Imagine if you just booked your next vacation to Walt Disney World Resorts, but now you have no idea where to dine or if you’ll be able to score a reservation. It's a good thing you came to the right place. Here, I will be sharing five Walt Disney World restaurants that you’ll be able to reserve, walk up to, and afford on your budget. But you'll be able to create lifelong memories with your family and friends.
1. Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort.
Aloha, Ohana is a family-style restaurant serving up so many great options.
- Scrambled eggs.
- Breakfast potatoes
- Stitch and Mickey waffles.
- ham with pineapple.
- A variety of fresh fruits
- And we can’t forget the pineapple bread.
The best thing about dining here is that you can get one-on-one time without the crowd to see all your favorite characters like Mickey, Pluto, Stitch, and Lilo alongside your table, so that means you better keep your notebook and a pen ready for Mickey's signature when he finally makes it around to your table.
While dining here is a bit more upscale, they continue to offer family-style food options.
- Pineapple-Coconut Bread
- Mixed Greens Salad with a Lilikoi dressing
- Pork Dumplings tossed in Garlic-Ginger Sauce, served with Peanut and Sweet-n-Sour Sauces.
- Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings served with Peanut and Sweet-n-Sour Sauces
- Prepared over an oak fire, served on skewers with peanut and sweet-n-sour sauces.
- Szechuan Sirloin Steak prepared over an oak fire, served on skewers with Peanut and Sweet-n-Sour Sauces
- Grilled Peel-and-Eat Shrimp Skewers with Peanut and Sweet-and-Sour Sauces
- Teriyaki Noodles
- Stir-fried Vegetables
- Bread Pudding à la mode, topped with caramel sauce and bananas.
Prices range from $55 for adults and $33 for children ages 3-9.
It's great that Disney has family-friendly options, giving everyone a chance to share and pick what they want from the delicious skillet. It's a good way to keep some extra money in your pockets to spend in the parks later. So, I know what you are thinking about. How can I get a reservation? Disney recommends you book as soon as you know you're planning a trip to Walt Disney World, but now you can join a walk-up waiting list, which has made things extremely convenient for busy families.
2. Chefs de France at Epcot's France Pavilion.
Bon Appétit. Let’s take you on a little journey to Paris while you will be transported to the heart of Paris at this charming café. With its high ceilings, intricate mosaic flooring, and expansive windows looking out onto the promenade, this bright and airy restaurant features innovative French cuisine. Chefs de France is a great spot for a romantic dinner with your significant other or for families who want to share the culture of French cuisine. They offer a variety of delicious menu items, but I will just go ahead and highlight a few.
- Boeuf Bourguignon
- Grilled filet mignon
Chefs de France also offers a PRI fixed meal that comes with a choice of one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert. For the money, a glass of either Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, or one non-alcoholic beverage, which is what I recommend, is a great option at a great price. Now let’s get down to the desserts, because who doesn’t love what they offer?
- Crème Brulé
- Tart au Chocolate Valrhona.
- Salad of fruits rouges à la Menthe, Madeleine.
If you're looking for a romantic evening or a family experience to dive into French culture with great service, Chefs de France is a must-try.
3. Animal Kingdom Lodge's Boma African Kitchen.
Jumbo means hello.
We’re about to hit the safari, searching for some lions, zebras, and giraffes. But after a long day out on the safari, we have worked up an appetite, so we are heading to Boma African Kitchen, where it’s all-you-care-to-enjoy buffets at breakfast and dinner. As you enter the lobby at Animal Kingdom Lodge, you see the gorgeous African-style flooring and high ceilings, how Disney didn’t leave one bit of detail in designing this beautiful resort.
Let’s get down to the food. After all, that’s why you're here, right? Once you are seated, make sure you ask for the jumbo juice, which is a mix of guava and orange, and it’s a must-have when you dine at Boma. After you’ve received your juice, it’s time to hit the buffet, so if you're dining in the morning, you’ll find all your morning favorites but with an African twist, like Simba waffles, breakfast potatoes, and a carving station with ham. And you must try the cinnamon-raisin bread pudding. This is what always has me coming back for Boma breakfast plus more.
