Thursday, 4 January 2018

My Top Five Table Service Meals // Walt Disney World 2017

In 2016 I put together a list of my top five table service meals on our holiday in Walt Disney World. It's not something I had done before but as Disney food is one of my most favourite things, I thought that it would be fun to do the same for our 2017 trip!

Once again this year we added the Dining Plan to our package which gave us one table service meal, one quick service meal, drinks and two snacks per day in addition to the refillable resort mugs for the duration of our stay. We really do find that this plan works perfectly for our family as we love the flexibility it gives. The Dining Plan allows us to eat right across the vast range of Disney restaurants from counter service and snack carts all the way up to signature dining. It's perfect if you like your holidays to include great food experiences! 

We really, really enjoyed our food at Walt Disney World this year. We only had one let down and that was Be Our Guest. I've since read a lot of reviews relaying the same complaints we had so I feel reassured that it wasn't just me over hyping it after we had such a good time on our previous trip! We've since cancelled our 2018 reservations there as I don't want to have an experience that bad again. Agh! 

So, lets put my only negative aside and move onto my top five table service meals from our November 2017 trip. As with last year, I have listed these as my favourites not just in terms of food quality and service but for the experience of dining as a family with a young child too. Eating out with small humans can prove quite a challenge sometimes but Disney sure know what they are doing when it comes to pleasing children! 

Ok, let's do this!  

Boma - Flavors of Africa
Location: Jambo House, Animal Kingdom Lodge

Boma was my absolute favourite dining experience from our 2017 trip, hands down. As I have mentioned in a previous blog post, we haven't visited any of the restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge before because I didn't want to visit the resort until we could actually stay there too so maybe i'm biased, but Boma was a dream. I loved everything about this lively buffet restaurant which was complete with live drumming, authentic flavours and absolute attention to detail. 

We initially only had one reservation here for our trip but after visiting we did a bit of rearranging so that we could eat here again, and again. It was so good! 

Breakfast was my favourite, mostly because of the delicious tropical juice, the full bodied Kenyan coffee that just kept flowing, the sticky buns and most importantly, the bread pudding. Let me tell you, bread pudding and vanilla sauce for breakfast is an actual dream come true. Absolute perfection!

The infamous Zebra Domes are well stocked at Boma and the evening buffet was lively and loud with a vast selection of enticing food waiting to be devoured. I loved sampling some of the more authentic dishes; the soups, the entrees, and yeah.... all the Zebra Domes and all the bread pudding! Kiddo loved trying out some new foods as well as sticking to the old faithfuls; chicken bites, pasta, salad and mac n' cheese.  

Boma was so, so good! We've booked a return visit for 2018 and my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Location: Kidani Village, Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sanaa was the very first table service meal on our 2017 trip and let me tell you, it gave me the highest expectations for the remainder of our holiday because it was superb! Again, very much worth the wait. Sanaa was a personal favourite for my husband and daughter too, our meal here was just magical in every way. 

Our server here really made this meal super special, giving us incredible detail of our chosen dishes and letting us know which items we could swap and add as a bonus to our meal on the dining plan. More food, always good!

Sanaa has the mot peaceful setting with views straight out onto the exotic animals roaming the lush Sunset Savanna outside. The actual restaurant displays traditional artisan and market goods such as woven baskets and beaded geckos. So much to look at! Kiddo loved watching the tortoise being fed just outside the restaurant. Such a magical experience! 

The food here was heavenly. Of course, we ordered the infamous Indian-style bread service with all nine accompaniments. This was a meal in itself and all of us loved it.

The potjie inspire entree is something that I am still dreaming about. Ben and I ordered the same here and we both fell in love, especially with the butter chicken! 

The children's menu here is varied with something for even the pickiest eaters. A highlight here though was the paint your own African Shield Brownie which kiddo had an absolute blast decorating!    


Minnie's Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine 
Location: Echo Lake, Disney's Hollywood Studios

The most fun I've ever had at a character meal? Definitely! We've eaten at Hollywood & Vine with the Disney Junior characters before and thought it was great although nothing super special but Minnie's Seasonal Dine was a whole new level. It was so much fun and the food was so, so good! 

Here we met Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy who were all dressed in their festive finest.  Santa Goofy is the best! Their outfits were gorgeous (I loved Daisy's green velvet ensemble!) and I loved the fact that all of the characters were on top form, entertaining diners and interacting with each other in the most magical way! So full of energy and mischief! 

The food here was delicious and so much fun. It's a buffet style restaurant and I was thrilled to see that the food was themed.... I possibly might have overdosed on those Christmas desserts. They were so good! 

Also, I don't know what it is about Disney mashed potato but it is just out of this world. Honestly! 

I can't wait to return here for the spring version of this buffet. We have booked our 2018 reservation with the Fantasmic! package too so I'm really looking forwards to that! 

Yak & Yeti 
Location: Asia, Animal Kingdom

Yak & Yeti is the only restaurant that I have carried over from my 2016 favourites. If you're looking for somewhere to sit down and have a damn good meal in Animal Kingdom then I can thoroughly recommend it! This restaurant is lively, loud and the decor is gorgeous. I love everything about it, but especially the food! 

The menu at Yak & Yeti is pan-Asian inspired and is varied enough that even the most fussy eaters will find something to try! 

This year I went for the chicken tikka masala, a bit of a safe option but the flavours in this dish were spot on. It was absolutely delicious. I also had the fried pineapple and cream cheese wontons for dessert which came complete with honey drizzle, fresh fruit and vanilla ice cream. I could have eaten this a million times over as it was perfection. That perfect mix of warm and cold together, sweet and savoury. H e a v e n! 

Kiddo loves eating here, the children's menu is nicely laid out with pictures of all the food which really helps as she's not a reader yet. She really enjoys circling everything she wants and handing it to the server to place her order!

Coral Reef
Future World, Epcot

Finally we have Coral Reef over in Epcot. We had a bit of a strange server here (literally don't think he said a word to us other than taking our order and also tried to bring our desserts half way through our main course!) but still, I'm listing this in my top five favourites. The food and the atmosphere of this restaurant really did it for me! If dining inside an actual aquarium complete with divers, sharks and tropical fish doesn't impress you then nothing will! 

The food here was so good. SO good. Coral Reef was the only place we dined at this year that you could eat a three course meal at no extra cost on the dining plan. Also, the cocktails here were gorgeous. We really indulged here and I have no regrets! 

I went for the lobster mac n' cheese for my main which was just lovely. I had been craving a good seafood pasta meal and it really ticked the box. Also, the portions were huge. And the meal came with bread too. We sure were full after eating at Coral Reef! 

Kiddo went for the crispy fish & chips here for her entree which was pretty much an adult portion. Also, her seaside cupcake dessert was so cute! Coral Reef is such a good place to eat with children, and no entertainment needed as watching all the fish and divers swim by was just the best! 

What are your favourite restaurants at Walt Disney World? Let me know in a comment below! 


  1. OMG - I'm salivating just reading about these! So excited for you going again; can't wait to hear more about this trip first though! xxx

    1. Thanks so much for your comment! My tummy literally hurts every time I think about Disney food, it's so good! x

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    1. Yak & Yeti is sooooo good! A must for every trip for us! x