Our Walt Disney World vacation is a mere 6 weeks away. We are so excited to be returning after taking a 2 and a half year hiatus because of the pandemic. We are Disney Vacation Club members and typically travel down to Walt Disney World each calendar year, one year we even went twice. How we managed that click here. Visiting Walt Disney World goes beyond visiting the four theme parks for our family. We love exploring the resorts, playing in the pools and most importantly dining at the amazing restaurants. Every trip we try to go to a couple places we’ve never been to before and we always end up revisiting a few of our very favourites.
For this upcoming vacation we have 9 reservations, at 9 dining experiences. Take a look at which restaurants we’ve chosen and why. It may help you narrow down your list of choices for your Disney World vacation.
The first restaurant we are planning on dining at is Trattoria al Forno. This is an Italian restaurant found at the Boardwalk resort. We’ve eaten here two times before, once for breakfast and once for dinner. Both times we had delicious food and top notch service. We decided to grab reservations at Trattoria because we are staying at the Beach Club resort which is across the water from the Boardwalk, so it’s an easy jaunt over to the restaurant. Plus a big delicious pasta dinner sounds perfect after a day of travelling. For a full review of the restaurant click here.
T-Rex Restaurant is one of the hardest to get reservations at Walt Disney World. This restaurant has larger than life dinosaurs in and around the restaurant. The whole dining experience places diners in a time where dinosaurs roamed the planet. We dined here years ago because we thought our son would love it. He was terrified. But the food was excellent. He now wants to give it another go, so we’re going to give it one more effort and see if everyone enjoys their meal at this dinosaur themed restaurant. T-Rex is located in Disney Springs, so we’re dining here on a non-park day.
Another restaurant we haven’t dined at in years but are returning to this trip is Cinderella’s Royal Table. Cinderella’s Royal Table is found inside Cinderella’s Castle. This is truly a must do restaurant for any Disney fan. Dining inside Cinderella’s Castle is an unparalleled experience. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is magical and you get to meet your favourite princesses! We haven’t dined here in many years because we ate here a few trips in a row and wanted to try some of the other Magic Kingdom restaurants. We’ve decided this trip is the trip to make a come back to Cinderella’s Royal Table. Get a full review of the restaurant here.
Teppan Edo. Epcot.
Teppan Edo is one of the restaurant found in the Japan pavilion at Disney World’s Epcot. Epcot has so many restaurants. We haven’t even tried half of them. Teppan Edo is a Hibachi style restaurant. Each vacation I let every member of the family have a choice of where they would like to dine and this was my husband’s choice. It is also one of the most popular restaurant choices at Disney’s Epcot. I hope the experience lives up to the hype. I think the kids will enjoy the festive environment and the entertaining chefs.
Sanaa is a delicious restaurant found at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village. Found on the ground floor of the resort, the restaurant has huge windows drawing diners attention to the beautiful animals that live on the property. While dining, guests can observe zebras, storks and impalas grazing the terrain. We dined here on our baby moon in 2018 and loved the food. The night we are dining here we’ll be enjoying the DVC Moonlight Magic event at Animal Kingdom, so dining here seemed like a good choice. If we finish our meal early, we can wander around the resort until we’re allowed to head to our special event.
This restaurant has become another coveted reservation for many Disney World visitors. It’s a restaurant found at Disney’s Beach Club on the interior end of the property. The restaurant has a 50’s soda shop flair with delicious burgers, milkshakes and sundaes. I grew up staying at the Beach Club resort, where dining at Beaches & Cream was a part of our pool days. My husband and I dined here as a couple during our Babymoon but our kids have never eaten here before. Since we are staying at the Beach Club this trip, it seemed like the perfect time to visit this fun location. For a full review of the restaurant click here.
Hollywood & Vine. Hollywood Studios.
Hollywood & Vine is the character dining experience found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On our last trip our kids commented that they hadn’t meet enough characters. So we thought we’d do a few character dining experiences this trip to make up for it. We’ve dined at Hollywood & Vine before. It’s a central location. It’s an all-you-care-to-enjoy situation which means our kids can pick and choose a few things and get more of what they actually want to eat. No worries about ordering something they aren’t going to eat. For more on Hollywood & Vine click here.
Topolino’s Terrace. Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Topolino’s Terrace is found on the roof of the new DVC resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort. We are dining here our last morning, enjoying their character breakfast. Another character meal for the kids. The reason that it was on our list for this trip though was to explore this incredible new Disney Vacation Club resort. I’ve seen amazing pictures on instagram and can’t wait to explore it in person. Disney’s Riviera Resort is a Skyliner resort, and there’s a Skyliner stop just steps away from the Beach Club so getting there will be a breeze.
Hoop-De-Doo Revue. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
Hoop-De-Doo Revue is one of the dinner shows at Walt Disney World. We’ve learned in the past few years that we need to attend these special events before they disappear. There once was a Mickey Mouse BBQ show at Disney’s Fort Wilderness and we put off going. Now it doesn’t exists. And that decision was made long before COVID. So we are going to the Hoop-De-Doo Revue while it’s being offered. It’s found at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. We visited Fort Wilderness back in 2018 to eat at Trail’s End restaurant and then to enjoy Chip n Dale’s Campfire. It’s a fun resort environment with the fantastic Tri-Circle-D Ranch, a couple wonderful playgrounds and pools. So I’m looking forward to heading back to Fort Wilderness for a memorable evening.
There you have it friends. 9 restaurants for our 8 night vacation. For tips on making your dining plans for your Disney World vacation check out these posts: