A date at Walt Disney World is the most magical when there's delicious dining involved. Now you have even more choices thanks to new restaurants and dining experiences at Walt Disney World. Some restaurants are brand new, others are reopening for the first time in over two years. So, where should you eat at Walt Disney World?
Read on for a listing of new Disney restaurants as well as changing to longtime favorites. And we've included tips on which ones are best for each type of occasion.
Updated October 2022, by Dani Meyering
New Table Service Disney Restaurants
Best for: Special occasions
The most anticipated new restaurant at Walt Disney World is literally out of this world. Space 220 is a fully immersive restaurant located at EPCOT.
Imagine how impressed your date will be boarding a space elevator to travel 220 miles above Earth to dine in outer space. Only Disney could make a place like this. After departing the space elevator you'll walk into a modern dining room with picture windows that look out into space — keep an eye out for special Disney and Star Wars moments that could only happen in space.
Space 220 offers a prix fixe menu for adults and kids for lunch and dinner. Prices are $55 for adults for lunch, $79 for adults for dinner, and $29 for kids for lunch and dinner. A lounge is available as well, with a la carte ordering. You will need a reservation for dining at Space 220, or check in upon arrival to see if there is walk-in availability for the lounge.
Location: Disney's Contemporary
Best for: Breakfast, lunch, and a nice dinner, or walk-up lounge
For many Disney fans it was hard to let go of The Wave, a popular restaurant at Disney's Contemporary. But now that Steakhouse 71 has opened in its place, many are rejoicing. Located on the first floor of the Contemporary, this casual steakhouse gets its name from the opening year of Walt Disney World — now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Steakhouse 71 offers a menu of elevated American classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
During its first year, Steakhouse 71 created a loyal fan base. It offers the right balance of casual sophistication, making it both approachable and special. Any Disney fan will love the decor and details paying homage to the early years of Walt Disney World. Even the menu has reimagined favorites from that era.
The specialty cocktails are not to be missed, especially the Tequila Sunrise for Two — just perfect for date night with Herradura Reposado Tequila, POG Juice, rosemary simple syrup, and house-made grenadine. Lounge seating is also available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The space is much brighter than its predecessor.
Best for: An international casual date
It's a momentous occasion when a World Showcase pavilion gets an expansion. EPCOT's France Pavilion is now home to a new ride, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, and a new restaurant. La Creperie de Paris offers a chance to enjoy casual French cuisine in the most approachable restaurant of the pavilion. There's also a snack and beverage window.
Order a savory crepe, known as a galette, with gluten-free buckwheat, or satisfy your sweet tooth. Or, instead of choosing between the two, go with the pre-fixe option enabling you to have soup or salad, one savory galette, one sweet crepe, and a beverage.
New Disney Dining Experiences
Location: Disney's Contemporary Resort
Best for: Special occasions
One of the best-known Disney restaurants now offers a limited-time dining experience. Perched at the top floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort, California Grill offers one of the best atmospheres at Walt Disney World. This signature restaurant has been a popular Disney date spot for decades, thanks to its panoramic views of Magic Kingdom and Bay Lake.
In honor of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, a special menu is being offered. This prix fixe menu includes 3 courses (appetizer, entree, and dessert) for $89 per adult and $39 per child under 10. Highlights of this special menu include The California Grill Sushi Classics Trio – Blue Crab California Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Spicy Kazan Roll, as well as Oak-Fired Filet of Beef. The House-Made Artisanal-Style Duck á la Orange Pizza is a recreation of an original menu item from the restaurant's days when it was known as the Top of the World.
Main Street Confectionery – newly reimagined
Location: Magic Kingdom
Best for: The sweetest date
Treat your sweetheart to the sweetest Disney date. Head to Main Street Confectionery just inside Magic Kingdom for a dose of old-fashioned storybook sweets. The classic Disney candy shop has just reopened with a brand-new look, while keeping in touch with its classic roots. The modern space allows guests to move about in a better flow.
Keep an eye out for details and a heartwarming backstory of the shop's origins. The big hit of the Confectionery's new offerings is the make-your-own specialty popcorn. You can select from a variety of popcorn flavors as your base and add on toppings like chocolate syrup, marshmallows, cookie crumbles, and much more.
Recently reopened restaurants at Walt Disney World:
- Hoop De Doo Revue at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground
- Victoria and Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian (premium fine dining)
- Monsieur Paul at EPCOT (premium fine dining)
- Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Flying Fish at Disney's Boardwalk
- Storybook Dining at Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (Snow White character dining)
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at EPCOT (Princess character dining)
50th Anniversary Food and Beverage
In honor of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary there are over 150 different specialty drinks, eats, and treats available throughout the resort. Keep an eye out at all quick service and table service locations for the specially designated 50th anniversary items.
One of my favorite 50th anniversary drinks is the Magical Beacon Cocktail made with 1908 Empress Gin. The celebration is just getting started so you'll have plenty of time to try out the new treats together.
How to Plan Your Disney Dining Date
- Make a Park Pass Reservation if you're dining inside any of the theme parks
- Make a Dining Reservation, they can fill up fast
- Food allergies and special requests: Let your server know right away
- Plan your budget; experiences marked “special occasion” can run $50 – $80 per person
- Dress code: All Disney restaurants are pretty relaxed when it comes to dress code, still, it's nice to dress up a little once in a while
All photos by Laura Byrne, unless otherwise noted.