Disney Springs
  • On Apr 20, 2021
    Tara from RI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! We have 2 days coming up at Hollywood studios, I’m looking for dinner suggestions. I have eaten at the restaurants in the park but what is close by that if we drove would be easy and quick to get too? Maybe a resort or should we do Disney Springs?

    Hello, Tara!

    I'm really glad that you reached out because you are able to make dining reservations 60 days prior to the first day of your Walt Disney World vacation. If your arrival day is June 23rd, that means you can start making advanced dining reservations on April 24th which is tomorrow! To make reservations you can do so online starting at 6:00 a.m. or over the phone by calling 407-WDW-DINE beginning at 7:00 a.m.

    If you are wanting to stick with restaurants that are pretty close to Disney's Hollywood Studios, I have a few suggestions for you. From Disney's Hollywood Studios you can take a boat or walk over to Disney's Yacht Club Resort and have dinner at the Ale & Compass Restaurant. Right now they are serving both breakfast and dinner and I've never had a bad meal there. If you do decide to dine there for dinner, go ahead and order yourself the park house rolls with bacon jam, pub cheese and citrus butter as soon as you sit down! It's such a yummy appetizer, you'll probably want to order more. I think this is a great middle-of-the-road option price-wise and I think the menu has a nice variety of steaks, pasta, chicken options and even a burger. If you are looking for something even nicer, that is still pretty close to Disney's Hollywood Studios, you could always hop on the Disney Skyliner and ride it over to Disney's Riviera Resort. Located on the top floor of this resort you'll find the restaurant Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera that not only has a wonderful menu but boasts stunning views from the outdoor terrace. The food is predominately Italian and I've always had a great time dining there.

    For me, however, Disney Springs is where it is at right now when it comes to dining. In fact, most nights I am at Walt Disney World you can find me there enjoying something to eat or drink and listening to live music. Right now, my favorite restaurant is The BOATHOUSE. In fact, I've made the 8-hour drive one weekend because a reservation opened up and I was able to snag it. It really is that good. The menu is large and has something to please even the pickiest of eaters. The view is incredible with stunning sunset views over the lake and watching Disney Springs come alive with lights at night is just so breathtaking. But the food - that's where this restaurant takes the cake. Right now I've been stuck on order the lobster roll, with fresh lobster flown in every day, served warm with butter and I always upgrade to the truffle fries. Delicious! Another great place to dine at Disney Springs is Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'. The menu there boasts true southern classics with a modern spin. If you can get a reservation there, you've got to try the chicken and donuts. It is so good! They also have some really great appetizers like church lady deviled eggs, okra fries and hushpuppies! My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

    If you aren't able to secure dining reservations for any of these places, no worries. There are plenty of restaurants at Disney Springs that are considered quick-service and you won't need any reservations to enjoy. My favorite walk-up spot right now at Disney Springs is Pizza Ponte. This unique pizzeria serves up extra-large, rectangle cut slices but offers some really unique flavors. Their menu rotates constantly, but there isn't a bad one I promise! Some other great spots are Chicken Guy, D-Luxe Burger and The Polite Pig and all of these options are also quick service, so no reservations required.

    I know I've given you quite a few restaurants to look at before making your dining reservations and truth be told I could go on and on. There are so many great dining options at Walt Disney World, wherever you end up I know is going to be great.
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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