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  • On Jan 10, 2017
    Brittany from OK Asked

    I would love to hear from multiple moms & dads on this if at all possible. I have only been twice but try to eat somewhere different every visit. What is the one place you ALWAYS go

  • Aloha and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Our absolute favorite place to dine at during our Walt Disney World Resort vacations is 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. In fact, we dine at 'Ohana for dinner multiple times during the same vacation, we love it that much. You can also enjoy a mischievous breakfast with Lilo & Stitch to begin your day on a jolly note.

    'Ohana, situated at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, places it in a convenient, easy-to-reach, location on the Resort Monorail line, mere minutes away from Magic Kingdom Park. The all-you-care-to-eat Hawaiian feast is brought to your table, while you enjoy games, story-telling and live music. Best of all, if you time your dinner reservation just right, and consult the Cast Member at check-in for a table with a view of Seven Seas Lagoon, you might be in for a real treat with stunning views of Wishes nighttime spectacular fireworks display soaring over Cinderella Castle!

    Imagine a delicious Hawaiian-inspired meal in a tropical paradise immersed at the place where Magic Is Endless!

    Mahalo!

    Jacqueline

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    As a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World Resort, I'm always excited to try new and different restaurants each time I visit. That being said, there's one special place that brings me joy!

    My family LOVES The Plaza Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park. Tucked away at the end of Main Street U.S.A., the menu offers delicious deli sandwiches, burgers and salads. My husband can't get enough of the Honey Barbecue Beef Brisket Burger (try saying that five times fast!), and my kids always seem to try something different each time. On our last visit, we splurged on some Loaded Fries, and WOW, were they good.

    I personally go to The Plaza Restaurant for one reason: they serve my favorite "comfort food" meal: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup! While not "officially" offered as a pairing on the menu, they're always happy to oblige when I ask. (Grilled Cheese sandwiches and Tomato Soup are offered separately on the Kids' Menu.)

    My best advice for dining at The Plaza Restaurant is to save room for dessert! The decor in the restaurant reminds me of an old-timey ice cream parlor, so of course I always feel the need to indulge in a sweet treat. My daughters opt for the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Milk Shakes - one chocolate, one mint chocolate chip, please! My husband and I usually split an ice cream sundae of some sort. If you can't finish your milk shake (they're huge!), they'll put it in a to-go cup for you to take with you into the park!

    Now I've shared our little secret - The Plaza Restaurant is a hidden gem! While you can sometimes score a table without a reservation, they do accept reservations up to 180 days in advance. I hope you'll give it a try!

    Have a magical day! - Diane W.

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    Be Our Guest Restaurant ~ A Fairy Tale

    ~by Todd D.,

    Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young family visited a shining castle...

    Although they eat everywhere their heart's desire, this family enjoys mixing delicious meals with unbridled Disney magic more than anything! So when on vacation, this family visits the castle that offers them a single rose in return for shelter from the sweltering heat, where their meals make a magical appearance, and the family thrills at the gifts and tips their servers generously.

    But this family warns you not to conceive of a visit without Advanced Dining Reservations made up to 180 days in advance, for your hopes of dining will melt away and reveal a missed opportunity. And when you try to share some of this exquisite fare, you will find you are always late, for you will find that there is no food left on any plate. After nourishment, be sure to revel in the dwelling of the not-so-hideous beast and enjoy the palatial splendor of the powerful spell placed on the castle and all who dine there.

    Gleeful of their indulgence, the family conceals themselves inside the castle, with a magic dessert menu as their only window to the final course. Ordering some drinks that actually glow and others that are served to only those past their 21st year.

    If this family could learn to love another restaurant, that earns their love in return before the next reservation is made, then the spell might be broken. If not, they are elated to continue to feast there for all time.

    But as the years pass, other restaurants will eventually lose all hope. For who could never learn to love... Be Our Guest Restaurant?

    Try the Grey Stuff... it really is delicious!

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    Hey, batter batter, Brittany! On nearly every trip to Magic Kingdom Park, I find myself (and my family) bellying up to the counter at Casey’s Corner for hot dogs and fries. 

    Inside the casual eatery, we love the baseball theming and nods to the classic 1946 Disney cartoon, Casey at the Bat. While I loved the old bleachers were in the next room, now I enjoy watching my two little Mouseketeers revel in sharing mini corn dogs, and my husband consistently opting for a chili-laden dog and a big Coke, which is his favorite. I will gleefully admit that the mini corn dogs are one of my favorite park foods! 

