Walt Disney World Food Bucket List

A couple of years ago, I realized that every time I go to Disney, I usually eat at the same locations. I’m always so invested in the rides, shows, and events that I brush of food. Last year after a trip to the Magic Kingdom, my boyfriend was telling me about the places he had eaten at in the parks. He had this long list of places and I honestly had never been to half of them. So, I decided to start a Walt Disney World Food Bucket List. The list is long and contains most of the restaurants around the Walt Disney World resorts, parks, and Disney Springs. I am going to be bringing the list onto my blog and reviewing each restaurant that I try. Be sure to check back often because I will be updating this blog frequently!

Most Recent Review:

Columbia Harbor House

(Second time around) I decided to give this place another shot. Many of my fellow Disney friends absolutely love this quick service, so I went back. I will say, my second time around was not bad. This time I came for lunch and made the decision to not order fish , but go with the Chicken Pot Pie ($10.99). The chicken pot pie is medium sized and comes with a side of greens beans and carrots. Although, it should just say green beans because my carrots were sliced so thin you could barely taste them. Now, I don’t eat chicken pot pie a lot, but this one was pretty tasty. The crust was nice and flaky, melting right in your mouth. It also wasn’t too buttery, which I liked. The filling was delicious with mixed vegetables and a some seasoning. The breadcrumbs on top were a great touch because it added some crunchiness to the creamy texture. The chicken pieces inside were large. I had to cut some of them with a knife, but they weren’t bad. The chicken itself was a bit bland, but the cream made up for that. Thanks to the size of the pie, it wasn’t too heavy. It was a light lunch with veggies that did not slow me down. When you’re out in the parks all day, a heavy lunch could really wear you down and it may be tough to ride anything for a bit. This chicken pot pie was tasty and not too filling. I definitely recommend if you’re looking for a light lunch in Liberty Square. All in all, it made up for my first time going. I’m still skeptical about ordering seafood here, but no worries chicken saved the day!

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

50’s Prime Time Cafe

One of the cutest and wonderfully themed restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. 50’s Prime Time Cafe transports you to your mom’s kitchen in the 50’s. The entire restaurant is a giant kitchen. There are television sets all around showing clips of shows from the 50’s. One of those shows is the Dick Van Dyke show. These shows play repeatedly on each television screen and are, of course, in black and white. Another clip shown on the television is the original commercial for Disneyland. It is very nostalgic. You really do feel like you are in the 50’s. The service here is great. Your waiter or waitress will pretend to be your cousin. If you have kids they will definitely enjoy this. Once you are seated your “cousin” will explain mom’s rules, be sure not to break any! To eat I had the fried herb and garlic cheese for $9.00 and the peanut butter and jelly milkshake for $7.00. My dish was delicious! It was a small platter because I wasn’t too hungry that day, but I was not disappointed! The price also wasn’t too bad for the dish. The milkshake was okay, it was really just a regular milk shake. I feel it was over priced and it didn’t even come nicely decorated. They just brought it out in a tin cup. So my suggestion is you don’t order a milkshake unless you’re really craving one. Overall I highly recommend trying this restaurant out! Be sure to make a reservation. When the park gets crowded it can be difficult to get a table. I will definitely be going back here soon! *10% APH Discount*

ABC Commissary 

I pass by this cool looking quick service restaurant so many times. I always say I’m going to eat there and never do. Well, I FINALLY did. It was honestly okay. I ordered the Mediterranean Salad without chicken ($9.99). There is an option that you can get it with chicken, it’s $3 more. The salad was really good. I don’t know if it’s something I would order again, but I would recommend it to people. It’s a healthy, refreshing option to have here. The menu is filled with delicious bites so you’ll have a lot of options. The atmosphere here is loud and crowded. It may be hard to find a table around lunch time. If you’re looking for an affordable place to eat lunch around the park and you don’t care about theming, head over to ABC Commissary.

