The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants

(Article last updated: August 1, 2017)

Magic Kingdom isn't known for having a lot of Table Service restaurant options, but the Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants definitely provide many great choices.

If you're planning to spend some time at the Magic Kingdom, the convenient transportation options between it and the nearby resort-area restaurants makes dining outside that park a good choice for people looking for some alternative culinary choices or even for those looking to escape the park for a bit (or both).

Here's a rundown of the pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants......


 

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Breakfast

Geyser Point Bar & Grill (breakfast)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Geyser Point Bar & Grill (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $9.00/$5.00

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Lovely covered outdoor seating (with heaters and retractable walls for cooler months), home-made chips and many unique food options that should appeal to a wide range of tastes

Cons: Out of the way for a Quick Service meal (unless you are staying at the Wildnerness Lodge)


P & J’s Southern Takeout (breakfast)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - P & J’s Southern Takeout (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $7.00/$7.00

Location: Ft.Wilderness Campsites

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Quick breakfast items and hot items available

Cons: Limited seating


Gasparilla Grill (breakfast)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Gasparilla Grill (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $10.00/$5.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Affordable options, hot food (including Mickey waffles) and pastries available, indoor and outdoor seating (outdoor seating overlooks the marina)

Cons: Food is just OK, service can be slow


Roaring Fork (breakfast)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Roaring Fork (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $10.00/$6.50

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Usually good service

Cons: Mediocre food, small and can be very busy/crowded during peak meal times


Contempo Café (breakfast)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Contempo Café (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $10.00/$6.50

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Diverse options for a Quick Service, many find the onscreen ordering to be fun, view of the monorail while you dine

Cons: Can be quite noisy, due in large part to its proximity to Chef Mickey's


Captain Cook's Snack Company (breakfast)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Captain Cook's Snack Company (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $8.50/$6.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Easy and quick way to grab favorite breakfast items like Mickey waffles and Tonga Toast, lots of seating

Cons: Can get quite busy during peak times


Trail’s End Restaurant (breakfast)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Trail’s End Restaurant (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $18.00/$10.00

Location: Ft.Wilderness Campsites

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: One of the most well-liked restaurants for its delicious food, affordable prices and friendly service

Cons: Difficult to get to unless you're staying at Ft. Wilderness


Whispering Canyon Cafe (breakfast)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Whispering Canyon Cafe (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $15.00/$7.00

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Family-pleasing food (skillets/platters, Mickey waffles) and a fun atmosphere that includes "pony" races and servers that are known for their shenanigans

Cons: Noisy, little bit pricey


The Wave (breakfast)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - The Wave (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $13.00/$8.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Really diverse menu with a focus on local and sustainable items, good service, usually easy to get into

Cons: Can be noisy


Ohana (breakfast)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Ohana (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $31.00/$19.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Food options to please most people (all-you-can-eat American breakfast), characters appear (Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and others)

Cons: Popular spot so reservations are hard to get, check in can take a long time so maybe even consider arriving early for your reservation

Tips: Book ASAP if you are interested in eating here; breakfast hours extend until 12:00 pm which makes it a great place to grab a late breakfast.


Kona Cafe (breakfast)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Kona Cafe (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $14.00/$7.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Good food all around (try the Tonga Toast and Kona coffee)

Cons: Used to be a hidden gem but now books up much further in advance. Just want a quick Kona coffee and pastry? Grab that from the nearby coffee bar.


Grand Floridian Cafe (breakfast)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Grand Floridian Cafe (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $17.00/$9.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great food, often easy to get into

Cons: Though relatively affordable compared to other Grand Floridian restaurants, some still find some prices to be a bit high


Chef Mickey's (breakfast)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Chef Mickey's (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $40.00/$21.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Family favorite due to the fun vibe (and it's fun to ride the monorail right into the building), good spot to catch the classic characters together (Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie & Pluto)

Cons: Food isn't particularly good but is sufficient, reservations are hard to get

Tips: Request to be in the main dining room to get the maximum amount of fun since the other rooms are further from the action.


