REVIEW: A Disney Buffet for Each Meal of the Day
In the real world, buffet and family style restaurants are not always known to deliver an exceptional culinary experience. However, you didn’t come to this blog to hear about the real world. We’re here to talk fantasy, and Walt Disney World really knows how to bring it. With more than 25 different buffet options throughout the parks and resorts, there is certainly something to appeal to even the pickiest eaters’ taste buds. While each option is special and delicious in it's own way, there are a few that stand out. These restaurants were chosen for best value and all-around yummy-ness.
Disclaimer: You may need to go up a pant size after reading this.
Let’s get started with the most important meal of the day: breakfast. Envision yourself in the heart of the Serengeti with animals all around you. Just as you think life can’t get any better, the hostess calls your name, and your seat awaits you at Boma. Boma is located at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and offers African style cuisine. While there are so many options for breakfast around the area, the experience of Boma is truly one of a kind. It’s important to discuss the awesome treats for your belly, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the POG juice. Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava Juice are mixed together to give you a boost to start your day. If coffee is more your jam, they offer an Kenyan blend that will truly get you moving and on your way to the parks! The food stations include your go-to buffet staples but with an “African” twist. They offer a yogurt bar, made to order omelets, breakfast potatoes, French Toast bread pudding, grilled asparagus and tomatoes, and much more. My personal favorite is the Corn Beef Bobotie, which is an African style quiche. The best part is that this buffet can range on the less expensive side. For adults (10 and older) the price is $27 plus tax, and kids (9 and under) pay $15 plus tax. It’s a great way to start your day without breaking the bank.
Now, we’ve made our way into the Epcot, because we’ve got a FastPass for Frozen to catch. Just as we’re about to jump on the boat, your stomach starts growling so loud. It’s got a craving for some Schnitzel and it just won’t let it go….
Good News! Germany is not far, and we’ve got reservations for Biergarten. What could be better than a smorgasbord of potato salad, sauerkraut, sausages and pretzel rolls?! And that’s just the start of the buffet line. As you eat your way through these Bavarian favorites, don’t forget to fill up on Spaetzle, chicken schnitzel, and even a carving station. A trip to Germany would not be complete with a stein of your favorite ice cold brew. We recommend the Konig Ludwig Weissbier for a taste of something smooth and light. Biergarten also offers a great value with the beer sample which comes with four 5 oz samplers allowing you to get a little bit of everything.
It’s best to take this stop slowly as the options tend to induce a food coma. Thankfully, every table in the house has an awesome view of the main stage that features a performance every hour with the Oktoberfest Musikanten. This interactive show lasts about 25 minutes and encourages you to dance those carbs away.
Lunch is a great value at $33 plus tax for adults (10 and over) and kids (under 9) at $18 plus tax. This offer includes unlimited refills for soft drinks. A meal value like this definitely has us screaming “Ziggy zaggy! Ziggy zaggy! Oi Oi Oi!”
We’re ending our day with one last stop, and it's the mother of “all you can eat.” No trip to Disney would be complete without a stopover at the Polynesian Resort to indulge yourself at Ohana.
Dinner is served Family Style and this Hawaiian inspired paradise features unlimited salad (the dressing is to-die-for), potstickers, Pineapple Coconut bread, chicken wings, and that’s just for appetizers. Servers zip around with large skewers of chicken, steak, and shrimp. You call the shots with how much protein your heart desires. As you munch away, Ohana features live entertainment with complete ukuleles, singing, and games for the kids. Some seating even offers a spectacular view of Cinderella Castle. If you plan your dinner reservation just right, Ohana dims the lights to optimize your viewing of the nightly fireworks show, Happily Ever After. They even play the soundtrack along with the show.
Ohana means family and that is definitely the vibe you get from the moment you walk in. We strongly urge you to pace yourself as the highlight of this meal takes place at dessert. Three words- Ohana Bread Pudding. This ooey-gooey goodness of bread pudding is smothered in bananas fosters sauce and topped with ice cream. It’s quite possibly the only dessert that gets even better as the ice cream melts. You’ll be happy you skipped that last skewer of shrimp to save a spot for this treat. While Ohana is on the pricier end of our All You Can Eat excursion, it is a tremendous value for the options and quality of food that is served. Dinner for adults (10 and up) is $46 plus tax, and kids (9 and under) are $26 plus tax. With all the Ohana has to offer, you can truly understand why we would choose to end our day of magic with “family.”
When taking a trip to Walt Disney World, it’s important to plan it out and do it right. Please be aware that the restaurants on this list do often require a reservation ahead of time. It's also important to bear in mind that it will most likely not be possible to do it all in one day. Spread them out over the course of your trip. You may want to eat light leading up to these ventures to ensure that you are truly getting the most yum for your buck!