Sometimes, you just want to walk into a Walt Disney World restaurant and eat everything they serve. Walking through the parks is grueling, especially during the dog days of summer. You burn energy at an alarming rate, and the process makes you crabby. Food replenishes your body and improves your mood.
When you want a lot to eat, Disney has you covered. Several of their restaurants offer what they describe as All You Care to Enjoy (AYCE) meals. You and I call them buffets, although that’s technically incorrect. As pedants know, guests serve themselves at buffets. A server provides the food at AYCE establishments, of which Disney has many.
Today, I’m going to pick the best Disney buffets. The one thing I want to note is that if a restaurant serves a character meal, I’m not factoring in the meet-and-greet. This list is solely about the food, and that’s a tough break for a place like Chef Mickey’s. It’s my favorite character meal, but the entrees aren’t good enough for it to make the list. We’re also throwing out breakfast for this list so that we can compare apples to apples (and pork to pork). Keeping the criteria in mind, here are the best nine All You Care to Enjoy dinners at Walt Disney World.
9. Biergarten Restaurant
A couple of World Showcase Table Service restaurants merit a spot on this list, and the first of them is at the Germany Pavilion. At Biergarten Restaurant, you celebrate Oktoberfest every day!
When you enter the establishment, you’ll notice the musical backdrop and possibly even a stage show while you dine. The AYCE options include bratwurst, sauerkraut, hot pretzels and many, many meats. The savory options such as pork and sausage make this one of the finest meals at Epcot.
8. Garden Grill
You know this as the spinning restaurant. It rotates gradually around the adjoining attraction, Living with the Land. What you may not know about this character meal is that Disney produces a lot of the meal ingredients onsite at The Land pavilion. This sort of farm freshness explains why the salad and vegetables at Garden Grill are so spectacular. The only reason the restaurant isn’t ranked higher is that the limited entrée options don’t quite match the appeal of the sides.