Top 5 Unique Dining Experiences At Walt Disney World

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The Walt Disney World Resort is home to literally hundreds of dining options from sit down meals, quick service, lounges and snack carts. There is no shortage on options for even the pickiest of eaters.

However, Disney is also home to some unique dining experiences for vacation destination.

I thought it would be fun to take a look at the top 5 unique dining experiences you and your family can have while on vacation.

Number 5 – 50’s Prime Time Cafe

50's Prime Time Cafe

50’s Prime Time Cafe is located in the Echo Park area of Hollywood Studios. This dining location has been a staple to the park since Hollywood Studios opened. It is personally a tradition to go her in my family.

The restaurant booths are themed to feel like you are sitting in a 1950s kitchen. There are little old black and white TVs playing clips from shows at the time such as Leave It To Beaver and Topper.

The wait staff is your family, your waitress is your mother and will scold you if your elbows are on the table or if you leave vegetables on your plate.

The menu is serving great home cooked meals such as fried chicken and meatloaf. It is a great place to get a nice milkshake, not over the top which is the trend these days.

50’s Prime Time Cafe is also home to the Tune-In Lounge. This is a great lounge off to the side in the AC. The ’50s theme carries over to the lounge and you can get the full menu here.

Number 4 – Highway in the Sky Dine Around

Monorail

There is no doubt that the Walt Disney World Monorail is a staple of the resort. But did you know there is a special progressive meal you can book that will stop at each of the Monorail resorts?

Monday-Thursday Disney offers the Highway in the Sky Dine Around. Guests will gather at The Wave… Of American Flavors at the Contemporary Resort enjoying appetizers and specialty cocktails. You will get to know the other families joining you on this dining experience.

You will then board the Monorail and head to the Polynesian Village Resort and enjoy the island inspired appetizers.

Guests will then re-board the Monorail and head towards The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Here you will enjoy your main course at Citricos while sitting waterside on Seven Seas Lagoon.

After dinner you will board the Monorail one last time and head back to the Contemporary Resort. Once back at the resort guests will be escorted to a private patio where they will enjoy desserts while watching the Magic Kingdom nighttime spectacular Happily Ever After.

Although this experience comes at a hefty price page of $170 per person plus tax it is a great way to sample the different menus of the Monorail resorts.

Number 3 – Cinderella’s Royal Table

Cinderella Castle

What is more special and unique about a Disney vacation than dining with Disney Princesses right where they live? At Cinderella’s Royal Table guests can do this right in the icon of Magic Kingdom Park.

Prior to your meal you will meat Cinderella downstairs for a Meet and Greet as well as a photo opportunity. After Cinderella welcomes you to her home you will head upstairs to enjoy your meal.

This location offers great views of the park around the castle. It great tip is to do this meal for breakfast. You will get to enter a nearly empty park which makes for great pictures on Main Street, U.S.A. as well as the Hub around the castle.

All of Cinderella’s Princess friends will come out during your meal to talk and take pictures with each table. Young prince and princesses are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

This is one of the more popular reservations on property so be sure to book this right at your 180 day window.

Number 2 – Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

Spirit of Aloha

Over at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort guests can enjoy a a luau just off the beaches of the resort in an open air theater at Luau Cove.

The story of the dinner show is that a local girl has returned home so Auntie Wini wants to throw a welcome home party and has invited the whole neighborhood including you.

The show features music and dances from Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti. The highlight of the show is the fire spinner.

Guests will dine on a family style buffet all you care to eat and drink of island offerings.

Having been to Aulani I can say with confidence that this is a great Luau that you do not have to travel half way across the world to enjoy.

Number 1 – Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

Pioneer Hall

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue has been delighting guests at Fort Wilderness Resort since 1974. This is a dinner show with an Old West vaudeville theme. The show takes place at Pioneer Hall near the Fort Wilderness dock. Is is a trek to get here but worth it.

The show features the five Pioneer Hall Players singing, dancing and performing different songs and comedy routines. Guests are encouraged to join in on the fun by participating in couples dances, birthday celebrations and wash-board playing.

The menu is an all you care to eat and drink family buffet. The menu stars fried chicken, ribs and all the fixings. For dessert that serve a strawberry shortcake.

The show is three times per night and offers three different seating categories. The good news is that there is not a bad seat in the hall as the cast goes all around the room.

During the Holidays the Revue adds a Christmas overlay in the songs and musical numbers.

I recommend getting here early to meander around the grounds and be sure to check out Tri-Circle-D Ranch. This is where all of the WDW horses live when they are not on stage.

Tri-Circle-D Ranch

What do you think are some of the more unique dining locations at Walt Disney World?

If you enjoyed this article please check out my other Top 5s about the Best Quick Service Restaurants and Ways You Know Your Vacation Has Started.

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