Princess dining- Cinderella's Royal Table: What can I say here, it's obvious isn't it? You truly feel like a princess when dining here. While this experience is obviously more targeted to children with the princesses (don't forget to make a reservation for your little one at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique), it is still a great meal and a wonderful atmosphere! Considering you are dining in the castle, the price is not that mad either!
Value dining- Columbia Harbor House: Looking for a quick service with decent (and filling) food, this is the place to go. The menu has a variety of items that you could also find at the Liberty House tavern without the associated price tag.
Moderate dining- The Crystal Palace: This is a great option for a family with young children because this buffet has a bonus- character dining. Please consider making reservations several months in advance. Most character dining experiences sell out pretty quick!
Awesome snacks- Aloha Isle: Nothing like cool refreshing ice cream on a hot theme park day. Oh yea, and you can get it with pineapple and orange flavors too....yum!
Gaston's Tavern: Hello Cinnamon Roll, go away crowds!
Be Our Guest: The Grey Stuff is Delicious, good luck getting a reservation though.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe: Truly a "quick service" and great spot for viewing electric parade if you can get a table outside.
The ugly: I know everyone seems to LOVE Tony's, but as an Italian, I. . . just . . can't. Also, you might want to stay away from the dessert fireworks party. The cost/benefits just do not add up when there are so many other great viewing locations for the Wishes Fireworks and so few desserts for the price!
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Value dining- La Cantina de San Angel: This is a nice quick service that provides a lot of the standard Mexican foods, but good quality and a great price. Also, A+ for the many flavored margaritas!
Moderate Dining- Chefs de France: This table service restaurant provides all the quality of refined French cuisine, but without any pretension. The café is a comfortable atmosphere and if you are seated along the window, provides great views of Illuminations! (Honorable mention to Biergarten, I can't name them all, but the food is great and the show is fun!)
Food and Wine: If you are ever able to make it to Epcot during the food and wine festival, you are in for a treat. In addition to the usual terrific dining, there are country themed tapas stands setup around the showcase. For reasonable prices you get delectable bites. In addition, there are usually some great live musicians and an all around hip and fun atmosphere. Beware of your timing though, hitting the showcase around lunch or dinner translates to long lines. We generally do our best to snack and wait. It's worth it!
The ugly: There are so many wonderful places to eat in Epcot so it's hard to really say anything negative. I guess the easiest way would be to say that for all the hype and expense, we were really not all that impressed with Le Cellier. The atmosphere was cool, but for the price, the food was just okay. Our experience at The Seas and the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Breakfast was somewhat similar; underwhelming.
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Value dining- The Sunset Ranch Market: Not only do the lines tend to be shorter and move faster because there is so much to choose from, but there are even little stands with healthy alternatives. This is a great area to grab a quick snack (even fruit) on the go and head over to a show...like maybe Fantasmic or Beauty and the Beast!
Moderate Dining- The Sci-Fi Dine In Theatre Restaurant: Okay, so I picked this one mostly for the atmosphere. The food is acceptable bar and grill style food, and the prices are reasonable, but it's so fun to hang out at a table that looks like a car and watch old sci-fi move trailers. This one is great for kids! (Honorable mention to 50's Prime-time café. It was awesome and fun, but we had to wait over 45 minutes for a table and that was with a reservation... we lost valuable park time people!)
Yums the Word at Hollywood & Vine Breakfast: Excellent selection, delicious food, great service. We always make reservations here early in our trip (before we're too tired to get up in the morning). It's a nice start to get to the park at 8 or 9 (8 if there are extra magic hours), hit a few attractions while the lines are still nice and short, and then have a big delicious breakfast at around 10am. You will leave full, so plan on a show afterwards; may i suggest the Muppets?
The ugly: I hate to say it, but do not purchase a turkey leg, no matter how delicious they look! To look at them is to think that they must be so flavorful and juicy, but I would liken biting into one of them to biting into seasoned bark. They must smoke them instead of roasting them to save on prep time and waste, but yuk! Never again!
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Value Dining- Flame Tree Barbecue: I have to have Flame tree every time we visit Animal Kingdom. The quality of the barbecue ribs and the chicken are so great for a counter service restaurant. Also, the portions are so large that often we can have shared meals. It's not good for an especially hot day because there is only outdoor seating, but if it's not too bad out, the vegetation surrounding the seating area is also pretty and relaxing.
***Update, last time we ate here it was not as good! We go back next month and it will be closed for refurbishment, hopefully it will reopen with better food. A nice alternative is Restaurantosaurus; similar food and indoors.
Moderate Dining- Tusker House: Okay, so the food isn't the only reason to like Tusker house. The food is good (not the best on property, but good), but there is a breakfast with Donald that is super fun for the kids. Here is a tip, make a reservation for an early breakfast time and then hop over to the Kilimanjaro safari ride. It's right there!
Honorable mention- The Rainforest Café: It is good dining, plus it has it's own entrance to the park, so you might be able to avoid a few lines that way. Also, there are some great quick service stands throughout this park. I would recommend the soft serve, the teas, and the pretzels!
The ugly- Yak and Yeti: We always joke that this restaurant is appropriately named, so you do the math. We were not impressed with the quality of the food, everything was a little greasy. Nor were we happy about the prices considering the quality and portions. We had high hopes when we dined here and we were very disappointed. The quick service attached serves a lot of the same food and is more appropriately priced.
Excursions- Just one last tip: As with most parks, Animal Kingdom has some cool dining excursions/experiences. The main difference is the animals. Check out the Wild Africa Trek, the food is delicious and the experience is once in a lifetime...
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