Favorite Disney Dining Experiences for Boys

Contrary to what most people think, Walt Disney World has a ton of dining options that are great for boys…and, don’t let them fool ya, boys love princess dining experiences too! Here are the advance dining reservations I recommend to my guests with boys.

Character Dining Experiences

Chef Mickey’s: First off, it’s cool to ride the monorail to or from Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Once inside, boys get to interact with all the Fab 5 (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy).

‘Ohana for the Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo & Stitch: Again, the monorail to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will be a bonus, but boys like the big American style breakfast and meeting Mickey, Lilo and Stitch.

Garden Grill: Located at EPCOT’s Future World, this is a great experience for boys who love Chip & Dale. They will get to see Mickey and Pluto here as well. And a bigger bonus is that the restaurant actually rotates while you dine.

The Crystal Palace: This Magic Kingdom restaurant has a great variety of food on the buffet and features Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger. What boy doesn’t love Tigger?

Hollywood and Vine for Disney Junior Play and Dine: This Hollywood Studios restaurant features Jake from the Neverland Pirates and Handy Manny. Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First are also here. I especially recommend this for younger boys, under 5.

Tusker House for Donald’s Safari: Tusker House has some great food and the characters here are Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey. They greet guests while all decked-out in their safari attire.

Non-Character Dining Experiences

Via Napoli: This EPCOT gym is not a character dining experience but it has some of the best pizza anywhere in the world. They will love it!!

Whispering Canyon Cafe: The food is really good here and, although there are no characters, the cast members here are characters themselves. It’s a wild, sassy kinda place so make sure it’s your son’s cup of tea.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater: You dine in cars at this Hollywood Studios restaurant. It’s themed after a drive-in movie so guests sit in cars and watch sci-fi flicks on the screen during their meal. How cool is that?

Dinner Shows

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue: This dinner show is located at  Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and it is loud fun with a down-home menu. Boys really enjoy this one.


And, as I said earlier, boys (especially those around 11 and 12 years of age) love having the princesses fawn all over them. If this is the case in your family, I would definitely recommend Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (if you have the Disney dining plan) or Cinderella’s Royal Table (if you don’t have the dining plan). If you wonder why that is, you can read my comparison post here.

I hope you will try out some of these dining locations. What are your favorites for boys? Let me know in the comments below.

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