Top 5 Buffets at Walt Disney World
Buffet dining is a must when planning your Disney World vacation. It’s the best way to make sure everyone is well-fed and prepared for the next Disney adventure. But with twenty buffet restaurants to choose from, how do you know which one is the best for you and your family? Here are my five must-go-to buffets in Disney World:
5. The Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom
If there’s a Winnie the Pooh fan in your family, then this a must-eat restaurant. You can meet Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. If your vacation happens to fall around Easter time, you may even see Rabbit hopping around the salad bar. The food is American-style, so it’s what you would expect of a Disney buffet.
My recommendation is to get the earliest reservation possible. The Crystal Palace often opens before the park does. This means you will have early admission into the Magic Kingdom. While you won’t be able to go on any rides, you will have the rare sight of an empty Main Street. You may even get a picture of the castle without any other guests in the background.
4. Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Lodge
This is the only buffet on my list that does not feature character dining. Most buffet meals in Disney World are character-based experiences. If you need a buffet meal free of furry-faced interruptions, this is an option for you.
As indicated by the restaurant’s name, the food is African inspired. The breakfast menu still has more traditional food options. The dinner menu is less accommodating. Boma caters toward those who want a unique food experience. It’s not every day you can try Ghanaian Oxtail Stew, Spicy Nigerian Peanut Soup, and Bobotie. The food and décor will make you feel like you’re in the heart of Africa.
3. ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
The Best Friends Breakfast at ‘Ohana isn’t a traditional buffet. Food lines are nonexistent. There isn’t even a buffet! Breakfast is all you can eat and served to you family-style. You can have all the bacon you can eat without having to leave your seat. Breakfast is American-style food with a slight Polynesian flair.
Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto walk around and greet you at your table. Lilo and Stich are the main appeals since Mickey and Pluto are available at many other locations. Stitch has limited meeting locations throughout the parks and Lilo has even fewer. This is an excellent dining experience for any Lilo & Stitch fan.
Please note, dinner at ‘Ohana isn’t a buffet and doesn’t feature character dining.
2. Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort
Chef Mickey’s serves American-style food for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. I always recommend eating here at the beginning of your vacation. This is a wonderful first day, going to the Magic Kingdom breakfast.
Chef Mickey’s is only a five-minute monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom. This makes traveling to the Magic Kingdom from Chef Mickey’s easy and memorable. You can meet the Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto) while you eat. This will save you from waiting on line or using one of your invaluable Fastpass +s to see them. Chef Mickey’s is the best way to introduce your family to the magic that is Disney World. Besides, who doesn’t have an appetite for Mickey waffles after meeting Mickey himself?
1. 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Want to dine with Cinderella, but couldn’t get a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table? At Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner, you can meet her, Prince Charming, her evil stepmother, and her ugly stepsisters. Have you already met the princess who lost her shoe? At the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Breakfast, you can meet different characters like Alice, the Mad Hatter, and Mary Poppins. That’s right. You can eat two meals at the same restaurant and collect different autographs.
If you think of the Grand Floridian as the fancy hotel, then this buffet falls in line with your train of thought. Traditional food options are still available for picky eaters. However, this buffet caters to those who are more adventurous. Food options include cheese blintz, butternut squash ravioli, and strawberry soup. Strawberry soup sounds disgusting, but it’s delicious and is a must try.
Thanks to Brittni Sutter for writing this article. Learn about Brittni here: As a lover of all things Disney, I’ve made it my life’s mission to learn about the history and artistry the House of Mouse. I’ve vacationed to half of the resorts and plan to complete the Disney Parks mecca in the coming years. I fill my life with as much magic as Disney can muster and I love encouraging others to do the same.