    Sitting outside together under the umbrellas on Main Street, U.S.A. means my family can watch the sun shine down on Cinderella Castle, see the Festival of Fantasy Parade march by, and occasionally, catch a special session from the Casey's Corner Pianist. My son loves his silly jokes and even got to participate in playing a song or two. 

    Casey’s Corner Restaurant gives our family a sit-down break from strolling through the park, and with the Baby Care Center right at our back, I can make sure my baby has everything she needs from a change to some quiet time. On a few visits, we’ve even fished off our meal with stadium favorites like Cotton-Candy and Cracker Jack. 

    One your next visit, step up to the plate at Casey’s Corner, but don’t forget… it’s 1, 2, 3 strikes, YOU’RE OUT! At the ol’ ball game!  ~Lindsey
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    Hi Brittany!

    When making my family's plans for a Walt Disney World vacation, booking Advanced Dining Reservations at our favorite spots is first on my to-do list. And, although we've never met a meal we didn't love at Walt Disney World, we do have a few places we absolutely cannot miss when we are there.

    No trip is complete without a visit to Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Spending time with Mickey and Friends as we watch the Monorail whiz by is one of our favorite ways to begin the day. Besides all the fun to be had, the food is AMAZING!

    Next on our list is Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion of the World Showcase at Epcot. The pizza and pasta are the best we've ever had (even better than the REAL Italy, in our opinion) and the atmosphere is so warm and inviting. We love it!

    Next: Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs is a place we dream about in-between Walt Disney World visits and can't wait to come back to! It is a one-of-a-kind Pan-Asian experience with unique and delicious food crafted by Masaharu Morimoto of "Iron Chef America" fame. Once you taste it, I have a feeling you will dream about it, too!

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Here's wishing you many magical (and yummy!) moments ahead at Walt Disney World. Happy Dining!

    -Nancy-

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    Hi, Brittany! So great to hear from you here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Great question and a challenge to answer since there are truly so many opportunities for a great meal (and another, and another, and another...) at the Walt Disney World Resort! 

    My family loves to take advantage of a wide variety of dining experiences but one place that we go each and every visit, and look forward to each time, is Tangierine Cafe in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot. We get a few different plates and share them between us. My favorite is the Vegetarian Platter, which includes falafel, hummus, lentils, and tabouleh, with fresh warm pita bread! We also always get the Shwarma Chicken Platter, which includes deliciously spiced chicken, hummus, tabouleh, and the citrus-y couscous salad! So so yummy, light, and fresh on a warm Florida day.

    You can sit outside and people watch at one of their many tables, which is a lovely part of the experience as well. You definitely should not leave without splitting some sweet baklava from inside also! Delicious!

    Have a magically delicious time at Walt Disney World Resort!

    -Jan K. 

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    Hi there Brittany,

    What a fun question!  Although I love to experience new restaurants each time we visit the Walt DIsney World ResortKona Cafe, which is located at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, is always on our "must do" list for breakfast. My family of six actually loves to dine at this popular dining location for both breakfast and dinner, but we always make sure to book an Advanced Dining Reservation for breakfast. 

    The signature entree at Kona Cafe is their famous Tonga Toast, which is a cinnamon and banana-stuffed dish of deliciousness. Our other family favorites include:  the Egg White Omelet, Steak and Eggs, Big Kahuna and the Freshly Brewed Kona Press Pot coffee. We've never ordered an entree that we didn't love and we've always received impeccable service at this bustling Table-Service restaurant.

    Thanks for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question, Brittany. Best wishes for a magical trip!

    Bon Appétit,

    Jodie

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    What a great question, Brittany! I LOVE to talk food! My family’s favorite Quick Service option within the Theme Parks is Pecos Bill Tall Inn and Cafe at Magic Kingdom Park as I have been living a low-carb lifestyle for some time and this restaurant lets me eat to my heart’s desire with its great fixings bar! It also happens to be SUPER conveniently located between Adventureland and Frontierland!

    As for Table Service Restaurants, we always seem to gravitate towards Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For some reason, this restaurant seems to be hit or miss when reading up on it on the “interwebs”, but we have always found it to be such an immersive experience with delicious food and milkshakes! We always try to stop by!

    Our favorite Dining Experience is the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. We tried it upon a recommendation and never expected it to be one of our most cherished memories each visit! It is a comedic 2-hour dinner show with something for everyone!

    Since I couldn’t share just one, here are a few of my family’s “go-to's” each visit!

    Bon appetit!

