Ahh, Disney World. Loved it when I was younger. Don’t quite get why people continue to flip out about it way into their adulthood now that I’m older.
Except for the food. OK. I get the appeal if we’re talking about the food. Disney World isn’t just about the rides. It’s about stuffing your face, for Mickey Mouse puts out one damn fine spread.
Sure, you’re already being charged an arm and a leg for your room, for park admission, for souvenirs, for that bottle of water that you don’t want to take out a loan for but you break down and get it anyway because it’s so damn hot…all that could make you go for some of Mickey’s cheaper fast food options.
But hell, if you’re down there and opening your wallet anyway, you might as well treat yourself. Ready for BQB’s Disney restaurant recommendations? Cool.
From BQB HQ in Fabulous East Randomtown, here are my Top Ten Favorite Places to Eat in Disney World:
#10 – The Earl of Sandwich – Disney Springs (Formerly Downtown Disney)
Why the heck did they have to change Downtown Disney to Disney Springs? I know they really built up the place in recent years, but “Downtown Disney” sounded cool and hip whereas “Disney Springs” sounds like I’m going to get a massage or something.
Anyway, this is the area where Disney visitors can do mad shopping and crazy eating. While this list will be mostly devoted to sit down restaurants, I must add it because I love it and I try to get there at least once during a Disney sojourn.
Usually, other dummies in my party will be shopping, spending hours comparing one Mickey shirt to another or some other such stupid activity, so I will sneak away and get one of the Earl’s fantastic sandwiches. They must be good, since the Earl invented them, after all.
I’ve had their meatball sandwiches and their Thanksgiving sandwich with turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing. The former was great but the latter is what I get every time and probably always will from now on. Have fun looking at the Mickey shirts, dummies, BQB is getting a sandwich.
#9 – Le Cellier Steakhouse – Canada – Epcot
Oh Canada! My home and native land! True patriot love…and something with maple syrup on it!
You gotta get yourself a reservation here. Actually, important tip. You pretty much need to get yourself a reservation at any restaurant that’s worthwhile in the House of Mouse.
Delicious steaks that taste like they were cut straight from the cow’s butt. And cheese soup. Mickey and I have something in common: we both love cheese and we often walk around in our shorts with no shirt on.
#8 – Boma – Animal Kingdom Lodge
The cool thing about Disney World is it has its own transportation system, so even if you aren’t staying at one particular hotel, you can still visit another one if there’s something cool there you’d like to check out.
In this case, I recommend you check out the breakfast buffet at Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Come for the eats, stay for the Guava juice. Mmm, that’s good guava!
#7 – Beaches and Cream – Disney Beach Club
Disney has a super expensive, ultra swanky hotel called Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club. One part is the Yacht Club. One part is the Beach Club. I stayed there one time as a youngster and felt like I was frigging Thurston Howell or something. Funny, back then, I said, “When I’m an adult I’ll have so much money I’ll be able to stay at places like this for months on end!”
But yeah, now I just run a blog for 3.5 readers, so that never happened. Boo! Up your nose with a rubber hose, failed life plans!
Anyway, you don’t have to stay there to eat here, though yeah, get a reservation. It’s a cool little 1950’s style Ice Cream Shoppe. Stop watching your waist line. Eat ice cream. You’re on vacation.
#6 – AMC Fork and Screen Theaters – Disney Springs – West Side
Some people may not count a movie theater as a good place to dine but what do they know? As a movie buff, I think the AMC theater at Disney Springs – West Side is one of the best theaters I have ever visited and no matter how packed it gets, I have yet to have to suffer neck pain by sitting up front.
If you don’t get the dining option, they have those fabulous seats that are like mini-couches you can recline in. Plus, they have those Coca Cola Freestyle machines where you can push all sorts of buttons in order to flavor your carbonated beverage to your personal desire. Such a fun way to put yourself on the path to diabetes.
If you do choose the dining option, you get a pretty cool place to sit, and a menu and a call button. Watch that movie, hit that call button, and your waitress will just bring you all kinds of food, popcorn, soda, snacks, she’ll pretty much put a funnel in your mouth and cram it all down your cake hole until your movie is over if you want.
#5 – Crystal Palace – Main Street USA – Magic Kingdom
Great buffet. There are several character breakfasts where you can eat Mickey shaped waffles and have Mickey and friends come to say hello to everyone at the table. This is a pretty good one as you can start your day early at the Magic Kingdom and then get off to the rides. ‘Ohana, located at the Polynesian Resort, is my other favorite place for a character breakfast.
#4 – Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
Speaking of the Polynesian Resort, this place is basically like stepping into Hawaii. They have a luau dinner show with hula dancing, all kinds of awesome tricks, many of which involve fire. I mean, tricks with fire, people, what more do I have to say? You’ll definitely need a reservation. You can’t just walk right into this one.
#3 – STK Orlando
This is a fairly new one and I was a little iffy on it at first. It’s totally hipster. Like imagine a restaurant invented by a dork with a fedora with a neckbeard and this is the restaurant you’d get. The lighting is low, the ambience is trendy but the food is pretty tasty. All kinds of steaks with different options to get your steak, plus other food as well. I don’t know if it was just our waiter who made the experience great and perhaps you need that exact waiter to make it a good experience, but he was like a food genius who could tell you every little thing about the food. Kids probably won’t like it though.
#2 – Rainforest Cafe – Animal Kingdom
Sure, they have them all over the country, but if you haven’t been to one yet, you should go to this one. Good food. Automatronic animals doing wacky things.
#1 – T-Rex – Disney Springs
Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? The kids will love this one. All kinds of automatronic dinos wreak havoc as you shove prehistoric themed food down your pie hole. Just don’t become the T-Rex’s dinner.
There’s a fantastic ice cream place in France in Epcot I love. I usually have to go there once. I blame Epcot for my fatness. They swore they were going to teach me about science and the world but they just made me fat.
Also, one time, many moons ago, I ate lunch at the ESPN Club on the Boardwalk and got to see the taping of a live sports radio show while doing so. Not sure if they still do that but I assume so. I ate something called a “Dinger Sandwich” which was a word I was surprised to see on the menu and I made fun of it for the rest of the trip but apparently it is a golf term. Worth checking out if you are into sports.
Coral Reef at Epcot – eat, watch the fish, sometimes a diver will even swim by.