what we ate at disney

We tried a lot more food this time around at Disney! Some highlights (and some helpful tips!) below:

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen (Disney Springs)

This is a tried and true favorite (we went twice during our last trip, ha). They have awesome biscuits and fried chicken. It’s such a great meal after a day of travel or a day in the parks! I also really love Disney Springs. They have tons of restaurants, bars and shops, live music, a train and a merry go round. Lots to see for adults and kids!

Cape May (Beach Club)
This is also a repeat from our last trip, Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast at Cape May. It’s a great way to knock out some character meet and greets without a line! The food was great again – Mickey waffles, an omelet bar, fresh fruit, desserts, good coffee. It’s somewhat pricey but I think it’s worth it!

*Pro tip: The Beach Club Resort is only a 3 minute walk to Epcot so you can park there and walk over to get free parking 🙂

Eating around the world (Epcot)
This was one of my favorite things we did and it’s just SO fun as an adult. I can’t believe the level of detail at each country. I could have spent an entire day walking around!

Here’s what we tried:

  • Mexico – Empanadas, guacamole, churros and a blood orange marg from La Cantina de San Angel. Everything was awesome and super fresh!

  • Germany – Snacks from the Werther’s candy shop (caramel covered apples, caramel corn – all so good!).
  • Italy – Wine, duh. It’s kind of expensive for the pour but it’s Disney, so it’s to be expected! And, pizza from a restaurant I mention below.

  • Japan – Violet sake at Garden House (one of my favorite drinks ever!).
  • Morocco – Chicken skewers at the pavilion. Really delish and the best deal ($7 for 2 + rice).
  • France – Dessert, dessert, dessert. We tried the crepes from Crepes des Chefs de France and then a bunch of desserts from Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie. And champagne, obviously!

There are seriously SO many things I want to try. I can’t wait to go back!

*Pro tips:
– Definitely walk around to each country during the day to see all the building details, etc. but go at night to eat and drink. There were legit NO lines when we went back at night.
– Split food and definitely split drinks! I guess you could do it alone but you’d be really full, really drunk and really broke!

Snacks (most parks)
Mickey pretzel (*Pro tip: Get it from a stand that also sells churros and swap the cheese for chocolate! It’s the only way!), drink from Joffrey’s, Dole Whip, Mickey ice cream bar

Big River Grille & Brewery (Disney BoardWalk)
This was a new to us restaurant. It was pretty good – typical bar food in a cool location. I got a salad and a quesadilla and had no complaints. Try the guac – it’s so good!
*Pro tip: Definitely ask to sit outside. You’ll have a view of the water and the boardwalk!

Via Napoli (Epcot)
This is a sit-down place in Italy at Epcot. It was just okay for the price (we paid like $40 for a large pizza). I would recommend skipping and just eating at one of the stands. It worked for us because the kids needed a break!

Nine Dragons (Epcot)
I made a reservation here last minute on our last night. However, when we got to Epcot, we realized it was EMPTY after like 6pm and we could have eaten at any of the stands around the world (that were absolutely packed during the day) with literally no line. The food here was okay but my vote is to actually skip this one and just eat dinner around the world. We ended up getting dessert and some drinks at the stands after dinner and staying for fireworks. It was great and not crowded at all!

Be Our Guest (Magic Kingdom)
This was the first reservation I made when we booked our trip. I love Beauty and the Beast. Unfortunately, all that was available was breakfast and I didn’t realize until the day before that it is more fast casual vs. a sit down meal. You order, pay and then sit anywhere in the dining room and wait for your food. It’s still “fancy” as far as breakfast goes (the presentation is cool, the rooms are awesome and you get a decent amount of food) but I was definitely hoping for a sit down meal for the price ($28pp). Regardless, I am glad we did it!

*Pro tips:
– A breakfast reservation gets you in the park early. It was great for pics by the castle!
– If you want to do a big dinner in a park, try this one. It gets awesome reviews and it’s more of the sit down meal I was hoping for.

– Try the “gray stuff.” It actually is SO delicious! I’m hunting for a copycat recipe.
– We ordered our breakfast ahead online and got to skip the line. You just walk up, pay and sit down. Super easy!
– Try the cinnamon roll at Gaston’s Tavern next door if you’re still hungry.

The food at Disney continues to amaze me. I never expect it to be great and it usually is!

What are your favorite Disney restaurants? Please share!