Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Destination Disney - 6 Favorite Restaurants

Who's ready for some Disney Dining?  This week I'm listing my family's 6 favorite Disney World restaurants.  When it comes to Disney World, it's just as important to me that the atmosphere be as amazing as the food.  These six spots fit the bill!

On with the countdown...
 6.  Sci Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios

This restaurant goes all out on the atmosphere!  Seated in booths that look like classic cars, with the "starlight" shining down, you eat your meal while watching clips of old science fiction movies and uber classic commercials on a big screen.  Some are incredibly (though, I'd imagine, unintentionally) funny!  The food is drive-in style, burgers, fries and insanely yummy! milkshakes.  They also have sandwiches, pasta, salad, etc for those that want more than just a burger.  Just don't skip the milkshake!

5.  Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe at The Magic Kingdom

This spot is a quick service restaurant but one of my family's favorites!  Located in Frontierland, it's a great spot to get your lunch then sit outside to watch the parade go by and MUCH less crowded than Mainstreet USA.  Plus, the burger bar is awesome!  It has all the basics plus stuff like sauteed mushrooms and melted cheddar, which makes a great topping for your fries!  (These same fixings are available at Cosmic Ray's but that place is so crazy busy, we try to avoid it!)


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4.  Tusker House at Disney's Animal Kingdom

We love Donald's Safari Breakfast at the Tusker House!  The buffet is gi-normous and delicious!  Everything you could possibly think of that you want for breakfast... they have it!  Plus we love that, even though there are multiple dining rooms, there was always a character in our room (unlike the newly renovated Chef Mickey's.. grrr).  Plus, if you make a before-park-opening reservation, you can finish your breakfast and then be first in line for Kilimanjaro Safari.  Plus, plus and plus!

3.  50's Prime Time Cafe at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Another in Hollywood Studios with a fantastic theme and atmosphere!  Styled to look like kitchens of the 50s, this one is a feast for the eyes and belly!  Watch out for "Mama" (aka, your server), she can be pretty bossy so bring your sense of humor!  No hats at the table!  You'll want to remove your hat in honor of the delicious food though.  Tastes like home cooking at it's best!  There are TV throughout the restaurant playing old black & white sitcoms.  And one of the best parts?  Your menu is on a Viewmaster!

2.  O'hana at Disney's Polynesian Resort

I think this one has come up in more than one of my lists!  My family loves the Best Friends breakfast with Lilo & Stitch.  The food is delicious!  Served as a "family style" buffet (which means they bring LOTS of food to you), you get all the normal breakfast foods (including those famous Mickey Mouse waffles) and the yummiest juice I've ever had.  They do parades with the children and the view is amazing!  Magic Kingdom and Cinderella's castle sit right across the Seven Seas Lagoon.

(right: Anniversary cupcake we recieved during a visit to O'Hana)

1.  The California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

This one makes #1 on mine and hubby's list!  The kids have yet to visit, but that'll be remedied soon.  Delicious food.  The staff is professional and friendly.  And the view?  A-ma-zing!  Especially if you plan your visit during Wishes.  They dim the lights and play the music right in the restaurant.  Hubby and I get different entrees (he's a steak guy, I'm a chicken girl) but we both agree that the Three Cheese Flatbread is amazing!

Also, if you don't make your reservation during Wishes, just hang onto your meal reciept and you can return to watch them later that evening.

(right top: Anniversary desserts we recieved during a visit to The California Grill. bottom: Their delicious flatbread!  Photo courtsey: (we eat it too quickly to get any photos!))

And be sure to check back next week for our family's 5 Favorite Snacks


  1. LOVE Sci Fi and Tusker House! Wonderful list!

  2. What a great list! I loved reading it as it inspires me to make some different reservations for our next visit!

  3. Love your list! I really want to try breakfast at Tusker House. We had lunch there and loved it.

  4. Great list!!! :O) I have Ohana & 50's PT on my list too! Hope to do SciFi again-the milkshake and atmosphere were definitely the best! And yes...that toppings bar at Pecos Bill is awesome....must stop by there again next trip! Disney Dining=the best! :O)Susan @

  5. Great list and reviews! Maybe DH and I will have to try California Grill sometime....