Following up on our last post by my colleague..I’ll add a few more park dining favorites of my family.
Going park by park, starting in the Magic Kingdom, I’ll always advise to find a counter service that moves quickly, perhaps even a snack stand. To us, this is the park where any downtime before 1pm may be wasted time. So I’ll recommend either Pecos Bill Cafe or Tortuga Tavern, neighboring restaurants on the border of Frontierland and Adventureland, respectively.
Pecos Bill is a favorite to many for the American food and the well above average fixins’ bar (sautéed mushrooms, anyone?). Tortuga Tavern has a Mexican food menu that is often a good match for any set of children. Did I mention that the idea behind both is to refuel and move quickly on to the next classic attraction?
As we move on to Disney Hollywood Studios, there is a slightly different take on dining. We will usually head to Hollywood Play and Dine, featuring the favorite Disney junior characters of our young kids (also enabling us to avoid 30 minutes worth of autograph lines) if we stay in the park past 1230pm for lunch. As for dinner, go classic with the Hollywood Brown Derby. Great food with a chance to double dip for a priority seating for Fantasmic (not needed, but if you are interested, take advantage).
When in the Animal Kingdom, Tusker House Character breakfast is indeed the superior option for both food, decor, and another chance to get autographs with Safari Mickey, Goofy, Daisy, Pluto. For a quick meal in between shows or attractions, we will also hit the Flame Tree Barbecue. Great spot for pulled pork, ribs, or barbecue chicken win an outdoor seating area of benches that the whole family can rest, even if they bring in food from other stands or outside the park.
Saving the best dining experience for last, any trip to Epcot should require a World Showcase meal reservation. The entire lagoon side view of restaurants and atmosphere not only exceeds most other parks, but the number of choices doubles inside Epcot. (Not to completely shun the Coral Reef and it’s live tank of sea life or the Garden Grill’s rotating booths while meeting Farmer Mickey and others.)
Beginning in the Mexico Pavilion, there are two sit-down dining options, San Angel Inn and Cantina de San Angel. Both offer completely different ambiance, but the food is again high quality. Moving along to the Italy Pavilion, our family highly recommends Via Napoli. Easily the best pizza on the property, a family can sit down and dine with waiter service for the some of most reasonable rates inside any Disney park. Moving along to the England Pavilion, the Rose and Crown offers a working European Pub atmosphere with music for a great spot for an appetizer and a drink.
With all of this said, we finish the must do for our family on any trip: Le’ Cellier inside the Canada pavilion. This restaurant is located inside the castle-like structure simulating a French-Canadian wine cellar. Very cozy and warm, the food and drink matches the atmosphere. With possibly the best steak inside the parks (so much so that a small portion is now offered to sample during the food and wine festival) and a list of appetizers and beverages that will rival the most casual yet memorable that you can find here, Le’ Cellier begs for a return visit time and time again.
These are simply some of our favorites….enjoy all you the food is an integral part of the incredible experience at Walt Disney World.