Dining locations are a huge part of Disney’s bread and butter – pun intended.
Sure, the attractions are great, but many people also really enjoy eating out while on vacation (me included). In addition, Disney makes plenty of money from their restaurants.
It’s no surprise, then, that they’re constantly adding new restaurants. What’s great for us as guests, though, is that these restaurants aren’t just places to grab a meal. Even quick-service locations are well-themed and table-service options are even more exciting.
The new dining locations at Disney World are no exception. They’re delicious, unique to property, and provide a fun atmosphere. Let’s take a look at them!
5. Mos Eisley Cantina
The Mos Eisley Cantina is a fictional bar from Star Wars where dangerous characters frequent and interesting interactions occur. Disney World is bringing this shady Cantina to life in Disney’s Hollywood Studios‘ Star Wars Land.
Guests can treat themselves to some “local” delicacies including blue milk and milkshakes and hummus that looks like Sith, among other things. If you love Star Wars, you won’t want to miss this storied bar come to life!
4. Frontera Fresco
Chef Rick Bayless joins the many other restaurateurs who have made Disney Springs home. Bayless is famous for his gourmet Mexican cuisine, and that’s exactly what he’ll bring to the former Downtown area.
Diners will enjoy the locally sourced ingredients used to make tortas, tacos, salads, guacamole, and classic braised meats. Handmade cocktails and margaritas as well as craft beers and wine will also be available.
3. D-Luxe Burger
D-Luxe Burger is another dining location in Disney Springs serving up gourmet food. This time, it’s the classic American burger kicked up a notch. This Florida-ranch themed restaurant will feature covered outdoor seating and a selection of classic meat burgers, chicken burgers, and veggie burgers.
You’ll also find delicious milkshakes made from gelato. Wow! Rotating favors include vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, strawberry, salted caramel, s’mores, and cake. Rootbeer, cherry coke, and orange floats as well as hard sodas, draft beer, and cider will round out the drink options.
On the side, you’ll enjoy the fresh-cut fries and dipping sauces. For dessert, you have to try the red velvet macaroon complete with raspberry ketchup! It’s handmade with all the attention given to regular burgers, but these are like a unique cupcake!
2. Nomad Lounge
Nomad Lounge is a 21+ bar perfect for a cocktail or a quick snack. Wagyu beef skewers, vegetarian summer rolls, Indian Butter chicken wings, and honey-glazed coriander-spiced pork ribs are just the few of the meals available. Drinks include specialty martinis and freshly ground coffees.
As the name suggestions, the lounge is about traveling the world. Banners hung from the ceiling will ask questions about discovering the world. Servers will give guests decorative tags on which to answer the questions. Once you’ve completed your tag, the server will hang it from chandeliers above the bar. This is a unique opportunity to interact with the restaurant in a way that isn’t available elsewhere.
The Nomad Lounge is adjacent to Tiffins, Disney’s Animal Kingdom‘s new table-service signature restaurant. Since Animal Kingdom has become an all-day park, the need arose to accommodate guests and their need for better dining options throughout the day. Tiffins meets that need and exceeds it!
The word “Tiffin” is Indian English for a midday meal or a container used to carry food while traveling like a cooler or a lunch box. Not only is this a fun restaurant theme, it fits well within the Animal Kingdom story. There are three uniquely themed dining areas including Asia (Trek), Africa (Safari), and the Grand Gallery which celebrates the species of animals that Disney Conservation has worked so hard to save through funding and field experiences.
How does this sound: lobster popcorn Thai curry soup. Yes, that’s one dish! Other options include grilled octopus, frog legs, cheese and chicken liver pate, lamb chops, pork tenderloin, miso-glazed cod, Wagnu strip loin, braised short ribs, and pan-seared duck breast and leg confit. If that doesn’t stuff you, dessert surely will! Try the crème brulee, peanut butter mousse, and the classic ice cream sundae. Wash it all down with a drink from the full wine lines and flavored liquors.
Are you looking forward to the new restaurants at Disney World? Which one?