Walt Disney World resort is known for its great dining, both inside and outside of its parks. Guests can reserve dining experiences at all four of the parks, as well as in the resort hotels and Disney Springs area. Now that we are Floridians, flying standby into Orlando to visit Walt Disney World is no longer necessary for my family. This means we get to experience all of the great dining options Walt Disney World has to offer at our leisure! I did just that recently and share three great options including a quick service lunch, a family meal with entertainment and a dinner date night out for the grown-ups (plus where to stop for dessert!)
Places to Eat at Disney Springs
The newly reimagined Disney Springs is bubbling over with fun shopping and dining experiences. On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I was able to experience a full range of enjoyable meals in the Disney Springs area.
Access to Disney Springs from the parks and resort hotels is as easy as hopping on one of the Disney Transportation buses. And if you’re staying at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista (as I was), getting to Disney Springs takes just a quick walk across the footbridge (the Wyndham is the closest hotel to the Disney Springs area).
With around 30 dining experiences available, there’s something to please everyone in your group.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner To Go
Located in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs, Earl of Sandwich is a popular go-to for to-go sandwiches, soups, salads and wraps. Touted as “The World’s Greatest Hot Sandwich,” the meals live up to the hype, drawing lengthy lines at this location. But don’t be dissuaded – the long lines often stretch through the restaurants and out the door, but they do move quickly.
If you’d rather skip the wait, swing by for breakfast at 9 a.m. when the restaurant opens for a hot egg sandwich, yogurt parfait or muffin. I dined during the lunch rush and enjoyed a Chicken Avocado Bacon wrap, which was cool, tasty and filling (I could only eat half of it!). Compared to pricier Disney parks dining, the Earl of Sandwich offers reasonable prices and also participates in the Disney Dining Plan.
Roll N Rock Out
If you’re looking to be bowled over, there is no better place than Splitsville Luxury Lanes in the West Side area of Disney Springs. Families can play and dine together in the retro-chic 50,000 square foot bowling center that also includes billiards and live entertainment. And you won’t find boring alley food here! Splitsville Luxury Lanes offers freshly prepared traditional fare like pizza, burgers and wings that the kids will love. And for the grown-ups there are creative offerings like rice bowls, spiced edamame and mahi mahi. According to another TravelingMom, the sushi offered here is the best on Disney property. Kids can slurp a slushy from a souvenir bowling pin cup while adults enjoy a bucket of ice cold beer or a glass of wine. If you’d rather just come for a meal and not bowl, you can do that too!
Not Your Daddy’s Steakhouse
If you’re longing for a grown-up night out on the town, STK Orlando is an ultra-modern steakhouse with inventive dishes that go beyond the usual steak and potato. The shaved Brussels sprouts salad with apples, cranberries, goat cheese and almonds was a healthy treat that tasted decadent. The Lil BRGs of wagyu beef hit the spot and the parmesan truffle fries were light and crispy. I dined on the outdoor patio, which had a broad vantage of The Landing area in Disney Springs. There is an in-house DJ at STK that adds to the late night party atmosphere. On that note, the music makes this a very noisy restaurant, so it’s not the best place to go if you want to have a conversation. Consider bringing the kids for lunch when the atmosphere is less “club.” Table service restaurants book up, so making reservations early is recommended.
Last But Not Least…Dessert!
To end your night on a sweet note, stop by Sprinkles in the Town Center section of Disney Springs for ice cream, cookies or one of their famous red velvet cupcakes. This is another hot spot, so be prepared for a wait. Need a treat but the shop’s closed? You’re in luck because you can still pick up dessert 24/7 from the famous Sprinkles Cupcake ATM.