My Top 5 “Large Group” Table Service Restaurants at WDW:

Chef Mickey's
Chef Mickey’s (Photo credit: Michael Kappel)

I will start out by listing the top 5 restaurants then a brief synopsis of each=

  1. OhanaPolynesian Resort
  2. Crystal PalaceMagic Kingdom
  3. Hoop De Do Revue – Fort Wilderness Campground
  4. Chef Mickey’sContemporary Resort
  5. Boma  – Animal Kingdom Lodge

Ohana —ʻOhana’s Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo & Stitch. Lilo, Stitch and more invite you and your ʻohana to an American breakfast influenced by Polynesian flavors. Feast family-style as Disney Friends visit with Guests, sign autographs and pose for photos. Dinner–with Hawaiian Hospitality, the call of a conch shell welcomes you to an evening of Hawaiian-flavored specialties, storytelling and games. As you savor the all-you-care-to-enjoy, Polynesian-style delights, delight in coconut races in which children armed with brooms sweep coconuts across the restaurant’s hardwood floors. The fun continues as everyone is encouraged to play with hula hoops and dance to island music. *Please note: Disney Friends join Guests for breakfast; dinner is a non-Character Dining experience. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit

Crystal Palace–Winnie the Pooh & Friends, Inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the late 1800s, The Crystal Palace brims with light, topiaries and tropical palms—and is an enchanting spot to meet some favorite Disney Friends! While you dine on scrumptious fare, Disney Characters stop by for laughs, photos and autographs. You may meet: Winnie the Pooh=Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Later, enjoy carved flank steak for lunch and sirloin for dinner, plus rotisserie chicken, Atlantic salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp, turkey, mashed potatoes, pizza and more. Delight in such desserts as customized ice cream sundaes, cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, tiramisu, pudding and cobblers. It’s the perfect ending to any meal! Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.

Hoop De Do Revue — Start your day with stuffed French toast, made-to-order omelets, freshly baked pastries, breakfast pizza, fruit and more. Frontier-Style Family Fun, join the Pioneer Hall Players for 2 hours of rousing Wild West dancing, singing and zany vaudeville comedy. Get ready to clap your hands, stomp your feet, sing along and have a good ole’ time at rustic Pioneer Hall in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.  In between skits and song standards, chow down on buckets of all-you-care-to-enjoy fried chicken and smoked BBQ pork ribs, as well as a tossed green salad, baked beans, fresh-baked cornbread and strawberry shortcake. Unlimited draft beer, wine and sangria are included for Guests 21 years of age and up (proper ID required) They got me at UNLIMITED DRAFT BEER & WINE, haha. Soft drinks are also included.  *Know Before You Go: Prepayment is required. Cancellations may result in charges if made with insufficient notice. Specific policies will be detailed at time of reservation booking

Chef Mickey’s — Disney Characters Enjoy a lively, all-you-care-to-eat buffet with Disney Friends in a bright, happy space. As the monorail whizzes by, Disney Characters mingle with guests for photos and autographs and periodically lead diners in song and dance. Delight in the revelry, soak up the expansive views of Bay Lake, and behold the stunning 90-foot-high mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair that overlooks the festive eatery. Guests at Chef Mickey’s may meet such Disney Characters as: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck, Goofy Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. Enjoy Contemporary American cuisine at this casual indoor buffet. Breakfast features such favorites as made-to-order pancakes, Mickey waffles, French toast, fresh fruit, bacon and more. Dinner showcases roasted chicken, carved beef, pasta, savory sides and Kid’s favorites like macaroni and cheese. Guests of all ages will delight in the sundae bar, where you can customize your own decadent dessert.

Boma – Under a thatched roof, savor vibrant flavors from over 50 African countries—along with favorite American classics. Greet your day with a cup of full-bodied Kenyan AA coffee, tropical juice and a bountiful breakfast buffet. Selections may include made-to-order omelets, French toast, African pastries, carved ham, fresh fruit and corn beef bobotie—a type of South African quiche. At dinner, watch chefs prepare grilled seafood, roasted meats, vegetarian specialties, fresh salads and house-baked pastries in the onstage kitchen. Kids can enjoy options like chicken nuggets, while Guests 21 years of age and up delight in unique South African wines-many of which are available by the glass.  As with all reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit & to make reservations, book online or call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Honorable Mention: New Restaurant at Magic Kingdom: Be Our Guest – Nestled at the foot of the Beast’s Castle in the newly re-imagined Fantasyland, this expansive 550-seat venue allows Guests to relax and pull up a chair in the mysterious West Wing, Belle’s book-filled Library or the grand 2-story Ballroom. Put our quick service to the test: Order with a touch-screen terminal and food magically appears at your table. These state-of-the-art touch-screen terminals allow you to customize your order so that our chefs can efficiently prepare and serve with flair a meal to your liking! At dinner, guests will be seated and served as in other Disney table-service restaurants. The restaurant seats 546 for lunch and 340 for dinner.