You know how sometimes you form habits and you do the same things over and over again? This happens to me with my Disney trips, every time without fail! I get stuck in my ways and eat at the same restaurants because I know they are good and that I like the menu offerings! So to break that habit (or at least try!), I created my Disney Dining Bucket List! Some I’ve been able to check off and some I’m still working on! Maybe you’ll find a new must-do for your next trip, too!

  1. Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom


I liked this one so much that I’ve eaten here THREE times! I’ve yet to do lunch, though, so that’s next on my to-do list! This is a truly magical experience, especially if you have a little one in your family who loves the princesses! Dine inside Cinderella Castle, pose for a photo with Cinderella, then enjoy your meal while various princesses visit your table for photos and autographs! If you are on the dining plan, this restaurant will require two table service credits. Reservations are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and are highly recommended at least 180 days in advance.

  1. Victoria and Albert’s – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

This is the ultimate of all dining experiences at Disney! This highly sought after reservation resides in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and is the only AAA Five Diamond Award recipient in Central Florida. Dine at the Chef’s Table for a “once in a lifetime” experience, including a personalized menu, two attentive servers, a world-class wine collection, and departure gifts to wrap up the incredible experience. This location is not on the Disney Dining Plan, except for the Platinum Dining Plan. Reservations are highly recommended up to 180 days in advance.

  1. California Grill – Disney’s Contemporary Resort


In all the dining I’ve done at Disney restaurants, nothing quite compares to watching Wishes from your table! In fact, from our table, we could see both the Castle at Magic Kingdom AND Spaceship Earth in Epcot! Plan your dinner reservation near or around the same time as Wishes in Magic Kingdom for a prime viewing spot of the spectacular fireworks display. Reservations are available for dinner and are recommended at least 180 days in advance.

  1. Skipper Canteen – Magic Kingdom

This new, fun dining location just opened a few months ago in Disney’s Magic Kingdom and is themed off of the famous Jungle Cruise! I’ve yet to eat here yet and I’m itching to check it off my list soon! Tucked away inside Adventureland, the menu looks great and the theming looks amazing! Lunch and dinner are available at this restaurant, however advance reservations are not offered at this time, so arrive early or choose to eat at a less popular dining time!

  1. Be Our Guest – Magic Kingdom


Did you know you could eat inside both of Magic Kingdom’s castles?! You sure can! Nestled inside the Beast’s Castle, you can be transported right into one of Disney’s most beloved tales – Beauty and the Beast! The restaurant offers three dining rooms – the ballroom, the forbidden west wing, and the romantic portrait gallery. My personal favorite room is the forbidden west wing which features the Enchanted Rose – you can watch a petal fall every ten minutes or so! If dining at dinner, you also have a chance to visit The Beast in his study after you’re finished with your meal! If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, breakfast and lunch require one quick service credit, while dinner requires one table service credit. Reservations are highly recommended at least 180 days in advance.

  1. Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa


Afternoon tea has never been such a feast! If you’re expecting lighter fare at this dining experience, well… you’re right. The menu offers a great selection of fresh fruit, cheese, finger sandwiches and pastries but they give you so much that you can definitely make a whole meal out of it! I planned my tea time for 4:30 pm, and we weren’t finished until well after 6 pm, making this our dinner! Reservations are available daily from noon to 5 pm, and are highly recommended at least 180 days in advance.

  1. The Hollywood Brown Derby – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This restaurant takes you back to the golden era of Hollywood! Themed from the actual Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, California, you’ll certainly feel like a celebrity at this restaurant! To make the experience even better, choose this restaurant as part of the Fantasmic Dinner Package and receive reserved seating at that evening’s showing of Fantasmic! Reservations are available for lunch and dinner, and are recommended at least 180 days in advance.

  1. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort


Primarily a tiki bar, specializing in tropical cocktails and small plate appetizers, you’ll feel like you’re in the Polynesian islands! The small lounge only seats around 50 people, so come early and expect to wait as there are no advanced reservations available at this time. The lounge opens at 4 pm daily and stays open until around midnight! Kids and families are welcome from 4 pm – 8 pm, but after that, only adults 21+ are allowed inside the lounge.

So do you have new ideas for must-do’s on your next trip?! I know I do! I’m thinking Hollywood Brown Derby is going to be the one I reserve next! Don’t forget that I am a vacation planner specializing in Disney vacations! I’m here to make your planning process a stress-free one, so I offer to make all of your advanced dining reservations for you, as well as scheduling FastPass+ selections, itinerary planning and more! My services are always free to those who book with me! So what are you waiting for?! Let’s get started planning your next Disney vacation!!