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5 Bucket List Meals at Walt Disney World

Rose and Crown, during Illuminations (Or whatever comes next)

 harshlight, Flickr (license)

Image: harshlight, Flickr (license)

While there is some debate about the best spot to watch the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, most people agree that the quintessential experience involves looking directly at Cinderella’s Castle from somewhere in the vicinity of Main Street USA. At Epcot, the answers are much less clear cut.

As it nears the end of its run, Illuminations is unique at Walt Disney World in that it is designed to be viewed from all sides. It is staged entirely in the round, so that each spot around the World Showcase Lagoon has, more or less, an equivalent view.

This has, naturally, led to much debate about what the quintessential spot is to watch Illuminations. But, if you were conducting a straw poll, the most popular answer would likely be the porch at the Rose and Crown Pub in the United Kingdom pavilion.

This reservation is nigh impossible to get, which is really all you need to know about why it deserves a place on the bucket list of Disney dining experiences. When you combine the delicious food at the Rose and Crown with an unparalleled view of one of the best fireworks shows ever devised, you get an experience you must try at least once.

As Illuminations is scheduled to be replaced in 2019, this bucket list meal is about to get even harder to come by — enjoy it while you still can. 

Victoria and Albert’s, at the Chef’s Table

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Image: svelasco, Flickr (license)

Most of the meals on this list have involved Disney’s remarkable nighttime spectaculars — towering fireworks shows that would add theatricality and spectacle to even the most mundane cuisine. One restaurant on Disney property, however, doesn’t need flashy lights or roaring music to leave your jaw on the floor.

Victoria and Albert’s, at the Grand Floridian Resort, is the premier dining location on Disney property. Not just good for a theme park, this restaurant is considered one of the very best in the entire state of Florida — and, by some, even in the country. But, a trip to Victoria and Albert’s isn’t, itself, on the Disney fan bucket list. Oh, no — there’s something even more special.

Designed for a seating of only a handful of people, the Chef’s Table is located right alongside the kitchen, providing guests with a specially-prepared tasting menu and optional wine pairings. With over a dozen courses, the entire meal can take upwards of three or four hours — with each course showcasing the chef’s originality and passion for seasonal ingredients. 

It is exorbitantly expensive and nearly impossible to book (the restaurant only offers the experience once per day), but the memories and flavors are potent enough to last a lifetime.

The Chef’s Table at Victoria and Albert’s isn’t just a bucket list meal for Disney fans — it’s a bucket list meal for anyone who loves food.

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