BaseLine Tap House 

BaseLine Tap House is one of the newest food locations in Hollywood Studios. Dustin and I shared the Bavarian Pretzel that comes with Beer Cheese and Spicy Mustard ($9.00). The pretzel was delicious and fresh. It was definitely worth the money and something perfect to snack on in this park. Yes, there are Mickey pretzels around the park, but they’re honestly not as good as this one. This one tastes better and the sauces are better. The beer cheese went so well with the pretzel, as did the spicy mustard. This location is mostly known for their drinks and has a bar vibe. Not to worry though, kids are still welcome here. There is seating both inside and outside. It’s such a great place to sit down, relax, have a drink, and munch on a pretzel. I’ll be coming back for that pretzel and to also try their California Cheese and Charcuterie.

Backlot Express 

Backlot Express is one of my favorite quick service locations in all of Walt Disney World. The theme is cool, the food is great, and it has a large seating area. The quick-service restaurant is themed like a Hollywood backlot. This restaurant used to go hand-in-hand with the attraction Backlot Tour, but that is no longer there. Mobile ordering is available here. Keep this in mind if you want to skip the long lunch lines. Dustin and I ordered the Dark Side Chicken and Waffles ($11.49). For starters, Disney’s chicken breast nuggets are wonderful. They’re extremely tasty and can be found in all of the Walt Disney World parks. Having them with waffles made them 10x better. It’s unfortunate the meal only comes with two waffles, but it’s still great nonetheless. You’ll love eating this sweet and savory meal, especially when you drench it in maple syrup. It’s great to share, but also great to eat on your own. The menu contains perfect meals for adults and kids.

Woody’s Lunch Box

First of all, shoutout to Disney for taking me back to my childhood by building Toy Story Land! Walking through this incredibly themed land is like traveling back in time. One of the main aspects of the land that really took me back was “Woody’s Lunch Box.” This quick-service restaraunt is shaped to resemble Andy’s lunchbox. The menu is placed on a “juice box” and is filled with a good selection of food. There are two different menus, one for breakfast and another for lunch and dinner. I came here for lunch time and ordered the “Totchos” ($8.99), which are tator tot nachos. They contain beef and bean chili, shredded cheese, and signature queso with tomatoes and corn chips finished with sour cream and a sprinkle of green onion. It tastes just as amazing as it sounds. Every bite made me want more. All the flavors really come together and it’s not a messy meal. You really get a lot for what you pay for. This is a great meal to share (I did) because it’s a lot of food. For dessert I ordered the Chocolate-Hazaelnut Lunch Box Tart ($3.29). Oh my goodness, this was fantastic. It was honestly THE best quick-service dessert I’ve had at Walt Disney World. The pastry was nice and soft, it broke a part so easily. The filling inside was also delicious and paired well with the candied bacon on top. I also shared the dessert, which was a smart move. It’s tasty, but very sweet. Splitting it cut down the sweetness of it. Please make sure you stop by here if you’re at Hollywood Studios! The food is delectable and fairly priced. Along with this, theming is also extraordinary.

MAGIC KINGDOM

Columbia Harbor House (Updated)

(Second time around) I decided to give this place another shot. Many of my fellow Disney friends absolutely love this quick service, so I went back. I will say, my second time around was not bad. This time I came for lunch and made the decision to not order fish , but go with the Chicken Pot Pie ($10.99). The chicken pot pie is medium sized and comes with a side of greens beans and carrots. Although, it should just say green beans because my carrots were sliced so thin you could barely taste them. Now, I don’t eat chicken pot pie a lot, but this one was pretty tasty. The crust was nice and flaky, melting right in your mouth. It also wasn’t too buttery, which I liked. The filling was delicious with mixed vegetables and a some seasoning. The breadcrumbs on top were a great touch because it added some crunchiness to the creamy texture. The chicken pieces inside were large. I had to cut some of them with a knife, but they weren’t bad. The chicken itself was a bit bland, but the cream made up for that. Thanks to the size of the pie, it wasn’t too heavy. It was a light lunch with veggies that did not slow me down. When you’re out in the parks all day, a heavy lunch could really wear you down and it may be tough to ride anything for a bit. This chicken pot pie was tasty and not too filling. I definitely recommend if you’re looking for a light lunch in Liberty Square. All in all, it made up for my first time going. I’m still skeptical about ordering seafood here, but no worries chicken saved the day!

