This post is probably only relevant or interesting to you if you’re planning on going to Walt Disney World anytime soon. One of my favourite parts of planning a Walt Disney World trip is researching where we are going to eat. Some people don’t like this form of regimented planning, which includes booking your restaurants 180 days out but it suits me down to a tee as a) I am a GIANT planner and b) I find that have a set itinerary really helps you get the best out of Disney. I’ve done it both ways, unplanned and planned and I’d go with planned every single time. Anyhow, this post is just a quick round-up of the restaurants we dined at a mini-review of what we thought!
Tusker House Restaurant
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
This is a family buffet restaurant situated in “Africa”. At breakfast and lunch it’s a safari-themed all-you-can-eat breakfast with Donald Duck and friends. There’s plenty of opportunity to meet and greet the characters, take photos and autographs and the food on offer is the usual breakfast offerings alongside some unique African influenced dishes. Some of my favourites were the coconut & sweet potato casserole, the sausage patties, banana & cinnamon bread pudding with vanilla sauce and we all love the jungle juice! Our waitress even gave us all a big takeaway cup filled with juice when we left. We love Tusker House and we’d definitely go back.
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
This was our second visit to the Whispering Canyon Cafe. They describe it as being for a “rowdy, rootin’ tootin’ good time” and that’s not wrong. This isn’t somewhere to go if you want a quiet, peaceful meal. It is however a great place to take children as there are lots of fun and games to join in with and the cast members are tons of fun. We had the popular “Build-Your-Own All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Platter” which is served family-style and features pork ribs, barbecued pulled pork, roasted chicken, beef strip loin, and western-style sausage served with lots of veggies, corn and beans. Don’t forget to ask for ketchup!
Yak and Yeti
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
One of my absolute favourites to visit, it’s such a blessed relief to sit in here on what is always a super hot day in Animal Kingdom. Just me or the hottest park ever? Try the honey sesame chicken and the cream-cheese filled wontons. OH MY. Yes, they are deep-fried and basically a heart attack right there on the plate but they are so good. If you can’t get an ADR when you’re there, they also do a (more limited) counter service option.
Kidani Village, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
A tucked away hidden gem of a restaurant, this restaurant is in Kidani Village, the DVC part of Animal Kingdom Lodge. It’s beautifully themed and the food, which is a kind of African/Asian kind of hybrid, is delicious and feels quite different from anything else I’ve had at Disneyworld. Also pleasantly quiet and beautifully air-conditioned!
Jambo House, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
We ate at Boma twice, once for breakfast and once for dinner. Both were an absolutely crazy hectic experience but both were worth doing. Boma is a buffet restaurant and there are an amazing array of African-inspired goodies are on offer. You’ll struggle to know what to try but make sure you try lots of little bits – I didn’t want to miss out on anything!
Grand Floridian Cafe
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
I love the Grand Floridian Resort, if I had the money I would stay there every time, the smell of the Grand Floridian is incredible, very floral. Unfortunately I don’t have the money to stay there for two weeks, so I just eat there instead. It’s worth a visit when you’re at Magic Kingdom as I don’t particularly rate the restaurants within Magic Kingdom itself, it also had the bonus of being super quiet when we were there on an August lunchtime. Have the Cafe sandwich – ham, turkey, bacon, tomato, Boursin sauce and fried onion straws! Yum.
World Showcase, Disney’s Epcot
Teppan Edo is a fantastic experience. As the name suggests it is a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant in the heart of the world showcase. The menu is relatively limited – you basically choose from chicken, steak or shrimp – they cook it before you’re very eyes. So entertaining, the children love it. Tables seat eight, it’s likely you’ll be sitting with others but it’s a great friendly experience and chance to get to know new people.
Join me for Part II tomorrow….