A few weeks ago I shared our little family’s top five character dining experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort and today I am going to talk about our favourite non character dining locations. As much as we love character dining, there are so many fantastic food options across the resort and we definitely like to eat! So let’s not waste any time and get straight to my top five, in no particular order again as I couldn’t possibly choose!
Ohana Dinner at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Ohana’s has been and probably always will be one of our most favourite places to eat as a family. The restaurant that of course means “family” in Hawaiian culture is filled with the most delicious Polynesian offerings served family style to your table. The warmed pineapple coconut bread is fantastic and sets the scene for the delicious offerings to follow. Starters include mixed green salad, honey glazed chicken wings and pork dumplings. Main course offerings of shrimp, chicken and steak arrive at your table on skewer from the fire pit, accompanied by stir fried vegetables and my absolute favourite, noodles in a pineapple and teriyaki sauce. Dessert is arguably the most popular in the whole of Walt Disney World, banana bread pudding served with warm caramel sauce. The ambiance provided is perfect to unwind in after a busy day at the parks and the light festivities include live entertainment, storytelling and games for children to participate in. We usually visit Ohana once per trip, quite often returning for a second visit due to its superior quality. Ohana also offers a character breakfast which is also served family style and you are joined by Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch. The current price for dinner is $46 plus tax and gratuity and $26 for children plus tax and gratuity, or one table service for those using the Disney Dining Plan.
Plaza Restaurant Lunch or Dinner at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
The Plaza is possibly one of the most underrated full service restaurants located within the Magic Kingdom park. It has been a reoccurring tradition for us to eat lunch here on the first day of each trip, then periodically throughout our stays. The restaurant its self is quite small and the menu is perfect park food mainly limited to soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, but its all so that we can leave room for the most delicious desserts! Who could say no to bottomless milkshakes and the irresistible ice cream flavours served directly from the Plaza ice-cream store next door? If you are lucky you may run in to the Citizens of Main Street who often stop by at a lunch time with some magic! The Plaza has recently started to serve breakfast that we have yet to try. The current price for lunch or dinner ranges from $15 to $35 plus tax and gratuity, or one table service for those using the Disney Dining Plan.
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant Lunch or Dinner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This unique restaurant based on a 1950’s drive-in movie theater sure takes fun to a whole different level! At Sci-Fi you can dine from the comfort of your vintage car while enjoying movie clips on the big screen. This is one of my Little Peter Pan‘s favourites due to the setting and the ambience of the restaurant. Sci-fi is known for its delightful milkshakes, Oreo being my absolute favourite! Also on the menu are burgers, sandwiches, pasta, ribs and salads. When we ate here on our January trip, Kevin ordered a salad that was literally the size of him! He said its was absolutely delicious but be warned, the portion sizes here are on the larger side! Sci-Fi is very popular, so ensure you create a reservation well in advance to avoid disappointment. The current price for lunch or dinner ranges from $15 to $35 plus tax and gratuity, or one table service for those using the Disney Dining Plan.
Boma Flavors of Africa Breakfast at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House
Situated in the beautiful Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boma is a buffet style restaurant serving possibly the best breakfast in the whole of Walt Disney World. It’s diverse menu offers a wide variety of African and American food and one of the best juices on property, Jungle juice! The food is freshly prepared behind the buffet and immedietly served and Omelettes can be made order. Look our for the Simba waffles as well as the customary Mickey ones, Quinn loves those! The restaurant theme is that of an African marketplace and is surrounded by beautiful woodwork, animal carvings and water features. Boma also offers a Dinner buffet which is just as unique and delicious. The current price for breakfast is $25 plus tax and gratuity and $14 for children plus tax and gratuity, or one table service for those using the Disney Dining Plan.
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria Lunch or Dinner at Disney’s Epcot
If like us you love Italian food and pizzas the size of the table you are sitting at, then look no further than Via Napoli. Without a doubt, the best pizza in the whole of Walt Disney World can be found right here. The large restaurant includes an open air cooking area and three wood burning ovens that Quinn used to be petrified of as a baby! Aside from the fantastic pizza with the best tasting dough ever, Via Napoli also offers a variety of soups, salads, pasta, chicken and steak. The current price for lunch or dinner ranges from $15 to $35 plus tax and gratuity, or one table service for those using the Disney Dining Plan.
I can’t wait to be back immersed back in the magic of Walt Disney World in a few short weeks, eating our favourite foods! Where are your go to restaurants located?