Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Top 5 Disney Restaurant Recommendations

Okay, I have several friends and friends of friends going to Disney World! Ahh! Can't wait until we can plan a trip back!! After all the talks I've had with people recently about planning a trip to Disney World, I decided to do a post on our top 5 favorite Disney dining experiences. 


I am going to start with 1900 Park Fare for dinner (they also offer breakfast, but we had other plans). It is located in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. We took a Disney bus to the resort and back to our hotel. Reservations can be made 180 days in advance and are hard to get. So START EARLY if this is one you want to do. It was our favorite because the characters played their parts EXCELLENT and each one comes to your table for pictures! Our Cinderella loving, daughter was in heaven!! The food was also good and was buffet style, so everyone can find something they like. The characters include: Cinderella, the stepmother, the stepsisters, & Prince Charming (but are subject to change).  We also made an appointment for our daughter at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique in Downtown Disney before dinner. They made her feel like a true princess. She loved it and wore her Cinderella dress to dinner. OUR favorite for sure!

She LOVED meeting Cinderella and getting her hair and makeup done at Bibbity Bobbity Boutique!

Saying goodbye to Prince Charming after their dance. 

Witten wasn't sure what to think! haha

Kinsley's favorite princess!

Getting ready at Bibbity Bobbity Boutique!


Our next favorite was Cinderella's Royal Table. This restaurant is very pretty and located at the top of Cinderella's castle inside Magic Kingdom. Your dinner includes a meet and greet with Cinderella with a printed, professional photo of your family with Cinderella, herself. 

Once you are inside and seated in the dining room (shown above). Snow White, Princess Jasmine, Aurora and Ariel come to your table (one at a time) to sign autograph books and for you to take pictures. If you have a Disney dining plan, this restaurant does take 2 table credits. We would have liked to have done the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique before lunch, but there were zero openings and we booked months in advance. Such a neat experience!

Inside the castle/dining room.

He was blowing her a kiss!

She kissed him!


Chef Mickey's was fun, very family friendly, and had a good, buffet style breakfast. It is located in Disney's Contemporary Resort. You get to meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto (they come to your table), this restaurant makes the cut hands down. I would recommend breakfast over any other meal and it's one of those things you just have to do once! My kids LOVED this one. It's also good for boys and girls. 

Witten loved all the characters for the most part. 

Kinsley wouldn't take a picture with any of them unless they were princesses. :)


Be Our Guest is located inside of Magic Kingdom so you will need to have a park ticket to visit it. It is the hardest reservation to get at the moment. It is nestled at the foot of the Beast's castle. The whole dining experience at Be Our Guest is unique and magical, and I thought the food was magnificent! 

If you're using the Disney dining plan, it will take 1 table service credit per person to eat here. The food is French/American. There are three different rooms to dine in. We dined in the grand 2-story ballroom and it was just like the movie. The other rooms are the West Wing and the Rose Gallery. We walked around after dinner and each room was simply amazing. Inside the West Wing, you get to get a glimpse of the enchanted rose. As you leave, you get to meet the beast and have a picture taken with him.The only disappointment was Belle is not there for a meet and greet. Bummer!

The Beast's castle in the distance. 

The menu was awesome. 

I loved all the intricate details. 


The dining room

So pretty!

The West Wing

The Enchanted Rose

When you leave you get to meet the Beast and get a picture with him. Witten wouldn't have anything to do with the Beast. :)

Last on the list is T-REX, which you'll find at Downtown Disney. We made a reservation because in the past, it was always a long wait. We were able to call the restaurant directly and get ours booked. It was great because we had a 1 and 2 year old and the wait was long when we got there. We arrived and were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation time. 

The food is good but a bit's much like a Rainforest Cafe (probably because it's owned by the same company). The atmosphere is great! Our son (1 at the time) got a bit frightened when the meteor showers took place. During the meteor showers, the ice cavern turns blue, red and purple.

The atmosphere is what really makes this restaurant!

Kinsley & Beau

The ice cavern.

Witten was finally all smiles, but during dinner he stuck to my side like glue. 

Other restaurants I want to try for our future trip are listed below. I have heard awesome things about each and everyone of them. 

1. 'Ohana (Lilo & Stitch) Located at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
2. The Crystal Palace (Pooh characters) Located in Magic Kingdom
3. Hollywood and Vine (Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Handy Manny)
4. Tusker House Restaurant (Donald Duck & friends in safari gear) Located in Animal Kingdom

I hope that these suggestions help you out if you're planning on going to Disney! If you have any questions, email or leave a comment!

I am itching to plan our next trip back and this time both kids will be old enough to remember!                    Have a magical day!!

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