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Aug 23, 2008 02:45 PM

Disney Dinner Recs Needed

I am going to Disneyworld in February with my family, My two sisters families and my parents. In total we will be eight adults and seven children, ages 1-12. Can someone please recommend a few restaurants for us to have dinner at. We will be staying at the Beach Club but are willing to travel a bit. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Boma over at Animal Kingdom Lodge would be an excellent choice.

    1. Jiko's is more upscale than Boma's (buffet). Jiko's is at AKL (animal kingdom lodge) and you can catch the bus from Beach Club to Downtown Disney and transfer to AKL. That is what is awesome about Disney. You can park your car and use park transportation all week long.

      The wine tasting in Germany was fun (EPCOT) as were the Margaritas in Mexico. You can walk around EPCOT and try several countries food. Filet de boeuf grille, sauce au poivre noir Gratin Dauphinois et haricots verts - Grilled tenderloin of beef with a black pepper sauce original potato gratin of Savoy and green beans $31.95 at Chefs De France in EPCOT was the best steak I've ever eaten out anywhere. I enjoyed eating at Cindy's Castle (make resses now) and breakfast is cheaper than dinner and the characters are there during the meal (Magic Kingdom). Make a late breakfast reservation and sleep in, then go eat as a family and then stay in the park while everyone else with kiddos goes back to the room for the afternoon.

      The 50's primetime cafe at Magic Kingdom is hilarious as your cousins bust you for bad manners and talk to you like you are family.

      Tony's Town Square is Italian. Their Calamari was awesome as was the salmon and other dishes we got. The service was impecable. It is near the entrance to Magic Kingdom.

      I didn't enjoy Wolfgang Pucks.

      If you are basketball fans you could go watch a game and eat at ESPN Zone. That is fun - but I doubt you could get a table for all of you in the same general vacinity unless you get there freakishly early.

      The Hoop Dee Doo Review at Fort Wilderness (take the boat to get there) as a family would be a hoot. It would entertain the kids and give you a meal.

      If you all want to eat together with such a large group you really must make reservations now.

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      1. re: leanpig

        I found Wolfgang Puck Express to be much better that the signature restaurant. Express is considered to be "fast food" aka counter service in Disney lingo also the Earl of Sandwich was really good, both are bargains if you are on the DDP. I enjoyed the California Grill, which is especially nice if you time your dining and the fireworks right.

        I'll second the Boma recommendation from above, it is a african themed buffett which provides you the opportunity to try many of the local flavors.

        Our family(girls 3 and 7)found the Princess Breakfast at Akershus (Norway) much more enjoyable than the castle, but you do need to eat at the castle at least once.

        The restaurant in France is on our to do list next year. For some reviews and menus check out, they are really good with keeping the most up to date information.

        1. re: mkel34

          On my last visit to EPCOT, I was really disappointed by what they did to the restaurant in Norway. That was one of my favorite restaurants in Disney, especially since I don't know of any other places in Orlando to get Norwegian food (I love smoked fish). I was going to eat there on my last visit, and then found out it became a character restaurant and I decided against it. I don't know if the food is still the same, but having Disney princesses come to my table to interrupt my meal isn't something I want to pay $35 for.

      2. I assume you're looking for sit down dinner? It might be helpful if you mentioned what type of food you're looking for or what type you don't want.

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        1. re: cavandre

          Yes, we would like a sit down dinner. The type of food is not that important. The three factors I am considering are comfort, cost and location. In terms of location I would like to be walking distance from the Beach Club. For comfort I want a restaurant that can easily accommodate a group of 15 people. As for cost, we do not need to eat at the most expensive restaurants. Thanks for asking. And thank you for those that have already responded.

          1. re: elizabean

            Went to dinner at the Moroccan restaurant in EPCOT on rec from a friend who frequented Disney. Not expecting much but it was really great. A few months later on FoodTV I found out why. It seems the KING of Morocco sent his personal chef and staff to set up this place. Not very expensive, fantastic food and decor. It's a must. I do not know about reservations. The adults and kids will love it. Authentic decor, costumes and food.

            1. re: phantomdoc

              I second this reccommendation. I was pleasantly surprised by the food. I found it very flavorful. Even the picky eater out of the bunch enjoyed this.

        2. There are lots of family restaurants you can get to without even getting in your car.
          I always go to and they have restaurant menus on the site.

          I highly recommend Boma, as well.(for breakfast, too) Totally unique eating experience. There is every kind of buffet and sit-down you can think of at Disney. Also check out the Disney Dining Plan when you get your tickets. I've never used it, but I've heard its a money saver.

          1. Reviews & menus (w. prices) for all the restaurants in WDW can be found at...


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            1. re: cavandre

              I forgot about that one too :)