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Dining at Walt Disney World Resort: More Options Returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom Park

Laurel Slater

by , Manager of Communications, Walt Disney World Public Affairs

From grabbing a quick bite on the go to sitting down to a fun meal with a fairytale view, dining at Walt Disney World Resort has something for everyone. And with three more dining options soon returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom Park, there’s even more choices to fill your day on your next visit.

Guests planning to shrink down to the size of a toy in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are sure to work up a human-sized appetite exploring Andy’s backyard. Beginning Nov. 25, Woody’s Lunch Box will be the perfect place to lasso that hunger with classic American fare, old-fashioned soda floats and other “Toy Story”-themed specialties. 

Over in Magic Kingdom Park, and just in time for the holidays, two restaurants will once again offer great food and stunning views of the holiday décor, Cinderella Castle and Main Street, U.S.A.

On Dec. 13, The Crystal Palace will reopen its doors, and while our friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood will be taking a break from greeting guests, the restaurant will now be offering a family-style dining experience. There will be new individually plated entrées including crispy fried chicken with honey pot drizzle, fire-roasted prime rib of beef, fried cauliflower and more. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting rumbly in my tumbly just thinking about it! For more information, and to book a reservation beginning Dec. 1, visit

Just a few days later on Dec. 17, one of my favorite outdoor dining spots, Tomorrowland Terrace, will also reopen. It will feature a refreshed quick-service menu of seafood favorites, including lobster rolls and fried shrimp.

With so many returning favorites, I can’t wait to plan a trip to the theme parks, take in the holiday décor and enjoy some fantastic food along the way. How about you?


  • Is there any reason why Disney cant at least bring back Quick Service Dining with snacks? It doesn’t require reservations, nor will it make social distancing any different than it currently is. For those of us that love the idea of just saying ‘YES’ to our kids when they ask if they can have a snack, it is a totally different feeling. I am frugal at heart, so even if I spend the exact same amount with the quick service dining, as I would have without it, I still feel like money is of no object, when I am in the parks, when it comes to food and snacks. As a dad, that feeling alone is fantastic! The kids were shocked when I was always saying yes, whenever they asked if they could have this or that. It should be about the experiences and feelings you get eating a Disney treat or meal, not worrying about the price of it, and saying no one time, and yes another time; kids don’t understand that. I don’t have to look at the pricing, when I get the quick service dining plan, and it opens up my options for experiencing all that Disney has to offer. We purchased the Sit down Dining plan last time, and we probably spent a little more on it than the actual food we ate, because my kids eat such small portions, but being a YES dad is totally worth it. Not to mention being able to see the characters, and not having to wait in a line to do so. It felt personalized, and the kids just loved it. Switching to family-style dining would not change our belief for purchasing a dining plan, because of the experiences it was for the kids. Maybe introduce a Quick service plan and just a snack plan. That would require no sign changing, and only a new purchasable item on the site. It would seem more affordable too.

  • Would love to see all buffets permanently transition to family style dining.

  • This is great news! Seeing Crystal Palace reopening with family-style dining gives me hope that some of our favorite buffet-style locations will return with reasonable modifications to their unique offerings in the not-too-distant future. I can’t wait for Cape May Cafe to get back to businesses, and reopening Boma would give a much-needed addition to AK Lodge, which is currently severely limited on dining options right now.

  • Will the Crystal Palace still be doing breakfast?

  • Is there any word about the return of the Disney Dining Plans? We are going to WDW in June 2021 and really enjoy the value of the DDP.

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