About a week or two ago, I posted about Walt Disney World Resorts and all the wonderful perks and fun that each resort offers. And today, I want to share with you the various places that you need to go to eat the all of the delicious delicacies that Disney has to offer. Not only will you find these restaurants having menus that you can’t resist, but each of the locations has it’s own experience and they are located in some of the resorts that you may thinking about staying at during your next trip to Walt Disney World. So on my recent visit to Disney World, we did a short tour of the various places to eat and I want to share with you a little guide on Disney World dining.
A GUIDE TO DISNEY WORLD DINING
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review
The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review is located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and is a Disney World dining experience that you won’t want to skip. Start your early afternoon with a carriage ride around the resort and then stop over for dinner and a show.
I will admit that this restaurant was one of my favorites because of the interactive show. Now, I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say that audience members get involved in the show in more ways than one.
The Hoop-Dee-Doo Review is the restaurant that you need to visit if you are looking for a good, country, home-style meal. You and your party will start off with a salad with a delicious house dressing – which I absolutely loved – and then once the main meal is served you’ll have the option to get home-style sides, cornbread and some finger-licking chicken and ribs. And make sure to leave room for dessert, because the strawberry shortcake rivals that of one’s that some of my southern family members make.
Want a little flavor from ‘under the sea’? Well, at Sebastian’s Bistro located at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, you can get a flavor filled seafood dinner that will have you feeling like you may be betraying Ariel’s sea friends.
For my meal, I went with the Sustainable Fish that was perfectly seasoned and included flavors that did not clash with one another. The sauce that accompanies the fish adds this special touch and when this dish is paired with the Instagram-worthy ambiance of the restaurant, you may begin to feel as if you are on vacation at the beach.
We also got a taste of the desserts that are served and my favorite was the Banoffee Tart (seen in the middle above) and OH-EM-GEE, just thinking about it now makes me wish I could order a whole bunch and have someone bring them straight to my house.
Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White
Who doesn’t want to dine with a Disney princess, some dwarves, and an evil queen? I mean, if someone offered me that opportunity I definitely wouldn’t say no. If you head over to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge for a Disney World dining experience, you can have the experience of a lifetime and dine with Snow White, two special dwarves and the evil queen with dishes that you would think Snow White was eating herself in the story.
The poisonous apple was my favorite desserts out of the dessert options – not only because of the look but because of the sugary coating that goes tart when you bite into it. The balance was amazing and it made me feel like I was eating the same apple that I would be served by the queen.
Speaking of the queen, she’s a little intimidating and very queen-like, if you know what I mean. She told me that I was wearing the wrong color and that next time I am in her presence, I should be wearing purple. She’s a queen with a little bite, so make sure you’re prepared when you meet her.
Jiko – The Cooking Place
On our first night at Walt Disney World, we popped down to Jiko which is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The African experience that you get to immerse yourself in while at the resort was truly present in the food that was served at the restaurant. Additionally, the wines that they served are imported from Africa so you are getting a true African flavor in every bite and sip that you take.
There are so many options for you to choose from for dinner and each plate was to be marveled at. I decided to go with the steak that took flavors from the western part of Africa. It was perfectly prepared and each of the flavors that I tasted made me wish that I could travel to Africa right in that moment.
Now I know you’re probably asking, why did you get chicken at a place called the Flying Fish? Well, I did get fish and then I also got chicken. Let’s be honest, we want to know that they can make other food besides the fish in case everyone else in the group wants fish and you’re just wanting some chicken.
The Flying Fish located at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and at this restaurant you are given the privilege to feast on premium sustainable seafood and prime steaks. And if you come on a special night, the chef may be even giving a tasting on some specialty bites that you won’t want to miss out on.
Looking for another specialty dinner that is guaranteed to meet the tastes of everyone in your group? Head over to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and feast at Citrico’s. I highly suggest ordering the truffle fries, the beef short ribs, and tiramisu. There are tons of great flavors on the menu, but after dipping my fork onto everyone’s plate, I would vote for that meal combination.
Ale & Compass
When starting off the day and you’re in need of a big breakfast before heading to the parks, head over to Ale & Compass where you can get a full breakfast and add on the breakfast buffet where you’ll find a collection of pastries, fruits and even some meats and cheeses.
I delved into the apple french toast and it was everything that you could imagine. Just enough sweetness to make it absolutely delicious but not too much to where you feel like you’ll be developing a cavity all day.