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The 38 Essential Dishes and Restaurants at Disney World

Where to go for iconic turkey legs, crunchy fried chicken, Dole whip, and only the finest Mickey-shaped foods

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| Photos by Helen Rosner and Bill Addison, unless noted

Finding an exemplary dining experience or dish isn’t a given in a resort like Walt Disney World, where efficiency can trump flavor. But the sprawling complex boasts a wide variety of standout and even destination-worthy dishes for those willing to look for them. These are meals people remember for years, that they stalk the recipes of, that they clamor for the second they return. From hulking pieces of meat to hall-of-fame ice cream, hoisin spare ribs to a bowl of cheese soup, we found all of the spectacular dishes and restaurants and compiled them, Eater-style, into this Disney 38. Anyone planning a trip to Orlando should consider this a cheat sheet for the best and brightest across the parks.

Update 4/2021: Disney has expanded its culinary offerings by way of celebrity chefs, cultural cuisines, and new upscale ventures in the years since Eater’s guide was first written, but its full range of restaurants and offerings have not yet returned following 2020’s temporary closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic. There is plenty to indulge in and imbibe throughout Walt Disney World, including many of our time-tested favorites, so rest assured: You’ll still be eating well at this vacation paradise.

Editor’s Note: There are extensive health and safety protocols in place throughout Walt Disney World. All guests ages 3 and up require park reservations and valid admission to visit Disney’s theme parks; Disney Springs is open to the public. Walt Disney World restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining services with increased social distancing measures and cleaning procedures. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for indoor dining, as there are still safety concerns.

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1. French Onion Soup at Be Our Guest Restaurant

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Magic Kingdom Dr
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 939-5277
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Disney World’s Beauty and the Beast-themed eatery has transitioned into a prix fixe restaurant, which means there’s no excuse to not order this robust starter.

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Be Our Guest Restaurant menu
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2. The Mickey Premium Bar

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1180 Seven Seas Drive
Orlando, FL 32836

Once and forever a classic, the Mickey Bar is dessert perfection. It's indulgently sized, it stays frozen for longer than seems possible, and that dark chocolate casing's sweet bitterness is the exact right contrast to the creamy vanilla ice cream.

Mickey Bar
Mickey Bar
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3. Turkey Leg at Liberty Square Market

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1180 Seven Seas Drive
Orlando, FL 32836

An icon of the parks since it was introduced in the early 1990s, the hulking turkey leg is a smoky sodium bomb that’s almost ham-like in its flavor. Not for the faint of heart.

A server hands a large turkey leg, wrapped in wax paper, toward the camera with a menu and snacks blurred in the background
Turkey Leg
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4. Mickey Waffles

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1180 Seven Seas Drive Suite D
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 939-3463
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Small and large waffles shaped in Mickey’s likeness aren’t just a cult favorite, but an ideal pairing of fluff and crunch, done to confounding perfection every time. Find a version nearly everywhere come breakfast time or the plate-sized face all day at Magic Kingdom’s Sleepy Hollow stand.

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5. Corn Dog Nuggets at Westward Ho

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1510 N Ave of the Stars
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 939-5277
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Imagine pigs in blankets except corn dogs. The perfect bite-sized snack.

6. Dole Whip at Aloha Isle

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Adventureland
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 939-5277
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Dole Whip is iconic for a reason. The pineapple soft serve is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, and is even better as a float with pineapple juice.

Dole Whip and Dole Whip Float
Dole Whip and Dole Whip Float
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7. Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen

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Magic Kingdom Dr
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 939-5277
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It’s worth praising any restaurant that strays from chicken nuggets within view of Cinderella Castle, but Skipper Canteen’s Jungle Cruise-inspired menu of braised pork cachapas, tofu curry stew, and sustainable whole fried fish is among Disney’s best.

a large hunk of fried chicken drizzled with sauce and sliced vegetables, on a plastic plate set on a wooden tabletop
Fried chicken at the Skipper Canteen
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8. Citrus Swirl at Sunshine Tree Terrace

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1180 Seven Seas Dr
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 939-5277
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Disneyphiles passionately debate which Magic Kingdom classic is better: Dole Whip or the Citrus Swirl. Might as well try them both. The swirl in question is orange slush (frozen orange juice) and vanilla soft serve. Orange soft serve is also on offer, but this one’s fantastically refreshing: creamy, fruity, and wonderful.

Citrus Swirl
Citrus Swirl
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9. Off-Menu Cocktails at California Grill

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4660 World Dr
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 939-3463
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California Grill features a fully stocked bar and lounge, along with talented bartenders worthy of a dedicated night out. Seating is limited — check in at the Contemporary Resort’s second-floor podium for walk-ups — but if you make it in, prepare for spectacular sunset views and your favorite cocktail done right, whether it’s on the menu or not.

