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.