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

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(Article last updated: October 24, 2014)

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom area resort restaurants from WDWPrepSchool.comMagic Kingdom isn’t known for having a lot of Table Service restaurant options, but the resorts nearby definitely provide many great choices.

I highly recommend trying to add 1 of these restaurants to your Magic Kingdom day.

Here’s a rundown of all of the restaurants located in the Magic Kingdom-area resorts…



Grand Floridian

Gasparilla Grill (Quick Service)

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Price range: $6-10
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Pros: Affordable, Mickey waffles are an option here
Cons: Food is just OK

Tips: This place can be hard to find and you have to walk outside to get to it. Ask Cast Members at The Grand Floridian where to go if you need help locating it (that’s what we had to do).


1900 Park Fare (Table Service)

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Price range: Breakfast is about $13/child and $25/adult. Dinner is about $20/child and $40/adult.
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Character breakfast menu, character dinner menu

Pros: Fun character interactions and I loved being 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.


Citricos (Table Service)

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Price range: $30-50 for main courses
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes (2 Table Service credits)
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Pros: Beautiful restaurant with great food and service, somewhat of a hidden gem so getting reservations here can be easier than other upscale restaurants
Cons: Expensive, no view of fireworks

Tips: Request a window seat when you check in. There’s also a private dining room for up to 12 people called The Chef’s Domain at Citricos. This room is available at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The 6 course chef’s menu is $75/person with a $650 minimum for the whole group. You can call 407-939-7707 to book it.


Grand Floridian Cafe (Table Service)

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Price range: $10-20 for most main courses
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Breakfast menu, lunch menu, dinner menu

Pros: Great food offered for all 3 meals, 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

Tips: Request a window seat when you check in


Narcoossee’s (Table Service)

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Price range: $30-40 for most entrees
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
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Pros: Fantastic seafood and amazing views
Cons: Expensive, long waits for food

Tips: Book a table about an hour before fireworks are scheduled for a chance to see the fireworks or Electrical Water Pageant which takes place on Bay Lake


Victoria and Albert’s Restaurant

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Price range: Begins at $135/person
On the Disney Dining Plan? No
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Pros: 1 of only 3 AAA Five Diamond-rated restaurants in Florida, 6 course meal that is skillfully prepared

Cons: 2 1/2 hour meal may be a bit long for some, very expensive, not on the Disney Dining Plan

Tips: There are options for making this meal even more exclusive by booking the Queen Victoria Room (6 tables available) or The Chef’s Table (1 table for 2-10 people). Due to very limited availability, these options obviously book up quickly so you’ll probably have to make them 180 days in advance.


Polynesian Resort

Kona Cafe (Table Service)

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Price range: ~$10/breakfast, $15/lunch and $20-25/dinner
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Breakfast menu, lunch menu, dinner 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

Tips: There’s a nearby coffee bar and sushi bar that are good options if you don’t have a reservation to eat in the restaurant (the coffee/sushi bar is described in an entry below)


‘Ohana (Table Service)

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Price range: Breakfast is about $13/child and $25/adult. Dinner is about $20/child and $40/adult.
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Breakfast menu, dinner menu

Pros: Food options to please most anybody (all-you-can-eat American breakfast, lots of meat options at dinner 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 – book ASAP if you are interested in eating here, check in can take a long time so maybe even consider arriving early for your reservation

Tips: If you’re eating dinner here during the Magic Kingdom fireworks, you might be able to see them from the restaurant (depending on your table). They even pipe the music in so you can listen while you watch.


Captain Cook’s Snack Company (Quick Service)

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Price range: $6-12
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Pros: Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, good food (my BFF couldn’t get enough of the chips they serve here when we stayed at The Poly)
Cons: Can get quite busy during peak times

Tips: This is 1 of only 2 locations at Disney World that has Dole Whips (the other location is Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom). Highly recommend getting it here if you’re interested as lines can be really long at the other location – plus, it’s self-serve, so you can maximize the amount you can fit into your bowl/cup.


Kona Island Coffee/Sushi Bar

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Price range: $10-15/roll
On the Disney Dining Plan? No
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Pros: Great coffee in the morning and sushi rolls in the evening
Cons: Very limited seating, not on the Disney Dining Plan

Tips: This bar is located near Kona Cafe and a great option if you don’t have a reservation at Kona


Contemporary Resort

California Grill (Table Service)

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Price range: $30-50/entree
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
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Pros: Delicious food with a seasonal menu (fish is a highlight here)
Cons: Expensive, recently revamped and still trying to work out some of the kinks

Tips: There’s an outdoor viewing area here that guests can use to view Wishes fireworks at Magic Kingdom. This option is available to any guest that has a dinner reservation so you could eat here earlier and then come back to watch the fireworks.