1900 Park Fare (breakfast)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - 1900 Park Fare (breakfast)

Price (adult/child): $33.00/$20.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Random character combo is fun (and often includes Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh), strawberry soup is good

Cons: Fairly expensive, especially since the food isn't super good (you're definitely paying for the experience)

Tips: If you arrive by monorail, it may not be obvious where this restaurant is located. When you exit the monorail, go down to the first floor and you'll find the restaurant by the front doors.


Lunch

Geyser Point Bar & Grill (lunch)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Geyser Point Bar & Grill (lunch)

Price (adult/child): $12.50/$7.00

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Lovely covered outdoor seating (with heaters and retractable walls for cooler months), home-made chips and many unique food options that should appeal to a wide range of tastes

Cons: Out of the way for a Quick Service meal (unless you are staying at the Wildnerness Lodge)


Oasis Bar & Grill (lunch)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Oasis Bar & Grill (lunch)

Price (adult/child): $12.00/$7.50

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Several unique salads and fish options are available for lunch or you can grab some standard bar food or a specialty cocktail or Hawaiian beer while enjoying the pool

Cons: Doesn't usually open until 11 am


Roaring Fork (lunch)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Roaring Fork (lunch)

Price (adult/child): $11.00/$7.00

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Usually good service

Cons: Mediocre food, small and can be very busy/crowded during peak meal times


Contempo Café (lunch)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Contempo Café (lunch)

Price (adult/child): $12.00/$7.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Diverse options for a Quick Service - everything from good sandwiches to made-to-order salads and some of the best cupcakes ever, many find the onscreen ordering to be fun, view of the monorail

Cons: Can be quite noisy, due in large part to its proximity to Chef Mickey's


Beaches Pool Bar & Grill (lunch)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Beaches Pool Bar & Grill (lunch)

Price (adult/child): $12.00/$7.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Interesting food options for a pool bar, including sushi, scallops, and crab cake sandwiches

Cons: Usually only open 11-7


Gasparilla Grill (lunch)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Gasparilla Grill (lunch)

Price (adult/child): $11.00/$6.50

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Affordable options, create-your-own salads available, indoor and outdoor seating (outdoor seating overlooks the marina)

Cons: Food is just OK, service can be slow


Captain Cook's Snack Company (lunch)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Captain Cook's Snack Company (lunch)

Price (adult/child): $11.00/$7.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Good menu options (the homemade chips and Aloha pork sandwich are particular favorites), lots of seating

Cons: Can get quite busy during peak times


1900 Park Fare (brunch)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - 1900 Park Fare (brunch)

Price (adult/child): $37.00/$22.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Random character combo is fun (and often includes Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh), strawberry soup is good

Cons: This meal is a brunch offering that is only available during the holidays. For 2016 those dates are Nov. 20-26 and Dec. 18th - Jan. 1st, 2017.

Tips: If you arrive by monorail, it may not be obvious where this restaurant is located. When you exit the monorail, go down to the first floor and you'll find the restaurant by the front doors.


California Grill (brunch)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - California Grill (brunch)

Price (adult/child): $80/$48

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great service and ambiance & amazing food with a fantastic view of the Magic Kingdom

Cons: Expensive, limited options for kids


Chef Mickey's (brunch)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Chef Mickey's (brunch)

Price (adult/child): $40.00/$23.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Family favorite due to the fun vibe (and it's fun to ride the monorail right into the building), good spot to catch the classic characters together (Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie & Pluto)

Cons: Food isn't particularly good but is sufficient, reservations are hard to get

Tips: Request to be in the main dining room to get the maximum amount of fun since the other rooms are further from the action.


