Top 8 Walt Disney World Dining Experiences – Resort Edition

Top 8 Resort Dining Experiences WDW

I recently shared with you my Top 8 Walt Disney World Dining Experiences in the theme parks.  Now I’m back to give you a peak at my Top 8 Walt Disney World Dining Experiences at the resorts! We tend to eat at resorts a lot just because I think it give more flexibility when planning a trip (it doesn’t matter what park I’m at I can still eat at any resort and they are just a boat ride, bus ride or monorail ride away!).

1. Yachtsman Steakhouse (Disney’s Yacht Club Resort):  Located just a short walk from Epcot, Yachtsman Steakhouse is a Signature Dining experience you don’t want to miss!  Between the delicious food and elegant atmosphere, this is my go-to pick for a fun adult’s only date night while visiting Walt Disney World.  As the name implies, it is a steakhouse so of course the steak options are my top pick (the 32 oz Porterhouse is on my Bucket List!) but all of their offerings are delicious (like the Truffle Macaroni and Cheese).  As with other Signature Restaurants, their menu does change seasonally which I love!  Again, since this is a Signature Dining experience it will use 2 Table Service Credits for the Standard and Deluxe Disney Dining Plans.

2. California Grill (Disney’s Contemporary Resort):  Before your meal even begins you will be whisked to the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort by private elevator.  Once inside you’ll be treated to a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Seven Seas Lagoon, Floridian woodlands and Cinderella’s Castle.  And if you like sushi, California Grill is where you will find, in my opinion, the best sushi in all of Walt Disney World!  The Spicy Kazan Roll is sure to please and the Pork Belly Nigiri is a fun twist on traditional sushi.  If sushi isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other things to choose from including the Oak-fired Filet of Beef and the Braised Lamb Hind Shank.  And of course, if you can time it right, you can watch Wishes over Magic Kingdom from inside the restaurant.  It’s something everyone should get to see once!  This is a Signature Dining experience and uses 2 Table Service Credits from the Standard and Deluxe Disney Dining Plans.

3. Cape May Cafe (Disney’s Beach Club Resort): This is probably my favorite of all the buffets at Walt Disney World.  Serving both breakfast and dinner, either meal is sure to please.  Join Goofy, Donald and Minnie in their beach gear for a fun and delicious character breakfast that is sure to please.  In the evening you are invited to a good ole fashioned clambake with a seafood buffet and other amazing dishes including some amazing pasta creations.  If we can we try to visit Cape May for both breakfast and dinner during our trip.

4. ‘Ohana (Disney’s Polynesian Resort): This all you care to enjoy restaurant is full of Polynesian flair!  While breakfast is pretty standard fare, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, breakfast meat and waffles, dinner pays tribute the island inspiration of both ‘Ohana and the Polynesian Resort.  The Sweet and Sour Pour and Honey-Corriander Chicken Wings are amazing but the meal’s star is the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding à la mode with Bananas-Caramel Sauce.  Breakfast is a character meal featuring Lilo and Stitch while dinner guests are entertained with family games, storytelling and music.

5. Whispering Canyon (Disney’s Wilderness Lodge):  Whispering Canyon is anything but quiet!  If you’re looking for a fun, family meal this is the place for you.  The food is good (the Build Your Own Family Platter is my recommendation for sure!) and the services is great, with a snarky twist!  Try a refillable (yes, refillable!) milkshake and don’t forget to ask for Ketchup!  And make sure you take in the beauty that is Wilderness Lodge.  It is my favorite resort to visit and just “take it all in” even if we are staying elsewhere.

6. Chef Mickey’s (Disney’s Contemporary Resort): A trip to Walt Disney World just isn’t complete for my family without a stop at Chef Mickey’s!  Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto all decked out in their culinary best for breakfast or dinner.  The atmosphere is wonderful – make sure you have your napkins ready to join in on any celebrations that may be going on!  The characters are wonderful and this is a great way to spend some time with the Fab 5 in a less hectic setting than the parks.  Honestly, I prefer Chef Mickey’s for breakfast over dinner but the dinner menu is good as well.  I do think, however, that the character interactions and the atmosphere are the key selling points of this restaurant and the food is slightly above average.

7. Boma (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge): Boma is one of three restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  While all three are amazing, I love the variety the buffet at Boma provides.  And there are so many options, even the pickiest of eaters should find something they will like.  The African vibe can be felt through the restaurant with the decor and seating.  And oh my, the food!  The Curried Pasta Salad is a favorite along with the Couscous Salad.  There is also always a wide variety of soups and side dishes to choose from.  The main dishes and meats, especially the carving station meat, is always full of flavor and delicious.  But the favorite for me is the dessert – specifically the Zebra Domes.  I’m pretty sure a few of those are worth the entire cost of the buffet in my opinion! They are a must try if you plan to visit Boma.

8. 1900 Park Fare (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort):  Serving both breakfast and dinner buffets, and following in the Victorian theme of the Grand Floridian, 1900 Park Fare provides delicious food, an elegant atmosphere and wonderful character interactions.  While at breakfast you may meet characters from Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins or even Peter Pan, dinner is all about Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Tremaine ladies. Overall, I’m a bigger fan of the dinner buffet and I think Lady Tremaine and the step-sisters are some of the best characters to meet.  That said, breakfast is a great way to start your day before heading off to a park.

How do your list compare?  What did I miss?  Share your top picks with us in the comments below!

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