Top 5 Walt Disney World Family Restaurants
There are so many great restaurants at Walt Disney World from the upscale Victoria and Albert's at the Grand Floridian Resort to Pecos Bill at Magic Kingdom. The price range and value for a family with kids visiting WDW certainly varies. This list of the best 5 restaurants in Walt Disney World was compiled specifically for families. There may be restaurants with more stars as rated by AAA, but there are some unlisted qualities that cater to families, and that is what Walt Disney World is all about, families on vacation enjoying each other and their surroundings.
1. 'Ohana - At the Polynesian Resort: With the Polynesian Resort's realistic theme and its great location, 'Ohanna feels like more of an escape than just another dinner yet 'Ohanna is only a monorail ride away from EPCOT, the Magic Kingdom, or the Bay Lake resorts. It is also a boat ride away from the Wilderness Lodge and the Ft. Wilderness Resort and Camp Grounds. A meal at 'Ohanna is built around serving families with the large round tables and kids activities and entertainment throughout the evening. The service is always fantastic and the view of Bay Lake makes this meal feel special.
For dinner 'Ohanna offers Asian Barbequed Pork Loin Skewers, Oak Grilled Turkey Skewers, Marinated Sirloin Steak Skewer, or Marinated Shrimp cooked in the open on a oak fire pit. The skewered meats are available, all you can eat, but everything is served to you at your table. They also serve several sides with your meal including stir fry vegetables, fried dumplings, and lo mein.
Tips: If you plan to go it is highly suggested to book at 3 months in advance if you want a reasonable dinner time. Since 'Ohanna is only open for breakfast and dinner, dinner advanced dining reservations fill up quickly. 'Ohanna accepts a table service credit on the Disney dining plan.
2. T-Rex - At Downtown Disney: If you have yet to visit T-Rex at Downtown Disney it is worth the trip from your resort. T-Rex is more like an attraction with a restaurant inside the attraction. This restaurant is very well-themed. Its creator also developed the Yak and Yeti restaurant and the Rainforest CafÃ©. There are many different, very large animatronic dinosaurs throughout the different dining areas in T-Rex. Periodically the dinosaurs get very excited when the lighting in the dining areas change and a meteor shower threatens to rain inside the restaurant. T-Rex also features a dinosaur dig area for kids, a "build-a-dino", and a gift shop featuring prehistoric items. The food and drinks are very good with large portions. The cost is reasonable with diners starting at $16 and kids meals are $7-$8.
Tips: If you go get there before 5:30. After 5:30 PM EST T-Rex is extremely busy year-round as traffic leaving the theme parks increases. T-Rex does not currently accept the Disney dining plan.
3. Teppan Edo - At the World Showcase (Japan) at EPCOT: Teppan Edo is Teppan-Yaki style food cooked by a specialist of cuisine and cutlery right in front of your eyes. You and your family will enjoy a show demonstrated by the skilled chefs. Kids love watching the chefs, and families can enjoy a great meal together while they get a break from EPCOT. Teppan Edo would be a great restaurant in any location, but being located within World Showcase, offers a great dining experience for a family with minimal wasted time.
Tips: If you plan to go book at least 2 months in advance if you want a reasonable dinner time. Teppan Edo is open from 12:00 to 9:00 PM. Consider a late lunch/early diner time if you are booking late. Teppan Edo accepts a table service credit on the Disney dining plan. If you are not on the Disney Dining plan, Teppan Edo will be a little more expensive than some other Disney restaurants.
4. Chef Mickey's - At the Contemporary Resort: It is difficult to plan a family vacation without a trip to Chef Mickey's. It is a monorail ride away from EPCOT, the Magic Kingdom, or the Bay Lake resorts. Whether you are staying in the Contemporary Resort or not, Chef Mickey's is located within the still spectacular main tower or the resort. Walking to the restaurant off the monorail, provides a nice build up for what will surely be a great family meal.
Chef Mickey's offers breakfast and dinner buffet style. Although it is all you can eat, this restaurant would have been ranked higher, but it can still be difficult for a family to go get their own food, particularly if there are small children. Also, during the time everyone is up getting their food the family is not spending time together. On the other side, this is the only restaurant on the list for dinner with character dining.
Tips: If you plan to go it is highly suggested to book at 3 months in advance if you want a reasonable breakfast or dinner time, particularly for early morning breakfast seatings. Many like to try to eat breakfast at Chef Mickey's before they head into the Magic Kingdom. Since Chef Mickey's is only open for breakfast and dinner, dinner advanced dining reservations fill up quickly. Chef Mickey's accepts a table service credit on the Disney dining plan.
5. 50's Prime Time - A Disney's Hollywood Studios: The 50's Prime Time is a unique dining experience. The dÃ©cor is similar to walking into a house in New Jersey in the 1950's. The servers of the meal provide the entertainment for your family. The kitchen is run by "Mom" and your servers are your cousins. If you play along the meal can be very fun, but it is not for everyone.
The 50's Prime Time serves home cooked fried chicken, pot roast, and other 1950's homemade meals.
Tips: If you plan to go book at least 2 months in advance if you want a reasonable meal time, longer if it is a Fantasmic night, during holidays, or during Star Wars weekends. The 50's Prime Time is open for lunch and dinner. They accept a table service credit on the Disney dining plan. Arrive before your ADR to get your name in, since they tend to back up, particularly during later lunch and dinner seatings.