Traveling with a family of different tastes to (attempt to) satisfy isn’t easy. As a result, I’ve learned to book a lot of buffets on our trips to Walt Disney World. There are a lot of options in this category, but here are our three favorites, in no particular order.
1. 1900 Park Fare
Not only is this dinner with Cinderella and her family very entertaining, but there is a nice variety of food. Chicken Marsala, sushi and beef strip loin are just a few of your dinning options at this Grand Floridian restaurant. A variety of salads, desserts and sides round out the menu. 1900 Park Fare also boasts one of the most popular, at least with the Disney nerds, and talented chefs on property, Chef TJ.
Get Park Wise: If at all possible, avoid sitting in the dining room closest to the entrance. This area gets a lot of foot traffic and can really be distracting during a meal. This may occasionally mean that your wait time will be a little longer, so you’ll have to weigh that against having someone almost constantly passing your table.
2. Dinner at Boma
I do have to preface this by saying I’ve not yet experienced breakfast at Boma, which I hear and read is supposed to be fantastic. It’s on our next trip list. That being said, we really enjoyed Boma after not really caring too much for it on our first venture to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We were drawn in for a second dining experience while staying in the Jambo House wing of the hotel. The smells wafting through the lobby were too yummy to ignore, so we tried and succeeded in getting a same day reservation for dinner. This buffet is pretty expansive offering authentic fare for more exotic palates while still being appealing for those who aren’t quite as adventurous. Don’t forget to save room for dessert, as Boma features one of our favorite dessert buffets on property.
Get Park Wise: When making plans to dine at Boma, schedule some extra time to enjoy the gorgeous lobby and savannas at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Be sure to inquire about the night vision goggles for better viewing of the animals after dark.
3. Breakfast at Chef Mickey’s
I know Chef Mickey’s gets a lot of mixed reviews for dinner, but we love it for breakfast. It features mostly standard Walt Disney World breakfast fare, which is pretty difficult to ruin. While the food is good, we really enjoy this meal for a combination of eats and atmosphere. Playing with classic Disney characters while the monorail whizzes by in the background has really made for some magical moments for our family.
Get Park Wise: If you’re hoping to dine with Mickey and his pals here, be sure to get your reservations as far in advance as possible. This is a wildly popular meal, and it fills up early.
We all have opinions and favorites at Walt Disney World. What are your top three buffets?