Every city has its fine dining, but only Disney can transport you across hours and miles to another time of day, another season, another country, even to the bottom of the sea. The restaurants below make the Disney World dining bucket list because their unique theming is as outstanding as the delicious menus. In alphabetical order:
Be Our Guest – Snowflakes fall every month of the year behind the soaring windows of the beast’s majestic ballroom in this popular Magic Kingdom restaurant. You can also sit in the spooky West Wing or glowing Rose Gallery while savoring your grey stuff cupcake.
Boma – You’ll be transported to a thatched-roof African marketplace enclosed by the narrow poles of the boma (fence) in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The buffets feature exotic menu choices (spicy Nigerian peanut soup!).
Chef Mickey – The main mouse himself, in chef’s garb, makes the rounds along with Minnie, Chip and Dale, Donald, and Goofy. You know it’s really a party when the “Celebrate” song begins and the napkins at every table twirl in the air at this Contemporary Resort favorite!
Cinderella’s Royal Table – A spiral staircase winds up into the Magic Kingdom castle where you might score a table next to stained-glass windows overlooking Fantasyland. For some Disneyphiles, it doesn’t get any better.
Coral Reef – If the undulating colors and decor of the entrance didn’t clue you in, the wall-sized aquarium in this Epcot dining room will let you know that you’re under the waves. Watch the fish, sharks, and occasional human diver swimming by as you enjoy your surf or turf.
Le Cellier – Welcome to Canada – or rather, bienvenue! Leave the glaring Florida sun behind as you enter Epcot’s French Canadian wine cellar.
Sci-Fi Dine-In – A perpetual twilight overhead, four wheels under your feet, and a retro movie straight ahead make the Sci-Fi Dine-In a not-to-be-missed road trip in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Starring Rolls – If the “fine dining” appellation could be awarded to a quick service location, it would go to Starring Rolls at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (The secret: it shares a kitchen with the adjacent Brown Derby.)
T-Rex Cafe – Welcomed by a roaring T-Rex, you might be seated in a prehistoric ice cave or an ancient forest. A meteor shower rains down periodically while dinosaurs or mammoths in every room make some noise right in the middle of Disney Springs.
Yak and Yeti – The backstory here tells that a Nepalese village home at the base of Everest has been converted to a restaurant. Adults can sip a Yak Attack while admiring the artwork and decor which the fictional hosts have collected on travels across Asia.
What’s on your Walt Disney World Dining bucket list?