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It’s Lunchtime: Magic Kingdom Resort Hopping

The Magic Kingdom Resort Area is home to numerous delectable lunch options.  If you’re looking for a change of pace from the parks, especially when you’re hungry, it’s a great idea to travel from by monorail or water launch, to the hotels in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Photo by Brett Svenson

Photo by Brett Svenson

The flavors you can find at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort have always been my favorite in all of Walt Disney World.  Inside the Great Ceremonial House there are two fantastic places for lunch: Kona Cafe, and Capt. Cook’s.

At Kona Cafe, the table service restaurant next to ‘Ohana, the menu is filled with mostly Asian cuisine, and American dishes with an Asian flare.  Any meal here is not complete for me without an order of Pot Stickers as an appetizer.  They’re way better than your ordinary dumpling.  My top two recommendations for entrees are the Pan-Asian Noodles with Shrimp and the Barbecue Pork Taco.  You can not go wrong with either one!

On the main floor of the Great Ceremonial House, Capt. Cook’s is arguably one of the greatest counter service restaurants at a Walt Disney World resort.  For starters, its decor and theming is even more special as a result of its recent refurbishment.  The interior appearance is not the only part of this restaurant that received updates- so did the menu!  One of the signature items on Capt. Cook’s menu is the Aloha Pork Sandwich.  It’s undoubtedly a crowd favorite!

Hawaiian food is definitely a tasty trend, but not the only type of cuisine you can find here.  You can also indulge in salads, flatbreads, and seafood.  I always consider Capt. Cook’s as a must-do for every WDW vacation.

No matter what your taste buds may be craving, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for at one of Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s two counter service restaurants.

Lunch is awesome at the Contempo Cafe, which is located on the main concourse (fourth floor) of the main tower.  Some key items on the menu here are the Meat Lover’s Flatbread, Contempo Vegetable Salad, and the Tokyo Sushi Sampler.  This place has it all- even modern touch screens that you use to place your order.

If you’re looking for a real change of scenery, why not eat poolside?  At The Sand Bar down by Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s main pool, there are cheeseburgers, hot dogs, quesadillas, drinks, and much more!

Right in the lobby of Disney’s Contemporary Resort is The Wave… of American Flavors.  This restaurant is a good bet to satisfy all in your party.  Seafood lovers, burger fans, and vegetarians will find their niche on the menu here.  Some of my recommendations are the Build Your Own Beef Burger (adding on red wine caramelized onions), Curry Vegetarian Stew, and Mediterranean Tuna Salad.

There’s more than just fine dining at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  Heading here for lunch, you’ll have a bunch of unique places to choose from.

Photo by Mike Billick

Photo by Mike Billick

The Grand Floridian Cafe is not one of the most well-known dining destinations here, but it just might be the most charming.  The food at this table service restaurant is spectacular.  Its menu ranges from Pan-Seared Scallops as an appetizer, to a Char-Crusted New York Strip Steak as an entree.  Be sure to save room for the dessert sampler!

There are two pool bars at Disney’s Grand Floridian: Beach Pool Bar and Courtyard Pool Bar.  At the Beach Pool Bar, you can enjoy a variety of drinks to go along with your lunch.  You can pick from multiple selections of sandwiches, sushi platters, or a cheeseburger.  Take a seat at the Courtyard Pool Bar and explore the distinct dishes it has to offer.  Whether it be a Cuban Sandwich, Margherita Flatbread, or Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken, you can stumble upon many different flavors here as well.

For the widest variety of lunch items at Disney’s Grand Floridian, head over to Gasparilla Island Grill.  This place is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and it’s not just known for its good food.  There are also arcade games in here next to the tables and chairs so your kids can have some fun when you finished eating.

Let’s take a look at what Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has to offer for lunch.  Don’t forget, this is the only hotel in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area you cannot access on the resort monorail line.  You can only travel here from the Magic Kingdom via the water taxis (or of course, Disney Bus Transportation).

One of the most popular restaurants in Walt Disney World can be found in this hotel.  It’s called Whispering Canyon Cafe, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  If you’re eating here for lunch make sure you save your appetite beforehand!  As an appetizer, you can have an order of Slow-smoked Pulled Pork Spring Rolls served with a Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce.  I highly recommend the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Platter for your entree.  That’s right… all the wilderness-inspired food you can imagine.  Need I say more?

The Roaring Fork is the place to go at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge when you want to enjoy a quicker lunch.  Besides the basics (chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers) there are some options here that will especially please your palette.  Some of these are the Roast Beef and Blue Sandwich, and the Wilderness Salad.  Not to mention, the inside of this quick service restaurant fits in perfectly with the continuous theme of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

If you’ve never resort-hopped in the middle of the day for lunch, schedule a time to do so next time you’re in WDW.  The only thing left to discuss… is which Magic Kingdom resort you’ll be eating lunch in first!

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