We are asked many questions about Disney World, but the one we hear the most is, “What are the Best Restaurants at Walt Disney World?” Everyone wants to experience Walt Disney World to it’s fullest capacity. They want the magic and they don’t want to miss a thing. Granted you can’t do “everything” on one trip to Disney World, but we have come up with a list of restaurants that will make you feel as if you experienced everything. Be sure to add some of these Best Restaurants For 1st Timers At Disney World to your dining list!

Best Restaurants for 1st Timers at Disney World

We chose these specific dining experiences because they are in the parks, and easier to get to for 1st time visitors to Disney World. These are also all character dining experiences, meaning you can dine AND meet characters-saving lots of time (while dining on a delicious meal)!  Read up on our choices for Best Restaurants for 1st Timers at Disney World. Each one is unique to Walt Disney World and will add a little magic to your vacation.

Tusker House in Animal Kingdom

Tusker House is an amazing experience! You will not find Safari Mickey and his friends anywhere else. The food is quite delicious, all served on a buffet. For a complete review, click: TUSKER HOUSE.

One table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Best Restaurants For 1st Timers At Disney World

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot

Do you have a princess lover going with you to Disney World? Well if you do, this is the place for you! Askershus is located in the Norway pavilion of Epcot and is a fabulous fairy-tale dining experience. Why wait in lines to see all of your favorite princesses when you can take a pic with them while you dine. This is always a must do with any princess fan, you will not be sorry! Make sure to check out the menu before you go!

One table service dining credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Best Restaurants For 1st Timers At Disney World

Garden Grill in Epcot

This one is pretty unique, just because you will dine with Farmer Mickey and his friends. You will be served your meals “family style”, which simply means no trekking back and forth to the buffet line. It’s all you care to enjoy, and the servers will gladly bring you all that you can handle! A win win!! For more info on this dining experience, simply click: GARDEN GRILL.

One table service dining credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Best Restaurants For 1st Timers At Disney World

Hollywood and Vine Seasonal Dine in Hollywood Studios

Every day for lunch and dinner, you will find Minnie Mouse in her “seasonal attire”, waiting for your arrival! This delicious buffet meal will have all of your favorites, including a children’s buffet! Perfect for picky eaters. SEASONAL DINE.

One table service dining credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom

Now, Be Our Guest is a little difference experience. This restaurant is the number 1, most popular restaurant in all of Disney World. With that being said, it books up extremely quickly. There are actually three ways to enjoy this magnificent restaurant.

Breakfast and lunch are both considered quick service meals, even though they do require a reservation. This is the ONLY restaurant that requires a reservation for a quick service meal. You also have the option to pre-order your meals for breakfast or lunch 30 days prior. When you are checked in and seated, your food will “magically” appear!

At dinner, you will have the traditional service, as in a server for your table. Sometimes, the Beast will greet his guests! This is an extra special treat is not guaranteed, though!

  • Breakfast-One Quick Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan
  • Lunch-One Quick Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan
  • Lunch-One Table Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan

Best Restaurants For 1st Timers At Disney World

Okay so there you have it! These are my opinions on the best restaurants for first-timers! Now it’s your turn; which restaurants would you add?

Tips:

  • Don’t try to incorporate all of these restaurants into your plans on the first trip.  It’s impossible to do everything in one trip. Pick a few you think you can’t live without and go from there. 
  • Be sure to bring autograph books and a camera to character meals!
  • KNOW before you go! Here’s the scoop on the DISNEY DINING PLANS!

Join our Facebook group, DISNEY EXPRESS LANE, and let us know about your first dining experience!!

 

 


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Mandi is a wife, Mom of 3, writer, creator of WaltExpress.com, and self-proclaimed Disney nerd. She loves to travel to Disney Destinations and blog about her magical experiences so she can share all the tips, tricks and tidbits she picks up during her travel. She and her family visit Disney World several times a year and she is always in the know when something new is happening and she shares it here first! Mandi also works as an online consultant by empowering women to be all they can be in all aspects of their life. You can find her at www.AmandaMiddleton.me

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