One of our favourite things to do on our Disney World vacations is explore Disney World resorts, one of the ways we do this is by eating at the Disney World resort restaurants. We grab a meal at a Disney World resort restaurant and then explore the lobby, maybe pool hop, window shop, let the kids play on their playground. It’s always a fun way to explore Walt Disney World at a very low cost. Some of the Walt Disney World resort restaurants are geared for families, others are geared towards couples and a romantic evening. Which Disney World Resort restaurants are the best for kids? We’ve compiled a list of restaurants at Disney World resorts that are the best for kids, whether because of their cuisine or environment. The restaurants included in this list fall under the table service restaurant category, I didn’t dive into the quick-service restaurants as it would be way to lengthy to explore. I hope this list will encourage you to explore beyond the four theme parks during your Disney World vacation.
Chef Mickey’s. Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
One of the most popular restaurants at Disney World, and it’s not even in the parks. Chef Mickey’s is a buffet style restaurant featuring Mickey and all of his pals. Chef Mickey’s is one of the character restaurants with the most characters to meet. Chef Mickey’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What makes this a great spot for kids is the characters and the food. Because it’s a buffet, you have unlimited options, you know your kids are going to find something they’ll be satisfied with.
Whispering Canyon Cafe. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort.
Whispering Canyon Cafe is found in the lobby of the beautiful Wilderness Lodge Resort, a deluxe Magic Kingdom resort. The restaurant, as well as the resort, is western themed. The food is bbq style, with lots of meat, potatoes and corn bread. The servers here are constantly entertaining their guests with loud voices and cheerful spirit. When someone at the table asks for ketchup, the server will bring over all the ketchup for the whole restaurant. It’s things like this that will have your kids laughing and smiling for their whole meal.
‘Ohana. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
‘Ohana is another very popular restaurant at Disney World. It’s located on the second floor of the Polynesian Village resort, with beautiful views of the Magic Kingdom in the distance. The food here is Hawaiian. ‘Ohana is open for breakfast and for dinner only. What makes this a great spot for kids, is the food and normally (not during a pandemic) the characters and games. This is an all-you-care-to-enjoy restaurant, for the differences between a buffet restaurant and an all-you-care-to-enjoy restaurant click here. Platters of food will be brought to your table. For breakfast there’s fruit, a breakfast skillet with eggs, sausages, waffles and potatoes. For dinner, the amount of food will astound you. Salad, ‘Ohana bread, chicken wings, pork dumpling, teriyaki beef, chicken, shrimp, and to finish off the meal bread pudding. The kids and the adults will love it.
Found off of the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian, 1900 Park Fare is a great Disney World restaurant for kids because it’s buffet and there’s characters. 1900 Park Fare is open for breakfast and for dinner. There are different characters for each meal. For breakfast there’s Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tigger, Winnie The Pooh and Mary Poppins. For dinner there’s Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella. Another bonus of eating here, gives you an excuse to explore the beautiful Grand Floridian Resort.
Cape May Cafe is a great restaurant for kids because it’s a buffet and the breakfast serving has characters. Cape May Cafe is located at Disney’s Beach Club resort which is within walking distance of Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Making it very easy to access. Cape May Cafe serves a delicious breakfast buffet, with lots of breakfast meat, potatoes, waffles, yogurts and more. During the breakfast meal you’ll get to meet Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck and Donald Duck. The dinner offering is seafood focused and doesn’t have characters. For more details on Cape May Cafe click here.
Beaches and Cream restaurant is one of our favourite spots to visit. This restaurant is done up as a colourful soda shop, and has a menu to reflect the theme. Lots of delicious fried foods that come in baskets, and desserts that will make you wish you ordered it first. What makes Beaches and Cream a great spot for kids is the food and the design. Each booth has its own little juke box that has tittles from the 50s and 60s. The food is familiar: burgers, fries, grilled cheese. We came here every vacation when I was growing up and it was always a highlight of the trip.
Topolino’s Terrace- Flavours of the Riviera. Disney’s Riviera Resort.
This restaurant is found on the top floor of the newest DVC resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort. Topolino’s is a great spot for kids for breakfast. In the evening, it parlays into a Signature restaurant. But for breakfast you’ve got characters to meet and delicious food to eat. The characters here are Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Daisy. For food, kids can choose between fruit and yogurt, waffles or scrambled eggs. Each meal comes with juice and a couple choices of sides.
Each of these restaurants is made for families with kids of all ages to visit. Whether you’re carting around a baby, a preschooler or a tween, these restaurants cater to you. These Disney World resort restaurants are the best choices for families visiting with kids. For more tips on dining at Disney World with kids, take a look at these previous posts: