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8 Disney Resorts with the Best Restaurants

Guests may sometimes forget that the Walt Disney World resorts also have a large variety of great restaurants and dining experiences.  Dining within the theme parks is great, but guests should also check out some of the great places right within their resort or venture out and visit other resorts.  Here are our top 8 Walt Disney World resorts with the best restaurants:


8 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House and Kidani Village)

Animal Kingdom Lodge is a beautiful resort that is perfectly themed to give guests a unique African-inspired experience. The resort also offers restaurants that fit in with the theme and offer guests a unique opportunity to sample amazing African flavors, too. The restaurants at Jambo House are Boma-Flavors of Africa and Jiko – The Cooking Place. Sanaa is a fantastic restaurant located at Kidani Village. Jiko is a Disney Signature Dining restaurant with an open kitchen concept. Sanaa is unique in that you can dine while overlooking the savanna for views of the amazing animals while you enjoy your meal. You can’t go wrong with any of these locations.

7 – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

You might not think about dining options when you think of Fort Wilderness, but there are actually a couple different great dining options. There is the Trail’s End Restaurant, which serves comfort food for each meal service in an all you care to enjoy style. There are also 2 different dinner show experiences, Hoop Dee Doo Revue and Mickey’s Backyard Barbeque. Both are a little more on the pricey side, but they offer all you care to enjoy meals and fantastic entertainment.

Breakfast at Trails End Restaurant

6 – Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

The Boardwalk Inn is perfectly located within Disney’s Boardwalk, which leaves guests with direct access to a variety of different restaurants and lounges. There are dining experiences like Flying Fish Café, Big River Grille & Brewing Works, and Trattoria al Forno. You will also find dessert and snack locations like Ample Hills Creamery and the BoardWalk Bakery. If nightlife is your thing, then you will find the ESPN Club, Jelly Rolls, and various lounges. You can usually get a bite to eat at these locations, too. This is definitely a top pick for adult crowds who like to enjoy a bit of nightlife during their stay.

5 – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club are really 2 resorts within one since they are extremely close together and share complimentary theming. Shared across these resorts, you will find restaurants like Ale & Compass Restaurant, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Cape May Café, and Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. Yachtsman Steakhouse is a Disney Signature Dining experience. Cape May Café offers character dining in the morning and a delicious seafood buffet in the evenings. Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is where you will find the popular Kitchen Sink ice cream dessert that is huge and shareable for multiple guests. You won’t want to miss any of these!


4 – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge is a great place to dine with some very unique experiences to enjoy. Restaurants you will find there are Artist Point, Whispering Canyon Café, and Geyser Point Bar & Grill. Geyser Point Bar & Grill is one of the newer restaurant locations found close to the pool area at the resort. Artist Point is a Disney Signature Dining location with a Pacific Northwest theme to match the overall theme of the resort. Whispering Canyon Café is definitely one of the more unique restaurant locations with a ton of antics that occur while dining. If you ask for ketchup when you dine there, you will definitely find yourself with plenty of ketchup to use!

3 – Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The dining at the Contemporary is extremely popular. The options found there are Chef Mickey’s, The Wave…of American Flavors, and California Grill. Chef Mickey’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and feature character dining with Mickey and friends for all of the services. It is extremely popular and stays booked up. The Wave is a restaurant that features fresh American flavors from locally and regionally sourced ingredients for the freshest flavors. California Grill is a Disney Signature Dining restaurant and one of the more popular resort restaurants on property. It is known for amazing views of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom, given the restaurant’s location on the top floor of the Contemporary, which is located right next to the Magic Kingdom.

Ohana Pork Dumpling and Chicken Wings

2 – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

This is one of our favorite resorts to dine at. All of the dining locations are amazing and offer unique flavors and experiences. The dining locations are Kona Café and ‘Ohana. There is also the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show offered nightly. Kona Café has a variety of island flavors and dishes, plus the most delicious macadamia nut butter. ‘Ohana is one of the more popular dining locations in all of Walt Disney World, offering a family-style breakfast and dinner service with some of the most amazing food. The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show lets you experience a luau with themed food served as all you care to enjoy, plus a variety of fun luau entertainment.

1 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

If you are looking for a variety of signature dining experiences and a lot of great options, then the Grand Floridian may definitely be the resort for you. At this resort, you will have The Grand Floridian Café, 1900 Park Fare, Citricos, Narcoossee’s, and the award-winning Victoria & Albert’s. 1900 Park Fare is the character dining location for the resort, featuring a variety of different characters. Citricos and Narcoossee’s are both Disney Signature Dining locations with amazing menus consisting of steak, seafood, and other amazing flavors. Victoria & Albert’s is the most exclusive dining location at Walt Disney World, offering a few different amazing culinary experiences. If you plan to visit Victoria & Albert’s, you will need to prepare to dress up as to adhere to the strict dress code and prepare to pay much more for the experience than any other dining location. If you are interested in tea service and light tea snacks, you can also check out the Garden View Tea Room for a unique tea experience at Walt Disney World. With all of these options, you definitely won’t go hungry at this resort!

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About Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!