Unfortunately, when I go to a restaurant I LOVE, I always go back. So, my list isn’t as long as it should be. We’ve been to Biergarten three times at Epcot, Be Our Guest three times and Tusker House four times. Now that I’m booking trips I promise to broaden my palate!
Be Our Guest Quick Service
I love character dining, but I also love a quick service meal that is NOT a cheeseburger. So, we always get lunch (quick service) reservations at Be Our Guest. It’s at Magic Kingdom. It’s not the typical cheeseburgers and fries so the kids get a little bit of variety AND vegetables. Reservations recommended!
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is by far my favorite out of park character dining. It’s at The Campsites at Disney Fort Wilderness Resort. Mickey and his pals come out and dance with your kids. There are also cowboys and music. Food was ribs and fixing which was wonderful. If you are on the dining plan it takes 2 table service meals. I would only consider this on a non-park day. The last time we went was when our flight arrived early afternoon and we weren’t planning on going to one of the parks that day. You need to arrive 40 minutes prior to your reservation time.
Biergarten at Epcot
This is my husband’s favorite restaurant. It is a German buffet that has music, dancing, and bell ringers. It’s a nice alternative to burgers. It’s also all you can eat. My favorite part about Epcot is using our snack coupons throughout the world and one big meal. This is the best way to get a lot of favorite and not go home with a bag full of Mickey rice crispy treats.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
This is another Epcot option, but it has princesses. It’s in Norway. A great option is to get an early breakfast and then head right over to meet Anna and Elsa then use a fast pass to go on Frozen Ever After. Anna and Elsa can have some pretty long wait times so it’s great to get it done early. Since Norway is quite a walk from the entrance, it’s nice to see it empty before the park opens without feeling rushed.
Diner and Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios
There are three options to get VIP seating at Fantasmic. This allowed us to go on one more ride than we normally would have because we were guaranteed an unobstructed view. You can go to Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano (super hard to find but my favorite of the three), Hollywood & Vine or The Hollywood Brown Derby. I’ve been to all three and prefer the Italian restaurant because you don’t get to eat much Italian on this trip. When you book your dinner reservations you need to select the Fantasmic Dinner option.
Tusker house is great if you enjoy ethnic flavors. They also have a kids’ bar with common items like chicken and macaroni and cheese. The characters are dressed in safari outfits. It a nice break in the day while at Animal Kingdom.
Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
We went here 5 years ago, and I still remember how amazing the food was. It was served family style, delicious tropical feast. The show was also great and kept the kid’s attention the whole time. It does use 2 meal vouchers. It’s at the Polynesian which is a quick monorail ride from Magic Kingdom.
Getting an early reservation before the park opens can be awesome because you are then deep in the park when the gates open and you can get a quick ride in immediately afterwards. For example: breakfast at 8 am at Akerhaus in Norway at Epcot then a quick walk to Frozen Ever After. Boom a full stomach and a highly sought after ride all before 9:30 am!
When choosing between Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus I like Akershus because it only uses only 1 table service ticket whereas Cinderella’s Royal Table uses 2. The food at both is excellent and you get to meet several favorite princesses.
I’ve only been to Chef Mickey’s for breakfast. We’ve gone a couple times, it’s fantastic if you are only going to see the characters. Unfortunately, the breakfast is very processed and not the best. The best breakfast food is at ‘Ohana. My kids had never seen Lilo and Stitch before so the characters confused them but we ate like royalty!