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Walt Disney World Menus and Dining Guide
One of the highlights of any trip to Walt Disney World is the dining. Whether you choose table service to provide a needed respite from the hustle-bustle of touring or stop by counter service for a quick refueling before returning to the attractions and shows, Walt Disney World dining offers a variety of cuisines and price ranges from which to choose. There are literally hundreds available so whatever your taste, schedule or budget there's sure to be something suit your needs.
We've provided several ways to view the variety of dining options at Walt Disney World. Simply click one of the links below to view a list of restaurants within the listed category. On those pages, you'll find basic information about the restaurant including its format, cuisine, and in most cases we have posted recent menus with prices for you to view.
Type of Restaurants
In this guide we divide restaurants into several categories. They are:
- Table Service: Traditional sit-down restaurant style where your order is taken and presented by a server
- Buffet: You select your own food at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Usually a server takes your drink orders
- Counter Service: At these location you place your order and pay, then pick up your food similar to fast food restaurant operations.
- Food Court: All of Walt Disney World's hotels and some theme parks offer food courts. Usually you pick up your food from one or more food stations, then pay for everything on your way out. Similar to the classic buffeteria.
- Poolside Snacks: All of the Walt Disney World resorts main pool areas have a location for drinks and light snacks.
- Bar/Lounge: All Walt Disney World hotels and theme parks (with the exception of the Magic Kingdom) have a bar that also offers light snacks.
- Cart: Sprinkled throughout Walt Disney World are vending carts, usually in the theme parks, that serve drinks and snacks - usually popcorn, hot dogs, ice cream bars, bottled sodas, etc.
- Character Dining: Numerous restaurants at Walt Disney World offer Character Dining. As guests dine, Disney characters come by to pose for pictures and offer autographs. These can be either Table Service or Buffet.
- All Walt Disney World restaurants are non-smoking inside. Some do allow smoking on the patios.
- Gratuities are not included on the bills, however an 18% gratuity is usually included with parties of 8 or more and is clearly posted on the bill.
- With the exception of poolside restaurants, shoes and shirts are always required. Some of the resort's finer restaurants also request business casual dress. The only Walt Disney World resort restaurant that requires a jacket and tie is Victoria & Albert's found at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
Disney Dining Plan
Walt Disney World hotel guests are eligible for the Disney Dining Plan. This allows you to pay a flat per-person fee for dining each day. That fee covers your breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack including all gratuities. Depending on how you use it, this option can save you a lot of money and allow for better budgeting as so much of the trip is pre-paid. For more information, see our Disney Dining Plan Guide. To assist you in utilizing this option we have posted many of Walt Disney World's restaurant menus.
Reservations can be made for most table service and buffet restaurants by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Most locations allow reservations to be made up to 180 days in advance. At Walt Disney World a reservation does not actually hold the table for you. Instead, you will be put at the head of the line and seated at the next available table. In practice, this usually means you'll be seated anywhere from immediately to 10 or 15 minutes after you arrive depending upon crowds.
While reservations are suggested when you know where and when you want to eat, they often are not required. Typically, the whole restaurant is not booked via reservations. If you're able to wait or opt to eat at a non-traditional time, you often can get a table without a reservation. In addition, even if you don't know until the day before or even the day of - go ahead and call the reservation line anyway. You can also stop by Guest Relations at the theme park or your hotel front desk for assistance in making your dining reservations during your visit. Space may still available, and even if it's not available at the time you want, it'll give you an idea of how busy the restaurant is. See our Recommendations section below for some suggestions for last minute dining.
Note: With the popularity of the Disney Dining Plan, guests are more likely to plan ahead for their meals and make reservations. Therefore, reservations are more difficult to come by than in the past. Keep this in mind in your planning. It's always advisable to plan as far ahead as possible especially if there is a particular restaurant that interests you. We also suggest reservations as soon as possible at Epcot if you are visiting during the Christmas holiday season as due to the popularity of Candlelight Processional Dining Packages the Epcot restaurants may be more heavily booked during this period.
There are a few different ways to get discounts at the various restaurants. Not all restaurants have the same policies, so be sure to check with them (or with 407-WDW-DINE) for the latest information.
- Disney Dining Experience: If you're a regular diner at Walt Disney World, the Disney Dining Experience card is a great value. However, the program is only available to Florida Residents and Annual Passholders. For an annual fee of $85 ($60 for Annual Passholders. $25 for a card for your spouse) you receive a 20% discount at all meals including alchool at nearly every table service and buffet (and some counter service) restaurant at Walt Disney World. The card cannot be used on major holidays (Easter, Mother's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day and New Year's Eve/Day). To order the card, call 407-566-5858.
- Annual Pass: Annual Passholders can save at certain restaurants at certain times of the day at Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Downtown Disney. Usually the discount is 10% or 20%. Check with the restaurants for latest discount information.
If you require a Kosher meal or are on a special diet, many Walt Disney World restaurants can accommodate you with a days advance notice. Notification can be made on your reservation at 407-WDW-DINE. In addition, Kosher meals are always available at certain restaurants in the parks. See your park map to see where they are.