greeted by a fountain with Gaston as the centerpiece. Inside you’ll find a dart game between Gaston and LeFou. You’ll also find a giant chair that’s great for taking photos and lots of antlers. After all, Gaston does use them in all of his decorating.
- San Angel Inn Restaurante – This Mexican eatery is located in the pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion. Enter into the marketplace where it is always night time and be transported to Mexico. The restaurant is located on the banks of the Gran Fiesta Tour and you’ll feel as though you’re actually dining in Mexico. On one side you have the lively marketplace and on the other you have a view if a beautiful volcano.
- Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue – While this one is a dinner show and not necessarily a restaurant they do serve food and it is beautifully themed. Located just a short walk from either the bus stop of the dock at the Fort Wilderness Resort Pioneer Hall fits in wonderfully with the rest of the old time, cowboy feel buildings in the area. After the dinner bell rings step inside to find rustic décor like a mounted deer head. You’ll feel as though you’re back in the old west. The table setting is simple, the plates are metal just like the buckets that the food chicken and ribs will be served in. Your drinks will be served in mason jars. And you’ll be treated to all you can eat delicious country foods while you enjoy a show from the Pioneer Hall Players.
- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater – There are not many drive-in movie theaters left in the US (I’m lucky enough to have one near me), but have no fear, you can dine at the drive-in at Hollywood Studios. The room is dimly lit to give the feel of actually dining under the stars at a drive-in theater. Tables are set up inside of cars that all face the large movie screen that shows bits of sci-fi features and commercials from the past. Signs that read “dim your lights” can be found on the walls if you look up you’ll find stars in the sky. The kitchen is also the snack bar. Who doesn’t love eating at the drive-in?
- Biergarten – The Germany Pavilion at Epcot as a whole is beautifully themed, but when you step inside Biergaten you really are transported to Germany. It is always night time and Oktoberfest in this Bavarian town and it is breathtaking. The simplistic, but beautiful German houses, the balconies, and the water mill are incredibly detailed. In the middle of the square there is a dance floor and a stage where the Oktoberfest band performs traditional German music while you enjoy traditional German fare.
- Liberty Tree Tavern – Nestled in Liberty Square Liberty Tree Tavern transports you to revolutionary America. Guests wait to be seated in a main lobby type area that houses a large cooking fireplace, cooking tools and ingredients and a spinning wheel. Each of the dining rooms are themed after an important person from this era – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin, John Paul John, and Paul Revere. Each room is decorated not only in the style of the time period, but also with little touches that are unique to that historical figure. For example, in the Betsy Ross room there are flags, in the Ben Franklin room there is kite, and there is naval décor in the John Paul Jones room. If you dine here at dinner time you will fest upon fare reminiscent of America’s favorite meal – Thanksgiving.
- Restaurant Marrakesh – Many out there will say that the Morocco Pavilion is the best themed out of the eleven countries in Epcot. All of the little details are perfect – and Restaurant Marrakesh is not different. You will feel as though you as dining in a Moroccan palace will high ceilings and towering pillars. Intricate tile work covers parts of the walls as well as the ceiling and the detailed chandeliers and lanterns are the only light source. Throughout your meal you will be entertained with traditional Moroccan music and belly dancing! You will certainly enjoy your trip to this far away land.
- Be Our Guest – Cross the bridge and enter into Beast’s castle. Stone creatures are used in place of columns to keep the structure sturdy. Off to the left as you enter, by the exit door there is a stained glass of Belle and her prince. Tapestries are also hug artfully throughout the castle. If you dine here for breakfast or lunch you will walk through the hall of suits of armor – listen closely, they talk. There are three dining rooms, the main dining room, the West Wing, and the Rose Gallery. The Rose Gallery is decorated with portraits, a rose chandelier, and an enormous music box featuring Belle and the Beast. This dining room is not open for dinner. The West Wing is a darker room which houses a portrait of the prince that periodically transforms into a portrait of the Beast for a brief moment. The main dining room is the ballroom – here you’ll find large windows behind which snow softly falls. Grand chandeliers hang from the high ceiling which is also the home of a painting depicting cherubs. No matter where and when you dine you will certainly be pleased.
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