Disney // Our Table-Service Restaurant Choices

Disney // Our Table-Service Restaurant Choices

If, like us, you live too far away from Disney World to go really regularly, you will understand the excitement of the 180 day countdown arriving, and it being ADR day!! For any newbies to Disney, ADR means ‘Advanced Dining Reservation’ and is when your booking window opens to be able to make reservations at the table service restaurants within Disney World. 

We always travel on the dining plan, which includes 1 table service credit per night of your stay, so for our 10-night stay, we have 10 credits to use. These can be used in any combination on any day of your trip that you wish, so if you wanted 0 meals one day and 3 table service meals the next, you could (although the amount of food that would entail would be in crazy amounts, this is the US after all!!!). 

So with our ADR day fast approaching, here’s the restaurants we have opted for on our next trip…

  1. Chef Mickeys – Contemporary Resort (Breakfast)

It is tradition for us to start our first day in the parks with a character breakfast. For the past two trips we have been to Crystal Palace but this time we are mixing it up a bit and hoping to give Chef Mickeys a try (we have done this is DLP but never in Orlando). Mickey Mouse (in fact all of the fab five), Mickey waffles and a short stroll to Magic Kingdom to start burning off the calories seems like the perfect combination!


  1. Tusker House – Animal Kingdom (Breakfast)

Another day, another character breakfast! This is one we have done before and loved. The theming and the food are so good, the perfect start to a day in the second best kingdom, and based in one of my favourite areas of the park – the Harambe market! Plus more Mickey waffles…


  1. Trattoria Al Forno Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast – Boardwalk Resort (Breakfast)

This is one I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even realise was character dining until just recently! Our eldest, Lyla, is going to be beyond excited when she finds out Rapunzel and Ariel will be at breakfast with us, and mummy will be beyond excited about Flynn and Eric (I’M JOKING CALLUM!)…



  1. Yak & Yeti – Animal Kingdom (Dinner)

Another new one for us is Yak & Yeti, which we have heard such good things about, and crops up on a lot of people’s Top 10 lists. The menu for this looks delicious as we love Nepalese food. 


  1. Boma – Flavors of Africa – Animal Kingdom Lodge (Dinner)

Boma, Boma, Boma. Anyone that has followed us for a little while will know that this is our personal favourite. We just love it. The variety of food on offer is amazing, and despite the quantity of offerings, the quality is insanely good. We have always had amazing service too, plus being in the surrounding of AKL makes for the best time.


  1. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Princess Storybook Dining – Epcot (Lunch)

A favourite meal of ours on our last trip, therefore it was always going be on the list for this time. The girls loved the interaction with the princesses, and it was some of the best food we had, can we just talk about the apple cake? Oh my. 



  1. Garden Grill – Epcot (Lunch)

We always see this or walk past it when in ‘The Land’ but it is never somewhere that has appealed really. But after seeing lots of amazing feedback, and with Lyla being obsessed with Chip & Dale, we’re giving it a go! It may be a double dessert day though, as I’m not sure we’ll be able to walk past the Sunshine Seasons cupcakes on the way out without sampling them…


  1. Hollywood & Vine Seasonal Dine – Hollywood Studios (Lunch)

We ate here by complete accident last time (the cast member on the front desk of our resort recommended swapping from Mama Melrose’s to this so we took his advice), and again, it was a favourite. There was a lot of healthy options food-wise which felt like a really nice change from some quite carb-heavy meals! We did dinner last time but are opting for lunch this time round.



  1. ‘Ohana – Polynesian Resort (Dinner)

We’ve done the ‘Ohana breakfast before and I think we are the only people that didn’t overly enjoy it! I know, we are the minority. But, after seeing lots of footage and photos of the Dinner, we are giving it another chance, without the distraction of characters this time and as a time to just enjoy the food and surroundings. Here’s hoping for second time lucky… 


  1. Liberty Tree Tavern – Magic Kingdom (Lunch)

If you asked my husband what his most memorable meal was he would say this, without fail. And, to be fair, it was pretty darn amazing, we all didn’t really come up for air during the experience haha! An all-you-can-eat all-American feast, finished off with the ooiest gooiest pudding! We’ve scheduled this in following the Disney Princess Half Marathon, so I’m expecting to have to ask for more food on his part…


To clear a couple of things up:

  • This is the most character meals we have done in one trip, but hey! You might as well make the most of those credits where possible!
  • As I am writing this, I am partly doubting Garden Grill, any positives or negatives then please leave a comment!
  • The fact we have so many lunches is a trial for us. We found last time that by the time dinner came around the girls were EXHAUSTED. Which ended in us not always having the most enjoyable experiences (nothing against the restaurants, purely our children just being devils). So we are trialling having our main meal at lunchtime and then we can just grab something quick and easy when the tiredness hits later in the day, and it means not as much rushing to get them back and into bed! The dinners we do have are planned around us being at Happily Ever After, Rivers of Light and the other is Boma, which is at our resort so isn’t so much of an issue! 


We can’t wait, our stomachs are rumbling already…


Sian x


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