Disney’s themed Table Service restaurants are universally amazing. Each one has a distinct vibe, an ambience that envelops you in its loving glow. All of them have the intention of bringing joy into your heart, but some are more successful than others. Here are the seven Walt Disney World restaurants that are the most fun.
7. Beaches & Cream
50’s Prime Time Café receives most of the headlines, but I prefer a different eatery set in the same era. Beaches & Cream is the tiny restaurant residing right beside Stormalong Bay, the beloved mini-water park at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
Due to its tiny size, the restaurant is one of the toughest reservations on the Disney campus. When you walk in the place, however, you’ll appreciate why it’s always booked. It’s a 1950s malt shop straight out of Happy Days. Here, you order burgers and fries for your meal, and then you top it off with a decadent ice cream dessert.
While you’re there, you enjoy jukebox music and a convivial atmosphere. And you’ll also hear everyone go nuts if/when someone orders the house specialty, the Kitchen Sink. It’s an ice cream treat with about 75,000 calories worth of sugar that’s meant to be shared by an entire table. The entire restaurant goes nuts when this happens, and it’s sooo much fun. Plus, you don’t have to mind your manners at Beaches & Cream, unlike those pushy fake relatives at 50’s Prime Time Café!
6. San Angel Inn Restaurante
I jokingly refer to this place as “dinner at that Mel Gibson movie”, a reference to Apocalypto, a movie you’ve probably forgotten. The setting of this film was an Aztec step pyramid during an eclipse, and the same is true at San Angel Inn. Here, you dine in front of a Mesoamerican pyramid, and you feel like you’re in the middle of an eclipse due to the dark lighting in the area.
You also eat inside the Mexico Pavilion, right beside Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros. As such, this eatery has the same hidden advantage of Pinocchio’s Village Haus. Boats from the attraction go by. While you eat, you get to watch people as they enjoy the rides. The setting of the restaurant is unforgettable, the darkness adds an intimacy to the festivities, and you can live vicariously through the people on the ride while you dine. It’s an intoxicating combination.