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You Haven't REALLY Been To Walt Disney World if You Haven't Eaten at These Iconic Restaurants

Satu’li Canteen

Image: DisneyThe first Quick Service restaurant on this list merits a spot for its cuisine AND its theming. Satu’li Canteen is currently the anchor eatery at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Its conceit is that it’s now a gathering place for tourists to break bread. The setting was once a military mess hall, but it’s since become a homey hangout locale. The food here is decidedly Pandoran, which can cause problems for picky eaters. For foodies, however, the bowls and pods here are ambrosia, and virtually everyone will love Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse, the most colorful dessert at Walt Disney World.

Sci-Fi Dine-In

Image: DisneyForget Disney theme parks or even the city of Orlando for a moment. Sci-Fi Dine-In is my favorite restaurant on the planet. Now, I still wouldn’t recommend it as a must-eat destination if I were alone in that evaluation. Fortunately, one of my best friends and I have a running gag wherein we text each other a simple message from this location: “Greetings from the greatest place on Earth!” We’ve done this for years, and this tells you that at least a couple of movie fans are obsessive about Sci-Fi Dine-In.

The premise of Sci-Fi Dine-In is right there in the name. You’re transported back in time to the era of drive-in movie theater dates. The tables at the restaurant are hollowed out cars, and bellhops deliver food from the concession stand. While you eat, you watch a movie projection screen that shows a constant loop of science fiction films and cartoons from the era. It’s the most immersive, atmospheric restaurant I’ve ever visited. I’m absolutely addicted to it and wouldn’t deem any Walt Disney World vacation complete without a stop here.

Woody’s Lunch Box

Image: DisneyThis place debuted in 2018 as the only eatery at Toy Story Land. As such, its popularity was immediate and total. The place is a glorified shack with some moderate exterior seating. Basically, you’d see the same setup if you ordered a snow cone at a pop-shack. Still, Woody’s Lunch Box is a terrific place for families to eat. Kids will adore the theming and childish cuisine. Plus, they can order the same thing as their parents, likely grilled cheese sandwiches and tater tots or, as they’re called here, Potato Barrels. Don’t forget dessert! Imagine a Pop-Tart with bacon bits sprinkled on top and you’ll get the idea of why you want this.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Image: DisneySome important Disney meals are all about the flavors. My favorite of these is Yak & Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a Pan-Asian restaurant with some of the tastiest food at Walt Disney World. Yes, the World Showcase gets most of the hype due to its high volume of international cuisines available. Animal Kingdom has a couple of places on that level that are much easier to book. There’s even a hack for Yak & Yeti wherein you join Landry’s Select Club. Landry’s owns and operates Yak & Yeti and seats members first, even when they don’t have a dining reservation. As for the food, order the Pork Pot Stickers and Honey Chicken and then thank me later.

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