California Grill Cocktails
California Grill Cocktails
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10. Classic Cocktails at Enchanted Rose

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4401 Floridian Way
Bay Lake, FL 32836
(407) 939-5277
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This vaguely Beauty and the Beast-inspired modern bar is at odds with the Victorian theming of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, but makes up for it by way of well-executed Negronis, Old Fashioneds, and a full martini menu.

Three highball cocktails, one with cucumber strip and lemon wheel garnish, one bright red with skewered blueberries, and one fizzy with a sprig of thyme, all placed on a silver tray
Highballs at the Enchanted Rose
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11. Bread Pudding at ʻOhana

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1600 Seven Seas Drive
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 939-3463
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The Polynesian Village’s famous pineapple-coconut breakfast bread becomes an evening indulgence baked in custard, topped with ice cream, and finished with bananas Foster caramel sauce. You can also order the dessert at Polynesian’s Tambu Lounge.

Update, 4/2021: ʻOhana is temporarily closed, but you can order the bread pudding at Kona Café as well as Tambu Lounge.

'Ohana Bread Pudding
'Ohana Bread Pudding
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12. Character Brunch at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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10100 Dream Tree Blvd
Golden Oak, FL 32836
(407) 313-7777
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Travel outside of the resort — you’ll have to find your own transportation there — to Ravello’s excellent character brunch, offered on select mornings at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie greet guests at a distance while the meal, amended from a buffet, offers a selection of entrees, complimentary pastries, and a sliced-fruit platter for an experience that far exceeds the standard meet-and-eat.

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Goofy at the Character Brunch
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13. Fried Chicken at P & J’s Southern Takeout

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4510 N Fort Wilderness Trail
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 824-2900
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Typically served all-you-can-eat at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, which is currently closed, these moist, perfectly crisped pieces of fried chicken are also available at P & J’s Southern Takeout next door.

Spread of food at Fort Wilderness Resort
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14. Lobster Roll at the Boathouse

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1620 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 939-2628
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The lobster roll is the breakout star of this restaurant’s surf and turf menu. A toasty buttered roll, modest in size, overflows with chunks of mayo-slicked lobster. No need to fill up on the mound of shoestring fries alongside.

Lobster Roll at The Boathouse in Walt Disney World
Lobster Roll at The Boathouse
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15. Cheese Soup at Le Cellier Steakhouse

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1510 N Avenue - Canada Pavilion
Orlando, FL 32830
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One of Epcot’s most clamored-for dishes, with good reason. The bowl of creaminess includes Canadian Black Diamond cheddar, Canadian Moosehead ale, smoked bacon (not the Canadian kind), and just enough chicken stock to smooth all the rich flavors. Get it.

 
Cheese Soup at Le Cellier
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16. Wine Bar George

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1610 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 490-1800
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Disney’s go-to master sommelier George Miliotes mixes approachability with elevated tastes at his namesake restaurant, where the entire menu, chimichurri-topped skirt steak and all, is served as shareable plates. Just don’t let the extensive and affordable wine list lead you to believe the crispy mac and cheese bites are a pedestrian outlier. They’re utter perfection.

Chimichurri-topped skirt steak at Wine Bar George
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17. Cookies at Gideon’s Bakehouse

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1600 Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

With their irresistibly doughy centers and topping-speckled surfaces, Gideon’s half-pound cookies are so legendary that Disney World came calling and now serves as this local bakery’s flagship location. The wait, often by virtual queue, is worth it; you’ll need extra time to decide which delectable cakes and daily specials to add to your cookie haul.

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Chocolate chip cookie at Gideon’s
Gideon’s Bakehouse

18. Spare Ribs at Morimoto Asia

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1600 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 939-6686
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Masaharu Morimoto brought Peking duck and dim sum to the world of theme park fare when he opened on property, and the ribs — crispy, sweet, and slathered in a sticky hoisin-based sauce — are a worthy highlight.

Spare ribs at Morimoto Asia

19. Amorette's Patisserie

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1536 E. Buena Vista Drive, #1A
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 934-3500
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The delicate tarts and eclairs made in-house at this refined pastry shop offer a wildly palatable break from most other Disneyfied desserts. If you're in town to celebrate a birthday or occasion, skip the mouse's ready-to-order options and splurge on a delightful character dome cake here instead. 

Pastries from Amorette’s Patisserie
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20. Fish and Chips at Yorkshire County Fish Shop

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Epcot, International Gateway
Orlando, FL 32830
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For England’s beloved takeaway fare, Disney serves pangasius, a farmed catfish-like swimmer from Southeast Asia, encased in crackly golden batter. The thick fries alongside deliver similar crunch. Don’t forget a few dashes of malt vinegar.

