We’ve never been to Disney World without the dining plan. It’s just too convenient! Once my trip is paid for, I don’t have to worry about money for food aside from tipping my servers. As I’ve blogged about the different Walt Disney World parks, I’ve shared with you our favorite places to eat. However, we have many favorite places to eat that aren’t in the parks. Today, we’ll expire our favorite resort restaurants.
Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort
One of the first places we dined, and one we revisited several times, was Chef Mickey’s. Chef Mickey’s is located in the Contemporary Resort and easily accessible via the monorail. This is one place I recommend for first time guests and those with small children. It’s a buffet so there is no waiting to get your food. And, it’s a great place to see all your Disney faves in one place – Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald.
1900 Park Fare in Disney’s Grand Floridian
I absolutely must take my kids to eat at 1900 Park Fare every time we visit Disney World! While we have eaten breakfast there once or twice, I prefer dinner. Both are a buffet, and the food is pretty standard fare. It’s the atmosphere, however, that draws me back every year. I love interacting with the Mad Hatter and Alice at breakfast, but the step-sisters and step-mother steal the show at dinner. Emma loves to see Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the Fairy Godmother at dinner. But, when the stepmother comes in the room, get ready to laugh! Her disdain for Cinderella is written all over her face and in her demeanor. Then, as she strolls around the dining room trying to find a “prince” for her daughters, you’ll see why we keep coming back. On our last trip, Isaac – 11 at the time – proposed to Anastasia. He even made her a ring with his straw wrapper. As we were leaving the restaurant, Anastasia saw us stand up from our table. She called Isaac’s name from across the restaurant, and she rushed over to give him a big smooch on the cheek! That is one of my favorite memories from that trip!
Whispering Canyon in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
One of the reasons we love Whispering Canyon is because it isn’t a buffet. It’s good, down-home cooking! The portions are big so you get your money’s worth. It’s loud and rowdy making it perfect for a large family or party with lots of kids (which we had). If you go, you need to do two things. Funny things will happen if you do these two things. First, you must ask for ketchup – because it WILL be missing from your table. Second, ask for soda refills. I promise, you’ll get a kick out of the responses.