Congrats! You finally have your first Disney World vacation booked! We can’t think of a better way to start planning your trip than planning out where you want to eat while at Disney World! Whether you’re using the Disney Dining Plan or not, food options are always an essential part of planning for any vacation. P.S. you are going to want to download our FREE Disney daily vacation planning sheets. Here is our recommendation of the best Disney World restaurants for first time visitors.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
It doesn’t get much better than dining with royalty right? Many consider Cinderella’s Royal table a bucket list item for Disney World. When you eat here you are actually inside eating at Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom. The windows overlook Fantasyland and it does allow you to meet with characters from Cinderella. Seating is limited which makes getting a reservation here tricky. If this is on your list be sure to make your reservation at 7:00 am 180 days out!
Be Our Guest
Located in the heart of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom you just can’t beat the atmosphere here. The food is good but the real attraction for recommending this spot is that it’s just like stepping into the animated movie Beauty and the Beast. The lunch here is actually quick service but at night the castle transforms into an elegant sit-down dining location. The Beast will be out for a photo opportunity at dinner, unlike lunch.
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I dream of having this meal again (in fact I just booked to go back for my birthday!) it was just that good! The setup here is family style and it’s all you can eat. While we didn’t have kids with us on our last trip to this spot it seemed like a great place for them. Throughout the meal, the singer would do fun activities with them while not creating too much chaos for those of us enjoying a romantic meal for two!
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As long as your kids aren’t afraid of the dark this is a great spot to bring them. It isn’t pitch black in here but the lights are low so you can enjoy the outdoor Sci-Fi movies playing on the big screen of the drive-in movie theater. You actually dine inside of a car, how cool!?!
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Inside of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you will actually be able to experience delicious authentic African cuisine. It’s really stepping out from typical American cuisine and it’s quite delicious. Plus if you have heard of the famed Zebra Dome snack you get unlimited amounts at this buffet.
The best pizza on property in my opinion and some of my all-time favorite pizza ever. If you are paying out-of-pocket and your family can agree on a pizza flavor then you can really get a good value out of this location as well. Via Napoli can be found in the back of the Italy pavilion at Epcot.
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This spot features some of the best steaks and is consistently praised for good food and cozy setting. My favorites here are the pretzel bread and the mushroom filet with risotto. This is a Disney Signature Dining experience.
It’s dinner and a show at Teppan Edo inside the Japan pavilion at Epcot. Or rather is it that your dinner is the show? Much like a Japanese steakhouse, they cook your dinner in front of you. The food is amazing, the cooks are a delight and the service is top-notch! My husband has this at the top of his Disney World dining list.
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The romance, the atmosphere, and the elegance! California Grill sits at the very top of the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. It’s definitely a special occasion restaurant and probably best to skip if you have young kids.
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If you have other thoughts or ideas on what you recommend for people’s first trip to Disney World or even better stories of your favorite restaurants during a first-time visit please share them with us in the comments section or over on our Facebook page! More suggestions are always better!
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I have been visiting the parks annually since my parents first brought me at just a year old. Recently I was able to fulfill my life long dream of being a Florida local and moved from the wintery Northeast to the sunshine and fun of central Florida. Now I am hoping to share my Disney knowledge with you so you can have the best vacation possible!