The attractions and characters aren't the only thing to appreciate when you go to Disney World. There's quite a few great restaurants at Disney World. If you usually just stick to the counter service options when eating out at Disney World, I think you'll be surprised at some of the fabulous table service choices.

I like to start my Disney World vacations at the Disney Vacation Club resort, Animal Kingdom Villas. Why? Because in addition to getting to see all of the great animals who are living on the resort's well-designed savannahs, there are three great restaurants at the resort!

The newest restaurant is Saana, which features "African flavors with Indian spices", as Disney calls it. It recently opened at Kidani Village. I recommend the Indian-style Bread Service, the Salad sampler and the Slow Cooked in Gravy dishes. This will give you a nice variety of flavors to sample and share.

Also at Animal Kingdom Lodge are Jiko and Boma. Boma is a buffet restaurant with both American and African-inspired dishes and in my opinion it is the best buffet on Disney World property. All of the food is delicious and fresh and there are options for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Then there is Jiko, which is one of Disney's Signature Dining restaurants, all of which are considered a cut above. Jiko doesn't fail to delivery with their African-spiced steaks and other delicious dishes.

Over at Epcot, one of my favorite restaurants there is Le Cellier, the Canadian Steakhouse. You will want to get a Disney dining reservation early for that one as Le Cellier is one of the most popular restaurants in all the parks. For good reason too, as both the steaks and the atmosphere are well worth the trouble of making a reservation months in advance.

If you really love steak, you can also try the Yachtsman Steakhouse over at Disney's Yacht Club Resort. Their menu features great steaks, seafood and free range chicken.

Then there's Victoria & Albert's, which is an entirely different experience at Disney World. Located at the Grand Floridian Resort, Victoria & Albert's is an experience in itself. It features a six-course prix fixe menu and it is the most expensive restaurant, and certainly the most romantic, at Disney World. But you won't be rushed out the door. Expect your dinner to be a leisurely two and a half hours or so as you take your time enjoying the flavors of contemporary American cuisine at its finest.

If you are looking for more child-friendly table service meals, there are also some fun Disney character meals that would be fun to check out, such as at Cinderella's Royal Table at Epcot. Or you could enjoy some of the fun dinner shows with the whole family, like the Hoop De Doo Review, which is held at Disney World's campground, Fort Wilderness

Now you might be wondering, just how can you save some money on all these terrific dining opportunities? Surely, all these restaurants can get a little pricey. Well, fortunately, the Disney World food plans should help with that aspect of things quite a bit. With a few different plans available, they will definitely save you money on eating out if you tend to eat at a lot of the table service restaurants, such as the ones I have recommended.

Signature Dining restaurants and the dinner shows do require two credits for each meal, but it is well worth the extra credits to enjoy at least one dinner at a restaurant like Jiko's. So be sure to investigate your Disney dining options while you are planning your trip.