Orlando 2017 Trip Report – Food at Walt Disney World

food at walt disney world

If you read my Disney dining hits and misses, you’ll know that food is one of my favourite things in the world – Orlando food especially. So I’m super happy that this weeks instalment of our trip report is all about the food at Walt Disney World.

We ate well during our time in Orlando, so well that dining is one of the things I’m most looking forward to when we go back in September. I don’t want this to be a really wordy post, so I’m going to focus on our week one dining which is mostly food at Walt Disney World, with the Universal eats being explored next week. I’ll name the place, give a brief overview, share both our dishes and give it a rating out of five.

I’ve already done a more in-depth Disney dining post (as mentioned above) and I plan to do the same for Universal as I think there are some fantastic places to go there as well. Dining is one of my passions, so if you want me to write about any of these restaurants in more detail, let me know in the comments!

It’s worth mentioning here that we were on the Disney Dining Plan for all our dining at Walt Disney World. We did grab snacks and drinks too, but I didn’t write these down so I’ve missed them out to stop myself getting confused. I’ll definitely be creating some content on snacks after our next trip to Orlando.

So without further ado, let’s eat!

Oh, and if you want to know where we stayed and what parks we visited, make sure you take a look at the rest of our Orlando trip report posts.

Week 1 – Dining at Walt Disney World

Day 1

V-room, Manchester Airport

Virgin Holidays v room

We were given access to the v-room (the Virgin Holidays airport lounge) as a nice goodwill gesture to celebrate our honeymoon and it was great. Chilled out, nice and quiet, close to the gates and a great place to relax when you have a fear of flying to Orlando! The food wasn’t half bad either, a great selection of pastries, cereals, fruit and hot breakfast – we couldn’t fault it at all. If you’re booked with Virgin Holidays, and have some spare cash, get this one booked!

We both ate… a sausage sandwich.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Virgin Atlantic Plane

Virgin Atlantic

As far as plane food goes, the grub on Virgin Atlantic wasn’t too bad. Like, it’s not gourmet but we both ate it all up so we can’t complain. Overall, it was better than we expected.

Charl ate… chicken pesto pasta – penne pasta in a creamy basil pesto sauce with chicken, sun dried tomatoes and a light seasoning.

Carl ate… sausages with mashed potato – herby, garlicky and packed with smoked bacon, these French style sausages are delightfully served with broccoli, mash and a drizzle of onion gravy.

We both also ate the salad, Gu pudding (delicious) and cheese and crackers that came with it.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️ (because although it was good plane food, it was still plane food)

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Magic Kingdom

This was our first meal on US soil and we were so starving that it tasted like the best thing ever. On a second try, it wasn’t as good so I think we were just famished. The theming is quite nice in here, and the toppings bar is great of you’re into that kind of thing (we’re not really) but it’s standard theme park fare, there are much better options in Magic Kingdom if you’re after something quick.

We both ate… chicken breast nuggets served with fries.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Day 2

Be Our Guest Restaurant – Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest Gastons Feast

We loved it here. The theming really, really is something else and makes it such a unique Disney experience, especially for a quick service restaurant. We were lucky enough to get an early reservation on our first full day and I would absolutely recommend this to everyone, it made our first morning super special. The food was fantastic too, we both really enjoyed our breakfast here and wouldn’t hesitate to order the same again.

We both ate… Feast A La Gaston – scrambled eggs, herb-roasted potatoes, apple smoked bacon, sausage, fresh fruit and a selection of pastries (the pastries in particular were sublime).

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Magic Kingdom

Cosmic Rays

We somehow ended up here again, blame us having no prior knowledge of the good Magic Kingdom quick service places. It didn’t taste as good as it had when we’d been nine hours without a square meal!

Charl ate… chicken nuggets and fries.

Carl ate… 1/3lb Angus cheeseburger – flame-broiled Angus burger topped with bacon and American cheese on a brioche bun served with french fries.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe – Magic Kingdom

We loved Pecos Bill, a much better option if you’re after quick service in Magic Kingdom. There is plenty of seating, a really diverse Mexican-inspired menu and the food tasted great. We did take advantage of the toppings bar here because who doesn’t love unlimited cheese and sour cream? We were both really impressed with Pecos Bill and it’s on our list to try again when we go in September.

Charl ate… fajita platter – served with spicy barbacoa beef and seasoned chicken with yellow rice, beans, fajita vegetables and flour tortillas.

Carl ate… beef nachos – tortilla chips topped with queso, seasoned ground beef, lettuce and tomato.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Day 3

Epcot Food and Wine

Food & Wine Festival – Epcot

We didn’t have breakfast on this day so were starving midway through our morning in Epcot. It would have been stupid not to have taken this opportunity to grab a bite to eat from the Food and Wine festival, so that is what we did. The food is so great here, but this is what we had.

Australia  – grilled sweet and spicy bush berry shrimp with pineapple, pepper, onion and snap peas – delicious. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Islands of the Caribbean – Jamaican beef patty with mango salsa – so so so good! Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ireland – roasted Irish sausage with colcannon potatoes and onion gravy – this was just ok. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The BOATHOUSE – Disney Springs

What can I say about The BOATHOUSE? We loved it here. This meal was probably the best of our trip, it was delicious. The setting was beautiful too, looking out onto the lake. This is classed as a signature restaurant and although we may not have chosen signature dishes, we thought it was well worth the credits – a pure delight. The bread was super tasty too.

Charl ate… coconut-fried wild sea of Cortez shrimp served with orange chilli sauce and fresh-cut fries.

Carl ate… BOATHOUSE barbecue bacon burger with creamy coleslaw, smokey BBQ sauce, pimento cheese and house BBQ spice rub with fresh-cut fries.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Day 4

Caribbean beach

Pool Bar at Caribbean Beach

I have no idea what this place was called, as it was one of the temporary spots part of the refurb of Caribbean Beach. Looking at the website, it seems like this has changed again or the tater tots at least have been replaced – sad face. We grabbed a quick service meal here as we were spending the afternoon chilling by the pool. Not much to report, the food was pretty standard although the tater tots were something special!

Charl ate… turkey sandwich with tater tots and mac and cheese.

Carl ate… Bacon cheeseburger with tater tots and mac and cheese (you’ll start to notice a theme with Carl and burgers from here on out).

Rating: ⭐️⭐️ 1/2

We also ate at Pecos Bill again but had the exact same thing, so I’ll spare you a re-review!

Day 5

Trolley Car Cafe – Hollywood Studios

Unlike other mornings, we felt we needed breakfast on this day so decided to pick something up at Starbucks. Along with a delicious Strawberry Achai, we grabbed something quick and ate it on the move. From what I remember the place was nice enough and they did have some great breakfast options. We decided to pay out of pocket for this as we didn’t think it was worth using quick service credits.

We both ate… sausage, cheddar and egg breakfast sandwich.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

PizzeRizzo – Hollywood Studios


This place gets a lot of flack, but we didn’t think it was too bad. The theming is great if you like the Muppets and the pizza isn’t bad for what it is. It’s nothing special though and to be honest, utterly forgettable. I did enjoy the Caesar salad that came with it though – although they seem to have swapped this out now. It was really refreshing and the first bit of green I’d had all holiday!

We both ate… meat lover pizza topped with sausage and pepperoni with a Caesar salad.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Yachtsman Steakhouse – The Yacht Club

Another signature dining experience. Yachtsman Steakhouse was one I was particularly excited for as I’d heard such great things. In the end, it was kind of disappointing. I don’t think our experience was helped by us being made to wait on the floor for over half an hour outside, but the steak – although delicious – wasn’t quite worth the extortionate price tag in my opinion. We may have just hit this on a bad day though, and we do both think it’s a great use of the dining plan.

