Guest Author - Jim Fortune
Disney dining can be just about any kind of experience you want it to be. They have restaurants to cater to just about every single taste you can dream up. From the exotic, to the home grown steak and potato's kind of person, to the health nut, you can find a restaurant to suit your taste buds with very little difficulty at all.
The Magic Kingdom:
Kid Friendly- Casey's Corner, specializing in hot dogs, Pinocchio's Village Haus specializing fast food, The Crystal Palace which specializes in buffet style character dining with Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eyore, and Cinderella's Royal Table, which offer pre- plated all you can eat fare, and time with Cinderella, Snow White, and others. Liberty Tree Tavern is also a good one for family meals with kid friendly options.
Adult Friendly- Tony's Town Square, specializing in Italian food. Columbian Harbour House, specializing in seafood, and vegetarian chili, and Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station specializing in Asian cuisine that is only open seasonally.
Snacks- ToonTown Farmer's Market, Auntie Gravities Galactic Goodies, Sleepy Hollow, and Enchanted grove. All offer a variety of snacks ranging from fruit and smoothies to caramel corn and espresso.
The Animal Kingdom:
Kid Friendly- Flame Tree BBQ offers outdoor seating and is a great place to relax for a moment with the kiddies. Tusker House is also great, offering a character breakfast buffet in the A.M and a regular buffet during lunch and dinner.
Adult Friendly- Rainforest Cafe offers excellent cuisine and a full bar after a long day of touring the grounds. Hit the Dawa bar for evening cocktails.
Snacks- For snacks stop by Dino Bite Snacks, or if you fancy some ice cream try out Tamu Tamu. You can also try Petrifries if you have a hankering for french fries!
Kid Friendly- Teppan Edo is a great Japanese Hibachi style restaurant sure to delight your children. The chef's cook right at your table and put on a great little show for the family. The Garden Grill is has a great kid friendly menu and offers Character meals as well with Farmer Mickey and Chip and Dale.
The Coral Reef is a great option to help you unwind over a relaxing meal. It features floor to ceiling aquariums that keep children engaged. If none of those suit, Epcot is wide and varied, there are several kid friendly restaurants as well.
Adult Friendly- Visit San Angel Inn for a dark and romantic evening dining experience. Check out Restaurant Marrakesh for a meal and belly dancing entertainment. If that doesn't suit, try Biergarten for a full dining experience with musical entertainment. Again, Epcot is so widely varied, it has several restaurants to choose from, you are bound to find at least one that strikes your fancy!
Snacks- Drop by Lotus Blossom Cafe to snack on some delicious eggrolls. Or try Baulangerie Pattiserie for excellent pastries. If you are just looking for a quick, but decent meal drop by Electric Umbrella for your run of the mill burgers, chicken and related foods.
Kid Friendly- The two best places to dine in Hollywood for the kiddies are the 50's Prime Time Cafe, and the Sci-Fi Dine In Dinner, which is great if your kids are into old Sci-Fi movie clips and enjoy dining at a table shaped like an old vintage car. The 50's Prime Time Cafe offers a unique experience where the wait staff play 'brother' and 'sister' to diners while 'mom' cooks in the kitchen. Kids get a kick out of it because mom and dad get chastised in a funny and fairly frequent manner for various infractions.
Adult Friendly- Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano is a good choice to dine w/ your hubby. You can also try out Hollywood Brown Derby for some delicious eats! (Don't forget desert!)
Snacks- Snacks abound in Hollywood. Try Hollywood Scoops for some hand dipped ice cream, or try Toluca Legs for turkey legs and hot dogs. Min and Bill's Dockside Diner offers stuffed pretzels and milkshakes, or you can try the ABC Commissary for a multi ethnic blend of options.
Again, all of these are just some ideas of places to dine within each park, there are several other restaurants with great cuisine both inside the parks and out side as well in the surrounding areas. Check out for in depth information and sample menus.
Until next time, let me know what travel articles you would like to see, and how you are doing, O.K.?
Jim Fortune - the Bella Budget Travel Guy