14 January 2011

Favorite Walt Disney World Resort

Normally, I would tell you that my favorite resort is Coronado Springs Resort. It's quiet, actually very quiet; beautifully decorated, comfortable rooms and even has my favorite resort food court, The Pepper Market. 

*Photo by Disney

However, I'm a foodie so I'm going to pick my favorite resort for dining. This is a difficult task because I find myself visiting a couple of the same resorts for food - Swan and Dolphin Resort, Disney's Boardwalk Inn and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. I'm going to have to go with the Grand Floridian. Why? Well, that's simple. It has a wide variety of dining options for everyone.

Let's start with the most expensive and work from there. Victoria and Albert's, which is Disney's award winning fine dining restaurant. Victoria and Albert's has several awards, including The Five Diamond Award and offers guests an incredible dining experience. It's elegant and worldly cuisine offers guests the chance to experience new and interesting foods in a beautiful dining room with knowledgable and attentive staff. There are three dining options to choice from ranging in price from $125 (+$60 for wine pairing) per person to $200 (+$90 for wine pairing) per person. Great for a special ocassion or those who have some extra change in their pocket to burn.

Narcoossee's is a elegant restaurant set on the resort's pier, where guest catch the ferry to sail to the Magic Kingdom. It's octagon shaped, dimly lit, Victorian-style dining room gives it an intimate feel and makes it a fine choice for a romantic dinner. The restaurant serves coastal fare with items like seared scallops and my favorite surf n' turf. One wonderful thing, besides the food, is that you have an amazing view of Wishes from the restaurant and you can even watch the Electrical Water Pagent go by. I highly recommend giving the Almond-crusted Cheesecake with Lambert cherry sauce a try for dessert. It's my favorite!

A hidden gem in my opinion is Citrico's. It's warm and inviting dining room offers great service and delicious southern European cuisine. For those of you that enjoy seeing your food cooked, you can see the open kitchen and pastry chefs at work. When my husband and I dined here, we were seated next to the pastry station which was amazing. I don't have the patience to create the beautiful and delcious desserts that these people do.

*Photo from Disney.com

For those looking for a moderately priced meal, Grand Floridian Cafe offers that. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual, Victorian style restaurant that is filled with light coming in from it's picturesque windows. I'm looking forward to the day when I can make a breakfast reservation and have the Lobster Eggs Benedict. It's sounds incredible!

If you enjoy character dining, 1900 Park Fare is the place for you. This whimsical restaurant not only has very good buffet food, but is home to Pooh, Tigger, Mary Poppins, Alice and the Mad Hatter (he truly is mad) for breakfast. At lunch, you can join Alice and her friends again for a Wonderland Tea Party (I want to attend this!) and for dinner Cinderella, Prince Charming and their friends will be joining you. A great experience for the entire family.

*Photo from Disney.com

Last but not least, The Garden View Tea Room, where guest can enjoy a British style afternoon tea with Princess Aurora. Young guests are encouraged to dress as Princesses or Princes. Princesses will receive an 18" My Girl Doll dresses like Princess Aurora and tiara, bracelet, rose, scrapbook page and "Best Friends" certificate. For those younger Princesses, they will receive Duffy, The Disney Bear and a Mickey's priate cap.

As you can see, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has many dining options to choice from with a wide variety of price ranges, from the most expensive to family affordable. No other resort has quite the selection of restaurants as this resort and that's why as a foodie I had to pick it as my favorite.

Please let me know if you've tried any of these and what you thought. I'd love to hear about your experiences!

Bon Appetit!

Cooking With Mickey


  1. Citricos is one place we always say we are going to try and then we never do. We will have to put it on our to do list for the next trip!

  2. ok all that food looked yummy! I have never stayed there but maybe one day

  3. I love the Grand Floridian too! I've only ever had the pleasure of eating at 1900 Park Fare, but have eaten there several times. The family has experience all 3 meals and they are fabulous! My 2 youngest did the Tea Party with Alice and that was fun!

  4. Never stayed at the Grand Floridian, but my mom always made it a point to take us over there to eat. I miss it.


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