Best Disney World Restaurants That DON’T Require a Park Ticket

by | May 30, 2024 | Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Walt Disney World Resorts

Want to have a delicious meal in Disney World without having to add on the cost of a park ticket just to eat there? This is your guide to the best Disney World Resort restaurants and Disney Springs dining that don’t require having a park ticket.

It’s no secret that eating at Disney World can be pricey. And, if you’re dining at a restaurant inside the parks, you can end up spending a lot more than expected when you add up the cost of a park ticket and a nice meal for your entire family. Luckily, you don’t have to be in the theme parks to have a great meal! Whether you’re spending the day at your hotel or looking for a place to eat without having to deal with the hassle of navigating the parks, here are the BEST Disney World restaurants outside of the Disney Parks!

Best Disney World Resort Restaurants and Disney Springs Dining

Homecomin’

Homecomin’ has grown a large fan base ever since opening in Disney Springs back in 2016, and it’s no wonder why. Known for its delicious comfort food, this restaurant is a must-try if you’re looking for a spot to eat without a park ticket in Disney World. And, because it’s located in Disney Springs, you don’t have to worry about getting there – every hotel and theme park has a bus that will take you directly there! Plus, there’s plenty of shopping to keep you busy before and after your reservation.

Owned by celebrity Chef Art Smith, some of Homecomin’s popular dishes include the Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits and the HFK Barbecue Bun. Stop by for brunch on a weekend or make a reservation for during the week. It’s sure to be a memorable meal no matter when you dine. 

Don’t forget to check out the drink menu too. Homecomin’ offers refillable sippers, which can score you discounted drinks if you plan to dine here more than once.

Wine Bar George

If you’re looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or have a nicer meal in Disney World, Wine Bar George is a great option. Located in Disney Springs, this restaurant offers a wide selection of wines, cocktails, and small plates that will have you coming back again…and again…and again.

With over 130 choices of wine by the ounce, bottle, and glass, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just looking to try something new, the knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect pairing for your meal.

Speaking of meals, Wine Bar George offers some of the best small plates in all of Disney World. From House-Made Meatballs to crispy Mac & Cheese Bites, there’s something for everyone. And if you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to try the Saganaki on Fire – it’s a showstopper!

All in all, Wine Bar George is a great choice for anyone looking for a sophisticated dining experience in Disney World. With its extensive wine list, delicious small plates, and chic atmosphere, it’s no wonder this restaurant is so popular.

Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera

There’s no doubt that the Disney Parks offer some unique dining experiences, but you don’t have to pay the high cost of a park ticket to meet your favorite Disney characters over a meal! Located at Disney’s Riviera Resort on the top floor, Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera offers amazing views that are sure to impress and a one-of-a-kind dining experience for both breakfast and dinner.

In the morning, Topolino’s Terrace features a tasty and fun character breakfast called Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends. This is one of the only restaurants where you can spot Mickey and his friends outside of the parks, making it one of the most popular places to eat in Disney World Resort hotels. The breakfast is a prix fixe meal that includes pastries, fresh fruit, and a choice of entrée for one flat rate.

In the evening, Topolino’s Terrace turns into a signature restaurant with a Mediterranean-inspired menu. Some of the most popular dinner dishes include the Filet Mignon, Lobster Linguini, Rigatoni, Warm Chocolate Cake, Linguine Scampi, Pistachio Mousse, and Espresso Martini. And, if you time your reservation just right, you can step out onto the rooftop terrace to view the nightly EPCOT fireworks.

Sanaa

Is Disney’s Animal Kingdom your favorite park in Disney World? Well, you can get the Animal Kingdom experience PLUS one of the best meals on property nearby at Sanaa! Located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village, this restaurant offers a delicious menu of African and Indian-inspired dishes and views of the Savanna with animals roaming around throughout your meal.

Sanaa is perhaps best known for its Indian-style Bread Service, which is a must-try when you dine here. This appetizer includes five different flatbreads with nine dipping sauces, including cucumber raita, roasted red pepper hummus, mango chutney, coriander chutney, and spicy jalapeño-lime pickle. It’s a great way to start your meal and sample some of the unique flavors that Sanaa has to offer. We recommend saving any of the leftover sauces for your main dish too! 

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And, you don’t necessarily have to have a dining reservation here to try this popular dish. You can order the Indian-style Bread Service through Table Service To Go in the My Disney Experience app. This is a great option if you’re short on time or want an evening snack.

If you are dining in the restaurant, though, the Butter Chicken and the Potjie Inspired Braised Beef are other standout dishes that are worth trying. 

Boma

Located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge’s sister resort, Jambo House, Boma is another must-try restaurant if you’re looking to eat outside of the theme parks. This restaurant offers a buffet-style breakfast and dinner with a wide range of African-inspired dishes.

At breakfast, you can choose from classic American breakfast items, as well as more adventurous options like African pastries and frittatas. And, dinner at Boma features a variety of soups, salads, and entrees, including grilled meats, seafood, and vegetarian options. Whatever you do, be sure to save room for dessert! Boma offers a selection of sweet treats, including their famous Zebra Domes which are made with Amarula Cream Liquor mousse surrounded by a layer of white chocolate that is drizzled with chocolate and chocolate shavings on a thin base of cake.

