Walt Disney World offers a variety of unique themed dining options throughout property, which for the most part are split into two categories: quick service and table service. Quick service restaurants are often cafeteria or counter service type venues that offer fast service, where as the table service are structured more like a sit down restaurant. Table service restaurants can take reservations, however, how necessary it is to create a reservation is highly determined by the restaurant itself and the time of year. Character meals (when characters come to your table and do meet and greets) fall under the category of table service, however, not all table service restaurants have characters, so if you are looking to dine with certain characters make sure to check out your options and book in advance. There are many good dining options at Walt Disney World, each offering a unique experience, so you are sure to find the right one for you. Here are 6 of my personal favorite table service restaurants at WDW.
- Be Our Guest Restaurant
Be Our Guest Restaurant is located in Magic Kingdom in New Fantasyland. It opened in 2012 in conjunction with the opening of New Fantasyland. Nearly 5 years after its opening, it is still the most desired reservation in Disney World. Be our guest is a table service restaurant for dinner and a quick service restaurant for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant is located inside of the Beast’s castle and you dine in one of three themed rooms based off the movie: the Grand Ballroom, the West Wing, and the Rose Gallery. Also after your meal you are given the opportunity to meet the Beast. If you’re a Beauty and the Beast fan, like myself, this is a reservation you defiantly want to book!
‘Ohana is located in Disney’s Polynesian Resort Hotel, and is a fun family style character meal with lilo and stitch. This is the best and easiest place to meet lilo and stitch, so if you’re a fan I would highly suggest booking this reservation!
- 50’s Prime Time Café
50’s Primetime Café is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is a fun flashback to the 50’s. Its menu specializes in comfort food made “just like mom”. The whole restaurant is themed to look like a 1950’s home, and the waiters/waitresses treat you like immediate family ready to bring you a home cooked meal. They will be quick to remind you of manners like not to put your elbows on the table. They will also make sure you eat ALL your vegetables before you get your dessert, and tell you to clear your plate so you can join the “clean plate club” and receive a sticker. It’s a completely different dining experience than you can get anywhere else, its tons of fun, and probably my favorite restaurant on property. Pro tip: I was hesitant at first about the peanut butter and jelly milkshake, but I finally gave in and tried it, and it’s fantastic.
- Cinderella’s Royal Table
If you want to eat it the castle, this is your opportunity! Located inside of Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Royal Table is a favorite for princess lovers. The dinning room contains large stained glass windows overlooking Fantasyland, and large flags and tapestries. It is also character dining, with several princesses visiting your table throughout the course of your meal.
- The Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace is located in Magic Kingdom and is a bright character meal venue, giving you the chance to meet the characters from Winnie the Pooh. This is a fun one, and offers a huge buffet that everyone will enjoy.
- Chef Mickey’s
Last, but certainly not least is one that is fun any time of day. Chef Mickey’s is a character meal located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort Hotel. Being at the Contemporary it is fairly easy to get to from anywhere on property, by bus or monorail. Chef Mickey’s is a buffet style meal that is accompanied by the fab 5 (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto). Given that it’s a meal with the fab 5, it is a reservation that is in high demand.
Those are some of my favorite table service restaurants, let me know what your favorite table service restaurant is!
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