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  • Writer's pictureCollin Brazan

Disney restaurants worth going out of your way for

Updated: May 16

Most guests familiar with Disney dining even in the slightest know about the big-name restaurants in the most popular areas on property, but there are some gems spread farther out from the epicenter of activity that are worth taking the extra trip just to check out.

Boma, Jiko, and Sanaa

These trio of marquee restaurants inside of Animal Kingdom Lodge all offer very different experiences, and each one of them makes the far drive to the resort from elsewhere more than worth it. Boma might very well be the best buffet on property, while Jiko throws its hat in the ring as one of the best table service restaurants Disney has to offer. The authentic African flavors aren’t common elsewhere in Disney, so combining that with the exceptional quality of the food makes for an unforgettable dining experience at either place.

If desiring something more affordable, Sanaa still offers quality cuisine and unique flavors. The bread service is the star of the restaurants, where African breads are brought out with a host of sauces and spreads. It also offers a great entry point for picker guests, so that they can try the more exotic flavors without having to spend so much money on the two bigger restaurants on the first time.

Geyser Point Bar & Grill

Despite being located near Magic Kingdom® Park, Geyser Point is a quick service restaurant tucked away in one of the quieter deluxe resorts, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It has a lounge menu full of great drinks and a lunch and dinner menu with unique sandwiches and salads. While the food is great, it isn’t even the primary draw of the restaurant.

What makes Geyser Point so incredible is the beautiful wooden finish on everything in the restaurant, as well as the wide view of Bay Lake. It’s worth side-stepping from the monorail loop just to take in the laid-back atmosphere and stunning sights.

Satu’li Canteen

Satu’li Canteen is located inDisney’s Animal Kingdom, which makes getting there not quite as much of an adventure as the others on the list. In a park loaded with small quick service options, though, guests wanting Satu’li have to venture all the way out to Pandora – The World of Avatar. The create-your-own bowls feature some of the freshest ingredients of any restaurant in the park, which includes some healthier and most delicious options in the park. The flavors of Satu’li’s bowls are a unique spin on the modern craze, and offer different tastes than you might get elsewhere.


The dining room connected to Splitsville Luxury Lanes™serves the typical sports bar-style food, and while it’s certainly good, what makes this location so awesome is its link to the retro-style bowling alley. Set out on Disney Springs, West Side, it’s one of the few restaurants on property that meld a unique interactive experience with fun, good food.

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