Epcot Restaurants for Teens

This is “the” food theme park at Walt Disney World and Epcot has a lot of interesting choices that might be fun for your teen or older child.  Be aware that the Garden Grill in the Land Pavilion and  Akershus Banquet Hall in the Norway pavilion serve character meals.  We personally don’t prefer the food at the China and American pavilions – you can find better examples of these cuisines almost anywhere and at a much lower cost.  The great thing about these restaurants is that they only require one Disney Dining Plan table-service credit per person

  • Coral Reef / The Seas Pavilion ~ This restaurant is neat because one whole wall looks into the giant aquarium and Coral Reef reservations tend to go quickly because this restaurant has been featured on several television programs.  Because of the glass & cement necessary in this structure, the restaurant is surprisingly noisy.   We think lunch reservations are better than dinner because you’ll probably still be in the Future World area at lunchtime.  Most people will be in the World Showcase area later in the day.
  • Restaurant Marrakesh / Morocco Pavilion ~ The Middle Eastern décor is a departure from most teens’ usual dining experiences.  The food is also a little different but not too exotic for a reasonably curious diner – the less adventurous will be able to fall back on the Chicken Kebabs.  Try to time your reservation to coincide with the live music & belly dancing performance that occurs periodically through the day.  This is Disney so the belly dancing is family friendly.
  • Rose & Crown Pub / United Kingdom pavilion ~ People actually from the United Kingdom either love or hate this restaurant, there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground.  The food is filling but this restaurant makes our teen list only because it “may” be possible to dine outside during the IllumiNations fireworks. I say it “may be possible” because you currently reserve outdoor seating in advance.  You must make your reservation, then you can request outdoor seating when you check in but there are no guarantees.
  • San Angel Inn / Mexico Pavilion ~ Though the Mexican food isn’t the most authentic you’ll find, this restaurant beautifully resembles dining at twilight in a Mexican plaza.  You’ll see the boats from the “Gran Fiesta Tour” ride go by.   My oldest daughter (age 21) loves this restaurant.
  • Teppan Edu / Japan Pavilion ~ Similar to Benihana’s.  Guests eat at around a cooking surface where Teppan Chefs prepare certain menu items with flair right there in front of you.
  • Do-It-Yourself  IllumiNations Dessert Buffet ~ People start claiming their spot for viewing the IllumiNations fireworks early, especially during the busy season.  Any spot with an unobstructed view of the center of the lake will provide a good view.  Once you find your place, send one or two from your group to get a selection of desserts from the Germany, France, and/or Norway counter-service restaurants and bring them back to the family (don’t forget forks!).  You’ll be able to enjoy dessert and some fun family conversation while you wait.  TIP: Spots near the Canada & United Kingdom pavilions tend to go quickly because it puts people a little closer to the front of the park, where most will have to exit after the fireworks.   We actually like to find a spot on the far end of the lake and then take our time leaving the park – it is beautiful after dark.

Eat hardy!  We’ll look at the Magic Kingdom in our next addition to this series.