    Jen
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    Oh my goodness me Brittany, I don't know about you but after reading all my fellow Disney Parks Moms Panelists delicious answers - I'm now feeling more than little hungry! 

    Being the current UK 'Mum' on the Panel I have to tell you about one of my families favourite eateries The Rose & Crown Dining Room which is located within the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot.  

    The distinctly British menu at The Rose & Crown Dining Room really does offer Guests a true taste of real English pub-grub with our favourite go-to meal of beer-battered Fish and Chips served with an extra side order of proper mushy peas as their Signature Dish. 

    And to make you feel as if you're dining like the real Queen of England be sure to arrange Advanced Dining Reservations to coincide with IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth because in my opinion The Rose & Crown Dining Room boasts one of the most magical views for this spectacular fireworks extravaganza. 

    Have a great Disney day. 

    ~ Jane 

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    Great question Brittany! You have come to the right place! Just like you, every time I visit the Walt Disney World Resort, I always like trying a different restaurant. I'm going to break down my favorite restaurants by location. In Magic Kingdom, my family's favorite is Be Our Guest. The steak is amazing and for dessert we love the strawberry cream cheese cupcake. Oh and you must try the "grey stuff"! It's delicious! In Epcot, our favorite, hands down is Le Cellier Steakhouse. This restaurant is tucked away in the the Canada Pavilion and can be quite cozy. I would highly recommend the cheddar cheese soup, the filet mignon and above all else - the poutine fries! They are to die for! In Disney's Hollywood Studios, I would recommend either the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater or the 50's Prime Time Cafe and not necessarily for the food but more for the themed experience. I can tell you that there is nothing like these two anywhere else! In Disney's Animal Kingdom, I like the quick service option of Harambe Market where you will find delicious spice-rubbed ribs and chicken skewers. Outside of the theme parks, you will find many other delicious options like Chef Art Smith's Homecoming restaurant located in Disney Springs, 'Ohana located in Disney's Polynesian Village and Yachtsman Steakhouse located in Disney's Yacht Club Resort. You can view all of these recommended restaurants, their menus and even make dining reservations by visiting: Disney Dining

    One last tip, throughout the year, Epcot host different festivals where they will add additional food kiosks throughout the World Showcase. My favorite is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which is held in the fall. You can view the different festivals and their dates by visiting this page: Special Events & Tours.  

    It has been a pleasure assisting you Brittany!

    ~Yael

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    Hi-ya Brittany!

    After thinking about your great question and reading my fellow panelists' answers, my tumbly is definitely a rumbly. Disney dining is always one of our favorite parts of any Walt Disney World Resort vacation. There are so many delicious options and treats, planning our meals is half the fun!

    Favorite Quick-Service: Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

    If you like barbecue, you will love Flame Tree Barbecue! My favorite meal is the cheese fries with pulled pork paired with the mandarin orange vodka lemonade! Affordable and delicious! They also have ribs, chicken, turkey, fresh salads and all the sides and fixin's.

    Favorite Table-Service: Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Italy - Epcot's World Showcase

    Germany's Biergarten Restaurant was always my favorite (and it's still a close runner-up,) but oh my goodness, I'm going to have to agree with Nancy on this one -- Via Napoli is incredible. We went for the first time a few trips ago and I have been craving it since. Fun fact: The water they source is the same Ph as the water in Italy, so they use that along with fresh ingredients imported straight from Southern Italy and cook using real (and huge) wood-burning ovens. The taste these special touches delivers is authentically amazing.

    You seriously can't go wrong with any of the options given. More that one favorite place, I think we all might a favorite offering at almost every location. Have a wonderful vacation, Brittany, and remember, no trip is complete without a Mickey Bar, Churro, or Mickey Pretzel while at Magic Kingdom Park!

    Magical Wishes, 

    Lauren

     

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    Hi Brittany!

    Thank you for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. As the runDisney Mom on the panel I always joke that "I runDisney so I can eatDisney!" because the food at Walt Disney World is divine!

    While my fellow Moms did a wonderful job of describing all their favorite meals around the parks, I want to share with you my favorite snack! One place I insist my family stops by every single visit is Aloha Isle in Adventureland. Nestled in the corner next to Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room you'll find a Quick Service counter that serves the most delicious and refreshing snack at Walt Disney World, the infamous Dole® Whip! It's a frozen treat served in pineapple, vanilla or swirled. My personal favorite is the Pineapple Float which is Dole® Pineapple Juice with Pineapple Dole® Whip!

