Dive Under The Sea and Dine With Marine Life At This Disney World Restaurant

in Epcot, Food, Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World Resort is filled with a wide variety of one-of-a-kind experiences, which is what makes it the “most magical place on Earth”.

There are over 200 places on Walt Disney World property to stop and grab a bite to eat, each one unique in their own way. But there is one restaurant in particular that offers something a little extra magical.

Dive under the sea and dine with marine life at Coral Reef Restaurant, located inside Epcot. Currently, Coral Reef Restaurant is open to for lunch and dinner and reservations can be made online.

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The Atmosphere

From sharks to sea turtles, the magnificence coral reef aquarium is filled with majestic marine life, which swims past you as you dine!

Panoramic windows fill the dining room, which gives Disney guests a beautiful, underwater view of The Seas with Nemo and Friends no matter where you are seated at the restaurant!

As you dine with your loved ones, be on the lookout for underwater friends — From sea turtles to stingrays, the aquarium is filled with swimming friends who help to make this dining experience like nothing you have ever experienced before.

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And keep those eyes peeled because Disney guests may even spot a scuba-diving Mickey as he enjoys the underwater fun, too!

What’s On The Menu?

There are a lot of seasonal options on the menu, so each time you visit Coral Reef Restaurant, you may have different food options.

Disney guests can start off their meal with a warm and creamy cup of Lobster Bisque or a cup of New England Clam Chowder, followed by seared Mahi Mahi, served with Jasmine Rice, Coconut and Cilantro-Lime Sauce, Caribbean Shrimp Salsa for their entree.

Or start your meal off with a small caesar salad followed by a 10-oz Slow-roasted Grilled Rib-Eye served with Loaded Mashed Potatoes with Bacon, Bercy Butter.

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When I dined at Coral Reef Restaurant for lunch, I decided to get the Fish and Chips as my entree, which, unfortunately, is no longer on the everyday menu. (Though I do have to admit, it was a bit weird eating seafood, while being surrounded by marine life.) But keep your eyes peeled because as I mentioned, the menu is constantly changing with seasonal options so they may make a comeback.

My date ended up choosing the 10-oz Slow-roasted Grilled Rib-Eye for his lunch and he absolutely loved it. He said it was filled with flavors, perfectly cooked, and was one of the best rib-eye’s he has ever had.

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Other entrees currently on the menu include shrimp and grits, lobster seafood boil, grilled garden vegetable skewer, and more!

Finish off your meal with a delectable dessert! From Baileys Almond and Jack Daniel’s Mousse to The Chocolate Wave to a delicious Key Lime Tart, Coral Reef Restaurant offers a variety of desserts for you and your loved ones to share to end the perfect meal.

Disney Drinks

Coral Reef Restaurant offers both non-alcoholic beverages such as soft drinks, coffee, tea, and lemonade, as well as alcoholic beverages such as cocktails and draft beer.

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Fun Facts About Disney’s Coral Reef

According to the official Disney website:

The Seas is the largest inland saltwater environment ever built, and holds enough water to fill 54 Olympic-sized swimming pools! The meticulously crafted habitat has been designed by marine scientists to enrich the lives of the 4,000-plus sea creatures—85 species of tropical fish!—that call The Seas home.

And did you know this fun fact?

Coral reefs are crucial to the biodiversity of the world’s oceans. They cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, but provide food and shelter to over 25% of all ocean creatures—up to 2 million species! Disney scientists and conservationists are working hard in Florida and around the world to preserve endangered species like sharks, sea turtles and coral.

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Booking Your Coral Reef Restaurant Reservation

Advanced dining reservations are highly recommended if you and your loved ones want to experience dining with wildlife. If you have a Walt Disney World Resort reservation, you can book dining up to 180 days in advance.

Coral Reef Restaurant currently accepts the Disney Dining Plan.

For more information, visit the official Walt Disney World Resort website here. 

Do You Want To Visit Coral Reef Restaurant On Your Next Disney Vacation?

If you want to dine under the sea with marine life on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, but need help planning, then don’t hesitate to reach out to our friends over at Academy Travel. They will be there with you every step of the way, including booking your dining reservation to Coral Reef Restaurant!

Click here to get your free travel quote today, and to get started planning that next magical Disney vacation.

Have you ever dined at Coral Reef Restaurant? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments.

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