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Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

Via Napoli Pizza
We recently celebrated the opening of a brand-new restaurant, Via Napoli, in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot. Via Napoli joins a host of Disney Parks dining experiences, many of which have been featured here on Disney Parks Blog. Read on to see what we’ve posted about some of your favorite Disney restaurants. And let us know you’ve enjoyed in the comments below.

Disney Parks are home to more than just attractions. Check out some of the dining experiences available to guests.

Mexico Pavilion Dining Update – The new 250-seat La Hacienda will only be open for dinner and expands the South-of-the Border offerings.

Wine Country Trattoria Re-Opens At Disney California Adventure – With a new menu and redesigned interior, Wine County Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery at Disney California Adventure Park opened just in time for the premier of ‘World of Color.’

Top 10 Quick Bites in the Walt Disney World Theme Parks – Readers’ top 10 favorite Walt Disney World quick-service restaurants.

Unique Disney dining experiences can also be found at Downtown Disney in Orlando and Anaheim.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Features New ‘N’awlins Brunch Fest’ with Bloody Mary Bar – Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim now features “N’awlins Brunch Fest” and a Bloody Mary Bar.

How to: Making Irish Soda Bread at Downtown Disney – Chef Kevin Dundon from Raglan Road at Downtown Disney to shows how to make the irish soda bread featured at his restaurant.

Belly Up to the (Meatball) Bar at Downtown Disney – Portobello at Downtown Disney pairs meatball sliders with seven microbrews from Orlando Brewing.

The magic of Disney dining even reaches into the many hotels and resorts throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Kona Island Sushi Bar at Disney’s Polynesian Resort – The popular Kona Island Sushi Bar at Disney’s Polynesian Resort has recently been added as a permanent dining location.

Why We Love Kouzzina by Cat Cora – Kouzzina by Cat Cora is the perfect spot for vegetarian or vegan options.

Have You Tasted Famed Copper River Salmon? – Artist Point, at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, is one of the few restaurants in Florida where you can taste the highly prized Copper River salmon from Alaska.

California Grill Celebrates 15 Years at the Top – A look back at 15 years at the California Grill, which opened on May 15, 1995.

Looking for the Ultimate Dining Experience? – Indulge in an evening of divine tastes and pampering at the Queen Victoria’s Room at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Front-Row Seat for the Kitchen at New Chef’s Table at Flying Fish Cafe – Award-winning Chef Tim Keating at Flying Fish Cafe on Disney’s BoardWalk has a loyal following, and most of the regulars love a seat at the wide granite bar facing the on-stage kitchen.

Sip a Mango at Sanaa – A backbeat of creamy yogurt with high notes of sweet mango make this an unusual and memorable end to a savory meal at Sanaa at Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.


  • My favorite restaurant for food is, hands down, Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge with The Wave @ Contemporary coming up as a VERY close second choice. Sannaa would be my third. They all have, IMO, the best tasting food on property.

    My favorite restaurant for atmosphere/theme is the Sci-Fi Dine In over at Hollywood Studios.

    I don’t have a favorite character meal – they are all so much fun! Though I was delightfully surprised to find the dinner at 1900 Park Fare more enjoyable than I expected! Cinderella’s step mother and step sisters were soooo much fun! and I miss the character dinner @ Liberty Tree Tavern. That was a good one…

    And as for the new restaurant in Epcot – Via Napoli – Oh. Em. Gee! It is spectacular! That may be the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life! And I live in NY and have been to chicago! The crust is really authentic!

  • Chef’s DeFrance – great atmosphere, great food. Love it,love it,love it.

  • WDW: France in Epcot and Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club Resort. California Grill is good, but always too busy.

  • I love BOMA also, as well as the Biergarten Restaurant at Epcot.

  • We had a great time at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. The staff is great-super friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. Try to sit downstairs to enjoy the excellent band.

  • My husband and I loved the Liberty Tree Tavern’s character dinner. Great food accompanied by visits from Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, Pluto, and Goofy in Colonial costumes!

  • The first restaraunt that always pops into my mind when the question is asked of ‘what is your favorite Disney restaraunt?’ is Boma. When my husband and I lived in Florida we would always take out of town guests here and it never failed to impress. Well that and we had anothe reason to repeat visit ;). Having sushi at California Grill is also one of my very favorite things to do especially when they have such an extensive and exciting wine list! My husband and I plan our families trips around Disney dining, so I love this post!

    -Missy in Alaska

  • I love Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge. The food is unique, flavorful, and with enough variety to cater to almost every taste. I’ve also had wonderful service from the chefs in accommodating my dietary restriction. My other favorite is Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom for an early breakfast. Both places have great atmosphere.

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