Charl ate… 12-oz prime New York strip steak with fries and peppercorn-brandy sauce.

Carl ate… 16-oz prime rib-eye steak, with truffle fries, black garlic aïoli, point reyes blue cheese butter.

We also shared a side of truffle macaroni and cheese which was exceptional.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Day 6

Yak & Yeti Quick Service – Animal Kingdom

Yak and Yeti breakfast

Ah, we loved it here! We stopped for breakfast during our first day in Animal Kingdom and we didn’t regret it. There are tonnes of outdoor seats here and a small but perfectly formed menu. One of the better breakfasts we ate during our trip (although we didn’t have many) and a great atmosphere to boot.

We both ate… sausage and egg English muffin – eggs, American cheese and sausage on a toasted English muffin served with hash brown bites.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tusker House – Animal Kingdom

Tusker House breakfast

This was our first foray into character dining and what a mixed bag it was. The character interaction was good, a little lacklustre but we are adults so I’m happy to have a hug, a picture and for them to move on to the kids. The setting is gorgeous though and the buffet had a great variety. This was another place we had to wait ages for our seat and we thought the African inspired menu was a little spicy in the heat – that is completely our opinion though and Tusker House is well worth a try.

I can’t remember what we each had from the menu, but I do remember a prawn curry that was delicious!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre

I’m afraid to say that this one is also on my list of Disney dining misses. The food was pretty substandard and I know people love it for the atmosphere but it seemed kind of cold and awkward to me. Overall the menu choices were pretty poor and the meal we did have was average at best. Ok for novelty, but not something we’ll be doing again.

We both ate… drive-in BBQ burger – signature blend of beef, BBQ spice, brioche bun, house-made BBQ sauce, bacon, and cheddar served with crispy-fried jalapeño and onion straws.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Day 7

Yak & Yeti Quick Service – Animal Kingdom

Yak & Yeti Honey Chicken

We headed back to Yak and Yeti on day seven to try out the lunch menu as I’d heard such good things about the honey chicken. It didn’t disappoint and I think this is my favourite quick service food at Walt Disney World for now. Not much else to add to what I said before, I just think it’s delicious.

Charl ate… honey chicken – tempura chicken, carrots, snap peas, honey sauce, and white rice & chicken fried rice.

Carl ate… a basket of French fries – ever the experimental.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Food & Wine Festival – Epcot

We were back at the Food and Wine Festival today to sample some more of the delicious food. This is what we had, and our ratings. Eating our way around the world was literally the best use of snack credits – I couldn’t recommend it highly enough!

Italy – crispy calamari with spicy pomodoro sauce. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (the best calamari I’ve ever tasted)

Mexico – rib eye taco – marinated rib eye, roasted chipotle sauce and grilled scallions on a corn tortilla. Rating: ⭐️ (inedible)

Morocco – kefta pocket – seasoned ground beef in a pita pocket. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Belgium –Belgiann waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Germany – roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Day 9

Crystal Palace – Magic Kingdom

Crystal Palace breakfast

We had a character breakfast here and it was awesome. The food was tasty, the interaction was great and the setting was absolutely stunning. Although a pretty standard menu, everything we tasted was delicious – the breakfast lasagne was well worth a try although I found it a little sickly. I loved Crystal Palace so much that a character breakfast is now a must for me on our September trip – we’ve opted for Garden Grill next time. All in all, a great dining experience in Magic Kingdom.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

I’ll leave day nine there, as we headed over to Universal Studios after this. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our food at Walt Disney World. Looking back, we probably ate too many similar meals – and don’t get me started on Carl’s obsession with burgers – and I’d like to mix it up a bit more during our next trip.

We love the Disney dining plan though, and can’t wait to try even more places in September. We’re especially excited that alcohol is now included – yay!

What do you think our food at Walt Disney World? Where else would you recommend?



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