Disney Dining : How I Got Out of My Comfort Zone

I’m a creature of habit. Always have been, and probably always will be. I tend to make safe choices, and when that comes to Disney, that means choosing restaurants that we’ve enjoyed in the past. When we started planning our December anniversary trip to Disney, I told my husband that we were only going to eat at restaurants that we have never eaten at before. This was going to be a trip of firsts, and trying new dining options was at the top of the list.

I started off by mapping out my park days and a loosely set touring plan. We didn’t have park hoppers, so my choices for dining were either going to be resort restaurants, or park restaurants. After I set my basic plans and knew what days I wanted to be in each park, I started checking menus to see prices and entree choices.

We were on the dining plan, and I knew that I was going to be “that” person that chose the most expensive option just to get my moneys worth out of the dining plan. We had 4 sit down meals to choose, and after checking out the menus of what we thought we would like, we settled on:

Dinner at Be Our Guest. This was our first meal of the trip, and it set the bar high. My husband loves Beauty and the Beast, so dining in the Beast’s castle was a huge hit for him. The decor was amazing, and the entire experience was fantastic. We both ate the grilled strip steak with garlic-herb butter, vegetables and pommes frites. The steak was cooked to perfection and the french fries dipped in the sauce (basically mayo with garlic) were so yummy. We left full and totally satisfied.

Our second restaurant choice was dinner at Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine. This is a buffet restaurant at Hollywood Studios.The food was really good and fresh, but the lobster mac and cheese is what won me over. That and the dessert selections.

Can we just have a moment of silence for whoever invented the chocolate fountain, because wow. So yummy! 

Hollywood and Vine was a good restaurant with lots of food choices on the buffet. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

I kinda broke my own rules with our 3rd choice when I picked The Garden Grill at Epcot because we have eaten there before, but I went with it because we’ve never eaten breakfast there. And I scored pre-park opening breakfast which made it even better. This was such a fun meal. It’s the same characters as dinner (Chip, Dale, Mickey and Pluto), and the interaction is just as great. It’s a family style meal, and there was so much food! We ate until we were stuffed, and there was so much leftover. I highly recommend this dining choice, and if you can get pre-park reservations, you are right there by Soarin’, so you can just scoot over as soon as you get done eating.

Our last reservation choice was dinner at La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot. Y’all. This meal was incredible. We ordered the Del Mar mixed grill for 2 and it comes with shrimp, fish, scallops and vegetables, served with beans and fresh salsas. The food was hands down the best food we ate at WDW, and the best Mexican food I’ve ever eaten. My husband nearly lost a few fingers when he tried to steal some of my scallops off my plate. My mouth still starts watering when I think about the cheesy sauce they put on the corn. We picked chocolate mouse and an empanada for dessert and they were both delicious. I would LOVE to go there again! 

When picking dining options at Walt Disney World, it is important to keep in mind what you know your family (especially picky eaters) will enjoy, but don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new. Browse the menus and see what all is out there. I’m so glad we tried some new restaurants, and I can’t wait to pick a few more new ones to try out on our next trip. What are your favorite restaurants at WDW? Any place you are dying to try? Let’s chat in the comments! Have a great day! ~Amy ºoº