The Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida offers more than 350 different dining experiences on site. These include fine dining, quick-service and even food trucks at Disney Springs. Throughout the parks and resorts buffet and family-style dining is popular among guests. Disney has 22 different buffet or family-style restaurants available.
A few of the best, all-you-can-eat buffets at Walt Disney World include:
The Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom)
Located on Main Street U.S.A., The Crystal Palace is buffet experience that includes meet-and-greet time with Winnie the Pooh and his friends like Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger. Reservations can be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner and each American-style menu includes a bounty of favorites including Mickey waffles at breakfast, oven-roasted chicken at lunch/dinner and dessert items like key lime pie and bread pudding.
Biergarten Restaurant (Epcot)
The Germany pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot is home to the family-friendly Beirgarten Restaurant. Enjoy Oktoberfest any day of the year and a buffet brimming with authentic German dishes such as potato dumplings, sauerkraut, pork schnitzel, bratwurst and more. Picky eaters? No worries, the buffet also has macaroni and cheese, chicken, potatoes and mixed green salads. The atmosphere is festive and boisterous. Seating is family-style and there’s even live entertainment while you’re eating.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Epcot)
Head to the World Showcase and the Norway pavilion for meal at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. This restaurant is home to the Princess Storybook Dining experience that includes a chance to meet a variety of Disney princesses like Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Princess Aurora and Ariel. Reservations may be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the buffet items vary but include both Norwegian and American dishes.
Boma — Flavors of Africa (Animal Kingdom Lodge: Jambo House)
A family-friendly buffet, Boma is located in the Animal Kingdom Lodge resort and brings to the table the delicious flavors from more than 50 different African countries plus several American favorites. Boma serves breakfast and dinner. Guests can watch the chefs prepare succulent roast meats as well as grilled seafood and indulge in house-baked pastries and desserts like the unforgettable zebra domes. Don’t miss sampling the different African breads and the huge selection of soups.
Other great buffets at Disney World include 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey’s, the Cape May Café, the Garden Grill, ‘Ohana (themed dining), Tusker House and Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held annually in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. This special event runs in November and December and does require a special ticket for admission in addition to your park admission. To make the most of your time at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, consider these 11 Magical Tips.
Bonus tip: During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party the different Magic Kingdom shops often offer special event merchandise that only can be purchased during the party.
In September of 2015, Downtown Disney officially became Disney Springs. Part of the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, this area is home to several unique shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. There is no admission charge to enter Disney Springs, you do not have to be staying at the resort to enjoy it and it’s open year-round.
What’s in a Name?
Through the years the area now officially christened as Disney Springs has been known by several different names. Originally this Disney area was called the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village (technically Disney World is located in Lake Buena Vista although most people know it as an Orlando hotspot.) It’s also been known as Walt Disney World Village, the Disney Village Marketplace, the Disney Marketplace and Downtown Disney.
Old Favorites, New Favorites
With the redevelopment of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, guests can enjoy new additions but don’t have to worry about losing their old favorites. Once Upon a Toy, World of Disney and the LEGO store still stand in their familiar locations but they’re joined by new stores like the Marketplace Co-Op, United World Soccer, Sublime Gifts & Finds and more.
New restaurants include The Boathouse, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (Indiana Jones theme), the Splitsville Dining Room (bowl a game and enjoy a fine meal!) plus Morimoto Asia. There’s also several Food Trucks to visit, each with its own theme and style.
Entertainment for All Ages
Disney Springs is for the whole family, all ages. There are elegant dining options for a romantic waterfront meal or a quick bite before exploring the LEGO store as well as live entertainment and things to do both day and night. Take in a movie at the AMC theatre, get tickets to see La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil or cut loose at the DJ Kids Dance Party held at the Waterside Stage. The Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant is family friendly as well and includes live entertainment while you enjoy an authentic Irish meal.
Curious to see what all the fuss is about? Check out the official Disney Springs site for a full listing of the different shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.
It’s true that both the leading Florida theme-park entertainment giants – (WDW) Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando are hosts to world-class seasonal experiences. However, it’s also true that the less popular SeaWorld Orlando Resort is equally exciting too. The premier marine themed Park turns into a sea of festive fun and surprises during special holidays. And the SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration is no exception. With over hundreds of sparkling trees, twinkling stars and colourful decors, perhaps it’s one of the most wonderful Christmas experiences to look for.
For guests at the Park it’s a winter wonderland of endless fun and entertainments, including shows by amazing sea creatures and many special seasonal festivities. One of the most promising attractions of the Event is the extremely popular O Wonderous Night. It’s one such Christmas show where you will share the Classic Christmas Story with live animals on the stage. Packed with over 30 carols, energetic casts and holiday spirit, the show makes an important part of your family’s holiday tradition.
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