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Why You Should Make The Trip And Dine At The Disney World Resorts!

When visiting Disney World it seems most obvious to dine in the parks as this is where you will be spending the majority of your time. But some of the best dining can be found at the Disney World Resorts and many of them are super easy to reach from the Disney Parks!

Find out below just what the best restaurants are, how to get there and which resorts can easily be visited from each Disney Park!

How To Get There

Disney has lots of amazing free transportation which can get you to the Disney Resorts including:

  • Disney Buses

  • The Skyliner

  • The Monorail

  • Boats

All Disney Resorts can be reached using the complimentary Disney Buses from the Disney Parks and Disney Springs.

A large number of resorts also offer a second mode of transport. Check out the next section to see which resorts have this and the best way to visit each Disney Resort from the Disney Parks!

If you are driving you can park at the resort you are visiting for 4 hours for free if you have a dining reservation. Bonus!

Resorts Closest To The Parks

Magic Kingdom Resorts

Monorail Resorts

  • Contemporary Resort

  • Grand Floridian Resort

  • Polynesian Village Resort

Disney Complimentary Boat Resorts

  • Grand Floridian Resort

  • Polynesian Village Resort

  • Wilderness Lodge

  • Fort Wilderness

Within Walking Distance

  • Contemporary Resort (5 minutes)

  • Grand Floridian Resort (15 minutes)

Hollywood Studios and EPCOT Resorts

Skyliner Resorts

  • Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Riviera Resort

  • Art of Animation Resort

  • Pop Century Resort

BoardWalk Resorts which can be walked to from either of these parks

  • BoardWalk Inn

  • Beach Club Resort

  • Yacht Club Resort

  • Swan Hotel

  • Dolphin Hotel

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom only has the Disney Buses but there is one resort close by with some of the best hidden gem restaurants at Disney World! Hop on the free bus to get there!

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Best Disney World Resort Restaurants

Some of the best restaurants at Disney World Resort Hotels:

Contemporary Resort

California Grill

The Wave...of American Flavors

Grand Floridian Resort


Grand Floridian Cafe

1900 Park Fare

Victoria & Albert's

Polynesian Village Resort


Kona Cafe

Wilderness Lodge

Whispering Canyon Cafe

Story Book Dining at Artist's Point with Snow White

Animal Kingdom Lodge



Jiko: The Cooking Place

Coronado Springs

Toledo: Tapas, Steak, Seafood

Old Key West Resort

Olivia's Cafe

Saratoga Springs Resort

The Turf Club Bar & Grill

Yacht Club Resort

Ale & Compass Restaurant

Yachtsman Steakhouse

Riviera Resort

Topolino's Terrace

Looking For A Quick Service Meal?

If you are looking to take a break in the day and visit a resort there are also some quick service restaurants for you to choose from. For a quick bite to eat it is best to stick to the resorts that are the closest to get to such as:

Hopping on the monorail from Magic Kingdom to:

  • Contemporary Resort - Contempo Cafe

  • Grand Floridian Resort - Gasparilla Island Grill

  • Polynesian Village Resort - Capt. Cook's

Sailing on a boat from Magic Kingdom to:

  • Wilderness Lodge - Roaring Fork

Taking a ride on the Skyliner from Hollywood Studios to:

  • Caribbean Beach Resort - Centertown Market

Boarding a Disney Bus from Animal Kingdom to:

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge - The Mara

Please note at the moment at busy times some Disney Resorts aren't accepting guests that don't have a dining reservation or resort reservation. If you have booked a dining reservation in advance you will be able to enter and enjoy your meal!

Are You Ready To Plan Your Disney World Dining?

Now you know about the plethora of incredible dining options at the Disney World Resorts be sure to add them to your dining reservation list!

If you would like to find out everything there is to know about dining whilst at Disney World be sure to check out my range of guides that cover everything from how to get the most sought after dining reservations, what restaurants are hidden gems and how to book your advanced dining reservations plus much more!

Click the links above to go to my Etsy store find out more details about each of these guides, plus the full range of Most Magical Guides that will help you plan every aspect of your Disney World trip!

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