Fish 'n' Chips
Fish 'n' Chips
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21. D-Luxe Burger

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1524 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 934-3110
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Disney’s answer to Shake Shack slides a crispy-edged patty between a buttery Parker House bun for the best burger you’re likely to find on Disney property. Don’t skip the fresh-cut fries and plentiful lineup of dipping sauces.

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D-Luxe Burger
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22. Croque Glace at L’Artisan des Glaces

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1830 Avenue of the Stars
Orlando, FL 32830
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The France pavilion's dessert novelty is a freshly baked brioche cut in half, stuffed with two scoops of homemade ice cream and sauce, and toasted on the panini press. The result is warm on the outside, cold and gooey and wonderful in the middle.

Croque Glace
Croque Glace
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23. Mint Iced Tea at Spice Road Table

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Morocco Pavillion
Orlando, FL 32836
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Mint iced tea is a refreshing, non-sweet, non-slushie beverage, perfect for a hot day at Disney.

Mint tea lemonade
Mint tea lemonade
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24. Caramel Popcorn at Karamell-Küche

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Candymaker Werther’s Original hosting a branded shop in Epcot’s Germany pavilion seems suspect until you get a whiff of Karamell-Küche's made-before-your-eyes caramel corn, a far cry from the bagged stuff for sale around the parks.

Exterior of Karamelle Kuche
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25. Americano at Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

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North, 1770 Avenue of the Stars
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 560-8040
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Well-balanced and not-sweet cocktails are few and far between in Disney, so savor this slightly bittersweet mix of Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water in the Italy pavilion at Epcot.

 
Americano at Via Napoli
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26. Wood-Fired Pizza at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

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1510 Avenue of the Stars
Orlando, FL 32830
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Made with Caputo flour, San Marzano tomatoes, and specially sourced water to emulate Italy’s finest, Via Napoli’s wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas are irrefutably perfect. The entire conceit of Epcot is a facsimile of global cultures, but these pies are the real deal.

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A slice at Via Napoli
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27. Woody's Lunch Box

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Orlando, FL 32830
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From loaded breakfast tots to a homemade riff on Pop-Tarts, you can’t go wrong with any of this Toy Story Land stall’s classic childhood indulgences. Opt for the unconventional grilled cheese, which slathers cream cheese into the three-cheese mix for a don’t-knock-it-till-you-try-it effect.

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Grilled cheese at Woody’s Lunch Box
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28. Grapefruit Cake at the Hollywood Brown Derby

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Orlando, FL 32830
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Tangy and sweet, this cake is the one reason to visit the Hollywood Brown Derby.

Grapefruit cake
Grapefruit cake
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29. Carrot Cake Cookie at Trolley Car Café

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Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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Less of a cookie and more of a personal-sized cake, this iconic Disney sweet is the ultimate “dessert can be breakfast” indulgence.

30. Bavarian Pretzel at Baseline Tap House

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Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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Buttery, doused in salt, and served with gooey beer cheese, this not-your-everyday theme park pretzel is a consummate match for Baseline’s 16-tap wall of California beers.

The primo pretzel at Baseline Tap House

31. 50's Prime Time Café

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351 S Studio Dr
Kissimmee, FL 32836
(407) 939-3463
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50’s Prime Time Café is the all-around best restaurant in Disney. The food is fantastic — don’t miss the PB&J milkshake or the pot roast — service is hilarious (and sometimes mean), the decor is A+, and they’ve got a lengthy list of cocktails.

50's Prime Time Cafe
50’s Prime Time Café
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32. Tiffins

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Orlando, FL 32830
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Created as an ode to Imagineers’ trips around the globe while building Animal Kingdom, the space features art gallery-inspired decor, and the menu could rival those of nationally regarded restaurants. Offerings like housemade head cheese and chicken liver pate are far from Mickey Mouse-shaped treats, and signature items, including a whole-fried sustainable fish served teeth and all, show Disney’s forward-thinking dedication to food quality and presentation.

Inside Tiffins
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33. Churros at Nomad Lounge

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Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Since Animal Kingdom’s Avatar-themed expansion, the bar attached to Tiffins has become an ideal spot to take a load off. Grab a cocktail — Jenn’s Tattoo, a vodka-watermelon concoction, is perfect on hot Florida afternoons — and a round of fresh churros with chile-strawberry sauce for the table.

A wooden balcony with patio chairs and couches, and low tables, with tall trees surrounding the second-story area
Balcony at Nomad Lounge
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34. Satu'li Canteen

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2901 Osceola Pkwy Suite E
Orlando, FL 32830
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Never mind the vaguely Avatar-linked backstory. Here, protein-topped bowls of grains and greens provide sustenance you’ll need on those long, hot days, with enough quirky finds — cheeseburger bao, orb-shaped blue cheesecake — to keep it interesting.

Avatar-inspired fare at Satu’li Canteen

35. Num Num Cookie at the Market

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Pixar Place
Bay Lake, FL 34747

Don’t think twice about this brown butter chocolate chunk cookie, served warm. It’s a must.

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Num Num Cookie
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36. Sanaa

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Kissimmee, FL 34747
(407) 938-7400
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At Animal Kingdom's Sanaa, dunk varieties of naan, kulcha, and paratha into a rainbow of spreads and dips, some of which hold surprising heat. Request a window table for spectacular up-close views of animals on the adjoined savannah.

Naan with a spread of dips
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37. Ronto Wrap at Ronto Roasters

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Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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A Portuguese sausage topped with Sichuan peppercorn sauce wasn’t likely to become a cult favorite, but Disney fans can’t get enough of this open-faced pita sandwich. If the smelter droid out front “roasting” meat isn’t your speed, a vegetarian Zuchii wrap pairs tahini-slathered grilled zucchini with a chickpea slaw for a similar effect.

A ronto wrap (sausage pita sandwich)in a cardboard boat on a grill rack as if lit by the light of a fire
Ronto Wrap
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38. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

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351 S Studio Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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Every spacey dish from this Star Wars-inspired restaurant is a hit. You can’t go wrong with sideways-cut Kaadu pork ribs or even an Endorian chicken salad, but the fried Tip Yip, which plays like a massive chicken breast nugget, needs to be tasted to be believed.

A cast iron pan with two large pork ribs topped with sauce and crunchy topping
Smoked Kaadu Pork Ribs at Docking Bay 7
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1. French Onion Soup at Be Our Guest Restaurant

Magic Kingdom Dr, Orlando, FL 32836
A menu cover with an illustration of a rose and the name of the restaurant
Be Our Guest Restaurant menu
Carlye Wisel

Disney World’s Beauty and the Beast-themed eatery has transitioned into a prix fixe restaurant, which means there’s no excuse to not order this robust starter.

Magic Kingdom Dr
Orlando, FL 32836

2. The Mickey Premium Bar

1180 Seven Seas Drive, Orlando, FL 32836
Mickey Bar
Mickey Bar
Photo by Bill Addison and Helen Rosner

Once and forever a classic, the Mickey Bar is dessert perfection. It's indulgently sized, it stays frozen for longer than seems possible, and that dark chocolate casing's sweet bitterness is the exact right contrast to the creamy vanilla ice cream.

1180 Seven Seas Drive
Orlando, FL 32836

3. Turkey Leg at Liberty Square Market

1180 Seven Seas Drive, Orlando, FL 32836
A server hands a large turkey leg, wrapped in wax paper, toward the camera with a menu and snacks blurred in the background
Turkey Leg
Helen Rosner and Bill Addison

An icon of the parks since it was introduced in the early 1990s, the hulking turkey leg is a smoky sodium bomb that’s almost ham-like in its flavor. Not for the faint of heart.

1180 Seven Seas Drive
Orlando, FL 32836

4. Mickey Waffles

1180 Seven Seas Drive Suite D, Orlando, FL 32836
Photo courtesy of the Walt Disney Company

Small and large waffles shaped in Mickey’s likeness aren’t just a cult favorite, but an ideal pairing of fluff and crunch, done to confounding perfection every time. Find a version nearly everywhere come breakfast time or the plate-sized face all day at Magic Kingdom’s Sleepy Hollow stand.

1180 Seven Seas Drive Suite D
Orlando, FL 32836

5. Corn Dog Nuggets at Westward Ho

1510 N Ave of the Stars, Orlando, FL 32836

Imagine pigs in blankets except corn dogs. The perfect bite-sized snack.

1510 N Ave of the Stars
Orlando, FL 32836

6. Dole Whip at Aloha Isle

Adventureland, Orlando, FL 32836
Dole Whip and Dole Whip Float
Dole Whip and Dole Whip Float
Photo by Bill Addison and Helen Rosner

Dole Whip is iconic for a reason. The pineapple soft serve is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, and is even better as a float with pineapple juice.

Adventureland
Orlando, FL 32836

7. Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen

Magic Kingdom Dr, Orlando, FL 32836
a large hunk of fried chicken drizzled with sauce and sliced vegetables, on a plastic plate set on a wooden tabletop
Fried chicken at the Skipper Canteen
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It’s worth praising any restaurant that strays from chicken nuggets within view of Cinderella Castle, but Skipper Canteen’s Jungle Cruise-inspired menu of braised pork cachapas, tofu curry stew, and sustainable whole fried fish is among Disney’s best.

Magic Kingdom Dr
Orlando, FL 32836

8. Citrus Swirl at Sunshine Tree Terrace

1180 Seven Seas Dr, Orlando, FL 32836