Are you looking to take advantage of the countless exceptional dining options that Disney offers? Lucky for you, we here at Disney Addicts have some stellar suggestions to help you enjoy the tasty eats around Disney World, from bountiful buffets to sweet snacks to fabulous fine dining and everything in between! Perhaps you’re hoping to make the most of your dining credits or create memorable dining experiences for you and your loved ones. If so, why not hop on Disney’s monorail line at Magic Kingdom Park and embark on your very own monorail dining tour? Here are some standout locations you might want to try on each of the monorail stops:
Stop #1: Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Chef Mickey’s – Located in the heart of Disney’s Contemporary Resort right below the monorail line is Chef Mickey’s. This family favorite serves up buffets for breakfast, brunch, and dinner time. But perhaps more exciting than the delicious cuisine are the classic Disney characters! Your family will enjoy visits from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck, and Goofy, who are fully dressed in their chef’s attire. For just 1 table service credit per person, this dining experience is a tremendous value!
The Wave of American Flavors – Looking to start your morning with a mouth-watering breakfast buffet? The Wave offers an array of unique breakfast options made with local ingredients including sweet potato pancakes with honey-pecan butter, ooey-gooey cheddar grits, and multi-grain Mickey waffles. At just 1 table service credit per person, this non-character buffet is a fabulous option for guests of all kinds. You can also order a la carte from the main menu. The Wave is also open for lunch and dinner and they have a fabulous lounge where guests can relax and enjoy savory appetizers and tasty drinks.
California Grill – Take in the expansive views of Magic Kingdom by dining at the California Grill, situated on the top of the Contemporary Resort. After checking in at the podium on the second floor, your family will be whisked away via private elevator to the California Grill dining room, which features an open kitchen and floor to ceiling windows. But it’s not just the views that are breathtaking – it’s also the food! This fine dining experience, which costs 2 table service credits per person, boasts exquisite seasonal dishes as well as a world class wine menu. Plus, guests who dine at California Grill are invited to watch Wishes fireworks at Magic Kingdom (soon to be the Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular) from the rooftop observation deck. They even pipe in the music! Additionally, California Grill now features Sunday brunch for $80 per person or $48 per child ages 3-11; you can also apply 2 table service credits with the dining plan.
Stop #2: Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Kona Cafe – If you have yet to discover Tonga Toast, your family must make Kona Cafe a priority stop on your monorail dining adventures! This decadent breakfast favorite features banana-stuffed sourdough french toast rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with strawberry compote. Besides breakfast, Kona Cafe offers a delicious lunch and dinner menu packed with island delights like Kona-coffee, chili-rubbed pork tenderloin and grilled curry-crusted lamb chops. Equivalent to the food is the restaurant’s ambiance, located centrally in the Polynesian’s beautiful Great Ceremonial House!
Pineapple Lanai – And for snack lovers don’t miss your chance to visit the beautifully lush Pineapple Lanai, where you can order a Disney classic – the Dole Whip! The Pineapple Lanai is the only resort dining spot that offers this delicious treat, which counts as 1 snack credit per person. Try the classic Dole Whip in vanilla or pineapple flavor or enjoy both flavors with the Dole Whip Swirl! You can even order this sweet treat with souvenir tiki bowl, but this option is not covered on the dining plan.
‘Ohana – Your family will love ‘Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch! ‘Ohana, which means family, invites guests to indulge in a tableside breakfast buffet with family-style entrees like scrambled eggs, island-style fried potatoes, and Hawaiian pork sausages. You’ll only pay 1 table service credit per person for this lively, fun-filled breakfast experience. ‘Ohana also offers an all-you-care-to-enjoy, Polynesian-style dinner, which is equally delightful and often features storytelling and games.
Stop #3: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Citricos – Located on the second floor of Disney’s Grand Floridian, Citricos is an exceptional spot for dinner. The bright and airy details of the dining room are warm and inviting, and the menu offerings are just as delightful! Guests can enjoy cheese or charcuterie boards before their main course, which includes options like oak-grilled beef fillet and red wine-braised beef short ribs. Best of all, once you’re done with dinner, you can catch a glimpse of the fireworks display at Magic Kingdom! Because Citricos is a fine dining experience, expect to use 2 table service credits per person when dining here.
Grand Floridian Cafe – For a wonderful quick service dining option, check out the Grand Floridian Cafe! You’ll enjoy beautiful views of the rose garden and courtyard pool as you snack on tasty American classics like soups, sandwiches, chicken, steak, and pasta. If you fancy dessert, you can order a dessert sampler for 2, or you try the chocolate fondue with fresh fruit! A meal at the Grand Floridian Cafe will cost you 1 quick service credit.
1900 Park Fare – Dine with Cinderella and Prince Charming at Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner. Additional characters showing up at this evening include: Cinderella’s evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine, and her stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella! Families might also like the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast Buffet, which features visits from Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh. Best of all? This fun experience only costs 1 table service credit per guest!
These dining experiences are sure to please every taste and palate – and they’re an amazing value on the Disney Dining Plan! But if you’d rather embark on pre-planned monorail dining adventure, be sure to check out the new Highway in the Sky Dine-Around Tour, which launched this past December! At $160 per guest, you can experience cocktails, appetizers, dinner, and dessert at each of the resorts mentioned above. You’ll also top your night off with the spectacular fireworks display at Magic Kingdom! The Highway in the Sky Dine-Around Tour – as well as any of the table-service dining experiences mentioned above – can be reserved via your My Disney Experience account or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
Planning a trip to Disney? Fill out our form below to receive your FREE quote.
- What Happens to my Reservation if Disney Prices Increase? - January 8, 2020
- Are There any Buffet Character Dining Experiences at Disney World? - December 30, 2019
- When is the best time to book my flights? - June 18, 2019