Top 5 Lunch Spots at the Disney World Resorts

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You know when you’re hanging out at the Disney Parks, riding rides, taking selfies, and having a great old time – and then suddenly – BOOM – HUNGER HITS – and it hits hard and fast, catches you off guard and suddenly you’re like OMG I gotta grab some LUNCH! Well – lucky for you, Disney World has SO MANY places to eat – and even LUCKIER for you – not only did I give you a rundown of the 5  best Lunch Spots at the WDW Parks last week, but I am back with another list of the Top 5 Lunch Spots at the Disney World Resorts:

Beaches And Cream: This “retro” soda fountain located at WDW’s Beach Club Resort is themed after the Atlantic seashore, with a “boardwalk-y” feel that will have you feeling nostalgic for the good ole’ days! Burgers, fries (and killer onion rings!), sandwiches (including a patty melt and reuben!) and salads are all on the lunch menu, but the real star here is the ice cream – cone, cup, or sundae – have it any way you like it, but I personally prefer the sundaes – the No Way Jose (chocolate peanut butter), milky way, and fudge mudslide are all amazing – but if you’re feeling EXTRA hungry, you might want to try the Kitchen Sink – a HUGE sundae served in an actual metal sink, with tons of ice cream and other assorted toppings (including a whole CAN of whipped cream) – this behemoth serves 4 adults (or fewer if the adults are super starving!)

Wave…Of American Flavors: Fresh New American Cuisine is what you’ll find here – as they pride themselves on the creation and execution of unique and healthy dishes that are also super delicious, too. Salads like Caesar and a tomato mozzarella are a perfect lighter choice, and their signature Bison burger and fresh grilled catch of the day fish are good choices, too. They have a large beer and wine menu as well, and also offer some delicious fresh coffee beverages as well. The Wave is located at WDW’s Contemporary Resort – so it’s not only the perfect place to go for something light and healthy, but it’s the perfect excuse to take a ride on the monorail, too!

Grand Floridian Café: The location of this quiet spot can’t be beat – nestled in among the rose gardens and courtyard pool at WDW’s Grand Floridian Resort – this spot is elegant and classy (but still family friendly and unpretentious, too!). The Cobb salad is a must-try, and the kobe burger just melts in your mouth! Salads, soups, sandwiches and daily specials are also on the menu, as well as an assortment of adult cocktails. This truly is a hidden gem of a spot – that people don’t always remember even exists, but is well worth the trip

Kona Café: Disney’s Polynesian Resort is one of my favorite places to go – it’s so tropical and just has the best vibe – it makes me feel so relaxed and happy! One of the reasons I head over there is to have lunch at the Kona Café – their American dishes with a strong Asian flare are fresh, delicious and always keep me coming back time and time again. Pot stickers and sticky chicken wings make for the perfect appetizer to nibble on while you watch the open air sushi kitchen prepare your tempura or volcano roll right before your very eyes! If you’re not into sushi, fear not – as you can enjoy barbeque pork tacos, or Asian style noodles. And don’t forget to order a Kona Coffee French press – you won’t regret it!

Whispering Canyon Café: Introverts beware: this is NOT the dining experience for you! Head over to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge for this Old West themed dining spot, where antics are always on the menu – it’s a perfect spot for kids – with coloring, sing alongs, and hobby horse races galore. The staff are all jokesters and pranksters too – but it’s all in good fun! The most popular items on the menu here are the “all you care to enjoy skillet” which is served family style – and piled high with pork ribs, pulled pork, roasted chicken, potatoes, baked beans, and corn on the cob. Make sure you bring your appetites – because the “Sheriff’s Shakes” are bottomless, too. Audience participation here is a must – so if you’re looking for a great interactive meal, this is the place for you!

Those who say breakfast is the most important meal of the day clearly have never checked out these WDW Resort dining locations at lunch time! There are some definite advantages to having lunch at a WDW Resort (and away from the Parks!) – you can really avoid some crowds, and the variety of food is huge! Plus – gives you a chance to get away from the insanity that is the Parks around lunchtime – and enjoy a more quiet, relaxed lunch at the Resorts!


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Catie Hiltz is an avid Walt Disney World lover who has been vacationing there since she was tall enough to ride Space Mountain. She believes there is something for everyone at WDW-and especially writing about the benefits of vacationing there as an adult
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