Let’s face it, everyone has to eat. Even if you buy some groceries for your Disney vacation. Even if you bring some food from home, you’re going to have to dine out at some point. If you’re on one of Disney’s three dining plans then you’ll be dining out most of your meals. So staying at a resort that has a few restaurants readily available is a huge bonus. Today’s post is focusing on which Disney resorts have the most restaurants. This is all kinds of restaurants/dining experiences. We’re going to be including anything that serves food. Even though it may only serve appetizers, it still serves food and may suffice for what you’ll be needing. I did not count lounges/pool bars that only serve chips and packaged items. Here are the top 5 resorts with the most restaurants starting with number 5.
5. Animal Kingdom Lodge
To bring Animal Kingdom Lodge to the 5th spot you need to include the restaurants found at both Jambo House and Kidani Village. The two resorts are home to a total of 8 dining experiences. These two buildings are side by side and there’s only a 10 minute walk between the two. Both have quick-service breakfasts, perfect for those quick meals before the park. They both have pool bars that also serve meals, great for pool days. Jambo House is home to one of the Signature Restaurants on property, Jiko-The Cooking Place. Jambo also hosts Boma-Flavors of Africa, a buffet-style restaurant. So no matter what kind of restaurant you’re looking to dine at, you’ll be able to find it here at this resort.
4. Contemporary Resort
Coming in at number 4 is the Contemporary Resort along with its DVC property, Bay Lake Tower. The Contemporary Resort has 9 dining choices. There are 2 Pool Bars, 2 Lounges (that serve food), a character dining experience, a table-service restaurant, a Signature restaurant, and quick-service restaurants. When you’re staying at this Disney resort some of the best and most popular restaurants are a short elevator ride away. Chef Mickey’s serves an early breakfast, giving you a chance to have a fantastic character meal before you even head to the parks. California Grill has an epic view of the Magic Kingdom, making it a popular destination for the Magic Kingdom fireworks. But even if you’re only looking for a pool side snack or a quick breakfast you’ll be able to find those here. Also when you’re staying here, you’re a quick boat ride away from the Wilderness Lodge which also has a Signature restaurant and a table service restaurant. So whether your trip is long or short, you won’t have to travel far to experience fantastic dining.
3. Beach Club Resort & Yacht Club Resort
The Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts are two separate resorts on Crescent Lake that are connected. You can not access one or the other through the inside of the resorts but they’re connected via a sidewalk promenade. So the restaurants at the Yacht Club are easily accessible to the Beach Club guests and vice versa. Between the two resorts you have 10 restaurants. Among these are Cape May Cafe, a character breakfast, Beaches & Cream, a throw back to the 50’s soda shop, Yachtman’s Steakhouse, a Signature restaurant, and Hurricane Hanna’s, Stormalong Bay’s poolside bar. You really don’t have to go any further than your own resort when you’re staying at one of these two resorts. Even if you want to go explore by dining at another resort you can walk over to the Boardwalk, which is right across Crescent Lake. The large amount of restaurants is another one of the big pluses of staying here.
2. Polynesian Village Resort & Boardwalk Inn & Villas
Tied up for 2nd are Magic Kingdom resort, Polynesian Village and the Boardwalk Inn & Villas. Both resorts have 11 dining experiences. The Polynesian is home to our favourite lounge: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. A fabulous place to grab a drink and an appetizer in an unforgettable setting. Polynesian Village also has the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, bringing guests to a Hawaiian Luau on Walt Disney World property. They also have a character dining experience with ‘Ohana, a very popular all-you-care-to-enjoy meal. The Polynesian is one of the only Deluxe resorts that is not home to a Signature Dining Experience but that certainly doesn’t effect their numbers.
Boardwalk Inn & Villas also has 11 dining experiences. Many of them are not restaurants. Because of the Boardwalk’s unique environment a few of your choices are items you’d find on your All-American Boardwalk. Like Funnel Cakes, Hot Dogs, Pastries and Ice Cream. They also have some delicious table service restaurants. Including Trattoria al Forno, which has a character breakfast, and their Signature Restaurant Flying Fish Cafe. The pool side bar, found at Luna Park Pool, serves quick-service lunches and the Belle Vue Lounge serves light breakfasts. So whatever your dining needs, you’ll be able to find it here at the Boardwalk.
Coming in 1st is the Grand Floridian Resort with a whopping 13 dining experiences. The Grand Floridian is home to 3 Signature Dining Experiences, one of which doesn’t even take the dining plan, Deluxe or otherwise. You can also find 1900 Park Fare, a character buffet, off of their lobby, and 2 pool bars that offer a handful of choices for meals. There’s one quick-service restaurant and many lounges. The Grand Floridian is a popular place for guests to dine, whether they are staying at the resort or not. I can’t count the number of times we’ve travelled to the Grand Floridian for a meal at 1900 Park Fare.
So there you have it, the top 5 resorts with the most restaurants. All of these resorts are Deluxe resorts and they all have DVC resorts as a part of their resort property. You don’t have to be staying at the resort to enjoy this wide selection of restaurants, any guest staying at any hotel can dine at these resort restaurants. Staying at one of these resorts certainly does make it easier. With so many choices, steps away, you’ll be struggling to decide which to choose, instead of trying to figure out where to eat. Happy Planning, Friends.