There are SO MANY restaurants at Walt Disney World, and we totally understand if you’re having a hard time deciding which ones to try during your trip.
But don’t worry — we’re here to help!
Here FIVE popular Disney World restaurants and whether they live up to the hype!
1. Be Our Guest Restaurant
Let’s start with what’s perhaps the most controversial restaurant on the list: Magic Kingdom‘s Be Our Guest Restaurant. This location offers quick-service breakfast and lunch and a signature, table-service dinner.
When it first opened, Be Our Guest was the gotta-have-it reservation. And while it’s still popular now, the fact that dinner there now costs two credits on the Disney Dining Plan may change the perception of value for some guests. Breakfast and lunch, though, are great uses of the Disney Dining Plan.
But is Be Our Guest overrated? The answer is a bit of a mixed bag. We say it IS a bit overrated for breakfast and dinner, but lunch here matches the hype. Whether you’re using a quick service credit or paying out-of-pocket, lunch at Be Our Guest continues to be a good deal with, in our opinion, good food. (We especially enjoy the French Dip and Braised Chicken.) Just don’t forget to use Mobile Order to avoid waiting in line to order!
2. 50’s Prime Time Cafe
On the menu, you’ll find comfort food eats like Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken and Mom’s Old-fashioned Pot Roast. During our most recent visits, we’ve honestly found the food a bit lacking. While we love the vibe and playfulness of the restaurant, the food is not as up to par as other restaurants in Disney World. (And we’re still bummed they don’t use Viewfinders for the dessert menu anymore.)
As much as it pains us to say this, we have to say that currently, 50’s Prime Time Cafe is the slightest bit overrated. If you’re looking for some truly exceptional comfort food, head on over to Grand Floridian Cafe or Olivia’s Cafe.
3. Crystal Palace
Now we’re going to head back to Magic Kingdom to chat about Crystal Palace. This Victorian-themed location offers a Winnie the Pooh and Friends character meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
There’s no denying the charm of this restaurant, and we absolutely love the chance to interact with Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore. What we don’t love about Crystal Palace is the crowded seating areas and lack of truly good food, especially considering the restaurant’s high price tag.
Because of that, we have to say Crystal Palace is overrated; there are much better character meals on Disney World property. For a great experience and yummy food, we recommend Garden Grill, Storybook Dining at Artist Point, Tusker House, and the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno.
4. California Grill
Let’s head on over to California Grill, which is located atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort. California Grill serves dinner daily and offers brunch on Sundays. Its menu is seasonally inspired, and the restaurant boasts an extensive selection of wine.
This restaurant is undoubtedly well-known for its iconic view of Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom fireworks. Along with a delicious meal, dining at California Grill grants you access to the restaurant’s fireworks viewing platform.
Though some may believe California Grill has declined in quality since Chef Brian Piasecki left the restaurant, we still think it’s a wonderful location for a date night or special occasion in Disney World and NOT overrated. I personally love to start my trips to Disney World with a meal at California Grill. (Pro tip: if the braised beef short rib wontons are available, you’ve gotta try them!)
5. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
The last restaurant we want to chat with you about is Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, which you can find in Epcot‘s Norway Pavilion. Akershus offers a princess character meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
First off, we want to stress how much we LOVE the character lineup at Akershus. The princesses you can expect to meet include Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, and Ariel, though this is subject to change.
While we enjoy visiting Akershus to chat with the princesses, we’ve never really been wowed by the restaurant’s food. We’re all for trying new things (don’t get me started on escargot — it’s SO GOOD), the Norwegian spread just doesn’t do it for us personally. And it might be a tad too adventurous for little ones’ palates.
But since Akershus isn’t the most popular character restaurant in Disney World (looking at you, Cinderella’s Royal Table), we’d say it’s appropriately rated.
Which Disney World restaurant do YOU think is overrated? Let us know in the comments below!
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