Disney For Adults: Food Edition
May 13, 2018
Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to visit Walt Disney World, however, by the time I became an adult I no longer longed to visit the castle, ride in Dumbo shaped cars or to take my picture with Mickey and Minnie. I mistakenly thought what many other people think as well. I thought that Disney was just for kids. I believed that until I visited Disney World for he first time when my husband took me shortly after we started dating. He was and is Disney obsessed, and he had to get me to Disney as quick as possible to find out if I was a keeper!
There are SO many things I love about Disney as an adult. So much that I can not fit it into just one article. I am going to write a whole series of articles titled Disney for Adults so that you can scroll through and see all the wonderful things you have in store for you when you visit Walt Disney World!
For this article I am going to skip straight to the important stuff- Food! I know for me, when I go on vacation, and especially Disney, I am most excited to try all the different cuisine that I don’t normally taste back at home. I want to know what people from that part of the world normally eat for each meal. I want to visit all the best restaurants from the area and finish off each meal with dessert. After all, calories don’t count at Disney!! Good thing calories don’t count at Disney because food certainly makes Walt Disney World more magical and I want to experience all the magic I possibly can! Below I have listed a few of my favorite restaurants along with one that is on my bucket list. Be prepared for the rumbly in your tumbly!
Cape May Cafe
I would like to start with Cape May Cafe situated in Disney’s Beach Club Resort simply cause it is my absolute favorite. This is the one restaurant I have to eat at on every trip. In fact I would eat there every night if my husband would go along with that! In the morning they have Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast, which is a character meal with Minnie and her friends where they serve all of your breakfast favorites such as Mickey waffles, eggs, bacon and biscuits and gravy. At dinner time they have their Seafood-and-More Dinner Buffet with all you can eat legs!! Crab is one of my absolute favorite foods, however, I hardly ever order it when I go out to eat because I will go home hungry. However, at Cape May I have never gone home hungry. Along with the crab legs they have shrimp, a carving station, soups, salads, pastas, potatoes, breads, cheeses, vegetables and more. I also believe they have the best desserts on property. My hubby may disagree, however I think their flourless chocolate cake is to die for! I also love that the restaurant and resort are very nice, yet the restaurant is casual so I don’t have to go home and dress up before going out to dinner. Check out what’s on the menu here.
Victoria & Alberts
Calling Victoria & Alberts a beautiful restaurant would be an understatement. They have left no detail untouched. Disney says, “Every detail bespeaks gracious elegance—from the fresh-cut flowers to the fine Italian table linens to the handsome Wedgwood china to the Sambonet silverware. Our warmly lit rotunda—with its hand-painted dome—and the delicate strains of a harpist enhance the luxurious, romantic ambiance.”
Victoria & Alberts is one of only three five star diamond restaurants in the entire state of Florida and the only one in Central Florida. This restaurant is perfect for very special occasions, and is at the top of my bucket list! I would LOVE to have a nice dinner here on a significant anniversary.
*Sweetie, our five year anniversary is coming up in about a year and a half, hint, hint!*
At Victoria & Alberts they have three different dining experiences. You can reserve a seat in either the dinning room where you can choose from a nice 7 or 10 course meal, the Queen Victoria’s Room with only four tables for two where you will enjoy a delicious 10 course meal, or the Chef’s table in the kitchen with seating for ten where you will begin with a champagne toast and then enjoy a mouth-watering feast of up to 13 courses. The age limit in this restaurant is set at ten and above, so you are guaranteed a nice relaxing evening with your significant other. Find out more by clicking here.
Sanaa is an African restaurant with Indian flavors situated in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village. It can be very romantic to sit in Sanaa with your sweetie enjoying the spectacular views of African wildlife on the lush Sunset Savanna outside. You will see many different animals such as giraffes, zebras, kudu, and more. I love the atmosphere, however what really makes this restaurant a must try is their cuisine.
I always start my meal with the delicious Indian-style bread (naan) service. The naan is made in an authentic traditional tandoori oven and comes with your choice of three accompaniments from nine different choices: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mango Chutney, Tomato-Date Jam, Tamarind Chutney, Coriander Chuntey, Garlic Pickle, Red Chile Sambal, or Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle. For the entree, my favorites are the Butter Chicken and the Spicy Durban Shrimp, however you can choose from many yummy dishes such as Goan Seafood Curry, Braised Beef, Lamb Shank, African-inspired Biryani with Shrimp, Fragrant Duck, Grilled New York Strip, Today’s Sustainable Fish and more. Click here to check out the full menu.
My husband and I have eaten at California Grill one time, and it was a very magical experience. We arrived to the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort just before Happily Ever After fireworks began, and we were seated at a table by the window with a great view of the castle. The table was decorated nicely with a touch of Mickey and a thank you card. While we enjoyed our cheese plate the fireworks began. They turned the lights down, piped in the music from the show, and we noticed that the view was perfect. It was a nice romantic ending to a great day at Disney World.
California Grill is a nice signature restaurant serving gourmet California cuisine which features fresh, seasonal ingredients. Changing seasonally, the menu may include such specialties as handmade Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, Jumbo Sea Scallops, and Oak-fired Choice Angus Filet of Beef. To complement their entrées, Guests 21 years of age and up can select from over 300 hand-picked wines—most of which are from California. Over 50 are available by the glass, and sommeliers are on hand to offer pairing suggestions. After you finish your entree it is time for dessert! Polish off a perfect meal with decadent desserts like Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake and Blueberry Cheesecake. Dress code is business casual. Click here to look at the menu.
Eating Around the World
Epcot is an amazing place to go if you are looking for food, especially if you visit World Showcase inside of Epcot. World showcase is a 1.2 mile walkway featuring 11 countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. There is a plethora of restaurants, shows, shopping, attractions, and characters around the world. World Showcase is a great place for adults to spend their afternoon at Epcot exploring, eating, and drinking. Each country has a quick-service restaurant and a table-service restaurant. There are also booths set up all over the place with snacks, drinks and quick bites. You will have a great time traveling around the world trying food from all over the globe.
A couple really good restaurants to try are Teppan Edo in the Japan pavilion and Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canadian pavilion. Teppan Edo is a Japanese steakhouse where the food is prepared right in front of you. It is part meal, part show. Teppan Edo has some of the best food I have ever tasted. I don’t think there is anything I don’t like at this restaurant. I am especially fond of the yum-yum sauce! Check out the menu here.
If you are looking for a good piece of steak try Le Cellier. I don’t think you will be disappointed. I would suggest you try the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup. It’s delicious. Click here to see Le Cellier’s menu.
I will be discussing more restaurants from the World Showcase and other parts of Disney in future blog posts.
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