It is my pleasure to welcome Anaiis Lopez. She will be writing for me from time to time too! See what she has to say about the best places to eat at Downtown Disney.
Downtown Disney is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon or evening at Disney-great for the day you arrive, or whenever you have a rest day while visiting the parks. I am going to be listing the best/most popular restaurants, from fan favorites to new arrivals.
#13: The smokehouse at House Of Blues – this Quick Service stand is fairly new, serving tasty barbecue.
#12: Wetzel’s Pretzels – This place serves pretty good pretzels, ranging from basic salted, to pretzel dogs and more. They recently moved from lakefront near World of Disney to DisneyQuest, directly across from LaNouba. Awesome, but skip and get a Mickey pretzel instead.
#11: Starbucks – basically like your ordinary Starbucks. The West side location has a specialty coffee bar, and the offerings are pretty good. Good for those who need their SB fix- or those who dislike NesCafe.
#10: Goofy’s Candy Co – Amazing! I love GCC. They have awesome Disney snacks, candy, and a Goofy’s Glaciers area. My favorite snack here is the build your own Marshmallow/apple/Pretzel. Most of the snacks here are a snack credit on the dining plan!
#9: AMC Dine in theaters – The concept is pretty cool- you go into a theater, pick your seat and a server comes and takes your order, gets you popcorn refills, etc, but a bit on the pricey side. The food here is pretty upscale-ranging from pizza, to sushi and steak.
#8: Bongos/Bongos Express – Bongos is one of the best restaurants in Downtown Disney. The menu has a Latin twist to it and great food, and the atmosphere is lively, with live music often playing and a 2nd story balcony where you can people watch.
#7: Rainforest Cafe/Lava Bar – Rainforest Cafe is a animal themed chain restaurant with great theming, good food and interesting scenery. A bit on the pricey side, but you are sure to have a “wild” time! Ask to be seated next to a fish tank. It is a bit noisy inside, so I wouldn’t recommend it for really little kids, or those who get startled by loud noises and thundering.
The Lava Bar is the outside addition to RC, it has a beautiful view of the lake and a pretty good menu. A solid alternative if you can’t get RC. The menus in the Lava Bar have a cool “jel” embedded in the menus to make it seem like “lava”.
#6: Planet Hollywood – Superb theming, too pricey and “meh” food. Skip unless you have a big movie fan in your group.
#5: Paradiso 37- Great for adults and teens/Tweens, the menu might be a big “adventurous” for kids. South American style menu. Lively atmosphere and great views.
#4: Ghiraedelli – If there is one place you MUST stop at here in Downtown Disney, it’s Ghirardelli. The ice cream is heavenly and the best part is the…. FREE SAMPLES! Often they hand out seasonal/limited edition flavors, or just chocolate with caramel. Either is fine by me! At the 2014 Flower and Garden festival, they even had a exhibit and had samples at the end!
#3: Raglan Road/Cookes Of Dublin Raglan Road is an Irish Pub themed restaurant, with Irish dancers and musicians performing nightly. The food is delicious! Raglan Road is also very well known for being very accommodating to those with food allergies- the gluten free/dairy free fish n’ chips are amazing! Cookes of Dublin is the quick service equivalent on RR.
#2: Disney Food Trucks – The Disney Food Trucks are a new concept by Disney, awesome foods served in moving food trucks that often relocate around Downtown Disney. My favorite is Fantasy Fare. They have the Disneyland Corndogs- superb! The house made chips are also delicious.
#1: Earl Of Sandwich – Oh my goodness. The sandwiches here are simply devine! While a bit on the pricey side, the sandwiches are truly worth it here. The soups are also great, as is dessert! They also have amazing brownies and brownie sandwiches. If you join the Upper Crust club, you get a free brownie just for signing up, and a free sandwich on your birthday!
A bit about me: I am a teen who loves disney! I am an Orlando resident, and a Annual Passholder! My favorite park is Epcot, and I hope to be visiting Disneyland soon!