Whispering Canyon Cafe (lunch)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Whispering Canyon Cafe (lunch)

Price (adult/child): $20.00/$9.00

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Family-pleasing food (skillets/platters) and a fun atmosphere that includes "pony" races and servers that are known for their shenanigans

Cons: Noisy, little bit pricey


Trail’s End Restaurant (brunch)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Trail’s End Restaurant (brunch)

Price (adult/child): $23.00/$13.00

Location: Ft.Wilderness Campsites

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: One of the most well-liked restaurants for its delicious food, affordable prices and friendly service

Cons: Difficult to get to unless you're staying at Ft. Wilderness


The Wave (lunch)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - The Wave (lunch)

Price (adult/child): $17.00/$11.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Really diverse menu with a focus on local and sustainable items, good service, usually easy to get into

Cons: Can be noisy


Narcoossee’s (brunch)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Narcoossee’s (brunch)

Price (adult/child): $69.00/$41.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Amazing views and price of brunch includes a specialty beverage like a mimosa (for the adults) or a smoothie for the kids

Cons: Expensive, long waits for food


Kona Cafe (lunch)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Kona Cafe (lunch)

Price (adult/child): $22.00/$10.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Good food all around

Cons: Used to be a hidden gem but now books up much further in advance


Grand Floridian Cafe (lunch)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Grand Floridian Cafe (lunch)

Price (adult/child): $16.00/$11.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great food, often easy to get into

Cons: Though relatively affordable compared to other Grand Floridian restaurants, some still find some prices to be a bit high


Dinner

Geyser Point Bar & Grill (dinner)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Geyser Point Bar & Grill (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $12.50/$7.00

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Lovely covered outdoor seating (with heaters and retractable walls for cooler months), home-made chips and many unique food options that should appeal to a wide range of tastes

Cons: Out of the way for a Quick Service meal (unless you are staying at the Wildnerness Lodge)


Roaring Fork (dinner)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Roaring Fork (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $11.00/$7.00

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Usually good service

Cons: Mediocre food, small and can be very busy/crowded during peak meal times


P & J’s Southern Takeout (dinner)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - P & J’s Southern Takeout (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $11.00/$6.50

Location: Ft.Wilderness Campsites

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Tasty entrees and family meals available

Cons: Limited seating


Gasparilla Grill (dinner)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Gasparilla Grill (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $11.00/$6.50

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Affordable options, hot food and pastries available, indoor and outdoor seating (outdoor seating overlooks the marina)

Cons: Food is just OK, service can be slow


Contempo Café (dinner)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Contempo Café (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $12.00/$7.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Diverse options for a Quick Service - everything from good sandwiches to made-to-order salads and some of the best cupcakes ever, many find the onscreen ordering to be fun, view of the monorail

Cons: Can be quite noisy, due in large part to its proximity to Chef Mickey's


Captain Cook's Snack Company (dinner)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Captain Cook's Snack Company (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $11.00/$7.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Good menu options (the homemade chips and Aloha pork sandwich are particular favorites), lots of seating

Cons: Can get quite busy during peak times


Victorias and Alberts Chef’s Table (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Victorias and Alberts Chef’s Table (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $235.00/$0.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros:

Cons:


Narcoossee’s (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Narcoossee’s (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $46.00/$15.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Fantastic seafood and amazing views including being able to see the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom

Cons: Expensive, long waits for food


Whispering Canyon Cafe (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Whispering Canyon Cafe (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $30.00/$17.00

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Family-pleasing food (skillets/platters) and a fun atmosphere that includes "pony" races and servers that are known for their shenanigans

Cons: Noisy, little bit pricey


Victorias and Alberts (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Victorias and Alberts (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $185.00/$0.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: 1 of only 3 AAA Five Diamond-rated restaurants in Florida, 6+ course meal that is skillfully prepared, amazing food

Cons: Lengthy meal may be a bit too long for some, very expensive, not on the Disney Dining Plan


Trail’s End Restaurant (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Trail’s End Restaurant (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $30.00/$17.00

Location: Ft.Wilderness Campsites

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: One of the most well-liked restaurants for its delicious food, affordable prices and friendly service

Cons: Difficult to get to unless you're staying at Ft. Wilderness


The Wave (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - The Wave (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $26.00/$11.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Really diverse menu with a focus on local and sustainable items, good service, usually easy to get into

Cons: Can be noisy


Ohana (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Ohana (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $41.00/$23.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Food options to please most anybody (lots of meat options plus their much-beloved bread pudding for dessert), kids are included in activities during the meal (which mortifies my kids but outgoing kids find it fun)

Cons: Popular spot so reservations are hard to get, check in can take a long time so maybe even consider arriving early for your reservation


Mickey's Backyard BBQ (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Mickey's Backyard BBQ (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $57.00/$33.00

Location: Ft.Wilderness Campsites

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Meal includes music and dancing with the characters (Chip, Dale, Goofy, Mickey & Minnie), wine and beer are included, plentiful picnic-style food (barbecued meats, corn on the cob, watermelon, etc.)