The atmosphere at Boma is warm and inviting, with an open kitchen and a thatched roof ceiling that adds to the African-inspired decor making it a great spot for anyone looking to try something new and different in Disney World!

California Grill

If you’re looking for a special dining experience at Disney World that doesn’t require a park ticket, California Grill is a great option. This signature restaurant is located on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort and offers views of Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle through its wall-to-wall windows. You can even watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the windows or the viewing deck attached to the restaurant if you time your reservation right.

Photo by Laurie Sapp

As a signature restaurant, California Grill is a pricier dining option, but it’s great for a date night or special event. The atmosphere is elegant and sophisticated, and the food is top-notch. Be sure to try the sushi, Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, and Pepperoni Pizza if it’s available.

‘Ohana

If you’ve done any sort of research into the best Disney World food, you’ve probably heard about ‘Ohana Noodles. And, this is the place to try them! Located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, ‘Ohana is known for its family-style, all-you-care-to-enjoy character breakfast and Hawaiian-inspired dinner. 

The menu here is full of Hawaiian-inspired eats that are sure to have your family begging to come back on future trips. Some of the most popular dishes include the ‘Ohana Noodles and ‘Ohana Bread Pudding. But, really everything that is served here is delicious.

The family-style dining experience at ‘Ohana is perfect for larger groups or families. You’ll be served a variety of dishes to share, including skewers of chicken, steak, and shrimp, along with sides like stir-fried vegetables, noodles, and salad.

Kona Cafe

Kona Cafe is another hidden gem inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! This table service restaurant offers a blend of Asian and American cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So, you can stop by any time of the day for a delicious meal!

The atmosphere at Kona Cafe is relaxed and casual, with a tropical theme that fits in perfectly with the Polynesian. The restaurant is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House, which offers views of the resort’s lush gardens and water features.

One of the standout dishes at Kona Cafe is the Tonga Toast, a breakfast item that features banana-stuffed sourdough bread that is battered and deep-fried. It’s a popular choice among guests and definitely worth trying. Another must-try dish is the Macadamia Nut Pancakes, which are served with pineapple sauce and macadamia nut butter.

For lunch and dinner, Kona Cafe offers a variety of options, including sushi rolls, sandwiches, and entrees like the Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken or the Grilled New York Strip Steak. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available.

Yachtsman Steakhouse

Looking for an upscale dining experience at Disney World without having to go through the hassle of getting into the parks? Consider making a reservation at Yachtsman Steakhouse! Located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, this restaurant is perfect for a special occasion or a romantic dinner.

One of the highlights of Yachtsman Steakhouse is the quality of their steaks. In fact, many people consider it one of the best places to get a steak outside of the parks! The chefs at Yachtsman Steakhouse are experts at preparing meat, and you can even watch them in action thanks to the open-style kitchen.

If you’re coming by for dinner, we recommend making a later reservation so that you can head over to Disney’s BoardWalk before or after to catch a view of the EPCOT fireworks show. The bridge between the BoardWalk and EPCOT’s World Showcase entrance offers some amazing views of Luminous The Symphony of Us and can be a great way to end the night after a special meal.

Victoria & Albert’s

If you’re looking for the best fine dining experience you can find at Disney World, both inside and outside of the parks, Victoria & Albert’s is the place to be. This restaurant has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award every year since 2000, making it the nicest restaurant at Disney World…and for good reason!

Victoria & Albert’s features a diverse collection of over 500 wines from 35 regions, ensuring that you’ll find the perfect pairing for your meal. There are three different signature dining options offered here including The Chef’s Tasting Menu in the main dining room which includes between eight and twelve courses with each one expertly crafted. 

Of course, eating at a restaurant this nice does come at a cost. The prix fixe menu begins at $295 per person, with optional wine pairings costing between $115-$155 per person. It’s the most expensive restaurant in Disney World, but if you want to impress someone, THIS is the place to take them! With its impeccable service, exquisite cuisine, and elegant atmosphere, you’re sure to have a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.

So, there you have it – the BEST places to eat in Disney World without a theme park ticket. But, what about the best restaurants inside the parks? Check out the best restaurants in each Disney World park here!

Posts by Jenna Saxton

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Jenna is a contributing writer at WDW Magazine and stay at home mom. When she's not chasing her toddler around the parks, you can find her out for a run or curled up with a book. She has contributed to multiple Disney and travel blogs including Eat Sleep Cruise, 365 Atlanta Traveler, Disney Food Blog, and AllEars.
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Jenna Saxton

Jenna is a contributing writer at WDW Magazine and stay at home mom. When she's not chasing her toddler around the parks, you can find her out for a run or curled up with a book. She has contributed to multiple Disney and travel blogs including Eat Sleep Cruise, 365 Atlanta Traveler, Disney Food Blog, and AllEars.
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