Diverse and Delicious Dining in the House of Mouse

Best is a loaded word. And when you take the near innumerable dining options available at Orlando's Disney World complex it is a Herculean task, but we’ll take it on. For some, the Disney experience is about its classic characters and iconic imagery. If that's so, you can't do better than Cinderella’s Royal Table. You can’t argue with breakfast, lunch or dinner in a castle. For buffet fans, Boma, set in the resplendent digs of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, not only offers up all the traditional fare a plain-jane foodie would love, it allows for a safari of the palate amid a host of offerings culled from more than 50 African nations. And also the option to see real African animals out back. Kitsch – along with Mom’s meatloaf – is in abundance on the menu at 50’s Prime Time Café, where TV tables bring diners back to the era of ducktails and drive-ins and at Raglan Road you can slake your sun-baked thirst with a pint of Guinness or a flight of selections from the Emerald Isle while filling your belly with fare that’s food-critic stars better than you might have expected at a casual Downtown Disney Irish pub. The pinnacle of gourmand experiences is reserved for the prix fixe elegance of the Grand Floridian’s Victoria & Albert’s, a dining event if ever there was. 

Disney's Hollywood Studios™

Pull up a vinyl chair and get ready for blue-plate special fare (and possibly some sassy backtalk from your waitress), the 50's Prime Time Cafe hearkens back to the era of ducktails, poodle skirts and TV dinners – and if you get a TV table,...  Read More

Fun house mirrors, Ferris wheel parts and an exhibition kitchen distinguish this Disney restaurant, which serves ocean-fresh seafood in a lively atmosphere. A variety of appetizers and entrees depend on fish and shellfish, the most notable being...  Read More

Epcot ®

Visitors to EPCOT expect, rightfully, to get authentic cuisine in the various international pavilions around the park. Located in "Italy," Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria delivers the sauce for certain, but its thin-crust pizza, which bakes in...  Read More

Disney's Animal Kingdom ®
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There are a number of AYCE options in the Disney realm (that stands for "all you can eat," by the way), many of which are worth a visit, but Boma – Flavors of Africa is a cut above. Why? While there are a plethora of menu items that fall well...  Read More


The Disney experience isn't complete without at least one special character interaction. Clearly that could come from a photo-op in Ariel's Secret Grotto or an impromptu encounter with Goofy somewhere in Frontierland, but the pinnacle would have...  Read More

Walt Disney World ®

While exemplary fine dining can be found throughout the Disney compound, none surpass the level of service delivered during a Victoria & Albert's prix fixe, seven-course meal that can only be described as a top-of-the-line culinary...  Read More

Disney's Animal Kingdom ®

With a vault of South African wines unmatched outside the country and an array of African natives in the form of zebra, kudu, gazelle and more roaming on the grounds of its home in the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort, Jiko – The Cooking...  Read More

Exceptional Pacific coast cuisine awaits guests as they are whisked by private elevator to the 15th floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort. Cocktails and wine, fine charcuterie and fresh sushi--try the Dragon Roll! --kick things off while entrees...  Read More

Downtown Disney ®

Cold pints and a warm, convivial vibe are always on tap at Raglan Road, which isn't lying when it calls itself a genuine Irish pub. In fact, the whole place was built in Ireland and then shipped to Orlando where it was lovingly reassembled to...  Read More

Downtown Disney ®

Walt Disney World's big, beautiful Boathouse venue can accommodate up to 600 seafood and steak lovers amid its nautically themed confines. Views of Lake Buena Vista beckon from throughout; in fact, you can drink and dine al fresco here, as well....  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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