10 Best New Restaurants at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has become the new go-to in Orlando for creative cuisine, thanks in large part to a variety of new restaurant concepts that have opened up in Disney Springs.

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Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'

New at Disney Springs, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ serves up comfort foods with decidedly Florida flavors. Among the down home faves are Art's Famous Fried Chicken and Shrimp & Grits. The craft cocktail trend is also alive and well at Homecomin’ where the Blue Hooch is among the signature moonshine cocktails, featuring a blend of moonshines, blue Curacao and a splash of Sprite.

California Grill

Set high up on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the re-imagined California Grill is a must for ‘Brunch at the Top,’ a Sunday brunch for the ages. Take in the views of Magic Kingdom through floor-to-ceiling windows and chat up the chefs as you pile your plate with sushi, salads and pastries. The show-stopping Bloody Mary bar will have you talking long after brunch is over and you’ve gone home.

Planet Hollywood Observatory

The revamped Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs recently opened its doors with a Guy Fieri-designed menu. You’ll find the usual salads, burgers and sandwiches, but they are far from usual. Try the Turkey Pic-A-Nic sandwich with cranberry relish, BBQ kettle chips (yes, on the sandwich) and Donkey sauce. Incredible. Hit the Stargazers Lounge for signature drinks and a wide range of Florida craft beers.

Frontera Cocina

The newest Mexican restaurant by celebrity chef Rick Bayless is open at Disney Springs in a modern space with a delightfully inviting patio. Frontera Cocina, a fresh-Mex concept restaurant, brings a twist to typical Mexican fare thanks to dishes like Shrimp Enchiladas Suizas and Arroz con Plantains. Even the margaritas have a unique flair, like the Blood Orange Jalapeno Margaritas. You’ll also find tequila flights.


Formerly Fulton's Crab House, the completely overhauled Paddlefish restaurant at Disney Springs offers build-your-own crab boils, fresh fish and all kinds of mouth-watering steak cuts. Designed to look like a paddleboat (so you can’t miss it), Paddlefish also offers a delicious Sunday brunch. Or, stop over at the end of the day for drinks and apps on the rooftop bar as you bask in a perfect Orlando sunset.

Trattoria al Forno

Located on Disney’s BoardWalk, Trattoria al Forno is not new, but it’s the current talk of the town thanks to the brand new “royal couples” character breakfast called the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast. Make your reservations now to meet-and-greet with Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel and Prince Eric as you dine on movie-themed pancakes, omelets and scrambled eggs (think “Tangled Eggs” and “Swimmers di ‘Light’”).

Geyser Point Bar and Grill

The brand new Geyser Point Bar and Grill at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge boasts an outdoor-inspired menu of bison burgers, salmon BLTs and crispy fried oysters. Open all day, enjoy your meal on the outdoor deck to relax and take in the views at this scenic eatery. No reservations are required at this counter-service restaurant. Even better, you’ll find yourself in a prime location for the nightly Electrical Water Pageant.

The Edison

Expected to open later this year, The Edison at Disney Springs will feature classic American fare and craft cocktails in an industrial-themed space set to look like a 1920s electric company. The Lab inside the eatery will host entertainment, like live DJs and even palm readers. Inspired by its sister location in Los Angeles, The Edison will offer a sophisticated atmosphere that has been eagerly awaited for some time.


Exit Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom and go straight to Tiffins for a brand new five-star dining experience with flavorful selections like Crispy Yellowtail Snapper and Marinated Grilled Octopus. Take in the exotic artwork and stay for a libation in the Nomad Lounge. Even little explorers will find adventure in pint-size dishes like Pan-Seared Sustainable Fish and Black-Eyed Pea Fritters.

Jungle Skipper Canteen

This new-ish restaurant inside Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland is named after the popular Jungle Cruise attraction and is a must-go for cleverly named, yet flavorful dishes like "Tastes Like Chicken Because It Is." Jungle Skipper Canteen is known for its “world-famous jungle cuisine,” delightfully bold tastes from Asia, South America and Africa. Reservations are taken on a same-day basis, making it easier to get a table.

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