Food Options Aplenty at Walt Disney World
Of course, if the average parents roaming Walt Disney World were primarily concerned with pleasing their palates, the hottest dinner ticket in the parks wouldn’t be the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. In fact, if you want to know what Disney World visitors really like, look at the numbers: Every year, they consume 1.2 million pounds of turkey legs, 7 million hamburgers, 5 million hot dogs, 50 million sodas, and 5.3 million bags of popcorn.
Full-service restaurants are in all Disney resorts (except the All-Star Resorts, Art of Animation, Port Orleans French Quarter, and Pop Century), all major theme parks, and Disney Springs. Buffets and family-style restaurants, including many with Disney characters in attendance, have a separate children’s menu featuring dishes such as hot dogs, burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, macaroni and cheese, and spaghetti and meatballs. In addition to the buffets, several restaurants serve a family-style, all-you-can-eat, fixed-price meal.
Counter-service fast food is available in all theme parks, at Disney Springs, and at the BoardWalk. The food compares in quality with Captain D’s, McDonald’s, or Taco Bell but is more expensive, though often served in larger portions. Somewhere between burgers and formal dining are the establishments in Disney’s “fast casual” category, including four in the theme parks: Be Our Guest (lunch service) and Tomorrowland Terrace in the Magic Kingdom, Sunshine Seasons in Epcot, and Studio Catering Co. in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Fast-casual restaurants feature menu choices a cut above what you’d normally see at a typical counter-service location. Another great place to eat is Les Halles at Epcot’s French pavilion.
Food vendors abound at the theme parks, Disney Springs, and the BoardWalk. The offerings include popcorn, ice-cream bars, churros (Mexican pastries), soft drinks, bottled water, and (in theme parks) fresh fruit.
Healthful Food at Walt Disney World
One of the most commendable developments in food service at Disney World has been the introduction of healthier foods and snacks. Health-conscious choices are available at most fast-food counters and even with the vendors. All the major theme parks have fruit stands.
Last but not least, there are sweets galore, and we invite you to join us on a photographic tour for those among you with a sweet tooth.
Not sure about where to dine on your next trip to Walt Disney World? The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World has profiles of all the restaurants and more.