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Make memories even over lunch when you dine at these Disney restaurants.

Jiko, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney World

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The Animal Kingdom Lodge is designed to represent a wildlife reserve with the sprawling African landscape as its backdrop, and Jiko (“the cooking place”) is the resort’s flagship restaurant. African, Indian, and Mediterranean influences turn up in both the design (a flock of soaring birdlike light fixtures, for instance) and the cooking. Twin wood-burning ovens turn out dishes like piri-piri chicken or oak-grilled filet mignon, while the award-winning wine list features one of the largest selections of South African wines in North America. disneyworld.disney.go.com

Best Disney Restaurants

Jiko, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney World

The Animal Kingdom Lodge is designed to represent a wildlife reserve with the sprawling African landscape as its backdrop, and Jiko (“the cooking place”) is the resort’s flagship restaurant. African, Indian, and Mediterranean influences turn up in both the design (a flock of soaring birdlike light fixtures, for instance) and the cooking. Twin wood-burning ovens turn out dishes like piri-piri chicken or oak-grilled filet mignon, while the award-winning wine list features one of the largest selections of South African wines in North America. disneyworld.disney.go.com

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Best Disney Restaurants

More than 17 million people vacation at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom each year, and that magic—and those long lines—can work up an appetite.

When hunger strikes on your next visit, don’t turn to the nearest food cart or restaurant. It’s worth seeking out certain restaurants at Disney World and Disneyland that will satisfy kids and adults alike and enhance your experience. Waking up to the Princess Breakfast of French toast stuffed with caramel apple and drizzled in caramel at Cinderella’s Castle or sampling piri-piri chicken and South African wines at Jiko restaurant can be as memorable as laying eyes on Mickey for the first time.

Some of the best Disney restaurants embrace their own themes, like the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, where you can dig into house-smoked St. Louis–style pork ribs while watching a black-and-white horror movie on the 50-foot screen.

If Sci-Fi Dine-In transports you to another time (the 1950s), Disneyland’s Blue Bayou transports you to another place—a southern bayou, complete with “twilight” lighting and fireflies. It’s delightful to linger here over New Orleans gumbo as the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction floats by.

We have you covered whatever you’re craving, from great to-go snacks (a jumbo turkey leg) to a celebrity chef’s Mediterranean restaurant on Disney’s BoardWalk.

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