Buffet restaurants are a popular choice at Walt Disney World resort. Quite a few are character dining experiences and who doesn’t love the variety that you get when you go to a buffet and the value. Another incredible option guests can enjoy at Walt Disney World are restaurants that serve All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Platters. The platters are brought to your table by a server. These platters are filled back up continuously until you’ve said you’ve had enough. When you choose these platters you’ll get an appetizer, an entree platter and dessert, all for one price. These restaurants are easier to grab reservations at then the buffet restaurants, with the exception of ‘Ohana. Take a look at where you can find these restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort.
Liberty Tree Tavern
This restaurant is found across from the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square. They serve lunch and dinner. During lunch you can choose to order the platter or one of the menu items. The platter has to be ordered by two people and will require 2 table service meal credits for those on the dining plan. The platter begins with a salad and finishes off with the famous Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake. The platter is filled with Turkey Breast, Pot Roast, Oven-Roasted Pork, Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Stuffing and Macaroni and Cheese. At dinner time your only choice is to dine on this plentiful platter but you’ll have a choice of different desserts, the Toffee Cake, Warm Banana Cake or Apple Fritters. The restaurant is open from 11am until 9:30pm and you can normally grab a reservation here no matter when you’re planning.
The Diamond Horseshoe is open for lunch and dinner but only serves the all-you-care-to-eat platters at dinner time. It’s the only thing on their dinner menu. It’s called the Saloon Feast and includes beef brisket, chicken, pulled pork, smoked sausage, macaroni and cheese, seasonal vegetables, baked beans, creamy coleslaw and then you get to indulge in the three desserts: buttermilk chocolate cake, apple cobbler and layered chocolate cake. When you dine here you’ll be charged per person, just like at one of the buffets. It’s $38 per adult and $21 per child. It’s very easy to grab a reservation here, although the hours are very odd: lunch is served from 1pm-2:55pm and supper is served from 3pm-8pm. To be honest, this is the last place I would dine for a table service restaurant. The meal is incredibly similar to the meal served at Whispering Canyon Cafe without the entertaining service.
The Garden Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, all platter style all-you-care-to-eat. At breakfast your platter is going to be filled with Mickey waffles, eggs, fresh fruit, breakfast meat, hash browns, and sticky buns. At lunch and dinner your platter is going to be filled with seasonal vegetables, turkey breast, grilled beef, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes and finish your meal off with berry short cake. This meal is very popular because it is a character dining experience with Mickey Mouse, Pluto and Chip n Dale. Garden Grill is open from 8am until 8:30pm and is found in The Land.
One of the most popular restaurants at Walt Disney World is ‘Ohana. ‘Ohana serves all-you-care-to-eat platters at both breakfast and dinner. At breakfast your skillet’s going to be filled with eggs, pork, pineapple-coconut breakfast bread, fried potatoes, seasonal fruit and of course Mickey shaped waffles. During breakfast you also get to meet Mickey Mouse, Lilo and Stitch. At dinner you’re going to get platters as well as servers coming to your table with skewers of meat and shrimp which will be shaved onto your plate until you’ve said you’ve had enough. To begin your dinner you’re going to enjoy pineapple-coconut bread and salad as well as wings and dumplings. Noodles and vegetables are going to be brought to your table in platters. During dinner you’ll be entertained by singing and the kids can participate in games. ‘Ohana is found on the second floor of the Polynesian Resort. You can get here by the monorail or with one of the resort boats from the Magic Kingdom. Breakfast is from 7:30am until noon and dinner is from 3:30pm until 10pm.
Spirit of Aloha
This dinner show is found at the Polynesian Village Resort. The meal is served at your table while you watch the show performed. You must pay for this meal ahead of time. It requires 2 table service meal credits per person if you’re on the dining plan, as if you were at a Signature Restaurant. This show is only performed certain nights of the week. When you arrive you can help yourself to bread and pineapple, you’ll then be given salad to help yourself to. Your entree is pork, ribs, chicken and vegetables. You also can drink all you want. They’ll keep pouring until you say you’ve had enough. To finish off your meal, you’ll get a slice of pineapple-coconut guava cake.
Whispering Canyon Cafe is found at Wilderness Lodge right off the lobby. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each meal offered something a little different. You can choose to order an entree off the menu or you can choose to order one of the platters. For breakfast there are three different platters to choose from: The Heritage (biscuits and gravy with waffles, eggs, and sausage), The Carnivore (biscuits and gravy with ham, beef brisket, bacon and sausage) or The Lighter Side (oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, bacon, sausage, and waffles). For lunch there’s one skillet that has ribs, pulled pork, chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, carrots, green beans, it’s called the Signature Skillet. For dinner you have four choices: the traditional (beef brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken, sausage, mashed potatoes, corn and green beans), the land and sea (salmon, chicken, sausage, portobello, cauliflower, potatoes, green beans, and carrots), the pig (pork belle, bbq ribs, pulled pork, sausage, potatoes, corn and green beans) and the plant-based (sausage, potatoes, green beans, carrots, charred peppers, beefless tips, and trick’n Chick’n). The dinner skillets will be charged per person. What is different about these skillets from all the others offered is that dessert is going to come separately. With all other restaurants dessert is going to be included in your cost, so keep that in mind at this restaurant if you’re paying out of pocket. Don’t miss the milkshakes! They are delish.
These restaurants are a great alternative to buffets. They are great for families with young children or if you want to eat a variety of different foods at once. For more posts on dining during your Disney trip, take a look at these previous posts: