Whenever I plan or dream about a trip, one of the first things I think about is, “what can I eat?” 😜 I love trying different foods from different places, and Disney World in Orlando, Florida is no different. Here’s my list of the best snacks and meals when you’re planning what to eat in Disney World. From pasta and gelato to pretzels and pizza, we’ll cover it all at the “happiest place on earth“. Enjoy!!
Disney Springs is an outdoor array of shopping, dining and a few attractions like boat rides and a hot air balloon. Plus, it’s completely free to enter! You can walk around and just enjoy the ambience. Fun music plays amongst candy stores and Disney merchandise shops. And world-renown chefs have restaurants here, like Wine Bar George and Morimoto Asia.
Dine amongst the stars at Planet Hollywood
Indulge your sweet tooth at Vivoli il Gelato
Get creative at the M&M’s Store
You can print a photo from your phone onto M&M’s candy! Just choose your photo, your candy colors, and step back as the magic happens. Since we were on our honeymoon, we got a photo from our wedding printed onto our M&M’s. 💖
Magic Kingdom is debatably the most popular park in all of Disney World. It is the home of many beloved classic rides including Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Jungle Cruise, Peter Pan’s Flight, Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. There are a ton of amazing snacks to eat in this park, as well as the chance to dine like Disney princess royalty. 👑
Dine like royalty at Cinderella’s Royal Table
If you make reservations far enough in advance, you can snag a seat inside the iconic Cinderella’s Castle. Greeted by suits of arms and elaborate tapestries, this is a place to indulge. Both lunch and dinner are served with three courses, and they have incredible plant-based options. The price is quite high for a seat at Cinderella’s Royal Table, but if you’re going for an extra special occasion or if you have kiddos who are obsessed with Cinderella, it might make it worth it for you.
Snack your way through the rest of the park
A sit-down dining experience is a great way to rest your feet and cool down in air conditioning. But if you’re wanting to spend more time on the rides, let’s look at what to eat in Disney World on the go!
Enjoy a Mickey-Shaped Pretzel from a number of food stands around the park. You can also get a side of plastic cheese to dip your pretzel in.
Mickey-Shaped Ice Cream Bar. How cute is this!? But you don’t have to pay Disney prices to get this refreshing snack – they sell it at many major grocery stores in the U.S.
Sit down for a quick refuel at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe
We were in Disney World during Florida’s hurricane season, and one evening we get drenched by the rain. We had plastic ponchos on, but it did little good with the quantity of water and wind that stormed around us. Our shoes and socks got completely soaked and hadn’t even begun to dry out by the time dinner rolled around. But a couple bowls of beans, rice, veggies and chicken made all our rain-drenched worries float away. ☔
Epcot is the epicenter of a foodie’s paradise. Where else can you eat Mexican tacos, Italian pizza, English fish and chips, Japanese sushi, Chinese spring rolls and French pastries just a few steps from each other?! You can literally eat your way around the world. Which is exactly what I invite you to do when you’re planning what to eat in Disney World! 🌍🌎🌏
Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion has multiple spots to grab bites and drinks. There is a full sit-down restaurant inside the Mayan temple. You can dine while watching other park guests ride in boats along the indoor canal on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros ride. We ate at the outdoor spot called La Cantina de San Angel. And I highly recommend these delicious fried cod and mango relish tacos served with rice and fried plantains.
The Norway Pavilion feels like you’re walking into real-life Frozen. Stop by Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe to try the classic Norwegian school bread. It’s a chewy cardamom-flavored bun covered in toasted coconut. When you bite into the sweet bread, you’ll be greeted by the creamy custard.
Now, I know caramel popcorn may seem like a waste of time in a park full of other foodie possibilities. But hear me out – this is no ordinary caramel popcorn. Germany Pavilion’s Karamell-Küche has popcorn that is covered in Werther’s Original Caramel! It doesn’t get any better than that! Plus, you can save this snack for later if you don’t finish it all in one sitting. We were snacking on it three days later and it was still delicious.
If you’re looking for the most authentic international food in Epcot, I think Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria wins the gold medal. The flour and the water are imported from Italy to make their pizzas as authentic as possible. How cool is that!? Their menu is extensive, but I say go for the Carciofi Pizza full of artichokes, fontina, mozzarella, and truffle oil. 🧑🍳 Of all the possibilities of what to eat in Disney World, this pizza is at the top of my list.
The Japan Pavilion is a great place to find a moment of tranquility. They have lush greenery and a trickling stream that invokes a much-needed sense of calm in the bustling Disney park. We ate sushi at Katsura Grill, but this was probably the least-authentic-tasting meal we tried. If you do eat sushi in the Japan Pavilion, consider splurging a little on a fancier restaurant like Teppan Edo.
Epcot’s France Pavilion is bursting with amazing food to try. Stop by L’Artisan des Glaces for ice cream and La Crêperie de Paris for crepes. Round out your trip to France by stopping in at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie for classics including croissants, baguettes, beignets, and crème brûlée.
Bonus: One of Disney World’s newest rides, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, just opened in Epcot’s France Pavilion! Tour Gusteau’s world-famous restaurant and kitchen in 4D!
Epcot’s full table-service restaurant in the Morocco Pavilion called Restaurant Marrakesh was still closed when we were there in summer 2021. But the building was open to guests to sit, relax, and marvel at the architecture. Which is worth marveling at, since the king of Morocco sent his own designers and architects to help Disney create the most beautiful and authentic version of Morocco – in the middle of Florida. Stop by Spice Road Table which offers small plates to share such as hummus fries and a delicious Spice Road Table Sampler.
Want to know what a zoo and an amusement park would be like if they combined into one? Welcome to Animal Kingdom! You can learn all about magnificent creatures from giraffes to lions on the safari ride. Then take a thrilling expedition on Mount Everest. And while there is incredible food around this entire park to explore, Pandora has some of the most unusual menu items to try. When planning what to eat in Disney World, Pandora is a great stop for unique flavors.
Explore Pandora’s unique cuisine at Satu’li Canteen
This quick-service restaurant will play with your palate. Try a chili-garlic shrimp noodle bowl topped with acidic popping boba balls. Each time a boba ball pops, it releases a burst of flavor to meld with the rest of the food. Or you could opt to leave them off your meal, if bursting flavor balls isn’t your forte.
Quench your Avatar-sized thirst at Pongu Pongu
On a hot and humid Florida day, an ice cold drink like this Night Blossom will hit the spot. It’s made of non-alcoholic slushy layers of apple and pear limeade, topped with passion fruit boba balls. I don’t remember boba making an appearance in the movie Avatar, but they’re everywhere in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora. And unlike the ones at Satu’li Canteen, these boba balls burst forth a welcome sweet surprise.
I hope you enjoyed reading all about what to eat in Disney World! There are so many more drinks, snacks and meals to try at all the parks. We didn’t touch on what to eat in Canada, China, United Kingdom, and United States of America in Epcot. And we didn’t even talk about the amazing food and drinks in Hollywood Studios!
What is your favorite theme park snack? Is food an essential part of your travel planning? Let me know! 🥰