Romantic Dining in Disney

Disney Dining at the Yachtsman

Previously in the Planning a Disney Honeymoon series I outlined some initial planning tips and where to find yummy cocktails.  Now we’ll get to my favorite thing to do… eat!  Disney World has some great restaurants and there are so many to choose from.  Here are some places to consider when making your honeymoon dining reservations.

Romantic Dining Disney Narcosses CongratulationsNarcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian

Go for: Awesome seafood & steaks

This is a signature restaurant in an octagon shaped building set out over the Seven Seas Lagoon.  They actually have a dress code unlike many other Disney places you can go right in your park attire so be sure to check that out on the WDW website.  At night they dim the lights & you can catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks in the distance.

La Hacienda de San Angel at Epcot

Go for: Great Mexican Dining & Margaritas

This is the newer restaurant just built in Mexico at Epcot featuring vaulted ceilings and huge windows looking at the World Showcase Lagoon.  Ask for a table near the windows!  This is a great casual restaurant to indulge in a seafood or steak Mexican dish beyond just your typical tacos, which they do have!  For an appetizer customize your guacamole with a choice of three different toppings and indulge in one of the many diverse margaritas on the menu if you’re looking for a change.

Il Mulino at the Swan

Go for: An Italian meal and extensive wine list

This is not a Disney restaurant as there are a few of in various cities, but the Il Mulino wine selection is amazing if you’re a bit of a wine snob like I am.  Great appetizers, antipasto & homemade pastas.  We always request Giuseppe as our waiter. He is attentive and gives you that authentic Italian dining experience.  Il Mulino also has a nice big lounge and usually live music someone doing piano or guitar if you just wanted to go for a drink.   If you drive here, be sure to get your parking ticket validated!

The Popular Princess Dining Spots

Magic Kingdom offers two sought after dining spots for young and old princesses alike.  Cinderella and Belle found their fairytale princes and you found yours!  You may want to check out Be our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table for your special occasion.

Be Our Guest

The ambiance of the restaurant is enticing and grand with three main dining areas – the West Wing, Ballroom, and Belle’s Library.  At the end of your meal you’ll have the pleasure of meeting the Beast and snapping a photo.  The menu was fancier when Be Our Guest first opened and I’ve noticed it’s stepped down a tone over the years, still featuring some French favorites like ratatouille and coq au vin chicken but also traditional plates like steak, pork chop, or seared scallops.  This the only restaurant housed in Magic Kingdom serving alcohol which is a plus, but since it is in Fantasy Land prepare for being surrounding by children… maybe not what you want for a romantic dinner.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

You’ll travel into the castle and up one floor to the main dining room for your character dining event.   The pre-fix dinner menu gives you 1 appetizer and 1 entrée per person with a shared dessert tray for the table.  The princesses roll through quickly so have your cameras ready!  It’s very loud, and again there are lots of kids – many in costume.  Reservations require pre-payment and can be made over the phone.

Truthfully, I’ve been to both of these Magic Kingdom spots and while they offer a great experience I think there are better options that would be less loud & crazy than these.  I also found with both of them you end up waiting a long time even with reservations because it’s hard to clear people out.  But, they’re worth it at least once.  Happy dining!

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