How many calories do you burn during an average day? How many extra calories do you burn at Walt Disney World? An infographic suggests that you’ll burn somewhere between 1,255 and 1,558 calories while spending the day at a Disney theme park. You need to replenish your body fuel often. This knowledge explains why the Walt Disney World campus includes so many spectacular restaurants. Which ones are the absolute best, though? Here are the baker’s dozen must-eat restaurants at Walt Disney World.

1900 Park Fare

Image: DisneyI’m a fervent believer in the Table Service meal. For that reason, 10 out of the 12 selections listed here are of the sit-down variety. When you get to the Quick Service eateries, you’ll know that they must be special to earn a spot here.

I also lean toward character meals, as these offerings add an extra level of entertainment. While you’re eating and recuperating, your Disney favorites will wander the restaurant, interacting with all of the guests. Many of my favorite character meal memories don’t even involve my party but stem from people-watching of other hilarious encounters.

1900 Park Fare stands tall in this way. Cinderella technically hosts this meal with her beloved, Prince Charmed. It’s the evil stepsisters and Lady Tremaine who turn your dinner into an unforgettable experience. They cackle with glee as they talk trash about Cinderella. It’s hilarious. Plus, the Strawberry Soup served during this meal is the most famous dish at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.


Image: DisneyShould you prefer a more straightforward character meal, Akershus is like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It features two great tastes that go great together. One element is the food, which isn’t like standard character meals at Walt Disney World.

You’re eating at the Norway Pavilion, after all, and so Scandinavian food is on the menu. Many of the meats and cheeses here aren’t ones you’ll find at your local delicatessen, and the novelty adds to the experience. The real highlight is the Princess Procession, though. Akershus claims almost as many princess greetings as a more storied restaurant on this list, but it’s easier to book. The food is better, too.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Image: DisneyBe Our Guest recently changed its dinner to a prix fixe menu. They changed the meal design so that they could raise rates and charge two Table Service entitlements for the Disney Dining Plan. These modifications occurred because Disney could easily justify the decision. After several years in operation, Be Our Guest is still the hardest meal to book at Walt Disney World. It’s the only place where a king holds court in his castle and invites you to enjoy a royal meal. At certain points while you dine, the Beast even walks through the dining room, waving to the people at court!

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Image: DisneyWhile you’re at Walt Disney World, you’ll want some comfort food. No place at Disney will remind you of home cooking more than Chef Art Smith’s place. The former celebrity chef for Oprah Winfrey, Smith is a Florida native who participated in Disney’s college program. This restaurant commemorates his return to his roots. All of the food here is farm-to-table and compromised of Florida ingredients. And the fried chicken might be the finest that you’ll ever eat at a restaurant. Don’t sleep on the donuts, either!


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