Thursday, 23 February 2017

My top 5 table service meals // Our trip to Walt Disney World, 2016

Me and food. Food and I. As one of those people who is always thinking about the next meal, I couldn't not share a blog post containing some of the meals we had during our trip to Walt Disney World in 2016! 

The food at Walt Disney World and the amount of dining experiences available is quite simply incredible. We had the Dining Plan which gave us a quick service meal, a table service meal and snacks for each night of our stay. We found this plan was just right for us as we are a family who are really quite into eating out and this plan gave us the flexibility that we desired for our stay. 

We ate at a huge variety of places including everywhere from the Landscape of Flavors at our resort to Cinderella's Royal Table which is situated right inside Cinderella's Castle in Magic Kingdom. Each restaurant offered something different and unique. Honestly, we really loved the whole dining experience at Walt Disney World! 

Here's a list of five of my favourite meals from our trip. I've listed these particular ones not just because of food quality but the whole experience as a family with a young child too, whether that included Disney characters or unique theme! 

OK, Let' do this! 

Jungle Skipper Canteen

Location: Adventureland, Magic Kingdom

We made a booking for this restaurant as a last minute thing when we decided to spend another day in Magic Kingdom and I am so glad that we did this! It was one of my favourite meals of the entire trip. I loved this restaurant so much, from the beautiful interior to the exotic menu that explores the different cuisines of Asia, South America and Africa. 

The children's menu was super too, kiddo is usually quite reserved when it comes to new food so I was thrilled she tried some new tastes here. She was rewarded afterwards with a dessert of Monkey Bites complete with candied chocolate sunflower seeds and chocolate dipped banana bites. Yum!

Yak & Yeti

Location: Asia, Animal Kingdom

A beautiful Nepalese-style restaurant complete with a varied pan-Asian inspired menu. We just loved everything about Yak & Yeti, it was one of the meals I was most looking forwards to and it really didn't let me down! An impressive varied menu, brilliant choices for children and an amazing drinks selection. Perfect. 

We sat upstairs which had a great view down to the busy restaurant below. We dined here early evening as it was going dark and it was just all so magical. I'll definitely be making a booking here again next time.... we loved it!

1900 park fare: Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner

Location: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

We dined here in the evening and oh my goodness, it was so wonderful. 1900 Park Fare is a character buffet on another level. It is housed inside the Grand Floridian resort which is super beautiful, I really want to stay here one day! The characters you'll meet here are all from Cinderella and here was where we met our only prince on our trip, Prince Charming. After waltzing around the restaurant with Cinderella, he turned and picked Miss E for a dance out of the entire restaurant.... such a precious moment! It made her day! 

The food here was super, the selections are representative of the different "kingdoms" all over the world and we loved the fact that there was a lower level children's buffet too complete with all of kiddo's favourite foods. It was ace!

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Location: Norway, Epcot

Our favourite of the character meals, we preferred meeting the princesses much more here than at Cinderella's Royal Table. The thing we loved was they really took their time at all of the tables but at the same time, we never had to wait long to meet anyone. There seemed to be a constant stream of princesses doing their rounds and we had the pleasure of meeting Snow White, Belle, Ariel, Cinderella and Aurora. 

Food wise, the lunch and dinner menus are Norwegian inspired and your meal begins with a 'Taste of Norway' buffet featuring imported cheeses, Scandinavian seafood and a vast selection of delicious fresh food. For your main course, you can pick from a selection of entrees and then to finish you are presented with a selection of Norwegian inspired desserts. All of which were so delicious!

Be Our Guest

Location: Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

Finally, Be Our Guest! We ate here for lunch and dinner and oh my goodness, the quick service lunch was good but the sit-down dinner was quite simply amazing! Stepping inside Beasts castle was an incredible experience and seeing him stride through the restaurant as he returned from 'checking on the kitchens' was magical. The restaurant itself is beyond stunning, no detail has been left out and here, you really do feel like you are literally stepping into the movie! 

Meeting Beast at the end of the meal was a real highlight for me, Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney move so you can imagine my excitement!

The food was super lovely too. I had the grilled strip steak with garlic herb butter and pommes frites.... possibly the best steak I have ever had I dare say! I loved the fact that desserts were delivered on a trolley too.... we all tried "the grey stuff" and yes, it was delicious!

We're starting to think about dining for our next trip so if you have any restaurant recommendations then please let me know in a comment below! 


  1. You mentioned three of my absolute faves in this post! I loved having breakfast at 1900 park fare! And of course had the grey stuff at Be Our Guest which is literally one of the most impressive restaurants ever. And Yak and Yeti is another one of my faves! Great post!

    x Annabelle

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Annabelle! I can't believe how many nice places there are to eat at in Disney World. I'm planning our food options for our next trip already! x

  2. My brother is too tight to do any of the major dining options at Disney - he's still complaining how much it cost for Cinderella's Royal Table when we went for my nieces birthday last year! But then we do stay off site so he likes the price of Wendy's more ;)

    Victoria x

    1. Haha! Oh I have watched youtube videos of Wendy's.... I must try it! We dined at Cinderella's Royal Table and I think it was my least favourite meal along with Rainforest Cafe in Animal Kingdom. The whole experience was so rushed and a real let down. I'd love to try some of the other 2 credit options to see how they compare, maybe next time! x