When Ann and I decided to go spend a few days at the Disney attractions in Orlando we knew that we would want to have some good food while we vacationed.
Goal achieved. Between the two of us we chose some amazing restaurants to dine at.
Please enjoy a few pictures of some of our tasty selections.
First up was our first meal of the trip at the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort. Perfect setting for a late dinner and we loved being able to go outside and watch the fireworks display. We both chose the Seared Green Circle Chicken and it was possibly the best chicken we have ever tasted.
The description : Aji Amarillo, crispy Potato, Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Pickled Garlic, Pecans, Cilantro The skin was crispy, the meat moist and the accompaniments were perfect.
The verdict: Delightful and satisfying.
Snacks and breakfast items are definitely a fun thing to find at Disney. We had Mickey shaped pretzels, Mickey shaped waffles and because we stayed at Port Orleans – French Quarter Resort we had beignets. Wonderful.
We took advantage of the Mobile Ordering option on our Disney app to order a few lunches. We were able to skip the lines and get a quick bite to eat without too much stress. We mainly had salads and sandwiches and this was a delightful chicken and broccoli salad that I had in the Disney park ( please forgive my lagging memory I can’t remember which place I got this salad).
One night we ate at Bongos Cuban Cafe which is in Disney Springs. A quick boat ride from our resort found us at this amazing Cuban restaurant where we dined to music and dancing. It was a lovely venue but loud so I felt like we were shouting across our table for two at each other. I chose the pork and it was amazing. Smothered in onions with plantains and black beans it was one of my favorite meals.
We had one lunch in The Land in Epcot at the Sunshine Seasons Food Court. This was a fabulous option because there were no lines at all and we had a variety of choices. We actually both chose a stir fry option ( a little heavy on the carrots for my liking but you know how I love cooked carrots) but it was seasoned really well and the quick service was a bonus in a day filled with lines and waiting.
Restaurant Marrakesh in the Moroccan area at Epcot was divine. Once again we found the restaurant to be pretty noisy and boisterous but it totally worked for this place. Belly dancers and live music kept us entertained while we waited for our wonderful meal. I had the kabobs and Ann had a chicken dish –both were wonderful and we topped it off with a shared dessert.
Our final lunch was on our “free” day when we did not go to any of the parks. We headed to Disney Springs once again and stopped in at Planet Hollywood Observatory . We were seated right away without reservations and enjoyed the entertainment on the massive screens while we waited for our salads. A wonderful trio of hummus started us off and our salads were both filling and tasty. Ann’s came in a clear glass open ended cylinder and the waitress “plated” it by lifting the cylinder up and spreading the contents on her plate. I wish I had known what they were going to do because I would have done a video.
Our final meal of the trip was at the Polynesian Resort – The Spirit of Aloha Dinner show. Ann had booked this meal early on in our planning and we were so glad that she did. The all you can eat dinner was delicious with a salad platter and a variety of meats and veggies offered on a silver tray that was refillable if we wanted. We could not eat all that they brought out the first time so no refills necessary but it was nice to know that we would not leave hungry. The show included a story about Auntie Wini who was creating a celebration for a local girl who was leaving the island for college. The story was a little silly but with all of the dancing and music and even the fire knife show we enjoyed the entire production. Our waitress was helpful and kept an eye on our glasses and plates to make sure we had everything we needed.
Although my pictures aren’t great (as the night went on the lighting got worse and I forgot to take a picture before we dug into the main dish platter) you get the idea. We definitely enjoyed eating our way through Disney.
If you go to Disney World make sure you check out some of the fine dining options. We honestly did not have a bad meal anywhere we ate and were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food offerings. This is not always the case when you are a tourist so we came home with happy tummies.
If you have been to Disney do you have a favorite place to eat? Tell me all about it in the comments section and remember that each comment this month means a 5o cent donation to Georgia Options, Inc.
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Food glorious food – it all looks wonderful!
Oh yes, my friend, it was glorious!
Your foodie posts are wonderful and mouthwatering. My older son wanted us to eat at Bongos as he had eaten there a few years ago and still raves about it. We didn’t make it-but now I feel like Imdid go there. I’ll tell him!
It is really good food— and the entertainment is a lot of fun as well. Try it!
Well now I am hungry. The stir fry looked quite good. Glad you saved room for dessert!
That was one thing we treated ourselves to. We walked it off!
That Cuban food looks really good! Middle Eastern food is my fav – when I lived in NYC there was a Middle Eastern restaurant right across the street – I was in heaven!
You certainly tried a wide variety of ethnic foods. What fun.
Looks like you found some great meals. Epcot is definitely our family fave for food options, especially during food and wine. Marakkesh is A-mazing. I have video of Ally dancing with one of the belly dancers. So cute. I think out top favorite meal is the Garden Grill at the Land in Epcot. It’s a rotating restaurant and Mickey and friends come around while you eat a family style meal. Most of the food is grown at the Land, hydroponically and the meat comes from local farms as well.
We’ve also had some great BBQ at Animal Kingdom – don’t remember the name of the restaurant at the moment though. Disney really has some great options for food and there’s something for everyone.
Oh snap, what an array of good eats… Who doesn’t like a refreshing salad? Especially after splurging on delicious waffles & soft pretzels! Now my mouth is watering…
I’m so glad you wrote this post. I love seeing what people eat at Disney!
Yum! I love the Mickey pretzel!
Wow! Sounds like a person could go to Disney just to eat! They all looked amazing.
I find myself just as excited for the meals at Disney as the attractions! My planning involves where will we be, where will we eat, and what attractions will we experience?
Glad we were not alone in our love of all things food at Disney!