Best Disney Restaurants for Every Occasion

Disney destinations around the globe are known for their family-friendly attractions. But what many visitors don’t realize is that Disney restaurants are also extremely popular, and some have even won numerous culinary accolades.

From award-winning chefs and character dining to exotic cuisine and themed dining rooms, restaurants at Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line ships, and Disney Vacation Club resorts are earning high marks from diners.

Venture away from stereotypical theme park food and you’ll find a world of interesting and memorable menus. Visitors to Disney restaurants will encounter incredible seafood, mouthwatering steaks, and delights for all palates, including those that require special diets.

Dining at any Disney location will immerse you in the theme of the restaurant. If you’re looking for fun, you can find a down-home hoedown with barbecue eats and kick-up-your-heels entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. Or, if you’d like to dine abroad but don’t want to leave the continental United States, a trip to Epcot in Florida will provide numerous restaurants in the World Showcase that offer regional specialties from around the globe; the servers are even from the represented countries, working in Epcot on an international exchange program.

Want to dine with Disney royalty? Book a character meal with Disney princesses. Looking for a romantic ambiance? You’ll find it at Disney locations worldwide — including at Remy aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream cruise ships, Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Resort in Walt Disney World, and Napa Rose nestled in the Grand Californian Resort at Disneyland.

Whether you’re looking to impress, relax, or satiate a craving, Disney restaurants offer a multitude of dining experiences. Travel with us as we visit the top Disney restaurants around the world.

Best chance to “eat in a movie:” Be Our Guest Restaurant, Walt Disney World

Beast’s Castle from Beauty and the Beast houses Walt Disney World’s Be Our Guest Restaurant, a new dining addition to the Magic Kingdom. Diners are enchanted by three dining rooms — Belle’s book-filled library, the West Wing featuring an enchanted rose and a painting of the Beast that hides a surprise, and the elegant Ballroom with views of falling snow taken directly from the film — it’s a wonder of “imagineering!” This location is also notable as it’s the only spot to order an alcoholic beverage in the Magic Kingdom.

Best Disney-shaped food: Crystal Lotus, Hong Kong Disneyland

Disney visitors quickly become accustomed to having their food served in familiar character shapes, such as a smiling Mickey face. But at the Crystal Lotus in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, even the dim sum is presented in the form of beloved Disney characters. As an award-winning Chinese restaurant, the atmosphere is elegant and the cuisine is outstanding.

Best bar/lounge : Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, Disneyland Resort

Believe it or not, Disney Parks and Resorts offer hundreds of themed bars and lounges that are kid-friendly and offer menus of food in addition to drinks. But tucked into the Disneyland Hotel, Trader Sam’s is undoubtedly our favorite. Named after the shrunken-head-peddling “Trader Sam” from the beloved Jungle Cruise attraction, this spot offers more than meets the eye. Look for Disney references in Trader Sam’s “artifacts” while enjoying the hilarious antics of the bartenders. This spot welcomes kids until the evening, when it becomes 21-and-over.

Best for meeting princesses: Cinderella’s Royal Table, Walt Disney World

Dining inside the iconic Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom is a royal experience. Guests enter into the two-story stone foyer to meet Cinderella, then proceed to the red-carpeted, winding staircase to the dining room of Cinderella’s Royal Table. You’re surrounded by finery, including royal flags, huge chandeliers, and stained-glass windows that look out onto your “royal subjects” who are playing their day away in the Kingdom. As you dine, Disney princesses (and sometimes a prince or two!) hobnob with each visiting family. Book dinner in the castle during the fireworks to get a unique view.

Best “fast food:” Plaza Inn, Disneyland Resort

Disneyland’s historic Plaza Inn is set on Main Street, U.S.A. within view of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Featuring Victorian décor and a gorgeous outdoor patio, this is a spot Walt Disney himself liked to frequent during his days in Disneyland. Whether you dine indoors or outside, your quick-service meal should absolutely include the cult favorite fried chicken with all the trimmings — it’s among the best we’ve had. And the desserts are well worth trying. The food and ambiance here are on par with many casual, sit-down restaurant offerings.

