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List Of Table Service Restaurants To Avoid At Walt Disney World

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Here it is folks! You’ve asked for it and we’ve spent some time compiling the Restaurants to Avoid at Walt Disney World – Table Service Edition! If you are looking for counter service locations read, List of Restaurants to Avoid at Walt Disney World: Quick Service Edition. Few notes before we get to the list:

  • This list is 100% our opinion
  • The list focuses on avoidance…not “BAD”
  • We will give you a couple reasons why, but at the end of the day, we all have reasons why we ‘Love’ or ‘Hate’ restaurants.

Take this list with a grain of salt from us at Steps To Magic, as we want you to have the best experience possible during your trip to Walt Disney World!

Magic Kingdom

Cinderella’s Royal Table – NAH just playing with ya!

Elegant table setting at Cinderella’s Royal Table, with soaring stone archways and stained-glass windows

We feel Cinderella’s Royal Table is by far the BEST Table Service option within the Disney Theme Parks. Due to its iconic location at the Magic Kingdom, it adds a level of magic and elegance! It even made our list of Top Ten Disney Advance Dining Reservations to get ASAP.

Crystal Palace

Main dining floor with round tables and banquette tables along the wall

We go from the best to arguably the worst…and just a few hundred feet away. Crystal Palace is by far one of the most difficult situations to try to spin for folks who are fans of the Disney food options. I find it impossible to stand by and not share our first-hand experience of lackluster food, poor atmosphere and having our waiter essentially forget about us (until he was ready to collect the tip).

On paper, the menu is reasonable, as it’s basic American fare within a buffet atmosphere. The real fault of the experience comes from the disorganization of the check-in process. You will find the staff is overwhelmed by a number of family melt-downs. Also, guests become frustrated when they realize that they are unable to have a full table-service reservation booked for 1 pm and not be able to make it out the door for a 1:30 pm FastPass+ reservation at Splash Mountain.

Steps To Magic Alternate Choices – Be Our Guest 

Tony’s Town Square

Atrium dining area with a light and airy look and a Victorian décor

If it wasn’t at the Magic Kingdom, Tony’s Town Square would be under refurbishment immediately.

The food options leave a lot to be desired, especially due to the prominent location within Main Street USA. Most guests who end up here are expecting something incredibly different than they actually get. Take our advice and just take a pass!

What the photo doesn’t show is how many seagulls are hanging around this food location. In addition, most of the seats are used by guests waiting for a family member who is riding Space Mountain.

Steps To Magic Alternate Choice – Grand Floridian Cafe

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Rainforest Cafe

Animal-leg barstools at bar

For a theme park that prides itself on being uniquely designed from the ground up, bringing a chain like the Rainforest Cafe into such a prominent spot (right beside the turnstiles) is mind-blowing.

Going through the menu, you’re not actually getting anything special or unique to the location here. There’s a Sparkling Volcano, Rainforest Burger and the vast drink menu…all of which you can get at the Mall of America or Niagara Fall…or in California, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois…if you get my point.

Steps To Magic Alternate Choice – Saana @ Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

EPCOT

Nine Dragons – China Pavilion

Round banquette booth for 6 in dining room with Asian lanterns and decorative wood panels

Unfortunately, Nine Dragons is set up for failure due to the close proximity to amazing dining establishments around the World Showcase. Pricing aside (which is a huge deal btw), the overall concept is lacking in that “je ne sais quoi” that folks look for when they are making their Advanced Dining Reservations 180 days in the future of a memorable once-in-a-lifetime trip to Walt Disney World.

After trying this experience, you’ll emerge from your dining coma (because the food is still reasonable). Then you will realize that you could have had the choice of Le Cellier, Coral Reef, Akershus or even the quick service option of the Lotus Blossom Cafe!

It’s not an absolutely horrible option at all but keep your Table Service credits for something that you’ll want to remember years from now!

Steps To Magic Alternate Choice – Teppan Edo

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood and Vine

Cooking and carving stations of Hollywood & Vine

The Hollywood and Vine has undergone so many face-lifts and tenants that it’s difficult to know what it really is anymore. The style is a mix between the other Table Service options in DHS, with the added element of a character meal. The typical American-style buffet to appease everyone in the family without giving the best of the best…nothing exciting! Overall, it’s an overly pricey subpar meal.

Steps To Magic Alternate Choice – 50’s Prime Time Cafe and Sci-Fi Dine-In


Did we miss any restaurants that you always avoid? What would you like to see on (or off) the list? Let us know in the comments!


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