Chef Mickey’s (Table Service)

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Price range: Breakfast is $18/child and $33/adult. Dinner is about $20/child and $45/adult.
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Breakfast menu, dinner menu

Pros: Family favorite due to the fun vibe plus being able to ride the monorail right into the building, sundae bar makes a fun dessert
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. I’ve always felt left out when we were in the other rooms.


Contempo Cafe (Quick Service)

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Price range: $5-10 for most items
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Pros: Diverse options for a Quick Service – everything from good sandwiches to made-to-order salads and some of the best cupcakes ever
Cons: Can be quite noisy, due in large part to its proximity to Chef Mickey’s

Tips: Seats can get full during peak times but you can take your food to go if you’d like


The Wave (Table Service)

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Price range: Breakfast is ~$10/entree, lunch is ~$15/entree and dinner is ~$20-30/entree
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom area resort restaurants from WDWPrepSchool.com
Breakfast menu, lunch menu, dinner menu

Pros: Really diverse menu with a focus on local and sustainable items
Cons: Service is inconsistent, portions can be small

Tips: Lots of interesting wine choices here so check out the wine menu if you are there for dinner


Cove Bar (Quick Service)

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Price range: ~$10/food items and $7-10/drinks
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Pros: Interesting menu options for a poolside location, including Bento box meals in a variety of options
Cons: Pool area is accessible only to guests staying at the resort

Tips: There is limited bar seating here but there are picnic tables nearby that can be used as well


Sand Bar

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Price range: $7-10 for food items, $8-10 for drinks
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Pros: Great views of the marina
Cons: Standard fare like burgers and hot dogs, limited seating

Tips: Try a cold treat here like a Mickey bar or cookies and cream ice cream sandwich


Wilderness Lodge

Roaring Fork (Quick Service)

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Price range: ~$8-10
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Pros: Diverse menu options, including many good vegetarian choices
Cons: Can be very busy during peak meal times

Tips: There are sometimes free cookies given out here, though I’m not sure what the schedule is


Artist Point (Table Service)

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Price range: $30-40/entree
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
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Pros: Cozy atmosphere, delicious Pacific Northwest food (salmon is a specialty here), good service, often easy to get a reservation
Cons: Expensive

Tips: Although this is a Signature Dining location and there is technically a nicer dress code, it is really pretty casual so don’t feel the need to dress super nice if you end up dining here


Whispering Canyon Cafe (Table Service)

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Price range: Breakfast is $10-15/entree, lunch is $15-20/entree and dinner is $30/adult and $16/child
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Breakfast menu, lunch menu, dinner menu

Pros: Family-pleasing food (skillets/platters, Mickey waffles) and fun
Cons: Noisy, little bit pricey

Tips: There are lots of ways the servers will have fun with you here. The most well-known is to ask for ketchup and then have lots and lots of bottles brought to you.

Other ideas that could get reactions from server (but aren’t guaranteed) include these items which are from Allears: wear a Hat or t-shirt from Universal or Sea World, tell your server you spent the day at an attraction outside of WDW, tell the server whose birthday or anniversary it is, have one of the males in the group ask where the restrooms are, claim your straw is not long enough, ask the server where you can buy some chewing gum in WDW or order a soda for breakfast.


Ft. Wilderness

Crockett’s Tavern (Quick Service)

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Price range: $10-15
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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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

Tips: Combining this restaurant with the nearby arcade could be a good way to spend some nice non-park downtime


Hoop Dee Doo Revue (Table Service)

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Price range: $55-70/adult and $28-36/child
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
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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

Tips: I think the easiest way to get here is from the boat dock in front of Magic Kingdom


Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (Table Service)

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Price range: $57/adult and $33/child
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
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Pros: Fun, outdoor barbecue picnic with live entertainment, price includes unlimited beer
Cons: Expensive, only offered 2 days a week seasonally (Thursday and Saturdays, March – December), outdoor seating can be uncomfortable during summer months

Tips: When you check in, be sure to let them know if you’re celebrating anything. You’ll be able to write it down and then it’ll be announced during the show.


Trail’s End Restaurant (Table Service)

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Price range: ~$15-25
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
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Breakfast menu, lunch menu, dinner 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

Tips: You can get food to go here as well

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I definitely suggest tacking on some time to explore Magic Kingdom resorts if your schedule allows it.

Are you planning to eat at any of these restaurants? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.



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Kelsey October 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

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!

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Savanah March 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm

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

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Courtney January 8, 2014 at 1:10 am

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.

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Kelsey October 1, 2014 at 12:26 pm

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.

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Genette December 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

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.

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Jay December 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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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