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

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

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……


 



Breakfast

Kona Island (breakfast)

Quick Service

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

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 option, especially for guests staying at the Polynesian

Cons: Limited menu, not much seating


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)

Location: Fort 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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: Limited seating


Gasparilla Grill (breakfast)

Quick Service

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

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), mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

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)

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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

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)

Location: Contemporary Resort

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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

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


Capt Cook’s (breakfast)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Capt Cook’s (breakfast)

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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

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)

Location: Fort 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)

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

Cons: Noisy, little bit pricey, and while the servers here used to be known for their shenanigans, those no longer occur (which takes away some from the fun)


Steakhouse 71 (breakfast)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Steakhouse 71 (breakfast)

Location: Contemporary Resort

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) – Modified Experience

Table Service

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

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) however at this time there are no characters at breakfast

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)

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), mobile ordering through MDE available

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)

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) – Modified Experience

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Chef Mickey’s (breakfast) – Modified Experience

Location: Contemporary Resort

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

Note: Currently only open for a modified breakfast served family style with no characters


1900 Park Fare (breakfast) – Temporarily Closed

Table Service

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

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

Kona Island (lunch)

Quick Service

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

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 option including sushi, especially for guests staying at the Polynesian

Cons: Limited menu, not much seating


P & J’s Southern Takeout (lunch)

Quick Service

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

Location: Fort 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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: Limited seating


Geyser Point Bar & Grill (lunch)

Quick Service

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

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)

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)

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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

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)

Location: Contemporary Resort

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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

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


Gasparilla Grill (lunch)

Quick Service

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

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), mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: Food is just OK, service can be slow


Capt. Cook’s (lunch)

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Capt. Cook’s (lunch)

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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: Can get quite busy during peak times


1900 Park Fare (brunch) – Temporarily Closed

Table Service

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

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) – Temporarily Unavailable

Table Service

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

Location: Contemporary Resort

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) – Temporarily Unavailable

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Chef Mickey’s (brunch) – Temporarily Unavailable

Location: Contemporary Resort

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)

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

Cons: Noisy, little bit pricey, and while the servers here used to be known for their shenanigans, those no longer occur (which takes away some from the fun)


Trail’s End Restaurant (brunch) – Temporarily Unavailable

Table Service

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

Location: Fort 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


Steakhouse 71 (lunch)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Steakhouse 71 (lunch)

Location: Contemporary Resort

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


Kona Cafe (lunch)

Table Service

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

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, mobile ordering through MDE available

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)

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

Kona Island (dinner)

Quick Service

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

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 option including sushi, especially for guests staying at the Polynesian

Cons: Limited menu, not much seating


The Chuck Wagon (dinner)

Quick Service

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

Location: Fort Wilderness Campsites

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu →

Pros: Variety of menu options to appeal to many

Cons: No indoor seating


Geyser Point Bar & Grill (dinner)

Quick Service

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

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)

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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

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)

Location: Fort 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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: Limited seating


Gasparilla Grill (dinner)

Quick Service

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

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), mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

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)

Location: Contemporary Resort

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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

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


Capt. Cook’s (dinner)

Quick Service

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

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, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: Can get quite busy during peak times


Story Book Dining at Artist Point

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Story Book Dining at Artist Point

Location: Wilderness Lodge

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu →

Pros: Opportunity to meet Snow White and the Evil Queen, fun themed menu

Cons: Can be a little bit of a hassle to get there if you aren't staying at Wilderness Lodge or have plans to be at Magic Kingdom that day


Victorias and Alberts Chef’s Table (dinner) – Temporarily Closed

Table Service

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

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 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)

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


Spirit of Aloha (dinner) – Temporarily Unavailable

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Spirit of Aloha (dinner) – Temporarily Unavailable

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu →

Pros: Family-style food to eat while watching the show, unlimited beer and wine,

Cons: Show can be canceled due to weather, expensive, show is a bit cheesy, many seats don't offer a great view


Whispering Canyon Cafe (dinner)

Table Service

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

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

Cons: Noisy, little bit pricey, and while the servers here used to be known for their shenanigans, those no longer occur (which takes away some from the fun)


Victorias and Alberts (dinner) – Temporarily Closed

Table Service

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

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 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)

Location: Fort 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


Steakhouse 71 (dinner)

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Steakhouse 71 (dinner)

Location: Contemporary Resort

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)

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


Kona Cafe (dinner)

Table Service

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

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, mobile ordering through MDE available

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) – Temporarily Unavailable

Table Service

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

Location: Fort 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)

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)

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) – Modified Experience

Table Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Chef Mickey’s (dinner) – Modified Experience

Location: Contemporary Resort

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)

Location: Contemporary Resort

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


1900 Park Fare (dinner) – Temporarily Closed

Table Service

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

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

Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace

Quick Service

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

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu →

Pros: Same delicious drinks offered inside at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, lovely seating area with view of the Polynesian pool and Magic Kingdom

Cons: The fun antics that occur inside at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto are missing at the outdoor Tiki Terrace


Steakhouse 71 Lounge

Quick Service

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom-area resort restaurants - Steakhouse 71 Lounge

Location: Contemporary Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 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

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

Location: Fort 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

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

Location: Contemporary Resort

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


Citricos Lounge

Quick Service

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

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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Pros: Some of the great food and drinks that are served in the Citrico's restaurant, but usually without the waits or need for a reservation

Cons: Limited seating


Beaches Pool Bar & Grill

Quick Service

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

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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Pros: Interesting food options for a pool bar

Cons: Usually only open for limited hours


Barefoot Pool Bar

Quick Service

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

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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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

Location: Contemporary Resort

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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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

Location: Fort Wilderness Campsites

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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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


Cove Bar

Quick Service

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

Location: Bay Lake Tower

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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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 – Temporarily Closed

Table Service

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

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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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 – Temporarily Unavailable

Table Service

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

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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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 – Temporarily Unavailable

Table Service

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

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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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: Available every day except Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 - 10:30 am.

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

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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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

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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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

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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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


Enchanted Rose

Table Service

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

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

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

WDW Prep Favorite: No

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Pros: Unique themed drinks (plus champagne, ports, cognacs), appetizers available, Beauty and the Beast theming

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


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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