Cons: Located outside on a covered patio which can be quite hot at certain times of the year, usually only available Thursdays and Saturdays, you can't drive directly to this event but must take Ft. Wilderness transportation to get there

Tips: Consider taking a boat there from Magic Kingdom.


Kona Cafe (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Kona Cafe (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $26.00/$10.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Good food all around

Cons: Used to be a hidden gem but now books up much further in advance. Can't get in? Try sushi at the nearby sushi bar.


Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $67.00/$39.00

Location: Ft.Wilderness Campsites

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: 1 of the most popular things to do at Disney World, this restaurant combines a funny show with family-style down home food, drinks are unlimited (including beer, wine and sangria for people 21+)

Cons: Expensive, usually books up pretty far in advance, somewhat difficult to get to (easiest way is by boat from Magic Kingdom), prices vary by category and time of year


Grand Floridian Cafe (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Grand Floridian Cafe (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $25.00/$11.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great food, often easy to get into

Cons: Though relatively affordable compared to other Grand Floridian restaurants, some still find some prices to be a bit high


Citricos (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Citricos (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $45.00/$17.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Beautiful restaurant with great food and service, somewhat of a hidden gem so getting reservations here can be easier than other upscale restaurants, upscale (dress code is in place)

Cons: Expensive, no view of fireworks


Chef Mickey's (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Chef Mickey's (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $50.00/$27.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Family favorite due to the fun vibe (and it's fun to ride the monorail right into the building), good spot to catch the classic characters together (Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie & Pluto)

Cons: Food isn't particularly good but is sufficient, reservations are hard to get

Tips: Request to be in the main dining room to get the maximum amount of fun since the other rooms are further from the action.


California Grill (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - California Grill (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $55.00/$10.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Great service and ambiance, amazing food (especially if you like sushi) with a great view of Magic Kingdom fireworks (if you eat earlier in the day, you can return with your receipt to view fireworks at night from their private balcony area)

Cons: Expensive, limited options for kids


Artist Point (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Artist Point (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $50.00/$28.00

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Delicious Pacific Northwest food (salmon is a specialty here), often easy to get a reservation

Cons: Pricey, ambiance isn't the best


1900 Park Fare (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - 1900 Park Fare (dinner)

Price (adult/child): $47.00/$27.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Fun character interactions (character lineup often includes Prince Charming, Cinderella, Anastasia, Drizella and Lady Tremaine) and it's fun to be able to have both sushi rolls and gummi bears at dinner (where else would that be possible?)

Cons: Fairly expensive, especially since the food isn't super good (you're definitely paying for the experience)

Tips: If you arrive by monorail, it may not be obvious where this restaurant is located. When you exit the monorail, go down to the first floor and you'll find the restaurant by the front doors.


Everything Else

The Wave Lounge

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - The Wave Lounge

Price (adult/child): $14.00/$14.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Easy spot to grab a drink and appetizer

Cons: Can be noisy


Pineapple Lanai

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Pineapple Lanai

Price (adult/child): $5.00/$5.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Dole Whip treats (much quicker spot to get Dole Whips than Magic Kingdom location) and shaved ice, good use of snack credits, nice outdoor seating area

Cons: No longer self serve


Meadow Snack Bar

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Meadow Snack Bar

Price (adult/child): $9.00/$6.00

Location: Ft.Wilderness Campsites

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Good spot to grab a quick meal

Cons: Limited drink menu


Courtyard Pool Bar

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Courtyard Pool Bar

Price (adult/child): $12.00/$6.50

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Place to grab a quick snack and a drink (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available)