    If you care to partake in a Dole® Whip suited for Guests over 21 years of age, you must stop by Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Here you can try the Spikey Pineapple which is pineapple soft serve blended perfectly with Barbancourt Pango Rhum. 

    I hope you have a magical trip and remember calories never count at Walt Disney World!

    -Lindsey

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    Hi Brittany,

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel. How awesome that you're planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

    My family loves the Disney Dining Plans. Not only they are so convenient, but let us enjoy a family dinner on every night of our stay without having to worry about meal budgets. The only issue is we have a hard time deciding on which restaurants to choose. So many options!

    One of our family favorites and must do on every visit is Teppan Edo. We enjoy the how the chefs prepare our meal right in front of us. Not only the food is amazing, but it is also a fun experience. And a new restaurant that I REALLY like is Trattoria al Forno. Be it breakfast or dinner, the service is amazing, and the food is out of this world.

    One last tip: if you can't find a time for a particular restaurant, keep looking! Many Guests change their plans at the last minute in order to avoid fees. Use the My Disney Experience mobile app to make this process super easy. See you real soon!

    Ricardo.

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    Greetings Brittany!

    Looking over your question made me smile from (mouse) ear to (mouse) ear because as much as I love to try different restaurants, every time we visit Walt Disney World, we cannot escape the charm, entertainment and delicious offerings of the Biergarten Restaurant inside the Germany Pavilion at Epcot!

    We ALWAYS go there and never get tired!

    Imagine this: An incredibly tasty buffet featuring Bratwurst, German Meatloaf, Roasted Chicken, Baked Cod, soups, salads, breads and desserts like Bavarian Cheesecake and Apple Strudel. This, while enjoying live Polka music in the background and sipping on a refreshing glass of German beer... It's an Oktoberfest year-round!

    Did I mention there's a dance floor!?

    We've made so many memories dining at the Biergarten Restaurant and truly look forward to our next reservation.

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel...or should I say, Danke!

    -Anabel M.

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    Great question but one that is awfully hard to answer! Picking just one restaurant at Walt Disney World is pretty tough as my family definitely has a few to enjoy during each trip.

    Via Napoli is our number one choice and is located in Epcot and it has some of the best pizza in the country! 

    We now have new "go-to" places since Disney Springs has been expanded to include some incredible culinary restaurants.  Our new favorites include Blaze Pizza where you can select your own toppings and sauce and have it done within about three minutes and all for under $10 making it a great place for a family meal. For finer dining we head to the Boathouse RestaurantMorimoto Asia, and Chef Art Smith Homecoming. And I have to add my favorite place for dessert anywhere on property is also at Disney Springs. You must head to Sprinkles Cupcakes for a great selection of yummy cupcakes.

    I want to end with our favorite quick service location. If you find yourself in the Animal Kingdom during mealtime consider heading to Flametree Barbecue. We love getting the ribs or barbecue sandwiches and then find a quiet spot down the trail for a relaxing lunch.

    Good luck with your selections and no matter where you go you will be sure to enjoy some wonderful culinary magic!

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    Hi Brittany!

    How did you know that food is one of the most magical experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort? Your question warms my heart and my tummy! Although it has been mentioned, I must add the 50's Prime Time Café in Disney's Hollywood Studios. It reminds me of my grandmother's kitchen. The entire experience takes me back to a time when television was new technology and captivated the world. The food just seems like it was made with care and love. Our girls tolerate the reminders to "eat all of your vegetables" so they can down one of the amazing milkshakes!

    Our new favorite restaurant is the California Grill. It is truly a culinary experience made magical when you can see the fireworks while enjoying your meal. The view from the top of the resort is simply spectacular. Although we may not always be able to eat here (we are on a budget!), it is now our go-to place for special celebrations. I will offer one tip. On our last visit, we really wanted a table by the window because we were celebrating my husband's birthday. We arrived to the check-in area about 40 minutes prior to our reservation time and made the request. They allowed us up to the actual restaurant about 10 minutes later and, we were seated at a table by the window soon after getting to the 15th floor. Pixie dust was everywhere ... literally.

    I wish we could find out which restaurants actually become your favorites! 

    Happy planning.

    -Donyell
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    Hi, Brittany! I am so glad you stopped by with this question. I think you’ll see the bunch of us are not shy about sharing some Disney Food feedback! Probably our favorite topic. I know it’s one of mine, for sure!

