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16 Best & Worst Dining Choices for Large Groups at Disney World

Are you and your large entourage planning a memorable trip to Disney World? This is one list you’ll want to keep in your hip pocket when it’s time to start booking dining reservations. With an extended family of over 20 members regularly traveling to Disney World together, we’ve had some great experiences with dining as a large group, as well as some not so great experiences! Here’s a list we’ve compiled of our 8 best and 8 worst dining choices for large groups.





 

8 BEST –

Let’s do this – let’s book that unforgettable dining experience for your large group! Just keep in mind that booking your dining reservations 180-days in advance is especially critical when planning for large groups.

1 – Ohana @ Polynesian Resort

“Ohana” means family after all! With massive rectangular tables, room to spread out, and family style dishes – Ohana is a favorite of ours for a comfortable and delicious dining experience.

2 – Chef Mickey’s @ Contemporary Resort

Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald – it doesn’t get much better than that! Experience the most popular characters with your large group in tow.

3 – Whispering Canyon Café @ Wilderness Lodge

“We need ketchup!” Get ready for a rip roaring good time with great service and food. We appreciate this restaurant’s open atmosphere as it has great views of the Wilderness Lodge lobby.

4 – Biergarten @ Epcot

Lederhosen, beer, and live entertainment – sign us up! Celebrate Oktoberfest with an authentic German cuisine buffet style that will have you going back for thirds (or more – we won’t judge!).

5 – Boma Flavors of African @ Animal Kingdom Lodge

Breakfast and dinner are made easy for your large group when dining at Boma! Incredible décor, plenty of space, and even better food – Boma is a perfect group dining “go to”.

Boma Dining Room

6 – 1900 Park Fare @ Grand Floridian Resort

Sophisticated dining for breakfast or dinner, 1900 Park Fare offers a tasty cuisine to match the atmosphere. Plus, did we mention unique and memorable characters visit while you dine?!

7 – The Crystal Palace @ Magic Kingdom

Bounce on into Crystal Palace with your group and meet Tigger and Pooh and friends. Plus,

whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner – your group will enjoy the variety of the buffet food.

8 – Mickey’s Backyard BBQ @ Fort Wilderness

A dinner show where your crew can enjoy a hoedown with Mickey, Minnie and friends! And of course – they won’t be complaining when they try the yummy barbeque buffet.





 

8 WORST –

Large groups are welcome at Disney World, but take it from us, the dining choices below aren’t recommended with your large group. Crammed spaces and being so spread out among numerous tables can really put a cramp on your memorable group experience.

1 – Beaches and Cream Soda Shop @ Beach Club Resort

Just don’t do it! Yes – the desserts here are among our favorites at Disney World but once you see the inside you’ll totally understand how large groups just don’t work at this soda shop.

2 – Artist Point @ Wilderness Lodge

Elegant dining and the perfect place for an intimate dinner, we give rave reviews to Artist Point but wouldn’t step foot in there with a large group.

3 – Cinderella’s Royal Table @ Magic Kingdom

This one might be argumentative but we personal don’t enjoy taking large groups to breakfast, lunch, or dinner at this royal table. It’s crowded and busy and hard to feel comfortable with a group.

4 – Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater @ Hollywood Studios

A favorite for many, we have seen groups make it work as they pile into Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. Keep in mind that this isn’t a great place for a group to carry on a conversation or to be seated together. Typically seated in the back, groups can plan to be in different “cars” and spread out as needed to dine.

Sci-Fi Dine in Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

5 – Rose & Crown Pub @ Epcot

Probably in our top five favorite restaurants at Disney World, Rose and Crown Pub is exceptional in all ways except for space! It gets tight and loud for small groups or families – and just too difficult for large groups.

6 – Le Cellier Steakhouse @ Epcot

Le Cellier is all about feeling cozy and tucked away. Perfect for a romantic dining experience, leave this restaurant to the love birds and take your group elsewhere.

7 – Coral Reef @ Epcot

A beautiful wall aquarium full of colorful sea creatures – we recommend trying Coral Reef as a family but not with your large group. The seating layout here just isn’t ideal for large groups.

8 – 50’s Prime Time Café @ Hollywood Studios

Unfortunately, large groups don’t fit well in this restaurant’s seating. While it can be done, plan to be seated at numerous tables throughout the restaurant with hopes of being in eyesight of one another.

 

These are our 8 best and 8 worst dining choices for large groups, simply based off experience. We’d love to hear about your large group dining experiences!



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About Mike & Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with being Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and RunDisney participants. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire as many MagicBands as possible while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 13 years and are blessed with two children - our 8-year-old daughter and soon to be 2-year-old son. As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.