Favorite Table Service Restaurants at Disney World
When planning a trip to Disney World, dining reservations are extremely important! It is essential to make dining reservations if you plan to eat at table service restaurants on you Disney World trip. These reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance of your trip and you will not be charged for your reservation unless you cancel less than 24 hours before your reservation (with the exception of certain restaurants such as Cinderella’s Royal Table where you have to pay upfront).
After visiting Disney World many many times, I have formed some favorites when it comes to dining! The issue with forming favorites is then it is REALLY hard to venture out and try new places, but food in Disney World is just so good that it would be SO rare to be disappointed!
So Magic Kingdom is great because when we visit Disney World, we always spend 2-3 days in Magic Kingdom; therefore I am able to eat at multiple table service restaurants in Magic Kingdom on each trip! We always eat at the Crystal Palace on every trip because we love their buffet and seeing Pooh Bear and all his Hundred Acre Woods pals! Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest are also fantastic, and what prince or princess doesn’t want to eat in these 2 beautiful castles? Liberty Tree Tavern is so delicious that I crave their turkey and gravy throughout the year. When I was sick on our Disney trip in May, I had to miss the day in the park that we had reservations for Liberty Tree Tavern and so when we planned our last minute anniversary trip in August I planned our dining around the fact that I would be eating at Liberty Tree Tavern on that trip!
Although these table service restaurants are some of my favorite, when it comes down to it I would have to say that Liberty Tree Tavern is my favorite table service restaurant at Magic Kingdom.
When it comes to Hollywood Studios, I have to be a little more picky when choosing a table service restaurant because we usually only visit this park once on each trip. Here I have eaten at the Brown Derby, Hollywood and Vine, and Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater. All of them are yummy and range in price and experience. I do have to say that I really enjoyed our time with Donald at Hollywood and Vine, he told Jesse to look away and then kissed my cheek, then Mickey came up and yelled at Donald, such a fun time! Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater is an absolute MUST at least once because it is so fun to step out of the crazy Disney day and into a relaxing drive-in theater where you can watch old time drive-in videos, you even get to sit in a car while you dine! The Brown Derby is a more luxury restaurant and fortunately the last time I was there, I was not paying for my own Disney expenses yet (thanks Mom and Dad!).
Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater has been my go to restaurant for years; however, the new character experiences at Hollywood and Vine make for a difficult decision. My husband and I differ on our favorites now as his is Hollywood and Vine, and I still have to stick with Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater! There are just so many fun memories from my very first trip to Disney World, all the way through my Disneymoon. I guess we might just have to start visiting Hollywood Studios twice on each trip too!
So Animal Kingdom is tied with Magic Kingdom as my favorite Disney World park (animals, behavior, and conservation are kinda my thing)! But dining is not always easy for me to choose here. I have eaten at the Rainforest Café and Tusker House Restaurant, and always consider Yak & Yeti Restaurant; however, I have yet to try it! Like I mentioned, I am a huge animal lover so I really enjoy the Rainforest Café (and T-REX, located in Disney Springs). Tusker House is a buffet and character dining experience so it is a lot of fun to see safari Donald, Goofy, and Pluto! I have only eaten breakfast at Tusker House and it was very good, Animal Kingdom dining can be difficult sometimes if you have picky eaters with you because most dining is themed to Africa or Asia. This is one of the main reasons we tend to stick with the Rainforest Café, because they offer enough options to satisfy everyone in our party.
So for now, I am going to have to go with Rainforest Café as my favorite Animal Kingdom table service restaurant; however, I would really like to try Tiffins! Another great option we like to do if we are not interested in eating at both the Rainforest Café and T-REX in one trip is to just eat 2 quick service meals at Animal Kingdom and save another table service dining for our days at Magic Kingdom, remember how many good options they have? Animal kingdom has some fantastic quick service options with Flame Tree Barbeque being our absolute favorite!
Epcot is the Disney World park that is known for its dining experiences and there are many more than I have had the option to try so far (each trip just is not long enough). So far I have had the chance to eat at Garden Grill, the Coral Reef, and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Though we have not even made a dent in the World Showcase dining options, we certainly have a list of places to try including; Biergarten (Germany), La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico), Nine Dragons (China), and Le Cellier Steakhouse (Canada).
Garden Grill is such a fun dining experience! It is a family style character dining that is located in a revolving dining room that over looks part of the Living with the Land ride. Here you will have the chance to dine with Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale! The Coral Reef is breath taking as you dine next to Disney’s aquarium that is home to sharks, dolphins, rays, and many other species. The food here is fantastic! It can get pricey if you are paying out of pocket here but it is extremely worth the price if you are using the Disney dining plan as it is only 1 table service credit! Akershus Royal Banquest Hall is a beautiful princess dining experience that any princess lover will enjoy (me included)!
As for now, since I have not completed my current Epcot bucket list, I have to say my favorite Epcot restaurant is the Coral Reef! I love being able to watch the ocean life while we eat, it is never the same experience twice! As much as I look forward to trying new World Showcase restaurants, I doubt my favorite will change from the Coral Reef as the atmosphere is just incredible…did I mention I love animals?
There are sooo many dining options at Disney Springs such as the Edison and the Boathouse but my heart is always pulled to the T–REX! Why you may ask? Well that is simple…Dinosaurs! Think the Rainforest Café times DINOSAURS! This restaurant is always busy so I would not expect to walk up without a reservation but at the same time, I have never had an issue getting a reservation. This is a fun experience for both kids and adults! To be honest, I have never visited this restaurant with kids, but Jesse and I have so much fun and the food is great!
Our Disney schedule rarely allows for us to dine outside of the parks, but they definitely have incredible food if you get the chance to! Chef Mickey’s is one that is on my list to try but one of my absolute favorite restaurants of all is ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! ‘Ohana is a family style dining experience (characters are only at breakfast) where your famly grows because everyone becomes cousins! Your cousin will bring around skewers of chicken, steak, and shrimp to go with your plate of pot stickers, chicken wings and noodles. It is some of the best food!
Disney cast members are amazing people that are truly so caring! I am allergic to shrimp and Jesse is allergic to tree nuts so we let our servers know at the restaurants where our family style meals include one of these items (for me at ‘Ohana so that shrimp didn’t make it onto my plate, and for Jesse at Liberty Tree Tavern as the dessert involves some sort of nut). We were not to concerned, we just wanted to let them know that we did not want those items since we could not eat them. They took it a notch up from there, so Disney right? At ‘Ohana the chef came to our table to speak with me directly because he wanted to assure me that all of his food was cooked on separate grills and that there would be not cross contamination for my allergy, it was so nice of him! At Liberty Tree Tavern, every plate that came to our table was marked with sticks that stated “allergy” and we were offered a different dessert that was nut free! Be sure to let Disney cast members know of any dietary needs you may have, they are always willing to help!
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