    Like you, I love exploring something new whenever I get to the Walt Disney World Resort. And for me, as a local and annual passholder, that is quite often! Lately, I have really been enjoying all the wonderful and exciting new dining experiences at Disney Springs. Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney, has recently undergone a massive expansion, and let me tell you, these new world class restaurants do not disappoint.

    In the mood for some delectable Asian Fusion? Morimoto Asia will Iron Chef that meal until your belly wins! Hoping for some comfort food? Well honey, don’t dilly dally and come on in for some good’ole home cookin’ at Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming. How about some Sabor Latino? Bongos Cuban Café, a personal fave, is alive with flavors and live music. You’ll leave with a little salsa in you, if you know what I mean!  

    With something for every craving and hungry whim, Disney Springs is definitely the place to be! 

    ¡Buen Provecho! 

    Emille 

     
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    It's so hard to pick a favorite! Dining at Walt Disney World is my family's top activity and has been for 20 years. My fellow panelists have already mentioned some of our frequent go-to spots, including Morimoto Asia, Chef Art Smith's Homecoming, Rose and Crown and Tangierine Cafe.  If I have to pick the one spot where we always leave saying, "That was amazing as always," I'd have to go with Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Kidani Village. 

    The bread service with all the accompaniments to start is a must! Sometimes we order an assortment of appetizers and an entree to share among the four of us. Other times we each choose our own meal. 

    We were there a few days ago for lunch and couldn't get enough of the burger, the salad sampler and the South African sausage with onion salad. And the MishKaki (beef tenderloin tips with ginger marinade) was delicious.

    For dinner, we love everything from the butter chicken to the duck to the assorted meats and the fish selections. We're usually too full for dessert, but sometimes share a dessert sampler.

    A bonus at Sanaa: the view! The large windows overlook the savannah. On our most recent trip, we watched a giraffe have its lunch right across from our table. And a group of zebra frolicked back and forth through much of our meal.

    We're also big fans Boma and Jiku, the other Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurants. But if we have to pick one favorite restaurant and one favorite dish in all of Walt Disney World, we'd vote for Sanaa and its bread service.

    Happy eating!

    Wilma

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    You are talking my language...food! My fellow Disney Parks Moms Panelists have given some wonderful suggestions and I'm sure you will see that at Walt Disney World, there is no shortage of amazing dining options. I have many favorites, so I'm going to share my top choices at each of the parks and Disney Springs.

     

    Magic Kingdom

    My all-time favorite place to dine at Magic Kingdom is Cinderella's Royal Table. The ambiance is amazing with the stained glass windows, spiral staircase and archways.

    Epcot

    My family loves Coral Reef at Epcot. Their seafood is amazing and you just can't beat dining while looking over The Seas with Nemo and Friends!

    Hollywood Studios

    Mama Melrose is my husband's favorite restaurant. Not only is their Italian food amazing, but you can also book the Fantasmic! Dining Package to get a VIP spot for the show and enjoy their delicious food!

    Animal Kingdom

    Our new favorite Animal Kingdom restaurant is Tiffins. We ate there during our last trip and were blown away by their service, theming in the restaurant and of course, their food! 

    Disney Springs

    I have many food intolerances, including dairy and gluten, so Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC is wonderful! You can get gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan cupcakes. 

    Magically,

    Stacy

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    A sunny hello from Brazil, Brittany!

    I am a foodie, so you are speaking my language. Our top 5 favorite restaurants are:

    Number 5: Our daughter never misses the opportunity for a royal feast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. It is our favorite character dining experience, where we can have a family-style breakfast or end our day with a Norwegian-inspired dinner accompanied by Disney princesses.

    Number 4: I love the German classics at Biergarten Restaurant. Every dish reminds me of my Oma, and the beer selection and band put you right in the middle of Oktoberfest.

    Number 3: I will never forget our first time at Be Our Guest Restaurant. I was swept away by the baroque splendor of the Grand Ballroom. The sautéed shrimp and scallops have won our hearts.

    Number 2: Our next favorite takes us to Disney Springs for waterfront dining at The Boathouse. The decor features dreamboats from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. We start with cocktails, and then have our favorite dish: baked crab stuffed lobster. 

    Our number 1 restaurant is California Grill! Nothing beats signature dining with a view of Cinderella’s Castle. We make reservations before Wishes nighttime spectacular, so when the lights start diming we head outside to the observation deck to enjoy the fireworks. Their Pacific Coast-inspired menu is amazing.

    Brittany, this question has got me really hungry! We would love to hear back from you with your favorites.

    Best magical wishes,
    Thiana

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