One of the best rules of real estate is “Location, Location, Location!” `Tis also true with restaurants. An establishment may not be the cleanest, healthiest or friendliest, but put it in the middle of a high-traffic area and you’ll be sure to see patrons wanting to dine within it. At Disney, location may not mean everything. There are food courts located within each resort but for some reason, people would still pay park admission to dine with their favorite characters. However, there are some restaurants where location truly is everything and that brings us to today’s list.
Welcome to Believe Vacation’s quest to find the BEST RESTAURANT AT DISNEY. Today, we’ll look at restaurants that are in a very nice location. Location for our agents could be defined as conveniently placed, strategically placed, or even in the “right place at the right time.” We have 3 tiers to sort through so we’ll start with:
Somewhere Out There
San Angel Inn Restaurante (Table Service, 1 credit) – The restaurant is located at the first country exhibit most people visit during the World Showcase tour at Epcot so I would say this one has a prime location.
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Table Service, 1 credit) – If you are THE pizzeria within the Italy exhibit at the World Showcase in Epcot, you have a really nice location for success.
Chef Mickey’s (Table Service, 1 credit) – Outside the parks is never a bad criteria because you don’t have to pay to get in. Extra points for being under the Contemporary Resort Monorail stop.
House of Blues Restaurant and Bar (Table Service, 1 credit) – Located on the very popular West Side of Disney Springs comes one of the ultimate themed restaurants in our country.
Main Street Bakery (Quick Service, 1 credit) – Those from generations ago will tell you having a business on Main Street in their small town growing up was key to success. Same goes for this bakery as it’s the first thing you’ll truly SMELL at the Magic Kingdom.
The Garden Grill (Table Service, 1 credit) – Located in the Land Pavillion at Epcot, a restaurant above Living with the Land and Soarin‘ is a nice location that sees many people visit it every day.
ABC Commissary (Quick Service, 1 credit) – Perfectly situation in the middle of Star Tours, A Frozen Sing-Along and Toy Story Midway Mania is this fancy, well-positioned establishment.
Just Around the Riverbend
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Casey’s Corner (Quick Service, 1 credit) – While Main Street Bakery may be first when you are coming into the park, Casey’s Corner always grabs your attention on the way out. It’s the perfect place to pop in, grab a hot dog, find an outdoor seat and watch the nighttime shows.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (Quick Service, 1 credit) – This restaurant is the closest to the mountains of Frontierland. While being over on the far side of the park may not benefit it, the outdoor seating provides optimal viewing as it is right along the parade route.
Hollywood & Vine (Table Service, 1 credit) – Just to the left off Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood Studios is this fun establishment. Ideal location being right across from the lake and on the route towards Star Tours.
Be Our Guest Restaurant (Table Service, 1 credit) – New Fantasyland is a tremendously popular edition to the Magic Kingdom. The Beast’s Castle is a tremendously popular addition to the skyline of Fantasyland. Thus, any restaurant associated with that castle in that part of the park is going to be an instant success!
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Quick Service, 1 credit) – Tomorrowland continues to be the preferred area of Magic Kingdom for teens and young adults. And when you are the “burger joint” in that part of the park, expect plenty of crowds and excitement. Doesn’t hurt that it’s across from Space Mountain and just outside New Fantasyland.
The Crystal Palace (Table Service, 1 credit) – Go down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and hang a left and you’ll see it. While Casey’s Corner may come into view first, the exterior of this establishment will surely draw your eyes towards it. Stop in before heading to Adventureland.
Coral Reef Restaurant (Table Service, 1 credit) – While the Seas with Nemo may not be as popular as the Land pavilion, it still gets some good traffic throughout the day. But this restaurant takes some specific determination to get to. And once you know, it’s in the best location possible – under the sea!
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant (Table Service, 1 credit) – Basically the next door down from ABC Commissary, Sci-Fi gets the nod for better location because it has an exterior front, is located closer to Star Tours and just around the corner from Toy Story Midway Mania. Plus, it’s theming at a drive-in adds to the whole “location” aspect.
Inside a Castle?
Cinderella’s Royal Table (Table Service, 2 credits) – It’s tough to beat any restaurant that is located inside an actual castle. Technically, everytime you look at the castle, you are looking at this restaurant. And since the lands in the Magic Kingdom all branch off from the castle in the middle, this princess dining experience is literally in the middle of the whole park.
Did we miss anything? Which restaurant on Disney properties would you say has the best overall location? Leave you comments in the section below and remember there’s always a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!