Best immersive theming: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, Walt Disney World

For a truly unique experience, head to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests are often amazed as they walk inside a massive dining room imagineered to resemble a vintage drive-in movie at twilight — twinkling stars and all. But it gets better: guests are seated at “tables” that look and feel like 1950s convertible cars (two guests get the front seat, and two guests get the back in most of these cars). After the car hop takes your order, watch the clips on the screen featuring old news reels, silly horror flicks, and classic cartoons.

Best family experience: Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Walt Disney World

Families looking for comfort food and an unforgettable experience for all generations will feel right at home at Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Inside, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue — an historic musical showcase that’s been going strong since Disney World first opened its gates — plays to sold-out crowds every night of the year. Fasten your kerchiefs and get ready to dig into all-you-can-eat buckets of fried chicken, barbecue ribs, cornbread, and decadent strawberry shortcake. Mom and Dad also get to indulge in endless beer, wine, and sangria. This is a tradition for many families who keep coming back year after year.

Best waterside show: Oceano, Tokyo Disneyland Resort

Oceano at Tokyo DisneySea in the Hotel MiraCosta offers a Mediterranean menu with a choice of a buffet or table-service experience in separate dining rooms. It provides a gorgeous atmosphere and a great view of the Mediterranean Harbor, but the main draw for us here is the epic water show “Legend of Mythica,” which can be thoroughly enjoyed from the restaurant’s exclusive viewing platform!

Best for special occasions: Napa Rose, Disneyland Resort

Napa Rose inside the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa offers a seasonal, market-inspired menu. There are tables tucked away in nooks and crannies for those hoping for a more private, romantic experience; but we also love to book the Chef’s Counter, where guests have a close-up view of the open kitchen and may get to sample a few of the dishes-in-progress. Either way, your experience will be capped with impeccable service, a top-notch wine list, and unforgettable food.

Most interesting atmosphere: Magellan’s, Tokyo Disneyland Resort

Magellan’s at Tokyo DisneySea is known for its stunning theme dedicated to explorer and navigator Ferdinand Magellan. “Props” themed to astronomy and exploration are featured throughout the fortress-like venue, which is centered on an Old World globe in a two-story dining room with balcony seating. While the elegant atmosphere is exceptional, the multi-course meals are also noteworthy.

Best steakhouse: Steakhouse 55, Disneyland Resort

This place is a classic. Located in the Disneyland Hotel, Steakhouse 55 exudes Hollywood glamor in a refined and memorable setting. Perfectly cooked steaks are the specialty of the house — there are no frills here! — and if you’re a meat and potatoes fan, you won’t leave disappointed. Ask the expert sommelier to pair a wine with your signature entrée, and don’t forget to save room for the towering 24-layer chocolate cake for dessert.

Best beach and ocean view: ‘AMA’AMA, Disney’s Aulani Resort

What’s better than sitting on a Hawaiian beach feeling the ocean breeze? Eating there, that’s what! Known for Hawaiian cuisine and sweeping ocean views, ‘AMA’AMA is located at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii. From the open-air tables, the view of the beach and Pacific Ocean are breathtaking. We recommend a dinner reservation at sunset.

Most exclusive: Club 33, Disneyland Resort

Club 33 is a members-only club with a years-long waiting list. Located in New Orleans Square of Disneyland, this hidden gem was designed by Walt Disney himself as a tranquil location to hold important meetings and entertain friends. If you want to dine here, you’ll need a reservation made by a member. But once inside, it’s a treasure trove of authentic Disney history. Walt and Lillian Disney shopped for much of the décor themselves, and some of the original “Imagineering” still remains. Be sure to ask for a tour when you’re there.

Best seafood: Flying Fish Café, Walt Disney World

This is a tough one to rank, as seafood can be great in so many Disney restaurants. But our pick for most consistently excellent seafood goes to Flying Fish. But what we love most is that the mouthwatering menu includes several incredible options for land lovers as well, so your group will find something for everyone here. Located at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, this restaurant is situated along Crescent Lake and boasts whimsical décor, an open kitchen, and fresh seafood specialties.

