Walt Disney World is the most magical place on earth (that is, unless you’re a Disneyland diehard, then you might argue that it’s got competition on the other side of the country). It’s nearly impossible to have a bad time at Disney, but there IS a lot of planning that goes into doing it right. From choosing the best time of year to go and the best resort for your family, to deciding how much time to spend in each of the parks and which rides to FastPass when, there are a lot of decisions to make.
And if you think food is merely an afterthought—just a way to keep yourself going during long days in the parks—think again. Disney World is a wonderland of inventive and delicious food and drinks. There are so many great things to try that you’ll want to plan ahead to make sure you hit them all, especially as many of the best restaurants require reservations far in advance. To get you started, here are 10 must-try foods and drinks throughout Walt Disney World.
1. Buffalo Chicken Waffle Slider, Trilo-Bites, Animal Kingdom
Indulgence is what vacation is all about. The chicken on this slider is pulled, not fried like a traditional chicken and waffles combo. Blue cheese and arugula top off this irresistible guilty pleasure. Instagrammer @mousetoyourhouse shows just how delicious it is:
2. Avocado Margarita, La Cava Del Tequila, Epcot
Mexico is a favorite destination within Epcot’s World Showcase. Take in the unique atmosphere inside the pavilion, which is bathed in perpetual twilight, as you beeline it to the tequila bar for the Avocado Margarita, made with melon liquor and fresh avocado, and served frozen with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim. While you’re there, don’t miss the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, an all-ages boat ride cruising the highlights of Mexico.
3. The “Grey Stuff,” Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom
Venture inside Beast’s Castle in Fantasyland for delicious French fare in one of three themed dining rooms. End your meal with the “Grey Stuff,” a reference to Lumiere’s famous line from “Beauty And The Beast.” While it doesn’t sound yummy, this chocolate shell and cookie crème topped with the “grey stuff” truly is delicious. Pro tip: Be Our Guest is the only spot in the Magic Kingdom where alcohol is served, so you can enjoy a cocktail with your meal. Instagrammer @disneyhungry shows just how good the “grey stuff” can look:
4. Breakfast Buffet, 1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
You don’t have to stay at the Grand Floridian, one of Disney’s most beautiful (and pricey) resorts, to indulge in the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast buffet at 1900 Park Fare. Kids (and parents) will love the Mickey-shaped waffles and chance to meet characters such as Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh. The impressive spread features something for everyone and includes an omelet station, famous “strawberry soup,” carving station, maple French toast, fresh fruits, pastries and more, as @disneyfan_d shows:
5. Nudel Gratin, Biergarten and Sommerfest, Epcot
Word on the street is this favorite dish from the buffet at Biergarten, the main-attraction restaurant at Epcot’s Germany pavilion and a must-visit both for the food and great live entertainment, is now also available at the quick-service Sommerfest. Wash down this decadent baked macaroni and cheese custard with a cold German beer, as @turningthepages did:
6. Cotton-Tini, T-Rex, Downtown Disney
You have your Mickey ears on, so you definitely feel like a kid. But let’s face it, you turned 21 a long time ago. This cocktail that tastes like cotton candy is the perfect blend of childhood nostalgia and adult fun, as @poetinthepantry shows:
7. Dole Whip, Aloha Isle, Magic Kingdom
You’ve been eating and drinking everything your heart desires for nearly a week, and your pants are feeling a little snug. But hey, you’re still on vacation, you’re probably just ready for something a little lighter. Enter the Dole Whip. This creamy concoction made with real pineapple can also be made into a float. @legletgram makes it look pretty refreshing!
8. Fried Wontons, Yak and Yeti Restaurant, Animal Kingdom
Epcot isn’t the only place for ethnic food at Disney. Check out Yak and Yeti, an Asian-themed spot at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Catch a great view of the parade, and don’t skip dessert. These crispy pineapple and cream cheese wontons come with vanilla ice cream and a honey-vanilla drizzle, and according to this post from @gooseygoes, it’s amazing:
9. Angus Beef Burger, Beaches & Cream, Beach Club Resort
Beaches & Cream is a ’50s-style diner at the Beach Club Resort where you can chow down on sandwiches, shakes and arguably one of Disney’s best burgers. Grilled-to-order and topped with cheese, it’s sure to hit the spot after a long day at the parks.
10. Sustainable Seafood, Flying Fish, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
Just because Disney World is a kids’ paradise doesn’t mean there aren’t elegant adult meals to be had. The Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, a nostalgic nod to turn-of-the-century Atlantic City, features incredible seafood dishes like the Ocean’s Bounty Sustainable Fish, served with a colorful vegetable mélange and potato beurre blanc, and Plancha-Seared Hokkaido Scallops. Pair with a signature cocktail or glass of wine from their sommelier-handpicked list, and you have a decidedly grown-up dinner.