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With more than 200 places to eat Disney World (including 90+ full service restaurants), there’s exceptional variety to choose from – everything from Moroccan lamb to Texas barbecue. We attempt to balance the opinions of our staff with those of our readers; they don't – by the way – always align!
There are plenty of chances to dine with favorite Disney characters while vacationing. This allows greater touring efficiency since you’re eating and greeting characters at the same time, but has definite disadvantages – not the least of which is price.Visit our character dining page
We recommend making your needs known when booking your reservation and again when you arrive at the restaurant. Almost all experiences we’ve heard regarding allergies have been positive.
Disney World is one of the best places to eat with allergies because of how accommodating its restaurants are.Read more about dining at Disney World with allergies
Through its Disney Dining Plan (DDP) program, Disney World sells pre-paid meals to guests staying at a Disney-owned hotel. Dining Plans are very popular with guests – about 9 out of every 10 of our users who've tried Disney Dining Plan would get it again. The most popular feature is that most of your food costs are paid for before you get to the parks. Like everything at Disney World, Dining Plans are expensive and come with rules and restrictions.
Here are tips and tools to help you get the most of out of the Disney Dining Plans:
Also known as full service, these are restaurants where you are seated by a host/hostess, order from a menu (except at family-style restaurants, where all get the same food), and are served your meal and drinks at your table by restaurant staff.Get to know Disney World Table Service Dining
Also known at counter service. Service similar to that at a food court or fast food location. You stand at a counter (or use your phone) to order and carry your own food to a table to eat.All About Quick Service Dining at Walt Disney World
Also known as a food stand. Free-standing sales point, usually outdoors, offering a limited selection of items.Get to know Disney World food carts
Primarily a sales location for adult beverages, but may also serve a limited food menu.Get to know Disney World bars and lounges
Typically located in the lobby of a resort hotel, offers a limited supply of packaged ready-to-eat food items.
A subset of the table service restaurant genre. A host/hostess seats you, and wait staff will bring your beverages. Howevever, you fill your own plates of food and bring them to the table yourself.
A dining location where Disney characters visit each table to pose for photos and sign autographs. Most – but not all – character meals are buffets.Get to know Disney World character meals
Disney requires a credit card to guarantee reservations for all table service restaurants. If you don’t show up for your reservation and don’t cancel at least two hours prior to your reservation time, your credit card will be charged $10 per person.
Only one person from your group needs to show up on time for your reservation to avoid the penalty.
Reservations are not accepted for quick service restaurants.
Many locations offer mobile ordering via the My Disney Experience app – allowing guests to pre-order food and pick it up at Quick Service restaurants. We’re big fans of this service. Visit our Mobile Ordering page for full details.Step-by-Step guide to Mobile Ordering in the Disney parks
A frequent area of confusion for Disney guests is the topic of tipping at Walt Disney World. Gratuities are a part of life when you travel in the United States. Our quick recommendations:
Table Service Dining: 18-20% tip (more for exceptional service)
Buffet Dining: tip like Table Service
NOTE: The Disney Dining Plan does NOT include tips. Even if you are using a Dining Plan, expect to pay an appropriate gratuity with your table service meals.
Bars/Lounges: $2-3/drink, or 18-20% if you also get food
18-20% tips are typically added to prepaid meals, dinner shows, parties of six or more, and those using discounts.
Dress is informal at all the restaurants within the theme parks, but Disney has a “business casual” dress code for some of its fine dining restaurants at resort hotels: Disney prohibits swimwear and asks that clothing be clean and in good condition.
Table service restaurants are extremely popular, and many of them book up far in advance. Reserve as soon as you can.
Theme park restaurants may rush their customers in order to make room for the next group of diners. This may appeal to a family with young, restless children.
Disney restaurants have comparatively few tables for parties of two. If you’re a duo, you might have to wait longer to be seated.
At full-service Disney restaurants, an automatic gratuity of 18% is added to your tab for parties of six or more, even at buffets where you serve yourself.
Some table service restaurants (especially at hotels) offer a lunch menu, serving up entrees similar to those on the dinner menu, but at a lower price.
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