Disney food for the whole family

You may have noticed that I do a lot of food-related posts. No, I’m not trying to be The Disney Food Blog Jr. (Though I do highly recommend that site for all kinds of information about Disney World food.) It’s just that I bring a unique set of skills to the table, so to speak. You see, I live at a crossroads between picky eaters (having three boys who are all picky in different ways) and a foodie (my husband, who is an advertising photographer specializing in food). Being surrounded by gourmet delights on a daily basis, my husband goes for the good stuff. My kids, being kids, go for the kid stuff. At home, I customize their meals as much as possible without driving myself crazy. On vacation, I try to find places that satisfy us all so we can spend more time together as a family. That isn’t always easy, and we sometimes end up going in different directions.

At Disney World, some of the places that all five of us enjoy are:

Casey’s Corner (Magic Kingdom): With nachos, hot dogs, corn dog nuggets, and specialty hot dogs, there is something for each of us here.

BBQ Slaw Dog at Casey's Corner. Yum!

BBQ Slaw Dog at Casey’s Corner. Yum!

Columbia Harbour House (Magic Kingdom): Specialty sandwiches, shrimp, fish, chicken nuggets, and more – all in a relaxing atmosphere.

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café (Magic Kingdom): This huge counter service restaurant requires a bit of strategy as the different “bays” serve different items. There is some crossover, though, so check it out before you get in line. With things like barbecue pork sandwiches, grilled chicken sandwiches, rotisserie chicken, turkey sandwiches, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, salads, vegetarian items, and more, we can all find something that appeals. And with the toppings bar, my foodie husband can turn his sandwich into a masterpiece!

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café (Magic Kingdom): Burgers (including a veggie burger), barbecue pork sandwiches, chili-cheese fries, and salads are the staples here.

La Cantina de San Angel (Epcot): This counter service restaurant in the Mexico Pavilion is a favorite of ours. The tacos, empanadas, and nachos are our mainstays. For less adventurous eaters, there are chicken tenders on the kids menu.

With Disney's big portions, we can usually split 4 meals between the 5 of us. Photo courtesy of 2eat2drink - check it out!

With Disney’s big portions, we can usually split 4 meals between the 5 of us. Photo courtesy of 2eat2drink and used with permission.

Sunshine Seasons (Epcot): Located in the Land Pavilion, this counter service place has a nice variety of healthier options. Check out the menu to see what I mean.

ABC Commissary (Hollywood Studios): With salads, burgers, seafood, and more, this is a quick stop we all enjoy.

Backlot Express (Hollywood Studios): Burgers, hot dogs, specialty sandwiches, and chicken nuggets make this place a crowd-pleaser.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater (Hollywood Studios): Yes, this is the first table-service restaurant on my list. When the five of us go to Disney World, we tend to be in too much of a hurry to do many sit-down restaurants. But…we love this one! Specialty sandwiches, burgers, pasta, steak, and ribs – all while watching clips from “B” movies in a drive-in like setting. Pure awesomeness!

The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater.

The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

Flame Tree Barbecue (Animal Kingdom): Ribs, chicken, pork, turkey legs, yum!

Tusker House (Animal Kingdom): The second table service restaurant on my list, this is a buffet that features character dining during breakfast and lunch. There’s a variety of African and American fare on the buffet, so everyone is sure to be well-fed. Plus, the character interaction is fantastic! This is the place where Goofy refused to leave our table until I got up and gave him a hug. 🙂

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Chef Mickey’s (the Contemporary Resort): This buffet is the only place on my list that isn’t in one of the parks. We love the wide variety of food and the great character interaction here!

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Disney World has TONS of great dining options, but these work best for our big family (and our varied tastes). What Disney restaurants work well for your family?

About Heather Brainerd

Intuitive healer + meditation guide
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2 Responses to Disney food for the whole family

  1. Heather, this is such a helpful post for us. We just came back from a vacation. My husband plans to retire next June, so this past weekend while at a restaurant I thought it would be fun to make a list of our next three vacations. I love to plan. Right now, next year it is Disney World.

    So this post and all of your past posts I will be studying. Thank you for doing so much research and writing about your family’s experiences at Disney World. I’m sure they will help out tremendously.


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