I Thought I LOVED This Disney World Restaurant, but Then I Changed My Mind

Disney World is filled with some of our favorite restaurants EVER.

Magic Kingdom

However, it’s also filled with restaurants we never want to frequent ever again for as long as we shall live. Yes, it’s that dramatic. And then, there are some restaurants that fit into more of a gray area. These are the restaurants that we’re in a bit of a complicated relationship with. These are the restaurants that we THOUGHT we loved, but then we slowly started to change our minds. Let’s go right ahead and hop into this love story-turned-tragedy.

Without further ado, here are 5 Disney World restaurants that we LOVED, but slowly changed our mind.

Cinderella’s Royal Table 

Okay. This one is great IN THEORY. For real, you’re dining among royalty. Inside Cinderella Castle. In an elaborately-themed restaurant. What’s not to love?

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Well, you’re paying a whole heck of a lot of money for a meal that is basically sub-par hors d’oeurves. It’s just not great from a value standpoint. Oh, and if you’re trying to have a relaxing meal, this place is NOT the place to do so. There are so many excited or terrified children.

Cinderella's Royal Table Restaurant

Rating: 7.95 / 10 Recommended By: 87%
Menus: Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner, Children's Lunch/Dinner, Children's Breakfast
Services: Table Service

And then you have a princess greeting you every 5 seconds. For some, that might be a dream, but for us, it’s not necessarily a must-do-more-than-once kind of experience anymore.

Grand Floridian Cafe

This is another one that we love — in theory. It’s inside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, the place that’s known to be THE deluxe resort out of deluxe resorts.  It has the same great, Victorian atmosphere with beautiful theming. The food?

Grand Floridian Cafe

Once again, sub-par. It’s not that good, and it’s quite expensive. Seriously, we can get grab-and-go food inside the parks that tastes just as good (if not better) and is cheaper.

Grand Floridian Cafe Restaurant

Rating: 7.96 / 10 Recommended By: 86%
Menus: Children's Breakfast/Lunch, Children's Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast/Lunch
Services: Table Service

However, this is one that we might continue to visit due to convenience. It’s super close to Magic Kingdom and is an easy stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

California Grill 

This Disney Signature Dining experience is located at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It offers a spectacular view of Disney World, including the Magic Kingdom fireworks that take place each night.

California Grill

The downside? Well, this restaurant serves based on a prix fixe menu that’s going to have you looking at quite a few dollar signs. The food isn’t bad, it’s actually quite good — we just don’t think the amount of it is worth the price you pay.

California Grill Restaurant

Rating: 8.08 / 10 Recommended By: 77%
Menus: Dinner, Children's Dinner, Brunch
Services: Table Service

We’d recommend visiting here once, and then deciding whether or not it’s worth the return. For us, it’s not a must-do every trip.

Be Our Guest

Similar to Cinderella’s Royal Table, this restaurant allows you to eat among royalty in Magic Kingdom. Here, you can dine as Belle and the Beast greet you!

Be Our Guest

It’s an adorable experience, but the menu swapped to a Prix Fixe menu, and after that, we decided it just wasn’t worth those dollar signs from a value perspective.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Rating: 7.59 / 10 Recommended By: 84%
Menus: Dinner, Lunch, Children's Lunch, Children's Dinner, Breakfast, Children's Breakfast
Services: Table Service , Quick Service , Kiosk

And, once again, it isn’t exactly the most relaxing experience!

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Located in Frontierland in Magic Kingdom, Pecos Bill went downhill for us as soon as they removed the toppings bar.

Pecos Bill

This Tex-Mex restaurant serves up very okay-ish tacos, nachos, and burrito bowls. However, you used to be able to really doctor these bad boys up with the toppings bar that allowed you to walk up and grab your fixings of sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, and even cheese.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Restaurant

Rating: 6.94 / 10 Recommended By: 79%
Menus: Lunch/Dinner
Services: Quick Service

They removed the toppings bar due to COVID regulations, which was fine, but why didn’t they bring it back? Also, the menu lacks some serious spice. Everything is bland and not at all unique. We don’t stop here as much anymore.

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2 Replies to “I Thought I LOVED This Disney World Restaurant, but Then I Changed My Mind”

  1. Hard agree with all of these except GFC. Granted, I haven’t been there in at least a year, but I’ve never had anything less than a great meal there.

  2. Le Cellier is Overrated. Everything was very salty and extremely over or under cooked. The waitress was very sweet, but still the worst dining experience in Disney World we have ever had. Would rather eat ANYWHERE else on property.