Dining in the Magic Kingdom
If you're looking for a fine-dining experience, you'll find fancy restaurants located in many of the WDW Resort hotels, as well as in Epcot, the Disney-MGM Studios, Downtown Disney, and Disney's BoardWalk Inn. This isn't really the park to visit for a very special meal. However, for a basic, family-oriented dining experience, the Magic Kingdom offers a variety of restaurants and snack shops. Smoking is not permitted in any of the park's eating establishments. Outside you may only smoke in designated smoking areas.
The restaurants in the Magic Kingdom will be the most crowded every day between 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. (for lunch) and between 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. (for dinner). If you don't mind having a flexible eating schedule and you want to avoid the crowds, your best bet is to hit the Magic Kingdom's most popular attractions during these times, and eat during the nonbusy periods. It's always a good idea to experience the more turbulent rides (Magic Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, etc.) before eating a big meal.
Kids love meeting the Disney characters and no vacation photo album is complete without a shot of Mickey hugging your child. You're guaranteed to meet Mickey and his friends within Mickey's Toontown Fair (an area of the Magic Kingdom) or at any of the character dining experiences offered at certain restaurants throughout.
For additional information about the dining options available in the Magic Kingdom, call (407) WDW-DINE. At some of these restaurants, special meals can be ordered to accommodate most dietary restrictions. If you need special meals prepared, however, you're better off eating at one of the restaurants located elsewhere in the WDW Resort. Salads as well as low-salt, vegetarian, and low-cholesterol meals are available at many of the following snack shops and full-service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom.