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Places to Eat

One thing is for certain – there are A LOT of dining options when you get into Disney World.  It can be almost overwhelming for a first time traveler to figure out just where they want to eat.  Disney does a good job of providing a mix of formal sit-down, quick service and snack dining options.  There are also dining options to fit nearly every budget.  Click the link below to view just what is available: (this is sortable by location, price range and guest ranking)

Below are a few of our favorite places to dine while visiting Disney World:

primetimePrimetime 50’s Café – Hollywood Studios – This is by far one of our favorite places to dine in Disney.  It is themed right out of the 1950’s and the staff preach proper etiquette and will even dole out punishment to those who violate the rules (all in good fun – one time my wife had to wear a large Little Mermaid bib because she got food on her shirt!).  The food is ‘home cooked’ like momma used to make.

Hollywood & Vine – Hollywood Studios – This is located right next to Primetime 50’s Café and is where we had a large dinner gathering with our wedding party.  It is an all-you-can-eat buffet and the food was surprisingly very good.  Recently this location became a site for character dining so you will see guests such as Jake and the Netherland Pirates, Handy Manny and the Little Einsteins.  Very cool for the kids and the buffet provides lots of options for those finicky eaters (as well as a large dessert area!).

Liberty Tree Tavern – MagicKingdom (Liberty Square) – This restaurant is themed around prominent figures from The United States’ colonial history. This includes the George Washington room, the Thomas Jefferson room, the John Paul Jones room, the Betsy Ross room, the Benjamin Franklin room, or even the Paul Revere room.  The food is an all-you-can-eat buffet that resembles your traditional Thanksgiving Dinner – bring your appetite.

dole whip disneyAloha Isle – MagicKingdom (Adventureland) – This is not a restaurant but rather a snack station that offers the infamous Dole Whip Ice Cream (this is the ONLY location that offers these in all of Disney World).  These are not to be missed so if you are in the MagicKingdom you absolutely need to get one – you will thank me later.

Flame Tree Barbeque – Animal Kingdom (DiscoveryIsland) – When we go to Animal Kingdom we always do lunch at the Flame Tree Barbeque.  It is a quick service location and offers food to include barbeque chicken, ribs, pulled pork, corn-on-the-cob and beans.  You can sit outside and enjoy the landscape that the Animal Kingdom has to offer – very cool!

T-Rex Café / Restaurant – Downtown Disney – This is a newer downtown attraction that resembles a Rainforest Café theme but with dinosaurs.  My son LOVES dinosaurs so we eat here at least once during our vacations.  It offers several different seating areas each with their own unique theme.  The food is good and reasonably priced.

planet hollywood disneyPlanet Hollywood – Downtown Disney – You can’t miss Planet Hollywood as it is a very large earth shaped dome in the middle of Downtown Disney.  It contains some of the coolest movie memorabilia and its open concept layout is something to be experienced.  The food is reasonably priced we frequently find area coupons that take 10-20% off our bill.  Definitely worth looking at!



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