Nine Best Buffets in Disney World

When I think about getting my money’s worth in Walt Disney World’s dining department, all-you-can-eat buffets are the obvious choice. Whether you’re on a Disney Dining Plan or paying out of pocket, a sit-down style buffet meal is the best way to try a little bit of everything and there’s always something that everyone loves to eat. Want our picks for best Disney World buffets and all-you-care-to-enjoy spots? Here’s our top nine choices.

‘Ohana

'Ohana

‘Ohana literally translates to “family” and this restaurant in Polynesian Village Resort is all about family-style meals. The restaurant on the top floor of the Polynesian Village Resort is an all-you-care-to-enjoy style as well.

Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch

A character breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch, this character breakfast is American style with a Polynesian flair. Characters circulate between tables, take pictures, and sign autographs.

Dinner with Hawaiian Hospitality

A family style dinner, servers bring each course to your table. We love the coconut bread, lo mein noodles, and skewer after skewer of meat including shrimp, chicken, and beef.

FYI: this meal is not a character meal but does offer music and games.

1900 Park Fare

1900 Park Fare

Character buffet dining at Grand Floridian Resort filled with amazing food and meet and greet opportunities. 1900 Park Fare offers breakfast and dinner options with beautiful ambiance.

FYI: Cinderella and Prince Charming love to dance, so get your camera ready because they like picking diners to dance with.

Supercalifragilistic Breakfast

American-style breakfast featuring the popular Mickey waffles. Character meet and greets include Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh.

FYI: This meal is very popular. Make sure you head to the WDW website at 180 days out to book your reservation.

Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner

This all-you-care-to-enjoy meal offers seafood, sushi, pasta, and kid favorites like pizza and chicken. Character meet and greets have included Cinderella, Prince Charming, and Lady Tremaine and her “lovely” daughters.

FYI: 1900 Park Fare is VERY popular, so if you want to score at reservation on the day and time of your choice, head to the Walt Disney World website 180 days away from your dining date and lock one in.

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Located in Magic Kingdom, this all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring meet and greets from Winnie the Pooh and his buddies. We have had the pleasure of meeting Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger, but they are subject to change.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Akershus

Part buffet, part order what you like, it’s at Norway Pavilion at Epcot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring meet and greets from Disney Princesses. We’ve met Ariel, Cinderella, Aurora, as well as a few others. Part buffet, part family-style meal, the offerings are both traditional Norwegian and American, especially at breakfast.

FYI: Akershus is VERY popular, so if you want to score at reservation on the day and time of your choice, head to the Walt Disney World website 180 days away from your dining date and lock one in.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Cinderella's Royal Table

Probably the most scorable dining experience at Walt Disney World, Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each is a decent-sized meal, too. If you’re on a Disney Dining Plan, you’ll need to use two dining credits per person.  After a photo op in Cinderella Castle with Cinderella herself, you’ll head upstairs for a royal meal.

The Disney princesses make a grand entrance during the meal and circulate between tables.

FYI: CRT is VERY popular, so if you want to score at reservation on the day and time of your choice, head to the Walt Disney World website 180 days away from your dining date and lock one in.

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Boma- Flavors of Africa

Serving breakfast and dinner, Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge incorporates flavors from 50 different countries, highlighting popular dishes.

FYI: Although it’s a good idea to make an advanced reservation, we have walked up to the breakfast buffet and scored a table with only a few minutes wait.

Chef Mickey’s

Chef Mickey's

Chef Mickey’s is a family favorite of ours and the whimsical ambiance combined with American-style food is quintessential Disney. Located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the monorail runs straight through the top of the restaurant and is a great way to make your reservation on time. This one’s straight buffet-style dining.

FYI: At breakfast, make sure you check the pancake area for chefs that create giant castle pancakes.

Liberty Tree Tavern

Looking for a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner in Magic Kingdom? Liberty Tree Tavern is the place to head. LTT serves lunch and dinner, family-style, filled with all-you-care-to-enjoy servings of meat, turkey, and all the trimmings.

FYI: Liberty Tree Tavern has hearty meals- be sure to come hungry so so can try a little (or a lot!) of everything.

