Looking for outstanding dining options at a Disney theme park? Look at Epcot. With restaurants representing 11 countries, dining at Epcot is as much anexperience as it is a theme park. And if you have the kids or grandkids along, even better. This is your opportunity to introduce them to foods from around the world in a place they already love—it’s a win-win for the whole family!
From Food Stands to Fine Dining, Epcot has it All
As a whole, theme parks aren’t known for a thriving culinary scene, but that’s not the case at Epcot. With an abundance of Epcot restaurants ranging from food stands to sit down dining, there’s truly something for everyone—even the little ones in your group.
Epcot has the unique mission of introducing us to cultures of the countries represented and, of course, food plays an important role. It would be impossible to list all of Epcot’s dining options in a post you’d actually have time to read. So here’s the rundown on a few that provide not only delicious food but also a chance to open up the world to your kids and grandkids through food.
Restaurant Marrakesh in the Moroccan Pavilion
The Moroccan Pavilion and Restaurant Marrakesh were hand-tiled by the Moroccan King’s artisans creating a spellbinding location to taste the Moroccan culture. You’ll find the national dish of couscous on the menu accompanied by beef, chicken, lamb and vegetables. Beef kebabs served with rice are also a favorite menu item. And for the little ones, there are familiar menu choices like chicken tenders and hamburger. If you can talk them into something a little different, go for the Moroccan style pasta.
Where the real cultural interaction occurs is in the entertainment as Moroccan musicians and belly dancers dazzle diners young and old.
Norway’s Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Anyone that knows me knows that Norway is one of my favorite places on the planet. And at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion, you too can get a taste of Norway. Norwegian meatballs and salmon dishes are on the menu for both adults and kids. But if you can’t convince a picky eater to try something new, kid favorites like mac & cheese and pizza are also available. And since Norway and Disney teamed up for the wildly popular movie, Frozen, princess interactions are likely.
Adults who REALLY want a taste of Norway can try an assortment of cocktails made with Norway’s liquid treasure, Aquavit. It’s strong but it is true Norway—and I speak from experience.
Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion
As far as I’m concerned, you really can’t go wrong with Italian food. Who doesn’t love pizza and pasta? And you’re going to love Via Napoli in the Italy pavilion. Wood-fired in three ovens in the shape of three faces that represent Italy’s three volcanoes, the Neapolitan pizzas are the main attraction. They’re good…really good. Also on the menu is an assortment of pasta dishes. It’s a fun atmosphere with enough noise to help you relax if your kids or grandkids aren’t exactly quiet diners—like a couple of
Wood-fired in three ovens in the shape of three faces that represent Italy’s three volcanoes, the Neapolitan pizzas are the main attraction. They’re good…really good. Also on the menu is an assortment of pasta dishes. It’s a fun atmosphere with enough noise to help you relax if your kids or grandkids aren’t exactly quiet diners—like a couple of mine! And did I mention there’s gelato on the dessert menu?
And did I mention there’s gelato on the dessert menu?
Goods Times in Germany at Biergarten
It’s a Biergarten, it has to be fun. Located in the Germany Pavilion, the Biergarten is a buffet—and even has a special buffet just for the kids. Sample sausages to you heart’s content, try spätzle or fill up on pretzels and beer. You’re in Germany (sort of) and it’s all about a festival. Live music by an oompah band and plenty of crowd participation will keep you and the kids entertained.
As a Biergarten, there’s obviously a large selection of beers and they’re available in those infamously huge beer steins or in beer flights. I was happy to see my favorite German beer on the menu, Schöfferhofer Grapefruit—a lighter beer made with grapefruit which, of course, makes it a healthy choice, right?
A Taste of French Culture at Chefs de France
Dining at the France Pavilion’s Chefs de France is an excellent way to expose your kids or grandkids to French culture. It’s more of a grown-up dining experience that gives you the chance to expose your little ones to proper table manners.
The menu includes French delicacies like the Casserole of Burgundian escargots baked in parsley and garlic butter, French Onion soup topped with Gruyère cheese and Canard aux cerises—duck breast and leg confit with cherries, sweet potato puree and zucchini.
On the kid’s menu, simple dishes like grilled chicken tenderloin and pasta with ham and cheese are familiar. But seeing them on the menu in French is an ideal way to share a taste of French culture with the kids.
Tasting the World
These are just a few of the choices for international cuisine at Epcot. Want fish and chips? Head to the United Kingdom. Tacos? Mexico has you covered. There’s also sushi in Japan’s Pavilion. And, of course, good ‘ole American barbecue. Epcot gives us the chance to taste the world without a passport, don’t miss out.