If you're dining for dinner, they offer buffet-style again, but with a cutting station with prime rib, chicken, peanut rice, spiced green beans, and more. Once you've had your dinner, it’s off to the back of the resort to spot some animals on the safari, where you can use nighttime vision goggles. Boma is a great restaurant for families to dine at, yet it is on the pricey side if you're staying on a budget when visiting Walt Disney World. Overall, you get a lot of food for the price and receive excellent service. Looking to book a reservation? I suggest booking on the My Disney app as soon as you know you’ll be visiting Walt Disney World, and I’m sure you won’t regret eating here.
4. Wilderness Lodge's Whispering Canyon Café
Howdy, Since I can remember, I’ve been coming to Whispering Canyon Café. The food here is so delicious, the servers are witty and fun, and the atmosphere takes you back to when camping was a summer vacation. Whispering Canyon Café is an all-you-can-enjoy skillet. That’s right, you can enjoy it, so that means after a long day at the park. This is the perfect meal to grub down on and an excellent choice for families who are on a budget that they can share.
The traditional skillet offers
- Oak-smoked mustard-barbecue beef brisket.
- Maple-chipotle pork ribs.
- Slow-smoked pulled pork.
- Citrus-herb chicken Mashed potatoes with sausage in a Western style
- Buttered corn
- Sautéed green beans.
- Honey cornbread.
But whatever you do, just don’t ask for the ketchup, or you might find out why later. The Whispering Canyon café also offers a few other options for skillets, like the pig, land & sea, and plant-based. When you dine here, I want to mention that if there is any substitution you would like, you can tell your server. They will be able to assist in swapping items to ensure you enjoy all you can when coming here. I do want to point out that I recommend coming for the early dining service around 5 pm to 7 pm to ensure you have the best quality food and experience. Be sure to make your dining reservation directly on the My Disney app or join a walk-up waiting list.
5. Disney Springs' Boathouse
During your trip to Walt Disney World Resorts, you will want to spend some time shopping and collecting some wonderful souvenirs, and the best place to do this is located at Disney Springs. At Disney Spring, you'll find countless Disney park merchandise and luxury shops and restaurants. But today we will be talking about dining at one of the most popular places in Disney Springs, the Boathouse. As you enter, you're greeted with a giant sign offering fresh oysters; you'll even get a sneak peek of some of these incredible chefs cracking each one open. The seafood is extremely fresh and all locally caught right here in Florida. When you come to Florida for the first time, you’ll want to enjoy some fresh local seafood, and this is the place you’ll want to go to enjoy some. While inside, you had the option to dine inside or on their beautiful outdoor patio. After all, you are in Florida, so you will want to enjoy the gorgeous weather we have to offer here in the Sunshine State.
Once you are seated, you’ll be greeted and given complimentary bread. It’s time to order drinks. I recommend going for their most popular drink, called the "Duck-Duck Razz," with a cute rubber ducky, great for snapping a picture for your social media or local craft beer.
A few options for dinner or lunch:
- "Maine" Style Lobster Roll
- Filet Mignon Sliders.
- Cedar Planked Kvaroy Arctic Salmon.
- Shrimp & Andouille Mac 'n' Cheese.
While the food here is delicious, the service here is also superb, creating a fantastic atmosphere for dining here, where you won’t feel rushed to eat your meal and scram. Dining here is truly a lovely experience and allows you, after a long day of shopping, to sit back and relax and enjoy a great meal. Be sure to check in on your My Disney app to make a reservation here. Otherwise, while shopping at Disney Springs, be sure to stop in before dinner service to see if they have room, so you don’t miss out on this incredible seafood experience.
There you have it, five restaurants at Walt Disney World. I hope that you enjoyed reading along. Remember to hit follow to stay up to date with the latest food and travel tips and recommendations to help you live your best life. Until next time, much love.