Cons: Doesn't open until noon, limited food options


Contemporary Grounds

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Contemporary Grounds

Price (adult/child): $4/$4

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great spot to grab a coffee and a pastry

Cons: Limited seating


Barefoot Pool Bar

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Barefoot Pool Bar

Price (adult/child): $9.00/$0.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great place to grab a specialty drink

Cons: Limited seating


The Sand Bar

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - The Sand Bar

Price (adult/child): $9.00/$6.50

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great place to grab a quick bite to eat or a drink, view of the pool or Bay Lake

Cons: Limited seating


Crockett's Tavern

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Crockett's Tavern

Price (adult/child): $12.00/$0.00

Location: Ft.Wilderness Campsites

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Familiar bar food available here like nachos and wings, alcoholic drinks (including Yuengling) are an option, indoor and outdoor seating

Cons: Menu is limited


Cove Bar

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Cove Bar

Price (adult/child): $9/$6

Location: Bay Lake Tower

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Interesting menu options for a poolside location, including sushi

Cons: Pool area is accessible only to guests staying at the resort


Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room

Price (adult/child): $50.00/$13.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Relaxing, traditional English tea experience that includes tea as well as a selection of sandwiches, fruit and pastries. A special "Mrs. Potts Tea" (chocolate milk) is available for younger guests. If you book your reservation for 3:00 pm or later you'll be able to relax and enjoy your tea while the listening to the live music from the Grand Floridian lobby.

Cons: Fairly expensive for just tea and mini-sandwiches, scones and fruit (costs the same or more than a full meal).


Wonderland Tea Party

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Wonderland Tea Party

Price (adult/child): $/$40.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: 1 hour tea party from 2-3 p.m. for ages 4-10 where kids get to make and eat cupcakes, hear a story, have tea (juice) with the characters and make flower bouquets.

Cons: Kids do this event without parents so parents should plan to do something nearby like stroll the beach, order a drink, explore the resort, etc.

Tips: The price of this tea party makes it a popular option so be sure to book early if you'd like to attend.


Perfectly Princess Tea Party

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Perfectly Princess Tea Party

Price (adult/child): $0.00/$334.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: A whole event rather than just a meal that includes each girl receiving a doll, tiara, bracelet, rose, scrapbook plus food and entertainment (boys receive a crown and plush bear). The $250 price includes 1 adult and 1 child. More children can be added for an additional cost.

Cons: Only available Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, some Thursdays and Friday from 10:30am-12:00pm.

Tips: Party goers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite princess or prince.


Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Price (adult/child): $13.00/$0.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Super fun environment, delicious drinks (including great souvenir cups!) and food

Cons: Very limited indoor seating, Disney Dining Plan credits not accepted


Territory Lounge

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Territory Lounge

Price (adult/child): $11.00/$11.00

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Fantastic place to grab a drink and appetizer, great ambiance

Cons: Can be noisy, Disney Dining Plan credits not accepted


Tambu Lounge

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Tambu Lounge

Price (adult/child): $9.00/$9.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Nice spot to grab an appetizer, 'Ohana bread pudding, or a specialty drink (including a Lapu Lapu, the popular drink that served in a pineapple), good atmosphere

Cons: Only open in the evening, expensive drinks


Mizner’s Lounge

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Mizner’s Lounge

Price (adult/child): $16.00/$16.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Standard drink menu (plus champagne, ports, cognacs), appetizers and desserts and cigars available, can listen to the nearby band play

Cons: Disney Dining Plan not accepted, only open in evenings


Getting to your reservation at one of the Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants

All of the Magic Kingdom-area resorts offer monorail and/or boat service between the park and the resort. To figure out which you'll need to use check out the WDW Prep School Navigator.

Other reasons to dine outside of Magic Kingdom

Not only can it make sense to dine outside of Magic Kingdom because you want to try something new, some people like to plan a relaxing meal during the nighttime fireworks show. While the best view (especially with the new projections-heavy Happily Ever After) is going to be within the park, viewing it from one of the nearby restaurants can be a romantic way to end an evening or a nice alternative for anybody that doesn't like loud noises or the thick crowds the fireworks draw.

