Is EPCOT one of your family’s favorite parks in Disney World? I have to admit, our stomachs love visiting the park because of its delicious restaurant offerings! We have never had a bad meal at any of the EPCOT restaurants, and one of our favorites is Coral Reef. My teen daughter loves dining at Coral Reef for the delicious meals and fun atmosphere, and I love watching sharks and turtles swim by our table as well as the delicious seasonal menu. Dining with Teens at Disney World is a snap if you know where to eat, and Coral Reef will satisfy their appetites and love of Disney Parks!
Coral Reef: Location
If you’ve taken a ride in a giant clam shell on The Seas with Nemo and Friends, you’ve undoubtedly walked right by the restaurant. The building is in between The Land, which is home to Soarin’ and Living with the Land, and Spaceship Earth, the spherical icon of EPCOT. If you have wee ones that are still riding on four wheels, there’s plenty of stroller parking to the left of the building near The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
Underwater Atmosphere and Seasonal Menu
Let’s get this out of the way: my teen daughter is fascinated with all things underwater, so dining at Coral Reef is a no-brainer for my family. Coral Reef is a sit-down style restaurant, and from the moment you walk through the blue-tinted glass doors, the underwater ambiance is pretty and soothing. The restaurant is low-lit which directs your eyes to its stunning views of Disney World’s coral reef inside of The Seas. The restaurant offers souvenir fish guides, and my teen loves spotting and identifying the reef’s 4,000+ inhabitants while we wait for our meals. Hey, any excuse to throw in some education while on vacation works for me.
A big draw to Coral Reef restaurant is the fact that its menu changes seasonally, so it’s always a surprise for my family as to what will be on the menu. Ok, I tend to be a creature of habit when it comes to dining, but my teen daughter and husband are very adventurous eaters and they enjoy switching up their orders. The menu offers quite a few fish and seafood meals, but don’t worry if you’re not a fan of the fish: there’s chicken, salads, and pasta dishes as well.
Pricing and Reservations
Disney uses dollar signs to differentiate cost of dining in their restaurants, and Coral Reef has a $$ out of $$$$ price point. Children under nine years old can choose meal selections from the kids’ menu, and when my daughter was of age, she loved it. As a teen with an appetite, she enjoys Chicken Caesar Salads, and Seared Mahi Mahi. For a family of three, our check was well over $100, but we consider dining at Disney World a special occasion and well worth it.
As with all Disney World sit-down restaurants, making a reservation is a good idea. If you’ve planned your vacation far in advance, you can book a dining reservation 180 days out. Coral Reef does take walk-ups, but be prepared for a wait.
Children with Food Allergies
All Walt Disney World restaurants work with families with allergies to make their dining experience fun and safe. Feel free to talk to your waiter or waitress and ask about alternative meal options if you have any hesitation. If you do decide to make a reservation, make sure to add that your family member has a food allergy before it’s finalized so Disney can add it on the reservation as well.