Buffet meals at Disney World

Tusker House

A character meal in Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with both African and American flair. Donald Duck and his pals circulate between tables, take photos, and sign autographs.

FYI: Tusker House is THE buffet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so if you’re adamant about dining there, make a reservation at 180 days out.

Did we miss your favorite buffet-style restaurant? Please let us know in the comment section below!

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33 Thoughts to “Nine Best Buffets in Disney World”

  1. Michael Morales

    It’s not a buffet but it it all you can eat. The hoop de do review is one of my favorites at Walt Disney world

    1. Karyn Locke

      Sure, that’s a great one! We’ve never been but know tons of folks that have and love it. Thanks for stopping by the site and feel free to snoop around!

  2. Lisa

    Love your blog! That is all!

    1. Karyn Locke

      LOVE that you love my blog! Thank you so much for stopping by! Anything you’d like to see next on it?

      1. Lisa

        Actually, we are visiting Disney World this October with out two girls. Your blog was one of the first things I read. Thanks to you, I learned all about ADR and was able to snatch a couple of ADR for character dining. I’m so very grateful, I feel you have saved me thousands of headaches and money, lol!!! Hugs!!!

        1. Karyn Locke

          Great news, Lisa! We’ll be visiting WDW this October as well, so I really need to heed my own advice and jump on a few ADRS, too! I’m so happy to be of help- please reach out with questions anytime! Are you doing Mickey’s not-So-Scary Halloween Party? I have plenty of advice about it as well!

          1. Lisa

            I saw your blog post about Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween. I pinned and saved it on Pinterest. We don’t know yet if we’ll be attending. My girls are really young (6&3) so I assume they will be exhausted by the time the party starts. We have reservations at the crystal palace at 8:20AM. We’ll be at MK all day. My husband and I are still thinking about it. Will let u know though.
            We are staying on site at Port Orleans-Riverside. Have you been there? Any tips and recommendations? =)

          2. Karyn Locke

            Thank so much! I have never stayed at Port Orleans- Riverside but have heard nothing but amazing takeaways about it! Please let me know if you do plan to attend MNSSHP and your dates- I’d love to stop and say hello!

  3. Lisa

    Yes!! Of course!! We’ll be there from the 20th to the 24th of October. Thanks for everything!!

  4. Sara

    Our favorite buffet when we went in the spring was Minnie’s seasonal dinner at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood Studios! The fab 5 were there, Mickie, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy that is, and they were dressed in the most precious spring outfits! And the food was delicious, especially the lobster Mac and cheese.

    1. Yvonne

      I love the Hollywood and Vine buffet too!

  5. Lisa

    Being seafood lovers our favorite is the Cape May Cafe. We decided not to go back to the Liberty Tree after the last visit. Other than the salad the food was not that great. There are too many others in our line up worth the cost. Great blog. (And name) Thanks for the tips!

  6. Bethanne F

    Best place for traditional Thanksgiving buffet that is not in the Disney parks nor necessarily on any resort properties???

    1. Sharline

      The Golden Corral. They had a great thanksgiving spread. My friend raved about it! We didn’t go there because we had reservations at Liberty Tree. But we will definitely try it next year. We live here in Celebration and go to wdw daily.

      1. Karyn Locke

        Hi Sharline!How lucky you are to visit my favorite spot on earth daily! Thank you so much for the tip about Golden Corral.

  7. Bethanne Franco

    Best place for traditional Thanksgiving buffet that is not in the Disney parks nor necessarily on any resort properties???

    1. Karyn Locke

      Thanks for stopping by – and great question! You know, we’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Orlando during Thanksgiving, so I’m going to reach out to my Florida peeps and try to score you some restaurant names! Stand by…

  8. Ruth Ann Bradford

    Do you think Tusker House would be ok for a picky adult eater who is not adventurous with food?

    1. Karyn Locke

      Thanks for popping in! I’m a picky eater and I would have to say that it should be fine. Here’s the official menu so you can get the scoop ahead of time: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/animal-kingdom/tusker-house-restaurant/menus/lunch/

      1. Dawn

        We ate there and was not impressed!

        1. Karyn Locke

          Thanks for the heads up, Dawn! What didn’t you like about it?