Best way to eat in a ride attraction: Blue Lagoon, Disneyland Resort Paris

Swashbucklers (and hungry guests) should make reservations to dine at the “waterside” Blue Lagoon inside Disneyland Paris — the restaurant overlooks the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Serving exotic fish and Creole dishes, the moonlit atmosphere, twinkling fireflies, and boats floating by create an enchanting environment. You can get a similar experience at Blue Bayou in Disneyland stateside as well!

Best character dining experience : Chef Mickey’s, Walt Disney World

While it’s not necessarily the best food in any theme park, the opportunity to get autographs from all of the “Fab Five” characters is not to be missed for any new Disney character-hunter. Chef Mickey’s is in the middle of the main concourse in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which means you’ll get to watch Monorails whooshing overhead as you sing and dance with your favorite pals — Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. The buffet food and copious desserts will please any young guest, and the grown-ups seem to enjoy it, too. Once you’ve done this one, you may prefer several of the other character meals for food and atmosphere, but snagging all five autographs in one meal will save you priceless hours waiting in line in the parks.

Article via USA Today.

Discover a World of Cuisine at Beaches Turks & Caicos

As with all Luxury Included® Vacations, a stay at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa guarantees diverse dining options that guests of every age will enjoy. What you may not know is that Beaches Turks & Caicos will soon house more restaurants than any other resort in our brand. From kid-friendly burgers, fries and milkshakes at Bobby Dee’s to oceanfront dining at Barefoot by the Sea, their hardest decision will be deciding what to try next!

With Beaches Resorts’ Discovery Dining program, internationally trained chefs create authentic dishes that take guests on a gastronomic expedition around the world without ever having to leave the resort. Families can indulge in a taste of Northern Italy at elegant Mario’s, British pub fare and pints at Cricketer’s Pub or tasty Tex-Mex at Arizona’s. For interactive dining, Teppanyaki-style restaurant Kimonos attracts families for dinner, while personalized pizzas are prepared fresh daily and cooked in the wood-fired oven at Bella Napoli.

The introduction of the Key West Luxury Village in May will offer guests three additional gourmet dining options. Guests will be able to enjoy Marin Restaurant, the brand’s signature beachfront restaurant, which will overlook the award-winning Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales; Sky Lounge Restaurant, offering Italian cuisine and local, fresh seafood for dinner; and Grill Bleu Restaurant, a beachside casual restaurant with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea offering a buffet selection for breakfast, an a la carte menu for lunch and authentic Tandoori cuisine for dinner.

Watch the video below for an inside look at dining at Beaches Turks & Caicos with Beaches Resorts’ Culinary Ambassador, Walter Staib, and Executive Chef, Colin Watson.

An all-inclusive vacation experience should never be restricted by buffet lines and reservation-only dining options; that’s why Beaches Resorts provides five-star cuisine at any hour of the day. The new Key West Luxury Village opens on May 22nd but it’s never too early to book a stay to be sent on a culinary expedition around the globe at Beaches Resorts.

Disney World’s turnstiles vanishing, replaced by Apple iPod Touches and RFID bracelets

Visitors to Walt Disney World know the drill: if you want to spin in a giant tea cup, drop down Splash Mountain, or wave to Snow White, you’ll likely encounter a less than magical turnstile before the fun can begin.

Recently, though, guests have been in for a surprise.

At Disney properties in Florida the company has taken out half the turnstiles and replaced them with “touch points,” globes with a mouse logo that lights up green when a visitor holds a valid ticket up to it, Disney told NBC News.

Turnstiles are being replaced with “touch points.” When Walt Disney World Resort rolls-out MyMagic+ later this year, guests will be able to enter the parks with the touch of a wireless wristband.

Turnstiles are being replaced with “touch points.” When Walt Disney World Resort rolls-out MyMagic+ later this year, guests will be able to enter the parks with the touch of a wireless wristband.

Choose this way to enter a park and you can just walk in. There are no more gates or turnstiles to deal with.

Visitors in wheelchairs or those with strollers can use the same entrance that everybody else does.

Park employees have also been equipped with iPod touches to scan tickets. The gadgets are part of a test and provide “another option to help with guest service,” Disney said.

