Walt Disney World serves a lot of food, an awful lot of food. There are over 6,000 food items available at more than 475 different locations. Amazingly Walt Disney World would be the 45th largest food chain in the world if it became a food service company. The number of dining choices can be bewildering for the first time Walt Disney World Visitor. Our Walt Disney World Dining for Beginners Guide is full of helpful information to plan your vacation.
Disney World Dining Locations
There are several types of restaurant & food locations at Walt Disney World:
Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World
At Table Service restaurants you are served by a waiter. There are a wide variety of Table Service Restaurants including a la carte, buffets, character meals and meals served family style.
Tipping of staff at most of these restaurants is customary. For groups of 6 or more, these will be automatically added.
Disney World Signature Dining
These are the most costly dining option in Walt Disney World. These restaurants serve the very best food in the most luxurious surroundings. Think Michelin Star Quality.
The Michelin Guide currently does not cover Florida.
Quick Service Locations at Walt Disney World
Quick-service or Counter Service is Disney World’s Fast Food locations. However; don’t think of just burgers and fries as there is a huge choice of meals available. Meals are usually cheaper than at table service restaurants and you order your food, and usually collect, at a counter.
Tipping is not required at these locations.
Dinner Shows at Walt Disney World
There are 3 long established Dinner Shows at Walt Disney Wolrd
- Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at the Fort Wilderness Camp Ground. The longest-running show at Walt Disney World full of audience participation.
- Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at the Fort Wilderness Camp Ground. Join Mickey & pals for a BBQ dinner.
- Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian Village Resort. Enjoy Hula Dancing & more at this family feast.
Character Meals at Walt Disney World
Meeting a character whilst you dine can be your worse nightmare or a fantastic treat. There is a selection of great Character Meals at Walt Disney World that cover a range of budgets.
Character Meals are located throughout Disney World and are offered at each theme park plus at several resorts. Whether it is Mickey Mouse, a Disney Princess or Winnie the Pooh there is likely to be a character meal where you can meet your favourite character.
Whilst they often don’t offer the best food character meals are always great fun. Our guide to Walt Disney World Character Meals provides further information.
Kiosks & Carts
Disney World serves food everywhere. Throughout the resort, you will find kiosks and carts serving snacks and even small meals.
Plus visiting Epcot during one of its festivals can be a culinary treat.
The Disney Dining Plan
The Disney Dining Plan is a prepaid meal plan offered at Walt Disney World for those staying in Disney owned resort hotels. The plan must be booked before arrival with a valid park ticket and is not available to guests not staying at a Disney resort. It is also open to Disney Vacation Club members. On occasions, Disney offers free dining packages to guests as part of their reservation.
Our Guide to the Disney Dining Plan offers further information.
Disney’s Advanced Dining Reservations
Disney’s Advanced Dining Reservations are the system for making dining reservations at table service restaurants at Walt Disney World. All guests can book reservations for Disney restaurants 180 days in advance of their visit.
Disney resort guests can reserve 180 days in advance of their day of arrival and make up to 10 days of Advance Dining Reservations that same day.
To learn more about Disney’s Advanced Dining Reservations read our guide.
Disney World & Food Allergies
Disney World is one of the best places to visit if you have food allergies or intolerances. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is the recipient of a FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) Award. The award was given for their dedication to proving a safe and enjoyable dining experience.
Our guide to visiting Walt Disney World with Dietary Conditions contains helpful information.
Tables in Wonderland
Tables in Wonderland is exclusive to Florida Residents, Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. The card gives 20% discount on food and alcohol at over 100 restaurants.
Recently many Quick Service restaurants at Disney World have started to allow you to order your food ahead. Via the My Disney Experience App you can order your food and prepay using the dining plan or a credit card.
Once you get to your restaurant hit the “I’m here” button and you will be notified where to collect your order.
Tipping is customary in the United States. Disney recommends tipping your server at table service locations between 18-20% of your meal cost. For groups of 6 or more 18% is automatically added to your bill.
Our guide Walt Disney World for Beginners is a fantastic lace for more information.