The holidays at Disney World are another time when venturing out of Magic Kingdom for a meal might make sense. During the holiday season, all of the resorts will be decked out in their finest with lots of seasonal decorations to explore.  If you are visiting during the holiday season, it is well worth it to set aside a couple hours to check out what they have to offer.

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Elliott

Victoria and Albert’s is now on the dining plan??? really?

Kelsey

We loved Whispering Canyon! Another tip for a reaction is to tell them you are very thirsty. 🙂

And I agree with Savanah – I’d love to see a write up like this for the other resorts!

Savanah

Can you make a list like this for the other resort aera reaturants?

Courtney

I LOVED this list, thank you! I wish there was a PDF to put in my WDW Planning Book. Are you planning to do this for other resorts as well? I wanted to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, but a few members of my family have certain diets that don’t allow them to have certain foods, and the African cuisine put me off a bit in thinking there may not be key foods they can eat. Even though the Poly has a theme to their food as well, they still had burgers, chicken fingers, and fries that my little brother could eat. I would love to know the breakdown of the rest of the resort restaurants to make a better educated plan.

Kelsey

One thing about Disney Restaurants is they are excellent at dealing with special dietary needs. If you are making ADRs, you can make a note on your reservation about the dietary restrictions. And I’m pretty confident that all quick serves at resorts have your burgers and chicken fingers, even at AKL.

Genette Irlbeck

We got back from WDW a few weeks ago. Stayed at Polynesian. Ate at Kona (B), ‘Ohana (B), Capt. Cook’s (L), Contempo Cafe (D), Chef Mickey’s (B). I booked a few breakfasts because I’d read that children with allergies were treated so well that my egg-allergic son would get to have treats he doesn’t usually get. I found that everyone just wanted to give him Mickey Waffles. Each location seems to keep a separate iron for making them for allergies… and I guess that’s easier to clean/deal with than a griddle.

Only the kind chef at ‘Ohana really made his meal extra special (waffles, egg free biscuit, roasted potatoes and LOTS of bacon on a special platter just slightly smaller than the platter the rest of us got). The characters were fun and relaxed. The conga line part was funny because of the look our 10 yr old gave us (“I’m only doing this to make my brother happy!!!) while they were dancing. LOL

Sadly, our last meal “in the world” at Chef Mickey’s was disappointing. The chef had NO table-side manner (another chef overheard my son ask me about it while we at the buffet and the chef volunteered that the guy we talked to is VERY monotone), didn’t show us options on the buffet, acted like we were a bother, was very uncaring imo. And the character interactions seemed super RUSHED compared to all other char. meals we’d done (Crystal Palace, ‘Ohana, Garden Grill). We would NOT go back to Chef Mickey’s for breakfast.

Kona Cafe was very good. The Tonga toast really is “all that.” 🙂 I wish it was a bit less crowded… meaning I wish the tables were further apart. It’s a bit claustrophobic. The service was lovely, tho!

Capt. Cook’s was OUTSTANDING. Loved the pork sandwich and Dole Whip and the chips (addictive)! Enjoyed eating outside. Was a great start to our trip.

We had dinner at Contempo Cafe on our arrival day. It was hectic, but the food was very good. I tried a Rootbeer Cupcake just cuz it was available. 🙂 We enjoyed shopping in the Contemporary and watching the monorail, too.

You don’t mention the Luau. Have you reviewed it?

I AM planning our next trip. 🙂 Probably 3 yrs out so that they can get Polynesian renovations done before we return there.

Jay

Good write up.
My 2 cents:
Do NOT let the “all you can drink milkshake” offer at the Whispering Canyon Cafe be your determining factor in going. The milkshakes are average at best. Your basic Sonic milkshake is lightyears better than any milkshake at this place. Chocolate milk from the grocery store is more appealing.
My memory of the food was ok. But it was fun to convince someone at your table to ask for ketchup (Try it and you’ll see what happens 🙂 )

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