The company has been quietly introducing the upgrades as part of its “MyMagic+” program, which will eventually get rid of turnstiles all together. It will also provide visitors with other high-tech features, such as the “MagicBand,” a wireless RFID bracelet that will function as a park entry pass, hotel room key and wallet. The program, still in the testing phase, is expected to be fully rolled out over the coming year.

The changes are designed to make moving around the parks smoother. The company hopes they will create a “more seamless and more personal experience,” wrote Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in a blog post earlier this year.

Visitors can get in quicker without turnstiles, Disney pointed out, which may translate into shorter lines. Park employees will still be working at the entrances, helping visitors and monitoring the process.

Most people are “surprised and delighted” not to see turnstiles, Disney told NBC News. The new system is in place only in Florida for now, though visitors will likely see similar upgrades at Disney properties in other parts of the country and the world down the road.

Industry observers predicted the changes will likely pay off for the company.

If there’s less hassle for travelers to enter the park, that adds to their experience and makes them a little happier during their visit, said John Gerner, managing director of Leisure Business Advisors. That, in turn, can translate into more money for the park.

“This may give [Disney] a bit of an advantage in that people know now that when they come to visit a Disney park, it’ll be a little more convenient perhaps than other theme parks,” Gerner said.

It’ll be a while before the wristbands are handed out, but the disappearing turnstiles are already a reality.

Studies have shown that theme park visitors hate “double dipping” – or having to constantly go into their pockets to bring out more money or produce tickets – so the wireless wristband will likely appeal to guests by helping reduce the need for cash, Gerner said.

“In the time that they would have spent waiting at a turnstile to get in, those are a few more minutes that they can spend browsing in a shop or getting something to eat and that adds revenue,” said Gerner.

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Article via NBC News

All new promotion at Secrets, Dreams, Now, and Zoetry Resorts – up to $350 Air Credit and $400 in Resort Coupons!

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An all-new sale just launched for some of our best selling resorts throughout the Caribbean and Mexico! Now, book your 2013 travel package at any one of the Secrets Resorts, Dreams Resorts, Now Resorts, or Zoetry Resorts, and receive up to $350 Air Credit, plus up to $400 in Resort Coupons! Now may be the best time to book your vacation package.

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Just to whet your appetite for vacation, how about a few pictures from our recent tour of Dreams Riviera Cancun, one of our top family resorts!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Berwick Travel is building our own ISLAND!

After long years of negotiations (and a lot of bribes!), Berwick Travel is proud to announce that we will be building our own ISLAND in the southern Caribbean, which will feature six all-inclusive resorts, a marina, an airstrip, one gas station, two Wal Marts, a Best Buy, one outhouse for the community to share (plumbing is a challenge on a newly constructed sandbar), and our very own cobranded brick oven pizzeria

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It’s a few miles west of Aruba, and we’ll be offering connecting flights through Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba on our own fledgling airline, BTAir.

As you can see from the attached photo, construction has already begun. We’re hoping to take reservations for the all new Berwick Resorts in the fall of 2014!

We haven’t named the island yet – any suggestions?

Introducing Couples Barbados!

Opening in June, an all-new Couples Resorts experience on the beautiful island of Barbados! Visit our Couples Barbados page for more information!

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Located on pristine Dover Beach where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic and endless sunshine is accompanied by gentle ocean breezes, Couples Barbados invites you to surrender to the calypso rhythms of paradise.

As the only resort on the island dedicated exclusively to couples, Couples Barbados provides an idyllic refuge for you to recharge and reconnect with the one you love. And with more inclusions than anywhere else on Barbados, your worry-free holiday begins the moment you land on the island.

So why not spend your days with white sand between your toes. Learn how to kayak, scuba dive or snorkel in azure blue waters. Get lost in 10 acres of tropical gardens. Play golf amidst tropical surroundings. Play tennis under the stars. Indulge in an invigorating or romantic massage for two. Enjoy the freshest seafood and best rum punch this side of heaven. Or simply relax to the sounds of Green Monkeys playing in the palm trees at sunset.

After all, this is paradise Couples Barbados-style—where every enchanting day and magical night encourages you to live life well.

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