When considering where to dine at Walt Disney World, a lot of it comes down to a matter of personal taste. However, there are some Disney World restaurants that just don’t stack up against the rest. Epcot, for example, has a reputation for dining that is a smidge overblown. There are plenty of good places to eat in World Showcase. I feel like it’s more about the range of food than the quality, in most cases. Still, by theme park standards, almost all of the restaurants there are exceptional. Without that qualification though, I don’t think 90% of them hold up to what is available at Disney Springs.
Restaurants to Avoid at Disney World
While you consider where you might spend your meal times during your Walt Disney World vacation, consider skipping these locations in favor of something more charming, better tasting, or just less expensive.
First, maybe the most reviled of all Disney World restaurants in Epcot is Electric Umbrella. You see this restaurant before any others, and it’s the only truly prominent restaurant in Future World. It’s not that it’s bad. It’s just really basic, and the ambiance leaves a lot to be desired. Virtually any quick service restaurant around the World Showcase is a better option.
Next, you can definitely skip Liberty Inn. This restaurant is in the back of World Showcase, right in the middle. The American Adventure is a great show to stop for, especially to hear the Voices of Liberty. If you are looking for great food however, the pavilion is flanked with better options from Germany and Italy on one side to Morocco and Japan on the other.
Additionally, the Diamond Horseshoe may be worth it if you are really into the atmosphere, but this may be the weakest food option in the Magic Kingdom. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe and Columbia Harbor House are two of the best quick service locations in Disney World, let alone Magic Kingdom. Liberty Tree Tavern offers better food for the price.
I never understood Rainforest Cafes at Disney resorts. They are fun, but the theming is so inferior to anything Disney does, and the food is just average. Its two locations (TWO?!) are at Disney Springs and Animal Kingdom where they are surrounded by superior dining options.
Finally, Le Cellier is a good signature restaurant in the Canada Pavilion, so this opinion may cause controversy. However, it is a little cramped, dark, and loud. Some may find that fine and it’s okay. The food is really good too. The problem is that this is a steakhouse, and there is better steak just outside the park at Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club.
There is also better steak in Disney World restaurants like The Boathouse at Disney Springs. You can skip this in favor of other types of dining while in Epcot, especially if you are on the dining plan. Le Cellier uses two meal credits from the Disney Dining Plan, and those credits are better spent elsewhere.