11 Pro Tips for Eating at Walt Disney World
Eater just launched a gorgeous, massively in-depth guide to food and drinks across the Disney parks. Here’s just a small sampling of what they learned.
Nobody’s saying skip the Mickey Pretzels—because, really, how could you?—but next time you don your mouse ears, it’s good to do so with the knowledge of Disney’s best tasting menus. Below, 11 pieces of advice gleaned from Eater’s Disney dining guide.
11. At California Grill, the main course isn’t the food: it’s the fireworks. The kitchen totally stops serving during Magic Kingdom’s spectacular show, which can be seen through the restaurant’s windows.
10. Mickey Bars are amazing—and the only Disney treat available at every Disney property, including cruise ships.
9. If popcorn and chipwiches aren’t your game, you can eat locally-grown fare at Epcot’s Garden Grill. The salads are made with veggies grown within a ride greenhouse.
8. Lactose-adverse? Disney’s most popular dessert, Dole Whip, is actually non-dairy! (But also how?!)
7. You may not be on a tropical vacation, but you sure can drink like you’re on one. Eater’s favorite, the frozen coke with rum, is a good refresher in the Orlando sun—as is a Dole Whip with rum, which can be found at Animal Kingdom’s Tamu Tamu Refreshments.
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6. Disney dining can be fancy. Flying Fish Café boasts a five-course tasting menu, and at Victoria & Albert’s, an anniversary favorite inside the Grand Floridian Hotel, you can tuck into seven courses and a whole lot more decadence.
5. If you’re planning to tackle Disney’s best desserts, you can’t miss the Bread Pudding. It’s one of the best (and most delicious!) parts of spending time at the Polynesian Resort.
4. Disney has never been known for giving anything away for free, but apparently at Club Cool in Epcot’s Future World, tastes of Coca Cola sodas from around the world are on the house.
3. Unsurprisingly, the Eater crew names Polynesian Village Resort’s new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, a spinoff of Disneyland’s epic Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, the best spot to drink in all of Walt Disney World.
2. Another great cocktail spot? Tokyo Dining in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion, where the citrus shochu, Chu Hi, comes with oranges, lemons, or grapefruits—and a juicer for the table.
1. Disney, of course, has its own take on the cronut, the breakfast pastry hybrid that obtained cult icon status a few years ago. This one is served with a dollop of ice cream.