Magical Blogorail Yellow Line

Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month, we’re talking about one of my favorite topics – food! Specifically, our Top 5 foods or restaurants at Disney.

I’m a serious foodie. Meals can make or break my vacations, which probably explains a lot about where I travel, and why I’d return to Walt Disney World in a heartbeat! Picking just five food experiences I’d love to re-experience has been tough. It’s really not fair, when even the fast food is pretty good! But I’ll give it a shot:

5. Spirit of Aloha dinner show.

The show itself was mixed – I could easily skip the first half which was more kitschy dinner theater than I really care for. The second half, featuring traditional polynesian dancers, was amazing. Our entire family, including the youngest of the kids, was enthralled.

Fire Dancer

Luckily, the food more than made up for the less than stellar first half of the show. BBQ ribs that fell off the bone and grilled pineapple! Of course the culinary finale was the chocolate lava cake, which I was glad they served during intermission. That cake required my full and unencumbered attention!

4. Dine w/ an Animal Specialist.

This experience falls into the “bucket list” category, as it wasn’t offered when we visited Walt Disney World in 2010. Held at Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, this four-course meal features traditional African flavors. You’ll be joined by one of Disney’s many Animal Specialists who will share stories and information about the many animals showcased at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 

This experience has made my Top 5 list because it’s an opportunity to enjoy some amazing food as well as to dig a little deeper into Disney’s conservation and animal welfare programs – something that I’m very excited about. I think when they’re a little older, my kids will also find the experience fascinating. Heaven knows they can certainly ask enough questions!

3. Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

I’ve gushed about the coffee at Kona Cafe recently, so I won’t go into it (much) again here, but seriously….best coffee at Walt Disney World! But back to the food. I went with the house specialty: Tonga Toast. I’ve had stuffed French toast before, but this was completely over the top. I attempted to make it at home, and it was good, but not quite right. I think this calls for extensive personal research!

Tonga Toast recipe

Inspiration

Luckily for me, Disney’s chefs aren’t shy about sharing their recipes.

2. Tutto Italio at Epcot’s Italy Pavilion.

Yes, I took four hot, tired kids into a restaurant with white linen tablecloths. And wonderfully, they loved it as much as I did!

Italy Pavilion at EPCOT

Italy Pavilion at EPCOT

This place made my Top 5 list because it’s comfort food. Yes, I know, usually when people talk about comfort food, they’re talking about macaroni and cheese. But comfort food is really anything that makes your shoulders relax, helps you slow down and let go of the day. That’s what Tutto Italio offered me – after a power walk through World Showcase (we were running late – as usual) dragging the kids along, the moment I walked through the doors and saw the dark wood contrasting with the soft frescos, my whole being relaxed. I felt at home. Oh yeah, and the food was amazing too 🙂

1. Victoria & Albert’s chef’s table.

This is another “bucket list” entry, and my #1 Disney food experience. It combines three of the things I love – amazing food, fine dining, and the ability to peek behind the scenes to see how it all comes together.

Thank you for joining me today. Have I hit on any of your Top 5 food experiences – or did I leave out something you’d never visit the Disney parks without? Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is DISTherapy.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Delightfully Disney
2nd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
3rd Stop ~ Return to Disney <– You Are Here
Final Stop ~ DISTherapy