    2. PegP

      Tusker House offers more than just African food, so picky eaters, adults or otherwise, are fine. I even ate off of the kid’s buffet. They had lunch meat that I put on their tasty bread. It was like combining Africa and America in a sandwich hahaha. I also ate the kids’ corn dog nuggets. Not usually a big fan of those, but they were quite good. All the food at Tusker House is good.

  9. Michelle

    Where is that dessert platter from that’s featured so prominently? I want a mickey shaped brownie cake thing!

    1. Karyn Locke

      Thanks for stopping by the site! Those delicious desserts are actually part of the buffet at Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

      1. Lisa

        ha ha I came here with this question as well!! looks great

        1. Vex Maryn

          Thank you so much!

    2. PegP

      They’re called Mickey Domes. It’s a mini-Oreo topped with chocolate mousse. If you like soggy Oreos, then you’ll like them. I didn’t care for them, though. I guess I’m used to crunchy Oreos, so a mushy one tasted like a stale one. I didn’t even finish it.

  10. Colleen

    Is the akershus lunch and diner a buffet? The breakfast is for sure, but the menu leads me to believe otherwise. I booked it based on your suggestion, but am not sure your blog post is totally accurate anymore.

    1. Karyn Locke

      Hi Colleen,

      Thanks for stopping by! Akershus is an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant in Epcot – especially at breakfast. For lunch and dinner it’s a buffet and a main entree. You can keep going back to the buffet but will order an entree to enjoy. Hope this helps!

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  12. PegP

    Cinderella’s Royal Table isn’t a buffet, nor a family-style meal like Ohana’s. When we went, we got a menu. You choose one entry and that’s it.

    The Liberty Tree Tavern isn’t a buffet, but it’s a family-style meal like Ohana’s where you can eat as much as you like. You won’t meet any characters are this meal, but the food’s good. Garden Grill in Epcot is the same family-style meal, but you can meet Chip N Dale and other characters at this restaurant.

    The characters at the Tusker House buffet are there for all the meals, not just breakfast. This is a very tasty buffet with a variety of foods that will please anyone. This is a must-do for us whenever we’re at Disney, and not because it’s a buffet The food here is really good. Go around 11:15 am between breakfast and lunch and you can have both meals!

  13. S. Bohlander

    We were at Disney in June of 2018 with a party of eight and had wonderful meals at Tusker House and Boma. The African flavors were wonderful. We had picky eaters, adventurous eaters, gluten free eaters, as well as a special needs child that is who is hard to get to eat anything but what he thinks he wants ahead of time. We had really good luck with Tusker House and their character meal. We had reservations for 10:30 a.m. and that worked well. Although not a character meal, Boma was my absolute favorite place to eat!

  14. MDeemer

    Chef Mickey’s isn’t a buffet we’ll go back to. The food there isn’t good. We’ve tried both dinner & breakfast. When they don’t want seconds, you know it’s not that great. And we didn’t even get to see all of the characters. And that was after waiting 30 minutes past our reservation time AND being seated for an hour!

    Cinderella’s Royal Table isn’t a buffet or all-you-can-eat meal. You choose an entree like at a regular table restaurant. It’s very over-priced, even by Disney standards. A breakfast of eggs with bacon isn’t worth 2 dining credits (or about $50 out of pocket). If you want to dine in a castle & meet princesses, go to Akershus.

    Cape May Cafe has two different buffets. The breakfast one is a character meal. The dinner is seafood, which includes crab legs. If you like seafood, this buffet is a must do! It’s only one dining credit, which is a much better use of a dinning credit for all-you-can-eat seafood over two dining credits for eggs & bacon. And there’s a kid’s station and other foods for the non-seafood lovers.

    Tusker House is the best (imo) buffet on property. TIme it right & you can get breakfast and lunch offerings. My grandson ate FOUR helpings of pancakes “But, Nana, they’re so good here!” He didn’t even eat seconds of anything at Chef Mickey’s. I’m usually not a fan of things made with bananas, but I tried their banana bread pudding and actually went back for seconds. It was SO good! You’re seated relatively close to your reservation time, the servers are very helpful & friendly, have never missed any of their characters, and the food is awesome, even if you don’t care for African-inspired food.

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