There are so many Walt Disney World restaurants to choose from, it can be very difficult to narrow them down when the time comes to choose your advanced dining reservations for your Disney World trip.
We have definitely found that we save money by using the Disney Dining Plan. Being a UK guest, we often book when the free dining plan offer is on for the following year. By upgrading the standard quick service meal plan to the regular dining plan, we are then able to enjoy our Walt Disney World restaurants and only pay the gratuities.
We haven’t sampled anywhere near enough of the Walt Disney World restaurants, however after trialling quite a few, I now already have a list of the Disney World reservations I will opt to get again for our next trip.
Ohana restaurant is in the Polynesian Resort. Accessible from Magic Kingdom park via the Monorail system, or perhaps you’d like to take a water taxi or bus.
Ohana means family and serves its food family style. We really enjoyed our dinner experience here last year and will be looking to get another reservation for 2019. With skewers of meats cooked on the open barbecue in the restaurant, fresh salad, noodles and stir fried vegetables to name a little of what you can expect, Ohana became a favourite of ours.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
We have eaten at be Our Guest twice, and in my opinion one of the best restaurants in Disney World. With the menu and meal structure due to change for their dinner service in the Summer of 2018, we will definitely be looking to book again for 2019.
The food at Be a Our Guest during dinner to be of excellent quality and well worth the cost. We’re not alone in this as the restaurant is extremely popular and is one of the Disney World reservations you will need to secure as early as possible.
Hoop De Doo Revue
I kept hearing about Hoop de Doo Revue, one of the Fort Wilderness restaurants at Walt Disney World. During our 2017 trip, we decided to visit and we are so glad we did. The dinner and show is well worth the two table credits on the Disney Dining plan.
We enjoyed it so much we tried to get another reservation during our holiday but there was no availability, which to be honest we weren’t surprised about but we were hoping for a cancellation slot.
Hoop De Doo Revue provides you with almost two hours of entertainment from the Pioneer Hall players whilst you enjoy as much fried chicken, ribs, mashed potato, corn, beans, salad and dessert as you like. All washed down in jam jars full of your favourite beverages that are refillable during the dinner show.
Crystal Palace Restaurant
Another one of my favourite Magic Kingdom restaurants we will definitely return to is Crystal Palace. A character restaurant where you can enjoy a buffet and meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet. On a hot Florida day, Crystal Palace will also provide you with some great escape from the sun in its amazingly cool air-conditioned restaurant.
We found the buffet choices to be of good quality and I loved finding a good selection of vegetables and meats on the buffet that you don’t see in all of the Walt Disney World restaurants
One of the best places to eat in Animal Kingdom is Tusker House. It’s also available as a Rivers Of Light Dining package providing you seats in the Rivers of Light night time show in Animal Kingdom, so it’s well worth booking.
Tusker House is one of the Animal Kingdom character dining options where you can meet Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey Mouse in their safari gear. It’s a great way to meet the characters without waiting in line and enjoying some good food at the same time.
The food on offer provides a great choice with some amazing carvery meats with flavours that will have you going back for more. Also on offer in Tusker House is the infamous jungle juice, a lovely blend of fruit juices that is so refreshing. You have to try it if you visit Tusker House.
Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Another Animal Kingdom restaurant worth a second visit is Yak & Yeti. If you like Chinese food then I recommend you give Yak & Yeti a try. I opted for non traditional fare on our first visit and ordered a steak, and it was gorgeous.
On another visit I would definitely opt for something a little more traditional as the plates that were arriving at tables around us looked amazing. We ate so much food at Yak & Yeti we could barely manage dessert.
Walt Disney World has two Rainforest cafe’s. One in Animal Kingdom and the other in Disney Springs. We opted to book a table at the Animal Kingdom as it meant we could tie in our meal with a visit to Animal Kingdom.
Reservations for Rainforest Cafe are easier to come by and you don’t rend to need to book so far in advance like a lot of Disney World dining choices. I really wanted to visit Rainforest Cafe for the experience as well as the food.
We will definitely go back to Rainforest Cafe as I had one of the best burgers I have ever eaten at Walt Disney World. It was cooked to my choice of rareness and it was packed with so many flavours. Eating that surrounded by animal noises, jungle plants and a fish tank was a brilliant way to spend a couple of hours.