Last week, I talked about some of the best spots to dine in the resorts located near the Magic Kingdom. Today, I am going to expand on that idea and discuss similar opportunities just outside of Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
Guests who have stayed at any of the Epcot resorts know that there are some excellent dining options in that area. However, the vast majority of guests visiting Epcot and Hollywood Studios don’t realize just how close by some of Walt Disney World’s best restaurants really are. These resorts include the Beach Club, Yacht Club, Swan, Dolphin, and Boardwalk. They are all within walking distance or a short boat ride from each of those parks.
When talking about Epcot, there are obviously many great restaurants within this park. However, it can be difficult to get reservations at some of the more popular ones, especially during busier times of year. One that falls into that category is Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada. Two great dinner alternatives are Shula’s Steak House at the Dolphin and Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Beach Club. The Yachtsman is actually a shorter walk from the rear exit of Epcot than it is to walk to Mexico from that same spot.
If you had your heart set on Italian and couldn’t get a reservation in Italy at Epcot or at Mama Melrose in Hollywood Studios, you should definitely consider Il Mulino, located at the Swan. There is also a relatively new option at the Boardwalk called Trattoria al Forno.
Let’s briefly talk about character dining options in that area. First, there is a great breakfast at the Cape May Cafe inside of the Beach Club, featuring Minnie, Goofy, and Donald. Although Mickey isn’t present, this is a very good alternative to Chef Mickey’s, especially if you plan to spend your day at Epcot or Hollywood Studios. A little known option is located over at the Garden Grove in the Swan. They host different character breakfasts and dinners throughout the week.
For those who enjoy fish, I want to mention some excellent seafood options. Not far from the Yachtsman Steakhouse, you will find the Captain’s Grille, right off the lobby of the Yacht Club. Across the pond at the Boardwalk is Flying Fish Cafe, which is a high end spot with excellent cuisine. If Sushi is your thing, you can’t go wrong at Kimonos at the Swan. Finally, one of the finest restaurants in all of Walt Disney World is Todd English’s bluezoo. This eatery was recently recognized by USA Today Travel as a “Top 10 Foodie Spot.”
In addition to some of the fancier spots, you will also find many bars, casual restaurants, and several ice cream parlors over at the Epcot resorts. One of my favorite spots where reservations aren’t needed is the Big River Grille and Brewing Works at the Boardwalk. Whether you can’t get the in-park reservation you were hoping for, or you are just looking for a break from the crowds, I highly recommend checking out some of the dining spots located between Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
I hope you enjoy “Tour Guide Tuesday.” If you want additional tips while you’re in the parks, WDW Guided Tours is happy to help!