(First time around) This quick service restaurant is located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom. I am sad to say that this was not good at all. It pains me to write a bad review about anything Disney, but I did not enjoy this restaurant. Mind you, I had high hopes because I had heard about what a delicious quick service this was. I ordered the Anchors Aweigh Sandwich ($11.19). It was a tuna salad sandwich with house-made potato chips. If you can’t tell, I love tuna. The sandwich was OKAY. Really wasn’t amazing or anything. The scenery of the restaurant was nice, I loved the upstairs. Unfortunately the scenery couldn’t make up for the food. The sandwich had given me food poisoning, I was sick all day the next day. This also happened to another friend of mine I was with who ordered a dish with seafood. It was a very disappointing experience. Although, it’s okay. You must accept that not everywhere in Walt Disney World is going to be exceptional. I know some of you may enjoy this restaurant, I did not and will not be going back there. There are plenty of other quick services to eat at!

Jungle Skipper Canteen 

I love love LOVE this restaurant. The Jungle Skipper Canteen is one of the newest restaurants in Walt Disney World. It is based off of the Jungle Cruise ride in the Magic Kingdom. The atmosphere and decorations are incredibly immersive. I highly recommend calling ahead and making a reservation for this one. To eat I had the Orinoco Ida’s Cachapas ($10.00) and Falls Family Falafel ($9.00). If you are a fan of pork, the cachapas are great. They are corn pancakes with mojo-braised pork on top. All the food was outstanding! One of the best meals I have had in Walt Disney World. To me, it is the best restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. The theming and the food is great. A great choice for adults and children. The children would love the theming and decorations in the restaurant. Your waiter/waitress is also in character, similar to the skippers on the Jungle Cruise. Next time you are in the Magic Kingdom, be sure to stop by the Jungle Skipper Canteen. You will not be disappointed. *10% APH Discount*

Liberty Tree Tavern 

Do NOT go here with food in your belly!! You must go prepared with an empty stomach. This restaurant is located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom. My dad and I came here for dinner. If you are unfamiliar with their dinner menu it is a full course meal, all you can eat. It is $35 per adult and $15 per child. It is on the pricier side. The meals come out in order, as you’d expect. First you’ll receive bread rolls, some nice soft butter and a delicious salad. I loved the dressing the put on the salad, it was a bit sweet. The main course consist of a lot: mashed potatoes, green beans, mac and cheese, stuffing, turkey, carved pork roast, and pot roast. I know, it’s a whole Thanksgiving feast. Everything was delicious. The mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green beans were my favorite. Definitely, the mashed potatoes, those were to die for! The turkey was a bit cold, it wasn’t bad. My dad really enjoyed the pot roast and pork roast. I didn’t try either. My favorite part of the tine dinner was the ooey gooey toffee cake. It tastes even better than it sounds. The cake comes with ice cream on top and was like heaven in your mouth. My dad and I enjoyed every bite of that cake. Overall, the food was good, a bit over priced in my opinion. Although, if you do continue ordering more plates, you’ll get your money’s worth. *Reminder* don’t fill up on dinner! You MUST save room for that dessert. You won’t regret it. *10% APH Discount*

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Magic Kingdom)

Of course, I have eaten here before, but I tried something different this time! Most people know Cosmic Ray’s at being one of the most popular food locations in the Magic Kingdom. It is convenient, not as expensive, and has a large seating area. Whenever my family and I would travel together we would usually eat here for lunch or an early dinner. The menu is pretty basic, but has a good amount of options. This time when I went I ordered the garden burger (which is only offered on certain days) for $11.99. This came with a side of french fries. The burger was delicious! Definitely something I would order again. I personally liked it more than their regular burgers. So if you’re looking for a healthier option, the garden burger is perfect to order. You don’t have to get fries as the side, you can also get green beans to make your meal even healthier. The atmosphere here is nice. There’s a Frank Sinatra-like alien DJ which is always entertaining. It may be crowded around here during lunch time so be prepared for that. Overall fun place to come eat with good food! So if you’re eating on a budget, this is the place to go.

Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

This Mexican-style quick service is located near the Pirate’s Of The Caribbean attraction. I’ve eaten here several times throughout the years and have never really enjoyed a meal from here. After avoiding it for while I decided to give it another shot with my friend, Liz. I ordered the Veggie Rice Bowl ($9.99) And Liz ordered the Beef Nachos ($12.49). My meal was okay. That’s pretty much all it was. I was afraid to order the meat because last time I did I had a bad experience, so I had gone with the veggie option. The roasted vegetables tasted really good and I put some toppings on from the toppings bar. Liz loved her nachos. I tried a couple and they weren’t bad. A lot of people adore this restaurant and I, unfortunately, do not. I love Mexican food, but not from Pecos. This is somewhere I would go if I was starving and I happen to be in that area or if the people I’m with want to eat here. Some of you may like it so don’t let me discourage you from trying it! I’m just stating how I feel about it.

ANIMAL KINGDOM 

Satu’li Canteen 

This erotic quick service restaurant is located in Pandora inside of the Animal Kingdom. My dad ordered the Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken ($7.49) and I ordered the Steamed Cheeseburger “Pods” Bao Buns ($10.99). My dad’s chicken was served over rice with some vegetables. He ordered from the kids menu since he wasn’t that hungry and was able to save some money. The portion is great for a small meal throughout your busy day at the park. He loved the chicken and would definitely order it again. I absolutely adored my steamed buns. I’m already a huge fan of bao so I was excited to try bao in the form of steamed buns. They were delicious! The taste was unique because the ground beef has cheese, mustard, and ketchup incorporated into it. The bao bun also added to the already interesting taste. This dish comes with a vegetable slaw and root vegetable chips. The slaw was okay, but the chips were wonderful. The chips are not your basic veggie chips you buy at the supermarket, they taste much better than those. Overall the dish was great and I will definitely be going back whenever I am in Pandora. If you happen to find yourself in Pandora around lunch time, stop by here for an eccentric and delicious quick service lunch.

Flame Tree Barbecue (Animal Kingdom)

Animal Kingdom continues to surprise me. I had always heard that this park was home to delicious food, but I never believed it. Of course, now I do. This quick service location is home to some of the best barbecue food I have ever had. I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for so I ordered the Ribs, Chicken, and Pulled Pork Sampler ($18.99). This is a great plate to share. I shared it with my dad and we weren’t even able to finish the entire thing. I also ordered the French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese ($6.49), now these we did finish. The pork was delicious and tasted great with the fries. My dad and I shared this as well. We both enjoyed every bite. There was, what tasted like, a sweet barbecue sauce on top on the fries. This made them taste even better. The pulled pork in the sampler was outstanding. Honestly, the best pulled pork I’ve had. The ribs in the sampler were pretty good, a little dry, but I still enjoyed them. The chicken was also good, but it isn’t something I would order again. I definitely want to try the Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich next time in the park. If you’re looking for a filling quick service restaurant, head over to Flame Tree Barbecue.

