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Let’s be honest. If there were ever a year when Mom deserved some extra spoiling, this would be it! Make plans now to treat her right with these amazing Walt Disney World Mother’s Day dining options.
Mother’s Day Brunch
Two of Walt Disney World’s favorite holiday brunches return this year at a pair of its sit-down restaurants. Don’t miss these unique and satisfying meals!
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Known for its “Frontier Fare”, Whispering Canyon invites you to treat mom to as many down-home helpings as she likes at this country-style spot at Wilderness Lodge. The special Brunch-B-Q menu offers everything from an all-you-care-to-enjoy signature skillet to pastries, meats, eggs, potatoes, and of course the famous Mickey waffle. Vegan and vegetarian mothers can enjoy plant-based items upon request. This holiday brunch is available Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9, and costs $25 for adults and $14 for kids 3-9 years.
Ale & Compass Restaurant
Set sail for Disney’s Yacht Club Resort for another filling Mother’s Day brunch! Ale & Compass offers a different approach to Mother’s Day brunch, with a la carte options like blueberry-bacon pancakes, breakfast protein bowls, and the nautical-inspired shrimp and grits or Maine lobster roll. Also offered Saturday and Sunday, May 8-9. Pricing varies for this holiday brunch option.
If the mom in your life loves a good themed restaurant, Walt Disney World is the place for her! These restaurants offer everything from the whimsical to the wild, with something for mothers of all tastes.
50’s Prime Time Cafe
Sometimes even mom wants to be mothered for an hour or two! If she’s into down home cooking and some humorous schooling on dining etiquette, she may just enjoy a family-style meal at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe located in Hollywood Studios. Don’t forget to start off your meal with a cocktail at the Tune-In lounge next door.
Not only does The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs offer some of the best surf and turf around, you can even take your car-loving mom on a dream boat cruise around Lake Buena Vista in a vintage amphicar! The recent addition of Sunday brunch makes for a perfect mom pleaser.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Every mother wants to be treated like royalty on her big day, and Cinderella’s Royal Table is the creme de la creme of princess dining experiences at Walt Disney World. Book early to dine inside Cinderella Castle! She’ll love the details that go into the preparation of each princess-themed meal and of course appearances by Cindy herself!
Allow mom to sail away on a one-day South Seas vacation with a visit to the Polynesian Resort’s Kona Cafe. Although breakfast with its Tonga toast and macadamia nut pancakes get a lot of attention, the pan-Asian-inspired cuisine has delightful flavors at lunch and dinner too.
Coral Reef Restaurant
Calling all mermaids! Coral Reef Restaurant at EPCOT puts mom and her loved ones in the middle of an undersea adventure, with a view of one of the largest aquarium tanks in the country from every seat. Catch sea turtles, rays, sharks, and a breathtaking diversity of tropical fish in action while you dine on fresh seafood, or if you’re lucky, even a wildlife feeding by one of The Seas pavilion’s talented cast members.
Restaurants with a View
One of the best parts of a Walt Disney World trip is taking in the magnificent scenery afforded by one of the most beautifully designed theme parks in the world. Here are a few of our favorite meals with a view.
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to sweep mom off her feet with spectacular views of Cinderella Castle and a meal to match, look no further than California Grill at the Contemporary Resort. This elegant dining establishment celebrates the best of Californian cuisine, from pastas and meats to sushi and pizzas, all of which can be paired with a dazzling array of California wines.
Have you wished upon a star that you could hover above the beauty that is Disney Springs? Bring mom aboard Disney World’s only rooftop-level, waterfront dining experience at Paddlefish! She’ll take in panoramic scenes of the Springs’ dining and shopping locations, teeming with happy visitors, and the gleaming Lake Buena Vista below. Enjoy the day’s freshest catch, and even take in the sunset alongside live music on weekend evenings.
Animal loving moms… prepare for safari! Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Villas’ Kidani Village offers a unique opportunity to dine with a view of wild animals from the African savanna. Everyone at the table will revel at the sight of zebras, giraffes, birds and gazelles while feasting on the unique cuisine of East Africa. Some of the restaurant’s most popular items include their flavorful bread service with dipping sauces, potjie (pot-style) entrees, and exotic specialty cocktails. Be sure to request a window-side seat for the most breathtaking meal.
Disney World’s newest lodging option, the Riviera Resort, boasts one of the most magical views around from its beloved Topolino’s Terrace. From a window- or terrace-side seat, you and mom can take in sweeping views of Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Caribbean Beach Resort, and of course the beautiful Riviera Resort. In the morning, Topolino’s transforms into a popular character breakfast, complete with Mickey and friends dressed as creatives from the French and Italian Rivieras. Dinner features upscale Mediterranean cuisine paired with wines from the region. Mom is sure to say ooh la la!
Walt Disney World dining reservations can be hard to come by these days, so if you’re a TouringPlans subscriber, be sure to let our Reservation Finder help you nab that perfect Mother’s Day meal. Your mom is sure to smile knowing you researched the very best Disney World options to celebrate her!
What restaurant do you think is the top pick for Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments.
Jackie previously served as Director for a New Jersey destination marketing organization. In addition to knowing all things Disney, Jackie enjoys spending her free time snorkeling, playing the piano, traveling with her husband, trying to keep up with her twin sons, and snuggling with her cat, Google. Follow her on Instagram @creatingcorememories.