EPCOT

Chef’s De France

This French style restaurants is located in EPCOT’s France pavilion. I was really excited to eat here. Its such a beautiful restaurant and I had heard such a positive reviews about it. After I did it was okay. I didn’t have a horrible meal, but I wasn’t blown away either. I ordered the Bisque de homard (Lobster Bisque) ($8.99). I am a huge fan of lobster bisque. If I see it in a menu I usually always order it. This one was really delicious. I remember it having a lot of pieces of lobster, which I love. It was a delicious soup and I’d definitely order it again. For my entree I ordered the Lasagnes de légumes du soleil à l’huile d’olive au thym (Vegetable Lasagna) ($19.99). This dish sounded delicious, especially because I love eggplant parmesan and this dish sounded similar to it. Unfortunately, the dish was very small. I was really confused at the price because the entree was similar to a small appetizer portion. The vegetable lasagna was okay, it wasn’t amazing. I really don’t think this dish was worth the price. It wasn’t a bad meal, but it was a small portion and overpriced. There are other dishes that sounded much better. Be advised that these menu items are going to be a little more expensive than some other restaurants around the park. Overall I don’t think I’be eating here again anytime soon. I’d love to try some of ECPOT’s other staples, but this is not one I’ll be recommending to someone.

DISNEY SPRINGS

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ (Disney Springs)

I have to say, it felt pretty cool to eat the same food Oprah ate. If you aren’t aware Chef Art Smith was Oprah’s personal chef for 10 years and I definitely understood why. Every plate was absolutely fantastic. My friend Liz and I ordered Art’s Famous Fried Chicken ($28) and the Kitchen Plate ($18). Now, I am not a big fan of fried chicken but Art’s Famous Fried Chicken was outstanding! Liz and I enjoyed every bite. The plate comes with a Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuit and Creamy Mashed Potatoes, which were also delicious. For the kitchen plate you are allowed to choose three sides. Liz and I decided on Momma’s Mac and Cheese, Grilled Corn Succotash, and Bradley’s Grits. The mac and cheese and grits were amazing. Words cannot even begin to describe how delicious these dishes were. People who aren’t even fans of grits may even enjoy these. They are either the best or one of the best grits I have ever tasted. The mac and cheese was definitely one of the best mac and cheese dishes I’ve ever had. I would go back and just order these two sides! The corn succotash was okay, not really my favorite. If you have not made your way out here yet, you must!! Definitely order Art’s Famous Fried Chicken with Momma’s Mac and Cheese and Bradley’s Grits. You will NOT be disappointed! I can’ wait till I eat here again.

The Polite Pig

This is one of the newer restaurants in Disney Springs and it’s been on my list for a while. Everything on the menu sounds delicious. It was hard to decide on what to order, but my taste buds were drawn to the Southern Pig Sandwich ($12). This barbecue heaven sandwich had pulled pork, fennel-apple slaw, tangy mustard bbq, and dukes mayo. WOW. This sandwich was juicy, sweet, spicy, all of the above. The flavors went so well together. You could tell the dish was made with dedication. It was tough to eat with your hands though. Since the sandwich was juicy it got soggy and leaked everywhere. I ended up eating the rest with utensils. It was still extremely tasty. The pork was also nice and fresh too. This is somewhere I’d definitely come back to. The atmosphere is nice and not too crazy. It’s a good place for adults and families with children. Prices aren’t too bad here and it’s just a fun place to go to for lunch or dinner. 10/10 recommend when you’re in Disney Springs. *10% APH Discount

RESORTS AND MORE

Off The Hook Bar & Lounge (Disney Aulani Resort)

Drifting a little further from Orlando and heading to Hawaii! Earlier this year I traveled to Hawaii and was fortunate enough to visit this magnificent resort. My family and I ate at the Off The Hook Bar & Lounge they have at the resort. It is a sit-down, pool-side restaurant. All the tables are located outside. To eat I ordered the tuna salad sandwich with a caeser salad as my side($12). First of all, the buns were purple. That was the coolest food item I had ever seen. When the waitress told me the buns were purple I thought she was exaggerating. She definitely was not! The purple did not make it taste weird or anything, they were actually a bit sweet. The tune was outstanding, you could tell it was fresh. The tune was some of the best tuna I have ever had. The salad was like any normal side salad. The service was also wonderful and I had an amazing time. Hopefully I will be able to travel there again one day. If you find yourself at Disney’s Aulani Resort don’t miss out on the tuna salad sandwich. You will not be disappointed!

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